GMAT is a test commonly taken by those who plan on enrolling to a good business school. The better the score of the GMAT, the bigger chance of getting accepted. In order to succeed in this test, there are some common tips that can be implemented in the preparation which should start several months before the actual test.
First is to create a consistent preparation plan, which, if possible, allots more and more time as the time for the test draws near. The idea is to practise quick response and better time management. The time management skill can be improved by deciding the milestones or how many questions should have been done in 30 minutes or in 60 minutes to make sure that the pace is right on track and it is not behind the scheduled plan.
Second is to make a learning diary, in which difficulties are written down and listed. As the topics that appear in the test are finite. This list will help determine which topics should be reviewed and studied further. Not only the difficult topics, questions that take a long time to answer can also be noted down in the diary. In that way, test takers can try to find other similar questions to improve their skills and understand the concept(s) underlaying such questions better. Over the time of an effective preparation practice, they will find that the list is getting shorter and shorter.
Third, like in any other tests that provide some possible answers, the ability to spot and eliminate wrong choices is a useful strategy to master. This will especially be really handy when time is running out and there are still quite a lot of questions to answer.
Fourth, get as real as possible during prep time. Doing a complete try out of the GMAT test from credible sources within a certain period of time like the original test is a good idea. However, it will be better if a laminated erasable board and marker are provided to sketch and calculate as these tools will also be used in the original test. By doing so, test takers will be more comfortable with the test style, which will surely reduce the element of surprise and boost their confidence on the day of the real test.
Fifth, as there are some credible sources for this test, doing try outs from a wide range of sources is good. It equips test takers to be ready to answer a variety of questions. One thing to note, though. Not to be big-headed when the targeted score is achieved in these try-outs. Why? Because there are quite a lot of factors that may affect performance in the real test, like being nervous, unpredicted new questions, etc. Knowing that a try out is simply a try out may cause less pressure and nervousness. Therefore, to be on the safe side, test takers are suggested to exceeed their aimed GMAT scores in these try outs.
Last but not least, knowing these five tips will not be not as useful as applying them, so happy preparing.