4 Best GMAT Test Advice From Teachers

What is the GMAT? The graduate management admissions test (GMAT) consists of four test sections: analytical writing, verbal, integrated reasoning and the quantitative section. Taking and passing your GMAT exam successfully requires that you know how to study and what to expect from the exam. Many exam experts offer the following, timely advice.

1. Carefully choose your GMAT study material. Many students, eager to do well on their exam, make the mistake of buying every preparation book that is available. That’s a challenge for anyone because it would actually take two years to completely get through all the material. Another mistake is studying the free material that is available on the Internet. The material accessed can easily end up not being GMAT specific. The best source of materials are those companies that bear a trusted brand name like the Princeton Review. Several books from this source can give you access to the test preparation that you need.

2. Create a study plan that fits your lifestyle. The GMAT is different from tests you’ve taken before. It will take time for you to learn how to effectively answer the questions. Be mindful of how long and how much you will need to study. Do you study better in the morning, afternoon or evening? Are your weekends busy or can you squeeze in quality time for studying? Once you find the best study plan, stick to it. Your study sessions should be approximately an hour and a half.

3. Set a comfortable study pace. Your study and lessons will also include practice tests. Practice taking your exams with a stop watch in hand. One of the most critical parts of the GMAT is timed-practice. Points will be taken from your score if you fail to complete an exam on time. A rule of thumb when taking the exam is to spend about two minutes for each math question. Spend under two minutes on each verbal question. Timing yourself helps get you in the habit of thinking under pressure.

4. Flow with the GMAT format. Taking today’s GMAT requires that you become computer-adaptive. The test adapts to how you answer each question. Future questions are based on how a potential “A” student answers questions. It’s the same for a “B” student. Never spend time trying to figure out how the test’s algorithm works. Never be tempted to spend too much time on one question either.

Plan for success. Your entire life is ahead of you. Properly preparing to take and pass your GMAT places your feet firmly on the road to future success.