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How to prepare for GMAT
If you are planning to study MBA overseas then you need to be aware of GMAT. It is true that there are many universities which doesn’t require GMAT, however, there are many top-tier universities which would ask you to submit your GMAT scores to finalise your admission process.
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a 3½-hour standardized exam designed to predict how test takers will perform academically in MBA (Masters in Business Administration) programs.
When it comes to MBA admissions there are many factors that are important including essays, recommendations, interview preparation, however a GMAT will alone need 75% of your time and effort. Although GMAT is essential there will be some universities in the UK and USA which would accept GRE scores as well. So always make sure that you check with your university of choice to be sure whether they need GRE or GMAT scores.
- Always give ample time for your GMAT exam preparation process. We highly recommend you prepare for at least 6 months before your test. If you’re someone who has other commitments, then we suggest that you prepare 8-week study timeline to ace the exam.
- It is very important to practice pacing as time constraints will influence your scores.
- Always practice with the help of the GMAT official Practice Starter Kit and Exams 1 & 2. This will help you become familiar with the format, the questions and have an idea of what can be expected.
- Go through the GMAT official guide to know what range of topics will be included. This will give an idea as to what areas you are good at and what areas you need to improve.
- Once you have taken practice tests then go back and improve on the areas where you are lagging. Remember basic math skills are as important as any other topics and hence it is important to review it from time to time.
Many students are in a dilemma whether to join coaching classes or not to ace the GMAT exam. There is no simple yes or no answer to this question and completely depends on your abilities, time and other factors. In theory it is always good to learn from the qualified professionals who would guide you through your process. However, there are many students who would prefer to learn by their own and that is completely your choice.
If you are someone who wishes to study by your own then there are many options available online including official study guide, practice tests, and you can also look for social media groups where individuals who have taken the tests can share their personal experience. However, when you talk to others try to ignore the negative aspects of it as what is unachievable for others may not be the same for you too. However, their experience will help you plan and act in a right way to ace the test.
One final suggestion would be that you give yourself ample time for preparation and take practice tests time after time so that you can see how you have improved and also how you can pace the exam and beat the time constraint when you take the actual exams.