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Updated on 01 November, 2018

How To Prepare For GMAT Exam

What is GMAT?

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Exam) is a management entrance exam. This Exam is taken before starting MBA. It ascertains how the student will perform academically while pursuing MBA. GMAT test is mostly taken by aspirants who want to do their MBA abroad. The best way to prepare for GMAT would be to stock up with as many mock tests as possible, and start practicing from Day One. The Official GMAT Test Guide gives you a good idea of the level, but your real practice starts with Manhattan Books for GMAT, Kaplan GMAT Test, TestPrep, etc. These are some of the best books for the preparation of GMAT. Joining classes isn’t a must, but as is the case with every exam, it helps.You can crack GMAT Exam without coaching as well. There are many sample tests which are available online for free. About 2-3 months should be enough preparation time for GMAT exam, but this is provided you’re able to solve at least one section test a day. The four main sections are Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and quantitative.

Unlike the old GRE exam pattern which many of us are familiar with, the GMAT does not place tremendous stress on vocabulary (though it doesn’t hurt to have a good command over word usage). What is far more important, is your grammar. Make sure you are comfortable constructing long sentences which are grammatically correct, and reading through passages which are highly dull and monotonous.


GMAT 2018 Update

There is an update regarding the GMAT Exam timing. The GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) has cut down 30 minutes from the overall exam time. This change was brought in from 16, April 2018. The new exam time is now 3 hours 30 minutes which includes instructions and breaks. The Other exam sections like Verbal reasoning and quantitative has been shortened by 13 and 10 minutes. However, Integrated reasoning and Analytical writing assessment remain the same. Only the unscored items have been removed by GMAC. Hence, it will not have any effect on the shortened Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections of the GMAT Exam.


GMAT score and application fee

If you have a GMAT score of around 710 you can get into a Top Tier University, and if the score is somewhere around 600 you can get into a middle tier university. The Application fee for GMAT 2018 is $250 (INR15,000-16,000). For change in center or reschedule test there is an extra $50 fee.


GMAT Exam Pattern

It is very crucial for candidates to understand the GMAT Exam Pattern accordingly. Once they understand the pattern, they can systematically start preparing for it. The GMAT Exam Pattern consists of mainly four sections, which tests the candidates on various parameters. They are:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal

Anyways, we at Yocket, made sure that a systematic and weekly plan should be put up for a top GMAT score.


8-Week Study Plan to be Successful at GMAT Exam

Week One...
Brush up all your quant basics. Sit with a CAT funda book (borrowed from a friend, of course), and go through all the formula and fundae. Start reading a newspaper like Economic Times so that you're used to staying awake while reading long, boring, unimportant and seemingly incomprehensible passages. You can have a study partner if it seems boring for you.

Weeks 2-3...
Pick up one question type at a time, and try mastering it. There is more than enough GMAT practice material available online for free, so you don't need to waste any money on it. While you should undoubtedly spend more time on verbal, DON'T forget that you have to practice quant as well.

Weeks 4-6...
Continue the practice, but concentrate on complete sections now. Your aim should be to complete at least one verbal and one quant section every day, along with 3-4 question-type sample / practice tests. Also, try to practice for more and more GMAT mock test. You can get GMAT mock test free online.

Weeks 7-8...
By now you should have collected more than enough GMAT full length practice tests, and ideally solved a couple as well. Review all the mistakes you have made previously, and try correcting them during your full length tests. One a day is more than enough; more would just burn you out.

As for AWA, you NEED to figure out the flow of your essay well before your test date. Enough stress is levied by the universities on your AWA when it comes to GMAT. Unlike GRE, a stereotype 3.0 is not very much recommended. Even though admissions are based on complete profile, a score of 4.0 or above is what universities LOVE to see.

Start reading essays from day one. For those who are accustomed to satisfactory reading (comprehension passages), drafting an essay might turn out to be a cakewalk. Since the type of essay is Argumentative, it is better to read various editorial columns, alongwith watching debates on curent topics. It will help you create a counterview on any essay topic which is what you're supposed to do in AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment).

In a nutshell, all you need is regular and uncompromising practice to crack GMAT.

Just a pointer don’t take the quant section lightly, even if you’re an engineer who has been topping the CAT for years. There’s every chance that it would throw up a couple of surprises.

Expert advice..

  • Vocabulary if strong, better are the chances to get an excellent score.
  • Revising the Quant formulae.
  • Read Newspaper for an hour everyday to stay in touch with long Reading Comprehensions (RC).
  • Keep your cool. It’s a test of nerves more than anything.

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