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GMAT Practice – Quality over Quantity

GMAT Practice Quality vs QuantityAfter getting Business School research right, the next important step for an MBA Aspirant is GMAT Preparation. For 1-Month, 3-Month, or 2-Week GMAT study plan, practice sessions are an integral part of the preparation. But most aspirants are driven by two motivations: mastery or 700+ score. You might argue that the goal behind each motivation is the same, but depending on the motivation that you choose, the results can vary.

Mastery

The focus for MBA aspirants with this motivation is to improve accuracy every day, and reach 100% accuracy by the end of the preparation schedule. There is nothing wrong in such an aspiration but you will be surprised to learn that aspirants with ‘Mastery’ mentality tend to repeat similar problem types several times. Even after understanding the fundamentals, the test taker will repeat problems from various data sources, official and unofficial, just to prove that he is capable of handling problems from a particular topic. Practice sessions become an ego battle on accuracy, instead of broad coverage. Often such practice sessions are rote learning sessions that can last 3-5 hours every day, leading to sleep deprivation and lack of mental awareness to solve GMAT 700+ questions.

700+ Score

From the start itself, the targets are set, and the practice sessions are focused on achieving this goal. By collecting advice on scoring 700+ through various resources, aspirants have at least 3-4 strategies to reach this goal. Practice sessions become sessions to master fundamentals instead of a problem set. With each mistake, the test taker notes down mistakes, and categorize them under fundamental errors, careless mistakes, or lack of speed. There is no guilt feeling that pushes you to solve 3-4 problem sets every day but the focus instead is on doing enough problems to master a topic. The emotion at the end of the practice sessions is that of contentment, and eagerness rather than exhaustion, and boredom.

Solving 100 problems on a particular topic does not improve comprehension, but noting down weaknesses systematically and methodologically, and working on problems that would overcome weaknesses will help the test taker score 700+ on the GMAT.

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