How to Improve GMAT Score

How to Improve GMAT ScoreGMAT is an integral part of MBA Admissions. An excellent score in itself will not guarantee a place in Harvard, Wharton, Stanford or other top schools but a 700-720+ score will ensure that your applications will be read with the same seriousness as that of other competitive applicants. Here are some useful tips on improving your GMAT score.

1) Learn Fundamentals

Quite often test takers start focusing on improving speed before mastering the fundamental concepts of GMAT Quant and Verbal. When you compare the topics in GMAT that are tested, it is very limited compared to high school math. But what makes GMAT challenging and interesting is the manner in which the questions are created. The test creators want to make sure that you have understood the concepts comprehensively. This does not mean that you have to learn about advanced theories. You should have tried all types of questions that come under a simple Concept. More importantly, you should understand why certain rules are applied.

2) Study Regularly

Taking a break from GMAT Preparation can be fatal. It can demotivate and break the flow that you have created in your schedule. After you have registered for the GMAT, create a schedule for your preparation. Each test taker is different, and has different responsibilities and work load. Prepare a schedule that you can follow, and stick with it. If your schedule requires you to solve 10 GMAT Quant and Verbal Questions every day – do it; no matter how tough it is. Once you have developed the discipline to follow a schedule and motivated yourself for GMAT Preparation - the schedule would look achievable and interesting.

3) Thorough Analysis

An integral part of GMAT preparation is performing a thorough analysis of your attempt, every day. There is no point in solving 100 questions, getting 25 wrong, and not knowing why you made those mistakes. After you finish a GMAT practice session, take an excel sheet and create three columns

GMAT Topic           Difficulty           Mistake(Reason)                               
Absolute Value          8/10              Lack of Fundamentals/Careless Mistake      

You can also create a fourth column called Comments

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4) Timed Tests

There are two approaches to timed tests. Some experts say that do non-timed tests for 2-3 weeks before switching to timed tests while others discourage test takers from non-timed tests. A better strategy would be to attempt timed tests for one of the GMAT sections and non-timed tests for the other.

If a test taker is given enough time, most of them will score above 720 but it is the pressure of time that leads to error in comprehension and data substitution, and confusion in concepts. So start taking timed tests, and find out what forces you to make mistakes. We have seen students performing much better in non-timed tests, without actually taking much more time than timed tests. Therefore, the countdown in your screen has a much bigger psychological impact on your performance. Make it a habit to focus on the question than the ticker. Look at the countdown, only after completing 10 questions. You will be surprised to see what less distraction can do for your performance.

5) Improve Speed

Once you have learned the fundamentals and understood the reason behind the mistakes, it is time to focus on the speed. But do so only during the last 3 weeks of your preparation. Focusing on speed right from the start can distract the test taker from the responsibility of mastering the fundamentals. There are several tips and techniques to improve speed in GMAT RC, CR, and SC but here are some of the common tips:

a) Don’t note down excerpts of the question if it is not necessary

b) Note down data that are required to solve the problem

c) Avoid switching between the monitor and your notepad. Once you have noted down the data, start solving them without looking at the monitor.

d) For GMAT SC, instead of noting down parts of the sentence, compare the sentences in the screen itself, and shortlist the top 2 probable answers. Eliminate the wrong ones immediately.

e) For GMAT CR, note down the Evidence(s) and Conclusion in short words, preferably in your own words before answering the question.

f)  For GMAT RC, note down keywords and pay attention to transition words. Write the summary of each paragraph in one sentence.

6) GMAT Prep Mode

The 3-Month GMAT Prep can be extended beyond your prep time. To improve your GMAT Prep Critical reasoning skills, pay close attention to debates in News shows. Find out the fallacies in each argument. Don’t try to find fallacies in your friend’s arguments. Even if you do, don’t mention it to them. You can lose a lot of friends during the 3-month GMAT prep time. When you read a newspaper, try to finish the article in 1 minute. Close your eyes, and recall what the article was about. If possible, recall what each paragraph was about.

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