How to Prepare GMAT
How to prepare GMAT or How to crack GMAT is the first query that springs to mind. Many test-takers also start figuring out how to score high in GMAT even they mull over how to score V40 in GMAT or how to improve GMAT verbal score. Honestly speaking, it is not tough, if you have a road map. Here you are with the full-fledge sketch. Just follow religiously, you can score high. Trust me; under my guidance, many test-takers got proven success, 90% grade improvement, and 75% higher test score as I have been mentoring for more than 10 years.
Follow these strategies:
- Evaluation: where should GMAT preparation begin from if you don’t know your current level? Many test-takers hesitate to give the mock test, thinking that they are weak thus there is no use thinking about any mock test. I will recommend changing such a habit if you have. Remember, mock is to mark the current level and to keep track. How much you are studying GMAT books or courses is not a matter of discussion instead how much you are scoring in GMAT Verbal, GMAT Quant, is a matter of concern. This can be justified only by looking at a performance report or report card. The test is only a measuring pole that will keep on piloting you. After the test, make a note: question-wise, score-wise, and test-wise then buckle yourself for the next step.
- Material: social media and its experts suggest the same study materials to everyone, but the fact is that books vary from student to student’s requirement. Select study material as per your score and need. These are the study materials for GMAT but only for GMAT Verbal.
1. If your score is below 20 in GMAT Verbal, you can go through these three books:
i.i SC Manhattan, for Sentence Correction, all the basic concepts are in detail,
i.ii CR Bible, for Critical Reasoning, all the terminologies and basic logic is well defined
i.iii RC Veritas, for Reading Comprehension, with detail approach.
2 If your score is below 30 in GMAT Verbal, you can go through these books:
ii.i Aristotle Grail, a sentence correction book, good to brush up the actual concept
ii.ii Manhattan, a Critical Reasoning book, question wise concept, and logic.
ii.iii RC Brandon, a Reading Comprehension book, good for reading comprehension strategy
iii. If you score between 30 to 36 and your target is 40 plus, just go with the mock test and make an error log and cover your weak area.
(If you need any of the study materials, you can mail firstname.lastname@example.org there is no charge for study material)
(If you want to learn how to make an error log, you can book your slot to discuss: it is chargeable, mail email@example.com)
- Mock Test:If you have done your foundation strategically, you should get ready for mock tests. Remember, the testing phase should be more planned than the foundation and the intention of the testing phase is not to check the level but to recollect and refresh the strategy. You should begin with sectional mock tests based on a particular topic or concept (we provide paper-based sectional mock tests with video solutions). Once you find that you are well-versed in concept, go for full-length tests. Your next step will be to go for a full-length testing phase. Divide your full-length testing phase into three parts.
- Pick any three free mock tests, (every reputed platform has one or two free mock tests) make an error log after attempting the test, and average your score then cover your loophole with the help of an official guide.
- Pick the second round of three mock tests. Make an error log after attempting the test. Now check which one is still the weakest area. Either clear your concept with your mentor or find out the relevant sources to justify.
- Now, this is the final round of mock tests to get familiar with the test. In the third round, there is no fixed number of mock tests. Attempt as per your need.
Now you are ready to crack your GMAT.
What is GMAT?
GMAT is a computer adaptive assessment test that assesses four sections: analytical writing skills, integrated reasoning skills, verbal, and quantitative skills. The GMAT test intends to get admission in global business schools. The GMAT test is one of the parts of the application process. GMAT test can be taken up to five times a year but no more than 8 times total. There is a minimum age requirement that is 18 years but there is no upper age limit. GMAT test takers should be at least graduate, as it is a master's degree, though it is nowhere mentioned officially. The GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 but each section has a different analysis system.
Duration: 3 hours, 07 minutes (break excluded: it is optional)
AWA (analytical writing assessment) 30 minutes, 1 question (topic)
IR (integrated reasoning) 30 minutes, 12 questions
Q (quantitative) 62 minutes, 31 questions
V (verbal) 65 minutes, 36 questions
Let us have a short Note topic wise:
GMAT AWA (analytical writing assessment)
As the name suggests writing assessment, AWA is a test of writing skills that analyze the written argument of a given topic. A brief argument similar to a paragraph is given and the test taker is tasked with critiquing the author’s argument, analyzing the soundness of the author’s evidence and reasoning. AWA score is not added to the main score though the college wants a minimum grade that ranges from 1 to 6. The grade number is: 0 not attempted or out of the concept, 1 for deficient, 2 for flawed, 3 for limited, 4 for adequate, 5 for strong, and 6 for outstanding. The essay is scored by both a human grader and a computer grading system. The final grade is averaged, in case it grades differs another human, then another human reads and scores.
GMAT IR (integrated reasoning)
GMAT IR is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. IR consists of 12 questions in four different formats: graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning. The score of IR ranges from 1 to 8, though the IR score is not added to the final score.
Let us understand the types of questions. IR has four types: table analysis, graphics interpretation, multi-source reasoning, and two-part analysis. The table analysis section appears with a table of information to analyze. Each question is with several statements with opposite-answer options (e.g., true/false, yes/no). Graphics interpretation questions ask test-takers to interpret a graph or graphical image. Each question has fill-in-the-blank statements with pull-down menus. Multi-source reasoning questions are accompanied by two to three sources of information presented on tabbed pages. All the relevant information, which may be a combination of text, charts, and tables to answer either traditional multiple-choice or opposite-answer (e.g., yes/no, true/false) questions, is clicked. Two-part analysis questions involve two components for a solution. Possible answers are given in a table format with a column for each component and rows with possible options.
GMAT Q or GMAT Quant ( quantitative)
GMAT Quant is a test of the content and analytical knowledge of basic math concepts, including arithmetic and number properties, algebra, and geometry. GMAT Quant consists of two types one is data sufficiency and another is problem-solving. Data Sufficiency questions consist of a question and two statements of data. Problem-Solving questions use high school–level math up to algebra and plane geometry to test critical thinking skills. GMAT Quant is a classic standardized test question type in which five possible answer choices are given.
GMAT V (GMAT Verbal)
GMAT Verbal is designed to test the command of standard written English, the skill in analyzing arguments, and the ability to read critically. GMAT Verbal has three sections: SC (sentence correction), CR (critical reasoning), and RC (reading comprehension). SC questions require to find the best version of the underlined section out of the original or one of four alternatives. The sentence may contain no errors, or it may contain one, two, or more errors. The best option is based on formal writing grammar and intended meaning. CR questions test the skills involved in making and evaluating arguments, as well as formulating a plan of action. A short argument or a series of statements and a question relating to it are presented. Succeeding on Critical Reasoning questions requires understanding the structure of arguments and rigorous logical analysis of the connections between evidence and conclusions. RC questions test the critical reading skills, more specifically, the ability to summarize the main idea, differentiate between ideas stated specifically and those implied by the author, make inferences based on information in a text, analyze the logical structure of a passage, and deduce the author’s tone and attitude about a topic. The academic reading passage on a topic related to business, social science, biological science, or physical science is presented and asked 3–4 questions about that text.