5 mistakes to avoid in your GMAT test prep
Posted on July 23, 2020
Preparing for an exam like the GMAT is no doubt a challenge. You will no doubt have a plan in place to prepare for the exam by deciding on time schedule to prepare for the exam, attend coaching classes and take practice tests. But even your best efforts at preparation can be a waste if you make mistakes in your preparation for the exam.
Here are some common mistakes students make while preparing for the GMAT which we have identified while coaching hundreds of students. Get to know these mistakes so that you can avoid them and prepare well for your GMAT.
Putting yourself under stress
Stress hampers maximum efficiency and performance for most people. We recommend that you do whatever you can to weed needless tension out of your GMAT prep and (thus) from your test day experience.
Not devoting enough time for preparation
There is no exact right amount of time or planning, but that should always be an easy mistake to avoid. Try to use foresight and planning — know your target score, the deadlines for registration for the schools you ‘re applying for, if you’re going to take the test more than once, etc. One thing that works for you is that the GMAT offers year-round test dates.
You will ideally require 2 to 6 months to prepare for the exams depending on your ability.
Not knowing your strengths and weaknesses
Self-awareness is important, consider your strong and weak areas. Suppose you are good in math but weak in verbal you should focus your study time more on your weak areas to do well in your test.
The keys to a successful GMAT test are to know your own level of skill and abilities, what areas you are good at, and what you really need to learn and accordingly change your preparation strategy.
Not making good use of the prep time
If you do not plan how to use your prep time, then you will not gain much. Maintaining a preparation plan with a schedule is important and also monitoring your progress by taking the provided mock tests. Procrastination can be your biggest enemy.
Not preparing for the test day
Just make sure you ‘re familiar with all the test day rules and regulations, and maybe even make a checklist in the days leading up to the test day.
The GMAC website offers plenty of details about what you can expect on your test day. Examine what information they have and try to replicate the experience as closely as possible at home so that you are not caught unawares.
These are some of the mistakes you should avoid when preparing for your GMAT exam.