Are you gearing up to take the GMAT test for your MBA? Want to learn the best way to prepare yourself? It’s important to think of preparing for the GMAT as a process. With so many test resources available, it is easy to overlook the importance of online tests. Online practice tests are far superior because they simulate current testing models. This is an important exam and you want to get the best score possible. That means you want to plan ahead. Here is an overview for helping you prepare for the GMAT exam and an introduction to online prep books.
Your GMAT preparation strategy:
1. Prepare a plan to study for the exam
When you decide you are ready to apply for a Master’s program, the worst thing you can do is rush through the process. If you are returning to college after several years in the workforce, give yourself plenty of time to study for the GMAT. Ideally, you should give yourself a year before the test date. If you’re a recent college graduate, at least 6 months is beneficial. Furthermore, it is recommended to take the GMAT periodically while in college and after even if you don’t have immediate plans for applying to a Masters program in the near future.
2. Online prep books
The best way to prepare for the GMAT is through online practice tests. Most MBA programs have switched their GMAT tests to computer adaptive testing (CAT) so it is worthwhile for you to study and practice the tests online. This will greatly benefit your scores because unlike conventional tests, the questions become more challenging after each answer based on your previous answers. As a result, many test guide publishers are adapting their online practice tests to simulate the real GMAT environment.
3. Practice for test pacing
One of the more challenging aspects of the new computer test model is the pacing. The more you practice for the GMAT, the better. Many MBA applicants coming out of the test have expressed this being the biggest challenge for them. Incomplete answers will significantly drop your score so it’s important to learn how to pace yourself within the allotted time. This makes online practice testing more relevant than the conventional book format.
4. What to expect on test day
On test day, you must prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. It can be an unnerving experience with strict security procedures on check-in and cameras set up at each test station for observation against cheating. Ultimately, you want to know the material inside and out, assure that you are comfortable with pacing, feel confident with simulated online tests and take care of your physical needs.
Author Bio: Angie Picardo is a staff writer for NerdWallet, a personal finance site dedicated to helping people master the art of money management, from planning an effective budget to understanding when to pay off debt and when to save.