GMAT – How to crack it!
The road to 700+ is a tedious one. The first time I took it, I relied on a “leading” Test-Prep company, and was appalled by the glaring difference between my “expected” score and the actual one I received. I thought the test wasn’t made for me, and gave up on the idea of taking the GMAT again.
One year later, new opportunities arose and I faced the same demon again. I reviewed my notes, and realized that I made a huge mistake : I blindly focused on someone’s “recommended” approach, and forgot to make it my own. I now realize that the GMAT has to be taken as a personal challenge, and has to be approached by your own, tailored approach. Don’t get swayed by Test-Prep companies guaranteeing a +60 progression, instead, make this promise to yourself.
I have received numerous feedback requests, I decided to summarize my recommendations here:
- Find your target score, and take a test on day 1, to better understand how much effort is required
- Print a clear schedule, display it on your desk, and stick to it!!
- Don’t be disappointed by a decreasing trend, instead, question your approach and see if there is a pattern (usually, people get stuck on a very specific question type)
- Chart your progression, take at least 4-5 tests before test day
- Check out GMAT-related websites (gmatclub/beat the gmat) for shortcuts to complex problems, but don’t spend too much time on reading strategies – yours will always be the best suited.
The tools you absolutely need:
- GMATPREP software (problem sets + exam)
- GMAT Official Guide
- GMAT OG Verbal + Quantitative
It should cost you no more than $200, and by the time you’re done with the content, you should be ready to tackle whatever Test-Day can throw at you.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help 🙂
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