Gunning for the GMAT? In the first of a series aimed at helping those considering an MBA, the NUS MBA Blog has 5 Pointers for Great GMAT Prep to kick-start your preparation process:
It’s a rite of passage as well as a ticket to greatness for any potential MBA applicant: Registering on the GMAC, working through practice questions, counting down to test dates and MBA application deadlines, working through more practice questions…
Here’s the thing: The GMAT is not just a test of your knowledge — it is also a test of your mental and physical preparation. These 5 great reminders will put you in the right frame of mind to succeed:
1. Allow Lead Time
Booking, preparation, and retests take time. Booking early and allowing a generous buffer time ensures that things don’t get too tense as the MBA Application deadlines approach.
2. Set SMART Goals
You’ve heard it before: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
How many hours can you devote to practice per week? Daily or weekly targets help to lock in consistent practice sessions. Which sections challenge you the most? You know yourself best, so identify the areas in which you need the most practice, and the study patterns that work best for you.
3. Prime Yourself; Time Yourself
Make use of the free GMATPrep Software from the GMAC to familiarise yourself with the computerised exam format. Simulate exam conditions by timing your practice sessions. This will condition your mind to focus, improving your speed and time judgement.
4. Stick to Your Strategy
With many resources (official and unofficial) around, it may be tempting to get distracted, intimidated, or overwhelmed. Your task is to achieve your personal best in a way that works for you. Stay focused!
5. Know Your Top 5 Choices
On your test date, you can choose up to 5 GMAT programmes to send your score reports without additional fees. Arriving prepared with the names or GMAT codes of your top 5 MBA programmes will save you from the mental strain of last-minute decision-making, as well as the cost of forwarding GMAT scores later on.
HERE’S TO YOUR SUCCESS!
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