6 Best Practices for GMAT Preparation: The Ultimate Study Guide

6 Best Practices For GMAT Preparation

What Are The Best Practices For GMAT Preparation?

A competitive exam like the GMAT requires consistent preparation and good habits spanning four to six months. It is more important to inculcate good practices and train your mind to perform under pressure than study for more extended hours for aptitude tests like the GMAT. GMAT is a test designed to filter the aspirants likely to thrive in MBA programs worldwide. This article will highlight the best practices for GMAT preparation to help you improve your GMAT score from good to great.

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6 Best Practices For GMAT Preparation

Let us look at some of the best practices for GMAT preparation, including the most essential resources which are very helpful to prepare for the GMAT online and can be able to prepare at home. The six best practices for GMAT preparation are shown below as follows.

1. Schedule Your Preparation

Schedule Your Preparation

You should never sit down to study without having a plan beforehand. Make a weekly schedule ahead of every week and chalk out a monthly plan at the beginning of your preparation. This habit of scheduling will help you save a lot of time during your GMAT preparation. Your plan should be realistic and achievable; hence, starting with at least four to five months in hand is better to avoid the risk of burning out. You can check out this article for more details on how to make a schedule.

2. Practice Questions Daily

The most important habit that you should develop is regular practice. The only way to improve in the topics tested by the GMAT is by regularly practising the type of questions that appear in the exam. 

An excellent resource for daily practice is the free Daily Targets given by GMATPoint. Here you will get five questions on Quantitative Reasoning and five on Verbal Reasoning daily from varied topics, along with detailed video solutions. This tool ensures that you cover all the topics of the GMAT regularly, and it requires only 30 minutes every day and is free.

3. Mock TestsMock Tests Image

It would be best if you started taking mocks from the very first week of your preparation. Mock tests help you understand the actual environment of the exam and also help you gauge your preparation level. It would help if you made it a habit to take at least one mock every two to three weeks at the start. Once thorough with the fundamentals, you can take one mock every week. Mocks play a very important role in the last leg of your preparation. In the final month before the exam, you should be giving as many mock tests, sectional and topic tests as possible, analyzing what is lacking in your preparation and improving your weaker areas.

4. Formula Book

Maintain a formula book containing all the important formulae and tricks that would come in handy to solve the questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section of the exam. You should regularly update the formula book as you keep learning new formulae and tricks, and also, make it a habit to revise these formulae on the weekends.

Ideally, before every mock test and on the eve before the GMAT, you should review your formula book for a quick revision of all the concepts you have learned.

5. Peer Learning 

It would be very helpful if you could also find a peer group preparing for the GMAT along with you. Peer interactions can help you remain motivated and avoid procrastination during your preparation. They can also solve your doubts and teach you tricks to solve questions faster. 

However, only join peer groups that are serious about cracking the exam. You can join the GMATPoint telegram channel to connect with highly motivated peers.

6. Maintaining Sound HealthMaintaining Sound Health

GMAT preparation, alongside your job, can be an arduous and taxing journey and takes a lot of energy. Hence it is essential to take care of your mental and physical health during these few months. To achieve sound physical health, eat and sleep well during the preparation journey. A good sleep schedule will ensure that your brain receives enough rest from performing intensive activities during your preparation. Try exercising daily to keep yourself fit and active and achieve a positive mindset during your preparation.

To achieve sound mental health, ensure that you make time for hobbies during your journey. Also, take breaks in between your study sessions if you feel overburdened. For some people, meditation is helpful in trying to achieve the focus needed for the GMAT, especially just before a mock.

The GMAT is a challenging test, but you can reach your desired score with the right daily practices. Remember to create a study schedule, practice math and verbal concepts regularly, take full-length GMAT practice tests, maintain a formula book, take regular breaks, get enough sleep and eat well, stay motivated and maintain a positive attitude.

You should not hesitate to seek help or guidance if you have any confusion amidst your preparation journey. Please reach us at support@gmatpoint.com if you need any help or guidance for the test.

With consistent hard work and dedication, you can definitely achieve your target GMAT score.

All the best.

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