The GMAT is an important test that you will want to spend significant time preparing for before you apply to graduate school programs in business. Taking the GMAT can be a nerve-racking experience, but there are some ways to get prepared so that you can show up confident on test day and put your best foot forward for graduate school admissions. Below are some steps you can take in your GMAT prep to set yourself up for success.
1. Take timed practice tests: While understanding the material on the test is important, a large part of test taking success is in time management. Each of the four sections in the test has a designated timeframe that you should put in place when you work through practice tests. Ideally, you should have time to review your work after completing all questions within a given section, so aim for this when you are studying. As you work on budgeting your time, you will become better able to manage the stress of a time limit during the actual test.
2. Have a peer edit your writing: The exam contains a 30 minute writing assignment, along with some reasoning responses that should be clearly worded and structured. Be sure that your writing skills are sharp by creating some writing samples for a study partner or former instructor to review.
3. Eat right and sleep well before exam day: A common mistake made when preparing for the exam is staying up all night before the test to study. This will actually cause you to feel more stressed about the test and retain less material. Give yourself plenty of time prior to test day to study so that you can get a good night’s sleep before your exam. On the day of the test, eat a wholesome breakfast that will fuel you for the rigorous three and a half hour exam.
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