3 Study Tips to Help You Dominate the GMAT

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” ― John Maeda

Formulating a simple, cohesive GMAT study plan for yourself is a matter of trial and error. Plenty of previous test takers have learned this the long and drawn out way. Prior to hitting the books, take a look at these tips specifically meant for creating a personalized GMAT study plan that have proven successful for hundreds of previous test takers.

  • Utilize the Web. The internet isn’t just for downloading prep materials anymore. This is about absorbing forum upon forum of successful (and unsuccessful) test takers. Or reading blogs with vital test taking tips and strategies. Even joining GMAT discussions or forming an online study group. You can do this all before cracking open a GMAT prep book. The more advice you locate, the simpler mapping out your own personalized strategy will be.

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses. This may seem like a given, however several potential test-takers tend to dive in without having a complete grasp on their needs. Begin by taking a practice test to identify where you stand. Where did you struggle? Congratulations! You’ve identified the ideal starting place.

  • Allow plenty of study time. Keep your current situation in mind prior to scheduling your test. Are you a parent or have a job with a strict schedule. Allow yourself a minimum of 2-3 months for studying prior to your GMAT. Contribute a designated amount of time per day to a chosen section of the test and continue from there. During your pre-determined study periods, attempt to master a portion of the practice test you found especially daunting then dedicate time to the rest of your material. With time, your weaknesses won’t seem near as daunting.

Remember, even the most well thought-out strategies will need tweaking at some point. When a full-proof technique you found on an excellent forum doesn’t work for you, don’t let it bring you down. Review your strategy, tighten the loose screw, and move on. Keep these tips in mind when studying for your GMAT. Best of luck!


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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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