Preparing for The Big Day, Keys to a Top GMAT Score

Posted by Howard H. Spencer 4 September 2011 at 1:28 Comments Off on Preparing for The Big Day, Keys to a Top GMAT Score Category: EES Chile Business Articles

Keys to a Top GMAT Score

The General Management Aptitude Test GMAT is by far one of the most competitive exams in the world. Annually, more than 110,000 MBA program candidates take the exam n an effort to get into business schools worldwide . The General Records Exam, GRE is another test that is used by several schools to screen applicants, mostly for admission to science, finance and engineering programs. However, in the recent past, MBA program have started accepting the GRE for the admissions process.

keys_to_GMATRegardless of which exam you are taking, there are certain strategies that will improve your performance on the big day. Here are a few helpful pointers to improve your exam taking skills:

1. TRY TO SIMULATE THE EXAM TAKING EXPERIENCE
Replicate the test taking experience by closely following the exam rules. This includes, adherence to time limits for each section, recreating the test environment, in terms of ambient noise. Oddly, the silence at testing centers can be distracting; if you follow this tip, you will not be one of them. The old adage “practice makes perfect “ needs a corrective, “Perfect practice makes perfect”. If you practice doing things incorrectly, you are only engraining bad habits. However, obvious this may seem, it’s amazing how many test takers practice under conditions nothing like those that they’ll face on exam day. By practicing, under strict time and test conditions, you become knowledgeable about the test instructions and can pace yourself properly throughout the test and are much more likeley to achieve a score similar to that of your simulations.

2. REST AND GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
Although some of you may feel you study better at night, the night before the test should be exclusively for rest. Otherwise, when you sit down for the test during the day, your body, and by extension your brain, will be tired and unable to function at full potential.

3. EXPECT HE UNEXPECTED
Murphy’s Law says that anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Your alarm may not ring, there may be a pile-up on the highway and your car may run out of gas with no station in sight. To prevent such accidents of fate, plan for all contingencies – set up a second alarm or get a friend to call you, know about alternate routes and keep your car tank full. And remember to leave home early.

by Howard Spencer
700PLUSGMAT Chile

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