So you have a bachelor’s degree, and you are ready to elevate and level up in your career. Before you do anything, we have to talk about the GMAT and how you can get the best score. Prospective students who want to get into the best Online MBA programs need to work hard to score well on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). There are many factors for admission into an MBA program, such as your score and demographic profile. “A solid GMAT score varies by the applicant and by the school,” David White, a founding partner at MBA admissions consulting firm, said.
So what does this test look like, you might ask? GMAT has four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment section, Integrated Reasoning section, Quantitative Section, and the Verbal Section. According to the Princeton Review, the average GMAT score is 556, and the highest is 800. As you prepare for the GMAT, you might need to check out the business school profiles where you want to apply. By doing this research step, you will have a clear idea of how you need to score to be admitted. As you prepare for your journey for your Online MBA, we want you to make sure that you are taking every step necessary to success. We believe that we you implement a strategy and play you are planning for success #successonpurpose.
In order to get your best score on the GMAT, it is time to make a solid study plan and begin to execute. We want to prepare in a time of peace for war. Listed below are seven action steps that we believe will help you plan for success. Bucks up! Time to level up!
The Anatomy Lesson
Every test has its unique anatomy. By learning how this test is constructed, you will know how to approach the studying process. Remember, the GMAT is a timed test, and you want to make sure you walk into the room ready. The Quantitative Reasoning Section has a total of 31 questions that need to be answered in 62 minutes. The Verbal Reasoning Section has 36 questions to be answered in 65 minutes. These are a few key points to know as you learn the types of material on the test.
Make Studying a habit.
If you plan out your time to take the test, you can implement the 21/90 rule. We want you to commit to your personal goal/ test score desired for 21 days. After 3-weeks this should now become a habit/ routine. Implementing this rule will make the experienced pedestrian and alleviate some test anxiety by implementing this rule. The great boxer Muhammad Ali said, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” So let’s make it happen!
Get the App
As we know, there’s an app for everything! Technology has advanced so much for GMAT Prep, and we want you to take advantage of these resources. There are some in-app purchases in these apps, but we have found that many on the market allow you to use the app and track your progress from day one to the day you take your test. No need to carry those enormous workbooks anymore. Download preparation apps to your phone or tablet. Some of these apps have interactive lessons and tutors that can help areas you need more focus on.
Take it back to the basics.
After taking your diagnostic GMAT test, you will know what areas you need to focus on, and using flashcards and the apps will help, but we were hoping you could take it back to the basics. Hone in on the fundamentals of grammar, reading, mathematics, and writing. Many of the apps have concentrated areas for all of the above. We have found that Magoosh has a great product line of different apps that can help key in on those trouble areas and give you analytics on your success.
Find the hard ones
To get the highest GMAT score possible, you need to look for the hard questions and practice them. Many of the apps have medium-level questions, but you need to execute as many complex questions to make the goal we set at the beginning.
Timing is EVERYTHING
We know that this is a timed test we need to practice moving with efficiency through the material. Using the practice tests on the apps will help you navigate this maze in perfect timing. Remember to get the easy ones out of the way first and return to the more challenging questions last. Pace yourself and remember that you are in the driver’s seat.
We believe that self-care is the best care. There is only one you, and we need you to your fullest potential as you approach the testing day. Life can already be difficult with a full-time job, family, ballet class, and minor league baseball. So while on this journey, we want you to take time for yourself and put a self-care date on the calendar. If it is a massage, then so be it. Whatever you need to relax and escape the toils and snares of this would please do it. We have read so many articles on test prep, and they are all content-focused, and it’s not often that the test takers’ well-being is put on the agenda. So please make sure that you show up at your most total capacity, astute, well-rested, prepared to slay this dragon we call the GMAT.
Let’s recap what you need to do to get the best score on the GMAT:
- Commit to a study routine.
- Identify your study tools, like apps and practice tests.
- Identify your core areas of improvement.
- Work on the hard questions and master them.
- Practice your timing.
- Be intentional about Self-care.
We hope these steps will help as you embark on your GMAT test-taking journey. Remember seeing is believing, and whatever that score is you want to achieve, it can happen with proper planning and strategy. Now, the rest is up to you. You got this!