How to crack GMAT for MBA in USA?

crack GMAT for MBA in USA

A GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computer-adaptive test that measures an aspirant’s verbal, analytical writing, reading and mathematical skills. Many top business schools in US consider GMAT scores for admission. Though it is not the sole criteria, but it is an important requisite for admission to MBA in USA

GMAT consists of four sections – 1. Analytical Writing Assessment, 2. Integrated Reasoning, 3. Quantitative and 4. Verbal section. The total duration of the test is 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Tips & Tricks To crack GMAT for MBA in USA

 Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

Also known as the essay section, it consists of only one question: Analysis of an Argument. There will be one argument topic which you have to analyse. The time limit for this section is 30 minutes.

Few tips & tricks to crack this section-

  • First things first, read the argument carefully, evaluate it and choose your stance.
  • Break down the argument into various parts. For instance, understand the reasoning of the argument, the conclusion drawn and whether it is logical and if not, the flaws in the argument.
  • Whether you’re supporting or refuting the argument, always give examples to prove your point. Make use of the information given in the text. Do not state any personal opinion. No first-person (I, me) or second-person (you) account, only third-person pronouns, such as one, he, she, etc. must be used.
  • Spend some time in concluding the essay. It should include your perspective. Make use of the correct string of words and do not digress from your stance.
  • The essay must be coherent with correct usage of words, sentences and logical transitions. And to excel at it, practice is the key. Read newspapers, magazines and editorials and try to analyse them with varied perspectives. Also, it’s a good idea to read and evaluate the high-score GMAT essays available on the net. This will improve your essay writing skills.
  • If you’re a non-native English speaker, find someone to proofread your essay and give you an objective feedback. Take note of those mistakes and work on them.
Integrated Reasoning (IR)

This section assesses the math and verbal skills. It has four types of questions – multi-source reasoning (MSR), table analysis (TA), graphic interpretation (GI) and two-part analysis (2PA). There are 12 questions in total and the time given to complete them is 30 minutes.

  1. The MSR includes questions related to critical reasoning and sometimes, quantitative too. You are required to navigate between various tabs, each containing a different set of data; and determine which data is needed to answer the question. You will have to take information from one tab and apply it to another.
  2. The TA includes data sets in a table format and you’re required to extract the useful date. Each question will have two possible answer choices (for example: True/false, yes/no, etc.)
  3. The GI has graphs or charts, like pie chart, line chart, bar chart, scatterplots etc. along with some supporting information. You are required to analyse and answer two questions using a drop-drop menu. There are three answer options available.
  4. The 2PA includes questions based on quant or verbal. There are two-columns and you need to select an answer from each column to solve the problem.

To crack this section, follow these tips-

  • Study the data and problems carefully.
  • Thoroughly read the additional information as this might help you to interpret the data and make inferences.
  • One of the best strategies to follow is to identify the relationship between different variables. Do they have a direct or indirect correlation?
  • In the 2pA (two-part) analysis section, make use of the answer choices itself to get the correct option. If you cannot succeed in it, use the trial-and-error method.
  • In the TA (table analysis) part, you’ll be provided with a sort function, make use of it. This function allows you to manipulate the date and answer the question quickly.
  • Do not forget to convert the units. For example, the answer might be metres per second, while the graph/table depicts kilometre per hour.
  • There will be lots of data in this section, so manage time efficiently.
GMAT Quantitative Section

This section has questions on problem solving and data sufficiency. There are 31 multiple-choice questions and the time limit is 62 minutes. The use of calculator is not allowed in this section.

Few tips & tricks-

  • Learn the essentials of geometry, arithmetic and algebra. Clarity of the basic math concepts is important in order to solve questions in this section.
  • Use the technique of backsolving, which means insert the answer choice into the question one by one and test if it is the correct answer.
  • For data sufficiency, don’t look at the statements together. Instead, evaluate them one at a time. Another important trick is to memorize the ‘12TEN’ mnemonic, which is-
    • 1: only statement 1 is sufficient
    • 2: only statement 2 is sufficient
    • T: both statements Together are sufficient (but neither statement alone is sufficient)
    • E: Either statement/ each statement alone is sufficient
    • N: Neither statement/ both the statements together are Not sufficient

*This rule is applicable for all the data sufficiency questions

  • Solve as many sample papers as possible. This will help you to know your weak areas and improve on it.
GMAT Verbal Section

This section has questions based on critical reasoning, sentence correction and reading comprehension. There are 36 questions in total and each question type has five answer choices to choose from. The time limit is 65 minutes.

Some tips & tricks-

  • Increase your vocabulary base and reading speed. To do so, read newspapers, magazines and journals, like the New York Times, The Economist, The Business Week, etc. If you come across certain words that you don’t know, simply look for their meanings in the dictionary. Try to maintain a vocabulary journal.
  • Use the process of elimination, i.e. read all the answer choices and eliminate the wrong options until there’s only left one.
  • For reading comprehension questions, read all the options carefully before choosing the answer.
  • For critical reasoning questions, there will be an argument and a question related to it. You will be required to make an inference or find the answer option that will either strengthen or weaken the argument. So, determine what the question is asking and answer it accordingly.
  • For sentence correction, be familiar with the basic rules of grammar, such as pronoun usage, subject-verb agreement, parallelism, modifiers, tenses, etc.
  • Take time diagnostic tests to improve on your efficiency and fix your weaker areas.

When to start preparing for GMAT?

It is best to start preparing for GMAT one year before you plan to join the university. Allow yourself ample time to re-take the test is required and not miss the application deadlines. Design a 6-month study plan for GMAT to get a good score.

How many practice tests should I take?

The number of times you should take the GMAT practice test depends upon your preparation and the time you have in hand before the real test.

Month 1: First Practice test

Before you start preparing for GMAT, take your first practice test. This will help you know your weaknesses and strengths; plus, you will become familiar with the pattern and accordingly, will develop your test prep approach/study schedule.

Month 2: Second Practice Test

Depending upon your preparation, take the second practice test once you are familiar with the test pattern and have spent some time studying all the sections. This test will tell you whether you’re studying the right material in the right way. Also, you will know your mistakes and the topics/concepts you need to work on more.

Month 5: Third Practice Test

Take the third test after you have worked on your mistakes done so far and learned all the topics you have missed out.

Month 6: One Practice Test every 1-2 weeks

Take a time-based practice test every 1-2 weeks (or three weeks) until the final day. Once you get the target score and obtain the performance you hope to have in the actual test, schedule your GMAT test.

Practice well before the test day. Work on all sections and learn to manage your time. Ensure that you answer all the questions since there’s no negative marking and complete each section within the stipulated time.

Good luck!

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