Millennial’s MO to cracking the GMAT
MO or Modus Operandi aka someone’s way or method of doing things.
The average score of the Graduate Management Admissions Test or GMAT as it is more commonly known has shown to reflect an upward trend. It is common knowledge that one needs a very good score preferably of 700+ to get into a very prestigious and a renowned B-school.
So now the question that stands is that are the expectations of B-schools concerning the GMAT scores getting unrealistic or are students discovering newer, better and smarter ways of studying that is pushing them ahead of their predecessors?
Millennials are very quickly becoming the generation that hacks their way through life. Although they are often criticised for this attitude, there have been times wherein these hacks have been very smart and helpful. Their attitude and their hacks when it comes to studying are appreciated by many.
Here, millennials have shared some strategies and plans that have worked quite well for them while prepping and eventually appearing for GMAT aka the best GMAT prep according to the millennial.
- Keep it simple
The best way to prep for GMAT would be to keep thing simple, that is, keeping the time-table and the study goals realistic based on the amount of time one has after work or after getting done with school. Ideally, the goal should be to get done with the easier topics in the beginning and giving enough time to others not quite easy topics.
- Take ample practice tests
Practice tests not only help in gauging the progress one has made but also helps in understanding where more work is needed. Apart from these very obvious benefits, it helps in understanding what the method and format of the final GMAT test are going to be. As GMAT is a computer adaptive test, it becomes impossible to skip questions in order to come back to them later. It also helps with the time management skills required for the final test.
- Don’t give all your attention to GMAT
Most people have a specific goal in mind when registering and applying for GMAT and end up giving it too much attention. While it is an important aspect of the admission process, it is not all of it. Giving some energy to finding the perfect business school per your needs and goals is equally important. So are the other parts of the onboarding process like a great application form and also prepping for the interview with the admissions panel.
- Join a GMAT prep course
While it is not absolutely necessary to join a GMAT prep course or classes, they are of a lot of help especially with the guidance that they provide throughout the journey. Not only that but they also provide a structure and plan to the prep and also help in selecting the best guide books and resources amongst the thousands of them available in the market. They also have their own practise tests that one can take in addition to those already available online.
- Learn to tackle anxiety
GMAT can be anxiety-inducing for many reasons, be it the time limit, the various sections or the ample amount of prep required to score well. The key to a good and a fruitful exam is to tackle the anxiety and remain calm when appearing for the test. Having a GMAT exam strategy in place reduces the anxiety to a large extent. So does, giving practice test and learning to manage time by allotting time to each part of the GMAT. Like when people say that when the going gets tough the tough get going.
- Select a suitable exam date
All the above prep tips or hacks are of no use if the test taker does not have enough time to prep in the first place. Choosing an exam date that is too soon can be detrimental in many ways. First, one would not have enough time to prep for the test and cramming is not going to cut it. Second, GMAT test-takers often have a job or study and that takes up many hours of the week as it is also a time-consuming commitment that they have to fulfil. An ideal test date should give you at least three months to prepare for the test.
There are many GMAT prep tips and tricks available online as well as many prep courses that are there to guide you through the entire process of GMAT from prep until the time you wish to appear for the exam. One such prep class is “The GMAT Coach.” Curated specially for working professionals, with their experienced and talented tutors, they provide a prep course that has proved to be the key to scoring 700+ in the GMAT.