What You Need To Know About Studying For The GMAT
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The GMAT is a very difficult test that really challenges your brain.† If you arenít thoroughly prepared for this quite unique test, you will probably do quite poorly.† With a lot of focused preparation and smart studying, however, you can really improve and do quite well on the test.† Letís go over three main things you need to know when beginning your GMAT preparation.
Not all study materials were created equal.
The difference in quality between the best GMAT prep books and the worst is absolutely huge.† Because of this, you must do a lot of research before you begin studying to figure out what the best materials to buy are.† If you just walk into a bookstore and pick out which ones you think are best based on look and feel, you are taking a big risk and will probably end up making some poor purchases and putting yourself at a significant disadvantage.† To make sure you donít fall into this trap, you should spend two weeks figuring out what your study plan is going to be and which books you are going to buy.† There are a lot of great sites on the Internet, such as GMAT Club and How to Study for the GMAT†that will guide you through the studying process and give you good suggestions for which books to buy and how to spend your time studying.† Make sure to take advantage of those materials.
-Two months is all you need
A lot of people think that taking 5-6 months studying for the GMAT is a really good idea because you have so much time to study all the material.† The truth is that if you take that much time to study, you will end up losing focus, getting study fatigue, and losing motivation.† There really isnít that much material you need to learn on the GMAT.† You truly only need two months of studying two hours a day to be prepared for the test.† You want to have enough time where you can comfortably learn all the material and take enough time to do practice problems without losing focus and motivation.† Two months is the perfect amount of time to get this done.
-Lack of natural ability can be overcome
There is no ďGMAT gene,Ē where you are either naturally good at the test or not.† Instead, you will get better over time with thorough and consistent practice.† In math, if you do enough practice problems, you will start to see the same concepts over and over again and you should really start to improve if you have studied correctly.† Donít be dismayed if you take an initial practice test and donít do well.† Plenty of people have dramatically improved their score over time with thoughtful and consistent practice.† Anyone can do well on the test with the right study plan.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joseph Auer is a leading expert in GMAT preparation.