It is almost impossible to think about preparing for GMAT without coaching classes. Some students study 16 hours a day without coaching but still end up failing the test. A quick tip before moving on to how you should prepare for GMAT is that you should attempt the quant section first, then move on to the verbal section, and finish with analytical writing. This helps you cover all the questions and get an idea of the time left and the number of questions to complete within that time.
1. Collecting study materials
One of the reasons why students tend to join GMAT prep courses is to gain knowledge and experience straight from the experts. If you really want to work hard and crack the GMAT, you should start focusing on what the tutors teach in the class. They have a unique way of teaching so that you can answer as many questions as possible during the test. Try to follow their pattern and read the study materials they prepare.
2. Divide your syllabus according to the subjects
Ideally, you should start with quant before any other section. Mathematics takes most of the time in GMAT and that is what you should focus first. Divide the subject into geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and data analysis. Keep a single day to prepare data analysis because that’s the easiest of the bit. Identify your strong zone. If you are good at arithmetic, keep a couple of days for it. You should have at least 4 or 5 days each to prepare the harder portions before the examination. Plus, there should be an additional day or two to revise everything.
It will be best if you study different parts of the syllabus on different days. If you are starting with QA, make sure you finish QA and then start with verbal reasoning. This will help absorb the syllabus better. You can also consult with your tutor regarding which subject to attend first during the final test.
3. Read hundreds of comprehensions
Comprehensions are easy to read. They are almost like reading story books. Don’t focus on them while solving verbal reasoning questions. Your focus should be on learning new words and improving the vocabulary. You can read comprehensions when you take a break. The questions are easy to solve, and it will be like a mental practice. This will also assist in reading the passages faster during the actual test.
4. Solve hundreds of mock tests
There is no substitute to appearing for online mock tests. You can solve questions from the previous years or from the last 10 years. But whenever you take a mock test, always have a countdown timer in front of you. It will improve your time management skills that will come in handy during the test.
If you have made your mind up about appearing for GMAT, then equip yourself with more information and enroll in a good coaching class as soon as possible. This is not a trial and error test; it is a test that will make or break your career!