The Principles Of Effective GMAT Training
An Effective Training Program Consist Of The Following Parts ...
(This discussion assumes that you are familiar with the format
and question types as they are described in the GMAT Bulletin.)
A special note on background math skills:
- Learning The Implications Of The Directions - It amazes me
how many people under perform because they don't understand what
the directions are saying or the meaning of "best answer" in the
context of a specific question type.
- Background Skills Development - The basic skills are grade
9-10 math, basic rules of grammar, the ability to analyze
arguments, and basic reading skills.
In my view the GMAT is not a math test. It is a test of multi
step problem solving skills in which a certain amount of basic
math is the language that is used to test whether you have those
skills. This means that (with few exceptions) the GMAT does not
test math skills but assumes that you have those skills at your
command while you are taking the test! As a result, the
quantitative section of the GMAT will feel harder than it would
if math were being tested directly.
- Multiple Choice Test Skills Development - Multiple choice is
the only kind of test in life where the right answer lies before
your very eyes. All test takes can improve their scores by
learning how to better evaluate answer choices. Many
quantitative questions need not be solved. At least two and
often three of the five choices can be eliminated. At a minimum
test takers must learn to "range answer choices", "backsolve",
and "guess smarter." In addition you must be able to recognize
answers no matter what the format. For example, you could be
working in fractions and have the answer choices appear as
decimals or percents. Multiple choice is your friend. Learn to
take better advantage of it!
- Dealing With Emotional Fallout - The GMAT is designed to make
everyone uncomfortable. In my experience test takers overestimate
the GMAT score that they need. Basically, you need a GMAT score
that is high enough so that you don't get rejected because of
your score. Everybody is in the same boat. Relax. Positive
thinking is very very important!
- Practicing Specific Approaches - Practice without approach is
hazardous! In other words, the simple act of doing more
questions is not likely to significantly raise your score. You
need to learn a specific approach for each question type and then
practice doing the questions using that approach.
- Practice Testing Under The Time Constraints - This is
important. If you had double the time you could probably get
double the answers. If you practice with no attention to the
time constraints you will be like a "lamb going to the
slaughter." You should also take at least one practice test on
computer using the GMAT PowerPrep CAT software (described above).
- Understand The 11 Rules Of Engagement For The GMAT CAT
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