When it comes to studying for the GMAT exam, there are no magic formulas, no secrets, no tricks—just planning, preparation, and consistency. Every month, thousands of people around the world have accepted their fate to take this standardized adaptive exam in hopes to walk out with a competitive score of 700 or above. Because of its return on investment, it is imperative that you understand how to effectively prepare and study for this test.
When studying for the GMATs, you must first and foremost understand that this preparation will require an overall commitment on your time, and possibly your money. Because of this, try and block off three to four months with 15 to 20 hours of studying per week before your scheduled test date. This will allow you to learn the necessary skills and foundation for the exam so that you can effectively perform on test day.
As for the exam, it is important you understand the type of problems you will see on the test. While there are only two sections, quantitative and verbal, these sections will cover five types of questions:
- Problem solving
- Data Sufficiency
- Sentence Correction
- Critical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
Within those specific sections, they will have their own sub questions tailored towards the difficulty and complexity of the exam. Now to succeed on the GMATs, it is immensely helpful to recognize the questions not merely as vehicles for assessment, but as the assessment themselves. Learning the strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and tricks of each individual questing will allow you to gain a stronger arsenal come test day.
To help you with this, I would highly advise you consider taking a GMAT prep class such as Veritas or Manhattan GMAT. These prep classes will help you understand your own skill and ability level, what areas you are good at, what areas you still need to master, how to work and perfect your timing, and how to analyzing your exam. Be mindful that those who do better on the GMAT exam tend to spend more time studying for it, on average. But there is no cause–and-effect process at work here. Studying 107 hours does not guarantee that you will score in the 600 range. Instead, understand and internalize the problems. Even if you get them write, look back at the strategies and begin incorporating new methods such as plugging in answers, backwards solving, etc. into your tool box.
Good luck and happy studying.