The third GMAT study phase: GMAT strategy
Hopefully, you have stuck to your study plan. If so, you have studied the required theory and you have practiced with a sufficient amount of questions. After you have done this you can continue with the third study phase, which is called GMAT strategy. In this weeks’ blog, we will explain which problems you will encounter during this phase.
GMAT practice exam
It is most likely that you have been studying for around a month when you are done with the first two study phases. Of everything is going fine, you should feel more comfortable when solving GMAT question. That is why this is a good moment to make a practice exam. At mba.com you will find a free practice exam. This exam is a great representation of the real exam because both are computer adaptive. This means that the questions get harder to solve, every time you answer a question correctly. Besides testing your current level, making a practice exam is a great way to train your concentration. It takes three and a half hours to finish the exam, so it is desirable to get used to this.
You will need a time management strategy!
As you have read before, the GMAT test is computer adaptive. This means, unless you will get an 800 score, you will eventually encounter a question which you are not able to answer. Or, in other words: you do not have enough time to answer the question. On average you have two minutes to answer every question. You will be disproportionately punished if you do not answer all of the questions within the time. And in addition to that, it is not possible to skip a question and answer it later on. Because of these reasons, you will need a time management strategy, in order to answer as many questions as possible.
How to formulate a time management strategy
A time management strategy means that you have to let go of questions in order to be able to answer all of the questions. It is quite hard the indicate the correct questions to let go of, simply because you do not have a lot of experience with solving GMAT problems. But, during the Bootcamp, an experienced tutor from GMAT Amsterdam, will help you to formulate a time management strategy. By practicing with questions you will track down your points of improvement. If you click on this link you can read more about the Bootcamp.