Every Indian parent wants their kids to choose either engineering or medicine after their high school. And when a college goer enters his 3rd year of engineering, parents again make him decide his future by giving him just two choices. One is MS, and the other is an MBA. An engineering student, who has an average technical skill is left with only one choice, MBA! May be after making a final call to prepare for MBA, he might get another 2 chances either to pursue MBA in India or abroad. A student aspiring for a high-quality MBA education opts to pursue his post-graduation abroad and here is where GMAT Examination comes into the picture.
The Graduate Management Admission Test is a precious investment and a ticket to pursue MBA abroad. Though test registration fees and the succeeding college fees are too high, the returns an MBA graduate receives abroad makes it a worthy investment indeed. It is a safer bet to join a reputed institute to learn the basic fundamentals and various strategies revolving around the test since huge investments are involved in it. There might be a few street-smart fellows who boast in their blogs about clearing the test in their first attempt, that too without a coaching. But we, over the years haven’t heard the same success stories for two different persons since everyone has their own unique paths towards glory. A coaching institute provides you with an atmosphere of like-minded competitive people and a schedule which makes you follow it with consistency and discipline. A vigorous preparation for 3 to 4 months can bear fruit for every aspirant provided they perform well on that particular day.
Now let’s come to the preparation part. The GMAT Examination consists of 3 sections-
- Analytical Writing section
- Verbal section
- Quantitative section
Analytical writing section consists of analysis of an argument which has to be done and dusted in 30 minutes. Proper understanding of the content and a perfect analysis without any grammatical errors will take you through this section. Analysis of an issue has now been replaced by integrated reasoning which is considered as a nightmare for aspirants. A blend of verbal and quantitative ability will help in solving this and it consists of Tabular Analysis, Graphical Analysis, Two Part Analysis and Multi source Reasoning. All parts of a single question must be answered correctly to receive credits. Options of one question cannot be used to solve other questions and if the answer of one question is wrong, it doesn’t affect the answer to another question. Below is a link to more detailed explanation of integrated reasoning.
Next comes the verbal section which comprises of Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Sentence correction. Materials and practice tests provided by coaching institutes is sufficient for this section. Sentence correction, being the tougher one among the three, needs additional attention since it tests idiom, grammar, style, clarity and logical meaning. Reading comprehension might seem manageable and that is the major blunder every aspirant makes. Practice tests in RC improve speed and ability to understand any content in minimal time. Everyone seems to read the questions first and then search for the answers in the passage which is an extremely wrong practice and also a trap at times. Reading the entire content, that too the first passage with more care gives a better understanding and in turn yields a good score in that section.
Now the final section has arrived i.e., the Quantitative section. It includes Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Interpretation. A good mathematical skill with proper practice before the test can easily get one through this section at ease. Focussing on weak areas is a good thing, but at the same time neglecting one’s strengths totally is not recommended. Solving problems provided in the coaching materials and a dedicated approach towards practice tests is an ideal way to score high credits in this section.
In order to clear any competitive exam, making proper schedule and following them is an important key. Consistent practice is an utmost necessary for this exam to maintain a momentum until the D-day, which is the test date. At least 10 practice tests are required by an aspirant to gain ample confidence and speed to crack this test. Above all, being stable during preparation days is a vital thing as many aspirants quits preparation due to lack of time and consistency. Anxiety during the test day can be handled by considering this as just another exam, which can keep your heart and mind calm. Overall a proper preparation and an unbeatable mental strength can sail an aspirant to victory and to his desired abroad destination indeed!