After obtaining MBA exam prep books, study them every day for 3 to 6 months before taking the exam. If you study constantly over this time it will improve your memorization ability and enhance your exam results.
TEST PREP SOFTWARE
Access MBA.com and download the test preparation software. This contains two full-length practice exams and review sections to assess your comprehension of the material. Acquaint yourself with the GMAT test design. Since the exam is a computer adjustable program, your questions will start out of average difficulty. Then they will get easier if you miss the question or harder if you didn’t. The harder questions that are answered correctly are worth more points. The questions come randomly so you can not go back and change any answers after submission so make your answers count. For best results, reproduce the test taking environment while taking a full length practice exam; such as, absolute quiet, no distractions, no food breaks, or cell phone usage. Coach yourself to work quickly and efficiently so that you can work in the exam time constraints of 3 hours and 40 minutes with a possible 5 minute break. Since there is a scoring penalty during the actual exam, for not completing a section, it is always best to give an incorrect answer than no answer at all.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE FOR MATH
Practice basic mathematics operations, geometry, and algebriac equations with a review guide or on an online preparation source. Since scrap paper is allowed during the actual test, use it for practice but don’t waste time doing long calculations as the problems on the exam itself are styled in a way as to involve a short cut to acquire the answer. Line, bar, and circle graphs are the most commonly occurring graphs on the exam. If a question is giving you a problem, place the answers given into the original equation to find the answer. This is called a work backwards technique.
FOR WRITING ASSESSMENT
Download a list of both the analysis of argument question and of issue questions. This way you are familiar with the type of questions that will be asked and you can think about the type of answers you would normally give for these types of questions. Always review grammar concepts such as noun subject and subject verb agreement, uses of verbs and adverbs, and run on sentences just to name a few which are common on the GMAT exam. Always read statements more than once before answering them to make sure you understand them.
Analyze the three most frequently used types of reading comprehension questions; science, social science, and business. These questions will most often be based on fact, assumptions, or main idea where you read a short passage pertaing to a particular subject and then answer questions based on those readings. Use scrap paper to jot down notes as you read the passage and before you start the passage read the questions so you will have an idea of what to look for.
GENERAL OVERALL PREPARATION
One of the main things to do before you go to take this exam is insure that you have a light meal before you take it and that you have had a real good night’s sleep. And I also recommend no caffeine. Caffeine just makes you jumpy. Eat some protein to keep you going.