Tips for Creating a Winning GMAT Study Plan

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Are you studying for the GMAT, but unsure whether you’re using your time wisely? GMAT studying is a skill in itself. In order to prepare adequately, it is important to develop a progressive study plan that includes regular measurement of your progress.

After you’ve explored resources, like our 8-Week Study Plan, that offer a way to structure your time spent studying for the GMAT, it can be helpful to hear from someone who has already been through the process. Below, Erik Maita, EDHEC Business School, shares his unique approach to feeling confident about the exam and three tips you can utilize during the test.

Tips for Your Best GMAT Exam Performance

"I gained confidence on the GMAT by identifying my weak points and working hard on them, developing a clear study schedule with weekly objectives, and, finally, by taking mock tests twice a month to track my performance."

The role of the GMAT exam

The GMAT exam is a requirement for leading business school applications. It tests your time management, language, and math skills, serving as a steppingstone on your way to the next exciting chapter of your career development.

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Planning your GMAT Exam preparation

Taking practice tests early and often can provide you with an accurate inventory of your skills before the big day. For many, this requires a study schedule with allocated time every day or week, depending on how much time there is between you and your intended test date.

“I gained confidence on the GMAT by identifying my weak points and working hard on them, developing a clear study schedule with weekly objectives,” said Erik. By taking mock tests twice a month, Erik was able to track his progress consistently and address areas in which he scored poorly.

Read the eight steps to a winning GMAT exam prep plan.

Developing skills for test day

Although the content of the exam is crucial to master, the skills that surround studying for the GMAT are equally important. For Erik, time management was the top priority during preparation as well as the exam itself.

“Do not rush! The GMAT needs time and trying to press it doesn't work,” Erik said. “It also helps to move around a little bit, because usually when you get nervous your muscles get steady. Moving and stretching helps.”

Learn the five steps to GMAT exam test day success

Have you picked your GMAT exam day? Begin studying for the GMAT at least six months in advance to give yourself the ideal amount of time to prepare. If your date is taking place during an unprecedented time, explore how to best study for the GMAT exam while social distancing.

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