Build a Sound Study Plan
Being a little nervous about the GMAT® exam is normal. Reduce your anxiety by approaching the test with a solid plan and execute on that plan. Get the most out of practice tests and resources, understand how you learn, and stay positive throughout the process. Just remind yourself that you have what it takes! Like any important goal, preparation and hard work pay off.
GMAT Strong: Four Steps to Becoming a Better Test-Taker
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Getting ready for the GMAT exam takes time and hard work. It also takes the right approach. Do what strong test-takers do: follow your study plan, know how to get the most out of practice tests, understand how you learn, and approach the process and test with a calm, positive attitude.
- Have a plan. Strong GMAT test-takers have a robust study plan. This helps them to stay on track week to week, and that consistency translates into progress as they work through the material. Determine the subjects that you will cover on specific days and the activities that you will complete, such as answering practice questions or taking a full-length practice exam.
- Practice with purpose. Practice is one of the most valuable elements of GMAT preparation. Approach each practice test as though you’re sitting down on your actual test day. This will help you get in the habit of focusing for an extended period of time, moving at an appropriate pace, and keeping up your endurance.
- Know how you learn. Strong test-takers know their strengths and use them to maximize their study time and perform well. There isn't a single right way to study for the GMAT, only the way that is right for you. You may find that you need the accountability and structure of a class, or maybe you study best in a self-paced environment.
- Have a positive mindset. Once you have put in the time and done the work to prepare for the GMAT exam, the best thing you can do is clear away your worries and relax. Test-day stress will only get in your way. Strong GMAT test-takers go into the exam with a positive, can-do attitude—they know they are prepared and have confidence in their abilities.
Build Your GMAT Exam 8-Week Study Plan
Start your GMAT exam process at least six months before your test results are due.
Most candidates report a minimum eight-week study timeline if they are somewhat familiar with the underlying GMAT exam content. But, you are the best judge of how much time you need to prepare.