50 Ways To Increase Your GMAT Score


General Tips

1. Advantage of Adaptability: The GMAT exam is also referred to as CAT. The acronym CAT stands for Computer Adaptive Test which means the difficulty levels of the upcoming questions adapt to your ability level as you proceed. So, a good performance at the initial level gets you to higher value questions quickly, contributing towards a higher score.

2. Not as flexible as you think: You must answer the questions in the order of their appearance. Unlike most of the exams, GMAT doesn’t allow you to skip the questions or come back to them. So, prepare and plan accordingly about how much time you need to spend on each questions.

3. Recreate Exam Environment: When you take practice tests try to create circumstances as similar to exam day as possible, ignore all distractions, time yourself, test your strategy. By practicing this way you will find yourself at ease during the actual examination.

4. Experimental Questions: Whether a question is experimental or not is something you need not worry about, as there is nothing you can do to distinguish between the two. So give your best and stay focused.

5. Don’t worry about how questions make you feel: Since experimental questions don’t follow the adaptive algorithm you can encounter an easy or a difficult question in any order, don’t let an easy question intimidate you and a difficult one make you confident.

6. Time is Score: Time management is very important as your final score and time elapsed are directly proportional. So try to maintain your pace throughout.

7. Don’t freeze: If you get to a point where you feel stuck, don’t waste time just select the answer with your best guess and move on. Stay motivated and confident.

8. Don’t Stress: Try to be cool and calm during the test, as you are not limited to only one chance. You can retake the test to achieve your desired score. So, give your best performance knowing that you still have another try.

9. Be Picky: It is very important to choose your potential tutors and instructors. Be very picky in deciding as it is a major contributor towards your preparation. Decide your instructors based on their knowledge, experience and way of teaching.

10. Follow Reverse Psychology: Question writers do the same, they write questions with very tempting incorrect options. So if you follow this concept you are most likely to choose the less obvious answer which ends up being the correct one.

11. Plan: Schedule the exam in advance to a convenient date so that you have enough time to prepare.

12. Practice: Be selective in choosing your practice questions, solving 1000’s of similar types of questions won’t be beneficial to you.

13. Empty Stomach = Empty Mind: Taking test on an empty stomach is not a good idea, have a light and fulfilling breakfast.

14. Dress in layers: The heating or cooling of commercial test centers keeps on varying. Test takers can achieve a higher score if they are more comfortable.

15. Carry snacks and a bottle of water for breaks.

16. Don’t think too much: Once you have answered a question, obliterate it from your mind and live in the moment.

17. Know the types of sections: The GMAT exam consists of 4 sections Quant, Verbal, Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning.

Sectional Tips: Verbal

18. Sentence correction: The best ROI with least efforts. Learning a few rules will contribute to a great score.

19. Choose Wisely: Choice A can be your savior at times as it is right almost 20% of the times if you cannot find anything wrong with the sentence.

20. Don’t Rely on what sounds right in your head: Often you will encounter very tempting answer choices which you must have heard or read in mainstream publications and they may seem right. But that's not the actual case go with what you think is right and not what sounds right.

21. Look out for the verbs: The verbs provide a fair idea about the sentence’s components and tell you where the sentence is headed.

22. Identify Changes: Have a look at the answer choices and try to get a clear idea about what is changing between them and what the question is trying to test.

23. Know how to categorize: GMAT tests sentence correction in six particular themes which are : parallel construction, misplaced modifiers, subject verb agreement, pronoun agreement, subject verb agreement and consistent tense usage. If you can spot and categorize them correctly you will be in good shape!

24. Try to spot the compound subject: As we know that each pronoun refers to only one subject or object. Be attentive - if you see something like “Harry and Jones,” or the fork and the spoon” it could be a compound subject.

25. It’s not “as” you “like”: Know where to use “as” and where to use “like” while comparing. Use “as” when comparing verbs and “like” when comparing nouns.

26. Never use “was”: Try to use “were” and “ would” in the subjunctive, avoid using “was”.

27. Countable or Uncountable?: Be very clear about the concept of countable and uncountable nouns:

  • Countable nouns can be few, fewer or many. They include bottles as opposed to liquids.

  • Uncountable nouns can be little, less or much. They include liquids as opposed to bottles.

28. Plural or Singular ? It’s not what you think they are: There are some nouns like Everyone, None, Each, Everything, Anyone which might appear plural but are singular by convention.

29. Read the Passage Carefully: Rely only on the information in the passage to answer the questions.

30. Answer questions to yourself: What is the passage about? What is the paragraph about? Answer all these questions so that you know you are on the right track.

31. The first sentence of each paragraph usually tells you what the passage is about.

32. Selective Reading: Passages can be too long and boring but they ‘re well constructed, so try to get the gist from the first two sentences of the first paragraph and last two sentences of the last paragraphs.

33. Correlation is not equal to Causation.

34. Recognize casual assumptions.

35. An argument never states assumptions.

Sectional Tips : Integrated Reasoning & Quant

36. This section is not computer adaptive. Therefore, work on the easiest part first.

37. Integrated Reading comes in hybrid category as it is a combination of skills demanded by both verbal and quant.

38. Don’t lose the track of time with only 30 minutes, you need to keep moving.

39. Be comfortable with medians, mode and average.

40. Pay attention to units.

41. Know the divisibility rules 2,3,4,5,7,11,13,17.

42. Know that you can sort only by column at a time.

43. If you are doing a lot of algebra on permutation or combination question you must have missed something. The questions tend to run pretty quickly once they are set.

44. Remember to look at the answer choices before grinding into calculations.

45. Questions containing phrases like “must be” or “ could be” will require more calculation to eliminate the incorrect answers.

46. Write down all your math work: You are less likely to make an error if you do so.

47. Know the order of operations PEMDAS: These stands for parentheses, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction.

48. Try to spot questions about prime numbers. They will have only 2 options to look for.

49. Know your basics.

50. Remember, no calculators on math sections.

Good Luck and Happy Studying!

Ready4 GMAT Team

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