Most candidates get nervous about their GMAT exam. Get the foremost out of practice tests and resources, understand how you learn, and stay positive throughout the method. Just remind yourself that you simply have what it takes. Like all-important goals, preparation and diligence pay off. For working professionals, GMAT preparation can be slightly tough. This article talks about how it is equally possible for a working professional to score high on GMAT.
Steps to Score High in GMAT
The following are a few steps that will help you to achieve a high score on GMAT:
1. Define your Target and starting GMAT scores
Check the GMAT cutoff of the business schools you have selected. You need to aim for a GMAT score 20-30 points above the mentioned score. Candidates applying for scholarships need to have higher GMAT scores.
2. Using a Personalized GMAT Study Planner Tool
Opt for a personalized GMAT study planner according to your requirement. Ensure that the planner aims for a high GMAT score of 700 and above, mostly accepted by top B-schools. The GMAT study planner should include proper GMAT preparation books, practice papers, sample questions, past papers, video explanations, and more.
- Start your GMAT Preparation from the subsequent day of making this plan
- Devote a minimum of 20 hours per week towards the preparation
- You should use a data-driven online course that will assist you to track your preparation and course correction.
3. Ways to Manage Work with GMAT Preparation
Most working professionals who work 40+ hours per week can allocate up to 2 hours per day on weekdays. They can spend up to 4 hours during weekends, amounting to 18-20 hours per week. Many candidates struggle to study for even 12 hours. This happens because they can’t decide when to study on weekdays.
Hence, the primary thing a working professional should do after creating their study plan is to make a decision when to study i.e., whether to:
- Wake up early and study for a few hours
- End work early and study for a few hours before sleeping
- Study for one hour before going to work and after returning as well
Candidates who need to travel for around 2 hours daily can study on the go. There are many apps that help aspirants with notes, vocabulary, video explanations, and more.
- v) Ensure Consistency
Make sure you study consistently. During times when work gets hectic, spend some time solving a few sample questions. This will ensure you don’t lose touch and continue with your studies. You may think it to be just a day’s break. This at some point will become one week then a month. This will hamper the course of preparation and lead to wastage of time.
4. Divide Learning into Concentrated and Tiny Chunks
The easiest way to prepare for GMAT while working is breaking down the learning process. Have 15 – 45 minutes of free time – specialize in continued learning and revision. Continued learning and revision are two ways to strengthen your foundation.
5. GMAT Preparation – Time Management Tips
You can find little chunks of your time while traveling, during lunch breaks, between meetings, expecting your commute, or at the other time once you get 15-20 minutes at a stretch. Important things to ensure effective learning during break time:
- Find a course that permits you to review in chunks and from anywhere, i.e., a course that’s flexible and mobile
- Use headphones to watch explanatory videos on the go without disturbing others or getting disturbed by external noise
- Find a corner to review when within the office so that you aren’t disturbed constantly. If it’s an isolated area where others can’t see you, it would be even better as it will cause much fewer questions. Studying in an isolated area will not disturb you with unwanted questions from fellow employees.
6. Key Takeaways – GMAT Study Plan for Working Professionals
Studying for the GMAT while working full time is challenging but certainly doable. By planning your preparation, creating a study strategy, and making a couple of adjustments to your day, it can become very manageable as long as you:
- Make a correct study plan
- Have realistic expectations of what proportion of time you’ll put in
- Make time by adjusting your work
- Be consistent.
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