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5 Things Every GMAT Study Plan Needs

Friday, June 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM

There is a wide array of individuals applying to online MBA programs. Different students have different needs, which means that every GMAT study plan will be different. However, there are several essential elements that every plan needs. Those elements include:

1. Needs Assessment

The first essential step to any GMAT study plan is to conduct a needs assessment. This will help you understand what your needs are and thus, where to direct your study. You can conduct your needs assessment by taking a GMAT practice test. GMAC has one of the best tests, and it is free.

2. Breaks

The second most important element to factor into your GMAT study plan is study breaks. The GMAT is more about strategy than content, so pure memorization will only get you so far. You will need to take time to digest the strategies you learn. Take periodic breaks to help you internalize the information. Then you can come back to the material with a fresh mind.

3. Content and Strategy Learning

There is a lot of strategy and content to learn for the GMAT. Having a good grasp on this information will help you get through questions more quickly and accurately. To do this, you should work your way through a GMAT course or set of books.

4. Pace Building

After getting a handle on the strategy and content of the GMAT, the next step in any GMAT study plan should be to reinforce that knowledge by going over practice questions. When you first start going over practice questions, your priority should be implementing what you have learned. Don’t be too concerned with time. Once you can implement the strategies well, then you can try to go through the problems faster. When you go over practice problems, it is equally important to review the answers when you are done, so you can learn if there is a better way to complete the problem.

5. Mental Endurance

The final piece of the puzzle is mental endurance. The GMAT is a long and exhaustive test, so you have to train your brain to concentrate for that long. The best way to do that is to take lots of full-length GMAT practice tests.

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