I’m going to talk to you about passing GMAT recently I score at 700 out of 800 and GMAT which is a pretty decent score. It got me to top five American universities. Two of them gave me full financial aid and it took me only two months to prepare. If you have GMAT coming, if you have to take it in a few months, I think this will be really useful because I’m going to share methods and materials that I’ve used.
I found out the score that I needed to get all of the universities that I’ve chosen required something around. They wouldn’t really give you the minimum score. They would just give you the average of the previous class. So I just realized the minimum I should get a 650 and I aimed for more of course.
I downloaded a book called GMAT official guide it’s updated every year. What I should tell about this book the first thing you don’t have to read it actually. I started reading it from page one. I thought it would be very useful and I will know all the things about GMAT but actually know the theory. There you know everything they talked about. What a positive number is, what a negative number is, what a what fraction is – means this is something you wouldn’t want to waste your time on especially if you have two months like I did because I only found out that soon apply for universities in October.
My first deadline was in January so it was all pretty hectic so what I did, I took practice tests. They have something not like a real GMAT, they have a sort of assessment test and it took up. It told me exactly which parts are the worst for me. It has quantitative analytical writing integrated reasoning and verbal. Once I took it, I realized quantitive was the worst part for me.
The next day, I just open the quantitive part and they have like 200 different exercises for quantitative. They actually replicate the tasks you would get into math so I started with the first one and first 40 tasks look pretty easy. I didn’t experience any difficulties but then started with the 40th, I realized I don’t really know some theory and this is when I actually got back to the chapters in the book that told me what digit means in a number or you know some basic things I’ve forgotten. This is the only time when I use the theory in that book.
Also, I started measuring my time from the task 1 so as you know chapter 1 would allow you around 2 minutes to pass every task and I tried to limit myself. It didn’t mean that when two minutes passage is stopped. I just realized and marked in my head that hey this took a little while longer than I expected. I just continued doing the task and I made sure I came to the right answer with my brain. That was really important because you can handle all the tasks of GMAT
I read the rules about GMAT like some basic things you need to know and the most important thing you need to know is that you can’t use a calculator. When I did all the practice tasks, I only used my pen and paper, no calculator. When you’re preparing, I advise you to do all the calculate calculations in your mind, especially when you’re in a shop or like something random is happening and you have to calculate things – don’t use your calculator. When you’re preparing Bucci Matt, this is actually good for the rest of your life because it really helps your brain to stay vibrant.
I think it was one of the best things that happened to me, I found out about economist GMAT which is a magazine that writes about things that are happening in the world. They also develop their own course that will help you to prepare for GMAT but the thing is it’s very expensive. It cost around $800, I just took a free trial it lasted seven days and June 7 days I was able to to pass 25% of the whole economist GMAT thing. It was so useful because during this 25% I’ve learned a lot of things.
They would also give you a free GMAT simulation test and all of the tricks I’ve used in GMAT came from economist GMAT. I used economist GMAT for both verbal and quantitative art. The trial period stops once you reach 25% of the course. I think those first 25% are the best because you know they want to sell you the course so they’re trying to make it maximally concentrated with great things. They also have a mobile app so just to load it to your phone.
I just piled my iPhone with all the different apps that there were 40 Matt. I’ll tell you about the best was preperation for GMAT. I hope you see it so that for GMAT this app was the best in terms of verbal part because there was the sentence correction part in GMAT. When I took the practice test, I realized I’m so bad at sentence correction. I scored like I don’t know 10% but actually using this, I scored 100% which is great. You can use it while you’re waiting in the traffic jam, while waiting for your appointment the doctors. It’s always with you. You don’t need anything, you just have your questions and you have right and wrong answers. Then you get explanation why you chose wrong or why you chose right. This is a very good thing for verbal part. I also use it to define because I did a lot of quantitative tests from Jim, an official guide. It wasn’t that effective.
You have to figure out how much time you’re going to spend on GMAT preparation. For me, as I said, I only had two, four months. Three weeks of those I spent on vacation in Miami which wasn’t the best decision to prepare for it. It was really tough and really difficult to make yourself. I think the minimum time that you have to dedicate to GMAT is 1/2 hours each day. I would say 10 hours during the weekend – five hours on Saturday, five hours on Sunday. You have to practice every day really and I increased the time that I’ve used for preparation closer to the exam.
I will tell you the cases when I used it first. When it came to the test that I didn’t get and a dream an official guide the book, it really gives you this weird answers like the formula over triangle inserted into rectangular. I use too much Club for difficult tasks.The second thing I used it for is essay. An essay is a part of the exam that you have to spend the least time on because as you know GMAT consists of four parts and essay is a part that doesn’t go towards your final score. It doesn’t affect your score. They were just mark how much you score in the exam.
At the beginning of the test, you have around 15 minutes to read the rules of the test and I actually read them before because they can be found anywhere. I used that time to write down the template for my essay because when I started writing it, I had everything already on the paper so I just had to insert something relevant to the text.
This is thing that I also did on GMAT and something you need to reign in advance and I wrote this on the draft paper that they gave me ABCDE many times. I use this for crossing out wrong answers and it makes the thinking really easier when you know that this is not C, this is not B, this is not A and you just have to decide between D and E and visually it’s easier so do that with the template.
I wanted to tell you it’s about our practice tests so I took for practice tests. You know they are so difficult. They’re psychologically difficult because you have to sit down for three hours and you have to take that test. On the first test I got 640, on the second test I got 670, on the third test I go 700 and I was so excited. Then I took another practice test and the score is 650. So, don’t take them too many times. As I said, like because you’re taking them at home, you’re not really concentrated. So, I scored more than I scored on my practice tests.
The average that I scored on the practice test would be like 680 but I ended up scoring 700. So, just make sure you do them and make sure you don’t do them three days before the exam, because your brain would be so exhausted. You wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the exam at all. Take three practice tests and stop taking them three days prior to that.