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5 Tips for GMAT Preparation

If you are looking into the requirements for an online MBA program, you know that the GMAT is an important component of the application. The GMAT is a method that many MBA programs use to assess their candidates. Since it is such an important test, here are five GMAT preparation tips.

1. Start with a practice test

The easiest way to establish a GMAT study plan is to identify what you already know and make a game plan from there. Start your GMAT preparation by taking a practice test to identify any areas of weakness that may require more attention.

2. Take notes

An essential component of studying is learning the content and test-taking strategies. To do this well, you need to be an active learner. This means that you should take notes. People are more likely to remember and understand things when they write them down.

3. Build your pacing: accuracy first, then speed

Another key to doing well on the GMAT is having a good balance of speed and accuracy, or pacing. To do this, you should go over practice problems as part of your GMAT preparation. At first, go through them without timing yourself. When you get to a good accuracy level, you can work on trying to complete the problems faster.

4. Review answer explanations

It is equally as important to go over answer explanations as it is to go over practice problems themselves. Answer explanations will show you better and faster ways of completing problems, which is key to doing well on the GMAT.

5. Give yourself a break

It's also important to take breaks. Cramming won't get you very far on the GMAT — you need time to digest the information. Make sure to take at least one day off a week during your GMAT preparation. It is also important not to study on the final day before the GMAT. The best thing you can do for yourself that day is relax.

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