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Beating the GMAT

After years of teaching GMAT and doing research on GMAT, I came to realize that the art of teaching and that of learning make both the teachers and students stand out. So, it is well worth stressing that preparing for GMAT shouldn’t be taken for granted as taking GMAT is unlike the other test experiences that student undergo in school, not to mention the fact that out of the many application requirements, GMAT would prove to be the hardest.
Just staying up half the night studying doesn’t ensure you the score you want. What matters the most in GMAT is nothing other than how you prepare.

Considering the fact that most of the B-schools in the United States of America requires that applicants turn in GMAT score as a prerequisite for the admission. GMAT test needs to be given due importance. The practice is that top B-schools prioritize the applications with high GMAT scores in them.

STRUCTURE 
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. 
The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. 
The Analytical Writing Assessment score is based on one Analysis of an Argument essay. Essays are scored independently twice and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals. 
Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. Like the AWA, the IR scores are computed separately from the Quantitative and Verbal sections and have no effect on the Total score.

DOES GMAT REALLY MATTER ?
It is interesting to know that the higher your GMAT score is, the higher your starting salary will be. Research shows that every 10 point increase in your GMAT score correlates to another $5K in your starting salary after business school. Higher scores help you to gain admission into more competitive, higher-ranked MBA programs, which in turn brings more job opportunities and higher salaries. 

In short, it pays to prep. 
Even the B-schools in Nepal require that the students undergo the entrance test referred to as KUMAT, SOMAT, Ace MAT, and Apex MAT, just different naming for GMAT, depending on the affiliation of the schools.  But it is to be noticed that if your scores are 50 points below a school’s average, the chances of admission are low. It is noteworthy that the GMAT is a game. Strategies are as important to GMAT as to any sports.

TIPS TO PREPARE 
Test preparation depends on the individual. The best way for you to prepare depends on many factors: 

Your familiarity with standardized tests, 
Your level of English and grammar knowledge, 
Your work schedul amount of time you can devote to studying, etc.
Here are eight tips to help you prepare as much as you can for the GMAT
Select effective materials
There are a variety of GMAT study books available. One of the most effective books is the official one, with retired test questions.  Practice tests are also available on the GMAC website.

 Familiarize yourself with the format
The GMAT exam consists of four main sections—
Analytical Writing Assessmen, 
Integrated Reasonin, 
Quantitative  Verba

You have three and a half hours to take the exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours if you choose to take the optional breaks..GMAC provides a list of possible questions for the analytical writing assessment, so there is no excuse for not being prepared.

Plan your study and follow it
Plan the preparation that you think works best for you. Go through the different sections of the test on different days. 
Identify your weaknesses

As you practice, find out what section you need more work on and give more time to improve your performance in that section.

Learn the tricks
Don’t let yourself be misled into choosing the wrong answer. Use your tricks to triumph over tricky questions. If you can’t find the right answer, try finding wrong ones. Doing so can help you finally arrive at the right answer. Eliminate the Deliberately Deceptive Wrong Choices.

Use an experienced tutor to help you prepare
There is much you can get from an experienced GMAT tutor.  Experienced tutors are good at recognizing what areas the students might have difficulty in. Moreover, appropriate guidance from the tutor accelerates the progress of students.

Enjoy your preparation
Having to studying for a test should never be taken as a stress. Just take it as a challenge and have fun preparing for it.  My biggest piece of advice is- enjoy GMAT. 
The 3 P’s (Practice, Practice, Practice) 
Spend most of your preparation time studying and practicing questionn in your weakest subject area. Going through as many GMAT books as possible, will make the most efficient use of your preparation.