TOP 10 WAYS TO RAISE YOUR GMAT SCORE
When it comes to taking the GMAT, some test-taking skills will do you more good than others. There are concepts you can learn, techniques you can follow, and tricks you can use that will help you to do your very best. Here’s our pick for the
top 10 ways to raise your score:
1. Create a study plan and follow it. The right GMAT study plan will help you get the most out of this book in whatever time you have.
2. Don’t get stuck on any one question. Since you have to answer questions in order to keep moving, you can’t afford to spend too much time on any one problem.
3. Learn the directions in advance. If you already know the directions, you won’t have to waste your precious test time reading them. You’ll be able to jump right in and start answering questions as soon as the test clock starts.
4. Read passages for structure, not details. When you read GMAT passages, don’t stop for details. Most of the questions will ask about the structure of the passage rather than specific facts.
5. In sentence corrections, save time by skipping the first choice. It always repeats the original sentence, so there’s no point in reading it.
6. In critical reasoning questions, start by finding the conclusion. Since the conclusion is the main point of the argument, it’s the key to answering every question of this type.
7. If a problem-solving math question stumps you, work backward from the answers. The right answer has to be one of the five choices. Since the choices are arranged in size order, starting with choice (C) results in the fewest calculations.
8. Do only as much work as you have to for data sufficiency questions. Your task is only to decide if you have enough information to answer the question. You don’t have to solve it.
9. Use the “three main points” approach in the analytical writing assessment. This plan will give your essay structure and strength.
10. Polish up rusty math skills with the GMAT Math Review. If your math skills need some shoring up, the Math Review covers all the basic concepts of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and geometry that you’re likely to encounter on the GMAT.