If you’ve taken the GMAT and weren’t too pleased with your score, don’t fret – a better score is always possible. Tackling the GMAT requires dedication and most often poor scores are attributed to a lack of necessary preparation.
When studying to improve your GMAT score keep the following points in mind:
1. You have to dedicate time to study and do so consistently
There will always be reasons to procrastinate but don’t let life get in the way of your goals. Don’t wait till the last few weeks to begin studying. If you can allocate 1 to 2 hours every day for 3 months you will certainly improve your score.
Set your weekly agenda to include studying – don’t just fit it in whenever.
2. Invest in the best study materials to make the most of your time
Your GMAT score is the first step to a better education and career, so why skimp out on the materials that can help you get a better score?
We’ve outlined the best GMAT prep books here. Do yourself a favor and pick up a book and work through it diligently. Prep materials with comprehensive coverage that make the best use of your time are critical.
3. Save your mistakes
Collect information on all the questions you answer incorrectly. Determine whether you got the question incorrect due to careless error, content error, or logical error.
If you’re not sure how to solve a question – saving it gives you the opportunity to track it so you can target it for practice later. So grab a piece of paper and use it as an error log. Data collection not only helps your identify weaknesses but it can be used as a marker for your progress.
4. Understand why answer choices are correct and incorrect
To master the GMAT you must have a complete understanding of the how and why. Knowing why a certain answer choice is correct is a good start; but knowing why the other choices are incorrect means you have a complete mastery of the material and that’s what gets you into the 700+ score range.
5. Access and focus on your weak areas
Study, review, then practice test. Testing yourself with practice tests helps you pinpoint your weaknesses (here’s a list of free practice tests).
Once you find your weak areas you’ll be able to focus on them – giving your study routine more direction and ultimately leading you to a better score.