Mock Test before starting GMAT Preparation?
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge. Congratulations! Now, you need to ensure that your efforts are channelized in the most optimum way, so that your plunge yields the intended result.
Contrary to popular notion, starting your preparation by giving a GMAT mock test might not be suited for every GMAT aspirant.
Take a mock test before starting the preparation, only if at least one of the following is true:
- There has not been much gap between when you completed your formal education (say maximum 2 years since graduation)
- If you have been in touch with academics by way of some intensive part time courses
- If you have been preparing for other similar entrance examinations such as MAT (Management aptitude test), CAT (Common Aptitude test) etc.
In you don’t fall into any of the above categories, then a GMAT mock test, in all likelihood will have a predictable result: Disaster! So, it will serve no purpose, other than to demotivate your even before you start preparing.
Many people believe that a mock test accurately depicts the areas of strength and weakness of an aspirant, enabling the aspirant to focus on improving her/his areas of weakness. As a concept, this looks appealing.
However, the issue is that you should be at some level of preparation, for the mock test to correctly depict your areas of weaknesses. Otherwise, the weaknesses depicted by the mock test will not be representative of your actual weaknesses, derailing your entire focus of preparation, even before you start the preparation.