GMAT Preparation - Things You Should Keep in Mind

In our last blog, we discussed the GMAT Preparation plan.

In this blog, we discuss the key dos and don'ts that every aspirant should keep in mind, during GMAT preparation.



  • Set a schedule for preparation, one that is reasonable yet demanding. Stick to that schedule. Procrastination is not your friend during GMAT preparation. 


  • Schedule your exam in sufficient advance. A target date would automatically induce discipline to study as per the schedule you've crafted for yourself. After all, you know that the clock is ticking and it is expensive to postpone GMAT to a later date.


  • Focus primarily on official questions, as your source of practice. As opposed to most other exams, GMAT suffers from a problem of plenty. Even a cursory Google search would present to you, an almost endless repository of GMAT questions. However, many/most of those questions might have been prepared by novices working in the GMAT prep industry and might not reflect the true nature of questions asked on GMAT. Hence, it is best to stick to official questions during GMAT preparation. GMAT official guides and questions available in GMAT Official mock tests are great sources of preparation.


  • Joining a good course (offline/online) could speed up your on-boarding process. Thru the preparation as well, it could keep the noise out, letting you focus on the most relevant content.


  • While official publications (Official guide etc.) provide a great source for practice, supplement this with actual text books (good ones available in retail, or through a structured online/offline course) to develop concepts.


  • Focus on Quality over Quantity. Let's reitrate what we mentioned above - while some GMAT forums may have compilation of literally thousands of GMAT questions, but most of those questions would not be authentic, since they are from un-official sources. Ignore un-official sources.


  • Towards the end of your preparation, give at least 4-5 mock tests, including the free official tests available on the official website. 



  • Once you've finalized a course/resource/material, don't worry about what course/resource/material others are following. Trust your choice and stay invested in it. Many people continue to prepare in a vortex of self-doubt whether they are accessing the best available GMAT preparation resources. Such self-doubt only impedes the momentum preparation.  


  • Don't prepare for the sections sequentially; in other words, don't prepare only for Quant first and then Verbal, or vice versa. Preparation for both sections must be managed in parallel, as this is the most efficient way of preparing. Of course, depending upon your relative comfort level in these sections, you would ultimately end up spending more time on the section that is your weaker one.


  • Even if you are supremely comfortable in Quant, make sure you don't ignore it; especially do sufficient practice for Data Sufficiency questions. It's not a new topic but a new question type that gets time to get used to. We have had many students who could not realize their full potential on Quant, just because they did not do sufficient practice in Data Sufficiency.


  • Don't be nervous in the exam (yes, you can control it). GMAT just another exam. Remember: as opposed to most other exams, GMAT does offer a second chance.