The GMAT is a standardised entrance exam that is taken by those aspiring to secure admission to a postgraduate management programme, especially abroad. The exam has four sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment —  each of which tests your aptitude in a different area. The Verbal Reasoning section tests your grasp over the English language. The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your familiarity with basic mathematics and high school level arithmetic, geometry, and other concepts. The Integrated Reasoning section tests your skills in data integration. The Analytical Writing Assessment section tests your analytical writing and critical thinking skills.

Now, let’s look at the GMAT exam in more detail. So, keep reading!

Registering for GMAT 

If you are interested in registering for the GMAT exam, you can do so from the official GMAC site. When you register, you will be asked to choose a date and a test centre for your appointment. The GMAT is offered throughout the year, and there are no set GMAT test dates per se. You can take the exam as per your convenience on a date that suits you, at a GMAT test centre near you in your city or a city nearby.

Preparing for the GMAT 

Your GMAT preparation is the most important part of your GMAT journey. Your level of preparation and familiarity with the subjects and concepts being tested will directly impact your GMAT score, and in turn, the likelihood of you being able to secure admission to your dream business schools. In order to prepare well for the exam, you must create a detailed study schedule that you can follow in a disciplined and systematic manner. Whether you have chosen to make a plan for thirty days, eight weeks, or six months, what matters most is that you are able to stick to it. One of the most crucial elements of any GMAT study plan will be assessing your progress with the help of mock tests and sample questions.

Adding mock GMAT papers to your preparation plan will help you to simulate the real test environment at your home, so that when the actual test date arrives, you are not taken by surprise. Solving GMAT test sample papers will help you to understand your strengths and weaknesses in various topics and question types. Once you understand where you stand, you can alter your study plan moving forward accordingly. You should focus more on the topics or concepts where you are having trouble, and reduce the time spent on those parts of the syllabus that you have already mastered and converted into strengths.

The GMAT exam is a pivotal part of your business school admission process, and should not be taken lightly. People often take eighteen months to reach a level of preparation that satisfies them, but you need only take as long as it takes for you to feel comfortable with your level of preparation. Good luck for the exam!

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