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Practice Tests and Strengthening Weaknesses

In Parts I and II of the Learning Guide, you covered all of the content tested on the GMAT.  Now it’s time to identify areas of weakness and start building the stamina required for this 3.5-hour test.

In Part III, you will:

  • Take regular practice tests to gauge your progress
  • Work on your timing and endurance
  • Identify and strengthen areas of weakness
  • Continue developing the proper mindset for maximizing your score

Let’s begin Part III.

Determining the Distance to your Target Score

At this point, you may already have the skills necessary to reach your target score.  Let’s find out.

Take GMATPrep test #2 

Enter the results of GMATPrep practice test #2 in your GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart

So, did you reach or exceed your target score?

If so, then you’re almost ready to take the official GMAT.  Before you schedule your test, however, you should take some more practice tests on the GMATPrep software.  Your goal should be to exceed your target score on at least 2 of the remaining practice tests, since you want to be certain that you will reach your target score on test day.

If you have not yet reached your target score, you will need to identify and strengthen areas of weakness.

Strengthening Areas of Weaknesses

From this point on, your learning activities will be guided by your areas of weakness.  Below, you will find a variety of suggested activities to strengthen any weaknesses.

 

Learning from your GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart

Review your personal GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart to identify areas of weakness (e.g., Geometry, Sentence Correction etc.) 

For each area of weakness:

Review the videos related to that topic

Re-answer the Official Guide (13th edition) questions related to that topic (be sure to carefully review the full solutions to the questions you answered incorrectly)

Ask, review and answer questions on GMAT discussion forums such as Beat The GMAT

 

Learning from your Full-Length Practice Tests

You can take the official GMATPrep practice tests up to 3 times each.  Just remember that, when you see a repeated question, wait about 2 minutes before answering it.  Otherwise your score will be inflated.

Also, be sure to take the bonus 800Score practice tests that are included with your purchase of our Complete GMAT course. To take these practice tests, go to the 800Score login page and enter the confirmation code the confirmation coded that you received in the welcome email we sent you when you purchased the course. 

 

Analyzing your Practice Tests

When analyzing your practice tests, there are four types of weakness to watch out for:

1.  Specific quantitative skills/concepts (e.g., algebra, standard deviation, etc.)

2.  Specific Verbal skills/concepts (e.g., verb tenses, assumption CR questions, etc.)

3.  Test-taking skills (time management, endurance, anxiety etc.)

4.  silly mistakes

For the first two weaknesses, the fix is straightforward: find the related lesson(s), learn the concept/skill, and answer practice questions to strengthen that weakness.

If your test-taking skills are the issue, then work on those. For example, we have videos on time management and anxiety reduction in the General Strategies module.

Finally, if silly mistakes are hurting your score, then you must identify and categorize these mistakes so that, during tests, you can easily spot situations in which you are prone to errors.  Brent writes about this in the article Avoiding Silly Misteaks on the GMAT.

 

Additional Resources

If you need additional materials to help you prepare, consider the following options:

Math

  • The Official Guide for Quantitative Review (2nd Edition)
  • GMAT Focus (a GMAC tool for evaluating your quantitative proficiency)
  • Official GMAT paper tests

Verbal

Reaching your Target Score

Keep taking practice tests until you reach your target score on at least two attempts

Schedule your test

Get inspired by reading success stories in the I Just Beat The GMAT forum

Avoiding Surprises on Test Day

Before your test, travel to the test center to ensure that you know how to get there 

Take a video tour of a GMAT Testing Center

Test Day!

Walk into the test center and do your very best

Keeping in Touch

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