Importance Of Mock Test While Preparing For GMAT


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Collecting relevant material, studying all the collected material and practicing the questions is just one part of the GMAT experience. The other major part is writing the exam. GMAT is an exam that tests your patience level and mental strength, as people say, it’s a physcometric test rather than purely being a test of knowledge. The concepts tested in GMAT are quiet simple, and given ample amount of time post people can score close to 90% accuracy in the exam. But GMAT is lot more than that, its tests your ability to think deep for a period of 4 hours and under immense pressure to perform. This is where mock test come into play.

Most people appearing for GMAT do have an average work experience of 3 to 6 years, staying away from regular student life and studies. Our job life hardly has any 4 hour schedules where one never has an option to even take a minute break. Staying away from such stringent schedules for a long period it always difficult to get back to an exam environment for working professionals. Every GMAT takes need to practice at least 6 to 8 mock test before he/she attempts the actual exam.

I would like to list out certain factors everyone needs to consider for writing a mock test.

1. Make sure to write the mock test in the exact time slot as that of your scheduled GMAT exam.

2. Follow the exact timing patterns and break patters. Remember, you only get to take two 8 minutes breaks in the actual exam, one after IR and one after Quant.

3. Make sure to follow the exact diet pattern that you intend to follow in the actual exam. It is better to carry some energy drink for your break so recharge your energy. I personally opted out from having high calorie chocolates as my body generally tends to heat up when I consume high calorie chocolates.

4. Make sure to attempt each and every section in the mock test, including AWA and IR, it is as important as other sections. Even if most colleges are not considering the IR score for their application process it still is part of the GMAT exam and it plays a prominent role in draining your energy.

5. Do not give away any extra time you have, remember that there are no bonus points awarded for completing your exam early! Even if you have sometime left out in any section just try to relax your brain and prepare yourself for the next section rather than submitting the last question and moving on. Every minor thing counts!

6. Most people follow the elimination method for verbal section and I highly recommend everyone to do the same. So if you are left with some time at the end of Quant section use that time to prepare a sheet with questions numbered from 1 to 41 and write down the options A B C D E for each question. This will save you some time while attempting the verbal section.

7. Every minor distraction plays a major impact on your performance, so make sure to attempt your mock test in silent and isolated environment. In the actual exam the exam room is perfectly silent and the only disturbance you will face is the typing sound from other exam takers, but you always have an option of requesting for earplugs. So if you get distracted from even the tiniest of the noises then make sure to request for earplugs and use them.

Also note that you will not be allowed to sit in front of your computer in the break, you will have to come out of the exam room during the break and reenter the room once you are done with the break.

Make sure to take your mock tests seriously because concentrating continuously for a 4 hour period is no easy task and everything needs to be perfectly in place!