Top 3 Tips For Slashing GMAT Test-Taking Time

Posted on October 5, 2014 | Filed in GMAT

An important aspect to taking the GMAT exam is time management. Find out the top ways to slash your GMAT test taking time without sacrificing time for covering important material.

An important aspect to taking the GMAT exam is time management. Find out the top ways to slash your GMAT test taking time without sacrificing time for covering important material.

Preparing to take the GMAT exam? Studying all the tips and tricks on how to decipher the logic of sentence correction or basic geometry on the quantitative section? The steps you are taking are the right steps, however, do not be fooled, how fast you can answer the questions is just as important as how well you can answer them. The test makers are not interested in your ability to answer a question correctly if it is at the cost of not having enough time left to answer another question. In addition to the test-preparation course you already have underway it is important to add additional exercises that will slash your test taking time and make you the most efficient test taker.

  1. Read something boring.

    Find a topic that you consider to be very boring. For some it may be economics, for others it may be a fantasy novel revolving around elves and fairies. Whatever you find painfully difficult to read, check out a book on that genre and use it to sharpen your speed-reading abilities. Remember, it is not just important to be able to read quickly but also to absorb important information from what it is you are reading. With this exercise you will need a boring book, a stopwatch (or some other form of time keeping), a notepad and a pen. Open up to a random page and read it as fast as you can. When you finish reading note the time it took you to complete the task then in your notepad write as detailed of an account of what you read as possible. Continue this for several pages. Then attempt to beat your fastest time. Continue this pattern and you will notice a mark improvement in how fast you can read and still retain important information.

  2. Read the answers…first.

    This especially applies to the sentence correction section of the exam. The GMAT is an exam that requires the test-taker to think like the test-maker. You should always be asking, “What is it they want me to see?” The best way to find what the test-makers are putting before you is to read the provided answers and analyze for differences. When you can spot the differences between the answers generally you can focus your attention on that portion of the provided text. By identifying what is incorrect it becomes easier to logically select best answer.

  3. Take practice tests like you’re competing in a race.

    You should take untimed practice tests in order to best acquaint yourself with the type of material you will be coming across on the day of the exam. On separate occasions you should take practice tests simply to see how fast you can answer all of the questions. Do not worry about right or wrong answers, simply attempt to speed through the exam. Time yourself. With each practice test try to beat your previous time. Do not beat yourself up over incorrect answers, with test preparation and a strong study schedule you will be able to identify the correct answers. These speed runs are aimed at conditioning you to answering questions mechanically and relying on your instincts and reflexes. Many have also admitted that the quicker they attempt to take the test, the more relaxed they are and don’t lose time doubting their answers, over analyzing.

A portion of your test-preparation should be dedicated to thinking like Michael Phelps on the cusp of another Olympics. You want to be fast and efficient. An MBA program is aimed at producing talented and quick thinking and acting professionals into the world and the first step is the GMAT exam. Any question of the last five you do not answer will result in a point deduction from your final score so it is important to complete the exam entirely. It is important to never panic on the exam and the best way to ensure a calm test taking experience is to condition yourself to actual test like conditions.

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