Dr. Joern Meissner, Academic Director, Manhattan Review Considering a Masters degree or a PhD program is a big step, but before you can even begin studying at a top graduate school, you need to sit a test? the GMAT. QS topgradschool.com has got the top tips to get a top score in the GMAT Math.
If you have limited time and want to ace the maths section on the GMAT, what should you do? Manhattan Review says having a clear plan is the first step to success. Here are some of their suggestions:
1. Start from the very basics: memorize all the glossaries and formulae until they come to you as second nature.
2. Formulate a plan with dedicated maths hours per day, per week, per topic and per test category.
3. Practice with each separate and related maths conceptual areas and sub-areas at one time. Do not move on to a less relevant topic until you have achieved your targeted proficiency level.
4. If you start at least two or three months before the scheduled GMAT, do not time yourself initially, as this may dampen your own confidence. Instead, after solving a problem compare your solution to the one in the book. Then stop for a moment and think about other approaches you could have taken, or intermediate steps you could have avoided, to get to the same answer choice.
5. Write down the type of mistakes you have made while practicing. Scan through the list of your common errors each time before you start. Practice a series of problems to reinforce the correct approach in your mind.
6. Start with Problem Solving first to build or rebuild a solid maths foundation. Master it. Then go on to Data Sufficiency.
7. When in Data Sufficiency, ask yourself, is the answer definitive with only one result? If yes, then ask yourself which condition or combination of the conditions will lead to this one result?? Do not get yourself confused with the question, can this problem be solved based on the conditions given? Often the answer can be derived based on the conditions; however, multiple answers can be derived, not necessarily the single result that the Data Sufficiency question is typically asking for.
8. After you have studied all the conceptual topics and finished a good number of practice problems, then start to time yourself. Try to finish 37 questions within 75 minutes without a break. If you are doing well, try to finish 40 questions within 75 minutes without a break. Continue to increase the number of questions you work with in the same time-span.
9. Now you are ready, take a mock computer adaptive test and focus on maths only. Then take another one.
10. Take an entire mock computer adaptive test with the scheduled breaks just as on the real test.
11. Practice, practice, practice! Consult with expert instructors when you need help.
12. You will achieve your targeted math score!
Additional Tips: Be aware of the relative weight that the GMAT places on topics. Number properties and algebra come up again and again. Master these topics before spending time on less commonly-tested areas such as probability. Train yourself to avoid unnecessary calculations, particularly on Data Sufficiency. Remember that it is enough to know that a solution can be derived, whether or not you know the actual solution.