When I had these issues, I would call my local practice-testing center to find out if they had an available exam online. Sometimes, they had none, but sometimes they had a test kit and some review material that could be used for my night class. I would then print out the test from the kit and take it to my local testing center the next day. This worked well enough for me to keep giving it steady attention, but it never helped me to relax at all.
So, after I failed on the last time to take an official GMAT exam, I knew it was time to do something different. I made plans to take my GMAT review course online. I knew that this wouldn’t affect me during the exam itself, but I was worried that I wouldn’t remember anything I learned if I was studying online. I also knew that I would have plenty of time to review everything I needed for the GMAT test in my local area.
Well, those preparations were a waste of time! The GMAT is much tougher than the SAT. As a result, you’ll find that it’s very difficult to predict how you’ll score based on past exam patterns. The GMAT is essentially a series of four different kinds of tests, and all of them are going to be different from each other. When I took the GMAT online, I quickly noticed that I couldn’t rely on GMAT practice tests or official GMAT study guides.
Instead of relying on a set of practice tests to help me predict what I needed to know, I was left guessing everything. When I was in a classroom, I could practically look at the chalkboard and see what I needed to know about each section. However, when I was trying to study for the GMAT online, all that I had to do was copy the same text I was reading from the previous section. I had no idea what was going on in each one of the sections, and there were times when I couldn’t even remember what I read!
The best way to deal with this issue is to get a guide. The reason why I bought the GMAT pro was because it helped me to review everything I needed to know, and it also covered all four sections. I still use the GMAT pro to take practice exams, but I have also become an expert in one or two areas. For example, I have been reviewing for the exam since last summer, and I can write an exam in under an hour.
So how did I do so well? Well, I wrote about eighty multiple-choice questions, and I made sure not to skip any of the multiple choice sections. By doing this, I was able to focus on answering the right questions, and not worry about answering the wrong ones.
Of course, there were also some stumbling blocks along the way. I spent about two hours on the MCITP bootcamp. It’s not as difficult as the GMAT, but it did leave me with a few drawbacks. I found that my speed and recall weren’t quite as good as I would have liked, and I also found that I wasn’t really sure about the materials I was studying.