I soon found that most of the search results were for online preparation materials. I could take my GMAT online test from any computer in the world – in the comfort of my home – for as long as I wanted. Well, that was great. But the problem was that I was still getting distracted by my desire to take the examination seriously. I didn’t want to be another student who got his GED or CA without spending serious time on the front steps.
This kept me from focusing on the front steps, which is what the focus should be. This is especially true when you‘re taking a test in a foreign country, where the culture can be very different. When I started taking my official GMAT practice test in Jakarta, Indonesia, it became clear to me that my distractions were causing me to procrastinate. Here’s what I did to quit doing that.
First, I shopped around online for a tutor. I found several tutors, but none of them really delivered the type of personal tutoring I needed. Second, when I got a few free minutes in the evening, I took the GMAT test online. It was frustrating because I knew that if I was going to spend some time studying, it would be important to me to spend as much time practicing on GMAT as I could. By the time I got up the courage to go over to my buddy’s house and his computer to take the online test, I was well on my way to becoming a GMAT expert.
One of the reasons why I decided to take the online route was because there are so many free resources available. My friend lives in Australia, so he was happy to give me the link to the GMAT site from his computer, which I spent a few minutes every night. The main reason why I chose to take the GMAT online was so that I could study at my own pace. The last thing that I needed to worry about when studying was whether or not I was paying attention and when.
The biggest problem that I faced when I was studying online was that there was no way for me to know when I was getting behind or if I had made any mistakes that would cost me points. I had no way to tell when I was getting my facts or my math wrong. I also found that I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to solve problems that really weren’t that complex. And that is the worst part about studying for an exam like this, is that once you do it, then you are done.
Now, with time and perseverance, you will overcome those challenges. And before long, you’ll be ready to take your test in a short period of time. But don’t forget that you have to spend time studying and re-studying every single night. This is very important, so if you find yourself changing the times that you study, then maybe you should re-think about your schedule.
The next time that you take a GMAT exam, don’t just walk in and take the first question that comes to mind. Take some time to review the material and get the questions in order. It’s going to take you some time to really get to know the exam, and if you are not careful, you might end up forgetting some of the concepts that you learned. So, make sure you get out there and practice until you feel confident in your answers.