First of all, you have to know that taking the GMAT is very similar to taking any other kind of standardized tests. The only difference is that instead of a paper test you will be taking an actual written GMAT. Like any other standardized test, the GMAT will gauge your analytical and problem-solving skills in three areas: analytical reasoning, critical reasoning, and verbal reasoning. So if you have problems with any of these three areas, then chances are you will fail the GMAT. This is why it’s advised that you take the GMAT test online as soon as possible, and not wait until the last minute.
To take the GMAT online, first of all you need to find a reliable testing site. It would be a great idea to join a review site which offers free testing and feedback, and can give you a fair idea about what your scores are. Make sure you read reviews and find a site that has reliable people posting. Also, some sites offer free trials, so you could try them out before actually paying for the full amount of registration.
After finding a site that you think is good, the next step is to register. You will probably receive a confirmation email. Click on the link in the email and follow the instructions. Some sites might ask you to input a small fee for registration, but I have had good experiences with free sites. It will just take a couple minutes, and you will be able to take the GMAT exam anytime, from the comfort of your home.
Now that you’ve registered, it’s time to take the GMAT test. To make sure that you’re getting a good night’s sleep, don’t eat or drink after thirty minutes. You should also make sure you have enough of a rest to study and take the test effectively.
Set a timeshare to gauge your progress. Measure how long you spend working on each problem, then compare it to the amount of time you spent working on the rest of the questions. You can also mark points if you find yourself getting distracted by something, or if you notice that you’re becoming confused.
Be honest. Don’t lie about how many hours you’ve been studying. If you’re not an expert, lying can definitely backfire on you. Another option is to tell the truth, but only up to a certain point. Say you’ve spent one hour on a problem in problem set 1. But say you haven’t even seen the problem yet.
Be consistent. The only way to improve your chances of success is by sticking to the plan and not changing it. Studying three days before the exam is not a good idea, because you’ll forget what you read.
Learn from your mistakes. After every failure, look at your strategy and try to implement it another time. Analyze why you failed and try to avoid those situations in the future. If you have to, hire a tutor for more help.
Be positive. There’s no such thing as a lucky GMAT taker. A lot of people fail the exam because they’re negative, while others succeed because of their positive attitude and approach. Spend the first two or three days to practice for GMAT. Then take all the time you need to think about what you did well, as well as what you didn’t do well and work on your weaknesses.
If you’re really serious about getting a good GMAT score, it’s a good idea to read some books about the subject. And get a tutor. You can’t improve your understanding of GMAT questions until you understand how the question is asked. And you’ll be spending so much time studying for the GMAT test that you might as well make the most out of the experience by studying well and having fun. The best advice I can give you is to have fun, be confident, and you will do well!