GMAT prep materials are a necessary evil of preparing for this difficult and important test. Like I said in my previous articles these materials are essential but just like a doctor you don’t cut corners when it comes to your health and neither should you cut corners when it comes to your GMAT preparation. So what materials should you be using? What sort of things should you be studying?
Well the first thing is obviously the test book. You need something that will teach you how to properly take notes, track your answers and basically get to know your strengths and weaknesses. The problem is that not everybody has the same personality and learning style. What works for me might not work for you, so it’s really important to make sure that the material you are learning has been designed by someone who has studied and tested these types of materials before so that the format will be effective for you and fits your learning style.
Another best material for GMAT test preparation is tutoring. Tutoring is great because it allows you to go over every question and learn the correct answers. This way you don’t have to take notes, write down answers you are confused about or struggle with. Good tutoring materials are typically designed for people just like you who struggle with certain concepts and are seeking some method of reducing those problems and making them easier.
Test prep books are also useful. They allow you to study in your own time and pace, making sure that all of your prior knowledge is fresh and well learned. It’s also good for test-specific short memorization tests that you might need to take for particular tests such as quick thinking or math tests. Just be careful that the material is actually doing what it claims to do.
Online resources are also a great way to go. These days it’s not enough just to know how to take the GMAT. You need to be able to know when to take the right kind of test and in the right order. Some online services are free and others require a fee, but either way, they still offer some fairly good advice and help with GMAT test preparation. Of course don’t neglect classroom sessions. They’re an absolutely essential part of the GMAT process and you should always get the most from them.
Of course, all of this hinges on your motivation. The biggest thing that will keep you motivated is the feeling of accomplishment that you’ll get from passing the GMAT. That’s why preparation for the exam is so important, because you’ll know that you’ve done well and can look forward to a new challenge. You’ll be ready to take your next test! That’s why you should spend as much time as possible on research and analysis so that you know exactly what you need to prepare for and how to do it effectively.
So, what is the best material for GMAT preparation? In reality, there really is no single solution. Each different test is different, so the best answer is that you’ll have to try a few things and see what works best for you. Some people might do better taking a guide or textbook than trying to memorize tons of information and study on their own. It’s ultimately a matter of trial and error, but it can be significantly less intensive if you use a combination of methods.