The first thing I did when I got the call from the GMAT review material provider was to immediately download the exam pattern and all the review materials I needed. I quickly went through all of the topics in the area of analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, verbal skills and even test design and strategy. I reviewed thoroughly, reviewing everything at least three times before moving on to the next section.
What I found was that I was spending way too much time on each section of the exam, spending more time than necessary to recheck everything. So I started to use my notes, my calendar, my calculator and my memory. I did this for about two weeks before heading out to take the GMAT. I made sure that I had set a limit on how much time I was going to spend reviewing, and I stuck to it!
Secondly, I used all of my notes, my calendar, my calculator and my memory to really focus on the key points that I wanted to focus on. I spent time planning my strategies and planning my weak areas. I also reviewed all of my weak areas one by one until they were completely forgotten about. Then, after I had gone through the GMAT review material a number of times, I just turned to the GMAT test pattern and marks and did my best to memorize everything I could.
Thirdly, I read the GMAT review material repeatedly. Reading the entire GMAT review material three or four times actually reduced the amount of time I spent reviewing for the exam. When I used all of the above strategies, I actually found that I was able to remember the key points of the section easier. The more I read, the better I did.
Finally, when you have the pattern and the marks, you don’t need to spend all of your time rechecking everything. You can simply walk through the questions in the test format, answering the questions in the order that they appear, which means you’ll have an easier time remembering the pattern. Once you know the pattern, the best thing that you can do is to use the notes and the review material to walk through the questions in the test format. It will be less likely for you to have to review the test again because you took all of the relevant notes.
The key here is not to spend as much time on the pattern and the mark as it will really serve no purpose if you don’t take the time to review. If you want to get the highest marks possible, you have to take the maximum amount of time on each section. However, that doesn’t mean you should spend a lot of time on a single section. Take the time to review for every section that’s on the test and don’t worry about whether you wrote the section down or not. The section isn’t particularly difficult and if you don’t feel like reviewing then there’s no point.
So, in conclusion, don’t let the GMAT exam pattern scare you. Use it to your advantage and to help you focus on each section and how you can best answer the questions. Spend time on the pattern but take the time to review for each section individually. That is the true key to succeeding on the GMAT. Focus and spend the right amount of time on every section to succeed on the GMAT. Good luck!