How to Get a Good GMAT Score

Written by Kelly Granson. Posted in GMAT Study Tips

What is a good GMAT score? Well, a good GMAT score is high enough to get you to the business school. It might be above 650 for some, but if you want to take admission in the best business schools, you need a 700+ score. If you look at the GMAT scores of applicants of top B schools, you will find that 700 is just the average score. In many schools, the average score also hits 720 or 730. But the perfect score is not 730 - it is 800! Below you can find some advice on how to get a perfect, or nearly perfect, GMAT score.

How to get the perfect GMAT score

  1. Preparing your timelines. If you want to send your application to a B school in coming months, get yourself registered as soon as possible. There are many time slots and the desirable ones fill up pretty fast. If you are not in a hurry, you can follow a complete study plan and register for GMAT later. Since GMAT scores work for 5 years after you have taken the test, you can begin your preparation now.
  2. Chalk out a plan. Remember to plan your work and work your plan for definite success. A well made plan is necessary to accomplish a good GMAT score that will be accepted by the topmost B schools.
  3. Evaluate your skills. Go through some GMAT study material and select the one you find the best. You can take a few tests to see where you stand. You can judge your strengths and weaknesses, and practice more on your weak spots.
  4. Find your weaknesses. There are many study techniques to choose, but you should start by focusing on your weak areas. Let's say you are getting good scores in sentence correction, but are not doing exactly well in data sufficiency. In such a case, you should spend more time on data sufficiency questions.
  5. Focusing on the big picture. You must target your weakness in the right way. For example, if you have worked on data sufficiency, and you are now able to solve data sufficiency algebra problems, but you cannot handle probability based data sufficiency problems, practice those questions more. Fine tune your skills so that you can solve all questions with ease. When you master all types of questions, it will increase your confidence level, which is necessary to score well in GMAT.
  6. Create a study schedule. A study schedule is a good way to stay focused on your weak areas. Make a solid study plan that can be followed for at least a couple of weeks. Many students make new plans and keep changing their strategies too often. If you do this, you will never know which strategy works best for you. The rule of the thumb is that for every 10 points that are off your GMAT score, you need to give one hour each week extra for at least a month. So this means, if you are aiming towards full 800, and you are getting 740, you have to study 6 hours per week extra for at least one month. Of course these are just rough estimates and the precise hour-score figure would differ from person to person.
  7. Re-evaluate your skills. You need to re-assess your skills from time to time. This would let you know if you are actually making any progress. If you have made the right plan and study schedule, you will see immense progress in your skills. When you are no longer 'too weak' in certain areas, this means that you have made improvements. This cannot be quantified easily, but rough estimates can be made.
  8. GMAT Practice. This of course goes without saying. Take as many practice tests as possible. When you take tests, you will be prepared both physically and mentally, and your endurance levels will rise. Follow all the GMAT protocols so that you can arrange yourself according to the big day. Apart from the objective questions, practice on essay section as well because even though it will not be part of your 200-800 GMAT score, it will be used to assess your communication skills.
  9. Take the GMAT Exam. Do not cram for the exam. Last minute preparation will not affect your score that much. Instead of cramming up the books on the last minute, spend time in sleeping and eating healthy. Keep in mind that the exam is partially about stress endurance, and if you can survive that, you have begun the right way.

To achieve the perfect GMAT score of 800, you have to show extremely high levels of accuracy and stay composed as the most difficult questions show in the last.

Good luck!


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