There are no secrets, shortcuts or silver bullets to study for the GMAT exam. You need proper planning and preparation. Here are few tips and strategies how you can start or accelerate your studies for the GMAT.

1. Understand GMAT Pattern

First and the most important step is to get familiar with the GMAT exam. Understand what it measures and the type of questions asked. It’s an assessment of the skills that matter most in business and schools view your score as a predictor of your ability to succeed in their programs. The GMAT exam assesses your reasoning skills - quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning and analytical writing. Becoming familiar with the test structure and types of questions you will face is critical to achieve your best score.

2 Register for GMAT in Advance

You should register two to three months prior to your preferred exam date, and at least three weeks before your earliest business school application deadline. This will increase your options of available dates and times. You can register up to six months in advance to your preferred test date.

3. Develop a Study Plan

You should develop a study plan - what to study and when to study. Your preparation is more of a marathon than a sprint. Your mind has to be fresh and alert, so don’t cram too much preparation in the last few days.

4. Practice GMAT Tests

Take many GMAT practice tests. Initially, don’t stress over your score. Your goal should be to become more familiar with the exam itself. Identify your weak and strong areas. Then, adjust your study plan accordingly.

5. Assess Your Progress

As you advance your studies, review your progress and improve your weak areas. Try to replicate actual test conditions during your practice tests. As the GMAT exam is a computer-adaptive test, the questions get harder as you answer them correctly, so it will feel more difficult as the exam progresses.