When it comes to the GMAT, most people think that you have to study for months on end to get a good score.
But that’s not always the case.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you a few tips that will help you get a score of 700+ in under 90 days. So if you’re looking to improve your GMAT score quickly, read on!
Dedicate Time and Stay Consistent
If you want to get a high GMAT score in a short amount of time, it’s going to take more than just a few hours.
In order to dedicate enough time for studying, you have to schedule out at least 3 hours every day for studying and reviewing your notes.
In addition to dedicating the right amount of time, you also need to consistently study for at least three months so that your brain can retain the information.
So don’t forget to schedule out study time on your calendar and designate it as a non-negotiable appointment.
You can even block off the nearby weekend so you have no excuses for not studying!
If you’re dedicated to getting a high GMAT score, then schedule time to study every day and stay consistent with your studying.
The best time to study in my opinion is either in the early morning if you are a morning person or at night for at least 3 hours every day.
Creating consistency will help you stay on track and not rush through before the exam.
Buy The Right Study Materials
There is an overwhelming number of prep books and courses that you could find.
Don’t go on a shopping spree to try every single one of them and instead choose the official materials and one GMAT prep vendor.
My recommendation is to go with the following:
If you browse through Magoosh, you will see different options. It is definitely up to you (and your budget) which option you’d like to choose but for the purposes of this blog post, I’ll assume that you will go with the self-study option.
Now there are several reasons why I only recommend staying focused on these.
First, it is easy to get overwhelmed before you even start. Second, the aforementioned resources will give you all the information you need to get to a 700+ score.
The rest will be up to you.
Create A Strategy
In addition to dedicating time and staying consistent, you’ll need to focus your efforts on the right areas.
How? You’ll have to diagnose where you are today. To do so, I recommend taking a practice test.
Now, if you’ve never seen a single GMAT question before, I definitely recommend doing some practice questions to get a feel on the structure of the questions.
Once you feel comfortable on the structure of questions, then take a full length gmat test.
When taking gmat practice tests, I recommend timing yourself without any breaks in between sections.
It is very important that you test your knowledge under time pressure.
After you’re done, you’ll see areas where you are weak (and strong) so you could prioritize more time to those areas.
For example, if you got a 49 on the Quant section of the exam and 30 on Verbal, you’ll want to spend more time on Verbal (which is key to getting a 700+ score).
Now that you’ve broken down your skills, the next step is to create a strategy to work on those weaknesses.
Focus 60-70% on your weak areas and 30-40% on your strengths (everything counts!).
It is also important to note that Magoosh has diagnostic tests and they will be able to point your weak areas as well.
Understand Your Weaknesses
If you are like me (and most people), you will likely see a lower score on Verbal.
This section is extremely important to get a 700+ score.
Even if you score a perfect score on Quant (51), it is impossible to 700 unless you score at least 34 on verbal (better than 70% of GMAT test takers).
You might have a weakness in Verbal overall or sub-sections. Try to pinpoint exactly what you need to focus on.
On the flip side, you might actually be very good with the Verbal section. Congrats – now, focus on the Quant.
Bottom line is that if you have a finite amount of time (which I assume is most people), you have to prioritize it.
We’re not trying to be perfect here. Rather, we’re trying to get a 700+ score.
Yes, when you practice, you’ll make mistakes.
But don’t get discouraged!
Instead, use your mistakes as a stepping stone to success.
It is important that you reflect on why you made the mistake and how could you prevent it in the future.
This is key (especially when studying by yourself) and ultimately will get you a higher score.
I can’t express this enough: not practicing will certainly guarantee a score below 700.
Now, you will also have to be efficient with your practice. Look at the questions that you got wrong, analyze why, and get a deep understanding of the concept.
In addition, you will also notice that GMAT questions are tricky.
They’re designed to take you down a path where a simple mistake will lead you to the wrong answer. Understand where you get trapped and account for it on your next practice question or exam.
Learn From Mistakes
Now that you see your mistakes from the practice questions and exams, it’s time to keep a running list of them.
The one thing that I’d definitely discourage you from doing is memorizing.
Unlike some other exams, you likely won’t see the exact same questions on GMAT.
Instead, you’ll see similar questions related to the same concepts.
You’ll be surprised how much you retain when you review the questions again and understand the concepts.
It is also important to note that GMAT is an adaptive exam. That means that the more you are correct on the exam, the tougher the subsequent questions are going to be.
Same is true for your practice exams – don’t get discouraged if you don’t know the answer.
Got A Score Shy of 700?
Don’t get discouraged. Chances are that going back to the drawing board to focus on your key areas will help improve that score next time.
Also, if you don’t understand certain concepts and are not able to grasp them on your own, seek some help.
There are a lot of GMAT coaches out there that will help explain the concepts differently.
Getting a GMAT score of 700 or more is not impossible, but it does require hard work and dedication. The tips we’ve provided should help you get started on the right path to reaching your goal score.
Remember to focus on your weaknesses, practice rigorously, and learn from your mistakes. With enough effort, you can achieve anything!