Thoroughly preparing for the GMAT is essential, and becoming familiar with the types of questions that may be asked and the structure of the test will definitely help individuals feel more relaxed and confident when the big day arrives. However, it is also important to be aware of things that should be kept in mind during the actual writing of the test.
The GMAT score is calculated based on not only how many questions are answered correctly, but also on how many questions are answered during the allotted time. Not answering questions will significantly lower the score, so it is important that test takers pay attention to how much time they are spending on each question. A good rule of thumb is to spend no more than 1 minute and 45 seconds on each verbal question and no more than 2 minutes on each quantitative question. Taking too long to answer questions or getting stuck on a single question may mean all questions will not be answered, which will adversely affect a GMAT score.
The GMAT exam is quite different than other tests, in that the computer testing system generates questions based upon how previous questions are answered. The first question asked will usually have a difficulty level of about five on a scale of one to ten. Answer the first question correctly, and the difficulty level increases. Answer incorrectly, and the difficulty level decreases. The GMAT score is based partly upon the difficulty level of questions, so it is important to try to answer questions correctly. Never make a random guess. Even eliminating one or two choices if possible will increase the possibility that the question will be answered correctly, which will raise the GMAT score. The GMAT does not allow test takers to skip questions or go back at a later time to change answers, so it is important that the questions are answered correctly the first time.
Taking the GMAT can be a very intense experience. It requires individuals to answer questions quite quickly, while still taking the time to thoroughly read and understand exactly what each question is asking. For this reason, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or panicked. Remaining calm, taking some deep breaths, and concentrating on one question at a time, however, will all help individuals to feel relaxed and confident, which is essential if they wish to do well on this important test.