1. HOW NOT TO MAKE AN ERROR – LOG
Preparing an error-log during practice is one of the most effective approaches to analyze and get rid of repetitive mistakes. However, It is much more beneficial to note down the lessons deduced out of the mistakes, rather than just the mistakes committed.
For instance, if you have made a mistake in the parallelism concept in a GMAT sentence correction question, it is always better to take a lesson in error log that “you should check the structures in parallel elements next time ” than taking a mere note that its a parallelism mistake.
Jotting down the lessons learned and revising them right before practicing the next set of questions can easily help students to avoid repetitious mistakes.
2 HOW NOT TO USE ONLINE PRACTICE RESOURCES
Yes, practicing questions on several online forums such as Gmat club is certainly beneficial to fine-tune thought processes required to crack GMAT, but it’s not necessarily true for the beginners.
Beginners who haven’t learned and practiced necessary concepts yet would easily get confused by innumerable tentative explanations justifying several options for the same question. So it’s always better to proceed to online questions only after once the proper foundation has been laid either through the official guides or through the expert trainers from established GMAT test prep centers such as CrackISB at Hyderabad. With the precise GMAT concepts, one can be able to judge what is right and what is a wrong explanation rather than falling prey to random two cents given, many times, by novice GMAT aspirants who are still at a learning stage.
3.HOW NOT TO TAKE MOCK TESTS
Attempting online mock tests is a crucial step in checking one’s preparedness for the real test, but taking mere mock tests every other day, without analyzing weaker areas and without working on problematic sections is vain; take sufficient time-gap between mock tests to analyze and improve the required skills.
4.HOW NOT TO ANALYSE MOCK TEST SCORES.
Even though mock tests at www.MBA.com can furnish a realistic prediction of the actual test performance, not a majority of other mock tests in the market can do: a few of these predictive test algorithms award inflated scores, whereas some give deflated score for the same performance. So rather than considering total scores given, counting the number of mistakes committed in each test and striving to minimize the number through every subsequent mock test are more pragmatic approaches to maximize the probability of the perfect score.
5 HOW NOT TO MANAGE TIME IN THE TEST
Although, it’s a valid assumption that the starting questions in each section are a way more important in setting up the difficulty level of the test because of its adaptive nature, wasting a lot of time on the initial questions at the cost of many unattempted questions, in the end, is futile. Allocate your time strategically to complete all the questions in each section with the best effort and required time.