5 Pointers To Keep In Mind To Ace A Standardized Test

By QS World Tour Modified on June 28, 2017

Acing a standardized exam like GMAT, GRE or LSAT requires a considerable amount of time and effort. Successful test takers understand the nitty-gritties of the exam and execute their plans perfectly. Time well spent preparing for the exam goes a long way towards gaining admission to your favourite program.

5 pointers to keep in mind while preparing for a test:

  1. 1. The study material
    With tons of resources available offline and online, choosing the right study materials can be quite overwhelming. Stick to trusted names and recommended books for preparation.
  2. 2. The study plan
    Every exam has its own set of time requirements for study. The preparation time should take into account your strengths and weaknesses and material yet to be covered.
  3. 3. Review your progress with practice tests
    Practice tests simulate the exam environment and give you insights into your own preparation. Make sure you take the practice test strictly under the required time. Keep all distractions at bay. After your practice test, spend time reviewing your answers and work on your weaknesses.
  4. 4. Working professionals need to be motivated
    Managing your work alongside preparation and other social commitments can be an exhausting affair. You can use social prep platforms to feed off the energy and confidence of other test takers.
  5. 5. Identify target schools
    Before taking an exam, you should make a list of your dream schools and the programs you want to get into. Set some time aside before the exam, to keep tabs on admission requirements and deadlines for these schools. One of the best ways to gather information about schools and programs you are interested in is to attend fairs like the QS World Grad School Tour and the QS World MBA Tour where you get to interact with the school representatives one-on-one.
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