Top five GMAT mistakes!
A common discussion over all the GMAT forums lately is how Indian candidates are bound to make some typical mistakes while taking the test. Here are the top five mistakes Indians make in the exam:
1. The ‘plug-in’ fixation in Quant: This is probably with most Indians who have not practised enough or have not done a focused one. They have a tendency of squeezing in into the variables on an equation. The trick in Quant is to get an approach that solves the question faster within the given time, hence there is no one or best way to achieve this. You should actually plug in test-cases in Data Sufficiency do a lot of back-solving and approximation in Problem Solving.
2. There are rules for CR: Everybody thinks CR is a rule-based section but really, there are no rules in Critical Reasoning. The only thing that is going to help is the ability to draw parallel examples in your mind or visualizing the CR arguments to objectively find a solution or the correct answer. Indians find themselves in a situation where they feel strongly for an argument while all they have to do in a typical CR question is to get out of the ‘I agree/don’t agree’ mentality.
3. Getting lost in words in Verbal: While meaning of words/phrases will be crucial in Reading Comprehension to some extent, getting lost in them in sentence correction question can be dangerous. Focus more on grammar concepts such as subject-verb agreement, placement of adverbs/adjectives, parallelism etc.
4. Having favourites: The biggest mistake that you can make in the GMAT is relying too much on your strengths. If you had less time to prepare for the exam, then probably your strengths will be the difference between wining and losing. But if you really wish to get to a great B-school through a focused preparation, prepare each section and sub-section systematically and objectively.
5. Failure to scan and skim: This is common to RC and multi-source reasoning questions. If you have really prepared for the GMAT, you should have figured by now that a lot of information given in Verbal and IR is not relevant and is only there to distract you. You need to practise not getting carried away by information.