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10 GMAT Resolutions for the New Year – GMAT Tips

First, we at Dominate the GMAT want to be the first to wish you a very Happy New Year! May your 2013 be truly blessed.

Second, we also hope that 2013 brings with it a tremendous GMAT score for you! You may have set a goal for yourself to get into business school this year, and we know that a solid GMAT score will go a long way toward helping make that a reality. So, as you think about the coming year and resolve to study hard for the GMAT and do everything you can to build a solid B-School application, here are 10 additional resolutions you can add to your list. Think of them as good all-around GMAT tips that will serve you well as you prepare to dominate the GMAT!

“With regard to the GMAT, I, [your name], resolve in 2013 to…

1. Take at least five full-length GMAT practice tests before taking the real thing. Practice tests are useful for tracking your progress and developing effective time management.

2. Always make up numbers for variables whenever you see them on the GMAT Quantitative section. This is a crucial non-standard GMAT math technique that will make hard questions easier and help you to beat the GMAT.

3. Never let time expire on a section without answering all of the questions, even if you have to guess on the last few. Unanswered questions are twice as detrimental to your GMAT score as wrong answers, so be sure to answer them all.

4. Avoid reading every single word of a GMAT Reading Comprehension passage. Pay attention to main ideas, not specific details, as you can always revisit the passage later on to find those details if necessary.

5. Learn the “Bracketing Technique” and apply it whenever possible on GMAT Sentence Correction questions.

6. Remember to be the judge, not the jury when evaluating Statement #2 on GMAT Data Sufficiency questions. Watch this short video to see what this means; it will help you to avoid unnecessary wrong answers.

7. Master GMAT time management strategies and take extra time on earlier questions in each section. Because of the computer-adaptive nature of GMAT scoring, earlier questions are essentially worth more than later questions.

8. Read 15-20 minutes of academic material every day to improve your reading comprehension. The more you read between now and test day, the better off you’ll be — but don’t read just anything! Here’s a suggested reading list to aid you with GMAT Reading Comprehension.

9. Don’t lose sleep over the new GMAT Integrated Reasoning section, but at least make sure you know what’s in store for you. You’ll need to learn the mechanics of the four new question types, but the content tested is the same as you’re already preparing for in the GMAT Verbal and GMAT Quantitative sections.

10. Use your scratch paper liberally! This is the surest way to avoid careless errors. Here’s a short video about how to prepare your GMAT scratch paper.

And of course to really improve your GMAT score, consider taking one of our online GMAT preparation courses. We’ll look forward to working with you.

Happy New Year and study hard!