8-Essentials of Cracking the Entrance Exams (GRE/GMAT/SAT)
A student aspiring to pursue MS or PhD in the US and several other institutes in different countries usually needs to take GRE, a person aiming for an MBA course GMAT and a student targeting to complete under graduation SAT. Different in structure and format, these exams have a common purpose of measuring the aptitude of the applicants and being an indicator of their appropriateness for the course. And thus, a few of the things listed below would help a student prepare well for these exams and get a good score on them.
Know the structure in and out
Before starting the test preparations, get acquainted with the structure, format, marking scheme, etc of the test. It’s very important to know what areas you would be tested in and also the type of questions you would be asked so as to be comfortable with the pattern of the test and to prepare specifically according to the test format. Also, there are several strategies for solving each type of question, thus, knowing the format would help you chalk out your study plan and devise your own ways of tackling a particular question type. You would not want to be surprised and stumped on the day of exam!!
Get your math right
Generally, Indian students find the quantitative or math sections of these tests easier than the verbal or writing sections. Also, most of the students vouch for the fact that a high score in the math sections is way more gettable than a fairly decent score in the verbal or writing sections of these tests. Thus, brushing up on the school and high school math and learning/ re-learning and remembering important mathematical terms, conventions, concepts, formulae, theories, diagrams etc would be of immense rather immeasurable help in solving the seemingly difficult but actually solvable questions.
Read, read and read
Admittedly, the verbal and writing sections of these tests are uphill tasks for many Indian students for the sheer fact that students don’t like to read or shirk reading! Also, the kinds of passages that appear in these tests are not the stuff of everyday reading for most of the students. Thus, it is very important that a student develop interest and start reading and comprehending passages or articles based on a variety of topics ranging from pure and social sciences to history, from business to biographies, from analyses and critiques to essays, etc. The more one would read, the faster and better one would get.
Hone your lexicon
Words! A poor vocabulary attributable to poor reading and usage of some specific or just simplistic words is an Achilles’ heel for many of the test takers. To be able to fathom the content of the passages or questions or to write insightful essays, a test-taker must whet his/ her vocabulary and learn, retain and use at least the common or frequently appearing words on these tests. A dictionary or flash cards would perhaps be the best escorts during reading sessions.
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