Some people study for years and some don’t study at all – what’s the optimal length of study time for YOU? This 3-part series will help you answer this important question.
Part 3: How to Improve Your GMAT Score?
Study prep options ranges from one-on-one tutoring to online classes to live classes to self-study.
Whichever study method you choose, I recommend that starting with at least some self-study (especially the practice test that I mentioned in part 2 of this series). Not only will initial self-study give you a good idea of how long you need to study, but it will also help you determine whether or not you need to shell out the big bucks for a GMAT course (one-on-one or in a class). Prepping in advance on your own will also help you assess your strengths and weaknesses so you know which areas of the exam require more or less focus.
After that initial self-study assessment, you can choose from the following:
Price: Very expensive.
Pros: A tutor will identify and then address your unique strengths and weakness and will (hopefully) create a study plan that works for you.
Cons: Students often make the mistake of thinking that once they have a personal tutor, they’re guaranteed a great score. This is WRONG – you have to work hard in and out of these sessions if you want to see your score go up.
Pros: Classes keep students from slacking as you have to stick to a schedule to keep up with the class. Only a really small class (or a really excellent teacher) will be able to cater to the multiple skill levels in the class.
Cons: You may not get enough individualized attention with in-class sessions, especially if the class is large. You could fall behind or the teaching could be below your level – either way, you won’t benefit much, especially if you look at the money you’re spending.
Price: More reasonable.
Pros: Does not require commuting time or being at a specific place at a given time. Some online options are also very flexible in terms of timing.
Cons: Less personal attention. Some people benefit from structure of physical class or in-person sessions with tutor.
Price: Relatively inexpensive.
Pros: Self-study could be the best option, but only for some people. You need to have high-quality material and focused motivation.
Cons: A weak work ethic or incorrect/poor resources could kill this option for you.
Choose your GMAT prep carefully! Moving up 100+ points is big, and moving up 200+ points is HUGE, but it can be done – it will just take sustained and focused effort.