Are You Looking to Get Your MBA? 4 Tips to Help You Ace the GRE!

Posted April 30, 2020 by in Career
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Even if you’re still doing your undergraduate studies, it’s never too early to think about getting your MBA. A Masters of Business Administration degree will give you the skills you need to manage an enterprise effectively in a professional manner. The classes taught in this 12-18 month course will also be of use to you if you are already working and are seeking to obtain a managerial post. 

An MBA is the most sought after professional degree course in the world. There are more than 2,000 MBA programs offered worldwide, with some available in multiple languages. Among the requirements to get started in this course are a few years of work experience along with undergrad academic transcripts. You will also be required to submit favorable scores in either GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

The GRE was developed by ETS (Educational Testing Service) and is still administered by them. The GRE provides colleges and business schools with a standard measure of assessing a candidate’s level of preparedness for postgraduate study. Your score on this test will be looked at alongside other criteria by the school’s admissions panel to determine your readiness for MBA-level studies. Effective preparation for GRE is, therefore, a very crucial step in your academic future.

Study, Prepare, and Study Some More 

An excellent place to start to prepare for the GRE 2020 is to sit down and take a practice exam. Simulations of the GRE and other exams are available for purchase online. When you finish the exam, you will obtain a baseline score for each of the three sections of the exam (Analytical Writing, Quantitative, and Verbal). After you have your baseline score, you can set goals for each part of the GRE based on the scoring system as well as the percentile. You will want to align your goal with the ideal scores for the MBA course you’re seeking admission. The difference between your baseline scores and your goals should determine the amount of effort you need to put into preparing and studying for the GRE. 

Developing a study plan will help set up a studying timetable. You will want to work with your current school or work schedule to figure out what works best for you. Your study plan will largely be determined by the amount of time you have left to the date of the exam. To ensure that you do well on the GRE, you should create a study area that is away from distractions like the TV and other high traffic areas like the living room or kitchen. Also, consider putting your phone away if it becomes too much of a distraction.

High-quality preparation materials are a requirement to make sure you get the most out of your studying. You can access study materials online from a variety of reputable companies, most of which offer practice tests. Practice tests will help you determine your areas of weakness so you can focus on those areas as you prepare to take the GRE.

Know What is on the GRE

As mentioned earlier, the GRE is one of the measuring tools graduate school admissions use to determine the eligibility of candidates for their graduate programs, MBA included. There are five scored sections in this exam:

  • Two Analytical Writing essays (considered as one section): The essays will test your writing skills as well as your ability to argue your reasoning. They are scored between 0 and 6, depending on how well you do in both areas.
  • Two Quantitative sections: In this section, you will find 20 questions divided into two areas: Quantitative Comparison and Problem Solving. Each of these two sections take 35 minutes to complete. 
  • Two Verbal Reasoning sections: The two sections of the verbal part are 30 minutes long each. There are questions of three types in each of these sections: text completion, sentence equivalence, and reading comprehension.

Take Practice Tests

Taking practice tests is a good way to find out what parts of the GRE are the most challenging for you. Practice tests will also help you find out where you’re spending too much time, exceeding the time quotient for each question. 

By taking practice tests, you can then focus on areas of the exam that you are struggling with and spend less time on the areas you know. Also, putting yourself in an almost realistic GRE test-day setting before the real deal will help alleviate the stress that can occur on the day of the exam.  

Be Ready for Test Day

Here are some tips to bear in mind for exam day:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Arrive early
  • Bring your ID, a snack, a water bottle and a sweater or jacket (just in case the testing room is cold)
  • Make sure you answer all of the questions (there is no penalty for an incorrect answer)
  • Skip a question you are unsure of and come back to it later
  • Try and use shortcuts to arrive at answers
  • Pay attention to the time, so you have enough time to complete each question
  • Check your answers if you have time

Spare No Effort 

To pass, you need to prepare thoroughly with the right material, doing timed practice tests until you have uncovered all your weak spots. Also, make sure you work on your weak spots to ensure you’re able to obtain your goal score in each section.