In late December 2015 I decided that I wanted to take the GMAT. At the time, I was starting at square one. After one month of preparation, I scored 780 on the GMAT the first time I took it.
How did I do this? I approached studying strategically, identified and attacked my weaknesses, and developed a deep understanding of the most important concepts tested on the exam. After getting my results, I decided that I wanted to pass along what I had learned during my own preparation for the exam.
While I was studying for the test, I heard again and again how difficult the GMAT was, how I needed to hire a tutor, how I needed several months to prepare properly. Nonsense. Most people do need a few months to study, but only because they are not studying intelligently. Hopefully you can learn from my GMAT experience and avoid the quagmire that traps many test takers.
A Quick Comparison Between Me and Traditional Tutors
A lot of people will try to sell you on their test-prep methods. Most of them have never attained an exceptional score themselves. They tell you how to study and how to take the test, but their methods work far better on paper than they do in practice.
Just as bad, many of them teach you quick tips and tricks to boost your score a little bit. They then claim that their methods work and make thousands of dollars teaching unsuspecting students how to use them. Quick tricks are helpful, but do not compare to a deeper understanding of the material on the GMAT. Poring over hundreds of pages of material and dozens of practice tests will raise your score, but strategically attacking your weaknesses will catapult it (and be much less painful too). Most test-prep companies and tutors give you a bicycle and tell you that you are going fast; meanwhile, a race car, keys in the ignition and tank full of gas, is waiting for you next door.
Not me. I’ve studied for the exam myself. I’ve applied these methods. I’ve taken the test recently. And my score speaks for itself. I would not give any testing or studying advice that I would not 100% use myself.