Among all the computer adaptive tests offered by various testing organisations, GMAT remains to be one of the most elusive ones since the Test is written most often than not by working professionals who are hard pressed against time to prepare for the Test. This has given rise to many myths over the years. This post is an attempt to do away with such myths.
- Myth 1: The preparation needed for GMAT requires long hours of study.
- Fact 1: Instead of long hours, well planned preparation gives the desired result.
- Myth 2: A question answered correctly is followed by a question of a higher difficulty level.
- Fact 2: Every GMAT selects only a specific number of questions of each type. In case you are doing brilliantly on the Test, and the Test further wants a question of relatively higher difficulty for you on Reading Comprehension (RC), it is quite possible that the Test has already exhausted its entire selection of the questions of high difficulty in RC and is left with only relatively EASIER passages/ passages with relatively EASIER questions. In such a case GMAT will give you a relatively easier question despite your having answered the previous question correctly.
- Myth 3: If one does not have a habit of reading books/ novels one cannot score well in Verbal Section
- Fact 3: To be well versed with reading long content is NOT essential for a high score in Verbal Section. GMAT tests the ability to read and comprehend, reason and evaluate, and to correct written content. As long as one has a habit of reading and analyzing articles on varied topics, and is able to locate syntax and semantic errors in the text, a good score is guaranteed.
- Myth 4: The first 8-10 questions are more important than the latter questions of the Test
- Fact 4: The final score is based on the number of questions a candidate answers (GMAT penalizes heavily for an unfinished Test) and the average difficulty level the candidate reached.