Preparing for the GMAT exam could be a daunting task if you don’t have the appropriate Study Plan in place. Sometimes, despite following a GMAT Study Plan, people fail to nail the GMAT exam. This may be due to improper execution of the Study Plan or selecting a Study Plan which doesn’t suit your lifestyle. Here are some of the reasons for the failure of executing the Study Plan:
Selecting a Wrong Study Plan
GMAT Preparation Programmes have 1-month, 3-month and 6-month GMAT Study Plans. Your GMAT could be a disaster if you take the 1-month Study Plan when you are a beginner and do not have enough time to devote per day. There are verbal-focussed Study Plans and math-focussed Study Plans also. The diagnostic test score can help you choose the right GMAT Study Plan. Sometimes, one is overconfident about one’s skill level, which may also lead to choosing a wrong Study Plan. There are separate Study Plans designed for working professionals, wherein there are more tasks assigned for weekends than for weekdays. If you are working full-time, do not make the blunder of opting for the 1-month GMAT Study Plan.
The GMAT Study Plan has daily and weekly tasks which you are supposed to complete on time. You need to complete the number of questions, work on the said reading comprehension passages and go through the online videos which you have been instructed to do. You may lag behind your schedule if you don’t complete your day’s task. You also need to check your answers and delve into the questions where you have gone wrong as you don’t want to repeat the mistake. Sometimes, this consumes more time, depending on your ability to understand the concept and your reading speed.
Some project deadlines at the workplace or some additional workload may require you to work overtime. This might eat away your GMAT Preparation time. Likewise, if you are still studying, your college exams and project/assignment deadlines may cause a time crunch for your GMAT Preparation. This will make you fall behind schedule in the GMAT Study Plan. To overcome this, you must always have a buffer of one or two weeks in your GMAT Study Plan to take care of unforeseen delays.
Low Scores in Practice Tests
Your GMAT Study Plan has timely practice tests scheduled in order to see whether you have understood the concepts and overcome your weak areas. Low scores in the practice tests indicate that you have not grasped the concepts well enough. You might want to go through the earlier videos and preparation material, or practice extra questions on the concepts previously learnt before jumping to the next week’s concepts. This might be a good idea, but this will definitely put you behind your GMAT Study Plan. A buffer of one or two weeks at the end of the Study Plan would take care of this delay.