Prep for the GMAT
Bara Sapir, Founder and Executive Director of TestPrep NewYork.
don’t only measure what you know or how well you know it; tests also measure
how well you take them.
For a majority of test takers, the mere thought of an upcoming exam can elicit
anything from minor irritation or a feeling of fogginess on details to a
spasmodic explosion of dread and complete immobilization – picture “deer in
headlights.” If have experienced any of these reactions, chances are you suffer
from test anxiety.
Anxiety stems from a variety of causes, but most commonly from a belief that we
cannot fulfill our expectations. An estimated 30-35% of college students are
handicapped by test anxiety. According to research published in the journals, Review
of Educational Research, Contemporary Educational Psychology and Educational
Psychology, test anxiety can impede test performance by as much as 12
For the GMAT, best results come from a comprehensive and aggressive study
program integrated with holistic techniques to prepare you mentally,
emotionally and physically for the test. Performing at your optimum means
knowing the material and feeling confident, calm, focused, and alert.
Follow the three key tips below to draw on your mental, psychological, and
intuitive strengths. By using these techniques, you will develop the retention
and recall, concentration and focus, confidence and relaxation necessary for
peak performance on test day.
1. Create a schedule for the duration of your study.
Include designated time for study, exercise, social interaction and downtime.
Schedule at least 6 hours of sleep. We also encourage at least 10 minutes a day
for meditation, prayer, or quiet time.
Your brain works best when it has time to process information. It needs time
when you’re not studying or thinking about GMAT material. You also avoid
burnout with a balanced schedule.
2. Fire your inner critic.
Eliminate self-judgment, especially if it leans towards self-flagellation. If
you continue to feel shame and dejection because a third grade math teacher
said you’d never be good at math, maybe you can think of the ways, now, as an
adult, you ARE good at math. Remember: the GMAT tests what you learned in seventh
through ninth grade, not rocket science.
3. Visualize success.
Imagine: It’s test day and you feel comfortable, prepared, and relaxed. This
visualization exercise prepares your brain to feel that way on the REAL test
Spend at least five minutes at a time imagining different details about taking
the test. Notice you answer each question with clarity and preciseness.
Your visualization scene doesn’t need to be the same each time, but you need to
tap into a sense of accomplishment, calm, and confidence. Do this every morning
and before bedtime.
Researchers at Stanford University and University of Chicago
evaluated the efficacy of visualization. They compared two sets of basketball
players. The first group practiced playing whereas the second group only
imagined practicing. The players who didn’t physically practice, but visualized
peak performance, improved 23 -30 percent in their actual basket-shooting
ability, whereas the students who physically “practiced” saw little
GMAT test-takers who prepare themselves beyond the intellectual practice by
feeling positive and preparing themselves wholly, perform best on the test.
Test Prep New York fuses academic and
strategy-based learning with holistic human potential training. Our training
system ensures that students reach their most relaxed, effective mental state
while preparing for and taking tests.
Executive Director Bara Sapir and her staff of specialists have taught and
coached hundreds of clients, including students at top schools, physicians,
entertainment and advertising executives, and advisors to U.S. government
visitors can obtain a 10% discount off TestPrep
NY’s GMAT prep services (courses
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