10 tips for NMAT by GMAC aspirants

Haider Jawed is a 2nd year MBA student (2016-18 batch) at NMIMS, Mumbai who believes in working smart and not just working hard. He took two attempts at the exam, spaced about 35 days apart and secured scores of 196 and 226 respectively. His strategy involved extensive analysis and reflection after the first attempt to come back much stronger in the last one. In the following article, he shares a few candid tips for acing the NMAT by GMAT. Jawed wrote this article in 2016. However, we have updated the mentioned dates for 2018 batch aspirants.

  1. Be aware of the timeline:

Aspirants should clearly understand the entire concept of 75-day long Exam window and have a complete idea about retakes. Many students remain clueless about the number of retakes that they may give and/or the dates for these. The structure is designed in a way to allow maximum opportunity to deserving students. A candidate can adapt and improve upon their performance in the very next retake instead of wasting an entire year.

Separate Registration for NMIMS using NMAT by GMAC Registration Number is necessary but may only be done after successful registration for the exam. For more info, click HERE

  • Last date to Register for NMAT by GMAC – 3rd October, 2017
  • Last date to Apply to NMIMS – 15th October, 2017
  1. Understand the uniqueness of NMAT by GMAC:

Unlike most other Management entrance examinations, this exam carries no negative marking. Now this does encourage risk taking, however it still is a speed test with the most precious resource being time. Precious seconds spent on contemplating an answer are precious seconds lost. If you have a strong ‘gut-feeling’ about an option, mark it! However, avoid the tendency to avoid actually working out doable problems.

  1. Compartmentalise your attempt:

Each section of the paper is individually timed. Choose the order of sections according to your level of comfort, competence or motivation. For some students, attempting quantitative questions first is a morale booster while for others, choosing the reasoning or verbal section makes more sense. You will realise this as you take more and more mocks. Experiment with the ordering and assess your performance.

  1. Time management:

It is strongly advised that aspirants time themselves while practicing. A trade-off needs to be made between attempting an easier but lengthier question and a relatively difficult but shorter question, preparation must be accordingly undertaken. There is a free exam available with 120 past retired NMAT questions on www.nmat.org.in. Please try that to understand the concepts on which the exam is built. The analysis of each mock taken should also include reflection on how to better manage time. There should be some time allotted towards the end to go through all attempted questions just to verify that all intended answers are selected before submission.

  1. Question selection:

The number of questions available should not be viewed as a handicap but instead should be recognised as an opportunity. Prioritise your strengths with respect to the type of questions and focus on them since every question carries equal weightage. The aim is to maximise score within the given time. Going by average scores of call getters it is very clear that the best combination of speed and accuracy prevails.

  1. Test Center recce:

Make sure you visit the test centre once before the exam day to familiarise yourself with the exact location, the route you will take that day and the time taken to reach the venue. Factor in potential transportation issues and plan out your day accordingly. Reaching the venue ahead of the reporting time is advisable, you will be on the safe side and you will get time to soothe your nerves. Please carry a printout of the Admit Card and relevant signature and ID proofs at the test centre. You can find more details here http://www.nmat.org.in/test-takers/on-test-day/

  1. Familiarity with CBT interface:

The NMAT by GMAC is a computer based test (CBT) and aspirants must be comfortable with the same. The usage of mouse and keyboard for navigating and inputting answers should come naturally. Aspirants must also be familiar with the exam interface in addition to being aware of the instructions regarding navigation through the entire exam You can practice 1 free mock exam and 2 paid mock exams available on the www.nmat.org.in

  1. Accessories:

The test centre will equip you with an erasable scratch pad and a marker pen. A lot of candidates find it cumbersome because they are not used to it or they don’t expect it. Working out problems on the scratch pad is indeed a little different than using pen and paper. Therefore it is advisable, especially for people with smaller handwriting, to keep this in mind. Apart from the supplied scratch booklet, marker and ID proof, no other article is allowed inside the test room.

  1. Documents checklist:

Sort all relevant documents at least one day prior to the exam date. Keep handy the various hard copies you might need. Make sure you are carrying the recognised ID proof, its copies and also a backup ID. Another failsafe activity is to carry the soft copies of required documents in a flash drive so that it may be used in case of emergency.

  1. Practice, Practice and Practice:

The best way to improve your overall performance in the exam is to practice and take as many mocks as possible, in the most professional manner. Take the mock tests in a simulated environment, without distractions or breaks. You should be in the habit of sitting down with full focus for the entirety of 120 minutes. The idea of taking full mocks is to not only get a taste of question varieties but also to condition your mind and body of the requirements of D-day. You can practice 1 free mock exam and 2 paid mock exams available on the www.nmat.org.in. The 2 paid mock exams available have answer explanations and scoring to guide you on where you stand on your journey and areas of improvement.

Last but not least, the best advice for the test day is to simply keep your calm. Whatever the state of preparation, one must realise that come what may, their performance would depend on how calm, composed and focused their attempt will be. So put aside any negativity and go in for the kill.