What’s Your Study Style?

Not sure how to make adjustments in your GMAT study plan? Take this short quiz to find out what kind of student you are! Once you determine your study style, you can make small adjustments in your study plan to help you become more efficient in your GMAT prep!




1. What’s the best way to study Sentence Correction?

(A) Go with my “gut” instincts on what sounds best.
(B) Read through each answer choice slowly and methodically.
(C) Learn all the grammar rules by rote.
(D) Try to spot an error quickly and move on.

2. How do you use your scratch paper while studying?

(A) Never, it slows me down
(B) On every question, no matter what
(C) Often, it’s really helpful
(D) Occasionally, if I have doubts

3. How do you deal with Number Properties on DS questions?

(A) I try to move as quickly as possible to save time
(B) I like to consider all the options carefully
(C) I use process of elimination to work through the statements
(D) I skip the ones that are too challenging to attempt easier problems

4. What are your GMAT study sessions like?

(A) Moving from topic to topic, whatever I feel like covering that day
(B) 15-30 minute timed blocks, so my time is well-utilized
(C) I use a lot of flashcards and review from books
(D) Intermittent – I usually put off studying til the weekend

5. What’s your biggest fear on Test Day?

(A) Missing some of the “easier” questions due to rushing
(B) Neglecting pacing and running out of time at the end
(C) Seeing harder concepts I haven’t totally mastered
(D) Everything!


The Impulsive Studier – mostly A’s

You make decisions quickly and probably don’t struggle with pacing. You like to get questions answered decisively, which is great!  But be careful you’re not overlooking some of the subtleties of the GMAT – Sentence Correction questions that involve rhetorical construction and meaning are probably going to challenge you. You may benefit from working untimed and taking extra time to perfect your strategies. Look for opportunities to utilize your scratch paper to help you work more methodically through advanced questions!

The Methodical Studier – mostly B’s

You like to be thorough, but remember that the GMAT pacing is brutal. If you find yourself taking too much time on certain questions, introduce Pacing drills into your study sessions. Don’t be that student who answers 1,000’s of questions in their study sessions only to score poorly on test day. Emphasize quality of study over quantity, and stick to Pacing benchmarks on Practice Tests!

The Intellectual Studier – mostly C’s

You’ve already got some great habits – you’re using process of elimination and you’ve probably got some good strategies and content knowledge. But remember that rote memorization alone won’t get you a 700+. Be on the look-out for ways to optimize your strategies for each question-type – it might help you to vocalize each “step” of your approach as you do it. Is there a more precise way you can use your scratch pad? Create an Error Log after each Practice Test and hone in on the topics that recur in the incorrect questions.

The Fearful Studier – mostly D’s

The GMAT feels scary, but if we avoid the tougher questions and don’t use our scratch paper, we won’t be able to break through to the upper percentiles. Are you avoiding committing to a strategy or a specific study plan because the exam feels overwhelming? Focus on 5 or 6 topics each week only – don’t try to do everything at once! Build your knowledge piecemeal so the exam feels manageable – and set mini-goals for each study session!

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Vivian Kerr is a regular contributor to the Veritas Prep blog, providing tips and tricks to help students better prepare for the GMAT and the SAT.