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# 1 Month GMAT Study Schedule

Note: While we make small updates to all of our study schedules as needed, this study schedule was fully updated in July 2015!

OK, suppose you are starting from Square One (like, “What is the format of the GMAT?” basic) and have just a month to get yourself in shape for the GMAT.  That’s not a whole lot of time, but here’s how to make the best of it. 🙂

This outline supposes six days/week of preparation.  It will actually help you integrate even more deeply if you have one GMAT-free day a week.  I am assuming you have 3-5 hours a day, with occasional days (presumably on weekends) when you will put in more time.  It could be a comfortable rhythm, for example, to do a few hours each weeknight, a larger session on Saturday, and then take Sunday off.  I know it will be hard to stick to this regimen if you have a full-time job; if you are working full time, you may consider postponing your GMAT, if possible, to give yourself adequate time to study, and following a two-month or three-month plan.  Alternately, taking some vacation time to complete this study schedule could be helpful.  If you are between jobs, or don’t have to work, then that would be ideal.  NOTE: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 3-5 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students.

Also, very very important: even though you are doing more work preparing for the GMAT during this month, you must get 8+ hours of sleep every night.  Memory encoding takes place in REM sleep, and it’s in that last hour of an eight-hour session of sleep that we get the most REM.  Getting an average of 8 hours of sleep vs. an average of 7 hours of sleep every night between now and the GMAT could be as much as a 50 point score difference.  Getting enough sleep is very important!

Do you need to adapt this study schedule to meet your needs? Check out this blog post for adjustment tips!

## Essential Materials

1) GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review (OG): The newest edition is the OG2016. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one. If you happen to own either the OG2015 or even the previous OG13 (those two versions are identical in their print form), then it would be no problem using either of those with this study guide.

IMPORTANT: don’t write in the textbooks.  Do all your work on separate paper or on a computer.  You will want to keep the textbooks clean, so that later, if you need to look at a problem again, it is still fresh and unmarked.

3) the official GMAT website, mba.com – register on the site

4) a journal (paper or on the computer): throughout this program, I will ask you to take notes on things.  The actual act of writing or typing creates important links in your brain because you are using your hands.  Even if you never have time to review what you have written, just the act of writing it will help you learn a little more deeply.

## Optional/Supplemental Resources

1) GMAT Club, online forum

2) Beat the GMAT, online forum

5) The Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test

Because this one-month plan is already filled the brim with material, we do not include formal practice with the flashcards.  If you find these helpful, please integrate work with them where you can.

## Abbreviations Used in this Plan

In this plan, we use standard abbreviations for the question types on the GMAT.

Quantitative questions

a) PS = Problem Solving

b) DS = Data Sufficiency

Verbal questions

b) CR = Critical Reasoning

c) SC = Sentence Correction

In addition, AWA denotes the Analytical Writing Assessment, the essay at the beginning of the GMAT, and IR denotes the Integrated Reasoning section.

NOTE: this is one INTENSE plan.  It will be time-consuming and will take hard work, dedication, and focus to get through.  The plan was designed so that you would exhaust most of the question in the OG and most of the question in the Magoosh product, and so that you would see all the Magoosh video lessons.

If you are going to cut things out for efficiency, it’s most important that you don’t deprive yourself of any lessons you need to see.  If you know some of the simpler math at the beginning (e.g. how to add & subtract positive & negative numbers), then don’t sit through those videos: click ahead to the summaries to verify that you didn’t miss anything.  In this way, you can quickly jump through lessons too easy for you.  If you are particular strong at math, you could just jump to the quiz at the end of the module: if you ace the quiz, you probably know the module well.  That’s one way to save time with the lessons.

In general, unless you have a good motivation for cutting lessons, it’s better cut questions than lessons.  If you need to do fewer questions some days, or all days, then push yourself to do as much as you can, but don’t feel that you need to finish every last question.  I would recommend cutting back equally on OG questions and Magoosh questions, so that, on average, you see about the same numbers of these.

## Week One

### Week One, Day One

1) In the OG

Read the first half the Math Review, before the math questions in the OG; as you read, either write down in a separate journal concepts that fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar.

2) In the OG

Read the introductory section to PS questions, DS questions, RC questions, and CR questions.  You will find these introductory sections before the banks of that question type.

3) In the OG

Take the first half of the 3.1 Diagnostic Test, pp. 19-26, the mathematics section

When you are done, correct your answers.  For questions you got right, glance at the solution, to make sure you got it right for the right reason.  For questions you got wrong, study the solutions in detail, taking notes on anything unfamiliar.

5) Watch the following Magoosh Videos

Under the Intro to the GMAT section: all ten videos, or as many as are needed

Under the Verbal section: the first five videos

Under the Math  section: the first eight video

(As you watch these Magoosh videos, take notes in a notebook.  You will not have time to watch all of them more than once, so you need to get the most out of the time you watch each one.  Even if you never again look at what you write, the fact that you are writing, and therefore processing, what is being said will help you remember it.)

6) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 math Problem Solving (PS) questions

16 verbal Sentence Correction (SC) questions

1 verbal Reading Comprehension (RC) passage and the associated questions.

When you do the Magoosh question, start by watching the video following the question whether you got the question right or wrong.  As time goes on, and you are comfortable with why you go a question right, just watch the videos for questions you got wrong.

NOTE: when you do Magoosh practice questions, do not select individual topics that are familiar.  When you learn a particular lesson, resist the urge to practice that material right there and then.  This plan is based on the philosophy that you should see a random mix of topics every time you practice as you move through the OG.  Yes, this means you will make some mistakes in the beginning, especially with topics you haven’t learned thoroughly yet, but if you study those mistakes carefully, that will prime your mind for understanding these ideas more deeply when you get to them in the lessons.  Getting questions wrong at the beginning may seem frustrating, but remember that you are playing a “longer game”: the point is not instant success at the beginning, but building deeper understanding over time.   Also, it’s important to get accustomed as soon as possible to the random mix of topics you will see, one after the other, on test day.

### Week One, Day Two:

1) In the OG, finish the Math Review; as you read, either write down in a separate journal concepts that fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar.

2) In the OG, read the introductory section to SC questions, including the “Basic English Grammar Rules” section: as you read, either write down in a separate journal concepts that fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar.  Read the introduction to the AWA and read the entire IR section.

3) In the OG

Take the second half of the 3.1 Diagnostic Test, pp. 27-44, the verbal section

When you are done, correct your answers.  For questions you got right, glance at the solution, to make sure you got it right for the right reason.  For questions you got wrong, study the solutions in detail, taking notes on anything unfamiliar.

4) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

Under the Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) section: all five videos

5) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week One, Day Three:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

When you do each batch of OG questions, correct yourself right after, and then read the explanation given whether you got the question right or wrong.  At the beginning, be religious about reading the explanations, making sure that, on questions you got right, you got them right for the right reason.  As you continue in your studies, you can just scan explanations for question that were easy to get right.

Note that not all the OG explanations are of high quality, and some are not good at all.  As an alternative, for all the questions in the OG, you can see much better explanations in our video solutions.

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

NOTE: as you finish lesson modules, take the quiz at the end of the module.  If you don’t “pass,” then keep reviewing and take it again, until you can pass that quiz.

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week One, Day Four:

1) In the OG, do:

25 math Data Sufficiency (DS) questions

15 verbal Critical Reasoning (CR) questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week One, Day Five:

1) In the OG, do:

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week One, Day Six (BIG Day):

2) Take the first full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure.  Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made.  The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  See this blog for other options.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

## Week Two

### Week Two, Day One:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

Under the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section: the first ten videos

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Two, Day Two:

1) In the OG, do:

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

Under the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section: the remaining eleven videos

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 DS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Two, Day Three:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Two, Day Four:

1) In the OG, do:

25 DS questions

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 DS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Two, Day Five:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Two, Day Six (BIG Day):

1) Take the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure.  Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made.  The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

## Week Three

### Week Three, Day One:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 DS questions

12 Integrated Reasoning (IR) questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

### Week Three, Day Two:

1) In the OG, do:

25 DS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Three, Day Three:

1) In the OG, do:

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do the first twelve Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-12, setting yourself a 30 minute time limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.  Take notes on anything you need to remember.

### Week Three, Day Four:

1) In the OG, do:

25 DS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 DS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Three, Day Five:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Three, Day Six (BIG Day):

1) Retake the first full length GMAT on the GMAC software. Because the software has a larger question pool than the number of questions on each test, you will usually see many new questions as well as a few repeats (which are great for review).

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure.  Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made.  The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

## Week Four

### Week Four, Day One:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

8 more verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do the last six Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #12-18, and all six Table Analysis questions, setting yourself a 30 minute time limit for all twelve questions.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.  Take notes on anything you need to remember.

### Week Four, Day Two:

1) In the OG, do:

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

the last 4 verbal video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 DS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do all ten Graphics Interpretation questions, setting yourself a 25 minute time limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.  Take notes on anything you need to remember.

### Week Four, Day Three:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do all sixteen Two-Part Analysis questions, setting yourself a 40 minute time limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.  Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week Four, Day Four:

1) In the OG, do:

25 DS questions

15 CR questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Read the AWA Argument prompts in OG; pick one at random, write an essay in half an hour; get a friend or mentor to critique it, or submit it on the online forums for critique.

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos

10 more math video lessons

4) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 DS questions

16 SC questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Four, Day Five:

1) In the OG, do:

25 PS questions

15 SC questions

one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos

any remaining math video lessons

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 PS questions

16 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

### Week Four, Day Six (BIG Day, if this is NOT the day before the real GMAT):

1)  Retake the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software. Because the software has a larger question pool than the number of questions on each test, you will usually see many new questions as well as a few repeats (which are great for review).

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure.  Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made.  The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT.  Note how your sleep the night before affects your work.  Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration.   Write any observations in your journal.

## Any extra days:

1) In the OG, sample the remaining SC & CR questions

2) Write another essay, and get a critique of it

3) Do any remaining Magoosh questions for which you have time.

## Day before the test:

1) No GMAT preparation all day.

2) Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!

3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

## Day of test

1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST-MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!

2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein.

3) Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test.

## Bring to the test

1) A liter of water.

2) Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.).

3) On breaks, make sure to get up, move & stretch – moving & stretching the large muscles of the body (legs & torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

For relaxation tips, see this post.

Any questions on this plan?  Just leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to help!

Note: If you began prepping with this schedule before July 2015, we recommend that you complete your prep with the same schedule that you started with. You can find the previous, older version of this study plan here!

By the way, sign up for our 1 Week Free Trial to try out Magoosh GMAT Prep!

### 160 Responses to 1 Month GMAT Study Schedule

1. Sneha October 3, 2016 at 12:54 am #

Hi Magoosh Team,

Thank you so much for the concise study plan you have shared here. This was all I was waiting for. I have less than a month left for my GMAT. I wanted to know whether OG quant review 16 and OG verbal review 2 are equally good as OG Gmat (the combined version). I started doing OG Quant review 16 PS questions but found them extremely easy. Are these questions also actual retired questions from GMAT? Is is worth spending time on these anymore or not?

Thanks,
Sneha

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

Hi Sneha,

All of the OG material are great resources! The problems in the book are typically ordered in level of difficulty, so the first few questions will be the easiest. This is what you may be experiencing. Regardless, all OG material should be useful in your studies.

2. Pratiksha Suresh September 29, 2016 at 6:11 am #

Hi,

I just finished the Magoosh one month study plan and it has helped me a lot in improving my scores. However, I still have 22 days more to go until my test date.
I have finished all the questions from the GMAT official guide 2017 and almost all the practise questions on Magoosh. Right now I’m scoring in the range of 690-710 on the mock tests on the GMATprep software and want work on improving further.
Can you please advise me as to what other resources I can refer to and where I can take more mock exams.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

Hi Pratiksha,

I would actually recommend going through the content you have once more. I know what you may be thinking. You’re probably worried that you’ve already memorized some of the answers. That’s probably true for 10% of the problems, but the rest will be a great learning opportunity. Technically, you should get all the answers correct the second time around. However, if you get any incorrect, this will be a big red flag. Then, you can do targeted studying on these concepts and problem types to better understand why you got the answer wrong and how to approach these types of problems.

If you do want a new mock exam, I would recommend the Manhattan GMAT free practice exam. They have great material!

3. Abhishek September 6, 2016 at 12:13 am #

hi
I have roughly a month left for the GMAT exam. My target is 700+ and I intend to prep 2-3 hrs per day. My pre-test score from the Kaplan GMAT premier was 550 without any preparation. I am strong in quant , but I lack in data sufficiency. Please tell me the preparation method for the verbal part to boost my score.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

Hi Abhishek,

To improve your verbal score, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read as MUCH as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as your comprehension. As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don’t know. Pause every so often, and recap the main message in your own words.

I also recommend that you take a look at our idiom flashcards. Together with that high-level reading practice, they’re fantastic tools for bringing up your verbal score. 🙂

And for more tips on how to improve your verbal score, make sure to check out the Verbal Section of our GMAT Blog. You need to make sure that you understand the strategy for each question type, common wrong answer choices and get plenty of practice 🙂

A good way to accomplish all of this is to become a Magoosh Premium Student and have access to our comprehensive video lessons, hundreds of high quality practice problems and support from our team of test prep experts 😀

4. Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

Sorry to hear your score dropped when you finally took the real exam. That sounds frustrating! If 640 is below the score range you need, you should definitely retake. As you study for the retake, make sure you use official GMAT study materials– your use of Kaplan for practice is probably the reason for the inconsistency between your Kaplan scores and your scores on test day…. And make sure you do other things to keep your practice test scores consistent and accurate as well. For more info, see Kevin’s post on why GMAT scores vary.

5. Abdelkader August 5, 2016 at 5:48 am #

Dear Sirs, I am beginner and have to pass GMAT test within end september next. Will it be possible for me to achieve 650 score?
Thank you,

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 9, 2016 at 12:19 am #

Whether or not you can reach a score of 650 really does depend on your starting score or baseline (from any recent practice tests) and the amount of time you’re able to spend studying. On average, our Magoosh users increase their scores by 60 points. However, many have increased their score much more than that! People who don’t study with Magoosh also are able to increase their scores, and that varies a lot depending on their study styles and what they use!

Our study schedule here can help you to get an idea about how much content we recommend covering. If you have the ability to follow something like this 1 month plan you’re commenting on, I would recommend the structured advice. It makes the day-to-day aspects of preparing much simpler. I hope that helps! 🙂

6. Adrian July 18, 2016 at 6:37 am #

Dear Magoosh team,

I follow the one month plan, and did the first GMAT prep test with the software. However, I realized that when I want to review the test and my answers I do no get any answer explanations, just what the right answer is to each question. How can see the detailed explanation and solution to each question, as indicated in the plan?

kind regards

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 7:48 am #

It looks like you’ve already received a response from one of our test-prep experts, but in case someone else has the same question, we’re going to respond here as well 🙂

Unfortunately, GMATprep practice tests provide only answers without complete explanations. So, it’s necessarily to go to outside sources to find explanations. Explanations and in-depth discussions for many of the GMATPrep questions can be found on the GMAT Club’s forum or on Beat the GMAT’s forum. You’ll see responses from both test prep experts and students, and the comments will give you multiple perspectives from which to evaluate a given practice problem 🙂

7. Omar July 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

Hello Magoosh,

I choose the 1 month plan for my study and noticed that I have to do questions (SC for example) whereas I didn’t reach/finish the lessons related to SC. is that ok? do I have to watch the videos first and then do the questions later? what is your philosophy here and recommendations as well? Thanks.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2016 at 9:24 am #

Hi Omar,

This is a question our test prep experts could best answer for you personally through email since you’re a premium member. You will be hearing from one of them soon! 🙂

Anyone else who has this question and is a premium member should email help@magoosh.com to get support!
🙂

• Sneha Pujani July 21, 2016 at 1:33 am #

Hi , can you help me out me the same thing as Omar asked. I have the exact same doubt.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 7:38 am #

Hi Sneha,

Like in Omar’s case, since you’re a premium member, I’ve forwarded your message (along with Omar’s original message) to our team of test prep experts. You should receive an e-mail from one of them soon 😀

• Jina Kim September 18, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

Hello, can you send me the same recommendations as well? Thanks

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

Hi Jina! Go ahead and email the team at help@magoosh.com or send a message using the Help tab on your Magoosh dashboard. Our team will help you. 🙂

8. Lilly July 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

Hi,

Thanks so much for this guide! I’m following the study schedule for 1-month and in the OG, the practice questions seem to be ordered by difficulty? So when you say “do 25 PS,” do you mean the first 25 or how can we achieve a mix of question difficulties each day?

Lilly

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 3, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

Hi Lilly,

Happy to help! 🙂

The truth is you can do either approach, but I personally think it makes sense early on to focus on the first questions which are easier. As long as you work through 25 of the PS questions of any type, though, you’re making forward progress! Happy studying.

9. Jean L May 28, 2016 at 11:16 am #

Hi! Thank you for providing a great resources!

I recently decided to take a GMAT test and have about two months to prepare it. Unfortunately, I have a kid so can’t spare much time during weekend, but I have longer hours in week days (6-8 hours). Since most plans require to have one longer day from weekend, I am not sure how to adjust plans. Would anyone could give me some advice? Also, I have a 13th edition so I am wondering if that is still okay.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 4, 2016 at 5:10 am #

Hi Jean,

Happy to help! 🙂

I would suggest you use the 1-month plan and give yourself flexibility to spread a day of studying over 2 days rather than feeling frantic as you try to smash the 2-3 month plans into your busy life. No reason to feel more stress than necessary!

Having the 13th edition of the texts is also no problem–if you were buying fresh, we might suggest the most recent resources, but you can still make marked improvement with older copies! Good luck, Jean. 🙂

10. Haoran Liu May 24, 2016 at 11:27 am #

Hey Mike,

Great stuff! I just had a quick question regarding practice problems, for example:

6) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 math Problem Solving (PS) questions

16 verbal Sentence Correction (SC) questions

1 verbal Reading Comprehension (RC) passage and the associated questions.

^ Can you comment on setting (or not setting) a time limit? If I should, what’s a good rule to use for determining amt of time for a set # of questions? And if not initially, at what point is it wise to start timing yourself?

Thanks!

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

Hi Haoran,

Good question! 🙂

You are not required to start setting a hard limit for yourself, but you might want to consider our general pacing guidelines and see how you stack up. The take-as-much-time-as-you-need attitude is an unsustainable luxury in GMAT prep, so the fact that you are already thinking about timing is excellent. There is no definite pacing strategy for the test; however sticking to a “2 minute rule” for quant and “slightly less than 2 minute” rule for verbal could be the general strategy you follow to make sure you’re on track. Keep in mind that not all questions take the same length of time, so if you are longer on some and shorter on others, that’s okay!

11. Vince D May 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

In this blog it states:
6) In the Magoosh product, do:

25 math Problem Solving (PS) questions

16 verbal Sentence Correction (SC) questions

1 verbal Reading Comprehension (RC) passage and the associated questions.

I have a premium account but I can’t find where I take this questions. Can you tell me where I can get to them?

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 24, 2016 at 12:08 am #

Hi Vince,

Sorry for the delay! I hope you’ve already figured this out, but in case not:

1. Go to your Magoosh dashboard.
2. Click “Practice” and choose “Custom Practice.”
3. Set up a practice session for the type of questions. You need to do this separately for EACH type (PS, SC, and RC).
4. Leave the number of questions unselected and keep track of how many you’ve answered on your own until you’ve done the assigned number.

I hope that helps! 🙂

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

Yes, your Magoosh custom practice allows you to select questions from any category required on the study schedule.

12. Omar May 17, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

Hi there, Mike,

I find your materials great but I’m in a bit of a trouble, I want to dedicate 2 months of study to the GMAT. I can allocate 2 – 3 hours of study plus a larger session on Saturday.

You have plans for 1 month and 3 months, what is your recommendation to fit a nice plan for a 640~ score?

Thank you!

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 18, 2016 at 11:45 am #

Hi Omar 🙂

Happy to help! While we currently don’t have a specific 2-month study plan, there are a few things you could do:

1) Modify One of the 90-Day Schedules
To do this, you’ll need to cover three weeks of the schedule for every two weeks you have to study. While this may sound complicated, many of our students have had success doing so. It helps if you first visualize your new schedule on paper 🙂

For example, you could do “double days” every other week: For one week, cover two days of schedule for each day of your studying. Then, the next week, follow the schedule as normal. Here is what your the first few weeks of your plan would look like:

–Your Week 1 = Weeks 1 and 2 of the study plan
–Your Week 2 = Week 3 of the study plan
–Your Week 3 = Weeks 4 and 5 of the study plan

Since the original plan only requires about 1-2 hours of studying a day, this is definitely doable.

2) Modify Our Daily One-Month Schedule
You could also follow our one-month plan and take two days for every one day on the study plan. This is a bit less complicated than modifying one of our 90-day schedules and will definitely still allow you to cover all of the topics you’ll see on the exam. 🙂 Plus, since the 30-day plan requires about 3-4 hours of studying a day, if you spread this out over two months, you’ll still be studying about two hours a day.

For more suggestions on how to adapt one of our plans to your schedule, I’d recommend checking out the following blog post 🙂

Hope this helps! 😀

13. pragadeesh May 1, 2016 at 6:48 am #

hi,
I got a score of 530 in the GMAC prep software.I will be taking the gmat on late july.I have the whole month of June to study.I can spend about 8 hours/day.should i follow your one month plan or the three month plan.Please note: only the month of june I can spend 8 hours.I am currently working and the other two months i can hardly study.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 13, 2016 at 5:57 am #

Thanks for reaching out! 🙂

In your case, I would take up the 1 month plan for two main reasons. (1) It won’t leave you stressed if you cannot balance both your busy life and your GMAT studies; (2) If you have extra time left when completing the plan, you can move on to targeted revision and filling in knowledge gaps!

I hope that helps give you some direction. Happy studying! 🙂

14. Priyanka April 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

Hi Mike,

Is it enough if I solve magoosh product questions and watch the video explinattions or should I solve the Manhattan questions also?
Should I go through Manhattan explnations also

Regars
Priyanka

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 2, 2016 at 3:56 am #

Hi Tayler,

Great question! The Magoosh materials cover all of the core concepts you will see on the GMAT. However, we do offer a finite number of practice problems, so whether or not you will need more than Magoosh does depend on a couple of things:

1. How long you plan to study for: If you’re planning to study for a really long time, you may simply need a higher volume of practice questions.
2. Your target score and how you’re scoring now: Depending on how much you’re hoping to raise your score, you may need more questions on a particular topic.

We do recommend that you study from the Official Guide for GMAT as well. It’s written by the test-makers themselves, so it’s an invaluable resource, and it never hurts to have a multifaceted approach. If you decide to follow one of our GMAT study schedules, we’ll also recommend a few additional resources. But for most students, The Official Guide and Magoosh are enough. 🙂

15. Hasnain.K. April 20, 2016 at 5:15 am #

Hey Mike !
I will be giving the GMAT test for the first time. I plan to take the test in the first week of June, 2016. I can devote 5 to 6 hrs a day for my preparations. Will this be enough for getting a score of 550+. Also, tell me if I can appear for the exam at an earlier date given the daily hours.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 21, 2016 at 1:58 am #

Hi Hasnain,

It is really hard to tell you anything absolute since we don’t know your baseline abilities, but a score of 550 is very reasonable and achievable, and you sound like you have a good commitment to time spent per day! I suggest you study diligently for a few weeks and take a mock to see where you stand. If your mock shows that you’re more than ready, you can take the test early, but if not, you still have the remaining few weeks until the first week of June to fill in your gaps. 🙂

16. Tyler April 14, 2016 at 7:52 am #

I’ve already taken the GMAT twice before (score of 630) and am looking to boost to a 680-700 range. I have roughly six weeks before my exam and planned on using this plan in conjunction with MGMAT resources (to make it a six week plan). My study ha its weren’t great last time around but I now have a more consistent work schedule and can dedicate enough time to preparing. Should the six week plan be adequate or should I push the exam out for a 3 month plan? Note: I also want to leave myself enough time before starting school to take it twice (in the event that I want to try for an even larger score).

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 11:09 am #

Hi Tyler,

It sounds like you have partially answered your question already! Since you want to leave yourself time to retake the test, I would push forward with a concentrated 6-week approach, assuming you have the appropriate amount of time to dedicate to it daily. Then you could determine whether you were ready to take the test or if you wanted to spend a week or two doing some serious error logging and revision of your mistakes before taking a GMAT. 🙂

17. Preston March 31, 2016 at 9:05 am #

Hi Mike,

I’ve taken the GMAT previously without studying and got a 660. I have one month until my exam and I just need to improve 20 points – to a 680. Is this the right guide for me? I am willing to follow it religiously.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 2, 2016 at 3:47 am #

Hi Preston,

Happy test prep day! 🙂

If you are looking to improve 20 points and you have a month, this study plan can definitely help! 20 points is very doable, and if you focus on your weak areas and study diligently, you should see great success. 🙂

18. Antariksh March 29, 2016 at 9:19 am #

Hi,

I am planning to give my GMAT around May – 20-25th. I really wish a score above 700. I am flexible with my dates but I really want to go with a plan of at least 700 and above on my GMAT. What do you suggest?

How do I judge my current ability on GMAT. If I can get you that information may be we can work on that.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 3, 2016 at 5:02 am #

Hi Antariksh,

Happy to help! 🙂

Have you ever taken a mock exam of any kind? Most students start with a mock if they’re trying to determine their current abilities. This can also help guide your studies as you dive in to get a great score in May. 😀

19. Saloni Rana March 23, 2016 at 6:15 am #

Hello,

I have 20 days to prepare for GMAT, I need a minimum score of 450 in my GMAT test for my MBA program. I am confused if this achievable score given the fact I can dedicate only 2hrs per day for studying as I am working and maybe a little more hours on weekends. Please let me know what can be ideal study plan for me I have Down loaded the app on my phone but want to know hat else will help achieve my target.
Thankas

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 27, 2016 at 5:27 am #

Hi Saloni,

Thanks for reaching out! 🙂

A 450 is definitely doable. If you look at the percentile ranking, a 450 is below the mean for all test takers, so if you have a basic understanding of the test, the way it asks questions, and its general content, you should be able to do it. 🙂

You want to focus on a few main things:

1. The test structure and how it asks questions. Make sure you understand data sufficiency questions, for example, and are ready for sentence correction exercises.
2. All the math basics. We wrote about the most common concepts in the math section, so you can study strategically.
3. Master basic grammatical rules. Subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, modifier placement, and economy of words are all key components of the sentence correction questions.

20 days is not enough time to really use a full study plan, but if you are able to focus on the core skills that will get you through the GMAT, in 20 days you should be able to get yourself a 450. Use the GMATPrep software to take a test and see your current score prediction. This can help you to target your studies further.

Good luck! 🙂

20. T March 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

Hi,

I have a month off and would like to knock this test out. I also want to get an elite score. Is the one month plan sufficient, should I add parts of the advanced plan to the one month plan, or should I do the advanced plan in one month?

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 6, 2016 at 3:11 am #

Hi there, T! 🙂

Your ability to get an elite score relies on the perfect combination of time spent studying and your current level of ability. One month can be sufficient, but depending on your starting point and ability to learn, you may need to supplement. I would aim to be able to use a substantial amount of advanced material if you want to get 680+ on your GMAT! Make sure you definitely use official GMAT materials in addition to the other resources you consult.

I hope that helps. 🙂

21. Juwariah February 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

Hi guys I am planning on taking the GMAT on March 15, 2016 and I am getting the Premium Subscription tomorrow. I plan on following this one month plan diligently but do I really need the book? I was wondering if I can follow the one month plan without getting the OG book? My aim is to get above a 700.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 13, 2016 at 1:37 am #

Hi Juwariah,

Happy to help! 🙂

While many students do use just Magoosh for their preparation, we always recommend Official Guide material at the very least. This comes straight from the test makers and offers the most authentic study experience, so it is worth the investment as an additional resource. Ultimately, however, your study decisions are you own, and as long as you cover all the necessary concepts and study diligently, you can earn a score you are proud of. 🙂

22. Maria January 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

Hi Mike,

I am using this list of tasks and completing them as I go along, and not looking to necessarily do it all in a month (happy to keep going for 2-3 months). Is this OK too? Or preferable to do each set of tasks for one day in one day? I am using it as a ‘list of tasks’ rather than a schedule, if it makes sense…

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2016 at 11:33 am #

Hi Maria,

Good question! That’s completely okay–if you have the time and you feel you are benefitting from your arrangement, then keep at it. The important thing is that you cover all the necessary content for your exam, which you can do by prolonging the 1-month plan! I would try to touch on multiple areas of study as frequently as you can so you benefit from repeated and long-term study of them (like grammar/idioms, and some math, and some reading all in a day or so), but it sounds like you’ll be just fine. 🙂

23. Daniela Bocco January 13, 2016 at 11:51 am #

Hi Mike, I’m writing because I just signed up for magoosh as an additional resource. I have already taken the GMAT, and the scores havent been as high as expected, so I wanted an additional resource that would help me out. I’m wondering if this schedule works for people who have already put in about 5 months of work, or if its only for beginners?

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

Hi Daniela,

I’m glad you came to Magoosh to help boost your scores! This 1 month study schedule is good for anyone who only has one month to study — beginner or advanced. It guides you through absolutely every single resource available in a short amount of time so that you have all the tools you need to maximize your score. Since you have already put in some months of studying, you would probably be able to cut out or skim through some parts of this study schedule that are already familiar to you, and it would help cut down on some of the intensity of trying to fit your prep into one month.

Another option would be to use the 3 Month GMAT study schedule for advanced students. This schedule is designed for students who are already scoring in the 600-650 range and would like to push into the upper 700’s. If you only have 1 month to study but want to use the 3 month advanced schedule, you can read this blog post on adapting these study schedules to your needs. 🙂

24. Karl December 31, 2015 at 8:29 am #

I just bought a premium account and am looking to start this as a two month plan. The free GMAT Prep software from mba.com shows you the correct answer to all the questions in the exams but does not give an explanation. In Week 1, Day 6 it says to review all the solutions and take notes. Is there a way to show the explanations without buying any of their software?

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 2, 2016 at 1:12 am #

Hi Karl,

Apologies for the late reply, here! If you cannot view explanations in the resource you have, you are always free to search the internet for some helpful explanations (some of the forums for the GMAT have excellent resources) or you can write in to the tutors here at help@magoosh.com since you are a premium Magoosh member! There’s definitely no pressure to buy the GMAT software when you have these other resources available. 🙂

25. Shafi December 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

Hello,

The Official Guide for GMAT® Review 2016 is out and does this change anything for your 1 month study plan?

26. Michael Lam November 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

Hi there!

I have got premium subscription and I have 2 month before the test,

what should I do? what schedule should I follow, Thanks!!

• Dani Lichliter November 11, 2015 at 10:13 am #

Hi Michael,
Thanks for writing in! Our GMAT expert, Mike, just wrote an article about how to adapt our study schedules to meet your needs. Check it out here!
Happy studying! 🙂
Dani

27. Cynthia November 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

Hi there!

I am so grateful that I signed up for Magoosh – I feel like I have all these resources at my finger tips…

My question right now is this – I have two months to study (Exam is Dec. 28th) should I look to the one month study plan provided and simply rinse and repeat…

Or should I do the three month study plan and combine months?

Thank you so much!
Cynthia

• Dani Lichliter November 4, 2015 at 11:35 am #

Hi Cynthia!
That’s a great question! Since you’re a Premium Magoosh student, I went ahead and forwarded your question on to our remote team of tutors. Someone from that team will reach out to you via email.
Best of luck on your GMAT!
Dani

28. Mohammed October 21, 2015 at 9:29 am #

Hello Mike

I just purchased Magoosh-premium today. I only have one month to take the test, so I going to follow the one month plan. My question is, is it necessary to buy and study the book you mention in essential materials or materials on this website are enough?

Thank you

• Dani Lichliter October 21, 2015 at 10:13 am #

Hi Mohammed,
I’m glad to hear that you chose Magoosh! 🙂 Since you are a Premium student, I went ahead and forwarded your question on to our remote team of tutors. Someone from that team will reach out to you via email.
Best of luck with your studies! 🙂
Dani

• Nee609 January 6, 2016 at 11:03 am #

Hi,

I am in exactly same boat as of today. My exam is in Feb end and I have two months to prepare/revise.

Would you mind suggesting what did you do and if it was effective.

29. Pranay Kapoor September 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

Hey Mike!

I have given my first GMAT on 16th September and I got a score of 650 (Quant-47, Verbal-32). I am already a member with Magoosh, so I have exhausted all of Magoosh’s quant and verbal questions. I plan to retake the exam and will feel satisfied only until I get a score of 720+.
I would be following your one month plan. But its not going to be of much use if I practise with the same RC, CR and SC questions right?
Any suggestions as to which questions I should practise from? and whether redoing the RC questions and CR question would be of help to me?

• Jessica Wan September 21, 2015 at 1:30 am #

Hi Pranay,

Thanks for your question! If you’re a premium Magoosh subscriber, you can ask this question to our remote tutor team within the Magoosh product using the Help tab on the left. They can offer some suggestions to you!

All best,
Jessica

• Jessica Wan September 21, 2015 at 1:30 am #

Hi Pranay,

Thanks for your question! As a premium Magoosh subscriber, you can ask this question to our remote tutor team within the Magoosh product using the Help tab on the left. They can offer some suggestions to you!

All best,
Jessica

30. Altaf September 3, 2015 at 10:21 am #

I just started using this study guide yesterday and have a quick question. I am on week one day two. And you list watch additional 10 videos in the math questions, however, in the lesson videos, the math is broken down by concepts. Is there any particular concepts I should be watching, or just go down on the list. Because the next ten videos (five of them are about data sufficiency.) Please advice.

• Mike McGarry September 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

Dear Altaf,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 The schedule is designed so that you will just plow through the math lesson videos in sequence, from top to bottom. Some days, you will do all videos from a single module. Other days, you will finish one module and start another. Do you know how a tank moves across landscape, crushing everything in its path — trees, fences, structures, etc. It just keeps moving forward. That’s precisely how you should just keep moving forward, inexorably, from top to bottom, regardless of where modules start or end.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

31. Christian September 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

Dear Mike,
I am studying already some months for the exam, with several materials (Magoosh premium, MGMAT, OG,…) Some weeks I studied just two days a week and some weeks I studied 5 days a week.
So far, I improved my score to around Q35-37 and V33-35 (when I started I was below the 30s) and covered around 90% of the study materials. I want to take the GMAT in the next 6-8 weeks and my goal is to get Q40 and V40.
I tried to analyze my weak points, but can’t detect a special weakness e.g. Algebra or Verb Forms. So, I think it would be a good idea to repeat roughly all the stuff from the beginning again. Would you recommend to take your 1 month study schedule as repetition?

Thank you and Regards from Germany
Christian

32. Michael August 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

Why does the Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) section only show up on Week One, Day Two? Should the rest show up later in this plan? I presume so. Thanks.

33. kwadwo sefah August 21, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

I am hoping to start on the 1 month study plan. How many hours do I typically need to go through a day of study since I work a lot of hours.
Also I will be taking my test on October 16. So I will like to start now and move through the whole process. Thanks
kojo

34. Pedro August 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

Mike,

I kept putting the GMAT studying to the side because I was not sure if I will apply to a school that requires a GMAT, but a tremendous opportunity just popped up and now I have about 6 weeks to take it because of the deadline for my application. I need at a minimum a 500 on the GMAT. I took the GMAC practice test and scored a 360. Will the 1 month schedule be good enough for me to score that? or am I done for. Thanks….

35. Joaquim Curvo June 18, 2015 at 8:04 am #

Hello,

I scored 630 in the GMAT last week (42 Quant/ 35 Verbal), I pretend to do the test again in a month. I definitely think I can do better, I made some silly mistakes on the test.

My target is 700. Would you recommend any changes in the 1 month study schedule ? Any specific area to focus ?

Thanks!

36. Daniel June 13, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

I took my GMAT for the first time today and did pretty bad…In my practice exams I was getting about a 560, which is still not good, but in the real test today I got a 470. If I didn’t say I was disappointed I would be lying. While my study technique might not have been the best I tried to study at a little every day for the last 3 months. My plan is to apply for for the fall 2016 semester so I know my time is limited, because of that right now I’m planning on taking the GMAT again in about 6 weeks. My first question is whether a month prep program is too crammed, six weeks from now sounds like a short amount time but I also want to give myself plenty of time if need to retake the test again. Would you recommend taking more time to prepare for the second time going through the test?

Secondly, I notice that your study uses the GMAC official guide. When I first started studying I bought the Kaplan study guide (this maybe wasn’t the best choice) but I’m wondering if you would recommend that I buy the official guide to do your program or could I use my Kaplan guide. I want to do the best I possibly so if you recommend that I get the OG I will do that.

Thanks,
Daniel

37. John June 1, 2015 at 5:39 am #

Hi! I will be practicing for the gmat in the summer, and I also noticed that there will be a release of the 2016 guide. Should I buy the new one, or stick with the 2015 for this 1 month plan?

• Rita Kreig June 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

Hi John,

I haven’t gotten my hands on the new version yet, but in my experience the guides don’t change much from version to version. There will likely be a new cover and some re-arranging of the material. So, really, it’s up to you! If I were in your shoes, I’d just get a discounted version of the 2015 edition. 🙂 I hope that helps!

Best,
Rita

• John June 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

Hi again!

The 2016 edition is advertised with 25 % new content. I do not know if this is the same case with the other editions. Do you still think I should get the old one instead of the new one? The old one is not discounted in Norway at this time.

• Mike McGarry June 16, 2015 at 9:47 am #

Dear John,
This is Mike McGarry. I’m happy to respond. 🙂 If you are starting from scratch, and have to buy a book, by all means buy the new one. That’s not even a question: just buy the new one if you need one and don’t have one.
If you already own an earlier edition, stick with that: don’t spend any more of your hard-earned money on a new edition that is only marginally better than its predecessors.
Is all this clear? In about a week or two, a blog article that I wrote about the new edition will be published here, but what I just expressed in this comment is the gist of it.
Mike 🙂

38. Joba Aladeselu December 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

Is there a two-month study schedule that I can use? I take the GMAT at the end of February and neither the one-month nor three-month guides aren’t sufficient enough for me to allocate my time properly.

• Rachel December 30, 2014 at 9:45 am #

Hey Joba!

We don’t have a 2 month schedule, but for students who plan to study for 2 months, we recommend using the one month schedule. For each one day listed in the schedule, you can take 2 days to complete all of those tasks. Don’t worry, you’ll still be studying about 2 hours a day, and you’ll cover all of the necessary materials. 🙂 Happy studying!

Best,
Rachel

39. Michael November 23, 2014 at 3:52 am #

Will this also be useful for those looking to retake the gmat and only need to focus on a few weak areas, say verbal?

• Mike November 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

Dear Michael,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 The short answer is: yes, absolutely!
I would caution you — any approach with something such as “only need to focus on” is not the attitude of excellence. Part of excellence is cultivating what is known in some circles as Beginner’s Mind — no matter how well you know a topic, approaching it as if you were a beginner in that topic, to see whether you can learn or appreciate anything further, anything you don’t already grasp. The GMAT is a very hard test. It is very dangerous to get in the place is saying, “I am done with such-and-such an area.” The excellent student is never done with anything, is always pushing to understand more deeply, more thoroughly. Of course, bring comparatively more focus to your weak areas, but the most disastrous thing you could do is take some areas of the test for granted. This is precisely why, on average, retakes of the GMAT show very little improvement — folks have a tendency to focus exclusively on perceived weak areas, and almost completely ignore perceived areas of strengths, and this invariable comes back to bite them. The mediocre student scans horizontally across the topics, eager to check areas off and be done with them. The excellent student is always striving to uncover depths in each topic, pushing in a dimension of which the mediocre student is unaware. Excellence is hard work: this is precisely why so few test takers achieve an excellent outcome.
My friend, I wish a high level of excellence for you, on the GMAT and throughout your career!
Mike 🙂

• Diana June 16, 2015 at 9:18 am #

Do you know if this study plan is up to date? I am really interested, but I am not sure if it is too old by now.

• Margarette Jung June 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

Hi, Diana

The study plan is mostly up to date! However, we have added some new material in the Premium Magoosh subscription so if you are planning on using the Premium materials and are confused by anything, you can always contact us for assistance (the Help button when you’re logged in to Magoosh) and we’d be happy to help :).

40. Dip November 13, 2014 at 5:20 am #

I was going through the study plan for 1 month on daily basis plan, but i found you have mentioned about OG 13 in the essential material.

My question is that as i have OG 15 what should i do now?
why have you suggested for OG 13 instead of Og 15? Is OG 13 better than OG 15?

Regards,
Dip

41. john August 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

Do you have a 60 day calender?

• Mike August 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

Dear John,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 We do not have a 60-day calendar available. This one-month schedule is quite intense — if you followed this at half pace, and maybe substituted in more practice tests on weekends from, say, MGMAT, then that would fill out 60 days well.
I hope this helps.
Mike 🙂

42. Gagan Singh June 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

Hi Mike,
I have been preparing for GMAT for almost 2 months now but then the consistency has been lacking. I am planning to take my exam in a month. My score right now is around 640, but my target score is 730+. I am planning to buy premium pack and follow the 1 month plan that you have mentioned in the blog above. Also I am mainly lacking in Verbal as of now.
My concern is that I want to know if I stick to the above plan, is 730+ achievable?
Looking forwards to a quick response. Thanks! 🙂
Regards,
Gagan Singh

• Mike June 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

Dear Gagan,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 If you buy the Magoosh Premium plan and follow this study schedule faithful, then absolutely everything you need for an elite score will pass in front of your eyes. Whether you succeed depends on your ability to learn and remember and assimilate. Remember, 730+ is an elite and hard-to-achieve score. It is an exceptional score. To have any chance of scoring in this range, you will have to make an exceptional effort, show exceptional dedication, retain information in an exceptional manner, have an exceptional eye for detail and precision, and be exceptional at making connections. Scoring at that level involves a number of skills. The plan will give you all the information you need to learn, and the rest is up to you.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

43. Prashast June 30, 2014 at 9:05 am #

Hey there..
I am planning to retake my GMAT in exactly a months time. I am aiming to get a score of 720 + against my recent 620 score. Will this schedule be helpful for me too?

• Mike June 30, 2014 at 10:17 am #

Dear Prahast,
I’m happy to help. 🙂 If you follow this schedule faithfully, it will provide you with all the information you need. Whether you improve depends on your ability to learn & remember & assimilate. Remember that 720+ is an exceptional score, very hard to achieve. To get there, you will need to provide exceptional focus & dedication, exceptional attention to detail, exceptional memory, and exceptional ability to understand ideas in depth and to make connections. All the information you will need is available in this plan, and your success depends on you.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

44. José Carlos June 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

Hi, I am planning on doing the 30 day GMAT plan, do you have another version of the calendar in this format, maybe another one printable to keep track of my progress?
Thanks

• Mike June 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

Dear José Carlos,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 We have released printable versions of some of the study plans, but we haven’t done so for this plan yet. I’m sorry, but the best I can say is: this page is pretty much all text, so if you copy & paste into something like Word, that should give you something you can edit relatively easily. I’m sorry that’s the best we can offer at this time. Best of luck to you.
Mike 🙂

45. Ivonne May 30, 2014 at 6:55 am #

Hi, I need to take GMAT test on July 22th. I just have time to study less than two months. and I haven’t taken any GMAT test before.
My aim score is around 500-600.
Do you think if I subscribe for 30 days Magoosh GMAT plan, it will help me a lot?

• Mike May 30, 2014 at 10:44 am #

Dear Ivonne,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Signing up for Magoosh and following this plan diligently will definitely enable you to maximize your potential. Since you have more than a month, I would recommend also reading all the MGMAT books and reading all the content articles on this blog. If you do that, then all the information you need for an elite score will pass in front of your eyes, and how well you do will depend on how deeply you understand, how completely you remember, and how effectively you can apply what you know. The Magoosh video explanations, following each practice question, will be a real help here.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

• Ivonne June 1, 2014 at 4:33 am #

Thanks for your reply. I just took a GMAT practice test and I only got 320! (that’s so bad) I couldn’t purchase a MGMAT book because I don’t live in States right now.. If I rely on the subscription on Magoosh, do you think it will boost my score??

• Mike June 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

Dear Ivonne,
Magoosh contains everything you need to improve — I would strongly recommend reading the whole blog, in addition to using the product. If you learn diligently from everything Magoosh, it really can help you significantly.
Mike 🙂

46. Abdullah April 29, 2014 at 12:25 am #

Hi Mike,

I’m a GMAT beginner and I intend to write the test on the 15th of June. Earlier I had signed up for a verbal course and this was before I found out about Magoosh 🙁 . I immediately signed up for Magoosh premium as soon as I found out about it.
Here’s the thing, I’ve already started my verbal prep from the earlier course I signed up for and don’t want to shift now as it would lead to confusion. Now since I’ll be using Magoosh solely for Quant, could you please suggest how i should utilise this schedule? As I have almost more than a month left, should I just go through the quant suggestions given in the 3 MONTH schedule, by doing 2-3 days work in one day and so on?
Or do I just follow the math suggestions in this ONE MONTH schedule?

Thanks!

• Mike April 29, 2014 at 10:19 am #

Abdullah,
Here’s what I’ll recommend. I believe it is very short-sighted to think, “I am learning Verbal from another Verbal course, so that’s all I need.” That is mediocre thinking that holds students back. An excellent student always wants to know: how can I learn more deeply? I think you should use both the other Verbal course and Magoosh Verbal — being exposed to these ideas in two different orders, in two different ways, will enormously deepen the connections in your brain. Yes, you are right: this is much harder to do, because it forces you to learn much more deeply than you would simply from following one course.
I would say: follow the 1-month schedule as is, and use the extra time to work on that other Verbal Course — perhaps each week, you push back the Magoosh schedule a day or so to create a day to focus on the other course. I don’t have any sense of how much time that other course demands — you may have to employ some weekend time, and may even have to double up some days: Magoosh work + work from that other course. This will be challenging, but it will really give you a very powerful preparation. If you are eager to do as well as possible on the GMAT, this is the path I would recommend.
Mike 🙂

• Judy May 12, 2016 at 5:46 am #

Hi,

I’ve been using Magoosh resources and following the OG since March, and took my first full-length practice exam last week – I scored a 660. I’m aiming for a minimum of 700, but my target range is 730-740. Is this a realistic target, given my exam is 3 weeks today, and I am now following this 1 Month Study Plan?

It’s worth noting that I took the exam at the end of a long working day (and have been ill!), so I am hoping that these factors will have negatively impacted my score (i.e. with a good night’s sleep and healthy conditions, I could potentially hit 700).

Thanks 🙂

47. Aditya April 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

Mike,

I’ll be writing the GMAT on June 14, 2014 and have decided to follow this plan to the T, with a few modifications as I see fit. My score on the mock GMAT was 630 with no preparation whatsoever. I’m aiming for a 700+. I’ve been told that the verbal section can play a larger role in obtaining an elite score, as compared to the quant section. Is this because the gmat test-takers are usually better at quant and thus the grading scheme is more friendly towards high verbal scores?

I have an engineering background so my math isn’t too bad. It’s the verbal section I’m more concerned with. Any additional advice you can provide me with to strengthen that aspect of my preparation?

Much appreciated,

• Mike April 28, 2014 at 10:23 am #

Congratulations on a strong start. With that cold performance, you stand an excellent chance of breaking the 700 threshold!
I don’t believe the Q & V scores are inherently different in their impact on the overall score, but I know that a large number of non-native speakers take the GMAT, and I imagine this has a huge impact on the V scoring scale.
First, I’ll say: do not underestimate GMAT math in any way. I am sure you have a strong math background. The hardest GMAT math problems are very tricky. Make sure you know GMAT math inside out.
Now, on the verbal side: definitely check out our GMAT Idiom ebook:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/
and our Idioms Flashcard app:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/announcement-gmat-math-and-idioms-flashcard-apps/
On all GMAT Verbal questions, there is one clearly correct answer and four choices that are each wrong for a very specific and unambiguous reason: you don’t really understand a GMAT Verbal question until you understand exactly why the right answer is right AND exactly why each wrong answer is wrong. Read solutions to problems carefully: over time, you will develop the ability to spot the patterns of Verbal wrong answer choices. It will also help you to read as many of the Verbal article on this blog as you can.
Finally, the very best thing you can do for your Verbal performance is: READ. Read every day. Force yourself to read hard challenging material in English. If you can read for 1 hour a day, over and above anything you do associated with this study schedule, that would be great. The Economist magazine would be an excellent journal to read cover-to-cover each week. For more recommendations, see:
I hope all this helps. Best of luck to you!
Mike 🙂

48. Ben April 24, 2014 at 8:50 am #

Hi Mike,

I just signed up for the premium account. I will take the GMAT on May 20th. I have been studying for about a month now and gained an overview of every section. My target score is 600+. I have done about 100 practice questions of the PS and DS part of the OG 13 looking up parts I did not understand on different pages like beathegmat.com and also the great videos here. I would like to follow your 1 month study plan. Do you think you can give me some further advice on how to go on the next days/weeks? I am just working on my bachelor thesis (Bsc. International Financial Management) so therefore I am home for the next weeks and will have plenty of time to study. Do you think it would be realistic to focus on MGMAT at the same time?

I look forward to hear from you soon!

Thanks,
Ben

• Mike April 24, 2014 at 11:48 am #

Dear Ben,
Because you have already done some OG question, because you have already watched some Magoosh videos, and because you will have some free time, I think this is doable. Since only you know exactly how many Magoosh videos you have already seen, I will leave it up to you to determine how many videos you should watch to be on pace to end a few days before 5/20; depending on how many you have already seen, your video-lesson watching pace might be faster or slower than the pace of this plan, but the pace of this plan is reasonably brisk. Similarly, you can spread the remaining OG questions evenly over the remaining days.
If you want to add MGMAT — they are excellent books, but to get through the whole set, that would involve reading close to three full volumes each week — that would be 2-3 additional hours each day. If you can afford that, that would give you excellent preparation, but that’s a ton of extra time. If, for example, you pick just one or two MGMAT volumes that you suspect would be particular pertinent to your studies, then you could stretch that out, so you were doing only 15-20 minutes extra each day, something much more manageable.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

49. ben k March 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

Hello Mike,

For someone that has a little over 1 month and a half to prepare for the GMAT, I was wondering if you recommend this or the 3 month plan?

• Mike March 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

Dear Ben,
I would recommend: stick with this plan. If you find you have some extra time, you might study a few of the MGMAT books as well.
Best of luck to you!
Mike 🙂

50. Domsa January 25, 2014 at 10:57 am #

Hi Mike,

Due to underperforming today, I’ve decided to say goodbye to the real world for the following 30 days and focus on my GMAT a good 10-12 hours a day. Since this is significantly more hours than this guide requires, what would you say I should do with the rest of my time? Would you recommend going for a 6 month prep guide or should I just squeeze in more practice hours on top of this? I took the test twice so far and I’ve noticed that the ”most common areas” of Quantitative varied both times, the first time it was mostly geometry while today they slapped me hard with digits-related questions.

Thanks

• Mike January 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

Dear Domsa,
Finally, it will very important to maintain excellent health through this month. Get 8+ hours of sleep every single night, because REM sleep is essential for building memory. Eat well: be sparing with caffeine, and avoid “high fructose corn syrup”, which diminishes the ability to focus. It will also be important to take short strategic breaks each day, perhaps a trip to the gym or some other such exercise: supporting blood flow and oxygen to the whole body will increase oxygen to the brain and will support greater attention & learning.
Does all this make sense?
Mike

• Domsa January 26, 2014 at 3:34 am #

It sure does, thank you for the fast reply 🙂

• Mike January 26, 2014 at 11:30 am #

Dear Domsa,
You are more than welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
Mike 🙂

• Pooja February 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm #

Hi domsa,

Wow ,I can completely related to this now . I underperformed yesterday. Man that was bad. I knew it was coming. How did you score in your next attempt?

51. Prashant January 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

Hello Mike,

Thank you for the study plan. The question might come across as redundant, but still, I thought i ask simply to clarify. It is regarding the 1 month plan. As I follow the daily plan, particularly in the math section (and even SC some of the time) I am asked to watch “The next five videos. example, Day 2, Math section – Five more videos. Could you please expound on that. Are you recommending that I watch the Very next 5 videos (which are all DS lessons, and which are not questioned on magoosh for that day) or do I watch ANY 5 videos? In other words, am I following a particular (systematic) order, or am I going by the questions I would be answering that day. (And if I am doing so, then PS has a variety of questions, what would be a good action plan?) Similarly, your recommendation to watch 10 more videos in SC section on DAY 3….. 🙂

The only reason i ask is because your 3 month schedule is a very well/systematically explained.

Thanks again1!

• Mike January 9, 2014 at 9:40 am #

Prashant,
Watch all the videos in the order in which they appear in the video library — the long sequence of math lesson videos is designed to be watched in that specific order. Do NOT choose your videos based on the questions that day. It’s absolutely true — especially in the early stages, you will come across content in questions that you haven’t seen yet in video lessons. That’s fine.That’s the point. First of all, wrestling with that content yourself is hard, but it primes your mind for learning more deeply when you eventually get to those lessons. Furthermore, it’s very good training to wrestle with questions on which you don’t necessarily know the answer — no matter how well prepared you are, the CAT will always throw some questions of this sort at you on test day. One of the skills you need to develop is retaining your confidence and your intuition about what is right even when you feel a little flustered. See the blog:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
for a more thorough explanation of this logic.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

• Shiva May 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

Hi Mike,
I am running late for admissions for Jan ’15, I am aiming at top business schools and some have also shown interest due to my work experience. However I haven’t given the GMAT and I intend to do it in a month or 2 maximum. Does the above strategy ensure me a score of 720+ ? I can put in 8-12 hours a day for studies. Please guide me.

• Mike May 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

Dear Shiva,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Following this plan will help you perform about as well as you can, given a month’s preparation. It is true that, if you follow this plan, and especially if you also use the MGMAT books as well, then absolutely ever fact & strategy necessary for an elite score will pass in front of your eyes during the course of the month. How well you retain all that information, how deeply your learn and understand it, and how well you can apply it depends very much on you. In this context, I would suggest this blog:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/getting-a-good-gmat-score/
I hope all this helps.
Mike 🙂

52. Rebecca December 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

Hi Mike,

I have a quick question: I’m taking the GMAT a month from now. My goal is to score 720 + , do you think using the 1 month study schedule will suffice? Or, do I need other resources?

Thanks,
Rebecca

• Mike December 9, 2013 at 10:20 am #

Rebecca,
In part, this depends on where you are starting. I would say — follow this plan religiously, watch every single Magoosh lesson, and just for good measure, read all the MGMAT books, and with all that, you will give yourself the best chance for an elite score.
Mike 🙂

53. PB November 26, 2013 at 2:57 am #

Hey Mike,
My GMAT is on 11th Dec. I scored 680 on the mock test. Have another 15 days to go. Do you have any suggestion regarding what should I do ? I am scoring poorly in the RC and SC section. I had appeared for GMAT 5 years back and scored 710 last time (Hv an MBA, applying this time for a few advanced courses, so need a really high score of 720 plus).
What I realize is that I am unable to focus my mind consistently for long durations.

54. shanaya October 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

Hi Mike
Can you suggest me any online website for free that can check my AWA essay and give me a feedback.

• Mike October 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

Dear Shanaya,
Unfortunately, that’s very hard to find. You can try posting on Beat The GMAT or GMATClub — many people post there, but I think with very little success. Alternately, do you know about Craigslist?
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/
All kinds of writing tutors post on CL, especially in the SF Bay area and in the NYC area. Now, a tutor might charge a significant fee to review your essays and give you feedback, but that’s really the only way I know that you could get this service. I simply don’t think you are going to find this service for free.
Mike 🙂

55. Mong September 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

Hi Mike,

I saw on your plan that we need to do some of the practice from the Magoosh site. Is there any place that we can get the practice for free? Is that true that we could only get the problems once we signed up for the premium subscription?

I had my GMATPrep test before I saw your plan, and I found out that my weakness are RC, and CR. However I can almost get full points from the math part. Could you please give me some more suggestions towards to my situation? (PS: I only have less than 30 days to prepare, and my goal is to get 710+)

Thanks,

The best! M

• Mike September 29, 2013 at 10:35 am #

Dear Mong,
Magoosh does provide many things, such as this study plan, for free, but ultimately we are a company, a business. To practice the Magoosh questions, you need to purchase the Magoosh product — at least the Verbal product. Since your exam is in 30 days and you are shooting for an elite score, buying the Magoosh verbal plan would be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Mike

56. Ashley July 24, 2013 at 1:59 am #

Hello Mike,

I’d like to know the effectiveness of the plan. I think it is a great plan indeed, but could you please clarify how much the plan helps a normal test taker to improve score? For example in my case, I got 550 last time, and I think I’m a quite fast learner, so is it possible to reach even 700+ by following the plan? Or any suggestions would help me a lot. I really appreciate your answer.

• Mike July 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

Ashley,
What you need to understand, my friend, is that the “effectiveness of the plan” is completely confounded with the qualities of the user — how fast do you learn? how assiduous are you? how well do you remember? etc. etc. The most I can say is that many quick-witted and diligent students have seen improvement of this magnitude by following this plan. — If you have a little more time than one month, I would suggest supplementing this plan with material from one of the three-month plans listed on the right side-bar.
I hope all this helps.
Mike 🙂

57. Tamer Jaber June 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

At first I want to thank you for this plan, Its a great plan that force you to study and stay on the Right way, but I have a couple of comment now and I will keep you updated for any further comments.

First I want you to take note that a big portion of the test takers are not native English speakers, so take into consideration that an reading will take more time.
Second I want to notify you that day 2 week 1 is a very long day.

Thanks again for the plan I hope I will get my score which is 600+

Which me luck,

• Mike June 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

Dear Tamer,
Thank you for your kind words. May Fortune smile upon you most abundantly!
Mike 🙂

58. GeenaO May 23, 2013 at 11:13 am #

Hi Mike,

I am just starting my preps to take GMAT next month. My target is 700+ and I intend to prep 4-5 hrs per day. My pre-test score from the Kaplan GMAT premier was 550 with zilch preparations, but I am used to taking competitive exams and can brush up in few weeks time.

Would the one-month Magoosh GMAT premier membership and the OG13 be sufficient resources for my preps? And how can I get the 4 GMAC practice tests as outlined in the above study plan?

• Mike May 23, 2013 at 11:29 am #

Dear Geena,
It sounds as if, with Magoosh & the OG, you will be in very good shape. For the GMAC tests, go to this page:
http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/prepare-for-the-gmat.aspx
You will see links for the **GMATPrep® test preparation software**, as well as for three easy-to-download sets of “retired” paper tests (for a fee). That’s a lot of practice right there. The GMAT Prep software gives you tests in CAT form, but obviously the paper test would not do that. If you want more practice tests that are computer-based and adaptive, like the real GMAT, then I’ll recommend: buy any one of the MGMAT books, discussed here:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/best-gmat-books-and-resources-2013/
Pick any volume on which you feel you need a little backup. Any one of those volumes will give you access to six online GMAT CATs. Between the GMAT Prep tests and those six, you should have more than enough practice for your real GMAT.
Best of luck to you!
Mike 🙂

59. Ankur Mishra March 27, 2013 at 7:06 am #

Hey Mike,

Hope you are doing great!!!

I had scheduled GMAT for 29 March 2013 but somehow I am not able to get scores more than 620 in my GMAT Mocks, by Princeton Review. Ultimately I have rescheduled it for May 2013. Is it enough time to reach 700+ score. Please guide How can I get there.

Regards,
Ankur Mishra

• Mike March 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

Whether this is enough time depends very much on *you* — where you are in your progress, how fast you learn, what kind of mistakes you are making, etc. I would say — follow this plan assiduously, and because you have more than 1 month, supplement it with additional material from this three month plan:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gmat-study-schedule-for-beginners/
Does this make sense?
Mike 🙂

60. Gadde March 22, 2013 at 3:41 am #

Dear Mike,

Can please suggest some books for GMAT, either from Magoosh or any other author please?

61. moin March 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

Can you recommend more free videos from magoosh gmat?

• Mike March 14, 2013 at 10:38 am #

Dear Moin —
If you go on Youtube and search for Magoosh GMAT, you will find all the math & SC problems in the OG solved, each problem in its own video. As for our lesson videos, the videos that cover all the content and strategy you will need for the GMAT, for that, you need to purchase the Magoosh product (one of the cheapest ways to acquire top quality test prep!)
Does this make sense?
Mike 🙂

62. kate15 February 13, 2013 at 5:38 am #

Can you please tell me the pages for the OG? It didn’t specify the pages. Thanks!

• Mike February 13, 2013 at 10:34 am #

Dear Kate — We don’t specify pages, because some folks are using the OG12 and some, the OG13. Presumably when some future OG14 is released, some folks will use that as well. I understand that when you first get the OG, it’s a large overwhelming book. Here’s a suggestion —— get some sticky notes, and use them to mark the beginnings of the various chapters — that way, you will have no problem flipping to whatever section you need.
I believe everything in this study plan is specified clearly enough that you should be able to locate it in the OG even without page numbers —- if there’s anything that you don’t know how to locate, please let me know so I can clarify that, for you and for others.
Best of luck to you.
Mike 🙂

63. Sandra October 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

Hello Mike! I’m from Paraguay, South America. I bought the Master the GMAT 2012 book before I saw your indications about the OG book. Do you think that this book is as good as the OG? I don’t have much time to get ready for the test, and if I buy the OG now it will take too long to get to my country. What do you suggest me?
Thank you

• Mike October 26, 2012 at 11:03 am #

Sandra,
I am not terribly familiar with the *Master the GMAT* book, but I would always recommend the OG, written by folks who write the test itself, over the book of any separate private company. The MGMAT books are the only books I esteem almost as highly as the OG itself. I don’t know how much time you have, but it seems to me you could have amazon.com ship you the OG overnight at a slightly higher fee. I would also suggest searching the online forums (Beat the GMAT & GMAT Club) for OG material. I would also suggest Magoosh itself — a very high quality source of material to which you could have instant access, as long as you have an internet connection.
Mike 🙂

64. Cuong October 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

Hi,

What if I have just two more weeks to go? I’ve just started preparation about one week ago.
Rgds,
C

• Mike October 4, 2012 at 11:07 am #

Cuong: Well, I would say: do as much of this as you can. Magoosh can still give an enormous boost. Focus on whichever section (Quant, Verbal) gives you more difficulty — in a couple weeks, it will be easier to shore up weakness to make a shaky section stronger, than to make an already strong area even stronger.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

• Cuong October 5, 2012 at 1:58 am #

Rgds,
C

• Mike October 5, 2012 at 11:14 am #

You are quite welcome!
Mike 🙂

65. Angel Montemayor September 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

Hello Mike,

I saw your indications after I bought the Official Guide 13ed. Is there a way you could tell me which pages are for your step by step for the last edition. It is not the same with the 12 ed. I already started on magoosh since my time for practice is even less than a month and I am getting very confused with the last edition pages.

Thanks a lot!

-AM

• Mike September 5, 2012 at 10:04 am #

Angel,
Soon we should issue the revised form of this schedule, updated for OG 13. In the meantime — the sections for the first few days are introductory sections for questions, so if you go to those pages, and just go back/ahead a handful of pages, you’ll be at the right introductory section.
If you are a member of Magoosh, send in a ticket asking what are specific pages of the OG12, and we can help you.
Mike 🙂

66. Naveen July 26, 2012 at 1:26 am #

Nice plan. Can you please put in page references to OG11. I have access only to this one.
thanks.

• Mike July 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

Naveen: At the moment, we have only page numbers for OG12, but probably you can figure estimate reasonably well, because page numbers don’t change too much from one OG to the next. By the end of August, we will update the study plans so they are independent of edition.
Mike 🙂

• Kie April 14, 2013 at 9:30 am #

Hi Mike,

It’s way past August! Are the page numbers changed for the new OG book?

• Mike April 15, 2013 at 10:06 am #

Dear Kie,
Notice that no page numbers at all appear in this plan. We removed the page numbers entirely, and refer only to sections, so the plan would be compliant with all editions of the OG. Does this make sense?
Mike 🙂

67. Vick July 24, 2012 at 2:25 am #

Mike,

(1) Does it matter whether it’s the 12th, 13th, or 14th edition of the OG?

(2) Also, I have heard of people getting 2 or 3 books to get their GMAT done – Princeton, Kaplan, etc. Is it required/essential to get a view of the styles mentioned in these different publications? It just makes the GMAT process more confusing and over-whelming.

Thanx,
Vick

• Mike July 24, 2012 at 9:29 am #

Vick: (1) As for the OG, if you have an OG already, whichever one you have is fine as long as it’s recent (OG >10). If you are setting out to buy an OG, you might as well buy the most recent one — in particular, the OG13 gives you access to GMAC’s 50 IR questions online. BTW, I don’t think an OG14 has even been announced at this point. (2) If you stick with MGMAT books and the Magoosh website, you will have all the tools you need to succeed. I agree — it’s best to keep it simple.
Mike 🙂

68. Lin July 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

Hi Mike:

I want to know should I follow the order (1),(2), and (3) in each daily schedule? Can I watch the videos first then do the OG? or doesn’t matter the order of 1,2,3, just finish the content in each day?

Thank you.

• Mike July 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

Dear Lin:
The order within each day does not matter. I made those 1,2,3 lists just for organizational clarity, not to impose a structure. Experiment and do whatever works best for you.
Mike 🙂

69. Howard July 11, 2012 at 6:28 am #

Hi Mike,

I got the 13th edition too. i assume we just follow your schedule for the 12th edition before doing the IR? Btw, i purchased the premium Magoosh GMAT prep as well. could you give me an idea how best to integrate both your 1 month study plan as well as the Magoosh prep so that i would be ready to take the GMAT in a month? thanks!

Howard

• Mike July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am #

Howard: The 1 month plan already includes all the Magoosh resources —- everything except the new IR questions, which you could fold in any time. Does that make sense?
Mike 🙂

• Howard July 12, 2012 at 8:38 am #

Oh sorry i meant integrate the new 13th edition to the 1 month study plan with the magoosh prep. actually i like that you have the page numbers for the OG 12th edition, do you mind updating it with the 13th edition? for example day 1 week 1 read Math in OG from p108-121. but in OG 13th i think the math review section is p108-145. so i am just curious if its a big difference? thanks!

• Howard July 12, 2012 at 8:39 am #

Perhaps the chapter titles would be easier as a reference instead of the page numbers? thanks!

• Mike July 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

Howard: at some point before the end of summer, we will update these plans to include not only the OG13 page numbers but also the IR questions.
Mike 🙂

70. Jeremy June 25, 2012 at 8:34 am #

BTW how would you integrate the new IR section in this schedule.

Regards

Jeremy

• Mike June 25, 2012 at 11:58 am #

Jeremy: I’ll assume you have the OG13, and hence access to the 50 IR questions GMAC has online, Then, read the IR eBook during your first week (http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-integrated-reasoning-ebook/), and work through those 50 GMAC problems during the last three weeks. Does that make sense?
Mike 🙂

71. Jeremy June 25, 2012 at 8:32 am #

Hi Mike,

can I assume that OQ means OG?

Or is this some other acronym. I do not really understand.

Regards

Jeremy

• Mike June 25, 2012 at 11:54 am #

Jeremy: Those all should be OG — it’s a typo. I think I just corrected most of them. Thanks for catching this.
Mike 🙂

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