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3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students

Before You Begin: This study schedule was updated in July 2015. 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!

OK, you are starting more or less from scratch, and you want to prepare for the GMAT in three months.  You need a strategic plan to organize yourself.  I designed four different versions of the Three Month Plan, and I need you to start with a little self-diagnosis.  Which sounds most like you? :)

  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners: Help!  Math and verbal both scare the living bejeebers out of me!  I need all the help and support I can get!  Help!
  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Math Focused): I have a natural affinity with the verbal, but the math is far less intuitive for me.  I would like to focus more there.
  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal Focused): Me a math nerd. Me think all math easy. Me have big verbal problems.  One day, me will talk good.
  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students: I actually feel reasonably comfortable with math & verbal; if I took the test today, I’d get around 600-650.  I’m interested in refining my understanding, and getting into the upper 700s region in the next twelve weeks.

FAQ: How do I know whether this is right plan for me?

Because I am assuming you have already a strong background, this plan does not include watching many lesson videos and does include more practice problems, included some very challenging material.  Once you join Magoosh, just scan down the titles of the Quant & Verbal lesson videos.  If you see very few on that list that you feel you would need to review, then this is definitely the right plan for you.  One could still follow this plan if one had to review, say, 10% – 20% of the video lessons in the Magoosh lesson library, assuming one knew everything else cold.  If you have a good deal of new material to learn, or have to to review in several modules, then you will be better served by another plan that guides you methodically through the lesson videos.  Following the most appropriate study plan for your ability level will maximize your score.

FAQ: Will this “Advanced” plan help me score over 700? 

If you follow all parts of this plan diligently, you will encounter all the information you will need for an elite score: it all will pass before your eyes.  How well you do will depend on everything you bring: how quickly you learn, how deeply you remember, how well you assimilate and integrate, how astutely you discern connections and patterns, how diligent you are, how conscientious you are, and how dedicated you are.  If you are truly committed to getting an excellent score, then read this blog with the utmost of attention and care.

3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students

Resources to have:

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 plan.

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

2) The code in the back of the OG will give you access to GMAC’s Integrated Reasoning website with 50 IR practice questions.

3) The OG Verbal Review 2016 and the OG Quant Review 2016.  Those are the newest editions.  If you already own the earlier editions, the OG Verbal Review 2015 and the OG Quantitative Review 2015, then feel free to use them instead.  These two books give more official questions, different from those in the OG.

4) a Premium subscription to Magoosh

5) the Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android

6) The Magoosh GMAT eBook

7) The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards

8) The Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

9) The Manhattan GMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement.   If you like, you may also be interested in perusing some of the volumes from the 9-volume Manhattan GMAT series: these books are about the best material available in hard-copy print form.  The other volumes are entirely optional, but we will be using the Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement.  Another reason you are getting this volume is to get the code in the inside back cover: that code will give you access to the six MGMAT online GMAT CATs, which you will take later in this plan.  (Remember not to write in this book either!)

10) Nova’s GMAT Math Prep Course: As explained in this review, this book is purely a collection of practice problems.  You will be working through this book for additional math practice.  Some of the harder problems in this book are harder than anything you will see on the GMAT, but if you can do all of this, the GMAT Quant will be no problem!  (Remember not to write in this book either!)

11) 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests: This is for additional Verbal Practice.  LSAT RC is comparable to GMAT RC, and LSAT Logical Reasoning questions could be thought of as extremely challenging GMAT Critical Reasoning questions.  If you are comfortable with this LSAT material, it will make the GMAT Verbal section seem easier.  (Remember not to write in this book either!)

12) a journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)

13) the two online forums:

(a) GMAT Club

(b) Beat the GMAT

These are great places to ask questions about anything GMAT related, or simply to check out the discussions and see how others are preparing

14)  Outside reading material: You may already have a habit of reading.  Since you are planning to pursue a career in business, it would be good to get well informed about that world, if you have not be reading about it already.  While you don’t need to be an expert, it’s important for the GMAT to have a general sense of the business world.  Read the Wall Street Journal and the business section of sophisticated newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Force yourself to read articles discussing topics with which you are unfamiliar.  Read periodicals, such as the Economist magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek; the Economist magazine is a particularly sophisticated source and it would be good to read this at least a few times a week.  For more suggestions on what to read, see:

GMAT Reading List

If you already are in the habit of doing challenging reading on your own, then by all means, continue reading what you want.  For more on how to use outside reading to prepare you for the GMAT, see:

How to Improve your GMAT Verbal Score

15) a good 2-3 hours a day, for five days a week, and then a good 4-5 stint on the weekend (“Day Six”) — with a day off on the weekend as well. If you would rather free up some week nights, and move some of the material into the other weekend day, you are welcome to do that.  Note: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take  about 2 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students.

Abbreviations:

OG = the GMAC Official Guide

PS = Problem Solving, the multiple-choice math questions

DS = Data Sufficiency math questions

RC = Reading Comprehension verbal question

SC = Sentence Correction verbal question

CR = Critical Reasoning verbal question

IR = Integrated Reasoning question, a separate section unto itself

AWA = the Analytical Writing Assessment, the essay-writing section

 

General note:

Notice, this is a twelve-week plan.  Three calendar months are typically closer to 13 weeks, so if you actually have three calendar months to prepare, that’s great.  If you have a wedding or a camping trip or something in the middle, you could just skip a few days, and do them later.  Alternately, it would leave you more time for the concentrated review I recommend at the end of the twelve weeks.

Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this three month period.  REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM.  If you are getting 7 hours/night instead of 8 hours/night, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering.  Caffeine and energy drinks will keep you feeling awake if you don’t get enough sleep, but they don’t do bupkis to replace the lost opportunity to encode more information into long term memory.

 

A note about additional materials:  

Magoosh contains all the information you need for wild success on the exam and many students have achieved spectacular results using nothing but Magoosh.  Nevertheless, this plan recommends that you buy additional materials and use them, in addition to the Magoosh materials.  Here’s why: These plans were structured with far-reaching pedagogical principles in mind, and a deep consideration for how the human brain learns. Most people cannot hear or read something just once and, from that single hearing, remember it completely and understand it fully.

At Magoosh, we are very ambitious for our students; we want them to learn as thoroughly and as masterfully as possible. We recommend using these additional resources to provide additional practice, alternative explanations, and extra review. Not every student will need or want additional materials, but for those who do, the books we recommend are the best for the overall goal of doing very well on the exam.

 

Week One, Day One

1) Go to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/test-structure-and-overview.aspx, and read about the structure of the GMAT.  Click on each subsection on that page, to read about the individual sections.

2) Take the Diagnostic Test, found toward the beginning of the OG.  Grade it, but you don’t have to read through all the explanations today.  If you did much much better than you expected in either math or verbal, you may choose to re-evaluate which version (A, B, C, D) you are following.

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.

NOTE: I am going to assume that you will be familiar with the vast majority of the math & idiom flashcards.  Note the cards with which you are not entire familiar, and continue to review these until you know them cold.

Week One, Day Two

1) For the Diagnostic test you took yesterday, go over the explanations.  For questions you got right, simply skim the explanation to verify that you go the question right for the right reason.  If you got the question wrong, read the explanation carefully, writing in your journal any math/verbal concept you didn’t know or understand, as well as anything about the question type that you didn’t understand.  (If you got many questions wrong on the Diagnostic, you may have to spread this step out over the next few nights)

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Intro to the GMAT: all ten videos

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

a) from the beginning of the book up to, but not including, the AWA section

b) from the beginning of the Quantitative section up to, but not including, the DS section

c) from the beginning of the Verbal section up to, but not including, the CR section

4) In the OG

Read the introduction to the Problem Solving section, and do 16 PS

Read the introduction to the Reading Comprehension section, do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

Whenever you do OG questions, always check your answers when you are done with the batch, and read the explanation of anything you got wrong.  Take notes in your journal on anything you need to remember from the solutions.  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.

5) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Percents, and Ratios deck.  Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you don’t know well.

6) Read the blog article Overcome GMAT Anxiety

Week One, Day Three

1) In the OG, read the Math Review, the first twenty pages, taking notes in your journal on anything new, rusty, or unfamiliar

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Math: all eight lesson videos in the General Math Strategies section

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

  1. a) DS to the end of the Quantitative Section
  2. b) CR section to the end of the eBook

4) In the OG

Read the introduction to the Data Sufficiency section, and do 16 DS questions

Read the introduction to the Critical Reasoning section, and do 16 CR questions

5) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards,  review the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

6) Read the blog article  Beating GMAT Stress

Week One, Day Four

1) In the OG, read the Math Review, up to the end of the Algebra section, taking notes in your journal on anything new, rusty, or unfamiliar

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

AWA: all five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

Whenever you do Magoosh questions, if you get a question wrong, watch the video right then, and take notes in your journal about what concepts tripped you up.

NOTE: In all Magoosh practice, from the “Start a Practice Session” page, in Section choose the question type; for subjects, clear all, so that no subject is checked; for difficulty, choose “Adaptive;” and, at least at the beginning, select “Unanswered” questions.

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.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) Read the blog article The GMAT, Business School, and You: the Big Picture

Week One, Day Five

1) In the OG, read the Math Review, up to the end of the Geometry section, taking notes in your journal on anything new, rusty, or unfamiliar

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Math: all five lesson videos in the Intro to Data Sufficiency

3) In the OG

Do 16 PS questions

Read the introduction to the Sentence Correction section, and do 16 SC questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) Read the blog article Zen Boot Camp for the GMAT

Because there are dozens of different ways one might choose to implement the recommendations of these four “stress reduction” blogs, this schedule does not itemize any specific tasks along these lines.  Nevertheless, insofar as you can practice some of these habit consistently over the twelve weeks, you will be very good shape to handle the anxiety of test day.

Week One, Day Six

1) In the OG, finish reading the Math Review, taking notes in your journal on anything new, rusty, or unfamiliar

2) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read the AWA section

3) Read the following blogs about the AWA section:

The Directions for the AWA section

Typical Flaws in AWA Prompts

AWA Strategies

Brainstorming for the AWA

AWA Example Essay

4) In the OG

Read the introduction to the AWA section; skim the question prompts to get a sense of the variety

5) Now, you are going to write a practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG that you just read, pick one at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer.   (If you can turn off spellcheck & autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.)

Now that you have this essay, what do you do with it?  If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see whether they would read the essay for you and critique it.  Some folks hire a writing tutor specifically for this.  If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the OG, and ask them to follow it.  Alternately, you can upload your essay in the online forums and ask for feedback.  See this blog for other options.

Week Two, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the all 10 lesson videos in the Advanced Data Sufficiency Strategies module

NOTE: These are the last video lessons assigned in this plan; after this, only quizzes are assigned..  As you have time, peruse the list of lessons, and watch any on topics that you don’t think you have mastered.  Also, as you do Magoosh practice problems and get problems incorrect, you may find that you need clarification on some concepts, and “related lessons” of that question can help you.  In this plan, it is entirely up to you to decide how much use to make of Magoosh’s extensive library of video lessons.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the first two* RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

*If you are using the 2015 edition, just do one RC passage on this day.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Two, Day Two

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Arithmetic and Fractions module.

NOTE: presumably you will pass most of these quizzes on the first try.  If any give you trouble, consider watching some of the lessons in the module before you undertake them again.

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the first 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards,  review the cards in the second deck, the Basic II deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 1, Problem Solving: Principles.  Check your answers when you are done.

NOTE: in this book, it is up to you how much time you want to spend studying the material in the chapter before you jump the chapter’s problems.

6) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Two, Day Three

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Percents and Ratios module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the first 17 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 2, Problem Solving: Strategies & Tactics.  Check your answers when you are done.

6) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Two, Day Four

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Integer Properties module.

2)  In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the first 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

4) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 3, Data Sufficiency: Principles.  Check your answers when you are done.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Two, Day Five

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Verb Form module.

2)  In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 4, Data Sufficiency: Strategies & Tactics.  Check your answers when you are done.

6) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Two, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to write another practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, pick another at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer.   (If you can turn off spellcheck & autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.)

Now that you have this essay, what do you do with it?  If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see whether they would read the essay for you and critique it.  Some folks hire a writing tutor specifically for this.  If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the OG, and ask them to follow it.  Alternately, you can upload your essay in the online forms and ask for feedback.

2) In the OG, read the Integrated Reasoning section

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read the IR section

4) Read the entire Magoosh IR eBook.

Week Three, Day One

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities module.

2)  In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards,  review the cards in the third deck, the Advanced I deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 5, Patterns.  Check your answers when you are done.

6) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Three, Day Two

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Agreement module.

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 6, Common Terms & Quadratic Template.  Check your answers when you are done.

6) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Three, Day Three

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Integrated Reasoning module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the first 17 CR questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4)  In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 7, Visual Solutions.  Check your answers when you are done.

6)  Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Three, Day Four

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Grammatical Construction module.

2)  In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 8, Hybrid Problems.  Check your answers when you are done.

6)  Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Three, Day Five

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Word Problems module.

2)  In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 16 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards,  review the cards in the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 9, Workout Sets.  Check your answers when you are done.

NOTE: At this point, you have finished this book, and nothing more will be assigned from it.  Keep it in mind as a reference as you move through other math practice.

6)  Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Three, Day Six

1) Go to GMAC’s official IR website: Using the access code given in the back of the OG, log in or register here. On the main screen for the online practice questions, you will see a button at the bottom for Integrated Reasoning Practice Questions.  Do all the 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.

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 IR questions

3) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Four, Day One

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Parallelism module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the twelfth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck.  Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.

5) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do all the practice problems in the chapter on Substitution.  When you are done, check your answers.

6) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Four, Day Two

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Powers and Roots module.

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do all the practice problems in the chapter on Defined Functions.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Four, Day Three

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Logical Predication module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 16 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 17 practice problems in the chapter on Number Theory.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Four, Day Four

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Geometry module.

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of practice problems in the chapter on Number Theory.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Four, Day Five

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Diction module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 17 practice problems in the chapter on Geometry.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Four, Day Six

1) Go to GMAC’s official IR website: Using the access code given in the back of the OG, log in or register here. On the main screen for the online practice questions, you will see a button at the bottom for Integrated Reasoning Practice Questions.  Do the remaining 38 IR questions, in three batches: 13 questions, 13 questions, and 12 questions.  Limit yourself to 33 minutes for each of the first two batches, and 30 minutes for the last.

When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

3) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Five, Day One

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Coordinate Geometry module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do practice problems #18-34 in the chapter on Geometry.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Five, Day Two

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Idioms module. In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do practice problems #35-51 in the chapter on Geometry.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Five, Day Three

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Statistics module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 17 CR questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do practice problems #52-68 in the chapter on Geometry.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Five, Day Four

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the SC Rhetorical Construction module.

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Geometry.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Five, Day Five

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Counting module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 16 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Coordinate Geometry.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Five, Day Six

1) Using the code in the back of the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement, log into the MGMAT website and take the first online MGMAT CAT test.

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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  Some of the MGMAT solutions are better than others.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Six, Day One

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Reading Comprehension module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Elimination Strategies.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Six, Day Two

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Probability module.

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Inequalities and the chapter on Fractions & Decimals.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Six, Day Three

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Take the quiz at the end of the Critical Reasoning module.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Equations.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Six, Day Four

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Watch any five lesson videos from which you think you may have something to learn

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Averages.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Six, Day Five

1) In the Magoosh lesson videos

Watch any five lesson videos from which you think you may have something to learn

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

4) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Ratios & Proportions.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Six, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Seven, Day One

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Exponents & Roots.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #7 (Form 3LSS18), do Section #1 (p. 16).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

NOTE: the LSAT book simply has letters of correct answers, and offers no explanations.  If you can’t figure out on your own why a particular answer choice is right or wrong, try searching for the question on GMAT Club; if it is not already posted there, post the question in a new thread, and chances are good that you will get an explanation from the experts there.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Seven, Day Two

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Factoring and the chapter on Algebraic Expressions.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #7 (Form 3LSS18), do Section #3 (p. 28).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Seven, Day Three

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Percents.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #7 (Form 3LSS18), do Section #4 (p. 36).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Seven, Day Four

1) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 12 practice problems in the chapter on Graphs.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #9 (Form 4LSS23), do Section #1 (p. 50).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Seven, Day Five

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Graphs.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #9 (Form 4LSS23), do Section #2 (p. 58).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Seven, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Eight, Day One

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 10 practice problems in the chapter on Word Problems.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #9 (Form 4LSS23), do Section #14 (p. 70).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eight, Day Two

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Word Problems.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #10 (Form 3LSS20), do Section #1 (p. 84).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eight, Day Three

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Sequences & Series.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #10 (Form 3LSS20), do Section #3 (p. 96).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Eight, Day Four

1) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Counting.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #10 (Form 3LSS20), do Section #4 (p. 104).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eight, Day Five

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 11 practice problems in the chapter on Probability & Statistics.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #11 (Form 5LSS22), do Section #2 (p. 122).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eight, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

NOTE: Look ahead at the upcoming Day Sixes and think about your test date.  If Week 12, Day 6 is the day immediately before your real test, you don’t want to take a practice test then.  I would recommend dropping the last MGMAT test, so you can fit two GMAT Prep tests in right before the end of the schedule.  Just be thinking about all of this ahead of time, so you don’t have to make last-minute-panic changes.

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Nine

NOTE: As you approach the end of the plan, the number of Magoosh questions remaining will be different for different folks, depending on how many quizzes you took.  This could make a particular difference in math, if you took several quiz multiple times.  If you took each quiz only once, you should finish most the Magoosh questions in the last week of the schedule, but if you took some quizzes multiple times you may run out of unanswered questions before the end of the schedule.  If that’s the case, start answering questions you’ve seen before, especially ones that you already got wrong: that’s an excellent way to see whether you have learned from your mistakes.

Week Nine, Day One

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Probability & Statistics.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #11 (Form 5LSS22), do Section #3 (p. 130).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Nine, Day Two

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 14 practice problems in the chapter on Permutations & Combinations.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #11 (Form 5LSS22), do Section #4 (p. 138).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Nine, Day Three

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 17 CR questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do practice problems #15-29 in the chapter on Permutations & Combinations.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #12 (Form 4LSS26), do Section #1 (p. 152).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Nine, Day Four

1) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Permutations & Combinations.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #12 (Form 4LSS26), do Section #2 (p. 164).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Nine, Day Five

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 16 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems in the chapter on Functions.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #12 (Form 4LSS26), do Section #4 (p. 172).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Nine, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Ten, Day One

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 12 practice problems in the chapter on Miscellaneous Problems.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #13 (Form 5LSS28), do Section #2 (p. 190).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Ten, Day Two

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Miscellaneous Problems.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #13 (Form 5LSS28), do Section #3 (p. 198).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Ten, Day Three

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 16 CR questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 15 practice problems in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #13 (Form 5LSS28), do Section #4 (p. 206).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

 

Week Ten, Day Four

1) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3* RC passages with all the associated questions

*If you are using the OG2015 or OG13, do only 2 RC passages on this day.

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #16-29 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #14 (Form 3LSS19), do Section #2 (p. 224).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Ten, Day Five

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #30-43 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #14 (Form 3LSS19), do Section #3 (p. 232).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Ten, Day Six

1) Take the last online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Eleven, Day One

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #44-57 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #14 (Form 3LSS19), do Section #4 (p. 240).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Two

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #58-71 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #15 (Form 6LSS27), do Section #1 (p. 254).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Three

1) In OG

Do as many as 12 DS questions, or however many are left

Do 11 SC questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the last 16 CR questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #72-85 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #15 (Form 6LSS27), do Section #2 (p. 262).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Four

1) In OG

Do the remaining DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #86-99 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #15 (Form 6LSS27), do Section #3 (p. 270).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Five

1) In Magoosh

Do 15 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next 16 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #100-113 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #16 (Form 4LSS25), do Section #2 (p. 292).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Six

1) Go to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-free-test-preparation-software.aspx, download the free GMAT Prep software.

2) Take the first full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.

This software also 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find GMAT Prep questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

3) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

Week Twelve, Day One

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 10 CR questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #114-127 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #16 (Form 4LSS25), do Section #3 (p. 300).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Twelve, Day Two

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 6 CR questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the next 12 PS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the practice problems #128-141 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #16 (Form 4LSS25), do Section #4 (p. 308).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Twelve, Day Three

1) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the last 16 SC questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of practice problems in Part Two: Data Sufficiency.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #18 (Form 3LSS17), do Section #2 (p. 326).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Twelve, Day Four

1) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 6 CR questions

Do 12 SC questions

2) In the OG Quantitative Review 2016:

Do the last 8 PS questions and the last 4 DS questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the first 15 practice problems in Part Four: Diagnostic/Review Test.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #18 (Form 3LSS17), do Section #3 (p. 334).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Twelve, Day Five

1) In Magoosh

Do as many as 12 PS questions, or however many are left

Do as many as 6 SC questions, or however many are left

Do as many as 6 CR questions, or however many are left

2) In the OG Verbal Review 2016:

Do the last RC passage and answer the associated questions.  When you are done, check your answers.

3) In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course

Do the rest of the practice problems in Part Four: Diagnostic/Review Test.  When you are done, check your answers for these problems.

4) In the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book

In Official LSAT PrepTest #18 (Form 3LSS17), do Section #4 (p. 342).  Time yourself for 35 minutes.  When you are done, check your answers.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

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

1) Take the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.

Once again, this 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.

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find GMAT Prep questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

After Week 12: Concentrated Review

At this point, if you have been following the schedule, you should have done just about every question in both Magoosh and in the OG at least once.  For the days of this week, and remaining days of the test, keep up work on GMAT math and verbal.  Some suggestions for what to do:

1) Go back to OG questions you did a while ago, and do them again.  (This is why it was important not to write in the book)

2) Through selecting question type & difficulty on the “Dashboard”, do Magoosh problems over again, and see how you do a second time.

3) Keep watching for a second time 5 Magoosh lesson videos a day, on whatever topics you feel you need to review

4) Continue reviewing all the Magoosh flashcards.

5) Take a second look at any problems in any of the books (NOVA, MGMAT, LSAT) that you found challenging the first time.  (Again, why is was important not to write in the books.)

6) Go to the online forums, looking for challenging questions that folks are asking.

7) If you feel you need it, devote one more evening to writing two more practice essays, from the topics listed in the OG

8) If you have a weekend day that is more than a couple days for the real GMAT, then take one final practice GMAT from the GMAT software, as on Week Twelve, Day Six.

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) 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.

 

 

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73 Responses to 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students

  1. Jon H July 4, 2015 at 5:12 am #

    Apologies if these questions have already been addressed, (I scanned the article and the previous comments):

    (1) Given that the OG questions are listed in order of increasing difficulty, what is the recommended approach for selecting the practice questions listed in this guide? i.e. start from the beginning and work up, pick randomly, or it doesn’t matter.

    (2) I am also using the GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart excel sheet to track and analyze my OG results, but the difficulty level of each question is not considered. Are there any resources which indicate the approximate difficulty level of the OG questions?

    Thanks,
    Jon

  2. Alex May 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    There are discrepancies between the videos recommended in the study schedule versus what is available in the video tab. Could the guide be updated to reflect the changes in available videos please

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig May 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi Alex,

      Absolutely! We are in the process of updating all of our GMAT study schedules so that their materials keep up with all the updates we’ve made to our GMAT Prep product. :) Sorry for the delay – they should be ready in a month or so. I promise that we will make it clear that the change is coming so you won’t be caught off guard. Also, the current versions of the study schedules will continue to be available so that you don’t lose your place.

      I hope that answers your question. Have a great day. :)
      Rita

  3. Bhavana October 15, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I started my GMAT Preparation in May 2014. I got a score of 660 in the first mock (GMAT Prep). I had to stop my GMAT training from July – Sept and i have recently re-started my preparations. I have done the concepts from the Manhattan GMAT Guides and Princeton Review guides. I took a mock (Princeton Review) yesterday and scored 580 on the test.

    I am aiming at a score of 750 in the actual GMAT. I have about 3 hours per day over the weekdays and 8 hours over the weekend to study. I am considering going by the advanced plan that you have mapped out. Could you please advice if i should be considering the beginners plan or a combination instead?

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,
    Bhavana

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike October 15, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Dear Bhavana,
      I’m happy to respond. :-)
      1) Do the beginner’s plan.
      2) Read this blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/
      Best of luck to you, my friend.
      Mike :-)

      • Bhavana October 16, 2014 at 7:02 am #

        Hi Mike! :) Thank you so much – this was very helpful. I’m starting the 3 month Verbal focused Beginners study plan, adding to it certain Quant videos related to topics that i specifically find challenging. As i progress, i will add other quant videos, wherever necessary. I will keep you posted as things progress! :)

        Cheers,
        Bhavana

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike October 16, 2014 at 11:36 am #

          Dear Bhavana,
          You are quite welcome. :-) I’m very glad you found my recommendations helpful. My friend, please just keep in mind that blog comments are place for items of interest to general readers; for example, I answered your previous question because I easily could imagine other readers asking it. The blog comment section is not a place to ask for personal guidance or to report personal progress; such comments fall outside our blog comment policy. The content of the blog, including the comments, has to be helpful to readers in general. Does this make sense?
          Mike :-)

  4. Ami August 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    I am planning on taking the GMAT for the first time in January’15. I decided to follow you 3 month study guide for beginners. A few things I realized and wanted to ask you is about the MGMAT books…i currently have the 4th edition books which i got from a friend (brand new)…is it necessary for me to purchase the 5th edition? Also I only have the 12th edition of the Official Guide…is it necessary for me to get the 13th edition one? I really want to score atleast a 700 so please help!

    Thanks,
    Ami

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike August 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

      Dear Ami,
      I’m happy to help. :-) If you got the MGMAT books, 4e, new from a friend, don’t worry about buying the 5e books. The differences are slight, and the small difference will not justify the cost. Now, with the GMAT OG, you have the 12th edition, which is close to the 12th edition — fewer than 10% of the problems changed between the two editions. Since the OG2015 is the most recent edition, you may be able to find the 13th edition new at a vastly reduced price: if you can, I would still recommend buying it, but don’t spend a lot for it.
      Finally, as for your desire to get 700+, please read this blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/
      I hope all this helps.
      Mike :-)

  5. Katie August 22, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Mike, thanks for this roadmap to conquering the GMAT! Is this available in PDF format? I’d like to print it out cleanly and get it into my agenda.

    Thanks for your time and energy. I look forward to completing your 3-month study schedule and watch my score soar. :)

    Very best,
    Katie

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike August 22, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      Dear Katie,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) Regrettably, at this time, we do not have downloadable forms of our GMAT study plans. That’s one project we have simmering on the back burner — if you check back in a month or so, we may have that feature. In the mean time, I don’t think it’s that hard to copy the text and paste into, say, MS Word. I think other users have found that this works reasonably well.
      Best of luck to you, my friend.
      Mike :-)

  6. Pablo August 19, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Hi,

    I did the GMAT yesterday and got 680. I am not satisfied.
    I followed the 1 month daily study plan and finished it.

    I was wonderig if you have a study plan to get me over 700, preferably a shorter one, maybe 2 months or so.

    Also, i dont think doing the OG again would help me. MGMAT could be a good idea.

    Please help.

    Thanks,
    Pablo

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike August 19, 2014 at 10:48 am #

      Dear Pablo,
      I’m sorry to hear about your disappointment. First of all, let me recommend this blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/lower-on-the-real-gmat-than-on-practice-tests/
      It discusses the reasons people often score a bit lower on the real GMAT. If you have ambitions to score over 700 on a retake, I strongly suggest implementing as many of those stress reduction practices as you possibly can.
      Now, my friend, there’s a subtle and deep paradox here. You want a “plan” to get you over 700. Well, in that one-month plan you just completed, every piece of information, every piece of content and every strategy, that a student would need to score over 700, is already there. That was the one-month plan to get 700+. You see, a 700+ score is a top 10% score — it’s elite. Few people achieve that — only the top 10% — precisely because there’s a large combination of skills needs to perform at that level. Students naively imagine that we could write a “plan”, and if students simply follow the step-by-steps of this plan, they will get over 700. If there were such a plan, then many more than the top 10% could score 700+, and it wouldn’t be elite anymore. No step-by-step plan, in and of itself, produces excellence, because excellence comes from the heart.
      My friend, this is very hard part about being a student. This is precisely where you need to take a hard look at yourself. If all the information was there, then why didn’t you retain it all? Why didn’t you understand it as deeply as possible? For example, have you kept an error log, so that you are deeply familiar with the patterns of your mistakes? When you make a mistake, are you committed to reviewing it until you are sure that you will never make that particular mistake again? If you go back to the topics that you think you understand, what crucial pieces of information did you overlook? The more responsibility you can assume, the more initiative you can take.
      The mediocre student says, “If I just do A, B, and C, then can I consider myself done?” That mindset leads directly to mediocre results. The excellent student says, “After I am done with A, B, and C, what else can I do? If I already feel I understand this topic, how can I understand it even more deeply?” In order to achieve an excellent score, you need to hold yourself to the lofty standards of excellence in every single aspect of your GMAT preparations. If you are able to take deep responsibility for your own learning process and radically rethink the ways that you assimilate and retain information, then you will have an excellent chance of crossing the 700 threshold. The MGMAT books are wonderful, and the OG Verbal & Quant Review books & additional questions for GMATPrep are good sources of more official problems. It’s important to recognize though — where you are right now, the answer will not come from outside. The answer is not about finding the right book or the right plan to follow. The answer is not some step-by-step recipe. The answer is much more about shift in your own attitude, in your own fundamental work ethic, in your own level of passion and dedication and commitment. Excellence comes from the heart. Whatever standards you have for yourself, raise them. You have to transform yourself in every way into an excellent GMAT student, and this will enormously increase your chances of achieving an excellent score. And, if you can make a habit of working at the level of excellence, it will pay huge dividends throughout your career.
      My friend, I sincerely wish you the very best of luck in challenging yourself to meet these high standards.
      Mike :-)

      • Pablo August 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

        Thank you Mike.

        This was very helpful.

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike August 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

          Dear Pablo,
          You are quite welcome. :-) Best of luck to you, my friend.
          Mike :-)

  7. Rodrigo June 28, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Hi Mike, I have everything required for this plan but instead of 3 months I only have 2 to prepare my exam. I won’t have any other duties so I can focus solely on it. Do you think is it doable or should I focus on the 1 month plans? (If its of any help I got a score of 570 in a mock test)

    thanks!

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike June 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

      Rodrigo,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) If you have the time, you could do essentially 1.5 days of work — in other words, finish three days of work on the schedule every two days. You could omit a few of the essay-writing weekends, in favor of the practice test weekends. That would be a brisk pace, but if you are faithful, and if your schedule remains relatively clear, then you can sustain it.
      How does this sound?
      Mike :-)

      • Rodrigo June 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

        perfect!… I just wasn’t sure if it was wise to start and then find out at the end of the two months that I could’t review all the topics.

        Thanks for the prompt response!

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike June 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

          Dear Rodrigo,
          You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you!
          Mike :-)

  8. Lou June 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Hey Mike,

    Just finished week 1 and planning on staying the course throughout the three month period.
    Question: How is it possible to take 4 GMAC practice tests. Don’t they only provide 2?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike June 4, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Dear Lou,
      The GMAC PowerPrep has two tests, but it has enough questions in the hopper so that you can take each one twice. Thus, you can take a total of 4 tests. Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Lou June 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

        Got it, thanks!
        640 on first CAT btw. I’ll let you know how I end up.

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike June 5, 2014 at 10:39 am #

          Dear Lou,
          You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, my friend.
          Mike :-)

  9. Pam May 6, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I am devoting 3 months to prepare for the GMAT, and I can study for about 4-5 hours a day. I have decided to combine both the beginner and the advance study plans. I’ve already gone through around 60+ Quant and Verbal Magoosh videos, and I’m currently on week 3 of the plan. I’ve started with the MGMAT books and it presents different concepts and strategies from Magoosh, which I would rather not use. I’ve taken 2 practice tests so far with the following scores:

    1st week – MGMAT CAT – 640 42Q 35V
    2nd week – GMAT Prep – 680 44Q 39V

    If I’m aiming for a score of 750+, do you think it’s essential for me to read the MGMAT books? Or can I just solve the problem sets at the end of each chapter?

    Thanks!

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike May 6, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Dear Pam,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) Think about this. You are aiming for an elite level of excellence, 750+. Knowing only one way to approach or solve a problem is not very powerful. A student with an appetite for excellence is always interested: “What’s another possible approach? What’s another strategy?” I would recommend, as much as you can stomach: think about the MGMAT strategies — why would they be good strategies, and what would be the advantages of them? Then, think about the Magoosh strategies in the same way. Imagine if, during the test, you could look at a problem and say with confidence, “Of the many strategies I know, I think this strategy will be the best for approaching this problem.” That’s mastery!
      The question, “Can I just do this and no more?” is an insidious question, because it can be a question that leads to mediocrity. The question, “What else can I do to improve myself?” is one of the questions of excellence. My friend, excellence is my genuine wish for you.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  10. Sads May 3, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Hey Mike,

    I have begun with the advanced plan, and took the first GMAT CAT on MGMAT website and scored 540 only, I took GMAT Prep last week and scored 600 and 620 in the Veritas CAT!

    Please suggest is the advanced plan feasible for me? I have limited time but my target is 700+!

    What extra steps should I take I have access to Magoosh Premium as well as the Manhattan GMAT Guides; but honestly 540 is disappointing.

    Thanks
    Sads

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike May 4, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Dear Sads,
      Understand, my friend, the inherent contradiction in what you are saying. You are saying you want an excellent performance (700+), but you are saying you want to get there with efficiency. Excellent is a matter of thoroughness, not efficiency.
      I would suggest: follow this plan, read all the MGMAT books thoroughly, and watch more Magoosh videos than you think you need. Do as many Magoosh questions as possible, and watch the video explanations of all those you get incorrect and any of which you are unsure. If you want to increase from 540 to 700+, that is doable, but you really need to commit to it with extraordinary devotion and perseverance.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Sads May 5, 2014 at 1:03 am #

        Thanks Mike for your reply, could you please throw some more light as to what do you mean by thoroughness and how do u differentiate it from efficiency in terms of GMAT prep?

        I mean in terms of actions :)!

        Thanks a lot!
        Regards

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike May 5, 2014 at 10:39 am #

          Dear Sads,
          A good question. Someone focused on efficiency might simply be concerned with how many questions he has accomplished — e.g. I did 50 questions today. Someone who is exceptionally thorough would do fewer questions but would read very carefully the OE of each and every question, keeping an error log and taking detailed notes on anything about which she was unclear. Someone focused on efficiency following this plan might decide to watch few or no lesson videos: it would be very efficient to be able, as it were, to check all the lesson videos off one’s “to do” list. Someone more thorough would watch several lessons, taking nothing for granted, wanting to make absolutely sure that he understood everything. Someone efficient may simply skim the OE of a question she got wrong, and think, “OK, that was my mistake” and move on. Someone thorough will invest considerable time and energy into each question he got wrong, making sure he understands the concept he missed and will be able to recognize it and apply it the next time it appears. Someone efficient might race through a MGMAT volume in a single sitting, scanning examples and thinking, “OK, I have this.” Someone thorough will read every single word, will summarize in her own words the main idea of each chapter, and will review this summary until she owns it.
          The questions of mediocrity: “What’s the least I can do? How can I be done with this as quickly as possible?” The questions of excellent, “How can I learn this more thoroughly? What else can I do?”
          Does all this make sense?
          Mike :-)

          • Sads May 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

            Yes Mike it does, I shall keep you updated on the same! And be thorough in my preparation!

            Best Regards
            Sads

            • Mike McGarry
              Mike May 6, 2014 at 11:45 am #

              Dear Sads,
              I’m very glad you found that helpful! Best of luck to you!
              Mike :-)

  11. Vikas March 8, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Hi mike,
    Just started with Gmat prep (initial stages though), planning to give it in first week of july .., As f now the free tests that I have taken on Manhattan or somewhere else I am scoring 520-550 without any prep at all. I just want to ask you which 3 month plan should i follow Beginners or advanced one ?? I have the resources required premium access to magoosh, Manhattan 10 strategy guides and all. Aiming for 700+ … Please revert asap.

    Thanks

    Regards,
    Vikas

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike March 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Vikas,
      This advanced plan has folks skipping most of the Magoosh videos. I would say, follow the beginning plan. It’s one of the habits of excellence to take absolutely nothing for granted. Watch every single Magoosh video — even if it’s relatively familiar, ask yourself, “What could I understand more deeply about this?” Follow the beginner plan and use all the MGMAT books — that will constitute extremely thorough preparation. Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Vikas March 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

        Thanks for your prompt reply …. To be very honest what I make out from your reply is that I should follow the beginners plan in addition to the MGMAT books followed religiously for the relevant topics that I ll be doing in the beginners plan. hope this is what you want to convey !!! Any tips on how to include MGMAT in the beginners plan so that it is thoroughly covered … !! Plus one more question to you …. If I go through the beginners plan with all the sincere efforts will it be able to help me surpass 700 ??

        Thanks

        Regards

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike March 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

          Dear Vikas,
          Following the beginners plan and using all the MGMAT books is an aggressive plan — I recommended it because you have high aspirations. You will have to work through about a volume a week of the MGMAT books — fit them in when you can, and finish them on the weekends.
          Will following all this, with complete determination and dedication, guarantee you a 700+ score? My friend, nothing in this world is that guaranteed. Risk and uncertainty is the very nature of the world to which an MBA will grant you access. Your chances on the GMAT depend largely on how quickly you learn and understand, how well you remember and retain, your ability to make connections, etc. etc. All I can say is that, following the beginners plan + the MGMAT books will expose you to all the information you will need to excel; following this plan will give you your best chance to hit that high mark, but whether you do so depends very much on the talent & skills sets & dedication you bring. Put in a sincere effort: believe it or not, the best way to achieve a high score is to ignore the score completely and absolutely put it out of your head while you are studying.
          Does this make sense?
          Mike :-)

          • Vikas March 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

            Thanks mike :)

            • Mike McGarry
              Mike March 10, 2014 at 10:23 am #

              Dear Vikas,
              You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, sir.
              Mike :-)

  12. Greg February 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Mike –

    I am currently following the 12 week beginner plan with about 8 weeks before test day. Can you give me a quick summary as to the main difference between the two 12-week plans? It looks like the advanced plan has a MGMAT component but the other “lessons” remain on par.

    As I am fairly comfortable with both the math and verbal, I’ve been doing more than the “recommended” daily tasks. Should I instead focus on this plan and is it imperative that I purchase the MGMAT if I want an “elite” score? WIll not following the plan hurt? I am aiming for a 720+

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike February 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Greg,
      In the advanced plan, I suggest that an advanced student could skip many of the Magoosh lessons — of course, watching them all is a diligent move that can only support excellence. The MGMAT books are not essential for an elite score. They are another perspective on these ideas, and they are very well written, so they could only help. If you find yourself with extra time & energy beyond what’s recommended in the beginner plan, then I certainly would recommend getting some or all of the MGMAT set. Hearing another perspective on ideas can be an excellent way to deepen your understanding.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  13. Prasoon February 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    Hey Mike,
    I want to practice RC passages from Magoosh. Is there a way I could filter on complete passages instead of number of questions?
    Thanks!

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike February 13, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Dear Prasoon,
      I would very much like to answer your question, my friend, but I must confess: I am not precisely clear about what you are asking? Precisely what is the information you seek?
      Mike :-)

  14. Nikhilesh Jha February 10, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Hey Mike,
    First of all thank you for this schedule. I followed this schedule and am in week eleven. Giving GMAT next week (fingers crossed). This was a great help and I want to add a suggestion. It is very helpful if after doing a question in OG one also watches the video of you doing the question on youtube. It doesn’t matter if student gets the question right or wrong. Video serves as a revision of concepts as well as reminder of best possible techniques.

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike February 10, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Dear Nikhilesh,
      Thank you very much for your suggestion. I will discuss with others at Magoosh whether we should add that to the study schedules. My friend, I wish you the best of luck next week!
      Mike :-)

      • Nikhilesh Jha February 19, 2014 at 3:15 am #

        Hey Mike,
        Scored 760. Big thanks. :)

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike February 19, 2014 at 9:46 am #

          Dear Nikhilesh,
          CONGRATULATIONS! That’s wonderful! You are very welcome, my friend! Good luck in B-school!
          Mike :-)

  15. Jacob February 9, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Mike,

    I had a questions about suggested study plans for my GMAT retake and the 3 Month advanced study plan you have posted. I took the GMAT in Feb. of last year and scored a 680 (48Q34V). I have access to the MGMAT study guides and also have access to the full on demand VeritasPrep course that my work paid for. In addition, based on recommendations by others, i purchased the Magoosh GMAT Premium access.

    My goal is at least a 730 or 740, but I would be ok with as low as a 720. I am the type of learner than learns best by somebody showing my how to do something and then practicing it myself. Based on the looks of your 3 Month Advanced study plan, it looks like it has the studier move successively through each question type, rather than the typical study a particular subject (i.e. algrebra, geometry, etc.) and do questions based on that subject.

    Since it has been a year since I last looked at anything for the GMAT, would you recommend that I try to alter the study schedule to incorporate more of the videos from Magoosh or try to incorporate the structured VeritasPrep course lessons with the practice question regiment from the study plan?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike February 9, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Jacob,
      I am gong to be honest with you. I believe you are setting an artificial ceiling for your achievements by your self-definition. You wrote: “I am the type of learner than learns best by somebody showing my how to do something and then practicing it myself.” What you need to understand is: that’s the ultra-safe, ultra-comfortable way of learning that is virtually everybody’s default choice, and it is absolutely 100% inadequate if you want any chance of achieving an elite grade on the GMAT. Isolated focus on one subject until you are very comfortable with it — that method of studying imposes significant limits on the kind of understanding you can achieve. In this blog, I discuss levels of understanding:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-the-gmat-practice-vs-exam-performance/
      The isolated focus approach only will get you to level 3 in that scheme, but for any chance of a high performance on the GMAT you need at least level 4. That’s precisely why these plans are designed the way they are. Here’s a blog explaining more about this design:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
      Yes, this design will be challenging and uncomfortable for you, as it is for many many people. In fact, many people naturally do exactly what you want to do — they avoid plans such as this, plans that enforce mixed practice all the way through, and they stay with the nice, comfortable, safe approach of isolated focus, one topic at a time. My friend, do you know what the recipe for mediocrity is? Do more or less what everyone else does!
      What’s hard about mixed practice from the get-go is that you have to wrestling with your own uncertainty and intuition and to endure getting things wrong frequently: you have to endure working with questions well before you are completely comfortable with that topic. This process is, in fact, highly beneficial pedagogically, but it’s a very difficult experience. It’s very hard work. I discuss this a little in this GRE blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
      Sure, use the MGMAT material and the Veritas material — that’s all great. Just stir all that in, but don’t make any effort to systematize things. If you learn concept X one week from MGMAT, then a couple weeks later from Magoosh, then a couple weeks later from Veritas, that reinforced perspective over time will deepen the connections in your brain. The more you switch gears, the deeper you will understand.
      Forgive me for being so blunt, but I can tell that you are a very talented individual, and I don’t want to see you sell yourself short. You want excellence, and I believe excellence is well within your capabilities, but you will not be able to achieve simply by following a safe & comfortable mode. As they say in Boston, “Can’t git there from here!” To achieve excellence, I believe you are going to have to push yourself to go beyond this extremely limited self-identification with isolated focus practice. To be outstanding, you need to stand outside your own comfort zone. To shrink from what is challenging and difficult is precisely the road that leads to mediocrity. To make a habit of choosing that which challenges you and forces you to grow in ways that are difficult for you — this is the road that leads to excellence, and that is precisely what I would wish for you, my friend.
      Mike :-)

      • Jacob February 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

        Mike, Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it. I just wanted to make sure I got started on the right foot, given that It has been a year or so since I took the exam. I’ll planning on staying the course laid out in the study plan. I do agree that the quintessential “baptism by fire” approach can work well.

        Jacob

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike February 10, 2014 at 9:55 am #

          Dear Jacob,
          You are more than welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
          Mike :-)

  16. Justyna February 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    I have an issue that I believe you could help me with. So, last year I took GRE test and now I am required to take GMAT. Hence, my question is, would you recommend me to start with GMAT study schedule for advanced students or should I focus on beginners one?

    Thanks,
    Justyna :)

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike February 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Dear Justyna,
      I’m happy to respond, but this question is a little difficult to answer in the abstract. Let’s say that about 80% or 85% is a percentile cut-off. If you were above that in your GRE, in both Q & V, use the advanced plan. If you were above for one of the two, Q or V, and not the other, use one of the focused plans. If you were below that percentile in each of the components, use the beginner’s plan. Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Justyna February 7, 2014 at 8:51 am #

        Dear Mike,

        Yes, that does make sense. Thank you so much for your response and help! Now I know what I should focus on.

        Have a great day,
        Justyna

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike February 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

          Justyna,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
          Mike :-)

  17. Tariq Syed January 28, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Hi,

    I was looking thru the different plans and i wanted to know is there a difference between the beginner and advanced plan schedules? They seem pretty similar to me. Please do let me know if I missed something.

    Thanks,
    Tariq

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

      Tariq,
      Well, for starters, the beginner schedule has the student watch every single Magoosh lesson video, whereas the advanced plan involves watching almost no lesson videos beyond a few introductory lessons. Also, the advanced plan involves reading through the entire MGMAT book series, whereas the beginners don’t even touch that series. Those are two of the more salient differences. Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  18. Roopa January 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi, Thanks and I appreciate your help in designing the 3-month study schedule. Great help!! KUDOS!!

    I have a question, I have Third edition of MGMAT 10-volume pack. And the latest is 5th edition in the market. Prepraring from third edition fetch the purpose?? Are there any changes made in the latest edition?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Dear Roopa,
      I’m glad you are finding this schedule helpful. As regards the MGMAT books, I don’t believe the 3rd edition has anything about Integrated Reasoning, and may be preparing your for the old two-essay AWA. The stuff on Quant & Verbal has had minor changes at most. There’s also a new volume, an overview of the GMAT they call the “Roadmap”, but the Magoosh intro to the GMAT series will give you most of what you need there.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  19. Chris January 10, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Mike,
    I was wondering what way of studying you would suggest if you can already score 730 without any preparation (96th percentile Verbal, 78th Math using the official GMAT simulation software). I found some of the test questions very easy, so that I was really surprised to get such a good score because I suspected I had missed many questions. My mistakes were very random, no clear pattern emerged. Do you think I would get a similar score on the actual test, or is it possible that I was just lucky?
    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 10, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Chris,
      Well, as they say, better safe than sorry. I would recommend go through this particular study plan with due diligence, taking further practice tests along the way. To whatever extent this first performance might have been a fluke, diligent preparation would “de-fluke-ize” it, if you see what I mean. It sounds as if you are really starting your preparation in the catbird’s seat. Congratulations and best of luck, my friend.
      Mike :-)

  20. Frank November 8, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I just took the GMAT and didn’t do so well (490…Q36 V21). Would this plan be something I should follow in order to meet my goal of 550? If so is it okay if I use the 4th edition of MGMAT books? I don’t know what the difference is between the 4th and 5th editions other than number of books (8 vs 10). I’ve got OG 12 and 13.

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike November 8, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      Dear Frank,
      I would recommend plan C, “Verbal Focus”, for you — you seem relatively strong in Math, but weaker in Verbal. I don’t think the difference between 4e & 5e of the MGMAT books is particularly significant.
      Mike :-)

  21. Aslan August 24, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    I sat for the GMAT last year (650, V48, Q31) and i have a three month prep time ahead. I hope MAgoosh will help me break 700.

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike August 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Dear Aslan,
      I believe you will find this plan and the Magoosh material helpful —- if course, our score guarantee says that if you don’t increase by 50 points to 700, you will get your money back. That’s how confident we are that you can improve that much. Best of luck to you!
      Mike :-)

  22. Rishabh March 19, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    HI Mike,

    Came to know about magoosh through a friend who strongly recommended. While going through the 3 month study plan (advanced), i observed that you require MGMAT 10 book set. I got the latest used set from a friend. Now, the issue is I don’t have the 6 online exam which you get on MGMAT purchase. So, is there any other providers of GMAT test available which is can separately buy or should I get a new MGMAT book specifically for the test. I checked on their site too but they don’t sell 6 exams separately. Kindly advice.

    Thanks
    Rishabh

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike March 19, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Dear Rishabh-
      First of all, each volume should have a separate code, and if they haven’t expired, any one of them would give you access to the online tests. I don’t know when the codes expire — after 6 months or a year or ???— but if the books are older than that, none of the codes will work. There are really no other online tests remotely as good as the MGMAT CATs, so I will say: buy one more volume new, any volume, and this one new volume will give you access to the online tests. I hope this helps.
      Mike :-)

  23. Kumar Dipankar January 31, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Hi Mike…Could you clear something for me. When you say we need Manhattan 10 book series, can we supplement the hard copy version with the soft copies? I mean the whole set is quite expensive and if the objective can be met by a soft copy will that suffice??As for the free tests that come together with the books i could buy just one of the books to avail the 6 tests.

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 31, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Dear Kumar,
      In my understanding, MGMAT only makes hard copies, so any soft copies would be illegal. As such, we at Magoosh cannot recommend illegal copies. Buy as many hard copies as you can afford, concentrating in the areas in which you need the most review — in my understanding, any single volume of set will give you access to the online CATs. Also, notice that the Magoosh GMAT product, in its entirety, is cheaper than the MGMAT book set —-
      Mike :-)

      • Kumar Dipankar February 1, 2013 at 4:05 am #

        Hi Mike
        Thnx for the info….Just forget about the Soft Copies as if they never existed :)
        Another query(I m not sure if this the right place to ask it but i will take my chances :D)
        I have just subscribed for the 1 week free trial of Magoosh…FYI I have just finished my GRE and Magoosh was my only companion in that….I just love Magoosh’s interface and would have loved to just go entirely with Magoosh for my GMAT prep…However when i looked up on your study schedule I realized that you were prescribing MGMAT books together with Magoosh to complete our prep material. I perceive that since you have just launched your GMAT course you are wary of Magoosh being able to provide a comprehensive prep alone by itself and hence the MGMAT books(and i love this forthrightness your part in that you are not deceiving the students with lofty inflated claims)
        To cut to the chase now could you guide me as to how updated is Magoosh regarding the GMAT prep; i saw an issue task video in the lessons. Does GMAT has an issue task like the GRE or is there only an argument task. Then I saw idioms being tested on the Verbal questions and i saw somewhere on the GMATclub blogs that idioms are no longer being tested?
        Just curious Mike, since I dearly wish to make Magoosh my primary prepping source just like it was for my GRE :) (Pardon me for this rigorous investigation :P)

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike February 1, 2013 at 10:49 am #

          Kumar: Great questions. Magoosh gives you everything you need for a successful GMAT. Our 1 month plan recommends only Magoosh. In this 3 month plan, we already recommend the MGMAT books, which are excellent. Why does a student need them as well, if Magoosh gives you everything you need? Well, sometimes hearing something in a new way can make it “click” on a new level — even if that doesn’t happen, just hearing the same stuff twice, once from Magoosh videos and once from MGMAT books, will deeply reinforce long-term learning.
          We had left the AWA Issue task videos up in case folks were curious about them —those will probably come down soon. Notice we have a full IR section of videos. Magoosh will fully prepare you for the *current* GMAT.
          On idioms — are they a focus of the GMAT SC? Well, in the OG13, thirty-one of the 140 SC questions list “Idiom” as a topic —- that’s 22% of the SC questions in the OG. Are idioms the single most important topic on GMAT SC? No. But if you are a non-native speaker, you better know your idioms!
          I appreciate your probing questions.
          Mike :-)

          • Kumar Dipankar February 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

            Thnx Mike :D…So it is Magoosh now for my GMAT :)
            Which means I will keep bothering u in times to come 😀
            Dipankar

            • Mike McGarry
              Mike February 5, 2013 at 11:57 am #

              Glad to hear it. Best of luck to you.
              Mike :-)

  24. Taru Gupta September 1, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Hi

    I have a question regarding your suggested 3 month study plan for advances students,I gave GMAT 4 years back and scored a 640 and I’m planning to give the exam again.I have been preparing for the last 1 -1.5 month and have completed the OG-11 & OG 12 and also I enrolled in the Knewton prep program which I have almost finished.

    I recently took the 1 week trial offer for Magoosh and have been really impressed by the course & question content and thus I’m planning to take the Magoosh 1 month prep program.In your suggested study material you have mentioned Manhattan strategy guides, I have frankly always thought them to be for students who are just about to start with their prep but you havning mentioned as a recomended study material has caught my attention.I was frankly planning to enroll in the Magoosh program and end my prep, but would you suggest me going ahead with the Manhattan strategy guides along with the Magoosh prep program cause Im very sure o Magoosh so thats a definite but just confused about the Manhattan guides. Please help

    Regards,
    Taru

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike September 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Dear Taru: the MGRE books are very thorough — yes, they can be a good place to start for someone just beginning, but they have something to offer to almost anyone preparing for the GRE. If you learn everything in the MGRE books and everything Magoosh has to offer, you will be unstoppable.
      Does that make sense?
      Mike :-)


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