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3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Math Focused)

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? 🙂  If it would help you decide, you can take the Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test.

• 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: Should I follow this plan if I want to get a 700+ score?

This plan covers the full range of Magoosh lessons on all topics.  This plan goes light on the verbal review and provides extra math review.  If you follow this plan diligently, all the information you will need for an elite score 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, how diligent you are, how conscientious you are, and how dedicated you are.  See this blog for more about getting the most out of a study plan.

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

3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Math Focused)

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 guide.

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.

4) the Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android

5) The Magoosh GMAT eBook

8) McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning: This book is perfect for a math-phobe!  It goes through all the basics of math in a step-by-step.  This will complement the Magoosh lessons, helping to build up your math confidence.  (Don’t write in this book either!)

9) Any single volume of the 9-volume Manhattan GMAT series.  These books are about the best material available in hard-copy print form.  Pick the math volume you think would help you the most and either use it as a reference book or work through it anywhere you can fit it into this plan—during extra time on various Day Sixes, for example.  The primary 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.

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

10) the two online forums:

(a) GMAT Club

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

By the way, another advantage all the business newspapers and magazines is that they are replete with graphs and thus provide fertile ground for practicing graph reading for the Integrated Reasoning.  If graphs have never been your thing, then every day find a business-related article with a graph, and force yourself to understand the “story” of the graph in the context of the article.

12) 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 1-2 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 notes:

In this plan, you will spiral through the math concepts.  You will see all the Magoosh math lessons twice.  You will see math explained in the video explanations to questions.  You will cover the concepts in a different order in the flashcards, and in yet another order in the McGraw-Hill book.  Each time you encounter a concept, note what you recall from the previous times and what you understand at a new level.  Remember, understanding is never just a yes/no issue: there are always various stages of understanding.  Always push yourself to understand any idea more deeply.

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.

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, start learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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: the first eight lesson videos

NOTE: this plan focuses on the math lessons.  Because you have identified yourself as someone strong in Verbal, we don’t assign any of the Verbal or AWA lessons.  As you move through this plan, you may choose to watch some of these videos.  Alternately, as you answer questions, if you discover concepts on which you are uncertain for a certain question, watch the related lessons for that question.

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

a) DS to the end of the Quantitative Section

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 Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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:

Math: the next eight lesson 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, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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: the next eight lesson videos

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, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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

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.

6) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Study the cards in the first deck, Basic I.

Week Two, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

NOTE: as you finish with math lesson modules, you will see quizzes at the end of the module.  Take each quiz, and if you don’t pass, keep restudying and retaking the quiz until you can pass it.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Skim the text on pp. 1-9.  Much of this will be review of the basic structure of the GMAT Quant section.  Read in detail whatever you would like to understand more deeply.

5) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice; once again, see this blog article for suggestions of what to read.  Reading is the very best way to develop instincts for the way writers use language in the business world.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

5) Mental Math Practice: This is more a general reminder than a thing to do specifically on this day.  As is mentioned in the Intro to Math lesson videos, you should practice mental math every day.  Practice adding & subtracting two (or three) digit number in your head every day.  Practice all one-digit times one-digit products, and practice some one-digit times two-digit products in your head every day.  In everyday life, look for opportunities to do mental math: compute tips at restaurants; figure out percents; calculate approximate gas mileage of your car; estimate distance, lengths, areas, and volumes.  If a friend is willing, have your friend hold a calculator and quiz you on various calculations.  All of this will be uncomfortable at first, but as with any athletic training, the more your practice, the easier it will become.  We want you in championship mental math form by test day.

Week Two, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the first eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read Ch. 4, starting on p. 11, and do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read Ch. 5, starting on p. 17, and do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In Ch. 6, read pp. 23-27.  Do the associated problem.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In Ch. 6, read pp. 27-32.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 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.

5) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Study the cards in the second deck, Basic II.  As time allows, review cards from the earlier Idiom deck.

Week Three, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 35-42.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Three, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next three lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the last five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 43-50.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 Three, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 52-58.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 Three, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 58-61.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 Three, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 7 Number Properties Test, do #1-25, starting on p. 64.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 Three, Day Six

1) Go to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do all the Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-18, setting yourself a 45 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) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Study the cards in the third deck, Advanced I.  As time allows, review cards from the earlier Idiom decks.

Week Four, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 7 Number Properties Test, do #26-50, starting on p. 68.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Four, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Do the 10 GMAT Solved Problems, starting on p. 77.  Do the 10 GMAT Practice Problems, starting on p. 80.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 85-88.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 89-94.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 95-99.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here.  Once again, this site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.  Uncheck everything else and do the remaining 38 IR questions, in three batches, with the following times: six Table Analysis (15 minutes); ten Graphics Interpretation (25 minutes); and sixteen Two-Part Analysis questions (40 minutes).  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 the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Study the cards in the final deck, Advanced II.  Do a thorough review of the cards from the earlier Idiom decks.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 99-103.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Five, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 106-112.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 113-119.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 121-127.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 129-134.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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 volume you bought, 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.  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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 135-139.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Six, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 140-145.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 146-151.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 8 Arithmetic Computation Test, do #1-25, starting on p. 153.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the remaining lesson videos, which should be fewer than seven.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 8 Arithmetic Computation Test, do #26-50, starting on p. 159.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the first eight lesson videos

NOTE: Now that you have seen the entire library of Magoosh math lessons, you are going to watch them all again from the top.  Notice which details you overlooked or forgot the first time through.  Notice which concepts you understand more deeply on a second hearing.  Notice any connections you can make between different math concepts in different parts of the curriculum.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Do the 10 GMAT Solved Problems, starting on p. 169.  Do the 10 GMAT Practice Problems, starting on p. 172.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Seven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 177-180.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 180-186.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 187-194.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 196-202.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 204-209.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Eight, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the first eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 209-212.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 214-218.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 219-223.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 225-232.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 232-239.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

5) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Nine, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next three lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the last five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 9 Algebra Test, do #1-25, starting on p. 240.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 9 Algebra Test, do #26-50, starting on p. 246.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Do the 10 GMAT Solved Problems, starting on p. 258.  Do the 10 GMAT Practice Problems, starting on p. 261.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 265-271.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 271-276.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Ten, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 277-282.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 283-289.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) 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.

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Read pp. 291-294.  Do the associated problems.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next eight lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 10 Geometry Test, do #1-25, starting on p. 296.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the Ch. 10 Geometry Test, do #26-50, starting on p. 300.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Eleven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Do the 10 GMAT Solved Problems, starting on p. 309.  Do the 10 GMAT Practice Problems, starting on p. 312.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

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

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Math Practice Test #1, do #1-18, starting on p. 317.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do the remaining DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Math Practice Test #1, do #19-37, starting on p. 319.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Math Practice Test #2, do #1-18, starting on p. 327.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 10 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Math Practice Test #2, do #19-37, starting on p. 329.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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.

6) Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice.  See the description at Week Two, Day One.

Week Twelve, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 6 CR questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Practice Set, do #1-3, starting on p. 337.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the last few lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Practice Set, do #4-7, starting on p. 341.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch any seven Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 6 CR questions

Do 12 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

In the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Practice Set, do #8-18, starting on p. 346.  As soon as you are done, check your answers, taking notes on anything new or unfamiliar.

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) Watch any seven Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) 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

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks.  Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In McGraw-Hill’s Conquering GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning:

Review any section and problem set on which you think you need more practice.

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) Continue Mental Math Practice every day.

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

Bring to the test:

1) A liter of water

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

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

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30 Responses to 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Math Focused)

1. Dan October 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

So the OG diagnostic gave me Average on all math and above average (almost excellent) on all verbal. Is this definitely the right spot for me?

2. KindleReader September 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

Hi — In the schedule above, you’ve posted the assigned page numbers from McGraw-Hill. I’m using an electronic version of the book, and the Kindle reader unfortunately doesn’t provide actual page numbers, so it can be challenging to follow along once we’re deep into a chapter. I really appreciate how well these assignments correspond to the video lessons, and would love to review in their intended order. Would it be possible to include the subject matter or section headers from the McGraw-Hill assignments? Thank you!

3. Michael July 8, 2015 at 7:52 am #

First off, I love the outline and I am excited to get started with this, commit myself to it, and see how my score improves. As I prepare myself, I am securing the materials identified above and the OG link above links to an “outdated” version that appears to be no longer available on Kindle. Would the new 2015 edition (link below) suffice, or will this change the content of the outline provided?

Thanks!

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http://www.amazon.com/Official-Review-Online-Question-Exclusive-ebook/dp/B00KFKWFIA/ref=pd_sim_351_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C15JCQ0RPHBJHPF2N1N

• Margarette Jung July 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

Hi, Michael! We just updated this study schedule today– check out the note at the top about the OG versions. If you haven’t ordered yet, 2016 would be best! 🙂

4. Lara May 13, 2015 at 12:24 am #

Hi Mike,

Thank you for these wonderful schedules. Ive swapped from the general to the math focused. Quick question- Have the Magoosh videos changed since you wrote this? For instance I’m up to Week One, Day Four (only just starting!) but I can’t seem to find the Magoosh video labeled “Common DS Myths- Part II).

I’m assuming the videos have changed, and will proceed to watch the Maths videos in the order they present themselves. However, I did want to check that I wasn’t missing something obvious.

Thanks again,
Lara

• Rita Kreig May 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

Hi Lara,

Oh man, you have good timing. I just added a new note to this schedule yesterday. I’m going to copy and paste it here so I don’t butcher the wording:

Additional Note: You may find that the number of lessons in this study plan doesn’t correspond exactly to the number of lessons in Magoosh. Don’t worry! You aren’t crazy and you aren’t missing any content. We are in the process of updating the lesson videos in Magoosh to make them better and more streamlined so you can use your time wisely. We will update our study plans soon to reflect the changes in Magoosh. We’ll make it clear when the change is coming so you are not caught off-guard!

I apologize for the confusion! We are in the process of editing these study schedules now, and should have updated versions up soon. In the meantime, your plan to watch the math videos in order will work perfectly well. Thank you so much for checking in! And good luck with your prep. 🙂

Best,
Rita

• Lara May 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

Thanks Rita!

• Rita Kreig May 19, 2015 at 11:08 am #

You’re very welcome!

5. Suri October 9, 2014 at 4:28 am #

Hi Mike,

So I’m following this study plan. Unfortunately its taking me longer than one day to complete the tasks assigned for a day. Should I skip to the next day’s material or extend my prep time? Getting 700+ is a necessity for me. Thank you!

Suri

6. Michelle October 6, 2014 at 12:55 am #

Hello Mike,

Thank you for a wonderful, simple and easy to follow plan. I have a questions regarding the task for Week One Day On – Take the Diagnostic Test from the OG : Should this test be taken timed, or not?

The OG says it should be taken untimed. However, for it be a decent enough gauge of my current state of preparedness, should I not take it timed?

Thank you again for your wonderful blog posts – they are comforting and inspiring!

• Mike October 6, 2014 at 10:38 am #

Dear Michelle,
That’s a great question! 🙂 Really, there is no “right” answer to this question. I recommended taking it timed, because I want students to start right away building a sense of what it is to work against a clock. Then again, the problems on the Diagnostic section are particularly hard, and this is probably why the OG says: take it untimed. As long as the vast majority of your practice, and all of your full length tests, are rigorously timed, it doesn’t really matter what you do with the initial Diagnostic test. If you have the time, take it once untimed, and then do it again spending as much time as you need. Those two performances will really give you a good sense of where you are.
Does this make sense?
Thank you for your kind words. I wish the very best of good fortune in your studies!
Mike 🙂

7. Suri September 10, 2014 at 3:58 am #

Hi Mike,

Is this plan still applicable to take the test in Dec 2014?
Also, what will be the impact of IR on the final score?

• Mike September 10, 2014 at 9:39 am #

Dear Suri,
Yes, my friend. 🙂 The GMAT has not changed significantly since the introduction of the IR section in 2012, so this plan is still 100% relevant for the GMAT as it is now constituted. For the score, you may find this blog helpful:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-gmat-score-reports/
The main GMAT score, the 200-800 score, only takes into account the Quant & Verbal sections. The IR is a totally separate score, and it in no way plays into the main score. Now, compared to the main GMAT score, which is very important, how important is the separate IR score? That’s hard to say. It doesn’t appear that IR score has played a significant role in admission. As long as your IR score is decent, 5 or more out of 8, that should pose no problem.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

• Suri September 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

Yes, it does. Thank you!

• Mike September 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

Dear Suri,
You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you!
Mike 🙂

8. Alyssa September 8, 2014 at 8:21 am #

Mike,

I have a few questions about the best method for completing Magoosh math problems. I have been completing them doing quiz mode with the timing set for the timing of 2 min/question and reviewing the answers when the time runs out in adaptive mode covering all topics. Is this the way to approach the problems?

Lately I have been a bit discouraged because with the adaptive I am only getting hard problems with the occasional medium, thus I feel like I am getting a lot wrong and am spending too much time on each problem, so I keep running out of time before I finish all the problems. Maybe this is good because you learn more from the questions you get wrong, but I struggle with keeping optimistic.

Should I be practicing doing a range of difficulties or is adaptive the way to go as it is how the test will be given? Also should I be timing myself and watching the videos at the end of completing the problems or doing unlimited time and watch the video after every question?

I am sure there are a lot of different approaches to be taken, however, what would you recommend?

Thanks,

Alyssa

• Mike September 8, 2014 at 10:35 am #

Dear Alyssa,
I’m happy to respond. 🙂 First of all, about this comment, I will caution you. The blog comments are the place to ask questions that are relevant for general users, that could benefit anyone using this plan. For personal questions, requests for individual help specific to you, you should press the “HELP” button on any internal Magoosh page: that generates a support ticket. This question is an “in-between” question, so I decided to approve it as a blog comment and answer it here. Just bear in mind that there are two very different modes of asking questions, for different kinds of questions.
OK, as to your question. First of all, here are three blog articles that express the philosophy by which this study plan was designed:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-the-gmat-practice-vs-exam-performance/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/pacing-and-timing-strategies-for-the-gmat/
Here’s a GRE blog that’s also important:
http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
In some ways, that last blog is most relevant to your situation. My advice: do all practice in adaptive mode, observing a strict time limit. I imagine the most straightforward way to do this is, for example, to set a 20 minute timer for 10 questions, and after you are done with the questions, watch the video explanations and any related lessons you need. Remember, a truly excellent student never makes the same mistake twice. It’s exceedingly difficult to live up to that ideal perfectly, but it is one for which to strive. Treasure each and every problem you get wrong: each one is a potential goldmine that will allow you to understand exactly what pieces you are missing and exactly how you need to improve.
Have courage, my friend! The business world is absolutely no place for the faint of heart.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

• Alyssa September 9, 2014 at 8:10 am #

Mike,

Thank you for your response. Those articles really helped me to change my outlook on the studying process, which is just what I needed!

Thanks,
Alyssa

• Mike September 9, 2014 at 9:49 am #

Dear Alyssa,
You are quite welcome, my friend. 🙂 I am very glad you found that helpful! Best of luck in all your studies.
Mike 🙂

9. Aviram September 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

Week 2 Day 6, ‘forums’ incorrectly spelt as ‘forms’.

• Mike September 5, 2014 at 10:19 am #

Dear Aviram,
Thank you very much for pointing that out! 🙂 I just corrected that typo. That good eye for detail will serve you well on the test! Best of luck to you!
Mike 🙂

10. Nasser July 7, 2014 at 12:20 am #

Dear Mike,

Im a bit confused on which study schedule i should go for. I have an average math background and below average in verbal.
My goal is for a 750 test score and would like to know which study plan in the best for my skill set and goal? and if i should combine two study plans into one?

• Mike July 7, 2014 at 10:32 am #

Dear Nasser,
My friend, I would not recommend this study plan, which is really for folks who are strong in verbal but struggle in math. I will recommend the beginning plan:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gmat-study-schedule-for-beginners/
If you follow any of these plans, everything will pass before your eyes that you need to do well on the GMAT. You need to understand that 750 is a truly exceptional score. To achieve this, you will need the information & strategies we provide, but you will also have to provide exceptional dedication, exceptional attention to precise details, exceptional memory, exceptional depth of understanding, and exceptional ability to apply what you know creatively. Getting a 750 depends on much more than the content you learn (which we can provide) — it depends on a whole collection of other skills that you have to be to demonstrate on the test.
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

11. Sarah January 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

When you say “Do 30 PS questions” or “Do 6 SC questions” are there particular questions you’d recommend or should we just start from #1 and go forward?

• Mike January 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

Sarah,
I recommend just start from #1 and move forward. Of course, you will get a mix of topics, some of which you have studied already and some of which you haven’t reached yet in the Magoosh curriculum. This may seem like a mistake, but it’s not. You see, part of what you have to learn with the GMAT is what to do, what can you do, when you don’t know what to do. Wrestling with uncertainty, and being comfortable with that, is part of the process. Furthermore, if you get a question incorrect, and read in the explanation about some idea that would have helped you understand it, that primes your mind to appreciate more fully that idea when you finally do get to it in the curriculum. I explain a little more in this post:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
Does all this make sense?
Mike 🙂

12. Cole January 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

Is there maybe an excel version of this study schedule? Or something similar?

• Mike January 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

Dear Cole,
No, I’m sorry: there’s just this webpage version of it. I’m sure it would not be hard to copy this entire schedule and paste it into Word, and once you have it there, you could do any one of a number of manipulations on it. Best of luck to you.
Mike 🙂

13. Roopa January 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

Hi, Whats the acronym of TEM?

• Mike January 14, 2014 at 9:49 am #

Dear Roopa,
I’m sorry. This abbreviation was explained in other plans, but it wasn’t explained here. TEM stands for The Economist Magazine, a very high quality weekly publication. You will see that I added this to the abbreviation list at the top. Thanks for pointing this out.
Mike 🙂

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