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3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal 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?

  • 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.
  • Version D (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.

 

3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal Focused)

 

Resources to have:

1) the GMAC Office Guide to the GMAT (OG13). (Don’t write in the book: write everything on separate paper so you can go back and do problems again with a fresh start.)

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

3) a Premium subscription to Magoosh

4) the Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android

5) The Magoosh GMAT eBook

6) The Magoosh IR eBook

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

8) 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

9) a good 1-2 hours a day, for five days a week, and then a good 3-4 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

 

Notes:

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.

 

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 verbal, you may choose to switch to plan D.  If you did much worse in math than expected, you may choose to switch to plan A.

 

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, or as many as are needed

Verbal: under CR videos, the first six videos

A NOTE ABOUT MAGOOSH VIDEO: I am not assigning any math lesson videos as part of this plan.  I suggest that from time to time, you dip into the math video sections, click to the end and read the summaries, just to make sure you are not missing anything.  You may want to watch a couple of the scattered videos that focus on strategy rather than math content.

3) In the OG

Read the introduction to the Problem Solving section, and do 10 PS

Read the introduction to the Reading Comprehension section, do 1 RC passage with all its questions

Whenever you do OG questions, always check your answers right afterwards, and read the explanation of anything you got wrong. 

 

Week One, Day Three

1) In the OG, skim the Math Review , to get a sense of the range of material on GMAT math

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Verbal: under SC videos, the first eight videos

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 10 DS questions

Read the introduction to the Critical Reasoning section, and do 12 CR questions

Read the introduction to the Sentence Correction section, and do 13 SC questions

 

Week One, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.  You will do this every day.  You have several jobs in doing this: (a) understand the article, such that you could answer questions about it; (b) look up any words  you don’t know; (c) not grammatical structures that seems unfamiliar to you; (d) notice, in opinion pieces, how the argument is constructed.

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Verbal: under CR videos, the last even videos

3) In the OG

Do 11 PS questions

Do 6 DS questions

Do 1 RC passage with all its questions

4) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS 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. 

 

Week One, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Verbal: under RC videos, the first five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 15 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week One, Day Six

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 15 PS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

 

5) In the OG

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

 

Week Two, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under RC videos, the last five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Two, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Two, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under AWA videos, all five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Two, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Two, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

4) In OG

Do 12 CR questions

 

Week Two, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  In OG, pp. 769-789, pick two Issue sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay on a computer.  You can write in any word processing program.  Then, in OG, pp. 796-827, pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

Now that you have these essays, what do you do with them?  If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see if they would read the essays for you and critique them. 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 essays 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) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Three, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Three, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Three, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Three, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

4) In OG

Do 12 CR questions

 

Week Three, Day Six

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

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

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Four, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Four, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

Download and study the Idiom List!  (found under the “Idioms” video); look for these words/phrases when you read the NYT.

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Four, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Four, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Four, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Four, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

2) Go GMAC’s IR website — the code in the back of your OG should give you full access to this site.  Do the first 15 IR questions, setting for yourself a 38 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

 

Week Five, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Five, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Five, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Five, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Five, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the any remaining videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Five, Day Six

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

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Six, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Integrated Reasoning: the first six videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Six, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

IR: the next six videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Six, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

IR: the last five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Six, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

AWA: all five videos

Notenow that you are on your second time through all the verbal videos, use your discretion.  If you still have a lot to learn, listen carefully to the whole video.  If this is familiar at this point, click ahead, simply verifying that you remember it all.

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Six, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the first eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 1 RC passage with its associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Six, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

2) Go GMAC’s IR website.  Do the next 15 IR questions, setting for yourself a 38 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

Week Seven, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under CR videos, the first six videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Seven, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Seven, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under CR videos, the last seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Seven, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Seven, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under RC videos, the first five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 1 RC passage with its associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Seven, Day Six

1) Take another full length GMAT on the GMAC software (You can do each test in the software three times).  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Eight, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under RC videos, the last five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Eight, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Eight, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Eight, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Eight, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 1 RC passage with its associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Eight, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

2) Go GMAC’s IR website.  Do the next 15 IR questions, setting for yourself a 38 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

 

Week Nine, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Nine, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Nine, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next eight videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Nine, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Nine, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 1 RC passage with its associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Nine, Day Six

1) Take another full length GMAT on the GMAC software (You can do each test in the software three times).  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Ten, Day One

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 30 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Ten, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Ten, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 13 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Ten, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 21 PS questions

Do 13 SC questions

 

Week Ten, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 1 RC passage with its associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Ten, Day Six

1) Today is the last time you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

2) Go GMAC’s IR website.  Do the remaining 5 IR questions, setting for yourself a 13 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

3) On Magoosh, do the IR questions.

 

Week Eleven, Day One

At this point, you have seen every Magoosh verbal lesson video at least twice.  Judge for yourself, based on which questions/concepts you have been finding difficult, which videos you should watch again.  Keep a pace of watching three  Magoosh lesson videos a day.

In this week, you will be finishing up all the questions in Magoosh and all the questions in the OG.
1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 27 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Eleven, Day Two

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, the next seven videos

3) In OG

Do 14 DS questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

 

Week Eleven, Day Three

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch Magoosh

Verbal: under SC videos, any remaining  videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 10 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

 

Week Eleven, Day Four

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch any seven Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

3) In OG

Do 20 PS questions

Do 10 SC questions

 

Week Eleven, Day Five

1) Read at least six articles from the NYT.

2) Watch any seven Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

3) In Magoosh

Do 1 RC passage with its associated questions

4) In OG

Do 11 CR questions

 

Week Eleven, Day Six

1) Take another full length GMAT on the GMAC software (You can do each test in the software three times).  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week 12 & After: Concentrated Review

At this point, if you have been following the schedule, you should have done 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 third (or more) time 7 Magoosh lesson videos a day, on whatever topics you feel you need to review

4) Keep reading at least six articles from the NYT.

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

6) An online search will always turn up additional batches of questions to practice.

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 before the real GMAT, then take one final practice GMAT from the GMAT software, as on Week Eleven, 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.

For relaxation tips, see this post.

 

 

About the Author

Mike McGarry is a Content Developer for Magoosh with over 20 years of teaching experience and a BS in Physics and an MA in Religion, both from Harvard. He enjoys hitting foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets. Follow him on Google+!

10 Responses to 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal Focused)

  1. jj February 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    This plan looks great but I’d like to know whether you’ve this orientation as week by week basis i.e instead of day 1,day 2 do you have it as week 1, week 2 etc ?

    Also anything similar (re week by week basis) for Advanced plan ?

    Would appreciate your reply.

    • Mike
      Mike February 22, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Dear JJ,
      All four three-month study plans are organized on a day-by-day basis, but obviously, you could consider all the work for the six days of a week together, and do then all this work in any order over the course of the week, and the result would be exactly the same. We chose the day-by-day organization for the plan, because it allows both for the folks who want to know what to do each day, and for the folks who want to lump all their work in a week and just organize that week’s work as they like.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  2. Reuben January 29, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Hello,
    There was an earlier post of a study plan about a book for beginners to get a broad idea of the business world. I am unable to find the reference now. It’d be great if one you could help me out with it.

    Thank you!

  3. ankish September 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Excellent, and thanks for your help on Gmatclub.com, I am planning to buy Verbal part. Techcrunch and Mashable I read them often — can they help in reading skills like NYT, WSJ?

    • Mike
      Mike September 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Ankish,
      Congratulations on using the Verbal plan. I would say, to elevate your reading level, you will have to move above the level of Techcrunch & Mashable. For your GMAT practice reading, aim for the most sophisticated sources possible — there’s not a lot of overlap between techie information and sophisticated writing.
      Mike :-)

  4. Sunny Mantri August 26, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Hi ..thanks for the detailed plan. Could you please let me know what you are referring to when you say ‘NYT’.

    Thanks,
    Sunny

    • Mike
      Mike August 26, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Sunny,
      Yes — I’m sorry that wasn’t clear.
      NYT = New York Times (one of the greatest newspapers in the world)
      WSJ = Wall Street Journal (a premier financial newspaper)
      Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  5. BEtty September 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    nice vvork Mike

    • Mike
      Mike September 4, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      You are quite vvelcome. :-P
      Mike :-)


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