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3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal Focused)

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

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

  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners: Help!  Math and verbal both scare the living bejeebers out of me!  I need all the help and support I can get!  Help!
  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Math Focused): I have a natural affinity with the verbal, but the math is far less intuitive for me.  I would like to focus more there.
  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal Focused): Me a math nerd. Me think all math easy. Me have big verbal problems.  One day, me will talk good.
  • 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.

FAQ: Will this “Verbal Focused” plan prepare me for excellence in both Verbal and Quant on the GMAT? 

Because I am assuming you have a strong math background already, this plan covers all the Verbal lessons in Magoosh twice, and had a tremendous amount of math practice problems.  It also includes, as an essential part, a significant amount of reading.  If you follow all parts of 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.

3 Month GMAT Study Schedule (Verbal 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.

3) a Premium subscription to Magoosh

4) the Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android

5) The Magoosh GMAT eBook

6) The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards

7) The Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

8) Three volumes of the 9-volume Manhattan GMAT series.  These books are about the best material available in hard-copy print form.  The volumes you should get for this plan are: Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, or Sentence Correction.  Another reason you are getting these volumes 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.

NOTE: Once again, it is important not to write in these books, as you will go through them twice.

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

10) 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

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

GMAT Reading List

We recommend outside reading, over and above any GMAT-specific materials, because a habit of reading is one of the best ways to improve your GMAT verbal score across the board.  In particular, for non-native speakers, a habit of outside reading is essential for mastering the GMAT Verbal section.  It’s very important for non-native speakers to push themselves to read material as sophisticated and challenging as they can handle.  For more on how to use outside reading to prepare you for the GMAT, see:

How to Improve your GMAT Verbal Score

12) a good 3-4 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 3 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students.

Optional material:

1) Nova’s GMAT Math Prep Course: As explained in this review, this book is purely a collection of practice problems.  Because the individual days in this study schedule are already busy, I did not assign any problems from this book.  If you find you have some additional time, and would like to challenge yourself with more math practice, then by all means, get this book, and you will have math practice problems to your heart’s content.  If you can do everything in this book, in addition to all the math problems included in this study schedule, you will able to handle anything the GMAT Quant section throws at you.

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

MGMAT = the Manhattan GMAT volumes

 

General 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.

 

A note about additional materials:  

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

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

 

Week One, Day One

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

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

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, start learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 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 Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 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: skim through the 8 videos of the General Math Strategies module

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 Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 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:

AWA: all five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

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

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

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 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: skim the five videos in the Intro to Data Sufficiency Module

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 Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 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

3) Read the following blogs about the AWA section:

The Directions for the AWA section

Typical Flaws in AWA Prompts

AWA Strategies

Brainstorming for the AWA

AWA Example Essay

4) In the OG

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

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

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

6) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, drill the first three decks: Algebra; Fractions, Ratios, and Percents; and Geometry.

NOTE: If you are strong in math, then you probably will breeze through these cards, knowing just about everything.  Note the few cards that you didn’t know right aways.

Week Two, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the first five lesson videos

NOTE: In this plan, after the intro videos, no further math lesson videos are assigned, because it is assumed that you are strong at math.  As you practice problems and find math concepts that you would like to understand better, dip into the math lessons videos on those particular topics.  This plan leaves it entirely to your discretion how much math you want to learn or review.

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Arithmetic & Fractions lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

NOTE: In lieu of watching the full math lessons, this plan will assign the quizzes at the end of the math modules.  If you do well on the quiz, then you probably know most of the math in the module.  If you “fail” the quiz, review a few of the videos, and take the quiz again until you can pass it.

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 1, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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.

Week Two, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 2, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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:

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Percents & Ratios lesson module

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 3, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 4, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

NOTE: as you finish with verbal 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 the Quiz at the end of the Integer Properties lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 5, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 Math Flashcards, drill the next three decks: Number Properties I & II and Statistics & Probability.  Note any cards you didn’t get right away.

Week Three, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Algebra, Equations, and Inequality lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, start learning the cards in the second deck, the Basic II deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 6, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Three, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the first eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Basic II deck.  Review cards from this and the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 7, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Word Problem lesson module

Do 15 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 8, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Integrated Reasoning: 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 Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 1, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Powers and Roots lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 2, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Three, Day Six

1) Go to GMAC’s official IR website: Using the access code given in the back of the OG, log in or register here. On the main screen for the online practice questions, you will see a button at the bottom for Integrated Reasoning Practice Questions. Do all the Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-12, setting yourself a 30 minute time limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.  Take notes on anything you need to remember.

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 IR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, drill the next three decks: Mixed Practice I – III.  Note any cards you didn’t get right away.

Week Four, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Geometry lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 3, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Four, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Integrated Reasoning: the last five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 4, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Coordinate Geometry lesson module

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 5, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 6, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Statistics lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the second deck, the Basic II deck and from the previous deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Appendix B, the Glossary.  Most of these terms should be familiar from the Magoosh lesson videos, but take notes on anything that you don’t remember.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Four, Day Six

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

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

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, drill the next three decks: Mixed Practice IV – VI.  Note any cards you didn’t get right away.

4) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Counting lesson module

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, start learning the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 1, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Five, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 2, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do the Quiz at the end of the Probability lesson module

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 3, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 4, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 5, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 6, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Six, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 7, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 8, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 9, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

No assigned video today.   Take a day to watch any math videos that pique your curiosity.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the third deck, the Advanced I deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 10, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the first five lesson videos

NOTE: Last week, you should have finished all the verbal lessons.  Now, you are going to watch the entire series again from the beginning.  Pay very close attention to what points you didn’t remember from the first time or that you understand better upon hearing them for a second time.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, start learning the cards from the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 11, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Seven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 12, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 13, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 14, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck, and from the previous decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Appendix A, the Idiom List.  Many of these will be familiar to you from the Magoosh Idiom Flashcards, but take not of any you have not seen before.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 1, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

NOTE: As this plan has you watch all the Magoosh Verbal lesson videos twice, so it has you read the MGMAT Verbal books twice.  On this second time through, pay very close attention to what slipped your notice the first time.

5)  Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eight, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 2, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 3, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 4, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 5, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 6, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Nine, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.10-15 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 7, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 6: Critical Reasoning

Read Chapter 8, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 1, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 2, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 3, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Ten, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 4, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 7: Reading Comprehension

Read Chapter 5, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

NOTE: Since you already did the practice RC problems in Ch. 6 of this book, this study schedule does not assign them again.  If you want to do them again for extra practice some time, fit that in where you can.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five 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 Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 1, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 2, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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

Verbal: the next five lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 3, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Verbal: the last five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 4, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 any five Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In OG

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

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 5, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 any five Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In OG

Do the remaining DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 6, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 any five Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 7, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Eleven, Day Six

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

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

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

Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong.  If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find GMAT Prep questions posted on the GMAT Club forum.  Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember.  The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

3) Magoosh Flashcards

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

Week Twelve, Day One

1) Watch any five Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 10 CR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 8, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour on the outside reading of your choice.  Pay attention to sentence structures.  Pay attention to arguments.  Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

Week Twelve, Day Two

1) Watch any five Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

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 Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 1 hour with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 9, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

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 any five Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 10, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 five 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 Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 11, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 five 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 Idiom Flashcards, continue reviewing the cards from all four decks.  Spend 10 minutes with these cards.

4) In the MGMAT Volume 8: Sentence Correction

Read Chapter 12, doing any practice problems in that section and taking notes on anything new.

5) Spend at least 1 hour 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 doing outside reading for 1 hour a day each 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 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.

 

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

  1. Rajeev D August 22, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Hello,

    With regards to the above plan, you say do 3RC passages with all questions, but when I create the custom test, I just can select either 10,20 etc questions, not knowing how many complete questions will be there for a specific RC.
    Can I change this setting anywhere? This is basically to allow me to input number of questions that I want to solve in a custom quiz rather than 10,20,30 etc

  2. CC July 14, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    Hi Mike,
    I have a GMAT score of 700(Q-49, V-36), and am planning to retake the GMAT soon . Which Study plan do you recommend for me? Advanced one or Beginners(verbal focussed). Initially I was looking for something titled “Advanced( verbal focussed) Study Plan”.

    Thanks

  3. 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 McGarry
      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 :-)

  4. 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!

  5. 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 McGarry
      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 :-)

  6. 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 McGarry
      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 :-)

      • Sourav August 19, 2015 at 1:36 am #

        Hi Mike
        Thanks for the explanation.
        By the word “world”, in the phrase against NYT, I hope you meant America?
        Cause In India, we have many great news dailies, printed in over 70 languages, including English, which are quite great for us, and so sunny got confused. ;):)

        But great work and I like all your videos which are helping me with my prep.
        Cheers!!

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

    nice vvork Mike

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

      You are quite vvelcome. 😛
      Mike :-)


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