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6 Month GMAT Study Schedule

Before You Begin: This study schedule was updated in July 2015. If you began prepping with this schedule several weeks 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 six months.  You need a strategic plan to organize yourself.  Here it is. :)

FAQ: Will this six-month plan help me score over 700?

This plan contains a tremendous amount of instructional material and over 2500 high quality practice questions!  Also, by studying for six months, giving your brain all that time to learn and assimilate, you are giving yourself a huge advantage!  If you follow all parts of this plan diligently, you definitely will encounter all the information you will need for an elite score: it all will pass before your eyes.  How well you do will depend on everything you bring: how quickly you learn, how deeply you remember, how well you assimilate and integrate, how astutely you discern connections and patterns, how diligent you are, how conscientious you are, and how dedicated you are.  If you are truly committed to getting an excellent score, then read this blog with the utmost of attention and care.

Resources to have:

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

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

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

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

4) The GMATPrep software, a free download from mba.com.  I recommend downloading this and making sure it runs on your computer before Week Twenty-One, when you will need it.

5) a Premium subscription to Magoosh

6) the Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android

7) The Magoosh GMAT eBook

8) The Magoosh IR eBook

9) The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards

10) The Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

NOTE: repeated exposure to new material, sustained over time, encodes the material into long term memory.  This is precisely the value of flashcards.  Throughout this plan, I will have you use the cards, never very long at once, but consistently.  That consistency is the key to their effectiveness.

11) Two volumes of the GMAC’s released GMATs, the “Paper Tests” books (buy the third volume there if you would like even more practice).

12) Buy the Manhattan GMAT 10-volume series of GMAT Strategy Guides.  It is an excellent prep source.  In addition to working through all ten volumes during the course of this plan, any one volume of the set will give you access to their 6 online GMAT CAT practice tests, which you will take in the second half of the plan.  (Don’t write in these books either!)

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

14) 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

15)  Outside reading material: You may already have a habit of reading.  Since you are planning to pursue a career in business, it would be good to get well informed about that world, if you have not be reading about it already.  While you don’t need to be an expert, it’s important for the GMAT to have a general sense of the business world.  If you are a non-native English speaker, it is absolutely crucial that you develop a habit of reading.  For a non-native speaker struggling with the Verbal section, I would strongly recommend reading for at least an hour a day every day, an hour over and above any GMAT-specific preparations.

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.  These business sources are also a good place to practice reading graphs.  For more suggestions on what to read, see:

GMAT Reading List

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

How to Improve your GMAT Verbal Score

16) 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.

Notes:

This is a twenty-four week plan.  Six calendar months are typically closer to 26 weeks, so if you actually have six 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 week, and do it later.  Alternately, following the plan straight through would leave you more time for the concentrated review I recommend at the end of the twenty-four weeks.

This plan assumes about 2-3 hours of prep on five weekdays, and it specifies a special “Day Six” assignment, typically a longer activity, such as a practice GMAT.  The “Day Six” assignments are lighter toward the beginning of the schedule, and by the end of the schedule you will be doing a full-length GMAT every Day Six.  Please feel empowered to rearrange this as best suits your needs: if you want to move more work to the weekends to free up some weeknight evenings, or if you can do a couple full days of work during the week, please feel free to rearrange the week’s work in whatever way makes the most sense for you.

Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this six 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.

 

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 questions

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

MGMAT = Manhattan GMAT

NYT = the New York Times

WSJ = the Wall Street Journal

TEM = The Economist Magazine

Week One

NOTE: You jump right in during this first week.  Spread out the problems and video watching throughout the week in whatever way works best for you.

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 the same day, but go over the explanations the next day.  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.  (That may take a couple days if you got a lot wrong.)  Don’t worry if you get many of these questions incorrect: wrestling with some advanced ideas a little at the beginning will prime your mind to learn the ideas more deeply when they are covered in the lessons.

3) To get a sense of the layout of the test, in the OG, skim or read the introductory sections to Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

4) In the OG, read the Math Review, taking notes in your journal on anything new, rusty, or unfamiliar.  If math is your strength, you can probably just skim these pages, getting a sense of what the range of GMAT math is.  If math is not your thing, this may take some time.

5) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

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

In Math: the first 16 videos

In AWA: all five videos

NOTE: The information in the Magoosh videos may be review for you, or childishly easy for you, or very challenging brand new information for you.  Some folks will find the verbal information obvious and the math hard-going, and other folks will have the reverse experience.  If the material is relatively easy for you, feel free to click to the end and simply read the summary.  If the material is new to you, take notes on what you are learning in your journal, and if possible, watch that video a second time.

6) In the OG, do

17 PS questions

13 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

NOTE: As soon as you do a batch of OG questions, correct them right away, and look the explanations.  If you got the question right, you need only skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  If you got the question wrong, read the explanation and take notes in your journal on what concepts or what aspect of the question you need to understand better.  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.

7) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

NOTE: After each Magoosh question is a video explanation.  If you got the question right, just skim the text summary of the video to verify you understand it.  If you got the question wrong, watch the video explanation right away.  If you don’t understand any given question after the explanation, post it in the forums seeking an explanation, or email us at Magoosh.

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.

8) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.  Spend about 5-10 minutes a day each day with these cards.

Week One, Day Six Assignment

Today, you will focus on the AWA section.

1) 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

2) In the OG

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

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

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

Week Two:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the first 11 videos

NOTE: As you get to the end of modules, take the quiz at the end of the module.  If you don’t pass the quiz, then review and keep taking it until you pass.

2) In the OG, do

17 PS questions

13 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the second deck, the Fraction, Ratios, and Percents deck.  Spend about 5-10 minutes a day each day with the cards from this deck and the previous deck.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 0: GMAT Roadmap, read Ch. 1-5

NOTE: After this first introductory MGMAT volume, you will start moving through volumes that cover the math & verbal concept in a different order and a different way than those of Magoosh, and this is helpful for learning.  If you can understand two very different ways of talking about the same concept, then you understand it very deeply.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

NOTE: if you are a non-native English speaker who is considerably weaker in Verbal than in math, I would strongly suggest reading for an hour each day.

Week Two, Day Six Assignment

1) Read the entire Magoosh GMAT eBook.  Much of this may be review at this point.

2) Read the entire Magoosh IR eBook.

3) Write another practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, 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.)

Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

4) Stress management: read these four blog articles

(a) Overcome GMAT Anxiety

(b) Beating GMAT Stress

(c) The GMAT, Business School, and You: the Big Picture

(d) 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 at least some of these habit consistently over the next six months, you will be very good shape to handle the anxiety of test day.

Week Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the first 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

17 PS questions

13 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the third deck, Geometry deck.  Spend about 5-10 minutes a day each day with the cards from this deck and the previous decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 0: GMAT Roadmap, read Ch. 6-10

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Three, Day Six Assignment

1) Write another practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, 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.)

Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

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

Week Four:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Integrated Reasoning: the first 15 videos

2) In the OG, do

17 PS questions

13 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the fourth deck, Number Properties I deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 0: GMAT Roadmap, read Ch. 11-12

In Volume 9: Integrated Reasoning & Essay, read Ch. 1-3

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Four, Day Six Assignment

1) Write another practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, 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.)

Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

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

Week Five:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 6 videos

In Integrated Reasoning: the last 5 videos

2) In the OG, do

17 PS questions

13 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the fifth deck, Number Properties II deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 9: Integrated Reasoning & Essay, read Ch. 4-8 and Appendix A “How to Write Better Sentences.”

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Five, Day Six Assignment

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

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 IR questions

3) Magoosh Flashcards

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

Week Six:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

17 PS questions

13 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 9: Integrated Reasoning & Essay, read Appendix B “Quantitative Topics.”

In Volume 1: Fractions, Decimals, & Percents, read Chapters 1-4.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Six , Day Six Assignment

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

Week Seven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the seventh deck, Mixed Review I deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 1: Fractions, Decimals, & Percents, read Chapters 5-9.  Skim the appendix on Data Sufficiency: most of that will be review at this point.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Seven, Day Six Assignment

1) Write another practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, 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.)

Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

2) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards,  review the cards in the third deck, the Advanced I deck.  Do a thorough review of any cards from this deck and the previous decks that you don’t know well.

Week Eight:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the eighth deck, Mixed Review II deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 8: Sentence Correction, read Chapters 1-5.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Eight, Day Six Assignment

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. 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.

At this early stage of practice, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section.  For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections.  Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration.  Write any observations in your journal.

Week Nine:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the ninth deck, Mixed Review III deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 8: Sentence Correction, read Chapters 6-10.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Nine, Day Six Assignment

1) Write another practice essay.  From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, 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.)

Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

2) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards,  review the cards in the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck.  Do a thorough review of any cards from this deck and the previous decks that you don’t know well.

Week Ten:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the tenth deck, Mixed Review IV deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 8: Sentence Correction, read Chapters 11-12; look through Appendix A, “Idioms,” making note of any idioms you haven’t already learned; skim through Appendix B, “Glossary,” verifying that you are familiar with the formal grammar terms.

In Volume 5: Number Properties, read Chapter 1.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Ten, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. 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.

At this early stage of practice, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section.  For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections.  Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration.  Write any observations in your journal.

Week Eleven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the eleventh deck, Mixed Review V deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 5: Number Properties, read Chapters 2-6.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Eleven, Day Six Assignment

1) Go to http://manhattangmat.com/access.cfm, and register using the code in the back of any of the 10 MGMAT books.  This will give you access to the six MGMAT CATs.

Take the first full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  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.

Unlike the paper tests, this computer-based GMAT use Computer Adaptive Testing, so we recommend that you treat the computer-based GMATs more formally.  This will be your first experience of sitting for a full formal GMAT.

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 Twelve:

1) In Magoosh, watch the remaining videos in Math & Verbal.  If you have been following the pace of this plan, you should watch about the same numbers of videos this week and finish the entire library of video lessons.

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards,  review the cards in the twelfth deck, Mixed Review VI deck.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 5: Number Properties, read Chapter 7.

In Volume 6: Critical Reasoning, read Chapters 1-4.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Twelve, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. 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.

This is too early in your preparation for you to experience the stress of a formal practice test every weekend.  We will continue to treat paper-based test as less formal, less stressful experiences, because there is not an issue of the CAT in these tests.  The point of these paper-based tests is to get practice with high quality questions and to get a feel for managing time within individual question types.

On the paper-based test, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section.  For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections.  Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration.  Write any observations in your journal.

Week Thirteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

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

In Math: the first 16 videos

In AWA: all five videos

NOTE: At this point, exactly halfway through this schedule, you should have seen each Magoosh lesson once.  In the second half of the plan, we assign every video again.  If you feel that you already understand a video and don’t need to see it in full a second time, simply click ahead to the summary screen to remind yourself of what is covered in that video.  Watch carefully any topics on which you are not perfectly clear, and take diligent notes on what you did not fully understand the first time you watched the video.  Remember that understanding comes in several stages: always push yourself to reach a deeper understanding with each and every topic.

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

8 CR questions

2* RC passages and the associated questions

*If you are using the OG2015 or the OG13, do just one RC passage this week.

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 6: Critical Reasoning, read Chapters 5-8.

In Volume 4: Geometry, read Chapter 1.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Thirteen, Day Six Assignment

1) Go back to http://manhattangmat.com/access.cfm.

Take the next full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  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 Fourteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the first 11 videos

NOTE: do not feel compelled to take the lessons quizzes the second time through, unless you really feel you need practice on that module.

2) In the OG, do

16 PS questions

12 DS questions

10 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

NOTE: At this point, you should finish up the question in the GMAT Official Guide.

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

5) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 4: Geometry, read Chapters 2-6.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Fourteen, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. 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.

This is too early in your preparation for you to experience the stress of a formal practice test every weekend.  We will continue to treat paper-based test as less formal, less stressful experiences, because there is not an issue of the CAT in these tests.  The point of these paper-based tests is to get practice with high quality questions and to get a feel for managing time within individual question types.

On the paper-based test, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section.  For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections.  Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration.  Write any observations in your journal.

Week Fifteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

18 PS questions

13 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

12 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

NOTE: Now that you are done with the GMAT Official Guide, you will get official practice questions from these two books for the remainder of the study plan.

4) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 4: Geometry, read Chapter 7.

In Volume 7: Reading Comprehension, read Chapters 1-4.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Fifteen, Day Six Assignment

1) Go back to http://manhattangmat.com/access.cfm.

Take the next full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  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 Sixteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Integrated Reasoning: the first 15 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

18 PS questions

13 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

12 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 7: Reading Comprehension, read Chapters 5-6.

In Volume 2: Algebra, read Chapters 1-3.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Sixteen, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. 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.

We will continue to treat paper-based test as less formal, less stressful experiences, because there is not an issue of the CAT in these tests.  The point of these paper-based tests is to get practice with high quality questions and to get a feel for managing time within individual question types.

On the paper-based test, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section.  For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections.  Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration.  Write any observations in your journal.

 

Week Seventeen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Integrated Reasoning: the last 5 videos

In Verbal: the next 6 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

18 PS questions

13 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

12 SC questions

9 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

NOTE: if you took a very large number of lesson quizzes during the course of your studies, you may start to run out of different categories of questions.  If you are out of “unanswered” questions for any question type, you can start re-answering the ones you got “incorrect.”

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 2: Algebra, read Chapters 4-8.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Seventeen, Day Six Assignment

1) Go back to http://manhattangmat.com/access.cfm.

Take the next full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  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 Eighteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

18 PS questions

13 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

19 PS questions

6 DS questions

7 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

NOTE: depending on the number of lesson quizzes you took during the course of your studies, you may start to run out of different categories of questions.  If you are out of “unanswered” questions for any question type, you can start re-answering the ones you got “incorrect.”

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 2: Algebra, read Chapters 9-13.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Eighteen, Day Six Assignment

Take the last practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. 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.

We will continue to treat paper-based test as less formal, less stressful experiences, because there is not an issue of the CAT in these tests.  The point of these paper-based tests is to get practice with high quality questions and to get a feel for managing time within individual question types.

On the paper-based test, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section.  For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections.  Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration.  Write any observations in your journal.

This is the last Day Six with an informal paper-based GMAT.  After this, it’s a sprint to the finish line: every Day Six will have a formal on-the-computer GMAT CAT.

Week Nineteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

17 PS questions

12 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh questions: At this point, you should be close to finishing up all the questions within Magoosh.  Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions.  Within each question type, your first priority should be to finish off any remaining unanswered questions; your second priority should be to re-answer any questions you got “incorrect.”  If, when answering previous incorrect questions, you get the vast majority of them correct on the second time, then the supply of “incorrect” questions will dwindle.  When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.  Many students have found that seeing questions more than once really deepens their understanding.

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 3: Word Problems, read Chapters 1-5.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Nineteen, Day Six Assignment

1) Go back to http://manhattangmat.com/access.cfm.

Take the next full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  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 Twenty:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

17 PS questions

12 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions.  Within each question type, your first priority should be to finish off any remaining unanswered questions; your second priority should be to re-answer any questions you got “incorrect.”  If, when answering previous incorrect questions, you get the vast majority of them correct on the second time, then the supply of “incorrect” questions will dwindle.  When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

In Volume 3: Word Problems, read Chapters 6-10.

Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

NOTE: When you finish this volume, you should have read every chapter of the MGMAT 10-volume set.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Twenty, Day Six Assignment

1) Go back to http://manhattangmat.com/access.cfm.

Take the last full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  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 Twenty-One:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

17 PS questions

12 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions.  Within each question type, your first priority should be to finish off any remaining unanswered questions; your second priority should be to re-answer any questions you got “incorrect.”  If, when answering previous incorrect questions, you get the vast majority of them correct on the second time, then the supply of “incorrect” questions will dwindle.  When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes.  Review whatever you think you need to review.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Twenty-One, Day Six Assignment

The free GMATPrep software comes with two tests, each of which you can take twice.  These practices tests are made by GMAC itself, so these are the closest practice experience you can have to the real GMAT.  You need to treat these with the same level of seriousness as you will bring to the real GMAT.

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

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into 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.

As much as possible, try to make all the conditions as GMAT-like as possible for this test.  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 Twenty-Two:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

17 PS questions

12 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

2 RC passages and the associated questions

4) In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions.  When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes.  Review whatever you think you need to review.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Twenty-Two, Day Six Assignment

Take another full length GMAT from the first test in the GMATPrep software.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into 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.

As much as possible, try to make all the conditions as GMAT-like as possible for this test.  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 Twenty-Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next 16 videos

In Verbal: the next 11 videos

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

17 PS questions

12 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

2* RC passage and the associated questions

*If you are using the earlier edition, the OG Verbal Review 2014, then do only one RC passage this week.

4) In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions.  When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes.  Review whatever you think you need to review.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Twenty-Three, Day Six Assignment

Take another full length GMAT, the first from the second test in the GMATPrep software.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into 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.

As much as possible, try to make all the conditions as GMAT-like as possible for this test.  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 Twenty-Four:

1) In Magoosh, watch the remaining videos in Math & Verbal.  If you have been following the pace of this plan, you should watch about the same numbers of videos this week and finish the entire library of video lessons for the second time.

2) In the OG Quantitative Review, do

17 PS questions

12 DS questions

3) In the OG Verbal Review, do

11 SC questions

8 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

NOTE: if you have followed the schedule diligently, you should finish both of these books this week.

4) In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions.  When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.

5) Review all your flashcards.  Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Manhattan GMAT Books

Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes.  Review whatever you think you need to review.

7) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing.  Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Twenty-Four, Day Six Assignment

Take another full length GMAT, the second from the second test in the GMATPrep software.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into 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.

As much as possible, try to make all the conditions as GMAT-like as possible for this test.  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.

After Week 24: 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 remaining days until the test, keep up work on GMAT math and verbal.  Some suggestions for what to do:

1) Go back to questions in any of the 3 GMAC books, questions you did a while ago, and do them again.  (This is why it was important not to write in the books.)

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

3) Keep up the outside reading.

4) Keep watching for a third time 15 Magoosh lesson videos a week, on whatever topics you feel you need to review.

5) Keep studying cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

6) Keep going back to the MGMAT books, to review topics about which you are still not sure.

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

8) If you feel you need it, devote one more evening to writing another practice essay, from the topics listed in the OG.

9) If you have more weekend days before the real GMAT, you could buy a book of 3 released paper versions of the GMAT from GMAC, and devote a weekend day to each one.  Also, you could get access to more GMATPrep tests by purchasing Exam Pack 1 and Question Pack 1.

Day before the test:

1) No GMAT preparation all day

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

3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

Day of test

1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST-MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!

2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein

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

Bring to the test

1) A liter of water

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

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

 

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48 Responses to 6 Month GMAT Study Schedule

  1. Pranjali August 13, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    HI Mike..
    I am planning to give GMAT exam in 2016. Right now i am doing full time job in an MNC. Can you please tell me how can i fix this plan into my schedule.

  2. Vaibhav August 11, 2015 at 1:54 am #

    Hi Mike,

    This is a very thorough plan.

    Are there any significant differences between the 5th and 6th editions of MGMAT books? Is the chapter order same in both the books?


    Thanks
    Vaibhav

  3. Erin M July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Hello!

    I fully bought into the Magoosh 6-month study plan! My questions is regarding expected time commitment. I have a full time job and am curious whether the study plan was designed for someone who works or someone who is studying full time? What is the estimated time commitment to complete the assignments each week? I understand this will vary for each individual but there IS a large difference in 7 hours/week versus 20 hours/week.

    Thanks!

  4. RAHUL July 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    I am a full time working professional with 3 years of experience as a business analyst with already a masters degree behind me. Still I need to give my career a big boost and broaden my horizons so I am planning to appear for GMAT next year 2016 most probably in June end. I want to score high to get into one of the top B schools. I will be starting my preparation in Jan-Feb 2016. Now after going through a lot of these forums I am thinking of using Manhattan strategy guides (10 books pack) and the Official guide review for my preparation. I will be adopting a self study approach since I am more comfortable with that apart from the fact that it will be hard for me to enrol in a full time course given my professional commitments. Kindly give your feedback on the above (including the study material) and emphasise more on how to use this study material effectively to get the maximum results I.e. Targeting a score around 750

  5. Swami July 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you very much for putting together not only this resource, but all the blog posts and videos. I’ve just signed up for the Premium subscription and plan to take the test at the end of December. I’m in no hurry to take the test as I’m still a couple years away from applying to b-school, but I wanted to knock off the GMATs and give it plenty of time to study as I’m not the best standardized test taker. Hoping to turn that around with this test :-)

    Q: Do you have a rough idea when this study plan (and possibly the others?) will be updated to account for the 2016 OG? Does the updated plan affect the plan dramatically or just changing question numbers and distribution among days?

    Q2: Also, would you say the 6 month plan is a hybrid of the 3 Month Beginner and 3 Month Advance plans combined or would one need to incorporate all the MGMAT books into this 6 month plan for it to really be a hybrid and the most thorough prep/plan possible?

    Thanks and happy 4th!
    Swami

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike McGarry July 6, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Dear Swami,
      I’m happy to respond, my friend. :-) The new GMAT study schedules will come online next week. They are radically different in their organization, because (a) the number of Magoosh lessons has changed, (b) the number of Magoosh questions has increased, (c) new sources are incorporated. This plan is not really a hybrid of two different three-month plans: the three-month plans are predicated on a three-month arc of learning, whereas the six-month plan is predicated on a six-month arc. It’s entirely another thing.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  6. Ying June 29, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Mike, thanks for a good source of preparing GMAT. You provide “the GMAC Office Guide to the GMAT (OG13)”, but I find a newer vision “The official guide for GMAT review 2015″, would it be better for studying comparing the “GMAC Office Guide to the GMAT (OG13)” ?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike McGarry June 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Dear Ying,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) The short answer is: an OG is an OG is an OG. Actually, the most recent version is the OG 2016. A new version of this study schedule is going to be published soon, and it will reflect the newest version of the OG. Basically, feel free to use any version of the OG with these study plans. If you don’t have one and have to buy one, you might as well buy the newest, but if you own an older one already, use that. Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

  7. Omer Ahmed April 17, 2015 at 4:08 am #

    Mike,

    Thanks for the study plan. It’s really helpful. Just one question, i am bit confused whether each week videos are related to the practice questions for that particular week. Do i have to pick only those questions from OG which are related to the concepts covered in the videos.? or starting OG questions from serial 1 and complete in order. I am asking this for both Math and Verbal Section

    Hope my question is clear to you.

    Best Regards

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike April 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Dear Omer,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) My friend, as anti-intuitive as this may sound, do NOT limit your practice questions to the videos you happen to be learning. Instead, practice ALL topics from the very beginning. See this blog for my philosophy on this:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
      Of course, you will make a number of mistake at the beginning on topics that may not be that familiar. While that’s not necessarily fun, these mistakes can be very productive for your overall success if you learn from them well. See this GRE blog.
      Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Omer April 20, 2015 at 3:18 am #

        Hi Mike,

        Yes it’s clear now. Thanks a lot for your help :-)

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike April 21, 2015 at 10:06 am #

          Dear Omer,
          You are quite welcome, my friend! :-) I’m glad you found that helpful! Best of luck to you following this plan and in your future!
          Mike :-)

  8. Tami January 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for the article :)

    I’m getting ready to begin preparing for GMAT exam. After searching and reading I’ve decided to start by this 6 months plan, but have a quick question for you. Are there any significant differences between the 4th and 5th editions of MGMAT books? As I really want to add MGMAT series to my studying and already have a full set of the 4th edition.

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 12, 2015 at 10:35 am #

      Tami,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) The differences between the 4e and 5e of the MGMAT books are minimum. If you have the full 4e set, just use that: it’s perfectly fine.
      Mike :-)

      • Tami January 12, 2015 at 11:35 am #

        Thank you very much :)

  9. Matt January 11, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Mike,

    So I’m planning to take the GMAT in May/June 2015 and have roughly 20/24 weeks to prep for the exam. I’m starting with no previous GMAT experience and was hoping you could advise on the proper study schedule.

    I’ve been considering starting with the 3 month beginners plan and integrating a 9 week in-person Manhattan GMAT class after completing those 3 months. Could something like this work? I am also considering just using the 6 month study plan outlined above without an in person class.

    What do you think would work well considering my timeframe/experience/study options?

    Thanks so much for your help here. It’s much appreciated.

    Best,
    Matt

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 12, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Matt,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) I would recommend following this six-month plan. Because you may have slightly fewer weeks than the plan recommends, you may have to consolidate a little — move through the lesson video modules at a slightly faster rate, etc. If you have the MGMAT books, that’s a cost-efficient way to get almost all of the MGMAT “wisdom” — the in-person class would be considerably more expensive, but the principle value above and beyond what’s in the books would be the discipline and hand-holding support folks tend to feel in an in-person class. If you are self-motivated and able to generate your own determination, you don’t need that. (You want to get an MBA and be a manager, right?) If you master everything in the Magoosh product and everything in the MGMAT books, you would be a GMAT expert: everything you need for flamboyant success is already there. That’s why I recommend the six-month plan.
      Mike :-)

  10. Richa May 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    Hope you are doing well. :)

    I will come straight to the point. :)

    Some courses that i want to apply for my graduate studies need GRE while others need GMAT. I gave my GRE last year and scored 320 (Q 169, V 151). I am taking GMAT this year in early September and am targeting a score of 750+.

    While going through the 3 months advanced study plan, i found that you have prescribed Manhattan 10 volume series. And as the plan progresses, there is more to do with these books and less of Magoosh videos. I can procure some of these books but getting the entire lot would be very expensive for me. Is there any alternate way?

    I do plan to get for sure Manhattan SC, CR, IR and even RC (with a little stretch on my pocket money though :P) guides for my verbal prep. And since I find myself very comfortable with Maths, i was thinking to use Magoosh Videos instead of doing Math from these guides, Will that be useful?

    The other idea i thought was to squeeze the 6 month plan into 4.5 months with 3-4 hour study on 6 days and additional 4-5 hours on the 7th day. I hope i am not overestimating things and hence need your expert advise here.

    You support is much appreciated.

    Thanks a bunch
    Richa

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike May 16, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Dear Richa,
      I’m happy to respond. :-) First of all, perhaps you have been looking at a few different plans here. This particular six-month plan involves watching all the Magoosh videos twice, and I recommend getting one MGMAT book, simply to get the code for their CATs. If you want to get a few MGMAT books, that’s fine, but in this plan, I didn’t recommend buying the whole set. Also, if you look on GMAT Club, sometimes you will see the MGMAT books sold used for a low price. You will need one new one, for the CAT code, but the others you could probably find used.
      The Magoosh math videos will give you everything you need — if you also read through the content articles on the blog, that will give you another perspective, which will help to deepen your understanding.
      I think it’s find to compress this plan a little and fit it in 4-5 months. I would caution you about filling up all seven days of the week — the mind, like the body, needs down time. That’s not a waste of time: it’s actually part of a healthy learning process. If you do study all seven days, make sure that there is also ample rest, relaxation, and just plain fun as part of your week — having regular doses of that refreshment is vital for keeping the mind sharp.
      Finally, you have an ambitious target score. That’s great. The Magoosh video lessons & questions & video explanations & blog will give you everything you need. It will all pass in front of your eyes. Whether you can take that and get an elite score depends on your ability to focus, to remember, to learn and understand deeply, and to apply in creative out-of-the-box ways. Keep all this in mind as you learn: any half-hearted understanding is simply not enough. You need to know each and everything cold.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Richa May 18, 2014 at 2:59 am #

        Dear Mike,

        Thanks a ton for your sound advise.

        I had been contemplating between 3 months advanced plan and this 6 months plan. But after absorbing what you said, i believe i am very much clear on the study plan i should use.

        So thanks again.

        Richa

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike May 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

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

  11. Nina March 28, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for this plan. I’m planning to take the gmat test after 9 months. I’m gonna start by this 6 months plan and i want really to add the MGMAT 10-volume series to my studying. Is it better to study the MGMAT 10-volume in the 6 months with this plan or study them in the 3 extra months a lone? How much time I need to finish the 10 books?

    Thanks a lot

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike March 28, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Dear Nina,
      Combining this plan with the MGMAT books is an excellent idea. When to do what? In general, I would say: the human brain best integrates information over time, with repeated exposures. Six hours of studying something in one sitting is not nearly as effective as six one-hour segments spaced over different days. The brain needs time to integrate and process, including the memory consolidation that happens in REM sleep.. Therefore, I would say — work the MGMAT books into the plan — that would involving fitting in about 1/2 a book per week. Going through them at a nice slow rate will give your brain a better chance of absorbing every nugget of wisdom they contain. Perhaps after you finish the books once slowly while going through this six month plan, you can revisit only volumes of that set and Magoosh videos in which you feel you need to get more.
      My only caution would be — this plan is designed to “climax” at the end: lots of GMATPrep tests immediately before the real test. If you plan to take the GMAT in 9 months, delay a bit the MGMAT CATs and the GMATPrep tests, the two high quality test sources, until closer to your test day. You could fill in with some lower quality tests earlier in the plan, just to practice your test-taking habits.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Nina March 28, 2014 at 11:06 am #

        Thanks a lot for your fast reply and explanation. It makes sense :)

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike March 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

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

  12. Anmol Kukreja March 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Hi Mike

    I am planning to give my gmat in July/August 2014 because the applications for colleges will start in the month of september. So i am planning to start with the 6 months course, though i have just 5 months in hand…Please help.

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike March 6, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Dear Anmol,
      Well, it’s easier to add than to subtract, so I will say: pick the three-month plan that works best for you. Start with a month of just watching the Magoosh videos, and maybe doing practice questions you find on this blog and on GMAT Club — the more recent blog articles here will have questions that aren’t in the Magoosh product. Do that for a month or six weeks, and then start the three-month plan from scratch — that way, you will see most of the Magoosh videos twice, which will reinforce your learning, and you will finish close to test time. Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • Anmol Kukreja March 10, 2014 at 4:41 am #

        Hi Mike

        Thanks for your answer.Yes,it makes a lot of sense for me.Thanks for your time Mike.

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike March 10, 2014 at 10:25 am #

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

  13. Chris January 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Mike,

    I am currently in my UG and have about 8 months to study for the GMAT. I am aiming for at 620-650. How hard is it going to be to get in the mid to low 600’s if I spend at least an hour a day for 8 months?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Chris,
      First of all, I’ll recommend this blog post:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/how-hard-is-the-gmat/
      The frustrating answer is: it depends. If you can sit down, take a GMAT cold, and already get a score in this range, then its very easy. If you take a cold GMAT, and get in the 400’s, then getting there will be hard. I would definitely recommend taking a practice GMAT, say in a used book, with virtually no preparation, just to give yourself a sense of your baseline.
      Mike :-)

  14. Stewart January 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Mike,

    If a reader were to have a longer time frame, say maybe one to two years, would it be practical to start studying the 6 month plan and redo the magoosh study plan once finished?

    I personally won’t be taking it for 2 years but I would like to get a head start. What would you recommend the best path be for me?

    Thanks

    Stew

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike January 9, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      Dear Stew,
      I always like a student who plans ahead! Taking this long approach to the GMAT gives you an overwhelming advantage compared to most other folks. A couple suggestions. First of all, don’t touch a calculator for the next couple years — get in the habit of doing all kinds of math (tips, gas mileage, grocery totals) in your head. Also, develop a habit of serious reading — good challenging academic material. See:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
      Since you have the time, read through this entire free blog: if you can integrate every tip on this blog, you will be a GMAT superstar.
      I would also recommend: buy a cheap GMAT book, really anything you can find at a used book store, and just take a practice GMAT cold. Do that sometime soon. Understand, the score may not be a hyper-accurate prediction, but you will do this just to get a sense of your relative strengths and weaknesses. If there’s a particular question type or a particular content area that you find especially perplexing, perhaps you should do some focused work with that before you begin a formal study plan. Once you begin a formal plan, taking a year to go through this same six-month plan twice would be a very powerful and thorough way to prepare for the GMAT. If you have any further questions about additional resources as you prepare, you are welcome to solicit my advice in the Magoosh forum of GMAT Club:
      http://gmatclub.com/forum/magoosh-324/
      Best of luck to you, my friend.
      Mike :-)

  15. Sid November 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    This study schedule is incredibly helpful and I am so grateful to you all at magoosh.

    I am debating whether I should follow the 3 or 6 month study plan. I am intending to start applications in March 2014. If I follow the 3 month plan I would complete the GMAT before I start applications. This would also give me time to retake it if necessary. However, I scored a mediocre 420 on my first practice GMAT and I think a more in depth study plan (i.e. 6 months) may be necessary.

    What do you think?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike November 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Dear Sid,
      It’s a bit hard to say without knowing your situation, but given that you have plenty of time before application deadlines next year, I would recommend the six-month plan, only because spending more time studying would give you a more thorough preparation.
      Mike :-)

      • Sid November 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

        Thank you! What would you say are the main differences between the 3 and 6 month schedule? It looks like you would take more practice tests in the 6 month version. I am asking because I think I’ll do the 3 month plan and then tack on more prep if I am not satisfied with my score. In that case, it would be helpful to know what to cover :)

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike November 15, 2013 at 9:46 am #

          Sid,
          The six month plan, in addition to more practice tests, has more reading and involves viewing the lesson videos twice, with each viewing a few months apart. If you want to do a three-month plan, then maybe another, I would suggest one of the first three three-month plans on the first round of studying, and then if you want more, follow the advanced three-month plan in the second round. Don’t underestimate outside reading as an important part of GMAT preparations. Does all this make sense?
          Mike :-)

          • Sid November 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

            That’s an excellent idea. When you say ‘outside reading’ are you referring to magazines, articles, newspapers, etcetera where you can read about real-life quant problems that are applicable to the GMAT (and b-school)?

  16. Quandra November 13, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I have 8 of the Manhattan GMAT books. My question is how would I incorporate the Manhattan study material with the 6 month magoosh study guide?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike November 13, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Dear Quandra,
      This is a 24-week plan, so if you plan to work your way through 1/2 a book each week, that will get you through the whole set easily by the end, even leaving time for a second reading of anything you found difficult. Don’t worry about trying to coordinate MGMAT content with Magoosh content — just read the MGMAT books in any order. Hearing the same concepts explained in different ways at different times will actually help your brain to learn it more deeply.
      Mike :-)

  17. James Foley September 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Mike,

    Thank you for the article I do appreciate it. When you say “starting more or less from scratch” are you assuming that I as a student have not done any GMAT prep? Or is there a base knowledge expectation beyond the BA degree and some years on the work force?

    • Mike McGarry
      Mike September 29, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      James,
      By “more or less from scratch”, I do mean: starting from a place where you know zero about the GMAT. I assume you have taken an SAT, way back at some point, so you are not brand new to standardized testing, and I assume you have a college degree and some work experience, but besides that, there is absolutely no minimum expectation. That’s where this schedule begins. Does this make sense?
      Mike :-)

      • James Foley October 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

        Mike,

        Thank you yes it does.

        • Mike McGarry
          Mike October 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

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


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