## What We Mean By GMAT Study Guide

Some people use the term “study guide” to simply mean a book that can help you prep for the GMAT, such Manhattan GMAT and the The Official Guide for GMAT Review (see our reviews of GMAT prep resources). In this post, however, “study guide” means a full study schedule, with recommended activities and prep books.

## The 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners: Getting Started

OK, you are starting more or less from scratch, and you want to prepare for the GMAT in three months. You need a strategic plan to organize yourself. I designed four different versions of the Three Month Plan, and I need you to start with a little self-diagnosis. Which sounds most like you? 🙂 If it would help you decide, you can take the Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test.

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

**FAQ: This is a beginner’s plan: should I follow this plan if I want to get a 700+ score? **

This plan covers the full range of Magoosh lessons on all topics, from the format of the GMAT to advanced concepts. If you follow this plan diligently, all the information you will need for an elite +700 score will pass before your eyes. How well you do will depend on everything you bring: how quickly you learn, how deeply you remember, how well you assimilate and integrate, how astutely you discern connections, how diligent you are, how conscientious you are, and how dedicated you are. See this blog for more about getting the most out of a study plan.

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

*Resources to have:*

1) GMAC’s *The Official Guide for GMAT Review *(OG): The newest edition is the OG2017. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one. If you happen to own either the OG2016, 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) Any single volume of the 9-volume Manhattan GMAT series. These books are about the best material available in hard-copy print form. Pick the volume you think would help you the most, whether math, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, or Sentence Correction, and either use it as a reference book or work through it anywhere you can fit it into this plan—during extra time on various Day Sixes, for example. The primary reason you are getting this volume is to get the code in the inside back cover: that code will give you access to one MGMAT online GMAT CAT, which you will take later in this plan. (See the note below on “Practice Tests During This Plan”).

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:

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. 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 2-3 hours a day, for five days a week, and then a good 4-5 stint on the weekend (“Day Six”) — with a day off on the weekend as well. If you would rather free up some week nights, and move some of the material into the other weekend day, you are welcome to do that. Note: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 1-2 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students.

13) Magoosh’s free Study Timer app for iPhone/iPad for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. *Currently only available in iTunes.*

**Links to reviews of required GMAT study guide books and resources:**

We understand you may want to “look before you leap” and learn more about these resources before you spend your time and money on them. So we’ve made a set of reviews for the most important resources in this GMAT study guide.

We also provide some reviews to books that are *not* listed in this study schedule, but may be useful to you. Check everything out by looking through the links below:

Magoosh eBooks and flashcards (free) Read the review | GMAT forums (free)Read the review | Manhattan GMATRead the review |

The Official Guide for GMAT Review (from GMAC) Read the review | NovaRead the review | PowerScoreRead the review |

If you don’t have all of the required resources above, we encourage you to order them ASAP. (Or find them on the Web for free ASAP, in the case of some of the items listed above.)

*Practice Tests During This Plan:*

This study plan is designed to accommodate a large number of practice tests, for students who feel that the repeated experience will best prepare them for the GMAT. Most of these take place in the second half of the plan. You have a choice to make about how many practice GMATs you want to take.

1) You will take one Magoosh practice test toward the beginning of the schedule. If you don’t foresee yourself taking more than 2-3 practice test after that, then get the single MGMAT book for single MGMAT practice test, take this on any Day Six. Fill the other Day Sixes with any studying you think would most benefit you, and take the two GMAT Prep tests at the end.

2) If you want take the maximum number of practice GMATs that this plan will accommodate—and many students feel this repeated practice experience helps them to acclimate to the conditions of the real GMAT—then there are two ways one can get all six of the MGMAT practice. One would be to buy the whole set of MGMAT books: I would recommend this if you imagine that you will have a great deal of extra time and would like to devote that time to more high quality resources. A quicker and cheaper way to get the six MGMAT practice tests would be to pay $50 to buy the 6 MGMAT Practice GMAT CATs by themselves.

*Abbreviations:*

OG = the GMAC Official Guide

PS = Problem Solving, the multiple-choice math questions

DS = Data Sufficiency math questions

RC = Reading Comprehension verbal question

SC = Sentence Correction verbal question

CR = Critical Reasoning verbal question

IR = Integrated Reasoning question, a separate section unto itself

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

*General notes:*

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

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

**A note about additional materials: **** **

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

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

### Week One, Day One

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

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

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

### Week One, Day Two

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

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

__Intro to the GMAT__: all ten videos

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

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

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

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

4) In the OG

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

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

*Whenever you do OG questions, always check your answers when you are done with the batch, and read the explanation of anything you got wrong. Take notes in your journal on anything you need to remember from the solutions. Note that not all the OG explanations are of high quality, and some are not good at all. As an alternative, for all the questions in the OG, you can see much better explanations in our **video solutions**. *

5) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

6) Read the blog article Overcome GMAT Anxiety

### Week One, Day Three

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

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

__Math__: the first six lesson videos

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

a) DS to the end of the Quantitative Section

b) CR section to the end of the eBook

4) In the OG

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

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

5) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

6) Read the blog article Beating GMAT Stress

### Week One, Day Four

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

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

__AWA__: all five videos

3) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

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

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

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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

### Week One, Day Five

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

2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

3) In the OG

Do 16 PS questions

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

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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

Because there are dozens of different ways one might choose to implement the recommendations of these four “stress reduction” blogs, this schedule does not itemize any specific tasks along these lines. Nevertheless, insofar as you can practice some of these habits 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

4) In the OG

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

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

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

6) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Study the cards in the first deck, Basic I.

### Week Two, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

NOTE: After the Intro to Data Sufficiency module, some of the opening modules are very basic math. This plan is designed for someone who needs to watch every single video. If you feel you know some of this basic concepts well already, be your own judge: don’t force yourself to sit through a math lesson in which you know everything. You can click ahead, and just check the summary at the end to make sure there was nothing you needed. If an entire module looks basic to you, then you could just take the quiz at the end: if you ace the quiz, you probably don’t need to sit through the module. You can always go back later and brush up on one thing you missed. Skipping some videos will put you ahead in the schedule, and you will have more time to review video lessons at the end.

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

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

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

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

### Week Two, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

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

### Week Two, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

4) 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.

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### Week Two, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

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

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

### Week Two, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

NOTE: as you finish with math & 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 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Two, Day Six

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

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

2) In the OG, read the Integrated Reasoning section

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

4) Read the entire Magoosh IR eBook.

5) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

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

### Week Three, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

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

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

### Week Three, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Three, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

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### Week Three, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

### Week Three, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Three, Day Six

1) Go to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do all the Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-18, setting yourself a 45 minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 IR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

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

### Week Four, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

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

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

### Week Four, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Integrated Reasoning__: the first eight lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

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

### Week Four, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

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### Week Four, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Integrated Reasoning__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Four, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Four, Day Six

1) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. Once again, this site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do the remaining 38 IR questions, in three batches, with the following times: six Table Analysis (15 minutes); ten Graphics Interpretation (25 minutes); and sixteen Two-Part Analysis questions (40 minutes). When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

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

### Week Five, 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 Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

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

### Week Five, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Integrated Reasoning__: the last five lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

### Week Five, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

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### Week Five, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

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

### Week Five, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### 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.

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### Week Six, 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 Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

### Week Six, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Six, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

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### Week Six, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

### Week Six, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Six, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

### Week Seven, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the 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 Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

### Week Seven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Seven, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

** **

### Week Seven, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

### Week Seven, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Seven, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

### Week Eight, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

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

### Week Eight, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

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

### Week Eight, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

** **

### Week Eight, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Eight, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### 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.

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

### Week Nine, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

### Week Nine, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

** **

### Week Nine, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next seven lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 16 CR questions

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

### Week Nine, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Nine, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

### Week Ten, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 3 RC passage with all the associated questions

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

### Week Ten, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next six lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Ten, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 DS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

** **

### Week Ten, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next six lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 DS questions

Do 3 RC passages with all the associated questions*

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

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

### Week Ten, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

### Week Ten, Day Six

1) Take the last online MGMAT CAT test.

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

### Week Eleven, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

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

### Week Eleven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next six lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 16 CR questions

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

### Week Eleven, Day Three

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In OG

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

Do 11 SC questions

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

### Week Eleven, Day Four

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the next six lesson videos

2) In OG

Do the remaining DS questions

Do 16 SC questions

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

### Week Eleven, Day Five

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the next six lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 PS questions

Do 13 CR questions

### 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.

3) Magoosh Flashcards

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

### Week Twelve, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Verbal__: the last few lesson videos

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 10 CR questions

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

### Week Twelve, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

__Math__: the last few lesson videos

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 6 CR questions

Do 2 RC passages with all the associated questions

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

### Week Twelve, Day Three

1) Watch any six Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In Magoosh

Do 12 PS questions

Do 11 SC questions

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

** **

### Week Twelve, Day Four

1) Watch any six Magoosh lesson videos an additional time

2) In OG

Do 16 PS questions

Do 6 CR questions

Do 12 SC questions

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

### Week Twelve, Day Five

1) Watch any six 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

### 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.

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.

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

## After Week 12: Concentrated Review

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

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

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

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

4) Continue reviewing all the Magoosh flashcards.

5) Continue Mental Math Practice every day.

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

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

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

## Day before the test:

1) No GMAT preparation all day

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

3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

## Day of test:

1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!

2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein

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

## Bring to the test:

1) A liter of water

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

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

For relaxation tips, see this post.

## Bonus: Review the Official Web Pages for GMAT Test Day

Being relaxed and confident on test day is key to doing well on the GMAT. And the best way to know what to expect is to get information from the actual makers of the test. MBA.com has a number of web pages to help you know what to expect on test day:

- Take a Tour of the Test Center
- The Interactive GMAT Prep Timeline
- View Country Specific Test Center Regulations
- Planning for Your Test Day
- Exam Day Advice from Test Takers
- GMAT Test Center Checklist
- Presenting Proper Identification
- Palm Vein Reader Biometric Identification
- GMAT Exam Administration Rules
- Rights and Responsibilities of GMAT Test Takers

And of course, you can also check out the main official “Prepare For the GMAT” web page.

Going though these links from MBA.com (the official website for the GMAT) is an optional end-of-study-plan activity. But you may find that some or all of the links above help you feel more prepared for the test than ever.

*Want to know the GMAT score needed to get into the top business schools? Check out this infographic of GMAT scores for MBA programs!*