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3 Month GMAT Study Guide for Beginners

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:

GMAT Reading List

We recommend outside reading, over and above any GMAT-specific materials, because a habit of reading is one of the best ways to improve your GMAT verbal score across the board.  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.

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:

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Magoosh eBooks
and flashcards (free)

Read the review

 
GMAT forums (free)
Read the review
 
Manhattan GMAT
Read the review
 
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The Official Guide
for GMAT Review
(from GMAC)

Read the review
 
Nova
Read the review
 
PowerScore
Read 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

Typical Flaws in AWA Prompts

AWA Strategies

Brainstorming for the AWA

AWA Example Essay

4) In the OG

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

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

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

6) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Study the cards in the first deck, Basic I.

 

Week Two, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

 

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Three, Day Six

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

2) In Magoosh

Do 15 IR questions

3) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards

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

 

Week Four, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Four, Day Six

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Five, Day Six

1) Using the code in the back of the MGMAT volume you bought, log into the MGMAT website and take the first online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Six, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

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.

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

 

Week Six, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Six, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Seven, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the 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.

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.

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

 

Week Seven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Seven, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Eight, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

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.

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

 

Week Eight, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Eight, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

NOTE: Look ahead at the upcoming Day Sixes and think about your test date.  If Week 12, Day 6 is the day immediately before your real test, you don’t want to take a practice test then.  I would recommend dropping the last MGMAT test, so you can fit two GMAT Prep tests in right before the end of the schedule.  Just be thinking about all of this ahead of time, so you don’t have to make last-minute-panic changes.

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Nine

NOTE: As you approach the end of the plan, the number of Magoosh questions remaining will be different for different folks, depending on how many quizzes you took.  This could make a particular difference in math, if you took several quiz multiple times.  If you took each quiz only once, you should finish most the Magoosh questions in the last week of the schedule, but if you took some quizzes multiple times you may run out of unanswered questions before the end of the schedule.  If that’s the case, start answering questions you’ve seen before, especially ones that you already got wrong: that’s an excellent way to see whether you have learned from your mistakes.

Week Nine, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

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.

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

 

Week Nine, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Nine, Day Six

1) Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Ten, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

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.

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

 

Week Ten, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Ten, Day Six

1) Take the last online MGMAT CAT test.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Eleven, Day One

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the next 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.

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.

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

 

Week Eleven, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Eleven, Day Six

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

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

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

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

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

3) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

Week Twelve, Day One

1) Watch 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.

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.

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

 

Week Twelve, Day Two

1) Watch Magoosh lesson videos

Math: the 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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

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

 

Week Twelve, Day Six (if this is NOT the day before the real GMAT):

1) Take the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.

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

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

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

2) Magoosh Flashcards

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

 

After Week 12: Concentrated Review

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

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

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

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

4) Continue reviewing all the Magoosh flashcards.

5) Continue Mental Math Practice every day.

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

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

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

 

Day before the test:

1) No GMAT preparation all day

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

3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

 

Day of test:

1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!

2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein

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

 

Bring to the test:

1) A liter of water

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

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

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:

  1. Take a Tour of the Test Center
  2. The Interactive GMAT Prep Timeline
  3. View Country Specific Test Center Regulations
  4. Planning for Your Test Day
  5. Exam Day Advice from Test Takers
  6. GMAT Test Center Checklist
  7. Presenting Proper Identification
  8. Palm Vein Reader Biometric Identification
  9. GMAT Exam Administration Rules
  10. 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!

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167 Responses to 3 Month GMAT Study Guide for Beginners

  1. Abhishek Pulicherla January 23, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    Hello,
    I have started studying GMAT for about a month.I received coaching from outside.But i was not satisfied with the results I got in practice tests.So i got a Premium Magoosh subscription and I want to go through my preparation with one of your study plans.But i am a little confused as to what study plan should I choose.I want to take my exam in two months from now. Any suggestions?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am #

      Hi Abhishek,

      Given that you have a Premium Magoosh subscription, please note that you have access to email assistance from our tutors through our “Help” icon on each Magoosh page. A tutor should be reaching out to you shortly! Have a great day Abhishek! 😀

  2. Shradha November 20, 2016 at 6:19 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I have today itself subscribed to premium membership. I am planning to take GMAT in February, and have a very tight work schedule. Which plan should I follow? Does GMAT 3 month plan for beginners cover the advanced practice as well?

    I have a really hectic work schedule, but I really need to crack GMAT as well. Just starting but don’t know how to fit in everything. I am weak in verbal. Too many questions, but a little direction on how to start will be really helpful. Please suggest.

    Many thanks
    Shradha

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      Hi Shradha,

      Yes, if you’re just kicking off with your studies, I would recommend the 3-Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners. It will help you build a strong foundation in both Verbal and Math before diving into more advanced material. Note that “beginner” doesn’t mean your skills are those of a beginner. Rather, it means that you’re a beginner in your studies. Also, given your hectic schedule, please note that you can adapt the study schedules as you please.

  3. Michelle September 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    Hey Mike!

    I started studying for the GMAT on my own for about two weeks until a friend suggested I use Magoosh to better help me prepare for the exam. Studying on my own was okay but now that i purchased Magoosh. I can really see myself understanding the information better. My exam is on November 5th, I’m following the 3month plan because I know I need some refresher with the content but I’m nervous that I won’t be able to get through all the material before my exam. I was thinking on moving to the 1month (daily) but I’m afraid that It might be too much to learn in a short amount of time. Should I just stay with the 3month plan and double on the days? Any suggestions?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2016 at 6:11 am #

      Hi Michelle,

      Sicne you’re a premium member, I’ve sent this question through to our team of experts. You should hear from them via email soon. 🙂

  4. Carolina September 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    I started studying a couple of weeks ago, following the beginners plan I find the problems in the OG very easy, I have not passed number 48, but I feel they are not challenging enough, unlike in Magoosh where I find problems more difficult (I use the adaptive option to practice). Do you think is because I should do more problems in the OG and as I move forward the difficulty level increases? what do you recommend?
    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

      The GMAT OG isn’t adaptive, so the problems won’t become increasingly difficult as you move through the OG. However, you definitely will start to encounter some difficult problems as you keep moving through the OG– they’ll be mixed in with the easy and intermediate problems.

      One other thing you might want to do is go through the official online question sets that come with the book. You can access them by going to gmat.wiley.com and using the access code from the inside back cover of your OG. These online question sets aren’t adaptive either, but Wiley does have a feature where you can select questions of a certain difficulty level. You could focus just on hard official GMAT questions with this feature.

  5. hunzah AHMAD August 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    Hey,
    I bought the 2017 OC and I have no idea how to integrate to 2016
    are many of the questions same or should i return this and get 2016
    which is kind of hard to find as a bundle

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

      Hi Hunzah,

      The OG 2017 is pretty new, which is why the change wasn’t reflected in the study schedule. The versions are similar, and you can follow the 2017 guide even though the study schedule mentions the 2016 one. Just be aware that there are some corrections that you must be aware of for the 2017 version.

  6. Milana August 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi! I actually just purchased the newest OG – OG2017. Can someone kindly advise how to integrate this into the practice problems I need to do per the above, 3 Month Study Plan? If my understanding is correct, Magoosh offers in depth explanations for problems in the OG2013; am I just out of luck then? 🙁

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi Milana,

      You aren’t out of luck! While we don’t have explanations readily available, if you are a premium member, we will still support questions on any OG material! 🙂

      • shubh February 17, 2017 at 10:07 am #

        Hi Sir 🙂
        I am a premium member . How will you support on OG 17 material ? via mail ???

  7. Gabriel August 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    Hello Magoosh,

    Background: I just graduated from a state university this May, and now work full time in IT project coordination for a fortune 100 company. I graduated with a 3.43 GPA and studied business with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems. In conclusion, I don’t remember ANY math outside of the finance world, and consider myself starting at ground zero. I am much more confident in the qualitative department, but still hardly confident at that.

    I have already purchased the OG 2016 Guide, and the 10-book MGMAT 6th edition set. I plan to take the GMAT in about 10.5 months from now (trust me, I need the time to study).

    What route would you recommend I take? Would it make sense to work through this 3-month beginner schedule, then the 3-month advanced schedule? Or maybe throw something in between those? Ill be grateful for any advice I can get 🙂

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

      Congratulations on graduating and getting a great job right out of school, Gabriel! Doing a 3 month beginner schedule followed by a 3 month advanced schedule is definitely one route you could go. You could also probably go for our 6 month intermediate schedule, followed by the 3 month advanced schedule. For that matter, you might want to start out with our three month math focused plan, then go to our three month Verbal plan, and then go on to our three month advanced plan. There really are a lot of different approaches you could take to this. as you weight your many good options, keep looking at our main GMAT study plan page, where every plan is linked.

  8. Anu June 25, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Hi Mike,

    If I follow this plan exactly, will I finish all the practice question in Magoosh and OG ?

    I have the OG 2017, can you please tell me where can I find the video explanations for the questions?

    Many Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      Hi Anu,

      I’ve send this through to our team to answer via personal email. They’ll get back to you soon! 🙂

  9. AiDuK January 19, 2016 at 7:41 am #

    Hi everyone,

    First of all, thank you for all those articles. It’s very helpfull to prepare the GMAT.

    In this 3 month GMAT study schedule, when I have to do questions (PS, DS, SC, CR, RC), should I use a timer and stop the question above 2 minutes in order to be close to the real GMAT and train the closest; or should I take more time and try to reach the correct answer ?

    Thank you

    AiDuK

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2016 at 11:28 am #

      Hi AiDuK,

      Good question! If you are early in your studies, careful reading and depth of study is more important than strict timing, and I would suggest not keeping yourself to a 2-minute limit like that. As you progress and get stronger, imposing timing can help, but I still don’t recommend holding each question to 2 minutes. Instead, set up a section (or half section!) of practice problems for yourself and work within the more free constraints of the test. That means that you might sit down to do 20-21 verbal problems in 37-38 minutes (a half verbal section).

      This is better because some questions need more than 2 minutes, but this means that you’ll need to make up that time elsewhere. Being able to work on this triage skill throughout your studies can be really helpful! 🙂

  10. Michael September 20, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    Thanks for sharing this schedule – I’ve found it extremely helpful. However, I was wondering, why is the plan based on six-day weeks rather than seven-day weeks? Thanks

  11. mebel jati murah September 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I
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  12. Usman August 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Just a quick question. I am following the 3 month GMAT plan for beginners and I am confused with one thing.

    When you guys say, do 10 PS or do 15 DS questions – do you guys mean the PS/DS questions related to the videos that we cover on that specific day? Like for example, If I just finished watching videos on Algebra and Geometry – Do i select questions related to Algebra and Geometry only? Or should I just start practicing random questions on Magoosh and OG16?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike McGarry August 25, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      Dear Usman,
      I’m happy to respond my friend. 🙂 I am going to ask you: did you read the “NOTES” in Week I, Day IV? I knew folks doing this study plan would have this very question, so in the second note under item #3 on that day, the very first time in the plan that students do Magoosh practice questions, I give a detailed answer to your question. I simply knew lots of students would be confused on this point, so I spelled everything out in detail in that NOTE.
      The short answer is: you should not focus your practice on what you just learned; instead, you should do random questions. For more of the logic about why we recommend this, please read that NOTE in Week I, Day IV.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Usman August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

        Hi Mike,

        Thank you so much for your reply. I like the random questions approach. 🙂

      • Usman August 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

        Thank you so much for your reply Mike. 🙂

        Another quick question, do you guys have recorded videos of OG16 as I am following the study session with that book?

  13. ss August 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    Is there a PDF version for the beginner study plan?

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan August 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      Hi ss!

      We haven’t yet made PDF versions of the GMAT study plans. It’s a great idea, though – thanks for sharing!

      Jessica

  14. Abhi July 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi Team,

    Thanks for some really great resources on studying for the GMAT. I subscribed to the 1 year premium plan, and its the best study material I’ve come across!
    I just had a quick question, with regards to the OG2016, would you be publishing the video explanations for the questions in that book as well?

    Thanks!
    -Abhi

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan July 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Abhi!

      We’re so glad you enjoy our materials! 🙂

      Thanks for asking your question! The short answer is yes. The long answer is that many of the questions in the OG2016 are exactly the same as questions in the OG2014, so you can already find some of the video explanations here: http://gmat.magoosh.com/forum/books/15-official-guide-for-the-gmat-2015-14th-ed

      We’ll be publishing a page soon for the OG2016 referencing the correct numbers for the questions.

      Thanks!
      Jessica

      • Abhi July 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

        Hi Jessica,

        Thanks for your reply, good to know that there are explanations already for some of the questions! 🙂

        -Abhi

  15. Kelvin July 20, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    What is the best way to get the Manhattan GMAT material? Is it necessary I purchase the books or can I just get the online access? Does purchasing 1 of 9 get you the same access? This would be a steep discount.

  16. Ela Selvaraj July 8, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Hello Mike,

    Couple of days before I subscribed to Magoosh premium product and went through the 3-month study plan. As I see in the beginning, the 12-week plan shall be updated in coming days. Could you confirm whether the above plan is the updated version or old version? If it’s the old version, should I wait for the updated plan?

    Thanks

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette Jung July 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

      Hi, Ela! We just updated today, so check out the message at the top of this plan! 🙂

      • Ela Selvaraj July 9, 2015 at 11:47 am #

        Hi Margarette,

        That’s perfect timing… thanks for the update !

  17. David June 13, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    Hi there,

    I’m a non English speaker who wants to take the GMAT exam in 3-4 months time to apply for a MBA masters. According with some universities I would like to apply to I need to get 680-700 points but I haven’t start yet. Do you think that score is achiable? (I currently have a full time work). I’m an engineer so I guess that would help with the math part. Which plan would you recommend for me?

    Thanks in advance!

  18. Justin May 15, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Mike,

    I just started the 3 Month Study Plan for Beginners two weeks ago. Since you guys will be updating the plans in about a month, will I be able to pick up in the new plan at the same spot that I was at in the current one?

    Thanks,
    Justin

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig May 19, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Justin,

      Great question. 🙂

      The updated study plans will be similar to the current versions, but different enough that it would be challenging to move seamlessly from, say, week 4 in the current plan to week 5 in the updated plan.

      I’ll be sure to keep the current plans available for another 6 months or so, so that any student who wishes to stick with the plan that he/she started with can do so without any issues.

      My advice would be to keep prepping with the study plan that you started with. My even better advice would be to look through both plans (current and updated) carefully, and figure out how you can adapt the updated version in a way that would allow you to move from the current version to the new version without missing out on any topics. That way you can use the updated materials, and just adapt them based on the prep that you’ve already done.

      And, of course, if you have any questions along the way, you can ask them here or email help@magoosh.com – we’d be happy to help you adapt our updated study plans to your needs. 🙂

      Best of luck with your GMAT prep!
      Rita

  19. Samayita May 3, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Hi,

    I see that Official Guide 13 is mentioned whereas the current one is Version 15. Does this study plan needs update or is it valid except the version of the official guide. Thanks for your response.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 4, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

      Dear Samayita:
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 The answer is: it doesn’t matter in the least! You see, the OG13 and OG2015 are identical in their print versions, all the same except for the covers. See:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/the-official-gmat-guide-2015/
      We actually will be updating the plan in about a month for other reasons, but the upgrade in the OG doesn’t make a shred of difference for this plan, because physical hard-copy books are identical.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Samayita May 5, 2015 at 4:59 am #

        Yes Mike. Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

          Dear Samayita,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. 🙂 Best of luck to you in your studies!
          Mike 🙂

      • Emma June 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

        Hi Mike – I’m just beginning my GMAT preparation. It looks like there’s a newer version of the OG – 2016 (black cover). Should I be buying that version instead? Will I be able to use that version for the Beginner study guide?

        Thanks,
        Emma.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike McGarry June 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

          Dear Emma,
          This schedule, which will updated in a couple weeks, has been designed for the OG13, which is identical to the OG2015. See:
          http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/the-official-gmat-guide-2015/
          I haven’t seen the OG2015, but if the numbers of questions stays about the same, there shouldn’t be any problem using this new edition with the schedule.
          I hope this helps.
          Mike 🙂

  20. Ali April 10, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Hi Mike!

    I wanted to ask you, what are the differences in the study plans between Plans A/B/C/D, I understand the main thing. But if you get down to the specifics. Will choosing the wrong plan make a significant change? Is it correctable half way through it?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike April 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

      Ali,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 If you choose plan A, there’s no loss: you will see everything, and all the information you need to score above 700 will pass before your eyes. The only problem is: if, say, you are really good at math, plan A might bore you, might waste your time, reviewing what you already know thoroughly. That’s why the other plans were created. If you have any doubt about which plan you should follow, just follow plan A.
      If you follow plan A, and a few lessons are easy, just skip ahead to the lesson summaries, and only watch the full lesson if there are points you don’t get. You can “micro-tailor” the plan to fit your needs, without switching plans.
      My friend, this is a very hard thing to understand, but what plan you follow is a relatively small variable. The biggest variable is YOU. How well do you study? How well do you focus? How hard are you prepared to work? How dedicated are you? How deeply do you understand? How much information do you retain? How good are you at making connections? How good are you at apprehending patterns? All of those things will make a much, much bigger difference that what plan you follow. See this blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/
      Don’t put much effort and anxiety into picking the right plan: just pick one and get to work. Be much more concerned about how to bring the very best of yourself to each and every moment of studying: that’s where your focus should be!
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  21. Ami October 19, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Hi

    I am following the study plan and noticed that whenever it tells me to watch the math videos…it doesn’t specify which math videos…should i be watching them in order? first DS and then Fractions?

    Thanks
    Ami

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike October 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      Ami,
      I’m happy to respond! 🙂 My friend, we put them in that order for a reason: later lessons depend on earlier lessons. Yes, by all means, watch the video lessons in the order in which they are listed.
      Mike 🙂

  22. Yaz October 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for this plan, I think it will help me plenty in achieving my 600 + score. I have one question though, how do you choose the practice problems from the dashboard when you are in the first or second week of studying – do you select custom practice and select for example only arithmatic questions ?

    Thanks,

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike October 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      Dear Yaz,
      My friend, we designed the plans so that you would be doing mixed practice from the get-go. See:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
      This is hard, because we know you will make mistakes at the beginning, but making these mistake and learning from them is a vitally important part of the overall learning process. Do all topics whenever you practice.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  23. Laura S September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    First I want to say I very much enjoy Magoosh approach to teaching for GMAT.

    This is my second week studying and I’m following the three month plan for begginers. Although it says it’s only couple if hours a day I’m already behind and I study at least 4. Also I worry that I’m not getting much practice as the videos and reading takes a lot of time. Have you seen students getting a 700 studying 3 month from a beginner stage? Or is this just unrealistic?

    Thanks,

    Laura

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

      Dear Laura,
      As we say in the “note” to Resources, #9 — many folks find that the assignments take 2 hours, although some find that it takes more. Apparently you are a student for whom it is taking more, at least in the early stages. You may have to use a little more time on weekends to catch up. Everybody is different: trust your own style of learning. Thorough is better than quick.
      Can someone study use this plan and get a 700? Of course. Read this post carefully:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • LauraS September 18, 2014 at 1:45 am #

        Thanks Mike! 🙂 I’m heading towards Excellence and it definitely comes from my heart 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike September 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

          Dear Laura,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. I wish you all the heart in the world!
          Mike 🙂

  24. Ami September 17, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    I am thinking about starting the 3 month for beginners study plan. I have the MGMAT books already (older edition)…do you think it would be a good idea to incorporate this into the study plan? I see that you have done it for the advance plan but not this one…just wondering why?

    Thanks

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Dear Ami,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂
      In this plan, one watches ALL the Magoosh videos. In the advanced plan, folks watch very few Magoosh videos, so there’s more time. It’s purely a time issue. If you feel you can follow this plan, doing full justice to all parts of it, and still have the time to study the MGMAT books with all the focus & depth that they deserve, then by all means, go ahead! Use the MGMAT books! Just remember — covering several sources superficially is not as valuable as learning the material once in depth. Use more materials if you have time, but be careful not to sacrifice quality of studying for quantity.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  25. Joi September 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I have taken the GMAT before and did not get into the school I had hoped to get into,
    I have purchased magoosh and I have 2 months to take the test but I see there are only study guides for 1 or 3 months,
    What do you suggest?

    Thank you.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Dear Joi,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 The one-month plan keeps an intense pace. I would say: follow the Mon-Fri part of that one-month plan at half pace, spreading each day’s work over two days. That will allow you to everything more thoroughly. For the weekends, buy at least on of the MGMAT books, so you get access to their CATs, so you can do additional CATS on the weekends, saving the GMAT Prep for closer to the end.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  26. Behnam September 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    I just started the 3 month GMAT study schedule for beginners and I bought the OG 2015 to use it whenever the schedule asks me to do so. In the second day of the first week of the schedule, it says “Read the introduction to the Problem Solving section, and do 10 PS”; I checked the book and the Problem Solving section is numbered “5” and is starting at the page number 148, there are only 2-3 pages before the section starts with the practice questions; my question is that by saying “Read the introduction to the Problem Solving section…” do you mean those 2-3 pages or am I missing something here?

    Regards,
    Behnam

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

      Dear Behnam,
      Yes. It’s not much to read. Remember, this is a plan for “beginners.” I wrote this plan to accommodate folks who were starting from zero, starting from knowing absolutely nothing about what the GMAT means by Problem Solving. If you already know, so much the better! There may not be that much on those two pages that is perfectly new to you, but it is still stuff you should know inside-out and be perfectly clear about. I was not imagining that reading this or any other “introduction” section would be particularly time-consuming or laborious. It’s quick: just don’t underestimate it. Don’t underestimate anything about the GMAT. Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  27. Laura S September 7, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    Dear Mike,

    Thanks for the variety of plans to study.
    I have a bit less than 3 months to study for GMAT, IELTS and write essays and applications for different MBA Programmes. I could say I’m not a beginner as I have already studied one month early this year but still not an advance student…
    I have at least 6 hours / 5 days a weak only for GMAT
    I NEED 690-700
    What would you recommend? which plan? should I run through diagnostic test and see how it goes?

    Please let me know what your thoughts are…

    Best wishes,
    Laura

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Dear Laura,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Let’s keep this conservative. Follow this plan, the “beginner” plan, even though you’re not really a “beginner.” You may be able to skip a little of the introductory material in the first week. In this plan, you will watch every Magoosh video, and thus see everything you will need for an elite score. Is it a “plan for 700+”? See this blog for the appropriate caveats:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/
      If you keep all that advice in mind, you will get the most out of this material. I would also suggest perusing the other “study strategy” articles on this blog.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  28. Rakesh September 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Hello Mike,
    I recently bought premium subscription of Magoosh and really excited to start my Gmat preparation from here. I was looking into this 3 month schedule and it looks like you have mixed Quat & verbal. i.e. study both in parallel. I have read and heard from different sources that it would be good to start and concentrate on one section(either quat or verbal). Just confused and wanted to know how effective will be your plan and what are benefits ?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Dear Rakesh,
      First of all, here are two GMAT blogs and a GRE blog that encapsulate the philosophy with which this plan was designed:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-the-gmat-practice-vs-exam-performance/
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
      I think both Verbal and Quant are topics that need daily practice. To encode information in long-term memory, we need repeated exposures, and daily practice is the best way to guarantee that you will see each thing as much as possible. I think folks overestimate how much they will learn & understand & remember, and don’t recognize how much the repeated exposure will help them.
      Also, I do NOT want folks practicing, say, just Verbal, and getting in a “verbal mode” — I can’t do Quant right now, because I’m in a Verbal mode. I don’t want people to run the risk of developing “modes” like that. I want students to develop mental agility — every day, leaping back and forth between Quant & Verbal, so that on Test Day, when the test makes the student move immediately from an intense Quant experience to an intense Verbal experience, the student is very comfortable with that challenging transition.
      It’s definitely harder to practice this mental agility as you are also learning the content. It absolutely would be easier, less work, to focus just for a time on Verbal, then just for a time on Quant. I think some tutors and companies, in an effort to gain customers, placate them, offering them options that are easier and/or more comfortable, rather than options that are better for them. I am a teacher: I want my students to learn deeply and understand deeply. When I designed this, the question uppermost in my mind was not, “what would feel comfortable or easier?” — the question was, “What will help my students learn the most in this three-month interval?” That’s the priority with which I designed this plan.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Rakesh September 6, 2014 at 11:05 am #

        Mike,
        You explanation seems very convincing to me. I think there are people with success using both kind of study plans. I agree with you that, we should have mental agility to take pressure from both Quant and Verbal. Thank you for taking time to reply me. I will definitely work with this plan since this helps to balance the study rather than just the comfort.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike September 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

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

  29. Imtisal August 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    Most of the time it happens when you keep moving forward, you forget some topics u learnt in past. i need some tips regarding it please.

    Thanks.

  30. Anubhav July 28, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I just started my preparation with the 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners and I plan to write GMAT in October. I wanted to know if there might be any full length paper available which I can attempt now to have an idea of my current score range without preparation. I do not wish to waste any full length papers as there are limited full length tests available I will need them after completing the entire 3 month schedule.

    Look forward to hear your views on this.

    Thanks!

    Anubhav.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 28, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Dear Anubhav,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Yes, what you are asking is extremely intelligent. It’s a good idea to get a rough idea of one’s cold score at the beginning, and it’s also a very good idea not to waste any of the high quality practice tests on this estimate. Take a look at this blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-book-reviews-2013/
      You will notice we give the Kaplan books a mediocre review, and we pan Peterson & Princeton Review. Obviously, we don’t consider any of books particularly good for your overall prep. Nevertheless, any of them would do for a cold-sitting test at the beginning of one’s study plan. Find one of those for an inexpensive price, perhaps used. Take one of the tests inside without any studying, and that will give a good enough estimate of your starting range.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  31. waqas ahmed July 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Dear mike, after most of the video lessons, there is practice tests and although i have been reading from OG and listening the lessons, my results arent satisfactory. Its pretty devastating for me and very demotivating. Is there any way i can overcome it and get good results in practice tests nezt time because i believe i fully understood the topic but still i get poor scores in practice test. Please advice.
    Thanks

  32. Eli July 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    I was wondering if it is a plan for beginner how can I solve all diagnostic questions in one night, Although I tried to do that but I ended up with answering 18 question in 2 hours and lots of things that I didn’t know at all and I am really nervous right now and can’t stop thinking that I wont be able to be prepared in 3 months!

    Please advise me
    Thank You

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 7, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Dear Eli,
      Yes, this is a plan for beginners. Remember, the point of the Diagnostic Test is not to get everything right: the point is to learn about where you are starting. It is perfectly fine to make mistakes at the beginning. See this GRE blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
      The important thing is to learn thoroughly from your mistake. That is how you will make progress. Follow this plan faithfully, and you will improve.
      Mike 🙂

  33. Waqas July 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Dear Mike, everything is working fine till now. sorry for bothering you again & again. I just wanted to ask that in my study plan, i have been asked to read the Math Section first 20 pages. In those pages, i will be reading regarding Fractions, Integers, Decimals etc etc. For the sake of my own understanding other than OG books, can i go through the video lessons of the topics i am reading in OG or should i leave it for later use. I find listening to the topic & watching video lessons more interesting than to follow the book. Kindly advice.
    Please confirm if i should watch the lessons videos while covering the topics from OG as i feel more comformtable & easy enhancing my math skills from watching lessons than reading a book.
    Thanks

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Dear Waqas,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 My friend, the point of a study plan is not be comfortable. The point is to stretch yourself and learn as much as you can. I’m glad you find the videos enjoyable and helpful, but force yourself to read as well. It’s another form of learning, and it takes work. Work is not comfortable, but it will build deeper connections in your brain. Also, make sure you are watching videos and read about different topics — that will also build connections.
      Remember my friend: the mediocre student says, “I don’t want to do X: can I just do Y?” That kind of thinking leads directly to mediocre results. The excellent students says, “I’m going to do X even though it’s challenging.” Excellent means pushing yourself and challenging yourself in as many ways as possible. Few people can sustain excellence, which is why few students perform with excellence. These are my hopes for you, my friend.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Waqas July 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

        Thanks for the advice Mike, it was helpful & surely make sense:)

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike July 5, 2014 at 11:31 am #

          Dear Waqas,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
          Mike 🙂

  34. Waqas Ahmed July 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    I am pretty contented by the lessons & videos. Its very beneficial & quite helpful. What i have observed is that the study schedule for the beginners is tough as if one is taking a start from the scratch, it takes him/her ages to finish & go through the all stuff at same particular day if he/she is having less amount of time, say 2-3 hours per day. I hope its not the problem with me being extraordinary slow but thats the way i make things work. unless & until i dont make myself understood about whats in the topic, i dont move forward. Kindly advice me something which can improve my pace as i have already mention that i have took start from scratch & i havent been intouch with books & stuff since ages. Feeling bit nervous & demotivated because of my study pace. Looking forward for your reply 🙂
    Thanks & Regards

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      Dear Waqas,
      My friend: I’m sorry, but this study schedule is intense, especially for folks who are non-native speakers of English. It sounds as if speeding up would be a bad idea for you, as you would have to trade depth of understand for efficiency. I wonder if you can rethink your plan of taking the GMAT in only a month. A month is a VERY short amount of time for someone who is not a native English speaker to go from no knowledge to an elite score. If you can carve out more study time for yourself, I think you will find the three-month plans have a more relaxed pace. Even if you can add just one more month, so you have two months, you could follow this plan at half-tempo, which would make it much more amenable. Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  35. waqas ahmed June 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Hi mike, i have brought premium plan of magoosh. Starting from introduction section, i felt so contented. I have selected three months of study plan as i am a beginner and i am starting from a scratch. Would this plan be beneficial in nailing Gmat score or should i consult other guidelines as well because on first day of study, giving a diagnostic test is giving me a monster as i have no clue about math section. Kindly advice.
    Thanks.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Dear Waqas,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 My friend, stick with this plan. Just follow this plan faithful. If you follow this plan, everything you need for success will pass before your eyes. Your primary focus should be: what do you have to do so that you learn and remember and assimilate everything here? The more deeply you learn, the more successful you will be. Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

      • Waqas June 30, 2014 at 10:46 am #

        Thanks for the reply Mike, it was helpful. Actually i am starting from the scratch so i seriously didnt have any idea. For now, i am following the plan religiously. Expecting to get good results.
        Thanks & Regards

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike June 30, 2014 at 11:00 am #

          Dear Waqas,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
          Mike

  36. Adi June 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    I have purchased the premium membership from Magoosh. I would be following the beginners plan. I wanted to know is there a way to get videos in order of the study plan suggested here.

    Right now the dashboard suggests:

    Math Strategies
    Dividing by 5
    Doubling and Halving
    Intro to Data Sufficiency
    Properties of Real Numbers

    For Maths .. so is this the way I should go about it.

    Thanks,
    Adi

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Dear Adi,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Forget about the suggestions on the dashboard. Go the “Lessons” page and follow the recommendations of this study plan. Basically, you are going to follow those math lessons from top to bottom according to the order on the lessons page.
      Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  37. Melvin June 16, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    Just signed up for the Magoosh premium subscription. Looking forward to see if the 3 month GMAT Study Schedule will enable me achieve my target. I was wondering whether you might have a GMAT Windows 8 phone application? I’ve only come across the GRE App.

  38. SATWINDER June 16, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    Hi Mike….I have just started my GMAT Prep and will be giving exam in the month of September (9/15)..I just love the Magoosh Videos and most of all the length of them…U people have understand the mind psychology and made them quite simple and short which makes them more educative…As of now I have one request that if you can make these study plans in excel format and upload it on the website than it will be easy for us to manage the schedule well and we can track our progress by simply downloading it and saving it and then highlighting the things we have completed… I hope you will consider my request…thanks for the support…cya again….

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 16, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Dear Satwinder,
      I certainly will let the marketing department know about this request. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      Mike 🙂

  39. May June 14, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Dear Magoosh,

    Can you please publish the schedule in Excel format for easier tracking purposes.

    Regards,

    May

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      Dear May,
      Thanks for this comment. I will mention this to the folks in the Marketing Department, and we will look into the possibility of making the schedule available in that format.
      Mike 🙂

  40. John June 12, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Dears,

    Following 3 month study plan for beginners and taking practice questions in Magoosh and in OG, it is obvious that you get bad results in the beginning since practice questions cover all the topics while you are way behind in terms of topics covered by video.

    Example – based on a schedule you could cover video lessons for Geometry only during 4th week of studies, while you get geometry questions from day 1.

    by the time you have watched all video lessons you have answered almost all questions, majority of them incorrectly since questions preceded video lessons, as a result your dashboard score looks bad.

    Is it done intentionally? Because it is a little bit frustrating

    Thank you for your reply

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 12, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Dear John,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 As a matter of fact, that is intentional. You see, while it’s not fun, making mistakes is potentially a very powerful part of learning. One of the standards of a truly excellent student is: never make the same mistake twice. For every single question you get wrong, you need to delve into it, understand as much as possible the mistake, and do whatever you can do to remind yourself so you never repeat that particular mistake. By the time you get to the lessons, you will have already learned from a handful of mistakes related to that topic, and that will allow you to learn that material all the more effectively, in much greater depth than if you had just approached the topic cold.
      You may find this GRE blog germane in this context:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
      Don’t allow yourself to get stuck in the frustration. Right now, at the beginning, getting lots right is not the point: the point is learning as much as you possibly can. If you are faithful to this level of engagement, you will see huge improvements over time. Yes, it may be that your dashboard does not look pretty for a while, but who cares? Nobody else sees your dashboard. Furthermore, if you really learn from your mistakes, then that means if your dashboard shows you that you got, say, 100 questions wrong, then that’s 100 new things you should have learned and of which you can be proud.
      This plan does not coddle you. The GMAT will not coddle you. Business school will not coddle you. A career in the business world will not coddle you. If you want to strive on the GMAT, if you want to be successful in this life path, you need to bear the current discomfort for the sake of improving yourself over the long term. You need to be brave in embracing small failures and receiving the feedback that allows you to improve and grow. You need to take deep responsibility for your own progress, finding a way to turn everything you experience into something that makes you stronger and wiser. Think about it: the folks who are afraid of setbacks are the ones who never go anywhere in the business world. Don’t let that be you: strive for excellence!
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  41. May May 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Dears;

    Request you to please publish an Excel version of the same for easier tracking.

    Regards,
    May

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 31, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Dear May,
      Thank you for you suggestion. I will mention this to the folks who write the code. I will say, you can download the Google Docs as a Word doc, and from there, you can paste everything into Excel. Alternately, by writing notes and using different colors, you probably could track your personal progress reasonably well simply by making you own changes to the Word doc. I hope all this helps.
      Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

  42. Justin May 19, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I’m having some difficulties making sense of the math. I am keeping up with the schedule and watching the videos, but when it comes to the math questions — DS, PS — I’m really floundering. When I use practice questions, I often times find that for every 10 i do, 7-8 are wrong! It’s as if none of the lessons are sticking.

    Do you have any tips or pointers? At this point in time, to do 30 questions is taking me significantly longer than the allotted time frame due to the amount of time that is spent watching the videos to find the right answers!

    Thanks.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 19, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Justin,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Math is very tricky and, in some ways, unforgiving. For example, suppose an individual GMAT math problem requires knowledge of, say, twelve different math factoids to solve it; if we know only eleven, we get the calculation wrong, and probably are drawn to one of the trap answers the test has waiting for us. Especially when you are learning, you have to have tremendous perseverance — for every math problem you do, right or wrong, watch the explanation video, read the text explanation, and hunt rigorously for each and every fact of which you are unclear.
      Keep in mind your level of understanding for each problem; I discuss those levels here:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-the-gmat-practice-vs-exam-performance/
      For many of the fundamental math factoids, it’s not enough to see it and think, “Oh, yeah, I remember that.” You have to know it so well that if someone wakes you up with cold water in the middle of the night, you are absolutely certain of it.
      You may also find this blog illuminating:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/how-to-do-gmat-math-faster/
      It would be good to understand your fundamental thinking style, and how to compensate for it in doing math.
      You may well have to watch the entire sequence of math videos more than once — watch the whole set to the end, and then start at the beginning. Seeing the some video, after a few weeks and some practice problems, will help the material resonate at a deeper level. That will require you to pick up the pace of video watching. DO NOT TOUCH a calculator ever. All math in your life you must do with mental math. See this blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/how-to-study-for-gmat-math/
      You may find it helpful to read through all the math articles on this blog: hearing the concepts explained differently from the way the videos explains them may help.
      For any practice problems not in Magoosh, when you do the problem and get it wrong, post it on GMAT Club
      http://gmatclub.com/forum/magoosh-324/
      post the question and post what you did, how you approached it, what you understand and what you don’t understand about the answer. Ask as detailed a question as possible, because mathematics happens in the details! You can ask the experts there to explain it to you.
      I hope all this helps.
      Mike 🙂

  43. Saravana May 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Mike,
    I have close to 7 months before I take my GMAT. I have started off with 3 month beginner’s schedule and I’m planning to take up advanced schedule once I’m done with that. I have a question though: is there a specific reason in not following a sequence while reviewing Magoosh videos? For eg: on day2 we start of with CR intro video and quickly jump to RC videos the next day.

    Thanks,
    Saravana

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 6, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Dear Saravana,
      This is because focusing on one thing at a time is not a good way to study for the GMAT. Think about it. On the real GMAT Verbal section, you will get a SC, then a CR, then another SC, then an RC passage — you have to get used to switching gears quickly, so this plan tries to get you used to that as soon as possible.
      Mike 🙂

      • Saravana May 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

        Thanks Mike. Makes perfect sense.

        Thanks,
        Saravana

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 7, 2014 at 11:26 am #

          Dear Saravana,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you.
          Mike 🙂

  44. moreno April 22, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    Hi Mike,

    on 3 months programme you advise to take the 2 full length GMAT on the GMAC software for 3 times each. they are CAT tests, however is there not the risk some of questions will be the same? plus you advise, once completed, to check the answers, however these tests not coming with any answers. How I can check the answers, on the blog?

    on 6 months programme you advise instead GMATs the “Paper Tests” books. they are not adaptive test and not computer based, so probably not very good to reproduce a real GMAT simulation. plus also these tests are not coming with answers

    then you advise also the Manhattan CATs. these ones are CAT, computer based and come with answers.

    Please can you clarify which ones are the best?

    I am still not sure if following the 3 or 6 months programme.

    Thanks,

    Moreno

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike April 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Dear Moreno,
      1) The folks at GMAC themselves say that we can take the GMAT Power Prep tests three times. That implies a minimum of repeated questions — they could not authentically recommend a third test if most of that third test consisted of repeated questions. In three testings, you may see a couple repeated by the third test, but it will not enough to impact your experience measurably.
      I’m not sure why you can’t see you answers: you have to “review” your work, and you can see everything.
      2) Yes, the paper tests are not adaptive. We put those early in the plan, just so that folks would get some experience with GMAT level questions. At that early point, question quality is more important than the full CAT experience.
      3) the MGMAT CATs are probably, right now, the best CATs apart from the official ones, but official material is always the best.

      I would say: make your decision about 3 or 6 months depending on how much time you have and how much sustained focus you can muster. If you can devote a solid six months to GMAT preparations, then by all means, do so!

      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • moreno April 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

        Hi Mike,

        thanks for the prompt answer.

        I meant, in GMAT paper test and in GMAT Power Prep tests answer explanations are not included. do you advise to ask explanation on the blog?

        thanks 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike April 23, 2014 at 11:49 am #

          Moreno,
          No, don’t ask for explanations on the blog. If you are a Magoosh member, you can send in official questions and ask for explanations: some are already posted in the Magoosh forum:
          http://gmat.magoosh.com/forum
          If you don’t find it there, and if you are not a Magoosh member, you can look for the questions in GMAT Club:
          http://gmatclub.com/forum/?sid=be81d3b5d81df96ffbbabdcc633a20c7
          Just about every single GMAT Prep and GMAT Paper Test question is already listed somewhere in GMAT Club, so don’t start a new thread: simply find the question already posted. If you are not satisfied with the explanation given there, you can always send me a private message through the GC system, and I can provide a more detailed explanation there.
          Mike 🙂

          • moreno April 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

            super, many thanks!

            • Mike MᶜGarry
              Mike April 24, 2014 at 11:32 am #

              Dear Moreno,
              You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, my friend!
              Mike 🙂

  45. Huy Luong April 12, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you so much for your kind support and your thorough answers of all questions.

    I am a beginner with GMAT and I intend to take GMAT test in next 3 months. Then I almost decide to use Magoosh 3-month beginner plan.

    I have a question: I have researched much on the Internet and many high-score people suggest using extra materials for each area. For example:

    + SC: Aristotle SC Grail
    + CR: Powerscore CR Bible
    + Quantitative: Manhattan collection
    + IR: GMATPill IR ebook

    I checked Magoosh schedule and saw that you recommend only OG and Magoosh ebook. So, is it enough to learn and get high score (700+) (assumed my ability is capable)? Do I need to dig more into each area with above suggested books?

    Hope to hear you soon. Thank you so much.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike April 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      Dear Huy Luong,
      In order to use this plan, you need to purchase the Magoosh GMAT product. If you purchase that, then that + the OG will present all the information needed to get a 700+ score. If you feel you have even more time to study, then I would suggesting adding the MGMAT books: those books are excellent, and they will explain the same things in another way, which is always helpful for deepening one’s understanding. I don’t have a high opinion of some of the other sources you mentioned.
      Magoosh presents all the information, as do other sources, but whether you can achieve an elite GMAT score depends on how deeply you learn and how thoroughly you remember. It’s good to pay attention to how you learn and what makes you remember things.
      Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

  46. Karishma March 27, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Hi,

    I really need your advice. I just signed up for premium membership with Magoosh. I am planning to start my MBA this year or early next year. My plan is to take GMAT in month of August so that gives me good 4 months to prepare. I have not done math since 7-8 years and English is not my native language. I really want to get this nailed down and get good score. Can you please advice on what would be my starting point for week 1 day one they say to take diagnostics test but truly speaking I am scared as taking test right away as I know I am not going to do well and this will make me nervous as I don’t know lot of things how am I going to get through this. Can you please provide your thoughts on which plan should I follow. I need help in both Math and Verbal and I have 4 month to prepare.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Dear Karishma,
      Follow this plan, the Beginner’s Plan, as written. Take the Diagnostic right away. At this point, every question you get right and every question you get wrong is simply information, nothing more. Forget about success-mode right now: you need to be in information-mode. For every single question you get wrong, you need to start studying — why did you get it wrong? what do you have to learn from that particular question? The more questions you get wrong, the more information about your weakness you get, and the more opportunities for improvement you have. Making these mistakes, then thinking deeply about each one, about why you got it wrong and what you need learn from it — that will prime your mind for learning the material more deeply as you follow the plan. See this GRE blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
      Being scared or nervous is a waste of time. This is about your life. You have serious work to do. Take the Diagnostic and get to work.
      One recommendation I would make: in following this plan, double the rate at which you watch the Magoosh lesson videos, and when you finish all of them, about halfway through the plan, begin again at the start of each series. That way, you will see every video twice, with several weeks between the two viewings of the same video — that will help you learn much more deeply, thereby strongly enhancing your chances for success.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Karishma March 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

        Hi Mike,

        Thanks for quick response and giving me that boost. I think I needed that and I know once I start it will all start coming together but I will have to go that extra mile. I have one more question when you mentioned to double the frequency of videos are you referring to from 3 month plan combine two days of video into one day or from lessons video just go down the list?

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike March 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

          Karishma,
          Everything else in this plan (practice questions, etc.) you can simply follow as is, but for the lesson videos, watch two days worth of videos each day. Thus, say, by the end of Week Two, you will be at the end of Week Two in terms of practice questions and everything else, but you will be at the end of Week Four in terms of how many lesson videos you have seen. At the end of Week Six, you should be done watching all the lesson videos, and you can start the cycle over.
          Does this make sense?
          Mike 🙂

  47. Kovid March 16, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Hi Mike ,

    I have subscribed Magoosh’s premium package yesterday. I am planning to give my gmat 3 months from now without fail and wants to score 700 plus. So, can you please suggest if 3 month GMAT study schedule for beginners would be apt for me? And also what else will be required to score 700 and plus?

    Regards ,
    Kovid

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      Dear Kovid,
      If you follow this plan, the beginner’s plan, and read all the volumes in the MGMAT series, then it is absolutely true that every piece of information you would need to get a 700+ will pass in front of your eyes. Whether you are able to achieve that elite score depends on a number of factors, including your dedication, your commitment, how fast you learn, how deeply you understand, your ability to see patterns, your ability to recall strategies and apply them under pressure, etc. On depth of understanding, I recommend this post:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-the-gmat-practice-vs-exam-performance/
      Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

  48. Roman February 25, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    Hello Mike!

    I just signed up on Magoosh and I’m not sure yet which plan is best for me.

    I figured that a 6 month plan is too long for me, despite the fact that I’d have sufficient time. I thought that starting with a 3 month plan and working on my mistakes after that would be best for me.

    My strength is definitely my quant skills. I have excelled in math tests and competitions throughout my life. However, I think the verbal part is going to be my weak spot, especially because I’m not a native speaker.

    So do you think I should go for the verbal focussed plan? Or just decide that after the first test.

    Regards,
    Roman

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike February 25, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Dear Roman,
      It sounds as if the Verbal-Focused plan was designed personally and specifically for you. I would highly recommend the 3-month Verbal-Focused plan for you.
      Mike 🙂

  49. parul February 15, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Mike,
    I took my GMAT on 7th Jan and scored a 590. I had taken GMAT in 2011 and had scored a 590.
    This time, i had enrolled for an online course and still landed up with the same score which is indeed very disappointing.
    I would like to take GMAT again and my target score is 700.
    Would request you to advise whether to take it in a month, 3 months or 6 months.
    6 months i feel will be too long.
    Regards,

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike February 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Dear Parul,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂

      You want to make some big improvements, and that’s a difficult thing to do. Six months is NOT too long IF you are able to sustain the intensity of focus throughout that period. During this six months, you need to read every day, over and above any GMAT preparation you do. You need to avoid touching a calculator at all, doing all math in your head. You also need to work on expanding your capacity for attention and focus; see this post and the links it contains:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/zen-boot-camp-for-the-gmat/
      Fundamentally, the question is how much passion, how much drive do you have for this? How much do you really want it? Do you have the passion to sustain intensity and focus through a six-month period? If you do, then you will be able to make this substantial improvement. I would recommend following the six-month plan with this spirit.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  50. Kamal January 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    It would be nice if we could expand and collapse the weeks with that + sign 😀

  51. O.B. January 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Hello Mike,

    I am planning to start B school next year and would like to get your thoughts on whether the 6month plan or the 3month beginner plan is better. This will be my first time taking the GMAT and I have been out of school for about 8 years now. I am a director at my firm with long hours but there is still some flexibility there. I have already been accepted to an EMBA program but I didn’t receive any scholarship money so I am taking a year to seek out alternative options. I would like to get an elite score on the GMAT in order to potentially tap into scholarships available at other MBA programs I’m interested in. Based on my situation which do you think will give me the best chance at an elite score? Thanks.

    -O.B.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      Dear O.B.
      My friend, if you have the time, definitely do the six-month plan. Learning over six-month just gives more time for repeated exposures and setting information in permanent memory. Also, if you find the pace of the six-month plan is not intense enough, you can always add more material to it. Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • O.B. January 29, 2014 at 9:54 am #

        Mike,

        Makes perfect sense. Thank you for your response and providing these study plans! Started yesterday.

        O.B.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike January 29, 2014 at 11:51 am #

          Dear O.B.
          You are more than welcome, my friend. Good luck following this plan — I wish you all the best!
          Mike 🙂

  52. RT January 24, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Hello Magooshers,
    I have been perusing your website today and so far so good : )

    I have 39 days before d-day. I have a part time position so I have a relatively more flexible schedule and with a dash of discipline, can devote about 5 hours a day or more. To be safe, let’s say 5 hours, 7 days a week.

    I took the GMAT 2 years ago and scored an atrocious 530. It is shameful and at some point in the middle of the test I just knew it had gone south. It was part nerves part pressure and part just an innate lack of Quant skills. Could have done better in Verbal, scored around 87% think. Need to boost that, but not worried. Math is my life issue. I have been up and down with the studying and need to conquer this already.

    So, should I follow the 3 month plan for beginners or the 1 month plan? Please advise. Thanks!

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      Dear RT,
      I would suggest: make the one-month (daily) plan your core, but since you have a little more time and since math is your issue, plan to watch each of the math lesson videos TWICE — watch the whole series from start to finish, and then, after you have seen all the videos once, go from start to finish through the series again. Also, I would recommend reading all the math-related articles on this free blog. In particular, I would recommend this one:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/can-you-use-a-calculator-on-the-gmat/
      Between now and d-day, DO NOT TOUCH a calculator. All math must be mental math. Make sure to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in your head every day. You have to build those mental math muscles.
      Finally, to help with nerves on d-day, I will recommend this series of four articles on stress management, starting with this one:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/overcome-gmat-exam-anxiety-breathe/
      I hope all this helps.
      Mike 🙂

      • RT January 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

        Dear Mike,
        Thanks for your speedy reply. I wake up, and already have some feedback, how wonderful : )

        When you say watch all the lessons twice, do you mean the general math Magoosh explain-a-concept teaching lessons OR do you mean the OG Official Solution Videos, or BOTH?

        Thanks!

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike January 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

          Dear RT,
          I mean the 174 Magoosh explain-a-concept teaching lessons on the Lessons page inside the Magoosh product. Does this make sense?
          Mike 🙂

  53. Andrew January 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    I started studying for the GMAT with the Magoosh premium plan last week and I started to do the video lessons of General Math Strategies and then went on to do Arithmetic and Fractions. Once I got to the questions of arithmetic and fractions I did not do so good and it took me about 5 tries to move on. This worried me a lot and not being able to use a calculator hurts my math ability a lot!! Right now my exam date is March 22 and now I am thinking about rescheduling my exam so I have 3 months to prepare. I am a senior in college so I have to worry about the classes I am taking so time can sometimes be an issue. Coming from a current senior college student on his last semester that struggles with math especially without a calculator and struggles with verbal would you recommend that I reschedule my GMAT exam and do this study schedule?
    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 22, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Andrew,
      I definitely recommend that you postpone your exam and follow this study schedule religiously. Also, do not touch a calculator between now and whenever you take the GMAT: all math you need to do (balance checkbook, estimate tips, etc.) you should do in your head. You have to practice mental math arithmetic every day, to build that “muscle”. Read the math articles on this blog: I discuss several math tricks you can use to speed up mental math.
      Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

  54. Katherine January 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    I am starting the three month beginners study schedule and for day two it says to do 10 PS in the OG and 1 RC. When I do these problems do I need to be timing myself?

    Thanks,

    Katherine

  55. Sandra January 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Is there a 2 month schedule?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      Sandra,
      No, we do not publish a two-month schedule. We have a one-month schedule here:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/1-month-gmat-study-schedule/
      Alternately, you could compress every three days of this schedule into two days, and it would become a two-month schedule. For the weekends, just drop some of the essay writing weekends. Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  56. Archana December 5, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    Hello Mike,

    Can I know how long a video lasts..As I m working I have to plan accordingly.

    Archana,

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike December 5, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Dear Archana,
      The Magoosh lesson videos vary in length. Most are about 5 minutes long. Some are only a couple minutes long, and some are as long as 8 or 9 minutes.
      Mike 🙂

  57. Aleem November 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Mike, when you suggest doing questions from OG (i.e. “Do 10 PS questions”) do we just select any questions or should we start from question #1? I know that the OG lists questions in order of difficulty so I just wanted to clear this up.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike November 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Dear Aleem,
      Just start at question #1, and work your way through in numerical order. This will give you a jumble of topics, which is good. You will find this GMAT blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
      and this GRE blog:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/
      explain the logic of this plan. Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Aleem November 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

        Hi Mike,

        That blog post was EXACTLY what I was looking for. My previous study attempt was a focused approach on topics rather than a random approach.

        At this time I’ve done 217 (247 questions left) in the math section of Magoosh and 133 (252 questions left) in the verbal section. Would you recommend I reset my statistics when I start following the 3 month plan or should I continue with my progress?

        Finally, is the “beginner” track suitable for those that have already taken the GMAT did poorly? I did poorly on both sections with verbal being the worst though I did better in the math section. That being said I don’t have full confidence in my math skills so I’d like to work on that as well as verbal and beginner seemed the best route.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike November 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

          Dear Aleem,
          I would recommend continuing without resetting your stats. If you run out of questions before the end of three-months, then reset your stats, or even better, just do the ones that previously you got incorrect.
          The “beginner” track is perfect for folks who struggle in both Q & V, regardless of whether they have taken the GMAT before.
          Mike 🙂

  58. SAM October 1, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I want to take GMAT for MBA/Masters. However, I haven’t been in touch with books for past five years. I forgot pretty everything. Every time I try to study, I freak out by the thought that I don’t remember even the simplest things.

    I am particularly very weak in mathematical skills. So need more focus on that. For English, I thing I can get myself back to track with practice. Please help.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike October 1, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Dear SAM
      I’m happy to help. 🙂
      (1) follow this study schedule religiously.
      (2) sign up for Magoosh — because (a) our video lessons give you everything you need, from square one, (b) each question has its own video explanation, for immediate feedback, and (c) if you ever are unclear about anything in a question or a lesson, you can send in a Help email and get a personal response.
      (3) read every math & verbal article on this blog. Start with simple math topics (fractions, decimals, etc.)
      My friend, have courage! With our help, you can do this! 🙂
      Mike 🙂

  59. varun May 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi All,

    I am not good in quant, please suggest what topic should I start first.

  60. Rahul Sehgal April 27, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Hello Mike – Just wanted to check if we do have any Mobile app for Windows phone as well in addition to android and iphone ?

    I spend good time commuting, so wanted to check on the same. I have Magoosh Premium Subscription and I must say, the videos are very good (based on whatever I have gone through as of now).

    Thanks in advance,
    Rahul Sehgal

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette April 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

      Hi, Rahul

      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the videos! We hope to have a Windows app available within a few weeks :).

      Best,
      Margarette

  61. Joe February 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Mike, i have 14 weeks to study for the GMAT and plan to use one of your 3-month study schedules. I took the GMAT 2 years ago and did terribly (low 500s). My question is in regards to the diagnostic test you have us start out doing. Is it really necessary for me to take the diagnostic test and slowly go through all the ones I missed? I’m really stressing about the timeline, and i could easily see myself spending a full-week or even two going over all the missed questions and explanations. I’m wondering if i should just focus on reviewing the incorrect math questions and quickly go through the verbal explanations because I imagine that we will cover all the topics anyways later on.

    Thanks Mike

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike February 6, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Joe, I would say — the Diagnostic Test is really to give folks who are just starting a “ballpark idea” about where they are. You have taken the GMAT already, so you know where you are starting — I would say a Diagnostic is unnecessary. Just dive in to learning. BTW, I assume you are aware that the Magoosh score guarantee would apply to you:
      http://gmat.magoosh.com/score-guarantee
      Also, read this entire blog careful from beginning to end — there’s a ton here that can help you. Let me know if you have any further questions.
      Mike 🙂

  62. Gladiator January 16, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    Hi mike,

    What would be the score -rough estimate for some one
    Who sticks to that schedule? Would you think
    It can cross 680?

    Thanks
    Glad

  63. Daniel November 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Is there a good way to condense this plan into 6- 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks?

    Daniel

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike November 7, 2012 at 10:21 am #

      Daniel:
      Well, that depends on several things — how much time per day do you have to devote? If you could do two-days worth of work each day, then you would finish in half time. It may also be that you can streamline — for example, if you are already very strong in math, you might not have to watch every single one of the math videos, for example. The best way to condense this plan would probably depend very much on your particular strengths, needs, and availability. —– Of course, you could also go to the 1 month plan, http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/1-month-gmat-study-schedule/, and *add* to that, rather than *subtracting* from this plan.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Daniel November 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

        Yeah that make sense. Do you know approximately how long it would take for schools to receive my GMAT score?

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike November 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

          Daniel: according to the official GMAT website, http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/gmat-scores-and-score-reports/sending-your-scores-to-schools.aspx, they say: “The Official Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of your test.” I would say — the are SENT within 20 days (often earlier) but that doesn’t take into account the ordinary time for snail mail to travel — that can be up to 5 days to cross the continental US. If your deadline were, say, December 31, I wouldn’t want to take my GMAT after Dec 5, just to be safe.
          Does this make sense?
          Mike 🙂

  64. Greg July 24, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Hello,
    Currently I have 12-15 weeks to prepare. I definitely like the structure of this schedule and want to incorporate the new test format with integrated reasoning. Any suggestions? I have the premium magoosh subscription and ordered the OG 13th edition. I also read the article on changes between 12th and 13th edition and it seems I’ll be able to use the 13th. Thoughts on this as well? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    -Greg

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike July 24, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      Greg: Definitely get the OG13. The OG13 will give you access to GMAC’s website withe 50 practice IR questions. Find time to do 4 a week from that site — do the questions under time pressure, then read thoroughly the explanations. That pace will allow you to finish all of them comfortably.. Also, read the Magoosh IR eBook, available on this blogsite. As that book suggests, it’s helpful to start looking for IR type material in the real world — graphs & charts & tables in, for example, the NY Times or WSJ or Economist magazine. Look for articles that “integrate” verbal information with quantitative information — that’s precisely what’s “integrated” about the IR. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Mike 🙂

  65. Srilakshmi June 13, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Thank you very much for your super quick reply Mike. Yes, it makes sense and it works now. Have a nice day. SL

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you.
      Mike 🙂

  66. Srilakshmi June 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi Mike, I have subscribed for the Magoosh Premium package, valid until May 2013. When I do my practice questions, am unable to redo the same. For eg if I had practiced 8 ‘easy questions’ for geometry, then when i try to redo the same ‘easy’ questions from geometry, I am unable to do so, as I get a warning saying that there aren’t any questions with this selection. Any comments on this. I would really appreciate your assistance ane I completely agree with your point with regards to a good night sleep !!!! I can see and comprehend how important an eight hours of sleep plays a vital role even in the preparatory stage – Regards SL

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike June 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Dear Sri Lakshmi,
      In Magoosh, when you are on the “Customize your Practice” page, underneath topic check boxes, under the pull down menu where you select difficulty, there are four possibilities next to “Question Pool” — the default is “Unanswered”, but if your choose “Answered and Unanswered”, you will get the question you have already answered, if that’s what you want. Notice also, “incorrect” is another option, so you can do over only the questions you got wrong. Does all that make sense? Let me know if you have any further questions.
      Mike 🙂

  67. Aj February 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    *3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

    This is very important folks, I usually scored 760+ om my practice tests, yet ended with 690 because of bad sleep. So make sure you don’t do anything hectic the day before D day and get a good sleep.

    Good article mike.

    Regards,

    Aj

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike McGarry February 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      AJ: Thank you for your kind words. Yes, sleep is definitively important, both during the learning process and especially before the test itself. Good luck with everything.
      Mike 🙂


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