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GMAT Study Plans and GMAT Study Guides

A good GMAT study guide includes quality GMAT study prep material, including The Official Guide for GMAT Review (see our reviews of GMAT prep resources), while also providing a calendar and daily planner for the use of such prep material.
 
Good GMAT study is planned GMAT study. It really is important to plan your GMAT practice activities carefully. You need a good set of prep materials, and a well-organized timeline for how to make the most of them. Hopefully, one of the plans we’ve outlined below can help you. Either click a GMAT study schedule option from the list below to jump down to that specific guide, or keep scrolling down to review all our GMAT study plans and guides.

GMAT Study Guides

How to study for the GMAT

In this post, we’re really showing you how to study for the GMAT, both in terms of what to study and the best ways to schedule your study. Be sure to study official GMAT materials and reliable third-party materials. And above all, discipline is key. Daily GMAT preparation is needed for the Verbal Section and the Quant section, and you should prep for IR and AWA on at least a weekly basis.

How to use GMAT study prep materials and advice

As you can see, there are a lot of GMAT study plans you can follow. But remember, every plan should have some individual “twists.” Feel free to modify our study guide, adding and changing activities as needed. Also, be sure to scroll down to the very bottom of this post for some quick links to further guidance.

Planning the Perfect GMAT Study Schedule

Whether you’re attempting to cram or are taking your time to study leisurely for the GMAT, it always helps to have a more structured GMAT study guide to keep you on track and help you attain a good GMAT score. Whatever your timeline, we have a GMAT study guide for you. Below are our regularly-updated, expert-designed GMAT study schedules that include lists of suggested resources and checklists of specific tasks and goals for every day. Let us know how you like them! 🙂
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

You’re a test taker — perhaps a business school hopeful — starting from Square One. Or perhaps you just registered for next month’s GMAT exam. You haven’t studied for this test before, and you want a step-by-step GMAT study guide to help you plan out the next few weeks. It’s not very much time, but you want to make the most of what you have, with a guide for GMAT prep to match. Then this Daily 1-Month GMAT Study Schedule is for you!
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

In the words of our very own Chris Lele, “do you have what it takes – namely time – to commit yourself to GMAT prep?” If your answer is a resounding “YES!” then you’re ready for this Weekly 1-Month GMAT Study Schedule. It includes the Official Guide and Magoosh product, just like the others. However, this is a much broader study guide than the one above. But perhaps you already have a rough idea of how you’d like to allocate your time to study; or maybe you’re preparing for a retake and know where you’d like to focus the most amount of time. If you want more guidance, go with the Daily 1-Month GMAT Study Schedule. If you want to just better understand the top priorities and goals week-by-week then this weekly breakdown is for you!
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

You have more time than the time allotted for the GMAT study guide schedules listed above. You’re ready and willing to dedicate 3 months to GMAT test prep. However, you’re still starting from scratch and want to feel organized about this endeavor. (After all, this is your MBA or graduate management future we’re talking about!) If the test intimidates you, or you just want to start fresh, then this Beginner’s 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule will be your best friend. If you think you’re further along than a beginner, then keep scrolling down to explore our other 3-month GMAT study guide schedules.
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

Maybe you’re a beginner, or maybe you just want to concentrate more on math review than verbal. In other words you’d rather go over data sufficiency sample questions than sentence correction question types. This Math-Focused 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule is for you! Although this plan covers Magoosh lessons on all topics, it focuses more heavily on the math problems so you can concentrate on strengthening your weaknesses. Oh, you’re a math whiz, you say? You want to concentrate more heavily on verbal GMAT questions? Then keep scrolling down to the next prep plan…
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

You have a strong math background, so you want to concentrate your GMAT practice questions to focus more on verbal during your GMAT prep. More critical reasoning section practice; less data sufficiency section. A little sentence correction and a bit of reading comprehension section; not so much GMAT quantitative section. You still have 3 months to study, but want to dedicate the majority of that time to improving your verbal skills (while still getting a good amount of GMAT math prep in). It sounds like the Verbal-Focused GMAT Study Guide Schedule is the study schedule for you! This study guide will cover all of Magoosh’s verbal problems twice and a substantial amount of reading practice as well. Ready to get started? Then let the wise Mike McGarry lead you through this awesome 3-month GMAT preparation guide!
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

If you had real GMAT test dates scheduled for this week, you would receive exam scores that you’re happy with (but why you would take “a few” in one week, we aren’t so sure). That’s all just to say that you feel comfortable with your level of preparation. Your hard work and efficient study habits have paid off. However, you want to get a great score: you’re aiming for the upper 700s. To do this, you want to refine your studying to aim for top-tier results. Then, the 3-Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students should be your go-to study guide. By following this study plan, you will cover all the information needed to attain an elite GMAT score. Fear not; practice questions and practice tests are still included. Score higher, score smarter, and have fun studying with our 3-Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students.
 

GMAT STUDY GUIDE SCHEDULE

You have more time than that allotted in the 1- and 3-month study guides. You’re starting early, and giving yourself ample time to prepare for the GMAT. But you still want to work hard and diligently each week to score high on everything from the analytical writing section to the quantitative section. The 6-Month GMAT Study Schedule is the right GMAT review for you, then! If you’re determined to stay organized over the next 6 months, but need a little help doing so, then use this study guide as your rubric and guide.

Not sure which version of the three-month plan is right for you?  Take the Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test. Interested in adapting one of these schedules to meet your needs? Check out this blog post for adjustment tips.

Links to reviews of required GMAT study prep material and resources:

All of the GMAT study plans require you to use and sometimes purchase GMAT prep 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 our GMAT study guides.

We also provide some reviews to books that are not listed in any GMAT study guide of ours, 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
 

And here’s a quick look at pricing for the books in the table above:

 BookPublisherPagesMost Recent EditionPractice Tests/QuestionsApproximate Price on Amazon (New)Notes
1Complete GMAT Strategy Guide SetManhattan19126th6 practice tests$14710 book series. You don't need all 10 books. You don't need the newest edition.
2The Official Guide to the GMAT ReviewGMAC144020171500+ questions$463 books. Worth buying for the official practice material from GMAC.
3GMAT Math Prep CourseNova5282016600+ math questions$38Worth buying if you need additional challenging math practice.
4The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning BiblePowerScore3742016NA$25Learn to dissect Critical Reasoning questions like a pro.

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.)

Click on the Study Plans and Articles Below for Further Guidance:

 

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