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Old 6 Month Plan (Pre-July 2015)

Before You Begin: This is an older version of the Magoosh 6 Month Study Schedule. You should only use this plan if you started with this study plan several weeks before July 2015. If you are just starting to study, please use the most updated version

 

OK, you are starting more or less from scratch, and you want to prepare for the GMAT in six months.  You need a strategic plan to organize yourself.  Here it is.

Resources to have:

1) the GMAC Office Guide to the GMAT (OG13). (Don’t write in the book: write everything on separate paper so you can go back and do problems again with a fresh start.)

2) The code in the back of the OG will give you access to GMAC’s IR 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 IR eBook

7) Two volumes of the GMAC’s released GMATs, the “Paper Tests” books, available at http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.aspx?productid=5 (buy the third volume there if you would like even more practice).

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

9) 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

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

11) Buy at least one book in the Manhattan GMAT 10-volume series of GMAT Strategy Guides.  It is an excellent prep source.  Any one volume of the set will give you access to their 6 online GMAT CAT practice tests.

12) Recommended but not required: all the volumes of MGMAT series.  It’s expensive, but if you are eager to do as much prep as you can in the next six months, you could add working through those books to this schedule.

Notes:

This is a twenty-four week plan.  Six calendar months are typically closer to 26 weeks, so if you actually have six calendar months to prepare, that’s great.  If you have a wedding or a camping trip or something in the middle, you could just skip a week, and do it later.  Alternately, following the plan straight through would leave you more time for the concentrated review I recommend at the end of the twenty-four weeks.

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

Additional Note: You may find that the number of lessons in this study plan doesn’t correspond exactly to the number of lessons in Magoosh. Don’t worry! You aren’t crazy and you aren’t missing any content. We are in the process of updating the lesson videos in Magoosh to make them better and more streamlined so you can use your time wisely. We will update our study plans soon to reflect the changes in Magoosh. We’ll make it clear when the change is coming so you are not caught off-guard! ?
Abbreviations

OG = the GMAC Official Guide

PS = Problem Solving, the multiple-choice math questions

DS = Data Sufficiency math questions

RC = Reading Comprehension verbal question

SC = Sentence Correction verbal question

CR = Critical Reasoning verbal question

IR = Integrated Reasoning questions

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

MGMAT = Manhattan GMAT

NYT = the New York Times

WSJ = the Wall Street Journal

TEM = The Economist Magazine

 

Week One

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

2) Take the Diagnostic Test, found toward the beginning of the OG.   Grade it the same day, but go over the explanations the next day.  For questions you got right, simply skim the explanation to verify that you go the question right for the right reason.  If you got the question wrong, read the explanation carefully, writing in your journal any math/verbal concept you didn’t know or understand, as well as anything about the question type that you didn’t understand.  (That may take a couple days if you got a lot wrong.)

3) To get a sense of the layout of the test, in the OG, read the introductory sections to Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.  Read the entire Integrated Reasoning section.  Read the introductory sections to the Analytical Writing Assessment, and skim the question prompts to get a sense of the variety

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

5) Read The Magoosh GMAT eBook.  Read the entire book from cover to cover.

NOTE: if going over what you got wrong on the Diagnostic Test and/or reading through the Math Review turns out to be particularly time-consuming, that can fill the time on Day 6 of this first week.  If those were not time-consuming, you get some extra free weekend time in the first week.

 

Week Two:

NOTE: spread out the problems and video watching throughout the week in whatever way works best for you.

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

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

In Math: the first five videos

In Verbal: under RC, the first three videos

In Verbal: under SC, the first five videos

In Verbal: under CR, the first three videos

In AWA: all five videos

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

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

8 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

NOTE: As soon as you do a batch of OG questions, correct them right away, and look the explanations.  If you got the question right, you need only skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  If you got the question wrong, read the explanation carefully, and take notes in your journal on what concepts or what aspect of the question you need to understand better.  For all the math questions in the OG, you will find video solutions available on the Magoosh YouTube channel.  If you don’t understand any given question after the various explanations available, post it in the forums seeking an explanation, or email us at Magoosh.

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

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

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

FINAL NOTE FOR WEEK TWO: In this week, there will be a slightly larger dose of Magoosh lesson videos.  Not coincidentally, there is also no special long “Day 6″ assignment.   My understanding is that either some of the extra video watching, or some of the practice questions, will get shunted to Day 6 of this week.

 

Week Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next seven videos

In Verbal: the last ten CR videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

Now that you have these essays, what do you do with them?  If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see if they would read the essays for you an critique them. 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 essays 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.

 

Week Four:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next nine videos

In Verbal: the last seven RC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. Take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Five:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

a) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

b) Go to GMAC’s IR website — the code in the back of your OG should give you full access to this site.  Do the first 12 IR questions, setting for yourself a 30 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

 

 

Week Six:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

 

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. Take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Seven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

a) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

b) Go GMAC’s IR website.  Do the next 12 IR questions, setting for yourself a 30 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

 

Week Eight:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. Take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Nine:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

a) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

b) Go GMAC’s IR website.  Do the next 13 IR questions, setting for yourself a 33 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

 

Week Ten:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. Take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Eleven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

a) Today is the last time you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  In OG, in the section “Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics,” pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

b) Go GMAC’s IR website.  Do the last 13 IR questions, setting for yourself a 33 minute limit.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question.

 

Week Twelve:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Integrated Reasoning: all seventeen videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. Take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Thirteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. Do not write the essay on paper. Take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Fourteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

b) Take the first full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Fifteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take another full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Sixteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take another full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Seventeen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next seven SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take another full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Eighteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next seven videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take another full length GMAT CAT on the MGMAT website.  Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

That software does not include an AWA question.  To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.  Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 

Week Nineteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next seven SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go to GMAC’s IR website — the code in the back of your OG should give you full access to this site.  Do questions #25 – 37.  Set a 33 minute time limit. Just answer the questions and move on during that time.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question, taking notes on whatever you found difficult.

5) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

6) Day Six Assignment:

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

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

For the essay question in the software, do not write the essay in that program.  Write down the prompt, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Twenty:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next seven videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go back to GMAC’s IR website.  Reset all questions.  Do questions #13 – 24.  Set a 30 minute time limit. Just answer the questions and move on during that time.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question, taking notes on whatever you found difficult.

5) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

6) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the essay question in the software, do not write the essay in that program.  Write down the prompt, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Twenty-One:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next seven SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go back to GMAC’s IR website.  Reset all questions.  Do questions #38 – 50.  Set a 33 minute time limit. Just answer the questions and move on during that time.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question, taking notes on whatever you found difficult.

5) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

6) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the essay question in the software, do not write the essay in that program.  Write down the prompt, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Twenty-Two:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next seven videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Go back to GMAC’s IR website.  Reset all questions.  Do questions #1-12.  Set a 30 minute time limit. Just answer the questions and move on during that time.  When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question, taking notes on whatever you found difficult.

5) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

6) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the essay question in the software, do not write the essay in that program.  Write down the prompt, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Twenty-Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next eight videos

In Verbal: the next seven SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

6 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the essay question in the software, do not write the essay in that program.  Write down the prompt, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

Week Twenty-Four:

NOTE: the review process is starting to wind down.  At this point, we have already finished all RC 7 SC question in the Magoosh product, and all DS question in the OG.  During the course of this week, you will finish pretty much every other Magoosh & OG question.

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: the next seven videos

In Verbal: the next eight SC videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the essay question in the software, do not write the essay in that program.  Write down the prompt, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 

After Week 24: Concentrated Review

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

1) Go back to 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 reading the WSJ, looking for graphs to interpret

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

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

6) An online search will always turn up additional batches of questions to practice.

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 another weekend day before the real GMAT, do a search for additional free GMATs you can do online.  Alternately, you can buy a book of 3 release paper versions of the GMAT from GMAC at http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.aspx?productid=5, and devote a weekend day to each one.

 

Day before the test:

1) No GMAT preparation all day

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

3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

 

Day of test

1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST-MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!

2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein

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

 

Bring to the test

1) A liter of water

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

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

For relaxation tips, see this post.

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