1 Month GMAT Study Schedule

GMAT schedule

Suppose you need to prepare for GMAT in 1 month, starting from square one. You’ll need a good GMAT study guide, dedication, and the willingness to study hard for the next ~30 days. Studying for GMAT in one month might now give you a whole lot of time, but we’re here to help you with this 1 month GMAT study plan to make the best of what you have. 🙂

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How to Use this 1-Month GMAT Study Schedule

This GMAT study plan is not for the faint of heart. It was designed so that you would exhaust most of the questions in the GMAC’s Official Guide for GMAT Review and most of the questions and videos in the Magoosh product. It also supposes you have six days/week and 3-5 hours a day, though it occasionally requires slightly more time.

I know it will be hard to stick to this GMAT schedule if you have a full-time job, children, or other family obligations. If either (or all) of these are the case, we’d suggest reconsidering your GMAT test date. Yes, it’s a little annoying to pay the $50 GMAT rescheduling fee–but it’s far better than taking the exam before you have time to fully prepare and needing to pay a $250-$300 GMAT fee for a retake.

Though this plan will be time-consuming and require hard work, dedication, and focus to get through, I know you can do it.

  • Make sure to give yourself at least one GMAT-free day a week to help you absorb what you’ve studied even better!
  • Even though you are dedicating lots of time to GMAT prep this month, you must get 8+ hours of sleep every night since memory encoding takes place in REM sleep.

 
In that last hour of an eight-hour session of sleep that we get the most REM. Getting an average of 8 hours of sleep vs. an average of 7 hours of sleep every night between now and the test could be as much as a 50 point GMAT score difference.

And why not practice now, pre-business school? After the admissions process and once you’re in your MBA program, sleeping 8 hours will be a lot more difficult!

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

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Essential Materials

Register for a GMAT account on mba.com Download GMAC's GMATPrep Software Get a copy of the O.G. Subscribe to Magoosh's premium GMAT test prep Bookmark Magoosh's Complete GMAT Guide Bookmark Magoosh's guide to GMAT Practice Test Resources
  1. The official GMAT website, http://mba.com/ – register for an account on the site if you haven’t already.
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  3. Download the Official GMATPrep Software from GMAC.
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  5. GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review (OG) – The newest edition is the OG2021. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one.
     
    If you happen to own the OG2020, OG2019, OG2018, OG2017, or even the previous OG2016, then it would be no problem using any of those with this study guide.
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    • Don’t write in the textbooks. Do all your work on separate paper or on a computer. You will want to keep the textbooks clean, so that later, if you need to look at a problem again, it is still fresh and unmarked.
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  7. Magoosh GMAT – sign up for the Premium subscription
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  9. A journal (paper or on the computer) – throughout this GMAT schedule, I will ask you to take notes. The actual act of writing or typing creates important links in your brain because you are using your hands. Even if you never have time to review what you have written, just the act of writing it will help you learn a little more deeply.
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    • Pro tip #1: At the beginning of your journal, write down why you are studying for the GMAT. Refer back to it when you’ve skipped movie night for the third time, when your kids have kept you up late, when you’re just plain tired and frustrated of math, or whenever you need a little extra encouragement!
    • Pro tip #2: Taking more detailed notes than what I discuss in this study schedule will help you attain your dream score. Here are some tips on keeping an error log that you’d want to consider.
  11. Magoosh’s Complete GMAT Guide – This comprehensive web-based guide to the GMAT gives you the quick but useful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GMAT is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GMAT prep, and how to study for each test section.
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  13. A guide to GMAT Practice Test Resources – This page includes instructions on where to find good full-length GMAT practice tests, and how to take practice tests and incorporate them into your studies.

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Optional/Supplemental Resources

  1. GMAT Club, online forum
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  3. Beat the GMAT, online forum
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  5. Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards
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  7. Magoosh Idiom Flashcards
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  9. The Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test–a great tool to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Because this one-month GMAT schedule is already filled to the brim with material, we do not include formal practice with the flashcards. If you find these helpful, please integrate work with them where you can.
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Abbreviations Used in this Plan

In this plan, we use standard abbreviations for the question types on the GMAT.

  • OG = The Official Guide for GMAT Review

Quantitative Questions

  • PS = Problem Solving
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  • DS = Data Sufficiency

Verbal Questions

  • RC = Reading Comprehension
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  • CR = Critical Reasoning
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  • SC = Sentence Correction

In addition, AWA denotes the Analytical Writing Assessment (the essay at the beginning of the GMAT) and IR denotes the Integrated Reasoning section.
 

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Week 1 GMAT schedule

One Month GMAT Study Plan: Week One

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Week One, Day One

1) Read the official page on the structure of the test, and follow the four individual links to read about individual question types.

2) In the OG

  • Read the first half of the Math Review, before the math questions in the OG.
    • As you read, write down concepts that are fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar in your journal.
  • Read the introductory section to PS questions, DS questions, RC questions, and CR questions.
    • You will find these introductory sections before the banks of that question type.
  • Take the first half of the 3.1 Diagnostic Test, pp. 19-26, the mathematics section.
    • When you are done, correct your answers. For questions you got right, glance at the solution, to make sure you got it right for the right reason. For questions you got wrong, study the solutions in detail, taking notes on anything unfamiliar.

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

(As you watch these Magoosh videos, take notes in your journal. You will not have time to watch all of them more than once, so take notes to get the most out of each one. Even if you never again look at what you write, the fact that you are writing – and therefore, processing – what is being said will help you remember it.)

4) In the Magoosh product, do:

Upon completion of each Magoosh question, watch the video following the question whether you got the question right or wrong. As time goes on, and you are comfortable with why you go a question right, just watch the videos for questions you get wrong.

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.

Week One, Day Two

In the OG:

  • Finish the Math Review; as you read, either write down in a separate journal concepts that fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar.
  • Read the introductory section to SC questions, including the “Basic English Grammar Rules” section: as you read, either write down in a separate journal concepts that fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar. Read the introduction to the AWA and read the entire IR section.
  • Complete the second half of the 3.1 Diagnostic Test, pp. 27-44, the verbal section. When you are done, correct your answers. For questions you got right, glance at the solution, to make sure you got it right for the right reason. For questions you got wrong, study the solutions in detail, taking notes on anything unfamiliar.

4) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

5) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week One, Day Three

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

When you do each batch of OG questions, correct yourself right after, and then read the explanation given whether you got the question right or wrong. At the beginning, be religious about reading the explanations, making sure that, on questions you got right, you got them right for the right reason. As you continue in your studies, you can just scan explanations for question that were easy to get right.

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.

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

NOTE: as you finish lesson modules, take the quiz at the end of the module. If you don’t “pass,” then keep reviewing and take it again, until you can pass that quiz.

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week One, Day Four

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 math Data Sufficiency (DS) questions
  • 15 verbal Critical Reasoning (CR) questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week One, Day Five

1) In the OG, do:

  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week One, Day Six (BIG Day):

1) Go to the MBA website and download the free software.

2) Take the first 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.

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback. See this blog for other options.

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.

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Week 2 GMAT Schedule

One Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Two

Week Two, Day One

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Two, Day Two

1) In the OG, do:

  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Two, Day Three

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Two, Day Four

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 DS questions
  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Two, Day Five

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Two, Day Six (BIG Day)

1) Take the second 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.

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. 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.

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Week 3 GMAT Schedule

One Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Three

Week Three, Day One

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Three, Day Two

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 DS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Three, Day Three

1) In the OG, do:

  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

4) 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 the first twelve Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-12, setting yourself a 30 minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week Three, Day Four

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 DS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Three, Day Five

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Three, Day Six (BIG Day)

1) Retake the first full length GMAT on the GMAC software. Because the software has a larger question pool than the number of questions on each test, you will usually see many new questions as well as a few repeats (which are great for review).

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Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. 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.

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Week 4 GMAT Schedule

One Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Four

Week Four, Day One

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) Go back 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 the last six Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #12-18, and all six Table Analysis questions, setting yourself a 30 minute time limit for all twelve questions. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week Four, Day Two

1) In the OG, do:

  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

4) Go back 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 ten Graphics Interpretation questions, setting yourself a 25 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.

Week Four, Day Three

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

4) Go back 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 sixteen Two-Part Analysis questions, setting yourself a 40 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.

Week Four, Day Four

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 DS questions
  • 15 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Read the AWA Argument prompts in the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition). While GMAC has removed their list of AWA prompts from the 2020 and 2021 OG, you can still find the GMAT essay prompts on this MBA.com PDF. Pick a prompt at random, write an essay in half an hour; get a friend or mentor to critique it, or submit it on the online forums for critique.

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

4) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Four, Day Five

1) In the OG, do:

  • 25 PS questions
  • 15 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Week Four, Day Six (BIG Day, if this is NOT the day before the real GMAT)

1) Retake the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software. Because the software has a larger question pool than the number of questions on each test, you will usually see many new questions as well as a few repeats (which are great for review).

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. 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.

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Any Extra Days

  • In the OG, sample the remaining SC & CR questions
  • Write another essay from OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, and get a critique of it
  • Complete any remaining Magoosh questions for which you have time

Day Before the Test

  • No GMAT preparation all day
  • Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!
  • Go to bed earlier than usual
  • Take every break you’re offered during the exam

Day of the GMAT

  • ABSOLUTELY NO LAST-MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!
  • Eat a large breakfast, full of protein
  • Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test
  • 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

Bring to the Test

  • A valid legal ID, ensure your name matches your GMAT registration
  • A light sweater in case the test room gets chilly
  • A list of schools to which you’d like to send your score
  • A liter of water
  • Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)

 
For relaxation tips, see this post.

Any questions on this plan? Just leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to help!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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210 Responses to 1 Month GMAT Study Schedule

  1. tugce October 4, 2020 at 8:42 pm #

    i can’t find the videos that official guide questions explained. can you please send the link?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

      Here it is: https://gmat.magoosh.com/forum

      Often the best way to find a question is to google “Magoosh + first few words of question”. If we have an explanation for it, it will usually appear near the top of the search results.

  2. shivam agarwal July 18, 2020 at 9:43 pm #

    Hello,

    I wanted to clarify that if I watched the MAgoosh videos as per the study plan, then it instructs to do 25 PS questions. Do I need to select a particular section such as integers, ratio etc. , based on the videos watched? or do I just select PS and solve mix bunch.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 24, 2020 at 9:59 am #

      Hi Shivam, we recommend that you just do a random assortment of questions, but you can also narrow down the subjects in the Custom Practice feature in Magoosh.

  3. Tyierra January 3, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

    I am taking my gmat test on february 29th and i need help on how to prepare for it. I am aiming to at least get a 590-600 for a score. I have been watching the videos and taking practice questions and I still get them wrong. Should I just take a practice test and see where I need the most focus on for the math and verbal part then watch the videos for the specific subject then take a quiz and just repeat?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 12, 2020 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Tyierra,

      I see that you asked a similar question through your Magoosh Premium account and got a response. As a Premium student, the best way to get support is to contact us directly at help@magoosh.com. As you can see, it can sometimes take us a while to respond to blog comments 🙂

  4. Patcharatrai July 28, 2019 at 12:20 am #

    I have approximately 2 months to prepare for the GMAT Exam. I would like to have some recommendations on whether which study plan I should follow. I am a beginner and have a full-time job.

    Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 30, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

      Hi Patcharatrai,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. 🙂 If you have 2 months to prepare for the GMAT, I’d recommend that you follow the 1-month study schedule. That means you can complete 1 day’s assignments over 2 days. This gives you a little more flexibility with your full-time job. Additionally, the 1-month schedule will also cover all of the math and verbal concepts you’ll need to know for the exam.

  5. Saurabh Poddar March 9, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

    Is there a print out for the one month beginners study plan similar to the other plans?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 11, 2019 at 7:38 am #

      Hi Saurabhm

      Unfortunately, we do not have the one month study schedule in printable form at this moment. You can copy and paste the text into your own document, or print the page out from your computer. I know this isn’t ideal, but it should work!

  6. imasu January 15, 2019 at 7:21 am #

    hello plz can you tell me the procedure to use alipay to pay for the one month premium.because i keep trying but it not working.plz

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 19, 2019 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Imasu!

      It looks like you’re having some issues with signing up for a Premium account! I’ve passed your message along to members of our team who can help you a little better with this!

      You should be hearing from someone shortly.

      Cheers!

  7. Mustafa December 1, 2018 at 3:08 am #

    I have only 2 months, but I don’t know which study plan should I select. A one month or a three month.

    I am a beginner.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      Hi Mustafa!

      Both the 1-month and 3-month versions of the study plans will take you through all of the information you need to know for success on the GMAT, so this decision really depends on your personal preferences! 🙂 For the one month plan, for example, you would have to stretch the tasks out each day: you would complete each day’s tasks over two days. For the three month plan, you would basically have to condense the study plan in order to complete it in 2 months. This means that you might complete two day’s worth of tasks over three days. Either of these approaches works–it just depends on which one you prefer 😀

  8. Evan November 23, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    Hello, I haven’t had math in many years and I am contemplating Magoosh’s online service. I found out about Magoosh at Barnes and Noble and the textbook format appealed to me because of its step-by-step explanation for math problems.

    Q1: When paying the 200+ dollars, do I get the textbook too?

    Q2: I am in a Fall gap semester and graduate my undergrad in May 2020. What would be the best time to take this exam? How much time do you recommend? My goal is to get a 740 because I am aiming for some top-tier MBA programs.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Evan,

      I forwarded your question on to our team of tutors so that they can provide you with a personalized and more in-depth response. You’ll hear from someone shortly! Heads up, you’ll receive the response in a separate email 🙂

  9. sara November 14, 2018 at 9:32 am #

    Hi

    I have 2 Months to go for the GMAT exam, I’m beginner and need to start from scratch
    plus I’m not a native. Can you suggest a Study schedule for me?
    Note: I bought the Premium plan from Magoosh please advise me accordingly

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

      Hi Sara!

      Because you’re a Premium student, I forwarded your message to our Test Prep Experts. 😀 You should be hearing from someone (in an email!) shortly. 🙂

  10. Kit July 26, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    Hi,

    I have a question about the RC questions. When I select to do RC questions in “Customize Your Practice”, the site will not let me “end quiz and see results” unless I have answered the current question which is a new passage that I do not want to move on to as instructed in the daily schedule. I just want to complete 1 RC passage with associated question, is there a way to limit my practice to just 1 RC passage?

    Currently there is no way of me knowing whether I completed all associate questions until I see a screen with a new passage. And at that point the practice session will not allow me to end it until after I have selected an answer to the new passage and continue.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

      Hi Kit,

      Since you’re a Premium student, I forwarded your message on to our team of student support specialists. They will be able to provide you with an answer shortly! Just so you know. you’ll receive the answer in an email 🙂

  11. GMATGAL May 15, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    I recently took the GMAT and scored a 600 (36 quant and 35 verbal). I plan on retaking the exam in a month and a half. Will this one month study plan be enough to get to a 700 score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      A full 100 point boost in just 6 months is rare, but not unheard of. A 3 or 6 month plan would certainly be more ideal for that sort of large score increase.

      You’re most likely to be able to get a score boost in single month if your biggest GMAT weaknesses are in strategy. Strategies– active reading, multiple choice elimination, mental math and math shortcuts, etc.— can be learned and mastered much more quickly.

      On the other hand, if your biggest challenges are in academic content– math formulas and operations, grammar, and so on, it will be more challenging to boost your score by a full 100 points in just a month. Those aspects of the GMAT simply take longer to learn and master. In that case, you may want to modify the one month plan to add extra activities that focus on your weak areas. (And if you’ve really mastered some parts of the test, you could skip activities in your strong areas to make room for more activities that address your weaknesses.)

  12. Dotun January 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    Hello Mike,

    From Nigeria, I have been following Magoosh for a while now following recommendations from a few friends who got prestigious admissions preparing for the GMAT using Magoosh.

    My goal is to take the EMBA Executive Assessment by mid February, I really want to be done with it. Though not as intensive as the GMAT and only testing 3 sections — Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning — I do not want to leave anything to chances; and I must say I am at a very beginner stage in all 3 sections.

    Now, kindly advise if Magoosh’s 1 month study plan will help achieve optimal preparedness, especially seeing the Executive Assessment is more about readiness for the EMBA program than it is about score point.

    I look forward to your reply.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 11, 2018 at 8:05 am #

      I can take this one, Mike! 🙂 Dotun, if you use this one month program, you can likely prepare very well for the EMBA test from GMAC. You’ll want to exclude any AWA activities, of course.

      In addition, the EMBA version of the GMAT is said to be a bit simpler/easier than the regular one. This one month plan, geared toward the full, regular GMAT can help you shoot higher than you absolutely need to– always a good way to get the best score possible. But this plan might also cause you to devote time to certain topics that are less important on the EMBA version of the test. So you may want to also look at the GMAC’s free EMBA sample questions and get their official EMBA book. The book which shows a much wider range of questions so that you can really know what’s on the EMBA exam, and how it differs from GMAT content. For the book, the free practice questions, and other EMBA prep, go here.

      Also, if you haven’t done so already, make sure that every EMBA program you’re considering really does accept the EMBA version of the GMAT. There are quite a few EMBA programs that prefer or even require the regular version of the exam.

  13. Saudamini December 18, 2017 at 2:32 am #

    Hi,
    I wanted to know if we can follow a study schedule just with OG. Basically I have a few other resources from some seniors and I don’t think I can afford the premium Magoosh kit. Is it possible to score well following the one month schedule sans the Magoosh reference. Also, can you refer a source for the tough math questions? And also an OG17 guide for quant and verbal both. Finally any suggestions for improving IR?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 20, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Saudamini,

      The ETS Official Guide is a great starting point to your studies. It provides the most authentic practice material so that you can prepare for the GMAT. However, the OG lacks information on important strategy and problem-solving methods that will help you to achieve a great score on the GMAT. You can follow the spirit of the study guide with just the OG, GMATPrep free practice test, and free resources and blog posts from our GMAT blog (which will fill in on important problem-solving strategies and extra practice questions). You won’t be able to follow the study guide exactly because you won’t have access to our video lessons and custom practice sessions, but you can definitely use it as an outline to structure your studies and make sure that you cover all of the information you need to cover 🙂 Good luck!

  14. Christi December 1, 2017 at 12:00 am #

    Hi Mike, I am wanting to subscribe to the Premium 1-month program. So can you please help me understand…When I purchase the Premium program do I receive a book(s), materials or email access of any kind. How soon will I receive the resources or access? On this page you provide a daily plan of what to do along with links to resources needed for that days’ study. At the top is a menu of different sections, videos, flashcards, etc. Do we select each of those buttons to access those resources? Your prompt reply is appreciated as I need to begin studying.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 1, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Christi,

      With a premium subscription, you get a login that gives you access to our hundreds of GMAT video lessons and our 1000+ practice questions (complete with text and video answer explanations). And yes, the menu of links at the top of this plan lead to the free online resources you’ll be using in addition to the Premium materials. 🙂

  15. Michelle October 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    Hello! Thank you for providing these study guides. I have my exam at the end of December and would say I’m at the beginner level. Would you suggest completing the 3 month plan (although i only have 2) or the 1 month? Thanks from a nervous test -taker!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Michelle,

      Happy to help 🙂 Both of the study plans will take you through all of the information you need to know for success on the GMAT, so this decision really depends on your personal preferences! For the one month plan, for example, you would have to stretch the tasks out each day: you would complete each day’s tasks over two days. for the three month plan, you would basically have to condense the study plan in order to complete it in 2 months. This means that you might complete two day’s worth of tasks over three days. Either of these approaches works–it just depends on which one you prefer 🙂

  16. Sameer Kamath September 14, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    Hello Magoosh. I’ve been religiously folllowing your blog posts on all your topics and its gret help for anyone studying for the GMAT. I have my GMAT within in a week (22nd Sept) but i most probably will reschedule it and that is the reason i went through this article regarding a one-month schedule which again is so well-planned. Is it possible that I buy only the Verbal course and videos of Magoosh? Is there any plan for that? I already have a lot of good material for Quant and do not want to spend anymore on it. So is there any kind of a deal for this? Please do let me know. Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

      Please email help@magoosh.com and one of our account specialists will let you know what is available. 🙂

  17. Rehan August 29, 2017 at 2:38 am #

    Hello Magoosh,

    I am looking forward towards following your one month GMAT schedule. Just wanted this clarification that do we require the official guide for GMAT to be with us during this schedule as there are many references of it from your schedule.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Rehan,

      Yes, that is why we have the OG as an essential resource in the resources section. 🙂 Happy studying!

  18. Andrea B August 27, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve been studying for the GMAT for 1.5 months now, using the following materials:

    All MGMAT math guides
    OG 13th edition (did all the quant PS and DS questions)

    and took 3 GMAT prep tests

    1. Quant 24 verbal 28 total 450 (baseline score)
    2. Quant 42 verbal 28 total 590 (2 weeks before the GMAT)
    3. Quant 43 verbal 30 total 600 (2 days before the GMAT)

    I took the GMAT on Aug 26 got a lot lower than my mock tests (quant 32 verbal 23 total 460) as I found myself rushing through the verbal section. I really need to improve ASAP as my target score is 650+. I’m planning to take the GMAT again on Sept 26/28.

    Will this 1 month plan be sufficient? Do you have any other recommendations for what my GMAT study schedule should be like? I can dedicate 5-6 hours a day.

    Thanks in advance!

    Best,

    Andrea

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Andrea,

      A month can absolutely be enough! With this much background material, you can first analyze your errors to pinpoint weaknesses and then target your weak areas in a month of study. It is important to self-analyze and then work through the same material again—our students who do the best on their exams typically work through their material at least two complete times. 🙂

      If you are interested in joining Magoosh, feel free to email help@magoosh.com to ask further questions! 🙂

  19. Brian August 23, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    Do we go in order for the math and verbal videos or select any of the ones not previously seen?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

      Hi Brian,

      We recommend going in order, but you can choose to go randomly, if you prefer. 🙂

  20. Anookya August 13, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

    Hey!
    I was offered a 20% discount on my magoosh purchase of the 1 month GMAT study schedule. However, now when I proceeded to make the purchase the discount is unavailable to me. It would be great if you could provide me with the discount so that i may buy the study plan as soon as possible!

  21. Madhuri M November 15, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi, I’ve given the GMAT twice now (640 & 660 respectively). Though while practicing I get scores in the range of 700+, in the real exam things haven’t worked out. I’m wondering if I should just accept my 660 score or should I give it one last try? If I do decide to do that, I would have a month to prepare (since I want to apply to schools for the January deadline). What would your recommendation be for someone who will be giving the exam for a third time?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

      I’d say you could benefit from retaking the exam, for two reasons. First, you may be able to get your score up to 700+ in time for the January deadline. Second, even if you don’t meet the January deadline, a higher GMAT score could help you get accepted in a future academic term, if your 660 doesn’t gain you acceptance this time around.

      As far as what to do when you give your exam the third time, you should think carefully about exactly what skills you need to improve in order to reach that 700+. You’ve already shown that you can improve, but boosting your score form 640 to 660. But what ares do you still need to improve in? If you’re not sure, do a few practice question sets. Make note of the question types that are hardest for you (Quant geometry? Verbal RC? Something else?) Think about the test strategies that you can still improve on. Maybe you need to improve on Quant pacing, Sentence correction multiple choice strategies, etc….

      The more you target your “problem area” skills, the more you can refine your skills for a higher GMAT score. This doesn’t mean that yous top practicing the skills that your’e good at, of course. You’ll still want to do light-but-t regular practice on aspects of the GMAT your’e already good at, so that your strong points stay sharp.

  22. Shimone Z November 8, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Hi,

    My question is i followed the one month plan( daily) and when i take time for the Math PS i found out if i do every question +watch every video relevant it will take long time to go. and i feel i do need watch them because i really don’t know those, at this point should i switch the order watch all the math video first then starting doing practice or i can still fowling the plan at the beginning it might take a longer time but more i learn less time i will take? please help me out

    thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Shimone,

      If you want to get the most from your studies, I would recommend that you follow the schedule, and use the relevant videos to those problems you’re unfamiliar or struggle with. If you fully grasp the lesson through the relevant videos, you will be much faster when reviewing this lesson later when you come across it in your schedule.

  23. Nasah November 3, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi.
    I just scored 200-300 in my first ever mock exam and I honestly do not understand how can I be so bad? I was or you can still am aiming for princeton and for that I need at least a 750+ what I don’t understand is that I always was an average student but this score is absolutely ridiculous. I feel like shit atm. Funny part is I can easily solve these 500-650 level questions on the forums or the book but I have no clue what went wrong blah. I have given myself a two month deadline; I’m going to religiously follow this timetable should take me 4-5 hours a day which is fine furthermore I’m getting Gmat club tests as well. ‘practice makes perfect’ hopefully hopefully I will at least make that 450 marks jump Lol sounds sad man I’m not that bad or maybe I am.. score has not exactly demoralised but has ignited this thirst for vengeance to prove myself that I can do it. What I want to ask you is OG 16 + Club test + your Magoosh premium is it enough?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi Nasah,

      Sorry to hear that you’re not hitting your target score, but glad to hear that you’re motivated! I think you’re on the right track to recognize that it’s your efforts that will get you improvement. I will say that there is no content that is “enough” to get you to a certain score, but the OG 16 and Magoosh premium content will definitely be great resources for your studies! Use the study guide, and focus on the review aspect when doing problems. That’s where you find a lot of growth! On problems you get wrong, learn why you got it wrong and how to never do that mistake again. On problems you get right, watch/read the explanation to learn if there was an alternative and more efficient approach you could have taken to save yourself more time! Good luck!

  24. Nitin Gupta November 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    Hello Magoosh Team,

    I have 45 days for my exam and I have ordered OG 2017 so far. My target is 750+

    1. Please guide me how should I start & plan my prep
    2. What other resources I would need to take ?

    Would be thankful !

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Nitin,

      In terms of structuring your studies, I highly recommend using one of our study schedules. Our most successful students use our study guides to guide themselves through our content. However, to use our study schedule, you will need our content as it walks you through our lessons. In addition to these resources, our blog, which has additional problems, tips, and strategies, should be sufficient for your studies given your timeline. However, the resources do not guarantee a 750+, this will be through your hard work and dedication.

  25. Sid October 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Hello Magoosh,
    I am planning to appear for GMAT exam in 1st quarter of 2018. I gave GRE once in late 2012 and got score of 303 out of 340. Although I was satisfied with my scores, I did not appear for it again.
    Keeping all this in mind, I am not quite sure how and when I should start my preparations. Please suggest some sought of plan for me.

    Thanks in Advance,
    Sid

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Sid,

      Typically, we see students preparing 3-6 months for the exam. This should be sufficient for your preparations as well! However, it’s never too early to get your muscles stretched. You can technically start anytime, but I think you can wait until you are 3-6 months in to really dive in, so the material is fresh. If you have the flexibility, go for the 6-month route!

  26. Sneha October 3, 2016 at 12:54 am #

    Hi Magoosh Team,

    Thank you so much for the concise study plan you have shared here. This was all I was waiting for. I have less than a month left for my GMAT. I wanted to know whether OG quant review 16 and OG verbal review 2 are equally good as OG Gmat (the combined version). I started doing OG Quant review 16 PS questions but found them extremely easy. Are these questions also actual retired questions from GMAT? Is is worth spending time on these anymore or not?

    Thanks,
    Sneha

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      Hi Sneha,

      All of the OG material are great resources! The problems in the book are typically ordered in level of difficulty, so the first few questions will be the easiest. This is what you may be experiencing. Regardless, all OG material should be useful in your studies.

  27. Pratiksha Suresh September 29, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    Hi,

    I just finished the Magoosh one month study plan and it has helped me a lot in improving my scores. However, I still have 22 days more to go until my test date.
    I have finished all the questions from the GMAT official guide 2017 and almost all the practise questions on Magoosh. Right now I’m scoring in the range of 690-710 on the mock tests on the GMATprep software and want work on improving further.
    Can you please advise me as to what other resources I can refer to and where I can take more mock exams.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

      Hi Pratiksha,

      I would actually recommend going through the content you have once more. I know what you may be thinking. You’re probably worried that you’ve already memorized some of the answers. That’s probably true for 10% of the problems, but the rest will be a great learning opportunity. Technically, you should get all the answers correct the second time around. However, if you get any incorrect, this will be a big red flag. Then, you can do targeted studying on these concepts and problem types to better understand why you got the answer wrong and how to approach these types of problems.

      If you do want a new mock exam, I would recommend the Manhattan GMAT free practice exam. They have great material!

  28. Abhishek September 6, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    hi
    I have roughly a month left for the GMAT exam. My target is 700+ and I intend to prep 2-3 hrs per day. My pre-test score from the Kaplan GMAT premier was 550 without any preparation. I am strong in quant , but I lack in data sufficiency. Please tell me the preparation method for the verbal part to boost my score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Abhishek,

      To improve your verbal score, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read as MUCH as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as your comprehension. As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don’t know. Pause every so often, and recap the main message in your own words.

      I also recommend that you take a look at our idiom flashcards. Together with that high-level reading practice, they’re fantastic tools for bringing up your verbal score. 🙂

      And for more tips on how to improve your verbal score, make sure to check out the Verbal Section of our GMAT Blog. You need to make sure that you understand the strategy for each question type, common wrong answer choices and get plenty of practice 🙂

      A good way to accomplish all of this is to become a Magoosh Premium Student and have access to our comprehensive video lessons, hundreds of high quality practice problems and support from our team of test prep experts 😀

  29. Magoosh Test Prep Expert
    Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    Sorry to hear your score dropped when you finally took the real exam. That sounds frustrating! If 640 is below the score range you need, you should definitely retake. As you study for the retake, make sure you use official GMAT study materials– your use of Kaplan for practice is probably the reason for the inconsistency between your Kaplan scores and your scores on test day…. And make sure you do other things to keep your practice test scores consistent and accurate as well.

  30. Abdelkader August 5, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    Dear Sirs, I am beginner and have to pass GMAT test within end september next. Will it be possible for me to achieve 650 score?
    Thank you,
    Abdelkader

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 9, 2016 at 12:19 am #

      Hi Abdelkader,

      Whether or not you can reach a score of 650 really does depend on your starting score or baseline (from any recent practice tests) and the amount of time you’re able to spend studying. On average, our Magoosh users increase their scores by 60 points. However, many have increased their score much more than that! People who don’t study with Magoosh also are able to increase their scores, and that varies a lot depending on their study styles and what they use!

      Our study schedule here can help you to get an idea about how much content we recommend covering. If you have the ability to follow something like this 1 month plan you’re commenting on, I would recommend the structured advice. It makes the day-to-day aspects of preparing much simpler. I hope that helps! 🙂

  31. Adrian July 18, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    Dear Magoosh team,

    I follow the one month plan, and did the first GMAT prep test with the software. However, I realized that when I want to review the test and my answers I do no get any answer explanations, just what the right answer is to each question. How can see the detailed explanation and solution to each question, as indicated in the plan?

    kind regards
    Adrian

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 7:48 am #

      Hi Adrian,

      It looks like you’ve already received a response from one of our test-prep experts, but in case someone else has the same question, we’re going to respond here as well 🙂

      Unfortunately, GMATprep practice tests provide only answers without complete explanations. So, it’s necessarily to go to outside sources to find explanations. Explanations and in-depth discussions for many of the GMATPrep questions can be found on the GMAT Club’s forum or on Beat the GMAT’s forum. You’ll see responses from both test prep experts and students, and the comments will give you multiple perspectives from which to evaluate a given practice problem 🙂

      For more information on these and other GMAT forums, check out this article on our blog!

  32. Omar July 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    Hello Magoosh,

    I choose the 1 month plan for my study and noticed that I have to do questions (SC for example) whereas I didn’t reach/finish the lessons related to SC. is that ok? do I have to watch the videos first and then do the questions later? what is your philosophy here and recommendations as well? Thanks.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      Hi Omar,

      This is a question our test prep experts could best answer for you personally through email since you’re a premium member. You will be hearing from one of them soon! 🙂

      Anyone else who has this question and is a premium member should email help@magoosh.com to get support!
      🙂

      • Sneha Pujani July 21, 2016 at 1:33 am #

        Hi , can you help me out me the same thing as Omar asked. I have the exact same doubt.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 21, 2016 at 7:38 am #

          Hi Sneha,

          Like in Omar’s case, since you’re a premium member, I’ve forwarded your message (along with Omar’s original message) to our team of test prep experts. You should receive an e-mail from one of them soon 😀

          • Jina Kim September 18, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

            Hello, can you send me the same recommendations as well? Thanks

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

              Hi Jina! Go ahead and email the team at help@magoosh.com or send a message using the Help tab on your Magoosh dashboard. Our team will help you. 🙂

  33. Lilly July 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Hi,

    Thanks so much for this guide! I’m following the study schedule for 1-month and in the OG, the practice questions seem to be ordered by difficulty? So when you say “do 25 PS,” do you mean the first 25 or how can we achieve a mix of question difficulties each day?

    Lilly

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 3, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

      Hi Lilly,

      Happy to help! 🙂

      The truth is you can do either approach, but I personally think it makes sense early on to focus on the first questions which are easier. As long as you work through 25 of the PS questions of any type, though, you’re making forward progress! Happy studying.

  34. Jean L May 28, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Hi! Thank you for providing a great resources!

    I recently decided to take a GMAT test and have about two months to prepare it. Unfortunately, I have a kid so can’t spare much time during weekend, but I have longer hours in week days (6-8 hours). Since most plans require to have one longer day from weekend, I am not sure how to adjust plans. Would anyone could give me some advice? Also, I have a 13th edition so I am wondering if that is still okay.
    I really appreciate your help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 4, 2016 at 5:10 am #

      Hi Jean,

      Happy to help! 🙂

      I would suggest you use the 1-month plan and give yourself flexibility to spread a day of studying over 2 days rather than feeling frantic as you try to smash the 2-3 month plans into your busy life. No reason to feel more stress than necessary!

      Having the 13th edition of the texts is also no problem–if you were buying fresh, we might suggest the most recent resources, but you can still make marked improvement with older copies! Good luck, Jean. 🙂

  35. Haoran Liu May 24, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    Hey Mike,

    Great stuff! I just had a quick question regarding practice problems, for example:

    6) In the Magoosh product, do:

    25 math Problem Solving (PS) questions

    16 verbal Sentence Correction (SC) questions

    1 verbal Reading Comprehension (RC) passage and the associated questions.

    ^ Can you comment on setting (or not setting) a time limit? If I should, what’s a good rule to use for determining amt of time for a set # of questions? And if not initially, at what point is it wise to start timing yourself?

    Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

      Hi Haoran,

      Good question! 🙂

      You are not required to start setting a hard limit for yourself, but you might want to consider our general pacing guidelines and see how you stack up. The take-as-much-time-as-you-need attitude is an unsustainable luxury in GMAT prep, so the fact that you are already thinking about timing is excellent. There is no definite pacing strategy for the test; however sticking to a “2 minute rule” for quant and “slightly less than 2 minute” rule for verbal could be the general strategy you follow to make sure you’re on track. Keep in mind that not all questions take the same length of time, so if you are longer on some and shorter on others, that’s okay!

  36. Vince D May 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    In this blog it states:
    6) In the Magoosh product, do:

    25 math Problem Solving (PS) questions

    16 verbal Sentence Correction (SC) questions

    1 verbal Reading Comprehension (RC) passage and the associated questions.

    I have a premium account but I can’t find where I take this questions. Can you tell me where I can get to them?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 24, 2016 at 12:08 am #

      Hi Vince,

      Sorry for the delay! I hope you’ve already figured this out, but in case not:

      1. Go to your Magoosh dashboard.
      2. Click “Practice” and choose “Custom Practice.”
      3. Set up a practice session for the type of questions. You need to do this separately for EACH type (PS, SC, and RC).
      4. Leave the number of questions unselected and keep track of how many you’ve answered on your own until you’ve done the assigned number.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

        Yes, your Magoosh custom practice allows you to select questions from any category required on the study schedule.

  37. Omar May 17, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi there, Mike,

    I find your materials great but I’m in a bit of a trouble, I want to dedicate 2 months of study to the GMAT. I can allocate 2 – 3 hours of study plus a larger session on Saturday.

    You have plans for 1 month and 3 months, what is your recommendation to fit a nice plan for a 640~ score?

    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 18, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Omar 🙂

      Happy to help! While we currently don’t have a specific 2-month study plan, there are a few things you could do:

      1) Modify One of the 90-Day Schedules
      To do this, you’ll need to cover three weeks of the schedule for every two weeks you have to study. While this may sound complicated, many of our students have had success doing so. It helps if you first visualize your new schedule on paper 🙂

      For example, you could do “double days” every other week: For one week, cover two days of schedule for each day of your studying. Then, the next week, follow the schedule as normal. Here is what your the first few weeks of your plan would look like:

      –Your Week 1 = Weeks 1 and 2 of the study plan
      –Your Week 2 = Week 3 of the study plan
      –Your Week 3 = Weeks 4 and 5 of the study plan

      Since the original plan only requires about 1-2 hours of studying a day, this is definitely doable.

      2) Modify Our Daily One-Month Schedule
      You could also follow our one-month plan and take two days for every one day on the study plan. This is a bit less complicated than modifying one of our 90-day schedules and will definitely still allow you to cover all of the topics you’ll see on the exam. 🙂 Plus, since the 30-day plan requires about 3-4 hours of studying a day, if you spread this out over two months, you’ll still be studying about two hours a day.

      For more suggestions on how to adapt one of our plans to your schedule, I’d recommend checking out the following blog post 🙂

      Adapting the GMAT Study Schedules to Your Needs

      Hope this helps! 😀

  38. pragadeesh May 1, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    hi,
    I got a score of 530 in the GMAC prep software.I will be taking the gmat on late july.I have the whole month of June to study.I can spend about 8 hours/day.should i follow your one month plan or the three month plan.Please note: only the month of june I can spend 8 hours.I am currently working and the other two months i can hardly study.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 13, 2016 at 5:57 am #

      Hi Pragadeesh,

      Thanks for reaching out! 🙂

      In your case, I would take up the 1 month plan for two main reasons. (1) It won’t leave you stressed if you cannot balance both your busy life and your GMAT studies; (2) If you have extra time left when completing the plan, you can move on to targeted revision and filling in knowledge gaps!

      I hope that helps give you some direction. Happy studying! 🙂

  39. Priyanka April 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Is it enough if I solve magoosh product questions and watch the video explinattions or should I solve the Manhattan questions also?
    Should I go through Manhattan explnations also

    Regars
    Priyanka

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 2, 2016 at 3:56 am #

      Hi Tayler,

      Great question! The Magoosh materials cover all of the core concepts you will see on the GMAT. However, we do offer a finite number of practice problems, so whether or not you will need more than Magoosh does depend on a couple of things:

      1. How long you plan to study for: If you’re planning to study for a really long time, you may simply need a higher volume of practice questions.
      2. Your target score and how you’re scoring now: Depending on how much you’re hoping to raise your score, you may need more questions on a particular topic.

      We do recommend that you study from the Official Guide for GMAT as well. It’s written by the test-makers themselves, so it’s an invaluable resource, and it never hurts to have a multifaceted approach. If you decide to follow one of our GMAT study schedules, we’ll also recommend a few additional resources. But for most students, The Official Guide and Magoosh are enough. 🙂

  40. Hasnain.K. April 20, 2016 at 5:15 am #

    Hey Mike !
    I will be giving the GMAT test for the first time. I plan to take the test in the first week of June, 2016. I can devote 5 to 6 hrs a day for my preparations. Will this be enough for getting a score of 550+. Also, tell me if I can appear for the exam at an earlier date given the daily hours.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 21, 2016 at 1:58 am #

      Hi Hasnain,

      It is really hard to tell you anything absolute since we don’t know your baseline abilities, but a score of 550 is very reasonable and achievable, and you sound like you have a good commitment to time spent per day! I suggest you study diligently for a few weeks and take a mock to see where you stand. If your mock shows that you’re more than ready, you can take the test early, but if not, you still have the remaining few weeks until the first week of June to fill in your gaps. 🙂

  41. Tyler April 14, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    I’ve already taken the GMAT twice before (score of 630) and am looking to boost to a 680-700 range. I have roughly six weeks before my exam and planned on using this plan in conjunction with MGMAT resources (to make it a six week plan). My study ha its weren’t great last time around but I now have a more consistent work schedule and can dedicate enough time to preparing. Should the six week plan be adequate or should I push the exam out for a 3 month plan? Note: I also want to leave myself enough time before starting school to take it twice (in the event that I want to try for an even larger score).

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Tyler,

      It sounds like you have partially answered your question already! Since you want to leave yourself time to retake the test, I would push forward with a concentrated 6-week approach, assuming you have the appropriate amount of time to dedicate to it daily. Then you could determine whether you were ready to take the test or if you wanted to spend a week or two doing some serious error logging and revision of your mistakes before taking a GMAT. 🙂

  42. Preston March 31, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve taken the GMAT previously without studying and got a 660. I have one month until my exam and I just need to improve 20 points – to a 680. Is this the right guide for me? I am willing to follow it religiously.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 2, 2016 at 3:47 am #

      Hi Preston,

      Happy test prep day! 🙂

      If you are looking to improve 20 points and you have a month, this study plan can definitely help! 20 points is very doable, and if you focus on your weak areas and study diligently, you should see great success. 🙂

  43. Antariksh March 29, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Hi,

    I am planning to give my GMAT around May – 20-25th. I really wish a score above 700. I am flexible with my dates but I really want to go with a plan of at least 700 and above on my GMAT. What do you suggest?

    How do I judge my current ability on GMAT. If I can get you that information may be we can work on that.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 3, 2016 at 5:02 am #

      Hi Antariksh,

      Happy to help! 🙂

      Have you ever taken a mock exam of any kind? Most students start with a mock if they’re trying to determine their current abilities. This can also help guide your studies as you dive in to get a great score in May. 😀

  44. Saloni Rana March 23, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    Hello,

    I have 20 days to prepare for GMAT, I need a minimum score of 450 in my GMAT test for my MBA program. I am confused if this achievable score given the fact I can dedicate only 2hrs per day for studying as I am working and maybe a little more hours on weekends. Please let me know what can be ideal study plan for me I have Down loaded the app on my phone but want to know hat else will help achieve my target.
    Thankas

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 27, 2016 at 5:27 am #

      Hi Saloni,

      Thanks for reaching out! 🙂

      A 450 is definitely doable. If you look at the percentile ranking, a 450 is below the mean for all test takers, so if you have a basic understanding of the test, the way it asks questions, and its general content, you should be able to do it. 🙂

      You want to focus on a few main things:

      1. The test structure and how it asks questions. Make sure you understand data sufficiency questions, for example, and are ready for sentence correction exercises.
      2. All the math basics. We wrote about the most common concepts in the math section, so you can study strategically.
      3. Master basic grammatical rules. Subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, modifier placement, and economy of words are all key components of the sentence correction questions.

      20 days is not enough time to really use a full study plan, but if you are able to focus on the core skills that will get you through the GMAT, in 20 days you should be able to get yourself a 450. Use the GMATPrep software to take a test and see your current score prediction. This can help you to target your studies further.

      Good luck! 🙂

  45. T March 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Hi,

    I have a month off and would like to knock this test out. I also want to get an elite score. Is the one month plan sufficient, should I add parts of the advanced plan to the one month plan, or should I do the advanced plan in one month?

    Thanks in advance

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 6, 2016 at 3:11 am #

      Hi there, T! 🙂

      Your ability to get an elite score relies on the perfect combination of time spent studying and your current level of ability. One month can be sufficient, but depending on your starting point and ability to learn, you may need to supplement. I would aim to be able to use a substantial amount of advanced material if you want to get 680+ on your GMAT! Make sure you definitely use official GMAT materials in addition to the other resources you consult.

      I hope that helps. 🙂

  46. Juwariah February 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi guys I am planning on taking the GMAT on March 15, 2016 and I am getting the Premium Subscription tomorrow. I plan on following this one month plan diligently but do I really need the book? I was wondering if I can follow the one month plan without getting the OG book? My aim is to get above a 700.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 13, 2016 at 1:37 am #

      Hi Juwariah,

      Happy to help! 🙂

      While many students do use just Magoosh for their preparation, we always recommend Official Guide material at the very least. This comes straight from the test makers and offers the most authentic study experience, so it is worth the investment as an additional resource. Ultimately, however, your study decisions are you own, and as long as you cover all the necessary concepts and study diligently, you can earn a score you are proud of. 🙂


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