Aiming for a top GMAT score? Want an intensive study schedule? Here, you’ll find the advanced GMAT study guide you need to get the best possible preparation in three months. With top-notch materials and perfect pacing, Magoosh’s advanced GMAT study plan will get you where you want to be in the next twelve weeks.

**Table of Contents**

## Getting Started

## Choosing Your 3-Month GMAT Study Schedule

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

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

**FAQ: How do I know whether this is right plan for me?**

Because I am assuming you have already a strong background, this plan (Magoosh’s GMAT 3 month study plan advanced version) does not include watching many lesson videos and does include more practice problems, included some very challenging material.

Once you join Magoosh, just scan down the titles of the Quant & Verbal lesson videos. If you see very few on that list that you feel you would need to review, then this is definitely the right plan for you.

One could still follow this plan if one had to review, say, 10% – 20% of the video lessons in the Magoosh lesson library, assuming one knew everything else cold. If you have a good deal of new material to learn, or have to review in several modules, then you will be better served by another plan that guides you methodically through the lesson videos. Following the most appropriate study plan for your ability level will maximize your score.

**FAQ: Will this “Advanced” plan help me score over 700? **

If you follow all parts of the 3-month study plan for GMAT, from Magoosh (advanced), plan diligently, you will encounter all the information you will need for an elite score: it all will pass before your eyes. How well you do will depend on everything you bring: how quickly you learn, how deeply you remember, how well you assimilate and integrate, how astutely you discern connections and patterns, how diligent you are, how conscientious you are, and how dedicated you are. If you are truly committed to getting an excellent score, then read this blog with the utmost of attention and care.

**FAQ: Can I skip the rest days to finish this advanced GMAT study plan in fewer than three months?**

As you’ll see, this plan gives you Day 7 of each week off. We get it—you want to finish faster. But remember, this is not a sprint—it’s a marathon! While speed is important, so is endurance. You’ll need sufficient rest to process all of the materials you’ve learned each week. Don’t skip those rest days!

**FAQ: I’m a working professional/English isn’t my first language/I need to adapt this schedule in some way!**

Check out this blog post for adjustment tips! Are you looking for a different study guide? Check out more GMAT study guide options here!

## How to Use This Plan Over 12 Weeks

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

- As much as possible, get enough sleep during this three-month period. REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight-hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM.
- GMAC’s
*The Official Guide for GMAT Review*(OG): The newest edition is the OG2020. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one. If you happen to own the OG2019, OG2018, or any other OG back to 2013, then it would be no problem using either of those with this study guide.**Don’t write in the official guide or any prep books**. Do all your work on separate paper or on a computer as you work through this advanced GMAT study plan. You will want to keep the books clean, so that later, if you need to look at a problem again, it is still fresh and unmarked.**The code in the back of the OG will give you access to GMAC’s Integrated Reasoning website with 50 IR practice questions.** - The OG Verbal Review 2020 and the OG Quant Review 2020. Those are the newest editions. If you already own the earlier editions, back to 2015, then feel free to use them instead. These two books give more official questions, different from those in the OG.
- A Premium subscription to Magoosh
- The Magoosh GMAT eBook
- The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards
- One of the 10-volume Manhattan GMAT series: these books are about the best material available in hard-copy print form. You may find the other volumes of this series helpful, but they are entirely optional. The primary reason you are getting this volume is to get the code in the inside back cover: that code will give you access to one MGMAT online GMAT CAT, which you will take later in this plan. (See the note below on “Practice Tests During This Plan”). (Remember not to write in this book either!)
- Nova’s GMAT Math Prep Course: As explained in this review, this book is purely a collection of practice problems. You will be working through this book for additional math practice. Some of the harder problems in this book are harder than anything you will see on the GMAT, but if you can do all of this, the GMAT Quant will be no problem! (Remember not to write in this book either!)
- A journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)

At the beginning of your journal, write down why you are studying for the GMAT. - Outside reading material: You may already have a habit of reading. Since you are planning to pursue a career in business, it would be good to get well informed about that world, if you have not be reading about it already. While you don’t need to be an expert, it’s important for the GMAT to have a general sense of the business world. Read the
*Wall Street Journal*and the business section of sophisticated newspapers such as the*New York Times*and the*Washington Post*. Force yourself to read articles discussing topics with which you are unfamiliar. Read periodicals, such as the*Economist*magazine and*Bloomberg Businessweek*; the*Economist*magazine is a particularly sophisticated source and it would be good to read this at least a few times a week. For more suggestions on what to read, see:If you already are in the habit of doing challenging reading on your own, then by all means, continue reading what you want. For more on how to use outside reading to prepare you for the GMAT, see:

- 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.
- The Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android
- The Manhattan GMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*. This will give you access to an extra bank of online practice math problems, if you have more time for extra practice. (Remember not to write in this book either!) - 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.

- 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.
- You will take one Magoosh practice test toward the beginning of the schedule. If you don’t foresee yourself taking more than 2-3 practice test after that, then get the single MGMAT book for single MGMAT practice test, take this on any Day Six. Fill the other Day Sixes with any studying you think would most benefit you, and take the two GMAT Prep tests at the end.
- If you want take the maximum number of practice GMATs that this advanced GMAT study plan will accommodate—and many students feel this repeated practice experience helps them to acclimate to the conditions of the real GMAT—then there are two ways one can get all six of the MGMAT practice. One would be to buy the whole set of MGMAT books: I would recommend this if you imagine that you will have a great deal of extra time and would like to devote that time to more high quality resources. A quicker and cheaper way to get the six MGMAT practice tests would be to pay $50 to buy the 6 MGMAT Practice GMAT CATs by themselves.
**OG**= the GMAC Official Guide**PS**= Problem Solving, the five-answer multiple choice format math questions**DS**= Data Sufficiency math questions**RC**= Reading Comprehension verbal question**SC**= Sentence Correction verbal question**CR**= Critical Reasoning verbal question**IR**= Integrated Reasoning question, a separate section unto itself**AWA**= the Analytical Writing Assessment, the essay-writing section- GMAT overview on mba.com
- Take the Diagnostic Test, found toward the beginning of the OG. Grade it, but you don’t have to read through all the explanations today. If you did much much better than you expected in either math or verbal, you may choose to re-evaluate which 3-month study guide (version A, B, C, or this one) you should follow.
- In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck.
NOTE: I am going to assume that you will be familiar with the vast majority of the math & idiom flashcards. Note the cards with which you are not entire familiar, and continue to review these until you know them cold.

- For the Diagnostic test you took yesterday, go over the explanations. For questions you got right, simply skim the explanation to verify that you go the question right for the right reason. If you got the question wrong, read the explanation carefully, writing in your journal any math/verbal concept you didn’t know or understand, as well as anything about the question type that you didn’t understand. (If you got many questions wrong on the Diagnostic, you may have to spread this step out over the next few nights.)
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Intro – Overview of the GMAT
- (Optional) Intro – Quantitative Section Breakdown
- (Optional) Intro – Verbal Section Breakdown
- (Optional) Intro – AWA and IR
- Intro – Computer Adaptive Testing
- Intro – GMAT Scores
- Intro – Pacing, Skipping, and Guessing
- Intro – GMAT vs. GRE
- Intro – Study Plans & Resources
- Intro – Test Day

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 3 Reading Comprehension Passages (Official Guide)
- Review 3 Reading Comprehension Passages (Official Guide)

- In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Percents, and Ratios deck. Review any cards from this or the previous deck that you don’t know well.
- On the Magoosh site, read:
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)
- Review results from 16 Data Sufficiency Questions

- In the Official Guide, do:
- Official Guide (Math Review)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- On the Magoosh blog, read:
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) AWA – Intro to AWA
- (Optional) AWA – Intro to Argument Essay
- (Optional) AWA – Logical Fallacies and the Argument Essay*
- (Optional) AWA – Brainstorming for AWA*
- (Optional) AWA – Writing the Argument Essay*

- In the Official Guide, do:
- Official Guide Math Review up to end of Algebra section
- 12 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 13 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 13 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- On the Magoosh blog, read:
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- Official Guide Math Review to end of Geometry Section
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)

- In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- On the Magoosh blog, read:
- Read the following Magoosh blog posts:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- Finish Official Guide Math Review
- Official Guide Intro to AWA Section

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

Now that you have this essay, what do you do with it? If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see whether they would read the essay for you and critique it. Some folks hire a writing tutor specifically for this. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the OG, and ask them to follow it. Alternately, you can upload your essay in the online forums and ask for feedback. See this blog for other options. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Word Problems, Summarizing Information*
- (Optional) Math – Rephrasing the Question*
- (Optional) Math – Picking Numbers for DS*
- Math – Strategies for Picking Numbers*
- Math – DS Geometry Questions*
- Math – DS Algebra Strategies*
- Math – Tautological Statements*
- Math – Common DS Mistakes
- Math – DS with Integer Constraints*
- Math – Summary of DS Strategies*

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 12 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 3 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)
- Review 3 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the first two* RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.**If you are using the 2015 edition, just do one RC passage on this day*. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- Math – Properties of Real Numbers*
- (Optional) Math – Positive and Negative Numbers – I*
- (Optional) Math – Mental Math, Addition, and Subtraction*
- (Optional) Math – Positive and Negative Numbers – II*
- (Optional) Math – Order of Operations*
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Decimals*
- (Optional) Math – Multiples of 10*
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Fractions*
- (Optional) Math – Conversions with Fractions and Decimals*
- (Optional) Math – Fraction Properties – I*
- (Optional) Math – Operations with Fractions*
- (Optional) Math – Fraction Properties – II*
- Math – Mixed Numerals and Improper Fractions
- (Optional) Math – Operations with Proportions*
- (Optional) Math – Word Problems with Fractions*
- Quiz: Arithmetic and Fractions*

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 3 Reading Comprehension Passages (Official Guide)
- Review 3 Reading Comprehension Passages (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the first 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the second deck, the Basic II deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*,Do the practice problems in Chapter 1, Problem Solving: Principles. Check your answers when you are done.

NOTE: In this book, it is up to you how much time you want to spend studying the material in the chapter before you jump the chapter’s problems.

- Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Percents
- (Optional) Math – Working with Percents*
- Math – Number Sense and Percents
- (Optional) Math – Percent Increases and Decreases*
- (Optional) Math – Sequential Percent Changes
- (Optional) Math – Simple and Compound Interest*
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Ratios
- (Optional) Math – Combining Ratios*
- (Optional) Math – Ratios and Rates*
- (Optional) Math – Ratios and Percents*
- Quiz: Percents and Ratios*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 12 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)
- Review results from 12 Data Sufficiency Questions

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 13 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 13 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the first 17 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*,Do the practice problems in Chapter 2, Problem Solving: Strategies & Tactics. Check your answers when you are done.

- Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Divisibility*
- (Optional) Math – Divisibility Roles*
- Math – Multiples
- (Optional) Math – Prime Numbers*
- (Optional) Math – Prime Factorization*
- (Optional) Math – Counting Factors of Large Numbers*
- (Optional) Math – Squares of Integers*
- (Optional) Math – Greatest Common Factor*
- Math – Least Common Multiple*
- (Optional) Math – GCD LCM Formula*
- (Optional) Math – Even and Odd Integers*
- Math – Testing Cases*
- (Optional) Math – Consecutive Integers*
- Math – Remainders*
- Math – Integer Properties Strategies

In the Magoosh product, do:

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the first 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*, do the practice problems in Chapter 3, Data Sufficiency: Principles. Check your answers when you are done. - Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Verbal – Intro to Verbs
- (Optional) Verbal – Transitive and Intransitive Verbs*
- Verbal – Predicates
- (Optional) Verbal – Grammar – Auxiliary Verbs*
- (Optional) Verbal – Grammar – Regular vs. Irregular Verbs*
- (Optional) Verbal – Verb Tense – Intro and Simple Tenses*
- (Optional) Verbal – Verb Tense – Progressive Tenses*
- (Optional) Verbal – Verb Tense – Perfect Tenses*
- Verbal – Verb Tense – Perfect Progressive Tenses*
- Verbal – Verb Mood – Subjunctive*
- (Optional) Verbal – Conditionals*
- Verbal – Grammar – Infinitive Phrases
- Verbal – Grammar – Participial Phrases*
- Verbal – Grammar – Perfect Participles*
- Verbal – Tense of Participial Phrases*
- Verbal – Grammar – Gerunds*
- Verbal – Verb Voice*
- Verbal – More on the Passive Voice*
- Verbal – Sequence of Tenses

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 12 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 11 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 11 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*,Do the practice problems in Chapter 4, Data Sufficiency: Strategies & Tactics. Check your answers when you are done.

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

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

- 1 AWA Essay (Official Guide): Today, you are going to write another practice essay. From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, pick another at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer. (If you can turn off spellcheck & autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.)
- In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read the IR section.
- Read the entire Magoosh IR eBook.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Simplifying Expressions*
- (Optional) Math – Multiplying Expressions*
- (Optional) Math – FOIL Method*
- (Optional) Math – Factoring – GCF*
- (Optional) Math – Factoring – Difference of Two Squares*
- (Optional) Math – Factoring – Quadratics*
- Math – Factoring – Combined*
- Math – Advanced Numerical Factoring*
- Math – Factoring – Rational Expressions
- (Optional) Math – Basic Equation Solving*
- (Optional) Math – Eliminating Fractions*
- (Optional) Math – Quadratic Equations*
- (Optional) Math – Two Equations, Two Unknowns – I*
- Math – Two Equations, Two Unknowns – II
- Math – System – Number of Solutions*
- Math – Three Equations with Three Unknowns*
- Math – Absolute Value Equations*
- (Optional) Math – Function Notation*
- Math – Strange Operators*
- (Optional) Math – Inequalities – I*
- (Optional) Math – Inequalities – II*
- Math – Absolute Value Inequalities*
- Math – Simplifying with Substitutions

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the Official Guide, do:
- Integrated Reasoning section (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the third deck, the Advanced I deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*,Do the practice problems in Chapter 5, Patterns. Check your answers when you are done.

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- Verbal – Subject Verb Agreement – I*
- Verbal – Subject Verb Agreement – II*
- Verbal – Auxiliary Verbs and Subject Verb Agreement*
- Verbal – Introduction to Pronouns
- Verbal – Indefinite Pronouns & Subject Verb Agreement*
- (Optional) Verbal – Pronoun Agreement – I*
- (Optional) Verbal – Pronoun Agreement – II*
- Quiz: Sentence Correction – Agreement*

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*,Do the practice problems in Chapter 6, Common Terms & Quadratic Template. Check your answers when you are done.

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Intro to Integrated Reasoning
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – The IR Calculator*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – General IR Strategies*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Multi-Source Reasoning*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Bradley Metalworks 1 (Practice)*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Bradley Metalworks 2 (Practice)*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Table Analysis*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – High School Exams (Practice)*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Graphics Interpretation*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Types of Graphics*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Venn Diagrams*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Scatterplots*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – More on Scatterplots*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Three Companies (Practice)*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Numerical Flowchart (Practice)*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Intro to Two-Part Analysis*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Verbal Two-Part Analysis*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Math Two-Part Analysis*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Highway to Hillsborough (Practice)*
- (Optional) Integrated Reasoning – Algebraic Sequence (Practice)*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Integrated Reasoning*
- 16 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)
- Review results from 16 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 17 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 17 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the first 17 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*,Do the practice problems in Chapter 7, Visual Solutions. Check your answers when you are done.

- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- Verbal – Infinitive of Purpose
- Verbal – The Missing Verb Mistake
- Verbal – The Double Subject Mistake*
- Verbal – Run-On Sentences*
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Word Problems
- (Optional) Math – Assigning Variables*
- (Optional) Math – Writing Equations*
- (Optional) Math – Number of Variables*
- (Optional) Math – Age Questions
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Motion Questions*
- (Optional) Math – Average Speed*
- Math – Multiple Traveler Questions*
- Math – Shrinking and Expanding Gaps*
- Math – Work Questions*
- Math – Growth and Decay
- Math – Mixture Questions*
- Math – Intro to Sets and Venn Diagrams
- Math – Double Matrix Method
- Math – Three Criteria Venn Diagrams*
- (Optional) Math – Intro to Sequences
- Math – Arithmetic Sequences*
- Math – Recursive Sequences*
- Math – Inclusive Counting*
- Math – Sums of Sequences*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 3 Reading Comprehension Passages (Official Guide)
- Review 3 Reading Comprehension Passages (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*, do the practice problems in Chapter 8, Hybrid Problems. Check your answers when you are done. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Word Problems*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*, do the practice problems in Chapter 9, Workout Sets. Check your answers when you are done.NOTE: At this point, you have finished this book, and nothing more will be assigned from it. Keep it in mind as a reference as you move through other math practice.

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

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 15 Integrated Reasoning Questions Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 15 Integrated Reasoning Questions Questions

- Magoosh Flashcards: Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Verbal – Intro to Parallelism
- Verbal – The Once Outside, Twice Inside Rule*
- Verbal – More on Inside & Outside*
- Verbal – Omitting Words in Parallelism*
- Verbal – False Parallelism
- Verbal – Comparatives and Superlatives*
- (Optional) Verbal – Intro to Comparisons
- Verbal – Omitting Words in Comparisons*
- Verbal – Comparisons: Like vs. As*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Sentence Correction – Parallelism*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the twelfth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review any cards from this or previous decks that you don’t know well.
- In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do all the practice problems in the chapter on Substitution. When you are done, check your answers. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Exponential Growth*
- (Optional) Math – Laws of Exponents – I*
- (Optional) Math – Negative Exponents*
- Math – Laws of Exponents – II*
- (Optional) Math – Units Digit Questions*
- (Optional) Math – Square Roots
- (Optional) Math – Other Roots*
- (Optional) Math – Properties of Roots*
- (Optional) Math – Simplifying Roots*
- (Optional) Math – Operations with Roots*
- Math – Equations with Square Roots
- Math – Fractional Exponents*
- Math – Exponential Equations*
- (Optional) Math – Rationalizing*
- (Optional) Math – Working with Formulas*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do all the practice problems in the chapter on Defined Functions. When you are done, check your answers. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Sentence Correction – Logical Predication*
- 16 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 17 practice problems in the chapter on Number Theory. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Lines and Angles
- Math – Triangles – Part I
- (Optional) Math – Assumptions and Estimation
- (Optional) Math – Geometry Strategies – Part I*
- (Optional) Math – Triangles – Part II*
- (Optional) Math – Right Triangles
- (Optional) Math – Similar Triangles
- (Optional) Math – Special Right Triangles*
- (Optional) Math – Quadrilaterals*
- Math – Area of Quadrilaterals*
- (Optional) Math – Polygons*
- Math – Regular Polygons
- (Optional) Math – Circles*
- (Optional) Math – Circle Properties*
- Math – Circles, Arcs, and Sectors*
- (Optional) Math – Volume and Surface Area*
- (Optional) Math – Units of Measurement*
- (Optional) Math – Geometry Strategies – Part II

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of practice problems in the chapter on Number Theory. When you are done, check your answers. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Sentence Correction – Diction*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 17 practice problems in the chapter on Geometry. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 15 Integrated Reasoning Questions (Official Guide Online) Questions: Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. Once again, this site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do the remaining 38 IR questions, in three batches, with the following times: six Table Analysis (15 minutes); ten Graphics Interpretation (25 minutes); and sixteen Two-Part Analysis questions (40 minutes).
- Review results from 15 Integrated Reasoning Questions (Official Guide Online) Questions: When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

- Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – The Coordinate Plane*
- (Optional) Math – Graphing Lines*
- (Optional) Math – Vertical and Horizontal Lines*
- (Optional) Math – Slope*
- (Optional) Math – Intercepts*
- (Optional) Math – Slope-Intercept Form*
- (Optional) Math – Writing Equations of Lines*
- Math – Distance Between Two Points
- Math – Reflections in the x-y Plane*
- Math – Graphs of Quadratics*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Coordinate Geometry*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do practice problems #18-34 in the chapter on Geometry. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson video:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do practice problems #35-51 in the chapter on Geometry. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Statistics*
- 16 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 17 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do practice problems #52-68 in the chapter on Geometry. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)*
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)*
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Geometry. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Math – Introduction to Counting*
- Math – Fundamental Counting Principle*
- Math – FCP with Restrictions*
- Math – Factorial Notation*
- (Optional) Math – Alternative Methods*
- Math – Counting with Identical Items
- (Optional) Math – Eliminating Repetition*
- Math – Combinations*
- Math – When to Use Combinations*
- Math – Calculating Combinations*
- (Optional) Math – Permutations and Combinations*
- Math – Counting Strategies*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Counting*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Coordinate Geometry. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Using the code in the back of the MGMAT
*Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement*, log into the MGMAT website and take the first online MGMAT CAT test.

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong. Some of the MGMAT solutions are better than others. If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum. Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions during your advanced GMAT study plan. 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.

- Magoosh Flashcards: Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.
- Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- (Optional) Verbal – Intro to Reading Comprehension
- Verbal – Approaching the Passage
- Verbal – Understanding Structure
- Verbal – Dissecting the Passage*
- Verbal – Approaching the Question*
- Verbal – Answer Choice Traps*
- (Optional) Verbal – Primary Purpose
- (Optional) Verbal – Detail Questions*
- Verbal – Inference Questions
- Verbal – Miscellaneous RC Tips*
- Verbal – RC Example, Passage #1 Path Dependence
- Verbal – RC Example, Passage #1, Question #1*
- Verbal – RC Example, Passage #1, Question #2*
- Verbal – RC Example, Passage #2 Office Organization*
- Verbal – RC Example, Passage #2, Question #1*
- Verbal – RC Example, Passage #2, Question #2*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Reading Comprehension*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Elimination Strategies. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- Math – Intro to Probability
- Math – Complementary Events and Simple Rules*
- Math – Mutually Exclusive Events*
- (Optional) Math – Probability of Event A OR Event B*
- (Optional) Math – Examples of the OR Rule*
- (Optional) Math – Independent Events*
- (Optional) Math – Examples of the AND Rule*
- (Optional) Math – Generalized AND Rule*
- (Optional) Math – Examples of Generalized AND Rule*
- Math – Binomial Situation
- Math – The “At Least” Scenario*
- Math – Analyzing Questions*
- Math – Using Counting Techniques*
- (Optional) Math – Listing vs. Counting vs. Probability Rules*
- (Optional) Math – General Probability Strategies*
- Math – Guessing Strategies

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Inequalities and the chapter on Fractions & Decimals. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
- Verbal – Intro to Critical Reasoning
- Verbal – Dissecting an Argument*
- Verbal – Common Argument Types
- Verbal – General CR Strategy*
- (Optional) Verbal – Weakening the Argument*
- (Optional) Verbal – Strengthening the Argument*
- Verbal – Assumption Questions*
- Verbal – Trap Answers*
- Verbal – Conclusion and Inference*
- Verbal – Bold-faced Questions*
- (Optional) Verbal – Flawed Argument Questions*
- (Optional) Verbal – Paradox Questions*
- (Optional) Verbal – Evaluating the Conclusion*
- Verbal – Miscellaneous CR Tips
- Verbal – Critical Reasoning Example #1*
- Verbal – Critical Reasoning Example #2*

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- Quiz: Critical Reasoning*
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Equations. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- In the Official Guide, do:
- Review results from 20 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension questions (Official Guide)
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Averages. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Ratios & Proportions. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.
Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions during your advanced GMAT study plan. 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.

- Magoosh Flashcards: Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.
- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Exponents & Roots. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Factoring and the chapter on Algebraic Expressions. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Percents. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 12 practice problems in the chapter on Graphs. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Graphs. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong. If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum. Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions during your advanced GMAT study plan. 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.

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 10 practice problems in the chapter on Word Problems. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Word Problems. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 20 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 20 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Sequences & Series. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Counting. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 11 practice problems in the chapter on Probability & Statistics. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong. If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find MGMAT questions posted on the GMAT Club forum. Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 12 Reading Comprehension Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 12 Reading Comprehension Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Probability & Statistics. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 14 practice problems in the chapter on Permutations & Combinations. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 20 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 20 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 17 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do practice problems #15-29 in the chapter on Permutations & Combinations. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Permutations & Combinations. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems in the chapter on Functions. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions as you take practice tests during your advanced GMAT study plan. 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.

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 12 practice problems in the chapter on Miscellaneous Problems. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of the practice problems in the chapter on Miscellaneous Problems. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 20 Data Sufficiency Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 20 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next 16 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 15 practice problems in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #16-29 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #30-43 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Take the last online MGMAT CAT test.

Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions as you take practice tests during your advanced GMAT study plan. 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.

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #44-57 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #58-71 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 20 Data Sufficiency Questions
- Review results from 20 Data Sufficiency Questions
- 11 Sentence Correction questions (Official Guide)
- Review results from 11 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the last 16 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #72-85 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- Remaining Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)
- Review remaining Data Sufficiency (Official Guide Online)
- 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #86-99 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 13 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 13 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the last 16 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #100-113 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Go to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-free-test-preparation-software.aspx, download the free GMAT Prep software.
- Take the first full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.
This software also does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

- In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 10 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 10 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #114-127 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 6 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 6 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- 8 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)
- Review 8 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the practice problems #128-141 in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the last 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of practice problems in Part Two: Data Sufficiency. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Official Guide, do:
- 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- Review 16 Problem Solving (Official Guide)
- 6 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- Review 6 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
- 12 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
- Review 12 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)

- In the
*OG Quantitative Review*, do the last 8 PS questions and the last 4 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the first 15 practice problems in Part Four: Diagnostic/Review Test. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - In the Magoosh product, do:
- 16 Problem Solving Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Problem Solving Questions
- 16 Sentence Correction Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 16 Sentence Correction Questions
- 6 Critical Reasoning Questions (Go to Custom Practice)*
- Review results from 6 Critical Reasoning Questions

- In the
*OG Verbal Review*, do the last RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers. - In NOVA’S
*GMAT Math Prep Course*: Do the rest of the practice problems in Part Four: Diagnostic/Review Test. When you are done, check your answers for these problems. - Take the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.

Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.Go through the entire solution after you are done, reading carefully the solutions of anything you go wrong. If you have questions that are not clarified by these solutions, you will often find GMAT Prep questions posted on the GMAT Club forum. Take notes in your journal on anything you got wrong and anything you need to remember. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

- Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.
- At this point, if you have been following the advanced GMAT study plan, you should have done just about every question in both Magoosh and in the OG at least once. For the days of this week, and remaining days of the test, keep up work on GMAT math and verbal. Some suggestions for what to do:
- 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!
- Go through selecting question type & difficulty on the “Dashboard”, do Magoosh problems over again, and see how you do a second time.
- Keep watching for a second time 5 Magoosh lesson videos a day, on whatever topics you feel you need to review.
- Continue reviewing all the Magoosh flashcards.
- Take a second look at any problems in any of the books (NOVA, MGMAT) that you found challenging the first time. (Again, why is was important not to write in the books.)
- Go to the online forums, looking for challenging questions that folks are asking.
- If you feel you need it, devote one more evening to writing two more practice essays, from the topics listed in the OG.
- If you have a weekend day that is more than a couple days for the real GMAT, then take one final practice GMAT from the GMAT software, as on Week Twelve, Day Six.

- No GMAT preparation all day.
- Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!
- Go to bed earlier than usual.
- ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!
- Eat a large breakfast, full of protein.
- 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.

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.

## Study Materials

### Essential Materials

### Recommended Resources

## How to Use Practice Tests

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

## Abbreviations

## 3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week One

* Tasks marked with an asterisk indicate that this advanced GMAT study plan resource is only available to Magoosh students—sign up here for a free trial!

## Week 1, Day 1

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## Week 1, Day 2

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

## Week 1, Day 3

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

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

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

## Week 1, Day 4

## Week 1, Day 5

Because there are dozens of different ways one might choose to implement the recommendations of these four “stress reduction” blogs, this schedule does not itemize any specific tasks along these lines. Nevertheless, insofar as you can practice some of these habit consistently over the twelve weeks, you will be very good shape to handle the anxiety of test day.

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NOTE: As you approach the end of the advanced GMAT study plan, the number of Magoosh questions remaining will be different for different folks, depending on how many quizzes you took. This could make a particular difference in math, if you took several quiz multiple times.

If you took each quiz only once, you should finish most the Magoosh questions in the last week of the advanced GMAT study plan, but if you took some quizzes multiple times you may run out of unanswered questions before the end of the schedule. If that’s the case, start answering questions you’ve seen before, especially ones that you already got wrong: that’s an excellent way to see whether you have learned from your mistakes.

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## Concentrated Review, Test Day Checklist, and More

### Concentrated Review

### Day Before the Test

### Day of GMAT Exam

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Hello,

I’m about to start up on the 3 month advanced plan and am purchasing materials. I noticed that the new version of Nova’s math review has pretty terrible reviews, even here on Magoosh’s archive of recommended GMAT books.

Are there any alternative books that you might recommend replacing Nova’s with?

Hi Jarred,

This is just additional material, and you can replace it with more Manhattan GMAT questions, official questions or Magoosh questions. This may mean that you end up repeating some questions, but that’s OK as long as they are high quality questions! Between those resources, you should have plenty of study options!

Hi,

I wrote the GMAT last year and got a 720. Would like to target a 760 for my next attempt, anything in particular or packages that you would recommend?

Thanks

Hi Ammar,

I’m so glad that you have found our study schedules! I hope that they can help you organize your studies 🙂

Here are some books and resources we recommend for preparing for the GMAT.

If you are looking for more high-quality practice test resources, I encourage you to check out the Magoosh Premium Program! Our program includes video lessons and over 800 high-quality practice questions that you can use for practice or as practice exams. You can try us out with a free 7-day trial 🙂

Hi Mike,

I’m planning on writing GMAT in about three months. I previously haven’t written GMAT but have written GRE – 310, TOEFL – 113 in 2017. I can study for 3 hours on weekdays and about 6 hours on the weekends since I’m a working professional. Can you suggest a plan that I should opt for?

Hi Drishti,

This really depends on your target score and comfort level with the material! The GMAT quant section is pretty similar to the GRE quant section, so you’ll have to review strategy and pacing, but not as many concepts. However, there are quite a few differences between GRE and GMAT verbal, so you may need to spend some more time on this. I would recommend the beginner’s plan if you have high score expectations–that is our most comprehensive schedule and it will take you through everything you need to know for the GMAT. If you are comfortable with the math concepts and really want to focus on verbal, then the verbal-focused plan might be the best bet!

Should I buy the GMAT Official Guide 2019 bundle? Or should I buy the 2018 bundle?

Are there lots of differences between the two versions?

Hi Lam!

The GMAT exam itself has not had a major revision in many years. Because of that, each new edition of the Official Guide that comes out contains, normally, 85-95 percent of the same material as the last guide. So, there will be very few differences between the 2018 and 2019 versions. 🙂

If you haven’t purchased it yet, I’d say 2019 (because it doesn’t hurt to have the newest material), but if the 2018 is more affordable, then that will work just as well.

Does anyone have this study schedule in a microsoft excel version? I would like to be able to track my progress easier. If not, I can create one myself (just figured I would ask).

Hello,

Im not a native speaker and I am good at verbal, actually. I am not strong at maths, so I tend to think that I should focus on both areas.

The thing is: I did Magoosh during about 2 months (september nd october), but I had to stop. Now, I have 2 months again (I have full time dedicating to study). I pan to achieve a 630-650 score and the only test I took before any study was about 480, which I did the real test just to see how it was.

What do you guys suggest? I live in Brazil and the majority of my friends and social circles here do not even know what is GMAT, so I really need some tips! 🙂

Thanks,

Brenda

Hi Brenda,

Since you’re a Premium student, I’m forwarding this message on to our team of test prep experts. Someone will get back to you soon with more personalized study advice. Remember, you can always send us a message at help@magoosh.com or using the purple help tab in your account! That way, we will see your question and be able to respond more promptly 🙂 You’ll receive our response directly in your email 🙂

I can’t seem to find the downloadable version of this specific study plan – could you please share the link? I want to print it to be confident that I don’t skip steps.

Hi JB,

You can download a copy here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MMZEbo3EhzzvGsjC9SLuqgzG2RZ76zxGES7qPRz8yT4/edit?usp=sharing 😀

Hi there,

I was looking through the study plan, and was wondering, when attempting individual questions, should I time myself? e.g. provide 2 minutes for a PS question etc.

Hi Aiman,

Great question! In the opening weeks of this study plan, I actually recommend that students make note of their times per question (for Magoosh questions, you can see times for questions you’ve answered by clicking “Review”). But I don’t recommend students hold themselves to strict time limits at first. This is because your initial goal should be accuracy, not speed.

Once you learn to answer questions correctly, you can start focusing on getting to those correct answers more quickly. If you are far away from your ideal average time per question at first, try to get closer to the right average time per question. Then, once you’re ready, hold yourself to the actual average times per question from the real exam. That would be 2.5 minutes per IR question, 2 minutes per Quant question, and 1:48 per Verbal question.

Once you are ready for real time limits in your practice, though, remember that the times per question are an average, not an absolute rule. Some questions will take longer than others. You may spend, or example, 3.5 minutes on a really hard Quant question and then 30 seconds on a much easier one. Between those two questions, you’d still be at your desired 2-minute per question average.

Hi,

I gave GMAT and I got 720 (Q50V37). My Gmatpre test scores have been in the range of 730-770 but I have not been able to get my desired score of 750. How can Magoosh help if I have 1 month to study for my next GMAT?

Hi Jimmmy,

I’m going to forward your message on to our team of tutors so that they can provide a more comprehensive response to your question and so that you can a taste of what sort of support we provide for students 🙂 You’ll hear from someone shortly! Heads up, the answer will be in an email 🙂

Thanks so much for posting this. I would appreciate some help choosing a study plan. I took a Manhattan Prep GMAT course that ended in March. My first CAT was a 570 (January 2017). At the end of the course I scored 620 (39th percentile Quant / 76th percentile Verbal) on a MPrep CAT and have since scored a 580 (bad day) and a 610 (38th % / 76th %). Basically the needle hasn’t moved in 2 months and I think I need to change things up. I have 2-4 hours a day to devote to studying.

I am planning on applying to B-School in round 1 this fall for my target schools all of which are Top 15 so I need a 700+ GMAT. Round 1 apps are due in September / October so the latest I could take the exam is August (the three month advanced plan could work perfectly if I start in the next week). I’m thinking this is the route to go, but I’m worried my Quant may be too low for the advanced plan. Thoughts? Thanks!

The three month plan for advanced students just may work for you, Jonathon. However, given your lower Quant scores and your very comfortable position in Verbal, you may want to consider the three month math focused GMAT study plan. That plan also does give you some Verbal practice, so you can really build your math abilities without actually slipping in Verbal.

Thank you Magoosh and Mike for this awesome study plan! I had no idea where to start with studying. My first practice test score was a 670. This study plan really helped me to organize myself and work through the materials in an effective and manageable way.For other people looking to use a study plan: I got through about 3/4 of the plan but as Mike frequently says its not about how many boxes you check but about how deeply you learn and absorb the material. Choose the plan that works for you and your needs and not just the one that says it will get you X score. Proud to say I took my test today and scored a 740!!! Which I never even thought was possible. So thrilled! Thank’s so much Magoosh!!

Hi Carleigh,

Congrats on the amazing score! Glad to hear the great news! Time for a little celebration. 😀

Hello,

It seems as though the purchase of the MGMATStrategy guides no longer grants access to all 6 of the online practice tests per https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/post125493.html#p125493 .

I think the they offer just the online bank of tests separately. Would using that be your recommended approach for these study guides?

Thanks!

Yes, I’d heard of this change. MGMAT is still a very valuable resource, and their practice tests are a key part of this study schedule. So Magoosh does recommend either purchasing the online tests separately, or getting them with a purchase of the complete set of MGMAT volumes, as mentioned on the MGMAT forum page you linked.

Dear Mike, thank you very much for all the detailed information. One question, my test date is on January 3rd 2017, I’m looking to score 700+ with an 80% on the math section. I have a little over 10 weeks to study for this, and I have a good background in math (mechanical engineer and Msc in Finance). My question is, which plan should I follow? (Taking into consideration that I’m willing to put in the time and that I need a strong score in the math section). Should I dilude the 1 month plan or should I just take the advanced three month plan and at the end start taking some stuff out? I have the following materials, GMAT Review, Magoosh Premium + All other Magoosh available materials, Nova GMAT Math and GMAT Prep APP.

Thank you very much for your help.

ILKV.

Hi Ignacio,

There are multiple routes that you can take. First, if you are unsure of your current level, I would recommend taking a diagnostic test to see where you stand. You can get a better understanding of whether you need to focus primarily on math or if you need to focus on your foundations. Both the 1-Month Plan and the 3-Month Plan can be converted to 2 months. For the 1-Month, you can spread each day’s work into two. For the 3-Month, you can double-down every other day.

Now, if you have a lot of time to study. You can also complete the 1-Month schedule first. Then, with your second month, do more targeted studying where you focus on your weaknesses. It’s really based on your preference and flexibility.

Hello,

I am looking to take the GMAT in 1 month, and shooting for a 710+ score. I took it in the Spring of 2013, and received a 690 (V35, Q48, IR8). This was with little prep (just going through the free stuff on the GMATPrep website). I have purchased the MGMAT books, along with the Magoosh program. I am looking at how to best use the materials I have to study everything to get to my target score, and have looked through the 1 month plan and this 3 month advanced students plan. The one fits my timeline, while the other fits my goals. With my situation (already being at a 690), and also working a full-time job, I want to really narrow down what I should focus on. Is there a modified plan that I should look at? Any suggestions in how I can best combine the two? Or what content I should eliminate from the 3 month advanced students plan? Thank you!

It can be a little tricky to combine two plans with such very different timelines. What you want to do here is look at the areas you’re strongest in, and minimize practice int hose areas. Since you got a perfect score in IR last time, it seems likely that you could cut a lot of the IR practice out of your combined 1 and 3 month plans. In Quants and Verbal, think about which question types and skill types you’re the best at. Anything you can already do well int these sections is something you can possibly eliminate so that you can more comfortably fit the most important parts of both plans into a one-month time frame.

Since our study plans require use of Magoosh GMAT Premium content, I assume you’ll be subscribing. Once you have a premium membership, our remote help team can give you some one on one advice via email, looking in grater detail at your learning needs and the best way to combine these plans.

Is there any downsides to getting the 2017 version of the OG?

Hi Ashkon,

Good question! The only drawback at the moment in my opinion is that there are fewer discussion of newer items online, so getting support for the questions via forums and other students is a little trickier. Also, the more recent texts can be pricier. Otherwise, the 2017 book is fine! 🙂

Hi Mike,

“Week 3 Day 5 – In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement – Do the practice problems in Chapter 9, Workout Sets.” These are 15 workout sets with 10 questions each.

Please clarify, if one is really expected to solve all the 150 questions on the same day.

Regards,

Ritesh

Ideally you should go through the whole set. But the study schedule is meant to be flexible to meet both your learning and scheduling needs. So you may choose not to go through the full 150, or to spread the problems out over 2-3 days.

Since I often looked through blogs to see if anybody’s practice test progress was similar to mine, I will post my results for others to use as reference:

5/18/16 GMAT Prep 1: 610 (42Q, 32V)

6/29/16 MGMAT CAT #1: 650 (43Q, 36V)

7/14/16 MGMAT CAT #2: 640 (43Q, 35V)

7/29/16 MGMAT CAT #3: 650 (46Q,33V)

8/8/16 GMAT Prep 2: 720 (49Q, 39V)

8/12/16 Actual GMAT: 740 (49Q, 41V)

I stuck to this plan for the most part. I did not do the suggested outside reading, MGMAT advanced quant supplement, and only did about 20% of the recommended LSAT practice exams. I took 2 6-day vacations as well, so the plan is very flexible.

Thank you to the Magoosh staff for having this plan laid out. At the beginning of my prep, I didn’t think I’d be able to crack 650!

Connor

Just felt obligated to leave some feedback – I went from a 660 to a 710 in four weeks using this guide.

I first took this exam in September of 2015 and I scored a 660. I wanted to take the exam again to see if I could improve my score at all and increase my chances of getting into the school of my choice. As you can see, my score did not increase.

(No Prep) 9/17/2015 – Real GMAT (43Q, 38V, 660 Total)

(No Prep) 11/20/2015 – Real GMAT (43Q, 37V, 650 Total)

I ended up getting into the school of my choice, and was told that If I got a 680 or above before May 2016, I could get a 100% tuition scholarship. My first instinct was to take the exam again, because of course, there had to be some chance that I could luckily get a 680 (didn’t work).

(No Prep) 3/23/2016 – Real GMAT (43Q, 38V, 660 Total)

This is when I decided to study. I heard about Magoosh from other MBA applicants and decided to give it a shot. I actually started with the 1 month study guide, but after a couple days I felt it was way too easy for the score I was trying to get to. I stumbled across this guide and made the decision to try my best to get everything done. Note I was able to study FULL TIME. Just a rundown of what I actually did within this guide:

Flashcards: Finished all decks

Magoosh: Finished questions from weeks 1-6

OG, OG Quant, OG Verbal: Finished questions from weeks 1-6

MGMAT Advanced Quant: Finished all chapters

NOVA GMAT Math: Finished all chapters

Videos: Watched all from General Math Strategies, Intro to Data Sufficiency, Integer Properties, Percents and Ratios, Counting, Probability, Advanced Data Sufficiency modules

I ignored the LSAT practice, outside reading, and verbal videos, and most of the MGMAT Practice Exams simply because I didn’t have the time. As you can see above, I was only able to get half of the Magoosh and OG problems done. I sacrificed those questions in an effort to complete the NOVA and MGMAT books.

4/21/2016 – MGMAT CAT Practice Exam (45Q, 35V, 660 Total)

4/23/2016 – GMATPrep Practice Exam 1 (47Q, 40V, 710 Total)

4/27/2016 – GMATPrep Practice Exam 2 (49Q, 41V, 730 Total)

4/28/2016 – Real GMAT (44Q, 42V, 710 Total)

I found my drop in Quant a little annoying, especially because I was studying for that section the most… but in the one shot I had to save tens of thousands of dollars, I got above 680 and found 710 to be a respectable score. So I’m pretty happy with it. If you have more than a month you should be able to see even more improvement.

Anyway, hope this helps some of the people contemplating using this guide. Thanks Mike and the Magoosh staff.

Hello Mike,

Thank you for the study plan and the help you are providing.

Regarding the 10 Actual, Official LSAT book, Do you recommend any book that will provide explanations to the questions?

Thank you

Kassim,

Hi Mike, (and everyone else)

First of all, thanks for your commitment to other people’s success. It is just amazing to have shared all your knowledge into valuable resources for others. I literally just started working on the Gmat today, I went on the internet, went on a few forums (Gmat Club Test, & more) to finally get to Magoosh. I just got the premium version, wrote a practice exam, and am now ready to study. I tend to do okay at standardized tests and have a pretty high level of both math an english. That’s why I chose to follow the 3-months Advanced plan for the GMAT prep. However, I am taking the exam in mid-december (that’s 2 months from now but I’ll be loosing another 2 weeks in between for work) which leaves me with 7 full weeks to study the GMAT. I like to know what’s ahead of me so I can plan better and be prepared for what is next. Fortunately, I have time on my hands during those 7 weeks and I can commit up to 6-7 hours everyday. However, time is precious and because of other impediments, i could be spending it more wisely on other things. My question is straightforward: “Do I have the time to go through that 3-months plan in 6 weeks and still have a couple of days to review the exam in my own way or am I aiming too high?” My other option would be to take the Exam in 3 months from now and follow the normal study plan. But if it’s possible to cover everything in 6 weeks by giving 100% of my commitment, I prefer the later option. Thanks everyone for your feedback, it would be very much appreciated. (As a note: I scored 600 on the practice GMAT for my first time, while having answered only 2/3 of questions on the first part because I forgot the timer, so could potentially have done better. I’m aiming for above 700) I don’t even know if that is possible? I need some guidance, thank you

Hi Ariel,

We’re so glad to hear that you found Magoosh! 🙂 Since you are a premium student, I went ahead and forwarded on your question to our team of remote tutors. Someone from that team will reach out to you via email.

Happy studying!

Dani

Hi Dani,

Thank you so much for the quick reply. I look forward to hearing back from your team. All the best 🙂

Everything is very open with a precise description of the challenges.

It was definitely informative. Your site is useful.

Thanks for sharing!

Hi Mike,

In the advanced study guide, you mention buying a volume series for MGMAT. But I looked through the schedule and it didn’t look like you referenced the books really at all – just the practice tests. My question is, would it make sense to just buy the online practice CAT Exams and Question Bank from the MGMAT website for $75? (https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/store/online-resources/gmat-cat-exams-and-question-banks/). I appreciate any feedback, thanks!

Hi Mike,

I took the exam in August 2015 and scored a 710. I plan to re-take the exam in December. I had followed your one month plan for my preparation. I am comfortable with the Quant section but need more help with the Verbal portion. Would the 3 month gmat study schedule for advanced students be useful for me or should I look out for some other plan to improve my score. My score breakout was: Quant: 50 , Verbal: 37.

Thanks,

Srishti

Hello,

i updated this 3 month study plan into google calendar so you can follow it daily. I hope it is useful for you.

XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/a91um853ahv4skdr02f57oo4t0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic

ICAL: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/a91um853ahv4skdr02f57oo4t0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

HTML:

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=a91um853ahv4skdr02f57oo4t0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Mexico_City

Greetings,

Iván.

Hi Ivan!

That is awesome! Thanks for taking the initiative to do that and share with the Magoosh community. You rock!

Jessica

Hello Mike,

thank you for the study plans. I have been studying for the last 3 months, did the GMAT once but got a score well below the practice tests I had done (660 Princeton in June, 640 gmac free CAT in July vs 570 actual gmat in August). I plan on retaking the exam with a well structured study plan and thankfully I got here.

I’ve seen that the study plan for advanced students features more challenging resources and less videos than the beginners plan, if I believe my main problem was lack of practice, which plan would you recommend I follow?

I am inclined to start the study plan for advanced students (since i’ve been around 600’s) but because of the comments around here I believe the beginners plan might be a better suit for me given the poor results I obtained on the actual GMAT.

🙂

Greetings,

Iván

Dear Ivan,

I’m happy to respond! 🙂 I appreciate your candor and sincerity. 🙂

Here’s what I will say. The material you need to get into the high 700s is available on all of these study plans: the material is there, and it all depends on your ability to learn & absorb & remember. You don’t put yourself at any disadvantage by choosing an “easier” plan.

I would say that it would be a mark of excellence for a student who had already scored in the mid/high 600s to undertake the beginner plan. An excellent student never underestimates anything. Yes, you may know fractions reasonably well already, but is there any further insight about fractions you could have that might serve you on test day? What else can you learn about them? How can you think about them more deeply? The mediocre student is quick to jump to: “OK, I know fractions. I done with that!” The excellent student takes nothing for granted, and always is pushing to understand the already-familiar at more profound levels of comprehension. If you are able to go through the beginner plan with that kind of attitude, watching every lesson video, and milking each one for every last drop of insight you can wring from it, then you will be well prepared for your next GMAT.

Also, I will recommend this germane blog article:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/

I wish you the best of luck, my friend!

Mike 🙂

Week 3 day 5

5) In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

Do the practice problems in Chapter 9, Workout Sets. Check your answers when you are done.

that is 150 problems. I have no problem doing them, but doing the chapter in one day can take easily 6 hours. I decided to do three sets per day instead.

I noticed the exact same thing! There is no way one can do all these problems in one sitting on a weekday! These problems definitely seem relevant so I’m guessing Magoosh will eventually notice the mistake and try to change the schedule so they are better spread out.

Dear all,

I just took the GMAT yesterday. I got 680 (IR:7, Q:49, V:33). I was not totally satisfied with my score, but it was the first time I was not defeated by GMAT. I was prepared and did everything in my power to get the best possible score. I thought I did well because it is a good score. I followed the old version of the 3-month study plan for advanced students down to the letter, and I added the MGMAT Advanced Quant because I thought I needed some extra math practice. Magoosh was great because it provided me with all the materials needed, but more importantly with a schedule I could follow. I have never done anything like this on my own before, and it was just great having a detailed plan to follow. Thank you for that!!!

It was my fourth time taking the GMAT. Last time I took it 4 years ago and I got a 610 because I forgot to answer the last question on the verbal section… A few months before that I got a 640, and couple years before that a 590.

I know that improving from 640 to 680 is not bad, but I thought after that test that I could have done better. I started thinking about retaking the test. I was debating between taking it in three weeks and taking it in three months. If I take it as soon as possible, I could get over 700 for sure, but if I used the new 3-month schedule, I could get over 750. At least, in theory. 🙂 That was my thinking from yesterday.

I got my enhanced score report today… I knew I had messed something up at the Verbal section, but the results were surprising to me. The Quantitative part was as I expected: PS 64% and DS 86%. However, I did not do so bad at the Verbal section: CR 88%, SC 96%, BUT RC 22%!!!!!!!!! I have no idea how that happened. CR and SC are excellent, but the RC is probably my worst RC ever (including practices and tests during the past 6 years).

What should I do now?

I already invested a lot in my preparation, but I am ready to take it to the next level. Yesterday, I was willing to start the new 3-month advanced plan and get my Quant score to 50 and my Verbal score over 40. However, today, I feel I should take the test as soon as possible because my Verbal score is already there, even if my Math won’t improve. I want to get the best possible score because I want it to reflect my abilities and effort! This 680 is not that score. I am ready to give it another 3 months and try the new study plan because if I was at my current level 3 months ago, this post would most likely be about me acing the GMAT.

What do you recommend? New 3-month advanced study plan and me taking the GMAT in November OR a few weeks of intense studying and me taking the test as soon as possible?

Best,

Andras

Apologies if these questions have already been addressed, (I scanned the article and the previous comments):

(1) Given that the OG questions are listed in order of increasing difficulty, what is the recommended approach for selecting the practice questions listed in this guide? i.e. start from the beginning and work up, pick randomly, or it doesn’t matter.

(2) I am also using the GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart excel sheet to track and analyze my OG results, but the difficulty level of each question is not considered. Are there any resources which indicate the approximate difficulty level of the OG questions?

Thanks,

Jon

Hi Mike,

There are discrepancies between the videos recommended in the study schedule versus what is available in the video tab. Could the guide be updated to reflect the changes in available videos please

Hi Alex,

Absolutely! We are in the process of updating all of our GMAT study schedules so that their materials keep up with all the updates we’ve made to our GMAT Prep product. 🙂 Sorry for the delay – they should be ready in a month or so. I promise that we will make it clear that the change is coming so you won’t be caught off guard. Also, the current versions of the study schedules will continue to be available so that you don’t lose your place.

I hope that answers your question. Have a great day. 🙂

Rita

Hi Mike,

I started my GMAT Preparation in May 2014. I got a score of 660 in the first mock (GMAT Prep). I had to stop my GMAT training from July – Sept and i have recently re-started my preparations. I have done the concepts from the Manhattan GMAT Guides and Princeton Review guides. I took a mock (Princeton Review) yesterday and scored 580 on the test.

I am aiming at a score of 750 in the actual GMAT. I have about 3 hours per day over the weekdays and 8 hours over the weekend to study. I am considering going by the advanced plan that you have mapped out. Could you please advice if i should be considering the beginners plan or a combination instead?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Bhavana

Dear Bhavana,

I’m happy to respond. 🙂

1) Do the beginner’s plan.

2) Read this blog:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/

Best of luck to you, my friend.

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike! 🙂 Thank you so much – this was very helpful. I’m starting the 3 month Verbal focused Beginners study plan, adding to it certain Quant videos related to topics that i specifically find challenging. As i progress, i will add other quant videos, wherever necessary. I will keep you posted as things progress! 🙂

Cheers,

Bhavana

Dear Bhavana,

You are quite welcome. 🙂 I’m very glad you found my recommendations helpful. My friend, please just keep in mind that blog comments are place for items of interest to general readers; for example, I answered your previous question because I easily could imagine other readers asking it. The blog comment section is not a place to ask for personal guidance or to report personal progress; such comments fall outside our blog comment policy. The content of the blog, including the comments, has to be helpful to readers in general. Does this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike,

I am planning on taking the GMAT for the first time in January’15. I decided to follow you 3 month study guide for beginners. A few things I realized and wanted to ask you is about the MGMAT books…i currently have the 4th edition books which i got from a friend (brand new)…is it necessary for me to purchase the 5th edition? Also I only have the 12th edition of the Official Guide…is it necessary for me to get the 13th edition one? I really want to score atleast a 700 so please help!

Thanks,

Ami

Dear Ami,

I’m happy to help. 🙂 If you got the MGMAT books, 4e, new from a friend, don’t worry about buying the 5e books. The differences are slight, and the small difference will not justify the cost. Now, with the GMAT OG, you have the 12th edition, which is close to the 12th edition — fewer than 10% of the problems changed between the two editions. Since the OG2015 is the most recent edition, you may be able to find the 13th edition new at a vastly reduced price: if you can, I would still recommend buying it, but don’t spend a lot for it.

Finally, as for your desire to get 700+, please read this blog:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/gmat-study-plan-for-a-700-or-more/

I hope all this helps.

Mike 🙂

Mike, thanks for this roadmap to conquering the GMAT! Is this available in PDF format? I’d like to print it out cleanly and get it into my agenda.

Thanks for your time and energy. I look forward to completing your 3-month study schedule and watch my score soar. 🙂

Very best,

Katie

Dear Katie,

I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Regrettably, at this time, we do not have downloadable forms of our GMAT study plans. That’s one project we have simmering on the back burner — if you check back in a month or so, we may have that feature. In the mean time, I don’t think it’s that hard to copy the text and paste into, say, MS Word. I think other users have found that this works reasonably well.

Best of luck to you, my friend.

Mike 🙂

Hi,

I did the GMAT yesterday and got 680. I am not satisfied.

I followed the 1 month daily study plan and finished it.

I was wonderig if you have a study plan to get me over 700, preferably a shorter one, maybe 2 months or so.

Also, i dont think doing the OG again would help me. MGMAT could be a good idea.

Please help.

Thanks,

Pablo

Dear Pablo,

I’m sorry to hear about your disappointment. First of all, let me recommend this blog:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/lower-on-the-real-gmat-than-on-practice-tests/

It discusses the reasons people often score a bit lower on the real GMAT. If you have ambitions to score over 700 on a retake, I strongly suggest implementing as many of those stress reduction practices as you possibly can.

Now, my friend, there’s a subtle and deep paradox here. You want a “plan” to get you over 700. Well, in that one-month plan you just completed, every piece of information, every piece of content and every strategy, that a student would need to score over 700, is already there. That

wasthe one-month plan to get 700+. You see, a 700+ score is a top 10% score — it’s elite. Few people achieve that — only the top 10% — precisely because there’s a large combination of skills needs to perform at that level. Students naively imagine that we could write a “plan”, and if students simply follow the step-by-steps of this plan, they will get over 700. If there were such a plan, then many more than the top 10% could score 700+, and it wouldn’t be elite anymore. No step-by-step plan, in and of itself, produces excellence, because excellence comes from the heart.My friend, this is very hard part about being a student. This is precisely where you need to take a hard look at yourself. If all the information was there, then why didn’t you retain it all? Why didn’t you understand it as deeply as possible? For example, have you kept an error log, so that you are deeply familiar with the patterns of your mistakes? When you make a mistake, are you committed to reviewing it until you are sure that you will never make that particular mistake again? If you go back to the topics that you

thinkyou understand, what crucial pieces of information did you overlook? The more responsibility you can assume, the more initiative you can take.The mediocre student says, “

If I just do A, B, and C, then can I consider myself done?” That mindset leads directly to mediocre results. The excellent student says, “After I am done with A, B, and C, what else can I do? If I already feel I understand this topic, how can I understand it even more deeply?” In order to achieve an excellent score, you need to hold yourself to the lofty standards of excellence in every single aspect of your GMAT preparations. If you are able to take deep responsibility for your own learning process and radically rethink the ways that you assimilate and retain information, then you will have an excellent chance of crossing the 700 threshold. The MGMAT books are wonderful, and the OG Verbal & Quant Review books & additional questions for GMATPrep are good sources of more official problems. It’s important to recognize though — where you are right now, the answer will not come from outside. The answer is not about finding the right book or the right plan to follow. The answer is not some step-by-step recipe. The answer is much more about shift in your own attitude, in your own fundamental work ethic, in your own level of passion and dedication and commitment. Excellence comes from the heart. Whatever standards you have for yourself, raise them. You have to transform yourself in every way into an excellent GMAT student, and this will enormously increase your chances of achieving an excellent score. And, if you can make a habit of working at the level of excellence, it will pay huge dividends throughout your career.My friend, I sincerely wish you the very best of luck in challenging yourself to meet these high standards.

Mike 🙂

Thank you Mike.

This was very helpful.

Dear Pablo,

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

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike, I have everything required for this plan but instead of 3 months I only have 2 to prepare my exam. I won’t have any other duties so I can focus solely on it. Do you think is it doable or should I focus on the 1 month plans? (If its of any help I got a score of 570 in a mock test)

thanks!

Rodrigo,

I’m happy to respond. 🙂 If you have the time, you could do essentially 1.5 days of work — in other words, finish three days of work on the schedule every two days. You could omit a few of the essay-writing weekends, in favor of the practice test weekends. That would be a brisk pace, but if you are faithful, and if your schedule remains relatively clear, then you can sustain it.

How does this sound?

Mike 🙂

perfect!… I just wasn’t sure if it was wise to start and then find out at the end of the two months that I could’t review all the topics.

Thanks for the prompt response!

Dear Rodrigo,

You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you!

Mike 🙂

Hey Mike,

Just finished week 1 and planning on staying the course throughout the three month period.

Question: How is it possible to take 4 GMAC practice tests. Don’t they only provide 2?

Dear Lou,

The GMAC PowerPrep has two tests, but it has enough questions in the hopper so that you can take each one twice. Thus, you can take a total of 4 tests. Does this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Got it, thanks!

640 on first CAT btw. I’ll let you know how I end up.

Dear Lou,

You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, my friend.

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike,

I am devoting 3 months to prepare for the GMAT, and I can study for about 4-5 hours a day. I have decided to combine both the beginner and the advance study plans. I’ve already gone through around 60+ Quant and Verbal Magoosh videos, and I’m currently on week 3 of the plan. I’ve started with the MGMAT books and it presents different concepts and strategies from Magoosh, which I would rather not use. I’ve taken 2 practice tests so far with the following scores:

1st week – MGMAT CAT – 640 42Q 35V

2nd week – GMAT Prep – 680 44Q 39V

If I’m aiming for a score of 750+, do you think it’s essential for me to read the MGMAT books? Or can I just solve the problem sets at the end of each chapter?

Thanks!

Dear Pam,

I’m happy to respond. 🙂 Think about this. You are aiming for an elite level of excellence, 750+. Knowing only one way to approach or solve a problem is not very powerful. A student with an appetite for excellence is always interested: “What’s another possible approach? What’s another strategy?” I would recommend, as much as you can stomach: think about the MGMAT strategies — why would they be good strategies, and what would be the advantages of them? Then, think about the Magoosh strategies in the same way. Imagine if, during the test, you could look at a problem and say with confidence, “Of the many strategies I know, I think

thisstrategy will be the best for approaching this problem.” That’s mastery!The question, “Can I just do this and no more?” is an insidious question, because it can be a question that leads to mediocrity. The question, “What else can I do to improve myself?” is one of the questions of excellence. My friend, excellence is my genuine wish for you.

Does all this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Hey Mike,

I have begun with the advanced plan, and took the first GMAT CAT on MGMAT website and scored 540 only, I took GMAT Prep last week and scored 600 and 620 in the Veritas CAT!

Please suggest is the advanced plan feasible for me? I have limited time but my target is 700+!

What extra steps should I take I have access to Magoosh Premium as well as the Manhattan GMAT Guides; but honestly 540 is disappointing.

Thanks

Sads

Dear Sads,

Understand, my friend, the inherent contradiction in what you are saying. You are saying you want an excellent performance (700+), but you are saying you want to get there with efficiency. Excellent is a matter of thoroughness, not efficiency.

I would suggest: follow this plan, read all the MGMAT books thoroughly, and watch more Magoosh videos than you think you need. Do as many Magoosh questions as possible, and watch the video explanations of all those you get incorrect and any of which you are unsure. If you want to increase from 540 to 700+, that is doable, but you really need to commit to it with extraordinary devotion and perseverance.

Does all this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Thanks Mike for your reply, could you please throw some more light as to what do you mean by thoroughness and how do u differentiate it from efficiency in terms of GMAT prep?

I mean in terms of actions :)!

Thanks a lot!

Regards

Dear Sads,

A good question. Someone focused on efficiency might simply be concerned with how many questions he has accomplished — e.g. I did 50 questions today. Someone who is exceptionally thorough would do fewer questions but would read very carefully the OE of each and every question, keeping an error log and taking detailed notes on anything about which she was unclear. Someone focused on efficiency following this plan might decide to watch few or no lesson videos: it would be very efficient to be able, as it were, to check all the lesson videos off one’s “to do” list. Someone more thorough would watch several lessons, taking nothing for granted, wanting to make absolutely sure that he understood everything. Someone efficient may simply skim the OE of a question she got wrong, and think, “OK, that was my mistake” and move on. Someone thorough will invest considerable time and energy into each question he got wrong, making sure he understands the concept he missed and will be able to recognize it and apply it the next time it appears. Someone efficient might race through a MGMAT volume in a single sitting, scanning examples and thinking, “OK, I have this.” Someone thorough will read every single word, will summarize in her own words the main idea of each chapter, and will review this summary until she owns it.

The questions of mediocrity: “What’s the least I can do? How can I be done with this as quickly as possible?” The questions of excellent, “How can I learn this more thoroughly? What else can I do?”

Does all this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Yes Mike it does, I shall keep you updated on the same! And be thorough in my preparation!

Best Regards

Sads

Dear Sads,

I’m very glad you found that helpful! Best of luck to you!

Mike 🙂

Hi mike,

Just started with Gmat prep (initial stages though), planning to give it in first week of july .., As f now the free tests that I have taken on Manhattan or somewhere else I am scoring 520-550 without any prep at all. I just want to ask you which 3 month plan should i follow Beginners or advanced one ?? I have the resources required premium access to magoosh, Manhattan 10 strategy guides and all. Aiming for 700+ … Please revert asap.

Thanks

Regards,

Vikas

Vikas,

This advanced plan has folks skipping most of the Magoosh videos. I would say, follow the beginning plan. It’s one of the habits of excellence to take absolutely nothing for granted. Watch every single Magoosh video — even if it’s relatively familiar, ask yourself, “What could I understand more deeply about this?” Follow the beginner plan and use all the MGMAT books — that will constitute extremely thorough preparation. Does all this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Thanks for your prompt reply …. To be very honest what I make out from your reply is that I should follow the beginners plan in addition to the MGMAT books followed religiously for the relevant topics that I ll be doing in the beginners plan. hope this is what you want to convey !!! Any tips on how to include MGMAT in the beginners plan so that it is thoroughly covered … !! Plus one more question to you …. If I go through the beginners plan with all the sincere efforts will it be able to help me surpass 700 ??

Thanks

Regards

Dear Vikas,

Following the beginners plan and using all the MGMAT books is an aggressive plan — I recommended it because you have high aspirations. You will have to work through about a volume a week of the MGMAT books — fit them in when you can, and finish them on the weekends.

Will following all this, with complete determination and dedication, guarantee you a 700+ score? My friend, nothing in this world is that guaranteed. Risk and uncertainty is the very nature of the world to which an MBA will grant you access. Your chances on the GMAT depend largely on how quickly you learn and understand, how well you remember and retain, your ability to make connections, etc. etc. All I can say is that, following the beginners plan + the MGMAT books will expose you to all the information you will need to excel; following this plan will give you your best chance to hit that high mark, but whether you do so depends very much on the talent & skills sets & dedication you bring. Put in a sincere effort: believe it or not, the best way to achieve a high score is to ignore the score completely and absolutely put it out of your head while you are studying.

Does this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Thanks mike 🙂

Dear Vikas,

You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you, sir.

Mike 🙂

Mike –

I am currently following the 12 week beginner plan with about 8 weeks before test day. Can you give me a quick summary as to the main difference between the two 12-week plans? It looks like the advanced plan has a MGMAT component but the other “lessons” remain on par.

As I am fairly comfortable with both the math and verbal, I’ve been doing more than the “recommended” daily tasks. Should I instead focus on this plan and is it imperative that I purchase the MGMAT if I want an “elite” score? WIll not following the plan hurt? I am aiming for a 720+

Greg,

In the advanced plan, I suggest that an advanced student could skip many of the Magoosh lessons — of course, watching them all is a diligent move that can only support excellence. The MGMAT books are not essential for an elite score. They are another perspective on these ideas, and they are very well written, so they could only help. If you find yourself with extra time & energy beyond what’s recommended in the beginner plan, then I certainly would recommend getting some or all of the MGMAT set. Hearing another perspective on ideas can be an excellent way to deepen your understanding.

Does all this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Hey Mike,

I want to practice RC passages from Magoosh. Is there a way I could filter on complete passages instead of number of questions?

Thanks!

Dear Prasoon,

I would very much like to answer your question, my friend, but I must confess: I am not precisely clear about what you are asking? Precisely what is the information you seek?

Mike 🙂

Hey Mike,

First of all thank you for this schedule. I followed this schedule and am in week eleven. Giving GMAT next week (fingers crossed). This was a great help and I want to add a suggestion. It is very helpful if after doing a question in OG one also watches the video of you doing the question on youtube. It doesn’t matter if student gets the question right or wrong. Video serves as a revision of concepts as well as reminder of best possible techniques.

Dear Nikhilesh,

Thank you very much for your suggestion. I will discuss with others at Magoosh whether we should add that to the study schedules. My friend, I wish you the best of luck next week!

Mike 🙂

Hey Mike,

Scored 760. Big thanks. 🙂

Dear Nikhilesh,

CONGRATULATIONS! That’s wonderful! You are very welcome, my friend! Good luck in B-school!

Mike 🙂

Mike,

I had a questions about suggested study plans for my GMAT retake and the 3 Month advanced study plan you have posted. I took the GMAT in Feb. of last year and scored a 680 (48Q34V). I have access to the MGMAT study guides and also have access to the full on demand VeritasPrep course that my work paid for. In addition, based on recommendations by others, i purchased the Magoosh GMAT Premium access.

My goal is at least a 730 or 740, but I would be ok with as low as a 720. I am the type of learner than learns best by somebody showing my how to do something and then practicing it myself. Based on the looks of your 3 Month Advanced study plan, it looks like it has the studier move successively through each question type, rather than the typical study a particular subject (i.e. algrebra, geometry, etc.) and do questions based on that subject.

Since it has been a year since I last looked at anything for the GMAT, would you recommend that I try to alter the study schedule to incorporate more of the videos from Magoosh or try to incorporate the structured VeritasPrep course lessons with the practice question regiment from the study plan?

Jacob,

I am gong to be honest with you. I believe you are setting an artificial ceiling for your achievements by your self-definition. You wrote: “I am the type of learner than learns best by somebody showing my how to do something and then practicing it myself.” What you need to understand is: that’s the ultra-safe, ultra-comfortable way of learning that is virtually everybody’s default choice, and it is absolutely 100% inadequate if you want any chance of achieving an elite grade on the GMAT. Isolated focus on one subject until you are very comfortable with it — that method of studying imposes significant limits on the kind of understanding you can achieve. In this blog, I discuss levels of understanding:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understanding-the-gmat-practice-vs-exam-performance/

The isolated focus approach only will get you to level 3 in that scheme, but for any chance of a high performance on the GMAT you need at least level 4. That’s precisely why these plans are designed the way they are. Here’s a blog explaining more about this design:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/

Yes, this design will be challenging and uncomfortable for you, as it is for many many people. In fact, many people naturally do exactly what you want to do — they avoid plans such as this, plans that enforce mixed practice all the way through, and they stay with the nice, comfortable, safe approach of isolated focus, one topic at a time. My friend, do you know what the recipe for mediocrity is? Do more or less what everyone else does!

What’s hard about mixed practice from the get-go is that you have to wrestling with your own uncertainty and intuition and to endure getting things wrong frequently: you have to endure working with questions well before you are completely comfortable with that topic. This process is, in fact, highly beneficial pedagogically, but it’s a very difficult experience. It’s very hard work. I discuss this a little in this GRE blog:

https://magoosh.com/gre/2013/good-i-got-it-wrong/

Sure, use the MGMAT material and the Veritas material — that’s all great. Just stir all that in, but don’t make any effort to systematize things. If you learn concept X one week from MGMAT, then a couple weeks later from Magoosh, then a couple weeks later from Veritas, that reinforced perspective over time will deepen the connections in your brain. The more you switch gears, the deeper you will understand.

Forgive me for being so blunt, but I can tell that you are a very talented individual, and I don’t want to see you sell yourself short. You want excellence, and I believe excellence is well within your capabilities, but you will not be able to achieve simply by following a safe & comfortable mode. As they say in Boston, “Can’t git there from here!” To achieve excellence, I believe you are going to have to push yourself to go beyond this extremely limited self-identification with isolated focus practice. To be outstanding, you need to stand outside your own comfort zone. To shrink from what is challenging and difficult is precisely the road that leads to mediocrity. To make a habit of choosing that which challenges you and forces you to grow in ways that are difficult for you — this is the road that leads to excellence, and that is precisely what I would wish for you, my friend.

Mike 🙂

Mike, Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it. I just wanted to make sure I got started on the right foot, given that It has been a year or so since I took the exam. I’ll planning on staying the course laid out in the study plan. I do agree that the quintessential “baptism by fire” approach can work well.

Jacob

Dear Jacob,

You are more than welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!

Mike 🙂

Dear Mike,

I have an issue that I believe you could help me with. So, last year I took GRE test and now I am required to take GMAT. Hence, my question is, would you recommend me to start with GMAT study schedule for advanced students or should I focus on beginners one?

Thanks,

Justyna 🙂

Dear Justyna,

I’m happy to respond, but this question is a little difficult to answer in the abstract. Let’s say that about 80% or 85% is a percentile cut-off. If you were above that in your GRE, in both Q & V, use the advanced plan. If you were above for one of the two, Q or V, and not the other, use one of the focused plans. If you were below that percentile in each of the components, use the beginner’s plan. Does this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Dear Mike,

Yes, that does make sense. Thank you so much for your response and help! Now I know what I should focus on.

Have a great day,

Justyna

Justyna,

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

Mike 🙂

Hi,

I was looking thru the different plans and i wanted to know is there a difference between the beginner and advanced plan schedules? They seem pretty similar to me. Please do let me know if I missed something.

Thanks,

Tariq

Tariq,

Well, for starters, the beginner schedule has the student watch every single Magoosh lesson video, whereas the advanced plan involves watching almost no lesson videos beyond a few introductory lessons. Also, the advanced plan involves reading through the entire MGMAT book series, whereas the beginners don’t even touch that series. Those are two of the more salient differences. Does this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Hi, Thanks and I appreciate your help in designing the 3-month study schedule. Great help!! KUDOS!!

I have a question, I have Third edition of MGMAT 10-volume pack. And the latest is 5th edition in the market. Prepraring from third edition fetch the purpose?? Are there any changes made in the latest edition?

Dear Roopa,

I’m glad you are finding this schedule helpful. As regards the MGMAT books, I don’t believe the 3rd edition has anything about Integrated Reasoning, and may be preparing your for the old two-essay AWA. The stuff on Quant & Verbal has had minor changes at most. There’s also a new volume, an overview of the GMAT they call the “Roadmap”, but the Magoosh intro to the GMAT series will give you most of what you need there.

Does all this make sense?

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike,

I was wondering what way of studying you would suggest if you can already score 730 without any preparation (96th percentile Verbal, 78th Math using the official GMAT simulation software). I found some of the test questions very easy, so that I was really surprised to get such a good score because I suspected I had missed many questions. My mistakes were very random, no clear pattern emerged. Do you think I would get a similar score on the actual test, or is it possible that I was just lucky?

Thanks,

Chris

Chris,

Well, as they say, better safe than sorry. I would recommend go through this particular study plan with due diligence, taking further practice tests along the way. To whatever extent this first performance might have been a fluke, diligent preparation would “de-fluke-ize” it, if you see what I mean. It sounds as if you are really starting your preparation in the catbird’s seat. Congratulations and best of luck, my friend.

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike,

I just took the GMAT and didn’t do so well (490…Q36 V21). Would this plan be something I should follow in order to meet my goal of 550? If so is it okay if I use the 4th edition of MGMAT books? I don’t know what the difference is between the 4th and 5th editions other than number of books (8 vs 10). I’ve got OG 12 and 13.

Dear Frank,

I would recommend plan C, “Verbal Focus”, for you — you seem relatively strong in Math, but weaker in Verbal. I don’t think the difference between 4e & 5e of the MGMAT books is particularly significant.

Mike 🙂

I sat for the GMAT last year (650, V48, Q31) and i have a three month prep time ahead. I hope MAgoosh will help me break 700.

Dear Aslan,

I believe you will find this plan and the Magoosh material helpful —- if course, our score guarantee says that if you don’t increase by 50 points to 700, you will get your money back. That’s how confident we are that you can improve that much. Best of luck to you!

Mike 🙂

HI Mike,

Came to know about magoosh through a friend who strongly recommended. While going through the 3 month study plan (advanced), i observed that you require MGMAT 10 book set. I got the latest used set from a friend. Now, the issue is I don’t have the 6 online exam which you get on MGMAT purchase. So, is there any other providers of GMAT test available which is can separately buy or should I get a new MGMAT book specifically for the test. I checked on their site too but they don’t sell 6 exams separately. Kindly advice.

Thanks

Rishabh

Dear Rishabh-

First of all, each volume should have a separate code, and if they haven’t expired, any one of them would give you access to the online tests. I don’t know when the codes expire — after 6 months or a year or ???— but if the books are older than that, none of the codes will work. There are really no other online tests remotely as good as the MGMAT CATs, so I will say: buy one more volume new, any volume, and this one new volume will give you access to the online tests. I hope this helps.

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike…Could you clear something for me. When you say we need Manhattan 10 book series, can we supplement the hard copy version with the soft copies? I mean the whole set is quite expensive and if the objective can be met by a soft copy will that suffice??As for the free tests that come together with the books i could buy just one of the books to avail the 6 tests.

Dear Kumar,

In my understanding, MGMAT only makes hard copies, so any soft copies would be illegal. As such, we at Magoosh cannot recommend illegal copies. Buy as many hard copies as you can afford, concentrating in the areas in which you need the most review — in my understanding, any single volume of set will give you access to the online CATs. Also, notice that the Magoosh GMAT product, in its entirety, is cheaper than the MGMAT book set —-

Mike 🙂

Hi Mike

Thnx for the info….Just forget about the Soft Copies as if they never existed 🙂

Another query(I m not sure if this the right place to ask it but i will take my chances :D)

I have just subscribed for the 1 week free trial of Magoosh…FYI I have just finished my GRE and Magoosh was my only companion in that….I just love Magoosh’s interface and would have loved to just go entirely with Magoosh for my GMAT prep…However when i looked up on your study schedule I realized that you were prescribing MGMAT books together with Magoosh to complete our prep material. I perceive that since you have just launched your GMAT course you are wary of Magoosh being able to provide a comprehensive prep alone by itself and hence the MGMAT books(and i love this forthrightness your part in that you are not deceiving the students with lofty inflated claims)

To cut to the chase now could you guide me as to how updated is Magoosh regarding the GMAT prep; i saw an issue task video in the lessons. Does GMAT has an issue task like the GRE or is there only an argument task. Then I saw idioms being tested on the Verbal questions and i saw somewhere on the GMATclub blogs that idioms are no longer being tested?

Just curious Mike, since I dearly wish to make Magoosh my primary prepping source just like it was for my GRE 🙂 (Pardon me for this rigorous investigation :P)

Kumar: Great questions. Magoosh gives you everything you need for a successful GMAT. Our 1 month plan recommends only Magoosh. In this 3 month plan, we already recommend the MGMAT books, which are excellent. Why does a student need them as well, if Magoosh gives you everything you need? Well, sometimes hearing something in a new way can make it “click” on a new level — even if that doesn’t happen, just hearing the same stuff twice, once from Magoosh videos and once from MGMAT books, will deeply reinforce long-term learning.

We had left the AWA Issue task videos up in case folks were curious about them —those will probably come down soon. Notice we have a full IR section of videos. Magoosh will fully prepare you for the *current* GMAT.

On idioms — are they a focus of the GMAT SC? Well, in the OG13, thirty-one of the 140 SC questions list “Idiom” as a topic —- that’s 22% of the SC questions in the OG. Are idioms the single most important topic on GMAT SC? No. But if you are a non-native speaker, you better know your idioms!

I appreciate your probing questions.

Mike 🙂

Thnx Mike :D…So it is Magoosh now for my GMAT 🙂

Which means I will keep bothering u in times to come 😀

Dipankar

Glad to hear it. Best of luck to you.

Mike 🙂

Hi

I have a question regarding your suggested 3 month study plan for advances students,I gave GMAT 4 years back and scored a 640 and I’m planning to give the exam again.I have been preparing for the last 1 -1.5 month and have completed the OG-11 & OG 12 and also I enrolled in the Knewton prep program which I have almost finished.

I recently took the 1 week trial offer for Magoosh and have been really impressed by the course & question content and thus I’m planning to take the Magoosh 1 month prep program.In your suggested study material you have mentioned Manhattan strategy guides, I have frankly always thought them to be for students who are just about to start with their prep but you havning mentioned as a recomended study material has caught my attention.I was frankly planning to enroll in the Magoosh program and end my prep, but would you suggest me going ahead with the Manhattan strategy guides along with the Magoosh prep program cause Im very sure o Magoosh so thats a definite but just confused about the Manhattan guides. Please help

Regards,

Taru

Dear Taru: the MGRE books are very thorough — yes, they can be a good place to start for someone just beginning, but they have something to offer to almost anyone preparing for the GRE. If you learn everything in the MGRE books and everything Magoosh has to offer, you will be unstoppable.

Does that make sense?

Mike 🙂