3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students

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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.

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 advanced GMAT study plan (the advanced version of our 3 month plan) 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 the advanced GMAT study 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 advanced GMAT study plan, 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 The Advanced GMAT Study 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.
  • 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. Keep all these things in mind in order to maximize your study time as you work through the advanced GMAT study plan.

     

    Study Materials

    Essential Materials


    GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT ReviewOG Verbal Review 2021OG Quant Review 2021Premium subscription to MagooshMagoosh GMAT eBookMagoosh GMAT Math FlashcardsMagoosh GMAT Idiom FlashcardsNova’s GMAT Math Prep CourseMagoosh’s Complete GMAT Guide
    1. GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review (OG) – The newest edition is the OG2021. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one.
       
      If you happen to own the OG2020, OG2019, OG2018, OG2017, or even the previous OG2016, then it would be no problem using 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.
    2. The OG Verbal Review 2021 and the OG Quant Review 2021. 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.
    3. A Premium subscription to Magoosh
    4. The Magoosh GMAT eBook
    5. The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards
    6. 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!)
    7. 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!)
    8. 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.
    9. 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:

      GMAT Reading List

      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:

      How to Improve your GMAT Verbal Score

    10. 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.

    Recommended Resources

    1. The Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android
    2. 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!)
    3. 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.

    4. 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.


     

    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.

    • 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.

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    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

    Read:

    1. GMAT overview on mba.com
    2. Take the Diagnostic Test, found toward the beginning of the OG. Grade it, but you don’t have to read through all the explanations today. If you did much much better than you expected in either math or verbal, you may choose to re-evaluate which 3-month study guide (version A, B, C, or this one) you should follow.
    3. 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.

     

    Week 1, Day 2
    1. For the Diagnostic test you took yesterday, go over the explanations. For questions you got right, simply skim the explanation to verify that you go the question right for the right reason. If you got the question wrong, read the explanation carefully, writing in your journal any math/verbal concept you didn’t know or understand, as well as anything about the question type that you didn’t understand. (If you got many questions wrong on the Diagnostic, you may have to spread this step out over the next few nights.)
    2. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    3. 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)
    4. Whenever you do OG questions, always check your answers when you are done with the batch, and read the explanation of anything you got wrong. Take notes in your journal on anything you need to remember from the solutions. Note that not all the OG explanations are of high quality, and some are not good at all. As an alternative, for all the questions in the OG, you can see much better explanations in our video solutions.

    5. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, 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.
    6. On the Magoosh site, read:

     

    Week 1, Day 3
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    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.

    4. In the Official Guide, do:
      • Official Guide (Math Review)
      • 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
      • Review 16 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
    5. 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.
    6. On the Magoosh blog, read:

     

    Week 1, Day 4
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. 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)
    3. 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.
    4. On the Magoosh blog, read:

     

    Week 1, Day 5
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. 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)
    3. 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.
    4. On the Magoosh blog, read:
    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.

     

    Week 1, Day 6
    1. Read the following Magoosh blog posts:
    2. In the Official Guide, do:
      • Finish Official Guide Math Review
      • Official Guide Intro to AWA Section
    3. Now, you are going to write a practice essay. Read the AWA Argument prompts in the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition). While GMAC has removed their list of AWA prompts from the 2020 and 2021 OG, you can still find the GMAT essay prompts on this MBA.com PDF. Pick 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.

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Two

    Week 2, Day 1
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. 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)
    3. 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.

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

     

    Week 2, Day 2
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. 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)
    3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the first 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

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

     

    Week 2, Day 3
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do:
      • 13 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
      • Review 13 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
    4. In the OG Verbal Review, do the first 17 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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

     

    Week 2, Day 4
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:

      In the Magoosh product, do:

    2. 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)
    3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the first 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement, do the practice problems in Chapter 3, Data Sufficiency: Principles. Check your answers when you are done.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 2, Day 5
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. 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)
    4. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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

     

    Week 2, Day 6
    1. In the Official Guide, do:
      • 1 AWA Essay (Official Guide): Today, you are going to write another practice essay. From the AWA Argument prompts in OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, pick another at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer. (If you can turn off spellcheck & autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.)
         
        Now that you have this essay, what do you do with it? If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see whether they would read the essay for you and critique it. Some folks hire a writing tutor specifically for this. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the OG, and ask them to follow it. Alternately, you can upload your essay in the online forms and ask for feedback.
    2. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read the IR section.
    3. Read the entire Magoosh IR eBook.

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Three

    Week 3, Day 1
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do:
      • Integrated Reasoning section (Official Guide)
    4. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

      Do the practice problems in Chapter 5, Patterns. Check your answers when you are done.

    7. 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.

     

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    Week 3, Day 2
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. 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)
    3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

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

     

    Week 3, Day 3
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do:
      • 17 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
      • Review 17 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)
    4. In the OG Verbal Review, do the first 17 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement,

      Do the practice problems in Chapter 7, Visual Solutions. Check your answers when you are done.

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

     

    Week 3, Day 4
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. 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)
    4. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. In the MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant Supplement, do the practice problems in Chapter 8, Hybrid Problems. Check your answers when you are done.
    7. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 3, Day 5
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do:
      • 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
      • Review 16 Sentence Correction (Official Guide)
    4. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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

     

    Week 3, Day 6
    1. 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.
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. Magoosh Flashcards: Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Four

    Week 4, Day 1
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. In NOVA’S GMAT Math Prep Course: Do all the practice problems in the chapter on Substitution. When you are done, check your answers.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 4, Day 2
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. 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)
    4. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 4, Day 3
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 4, Day 4
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. 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)
    4. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 4, Day 5
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 4, Day 6
    1. 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.
    2. Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.
    3. 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.

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Five

    Week 5, Day 1
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 5, Day 2
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson video:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. 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)
    4. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 5, Day 3
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 17 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 5, Day 4
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do:
    4. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 5, Day 5
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 5, Day 6
    1. 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 (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

      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.

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Six

    Week 6, Day 1
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 6, Day 2
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. 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)
    4. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    5. 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.
    6. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 6, Day 3
    1. Watch the Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 6, Day 4
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. 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)
    3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    4. 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.
    5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 6, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 6, Day 6
    1. Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.

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

      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.

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Seven

    Week 7, Day 1
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 7, Day 2
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 7, Day 3
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 7, Day 4
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 7, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 7, Day 6
    1. Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.
       
      Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

      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.

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Eight

    Week 8, Day 1
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 8, Day 2
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 8, Day 3
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 8, Day 4
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 8, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 8, Day 6
    1. Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.
       
      Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

      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.

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

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Nine

    Week 9, Day 1

    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.

    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 9, Day 2
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 9, Day 3
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 17 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 9, Day 4
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 9, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 9, Day 6
    1. Take the next online MGMAT CAT test.
       
      Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

      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 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.

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Ten

    Week 10, Day 1
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

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    Week 10, Day 2
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 10, Day 3
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next 16 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 10, Day 4
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 10, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 10, Day 6
    1. Take the last online MGMAT CAT test.
       
      Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

      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 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.

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Eleven

    Week 11, Day 1
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 11, Day 2
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 11, Day 3
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the last 16 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 11, Day 4
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 11, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the last 16 CR questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 11, Day 6
    1. Go to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-free-test-preparation-software.aspx, download the free GMAT Prep software.
    2. Take the first full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.

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

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

      As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions 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.

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

     
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    3 Month Advanced GMAT Study Plan: Week Twelve

    Week 12, Day 1
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the next RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 12, Day 2
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the next 12 PS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 12, Day 3
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the last 16 SC questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 12, Day 4
    1. 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)
    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do the last 8 PS questions and the last 4 DS questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 12, Day 5
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the OG Verbal Review, do the last RC passage and answer the associated questions. When you are done, check your answers.
    3. 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.
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.

     

    Week 12, Day 6
    1. Take the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software.
       
      Once again, this software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (if you have a pre-2020 edition) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

      As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions 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.

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

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    Concentrated Review, Test Day Checklist, and More

    Concentrated Review

    1. 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.

    Day Before the Test

    1. No GMAT preparation all day.
    2. Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!
    3. Go to bed earlier than usual.

    Day of GMAT Exam

    1. ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!
    2. Eat a large breakfast, full of protein.
    3. On breaks, make sure to get up, move & stretch – moving & stretching the large muscles of the body (legs & torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

    For relaxation tips, see this post.

    We hope this advanced GMAT study plan will help you on the road to success. You’ve got this! We believe in you.

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126 Responses to 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Advanced Students

  1. Nik September 13, 2020 at 10:46 pm #

    Hi,

    This is a great study plan. Thank you Magoosh team for this.

    Is this study plan available in a pdf/printable version like some of your other plans? It would be really helpful for me to have this printed out and would be easier to follow.

    Thank you

  2. Nora September 8, 2020 at 12:15 am #

    Hi
    I love this 3 month study plan – therefore I was wondering whether you plan on publishing a plan suited for the online exam, leaving auf all AWA work and using the time more effeciently for Quant, Verbal or IR?

    Thanks
    Nora

    • Erina Dominick September 15, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

      Hi Nora, we don’t have a study plan for the at-home GMAT just yet but that’s a great idea! I’ll pass it along to the team.

  3. Jeff July 16, 2020 at 1:36 am #

    Hi, I thought some feedback might be useful for people who are doubting which study plan to take…

    Some background: I’m 30 years old, from Belgium and I have a degree in engineering

    I started studying three months ago, before I had never even heard of the GMAT. I basically followed this plan for the most part, but I did not use the NOVA’s prep book. I finished all the questions of Magoosh, 90% of the questions in the OG and 90% of the questions in the MGMAT Advanced Quant. I also watched almost all lessons. I did not do any extra outside reading, but I don’t think I’ve read a book that was not in English since I was 16.

    I studied for 8 weeks, took a 3 week break, and then studied again for 2 weeks. During these last 2 weeks I only practiced my weaknesses (after 8 weeks, you’ll know exactly what this is) and did some Magoosh problems I got wrong the first time.

    Here are the scores of the tests I took during this period:

    – MGMAT CAT 1: 640 Q43 V35
    – MGMAT CAT 2: 650 Q42 V37
    – MGMAT CAT 3: 670 Q43 V38
    – MGMAT CAT 4: 650 Q41 V37
    – MGMAT CAT 5: 660 Q42 V38
    – MGMAT CAT 6: 670 Q44 V37
    – GMAT prep test 1: 750 Q49 V42
    – GMAT prep test 2: 770 Q49 V48

    –> REAL GMAT: 710 Q49 V40 IR6 AWA6

    Don’t get discouraged by the MGMAT CAT practice tests, especially their quant questions are really hard. After the two last prep tests, I was very confident. However, I still got pretty nervous for the real test. All in all, I needed a score > 700 so I guess I succeeded in my goal, but I couldn’t help feeling a little unsatisfied because I knew I could do better on the verbal part.

    In general, I think this plan helped me a lot. It gave me some structure, and by sticking to this plan I was confident that I will at least have an idea how to solve every question that could come up on the GMAT.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 24, 2020 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Jeff, and congrats on taking the GMAT and getting such a great score! I’m sure other students will find your experience to be helpful.


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