3 Month GMAT Study Guide for Beginners

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If you’re starting your GMAT preparation more or less from scratch, and have three months to prepare, this GMAT study guide will help you get organized. The Magoosh 3 month study plan covers the full range of Magoosh lessons on all topics, from the format of the GMAT to advanced concepts.

Getting Started

Choosing a Study Schedule

I designed four different versions of the GMAT study schedule for 3 months, 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. Then, come back to learn how to prepare for GMAT in 3 months.

  • 3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners: I’m in the right place. I’m going to learn all of the GMAT math and verbal I need to get a great score!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: This is a beginner’s plan: should I follow this plan if I want to get a 700+ score?

This plan covers the full range of Magoosh lessons on all topics, from the format of the GMAT to advanced concepts. If you follow this plan diligently, all the information you will need for an elite +700 score (and other high target scores) 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
  • How diligent you are
  • How conscientious you are
  • …and how dedicated you are.

See this blog for more about getting the most out of a study plan.

FAQ: Can I skip the rest days to finish this schedule in fewer than three months?

It can be really tempting to try to rush your GMAT prep—but this is a marathon, not a sprint! Yes, speed and endurance are important, but so is your ability to get rest and maintain your enthusiasm for reviewing GMAT materials. We’ve created a high-intensity schedule here, even with those rest days. So trust us: you’ll need them!

FAQ: I’m a working professional/English is not my first language/I think I may need more time to prepare!

If you need to slow this plan down, it’s definitely possible! First of all, check out Magoosh’s six month GMAT study plan to see if it’s right for you. However, if you need more time not because you need a huge score increase, but because you need to incorporate other activities (like, you know, having a job!), you definitely can.

If English isn’t your first language and you also have to take the TOEFL, we’d recommend studying for the TOEFL first, then taking it, rather than studying for both the TOEFL and the GMAT at the same time.

However, if this is absolutely not possible, you can combine TOEFL and GMAT prep. You can follow the half-pace GMAT study plan we recommend for working professionals, adding in a 3-month TOEFL study plan, also at half-pace (note that this will take you to six months of prep!).

For working professionals, doing this GMAT study plan at half-pace (dividing each day into two sessions so that the entire plan takes six months) is definitely feasible. The most important thing is to divide each individual task in half, rather than simply drawing a line halfway through each day.

In other words: if the 3-month study plan assigns 10 videos and 10 practice problems, don’t do the videos all on Monday and the practice all on Tuesday. Instead, watch 5 videos and do 5 practice problems on Monday, then the rest on Tuesday.

This leads to a GMAT study plan for 6 months (adapted from 3 months) that looks like this for the first week:

DayWorking Professional Adaptation
1
  1. Go to https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/about-the-gmat-exam/gmat-exam-structure, and read about the structure of the GMAT. Click on each subsection on that page, to read about the individual sections.
2
  1. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
3
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:

    • 8 Problem Solving (Official Guide)

    • 6 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)


  3. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

    • from the beginning of the book up to, but not including, the AWA section

    • from the beginning of the Quantitative section up to, but not including, the DS section

4
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:

    • 8 Problem Solving (Official Guide)

    • 6 Reading Comprehension (Official Guide)


  3. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

    • from the beginning of the Verbal section up to, but not including, the CR section


  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

  5. Read the blog article Overcome GMAT Anxiety.

5
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:

    • 8 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)

    • 8 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)


  3. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

    1. DS to the end of the Quantitative Section


  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
6
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:

    • 8 Data Sufficiency (Official Guide)

    • 8 Critical Reasoning (Official Guide)


  3. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read

    1. CR section to the end of the eBook


  4. Read the blog article Beating GMAT Stress.
7Rest

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How to Use This GMAT Study Plan (3 Months)

Notice, this is a twelve-week plan—but you’ll use it to find out how to study for the GMAT in 3 months. 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.

You can just dive into this plan! However, you’ll find it more effective if you use it methodically. To get the most out of the GMAT study plan (3 months), approach it with a plan:

  • Take a GMAT diagnostic test first to get a sense of your current skills and areas for improvement.
    • Review the GMAT diagnostic test, looking particularly at the instructions and directions to get a better sense of what you’ll encounter on test day.
  • Go over your calendar for the next three months and plan exactly which days correspond to which days in the plan. For example, if you’re going on vacation next week, that won’t be Week 2 for you—Week 2 will start when you come back
  • Make sure you have all necessary materials.
  • Dive into the study plan!
  • Maintain your motivation. Writing down why you want a particular score on the GMAT—and reviewing your reasons often—can be a powerful reminder to keep you going!
  • Maintain your physical health. Eat well and get physical activity as much as you can!
  • Sleep for eight hours! Get enough sleep during this three month period. REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory!
    • In an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM.
  • Avoid artificial crutches. 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.
  • Bring it all together for test day! Review Magoosh’s tips at the end of this post for how to make sure you do your best when it (officially) counts.

 
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Study Materials

Essential Materials


GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review Premium subscription to MagooshMagoosh GMAT eBookMagoosh GMAT Math FlashcardsMagoosh GMAT Idiom FlashcardsMagoosh’s Complete GMAT GuideA guide to GMAT Practice Test ResourcesGMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review (OG)Premium subscription to MagooshMagoosh GMAT eBookMagoosh GMAT Math FlashcardsMagoosh GMAT Idiom FlashcardsMagoosh’s Complete GMAT GuideA guide to GMAT Practice Test Resources
  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.
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    • Don’t write in the official guide or any prep books.
    • Do all of your work on separate paper or on a computer. 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.

     

    • Use the code in the back of the OG!
    • It will give you access to GMAC’s Integrated Reasoning website with 50 IR practice questions; you’ll also need these.

     

  3. A Premium subscription to Magoosh
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  5. The Magoosh GMAT eBook
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  7. The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards
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  9. The Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards
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  11. A journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)
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    • At the beginning of your journal, write down why you are studying for the GMAT.
  13. Refer to your reason often.
  1. Magoosh’s Complete GMAT Guide: This comprehensive web-based guide to the GMAT exam gives you the quick but useful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GMAT is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GMAT prep, and how to study for each test section.
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  3. 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.

 

Optional Materials

  1. Outside reading material: We recommend outside reading, over and above any GMAT-specific materials, because a habit of reading is one of the best ways to improve your GMAT verbal score across the board. For more on how to use outside reading to prepare you for the GMAT, see: How to Improve your GMAT Verbal Score. For more suggestions on what to read, see: GMAT Reading List.
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  3. The Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android
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  5. Any single volume of the 10-volume Manhattan GMAT series. These books are about the best material available in hard-copy print form. Pick the volume you think would help you the most, whether Math, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, or Sentence Correction, and either use it as a reference book or work through it anywhere you can fit it into this plan—during extra time on various Day Sixes, for example.

    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.”)

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  7. The two online forums:

These are great places to ask questions about anything GMAT related, or simply to check out the discussions and see how others are preparing.

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Links to reviews of required GMAT study guide books and resources

We understand you may want to “look before you leap” and learn more about these resources before you spend your time and money on them. So we’ve made a set of reviews of GMAT prep resources in this study guide.

Improve your GMAT score with Magoosh.

If you don’t have all of the required resources above, we encourage you to order them ASAP. (Or find them on the Web for free ASAP, in the case of some of the items listed above.)

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How to Use Practice Tests During This Plan

This 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:

  • If you don’t foresee yourself taking more than 2-3 practice tests, then get the single MGMAT book for a single MGMAT practice test, and 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.
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  • If you want take the maximum number of practice GMATs that this GMAT 3 month 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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Abbreviations

  • OG = the GMAC Official Guide
  • PS = Problem Solving, the multiple-choice math questions
  • DS = Data Sufficiency math questions
  • RC = Reading Comprehension verbal question
  • SC = Sentence Correction verbal question
  • CR = Critical Reasoning verbal question
  • IR = Integrated Reasoning question, a separate section unto itself
  • AWA = the Analytical Writing Assessment, the essay-writing section

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3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week One

 
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Week One, Day One
  1. Go to https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/about-the-gmat-exam/gmat-exam-structure, and read about the structure of the GMAT. Click on each subsection on that page to read about the individual sections.
  2. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.

 

Week One, Day Two
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
    • 16 Problem Solving questions
    • 12 Reading Comprehension

    Whenever you do OG questions, always check your answers and explanations when you are done with the batch. 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.

  3. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read
    • from the beginning of the book up to, but not including, the AWA section
    • from the beginning of the Quantitative section up to, but not including, the DS section
    • from the beginning of the Verbal section up to, but not including, the CR section
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  5. Read the blog article Overcome GMAT Anxiety.

 

Week One, Day Three
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
    • 8 Data Sufficiency
    • 8 Critical Reasoning
  3. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read
    1. DS to the end of the Quantitative Section
    2. CR section to the end of the eBook
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  5. Read the blog article Beating GMAT Stress.

 

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

    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.

  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  4. Read the blog article The GMAT, Business School, and You: the Big Picture

 

Week One, Day Five
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
    • 16 Problem Solving questions
    • 16 Sentence Correction
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  4. Read the blog article Zen Boot Camp for the GMAT.
  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 habits consistently over the twelve weeks, you will be very good shape to handle the anxiety of test day.

 

Week One, Day Six
  1. Read the following Magoosh articles:
  2. 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.

    Alternatively, you can upload your essay in the online forums and ask for feedback. See this blog for other options.

  3. In the Official Guide (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, do the following:
    • 1 AWA Essay
  4. In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read the AWA section.
  5. In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, study the cards in the first deck, Basic I.

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3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Two

 

Week Two, Day One
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Magoosh product, do:
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice; once again, see this blog article for suggestions of what to read. Reading is the very best way to develop instincts for the way writers use language in the business world. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas & roles of paragraphs.
  5. Mental Math Practice: This is more a general reminder than a thing to do specifically on this day. As is mentioned in the Intro to Math lesson videos, you should practice mental math every day.

    Practice adding & subtracting two (or three) digit number in your head every day. Practice all one-digit times one-digit products, and practice some one-digit times two-digit products in your head every day.

    In everyday life, look for opportunities to do mental math: compute tips at restaurants; figure out percents; calculate approximate gas mileage of your car; estimate distance, lengths, areas, and volumes.

    If a friend is willing, have your friend hold a calculator and quiz you on various calculations. All of this will be uncomfortable at first, but as with any athletic training, the more your practice, the easier it will become. We want you in championship mental math form by test day.

 

Week Two, Day Two
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
    • 16 Problem Solving questions
    • 12 Reading Comprehension
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  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 Two, Day Three
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Magoosh product, do:
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  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 Two, Day Four
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
    • 16 Data Sufficiency
    • 16 Critical Reasoning
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  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 Two, Day Five
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Magoosh product, do:
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the second deck, the Fractions, Ratios, and Percents deck. Review cards from this and the previous deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  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 Two, Day Six
  1. Today, you are going to write another practice essay. Read 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 Idiom Flashcards.

    Study the cards in the second deck, Basic II. As time allows, review cards from the earlier Idiom deck.

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3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Three

 

Week Three, Day One
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Magoosh product, do:
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  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.
  5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

 

Week Three, Day Two
  1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
  2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
    • 16 Problem Solving questions
    • 16 Sentence Correction
  3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
  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 Three, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Three, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Data Sufficiency
      • 12 Reading Comprehension
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Three, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the third deck, the Geometry deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Three, Day Six
    1. In the Magoosh product, do:
    2. In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, study the cards in the third deck, Advanced I. As time allows, review cards from the earlier Idiom decks.

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    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Four

     

    Week Four, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Four, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do the following:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Four, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Four, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Data Sufficiency Questions
      • 16 Sentence Correction Questions
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Four, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3.  

    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fourth deck, the Number Properties I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Four, Day Six
    1. 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). 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 GMAT Idiom Flashcards

      Study the cards in the final deck, Advanced II. Do a thorough review of the cards from the earlier Idiom decks.

    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.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.


     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Five

     

    Week Five, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Five, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Five, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Five, Day Four

     

    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Critical Reasoning
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Five, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the fifth deck, the Number Properties II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Five, Day Six
    1. Using the code in the back of the MGMAT volume you bought, 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. 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. 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.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Six

     

    Week Six, Day One

    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Six, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Problem Solving Questions
      • 16 Sentence Correction Questions
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Six, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Six, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Data Sufficiency
      • 8 Reading Comprehension
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Six, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the sixth deck, the Statistics and Probability deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Six, Day Six
    1. Review the wrong answers from last week’s practice test.
    2. Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any Math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Seven

     

    Week Seven, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Seven, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Seven, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Seven, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 12 Reading Comprehension
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Seven, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the seventh deck, the Mixed Practice I deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Seven, Day Six
    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. 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.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Eight

     

    Week Eight, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Eight, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Critical Reasoning
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eight, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eight, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Data Sufficiency
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eight, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eighth deck, the Mixed Practice II deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eight, Day Six
    1. Review the wrong answers from last week’s practice test.

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

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Nine

     

    Improve your GMAT score with Magoosh.
    Week Nine, Day One

    NOTE: As you approach the end of the 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 quizzes multiple times.

    If you took each quiz only once, you should finish most of the Magoosh questions in the last week of the schedule, 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. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 12 Reading Comprehension
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    6. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Nine, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Nine, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Nine, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Critical Reasoning
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Nine, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 16 Data Sufficiency
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the ninth deck, the Mixed Practice III deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Nine, Day Six
    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. 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.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Ten

     

    Week Ten, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    5. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Ten, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Ten, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Ten, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 12 Reading Comprehension
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Ten, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the tenth deck, the Mixed Practice IV deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Ten, Day Six
    1. Review your wrong answers from last week’s practice test.
    2. Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any Math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Eleven

     

    Week Eleven, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 13 Critical Reasoning
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    6. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Eleven, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eleven, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 12 Data Sufficiency
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eleven, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eleven, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the eleventh deck, the Mixed Practice V deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Eleven, Day Six
    1. 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. 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. Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any Math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

     

    3 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twelve

     

    Week Twelve, Day One
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:

    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Official Guide, do the following:
      • 10 Critical Reasoning
    4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, start learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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.
    6. Remember this week to continue doing Mental Math Practice. See the description at Week Two, Day One.

     

    Week Twelve, Day Two
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Twelve, Day Three
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Twelve, Day Four
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Twelve, Day Five
    1. Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
    2. In the Magoosh product, do:
    3. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, continue learning the cards in the last deck, the Mixed Practice VI deck. Review cards from this and the previous decks. Spend 10-15 minutes with these cards.
    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 Twelve, Day Six (if this is NOT the day before the real GMAT):
    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. 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.

    Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 3 months for Beginners.

     

    After Week 12: Concentrated Review

    At this point, if you have been following the schedule, 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:

    1. Go back to OG questions you did a while ago, and do them again. (This is why it was important not to write in the book!)
    2. Through selecting question type & difficulty on the “Dashboard”, do Magoosh problems over again, and see how you do a second time.
    3. Keep watching for a second time five Magoosh lesson videos a day, on whatever topics you feel you need to review
    4. Continue reviewing all the Magoosh flashcards.
    5. Continue Mental Math Practice every day.
    6. Go to the online forums, looking for challenging questions that folks are asking.
    7. If you feel you need it, devote one more evening to writing two more practice essays, from the topics listed in the OG.
    8. If you have 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.
    9. Review guidelines from both Magoosh and the GMAC about guessing and skipping on the exam and how this can affect your overall pacing.

    Day before the test:

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

    Day of test:

    1. ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION!
    2. Follow Magoosh’s suggestions for ultimate test-day success!
    3. Eat a large breakfast, full of protein
    4. Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test

    Bring to the test:

    1. A liter of water
    2. Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)
    3. On breaks, make sure to get up, move & stretch – moving and stretching the large muscles of the body (legs and torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

    Bonus: Review the Official Web Pages for GMAT Test Day

    Being relaxed and confident on test day is key to doing well on the GMAT. And the best way to know what to expect is to get information from the actual makers of the test. MBA.com (the official website for the GMAT) has a number of resources to help you know what to expect on test day, including what the test center will be like, identification requirements, and exam strategies. This is an optional end-of-study-plan activity. But you may find that some or all of the pages help you feel more prepared for the test than ever.

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    220 Responses to 3 Month GMAT Study Guide for Beginners

    1. Alejandro August 27, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

      What do you mean when you said do the OG
      1. 16 Problem Solving questions
      2. 12 Reading Comprehension

      Do you mean all problem solving questions section?, all questions in 5.3 (200 questions)?

      Do you mean all reading comprenhension section? all questions in 7.4?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

        Hi Alejandro,

        This means you should complete sixteen problem solving questions and twelve reading comprehension questions. If you have further questions about the schedules, please reach out to us at help@magoosh.com 🙂

    2. Sabir August 18, 2020 at 6:53 am #

      When it states “In the Official Guide, do the following: 12 Reading Comprehension”, does it mean complete 12 RC questions or 12 whole RC sections if that makes sense?

      • Erina Dominick August 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

        Hi Sabir! Sorry we were unclear, we meant 12 reading comprehension questions.

    3. Ryan March 26, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

      Hello There!

      I had a quick question, I’m currently working in a field that could require me to be absent for 2-3 weeks during the three month study period. Is the course scheduled such that I can complete days (at a rate of 1 per day) at my own pace? skipping a few days or a week in the event of training? or will those lessons be lost?

      Thanks Much!

      • Erina Dominick April 14, 2020 at 11:09 am #

        Hi Ryan 🙂

        The Magoosh product is completely self-paced and you’re welcome to watch as many lessons as helpful for you. Many of daily tasks in this 3 month study guide for beginners recommend watching more than one lesson but please do tailor it to your own knowledge foundation and needs.

        I’m not sure what you mean by “will lessons be lost”, but you’ll want to be cognizant of your own learning style and make sure you review material that is more challenging for you.

        I hope this helps!

    4. Daniel February 21, 2020 at 7:53 pm #

      Hello! I’m taking the exam exactly on 2 1/2 months, so I was wondering if doing this 3 months preparation in the time that I have avaliable was posible. The 1 month preparation seems to be to short for the real time I have.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 26, 2020 at 6:19 pm #

        Hi Daniel!

        Thanks for reaching out to us. 🙂 You can absolutely follow the 3-month study plan over 2.5 months. 🙂 In order to do this, you’ll need to complete a couple of extra daily assignments to complete the study plan on time. Or, you can skip concepts that you’re very comfortable with so that you can focus on concepts that you’re weak in.

        With that said, I think you should know that our 1-month study plan covers the exact same content (all concepts that you’ll see on the Math and Verbal sections of the GMAT). I find that it’s easier to follow a 1-month study plan over 2 months because it gives you a little wiggle room in case you fall behind, and you can use the extra time for focused studying. 🙂

        The choice is ultimately yours! Best of luck studying. 😀

    5. Ebeth February 5, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

      Did this plan recently change? I have started following it and now it is suddenly different 🙁 Luckily I am towards the start but will there be changes in the next 3 months? I can always print it but the links were nice so I am just trying to decide how to keep things consistent.

      You guys are great I am just not good with change, thanks!

      • David Recine
        David Recine February 12, 2020 at 12:47 pm #

        Hi Ebeth! The good news here is that changes to the study schedules are rare. Every once in a while (once a year or less), we double-check the study schedules and find changes that need to be made in order to keep them properly up to date in relation to our lessons, practice questions, and student needs. So you’re unlikely to see another change in this study scheudle anytime soon.

        In my own files, I have an archived PDF of this study schedule from 2018. I’ll email that to you right now, in case having an earlier version of this would be helpful. 😀

    6. GMAT-Taker October 20, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

      Hello to everyone!

      Do you know if there is a possibility to download the schedule? Or It’s not for free?

      Thanks

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

        Hi there,

        You can download our schedule here, or click on the green button towards the top of the blog post.

    7. Harsh September 28, 2019 at 6:04 am #

      Hi Team,

      Is this plan good enough to target a score of 750 ( if followed diligently ofcourse)?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

        Second, whether or not you can reach a score of 750 really does depend on your starting score or baseline (from any recent practice tests) and the amount of time you’re able to spend studying. On average, our users increase their scores by 60 points. However, many have increased their score much more than that! Our most successful students tend to spend the most time studying and often go through every practice question multiple times.

        We also have a score predictor built in to Magoosh, so you’ll be able to track your progress and make sure that you’re in a score range you’re comfortable with before you go in to take your real exam.

        The plans are designed around a certain starting point rather than achieving a particular score—we want all our students to score as high as they can! It’s definitely possible to reach your goal with the 90-day plans, but it all depends on you and where you’re starting. 🙂

    8. Nicolas Ruiz July 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi there
      I am planning to subscribe to the 3 month plan for beginners. I already have the Manhattan material that I borrowed from a friend. Combining those 2, the Magoosh plan and the Manhattan material would be enough or do you recommend to buy the GMAT Oficial Guide?
      Thanks

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

        Hi Nicolas!

        This is a fantastic question. We highly recommend purchasing the GMAT Official Guide because it’s made by the same people who created the GMAT! Therefore, the questions will be the most similar to what you’ll see on the exam.

        If you’re unable to, or would not like to purchase the Official Guide, then Manhattan and Magoosh will work just fine for you. 🙂

        Hope this helps!

    9. Nicky June 26, 2019 at 10:16 am #

      HI,

      Should I get the newest OG2020 or should I get OG2018 as it says on this page?
      Thank you,
      Nicky

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 3, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

        Hi Nicky!

        There are usually very few changes in the OG when new editions are released. Therefore, you can get whichever version of the book you like. There is substantial overlap between the texts, so if you wanted the 2020 version instead of 2018, you should be able to access that without issue and use it with our plan.

    10. Parth June 13, 2019 at 7:19 am #

      Hello ,

      I have just purchased the magoosh premium program for GMAT. i hope to give GMAT in 2nd week of September. Will this plan be enough or am i expected to add additional study whilst following the plan?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 13, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

        Hi Parth!

        For many students, the study plan as well as the additional materials we recommend in it are typically enough. 🙂 With that said, you can always reach out via the Help tab on your account for more specific help and advice.

    11. Kayla June 10, 2019 at 6:18 am #

      Two questions,

      one: Do you have any suggestions for outside reading sources that would be free to read?

      two: Do the estimated 2/3 hours include the 10/15 minutes for flashcards and the 30 min for outside reading? (I’m trying to figure out how much of the studying I can do if I don’t have access to good wifi which I need for things like videos)

      • David Recine
        David Recine June 10, 2019 at 8:01 am #

        Great questions, Kayla! Here are my answers. 🙂

        1) Besides the free websites listed in the GMAT Reading List mentioned in this study plan, I recommend Smithsonian, National Geographic, Forbes, and Fast Company.

        2) The estimated time does include flashcard and outside reading time, which is a great thing to do when internet service is a little spotty.

    12. Jesus June 5, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi Mike! I have the whole series of Manhattan Gmat Prep. How could I combine it with the resources defined in this schedule, if i still want to have a 3 month study?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

        Hi Jesus! If you use a plan like the 3 Month study guide for beginners, you can use external materials any time we call for practice questions or tests that aren’t specifically from Magoosh. You can use these materials instead of the OG if you like or even just add extra practice if you need it. Follow the topics that the schedule suggests and you’ll be sure to stay on pace 🙂

    13. CaraJ November 30, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

      Is this available in a calendar format?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

        Hi Cara!

        Unfortunately, we don’t have our study guides in a calendar format. That’s a fantastic idea though! 🙂

    14. Aalakshaya Hira May 14, 2018 at 10:05 am #

      Hi Sir,

      I recently came across your study plans and I instantly fell in love with them. My only doubt is regarding the 6 MGMAT tests. Do we still get access to them when we purchase any of Manhattan’s study guides? If we don’t get access to them now, may I know the best way to get all the 6 practice tests? Also, are there any other good practice tests except for the 2 official tests and Manhattan’s CATs?

      Thank you!

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 15, 2018 at 9:10 am #

        Hi Aalakshaya,

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

        MGMAT made a change a little while ago concerning their practice tests. You no longer get access to all six practice exams with the purchase of one strategy guide. They do have a free test that you can use.

        Buying a Strategy Guide grants you online access to the first exam in their set of six. However, if you have the desire, time, and funds for a large number of practice tests, a better deal might be to purchase online access to their full set of six exams.

        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 🙂

    15. Ian May 7, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi there, I have done the OG diagnostic and got:

      PS 19/24
      DS 20/24
      RC 16/17
      CR 16/17
      SC 13/18

      But am unsure of whether I should do the beginner or advanced study guide, as when reviewing my incorrect answers they were due to not understanding the fundamentals (grammar and geometry rules) and I fear to skip the basics, but I also fear that by following the beginner guide I will not have the chance to cover the more challenging material needed to get a 700+. Could you please kindly advise me on this.

      On another note do you have any suggestions on how to integrate the use of the Manhattan SC book, into the chosen study guide? Thank you very much, I really like your online course and the guides.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 8, 2018 at 10:59 am #

        Hi Ian,

        I’m going to go ahead and forward this message on to our team of tutors so that they can provide you with more in-depth information! You’ll hear from someone soon. Just a heads up, the response will come directly to your email 🙂

    16. Ritesh Sharma February 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

      Fantastic article !! I have been searching for this type information on CAT preparation because in future i would like to get in a good B-school and this article has been a great source of information for me and very helpful for those candidates who are willing to prepare for CAT examination.Thank You. Going to bookmark this for sure.

    17. Jonathan February 13, 2018 at 7:36 am #

      Hello!

      currently I have exactly 4 months to prepare the Test. I’ve bought the Manhattan Complete GMAT strategy 10 books Set. I’m planning to combine this Manhattan GMAT set with the Maggosh 3 Month GMAT Study Guide for Beginners. Do you think that’s a good idea? Could you please advice me about what’s the best way to study with these two plans at the same time? Any insight about it is welcome.

      Thank you.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 16, 2018 at 6:34 am #

        Hi Jonathan,

        Thanks for reaching out, and I’m sorry about the delay in response! Sometimes it takes us a while to work through all of the comments on our blog 😀 Because you are a Premium student, I forwarded your message on to our team of test prep experts who can provide you with more personalized support. For future reference, you can always send your questions through the purple Help tab in your Premium account or via email to help@magoosh.com–we generally get back to you within 24 hours with a response 😀

    18. Meyyappan November 29, 2017 at 6:37 am #

      Hi Mike, One of the daily tasks in the study schedule is to do practice questions on OG. Would you recommend to do that in the book or online version? the online practice interface comes with an “exam mode” which mimics the actual test.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

        The goal is to just get you practicing more problems, so you can use whichever platform best suits you. 🙂

    19. Axel October 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

      For the MGMAT practice exams, there is now an AWA included. No need to pick a random one from the OG before the MGMAT exam ! Unless you really want to do 2 AWA in a row … Thank you again for this veyr useful study plan !

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Thanks for the update Axel! We’ll put this on our to-do list to change the schedule 🙂

    20. Jay September 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

      I am currently a full-time employee looking to take the GMAT in 3 months. I chose magoosh because of the positive reviews, the cost, and this particular schedule. However, after a few days I am struggling to see how this schedule is possible to complete. I am on day three, and I’m already pretty far behind. You say it should take 2-3 hours a day, plus 4-5 hours on the weekend, but if the average person takes two mins to read a page of text, and you recommend reading more than 60 pages in a given day, then right there you have spent 2 hours on just reading. This does not include note-taking while reading the 60 pages, 30+ mins spent on watching videos, and the hour or so spent on questions/flash cards.

      Is there another schedule that you could recommend, or maybe do you know someone who has adjusted this schedule to be a bit more flexible?

      Thank you.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        Hi Jay,

        If you haven’t already, please email help@magoosh.com to get our test prep experts to give you better support. As a premium member, they will be happy to help you tailor your studies to yourself. 🙂

    21. James September 12, 2017 at 1:28 am #

      Hello,

      I have taken 2 GMAT exams and have gotten 660 on both (Q44, V36 and Q48, V33). I think the reason I didn’t improve was because I didn’t self study correctly. I want to re-start my learning by subscribing to Magoosh and follow this plan. However, I have already done the a lot of the OG questions that this plan suggests. As such, I am afraid that if I redo them I will not get anything out of it because I have memorised the answer. Therefore are there an alternative questions for me to do in replace of OG questions that this plan recommends? Or do you recommend that I do the same OG questions, but this time going through every explanation?

      Thank you

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 12, 2017 at 9:46 am #

        That’s a good question, James. And there isn’t necessarily a simple “either or” answer. There’s certainly some benefit to doing problems for a second time. You can often see a concept even more deeply when you go through a question two or even three times.

        On the other hand, answering fresh questions helps you expose yourself to new ideas, and makes for a more test-like experience.

        What you might want to do is order some older GMAT Official Guides, such as the editions form 2014, 2015, or 2016. These older guides are cheap, and it may help to get some multiple ones. Although some GMAT questions are repeated form year to year, each edition of the guide has a significant number of questions that are unique just to that guide.

        Some GRE official books can be useful as well, for a source of new-to-you questions. GRE RC is very similar to GMAT RC and CR, especially int he most current edition of GRE, where vocabulary is less advanced (and more GMAT-like) for the longer RC passages and the paragraph arguments. And GRE Quant is quite similar to GMAT Quant.

        Ultimately, I’d advise using the supplements I mentioned, in order to get some extra practice with original questions. But I’d also advice repeating some questions you’ve already done. It’s especially good to re-tread questions that you got wrong on the first try, as well as previous questions where your pacing was poor.

    22. Martin Giraldo August 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi,

      I am planning to start de 3-month program. What is the estimated time per day that I should have to cover all items? I am planning to study in the mornings before going to work.

      Thanks,

      Martin

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

        Hi Martin,

        As the plan says, “A good 2-3 hours a day, for five days a week, and then a good 4-5 stint on the weekend (“Day Six”).” So this should be your rough estimate for time required. 🙂

    23. Ricardo July 14, 2017 at 4:27 am #

      Where can I find the explanations of the Diagnostic Test?

      Thanks.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

        Hi Ricardo,

        Given that you are a Premium account holder, you should be receiving a direct response from one of our tutor’s shortly! Have a great day! 🙂

    24. Ejmin June 5, 2017 at 8:43 am #

      I purchased the eBook for OG2017. Does it matter if i have the eBook or the Paperback?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 5, 2017 at 9:07 am #

        Hi Ejmin,

        Happy to help! The content (i.e. review and practice problems) is the same in the paperback and eBook. The only difference is how that information is presented, either in a physical book or as a eBook. So, no, in terms of content, it doesn’t matter which version you have. 🙂 In this case, all that matters is your preference of paperback vs. eBooks. 🙂

    25. Adli June 4, 2017 at 12:10 am #

      Hi,

      I think the study plan needs to be updated a bit. For example, see week 1 day 2 where it says “watch Magoosh lesson videos from the beginning of the Verbal section up to, but not including, the CR section” whereas in the list of lessons, there’s some 70+ videos from beginning to the CR section (in which i believe it’s inhumanely impossible for one to finish in one day).

      Or am i wrong in this case?

      Please help, thanks!

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 5, 2017 at 9:14 am #

        Hi Adli!

        I’m happy to clarify this 🙂 Here is an excerpt from the instructions for Week 1, Day 2:

        2) Watch Magoosh lesson videos:
        Intro to the GMAT: all ten videos

        3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read
        a) from the beginning of the book up to, but not including, the AWA section
        b) from the beginning of the Quantitative section up to, but not including, the DS section
        c) from the beginning of the Verbal section up to, but not including, the CR section

        The video lessons assigned for this day are the 10 “Intro to the GMAT” lessons. Then, in the Magoosh eBook, students are instructed to read the section on the Verbal section up to the CR section. 🙂

        I hope this clears up any confusion about that day of the plan!

    26. Ben March 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi –

      Has this study guide been formatted in an Excel Document and/or google spreadsheet yet?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

        Hi Ben,

        Unfortunately, at this time we do not have an Excel or Google spreadsheet for this study schedule available. I apologize for this inconvenience, and we are aware of this request. Thank you for your patience. Keep up the hard work! 🙂

    27. Andrew February 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

      Hello, I see this was written in 2012, any chance you guys come out with an updated version for 2017?

      Thanks,
      Andrew

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 23, 2017 at 4:06 am #

        We actually have done some updates over the years, but have kept the original post date intact. That being said, if anyone sees content here that needs additional updating, just post to let us know. 🙂

    28. Abhishek Pulicherla January 23, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

      Hello,
      I have started studying GMAT for about a month.I received coaching from outside.But i was not satisfied with the results I got in practice tests.So i got a Premium Magoosh subscription and I want to go through my preparation with one of your study plans.But i am a little confused as to what study plan should I choose.I want to take my exam in two months from now. Any suggestions?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am #

        Hi Abhishek,

        Given that you have a Premium Magoosh subscription, please note that you have access to email assistance from our tutors through our “Help” icon on each Magoosh page. A tutor should be reaching out to you shortly! Have a great day Abhishek! 😀

    29. Shradha November 20, 2016 at 6:19 am #

      Hi Mike,

      I have today itself subscribed to premium membership. I am planning to take GMAT in February, and have a very tight work schedule. Which plan should I follow? Does GMAT 3 month plan for beginners cover the advanced practice as well?

      I have a really hectic work schedule, but I really need to crack GMAT as well. Just starting but don’t know how to fit in everything. I am weak in verbal. Too many questions, but a little direction on how to start will be really helpful. Please suggest.

      Many thanks
      Shradha

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2016 at 10:20 am #

        Hi Shradha,

        Yes, if you’re just kicking off with your studies, I would recommend the 3-Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners. It will help you build a strong foundation in both Verbal and Math before diving into more advanced material. Note that “beginner” doesn’t mean your skills are those of a beginner. Rather, it means that you’re a beginner in your studies. Also, given your hectic schedule, please note that you can adapt the study schedules as you please.

    30. Michelle September 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

      Hey Mike!

      I started studying for the GMAT on my own for about two weeks until a friend suggested I use Magoosh to better help me prepare for the exam. Studying on my own was okay but now that i purchased Magoosh. I can really see myself understanding the information better. My exam is on November 5th, I’m following the 3month plan because I know I need some refresher with the content but I’m nervous that I won’t be able to get through all the material before my exam. I was thinking on moving to the 1month (daily) but I’m afraid that It might be too much to learn in a short amount of time. Should I just stay with the 3month plan and double on the days? Any suggestions?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2016 at 6:11 am #

        Hi Michelle,

        Sicne you’re a premium member, I’ve sent this question through to our team of experts. You should hear from them via email soon. 🙂

    31. Carolina September 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Mike,
      I started studying a couple of weeks ago, following the beginners plan I find the problems in the OG very easy, I have not passed number 48, but I feel they are not challenging enough, unlike in Magoosh where I find problems more difficult (I use the adaptive option to practice). Do you think is because I should do more problems in the OG and as I move forward the difficulty level increases? what do you recommend?
      Thank you!

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

        The GMAT OG isn’t adaptive, so the problems won’t become increasingly difficult as you move through the OG. However, you definitely will start to encounter some difficult problems as you keep moving through the OG– they’ll be mixed in with the easy and intermediate problems.

        One other thing you might want to do is go through the official online question sets that come with the book. You can access them by going to gmat.wiley.com and using the access code from the inside back cover of your OG. These online question sets aren’t adaptive either, but Wiley does have a feature where you can select questions of a certain difficulty level. You could focus just on hard official GMAT questions with this feature.

    32. hunzah AHMAD August 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

      Hey,
      I bought the 2017 OC and I have no idea how to integrate to 2016
      are many of the questions same or should i return this and get 2016
      which is kind of hard to find as a bundle

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

        Hi Hunzah,

        The OG 2017 is pretty new, which is why the change wasn’t reflected in the study schedule. The versions are similar, and you can follow the 2017 guide even though the study schedule mentions the 2016 one. Just be aware that there are some corrections that you must be aware of for the 2017 version.

    33. Milana August 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

      Hi! I actually just purchased the newest OG – OG2017. Can someone kindly advise how to integrate this into the practice problems I need to do per the above, 3 Month Study Plan? If my understanding is correct, Magoosh offers in depth explanations for problems in the OG2013; am I just out of luck then? 🙁

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

        Hi Milana,

        You aren’t out of luck! While we don’t have explanations readily available, if you are a premium member, we will still support questions on any OG material! 🙂

        • shubh February 17, 2017 at 10:07 am #

          Hi Sir 🙂
          I am a premium member . How will you support on OG 17 material ? via mail ???

    34. Gabriel August 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

      Hello Magoosh,

      Background: I just graduated from a state university this May, and now work full time in IT project coordination for a fortune 100 company. I graduated with a 3.43 GPA and studied business with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems. In conclusion, I don’t remember ANY math outside of the finance world, and consider myself starting at ground zero. I am much more confident in the qualitative department, but still hardly confident at that.

      I have already purchased the OG 2016 Guide, and the 10-book MGMAT 6th edition set. I plan to take the GMAT in about 10.5 months from now (trust me, I need the time to study).

      What route would you recommend I take? Would it make sense to work through this 3-month beginner schedule, then the 3-month advanced schedule? Or maybe throw something in between those? Ill be grateful for any advice I can get 🙂

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

        Congratulations on graduating and getting a great job right out of school, Gabriel! Doing a 3 month beginner schedule followed by a 3 month advanced schedule is definitely one route you could go. You could also probably go for our 6 month intermediate schedule, followed by the 3 month advanced schedule. For that matter, you might want to start out with our three month math focused plan, then go to our three month Verbal plan, and then go on to our three month advanced plan. There really are a lot of different approaches you could take to this. as you weight your many good options, keep looking at our main GMAT study plan page, where every plan is linked.

    35. Anu June 25, 2016 at 8:22 am #

      Hi Mike,

      If I follow this plan exactly, will I finish all the practice question in Magoosh and OG ?

      I have the OG 2017, can you please tell me where can I find the video explanations for the questions?

      Many Thanks

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2016 at 9:46 am #

        Hi Anu,

        I’ve send this through to our team to answer via personal email. They’ll get back to you soon! 🙂

    36. AiDuK January 19, 2016 at 7:41 am #

      Hi everyone,

      First of all, thank you for all those articles. It’s very helpfull to prepare the GMAT.

      In this 3 month GMAT study schedule, when I have to do questions (PS, DS, SC, CR, RC), should I use a timer and stop the question above 2 minutes in order to be close to the real GMAT and train the closest; or should I take more time and try to reach the correct answer ?

      Thank you

      AiDuK

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2016 at 11:28 am #

        Hi AiDuK,

        Good question! If you are early in your studies, careful reading and depth of study is more important than strict timing, and I would suggest not keeping yourself to a 2-minute limit like that. As you progress and get stronger, imposing timing can help, but I still don’t recommend holding each question to 2 minutes. Instead, set up a section (or half section!) of practice problems for yourself and work within the more free constraints of the test. That means that you might sit down to do 20-21 verbal problems in 37-38 minutes (a half verbal section).

        This is better because some questions need more than 2 minutes, but this means that you’ll need to make up that time elsewhere. Being able to work on this triage skill throughout your studies can be really helpful! 🙂

    37. Michael September 20, 2015 at 2:08 am #

      Thanks for sharing this schedule – I’ve found it extremely helpful. However, I was wondering, why is the plan based on six-day weeks rather than seven-day weeks? Thanks

    38. mebel jati murah September 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I
      stumbleupon everyday. It’s always useful to read articles from other
      authors and use a little something from their websites.

    39. Usman August 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      Just a quick question. I am following the 3 month GMAT plan for beginners and I am confused with one thing.

      When you guys say, do 10 PS or do 15 DS questions – do you guys mean the PS/DS questions related to the videos that we cover on that specific day? Like for example, If I just finished watching videos on Algebra and Geometry – Do i select questions related to Algebra and Geometry only? Or should I just start practicing random questions on Magoosh and OG16?

      • Mike MᶜGarry
        Mike McGarry August 25, 2015 at 10:41 am #

        Dear Usman,
        I’m happy to respond my friend. 🙂 I am going to ask you: did you read the “NOTES” in Week I, Day IV? I knew folks doing this study plan would have this very question, so in the second note under item #3 on that day, the very first time in the plan that students do Magoosh practice questions, I give a detailed answer to your question. I simply knew lots of students would be confused on this point, so I spelled everything out in detail in that NOTE.
        The short answer is: you should not focus your practice on what you just learned; instead, you should do random questions. For more of the logic about why we recommend this, please read that NOTE in Week I, Day IV.
        Does all this make sense?
        Mike 🙂

        • Usman August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

          Hi Mike,

          Thank you so much for your reply. I like the random questions approach. 🙂

        • Usman August 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

          Thank you so much for your reply Mike. 🙂

          Another quick question, do you guys have recorded videos of OG16 as I am following the study session with that book?

    40. ss August 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      Is there a PDF version for the beginner study plan?

      • Jessica Wan
        Jessica Wan August 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

        Hi ss!

        We haven’t yet made PDF versions of the GMAT study plans. It’s a great idea, though – thanks for sharing!

        Jessica

    41. Abhi July 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

      Hi Team,

      Thanks for some really great resources on studying for the GMAT. I subscribed to the 1 year premium plan, and its the best study material I’ve come across!
      I just had a quick question, with regards to the OG2016, would you be publishing the video explanations for the questions in that book as well?

      Thanks!
      -Abhi

      • Jessica Wan
        Jessica Wan July 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

        Hi Abhi!

        We’re so glad you enjoy our materials! 🙂

        Thanks for asking your question! The short answer is yes. The long answer is that many of the questions in the OG2016 are exactly the same as questions in the OG2014, so you can already find some of the video explanations here: http://gmat.magoosh.com/forum/books/15-official-guide-for-the-gmat-2015-14th-ed

        We’ll be publishing a page soon for the OG2016 referencing the correct numbers for the questions.

        Thanks!
        Jessica

        • Abhi July 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

          Hi Jessica,

          Thanks for your reply, good to know that there are explanations already for some of the questions! 🙂

          -Abhi

    42. Kelvin July 20, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      What is the best way to get the Manhattan GMAT material? Is it necessary I purchase the books or can I just get the online access? Does purchasing 1 of 9 get you the same access? This would be a steep discount.

    43. Ela Selvaraj July 8, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Hello Mike,

      Couple of days before I subscribed to Magoosh premium product and went through the 3-month study plan. As I see in the beginning, the 12-week plan shall be updated in coming days. Could you confirm whether the above plan is the updated version or old version? If it’s the old version, should I wait for the updated plan?

      Thanks

      • Margarette Jung
        Margarette Jung July 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

        Hi, Ela! We just updated today, so check out the message at the top of this plan! 🙂

        • Ela Selvaraj July 9, 2015 at 11:47 am #

          Hi Margarette,

          That’s perfect timing… thanks for the update !

    44. David June 13, 2015 at 4:06 am #

      Hi there,

      I’m a non English speaker who wants to take the GMAT exam in 3-4 months time to apply for a MBA masters. According with some universities I would like to apply to I need to get 680-700 points but I haven’t start yet. Do you think that score is achiable? (I currently have a full time work). I’m an engineer so I guess that would help with the math part. Which plan would you recommend for me?

      Thanks in advance!


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