6 Month GMAT Study Schedule

If you’re planning on taking the GMAT in the future, giving yourself enough time to prepare is essential! If you have at least 6 months to get ready for this exam, then we have the GMAT study guide for you! Keep reading to get our 6 Month GMAT Study Plan.

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In this plan, we’ll go over how to study for GMAT sections week by week. If you’re not sure how long to study for the GMAT, check out our GMAT study schedules to see which one is best for you!

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Getting Started

Will This Six-Month Plan Help Me Score over 700?

This plan contains a tremendous amount of instructional material and over 2500 high quality practice questions! Also, by studying for six months and giving your brain all that time to learn and assimilate, you are giving yourself a huge advantage! If you follow all parts of this plan diligently, you will encounter all the information you need for an elite score. How well you do will depend on everything you bring: how quickly you learn, how deeply you remember, how well you assimilate and integrate, how astutely you discern connections and patterns, how diligent you are, how conscientious you are, and how dedicated you are. If you are truly committed to getting an excellent score, then read this blog with the utmost of attention and care.
 

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


 

Study Materials

We recommend using these additional resources to provide additional practice, alternative explanations, and extra review. Not every student will need or want additional materials, but for those who do, the books we recommend are the best for doing very well on the exam.

Essential Materials

  1. GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review (OG) – The newest edition is the OG2021. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one.
     
    If you happen to own the OG2020, OG2019, OG2018, OG2017, or even the previous OG2016, then it would be no problem using either of those with this study guide.
    • Don’t write in the official guide or any prep books. Do all your work on separate paper or on a computer. You will want to keep the books clean, so that later, if you need to look at a problem again, it is still fresh and unmarked.

     

    • The code in the back of the OG will give you access to GMAC’s Integrated Reasoning website with 50 IR practice questions; you’ll also need these.
  2. The OG Verbal Review 2021 and the OG Quant Review 2021. Those are the newest editions. If you already own the earlier editions, such as the OG Verbal Review 2020 and the OG Quant Review 2020, then feel free to use them instead. These two books give more official questions, different from those in the OG.
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  4. The GMATPrep software, a free download from mba.com. I recommend downloading this and making sure it runs on your computer before Week Twenty-One, when you will need it.
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  6. GMAT’s additional official practice exams, which are now entirely digital
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  8. A Premium subscription to Magoosh
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  10. The Magoosh GMAT eBook
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  12. The Magoosh IR eBook
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  14. The Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards
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  16. The Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards
    NOTE: repeated exposure to new material, sustained over time, encodes the material into long term memory. This is precisely the value of flashcards. Throughout this plan, I will have you use the cards, never very long at once, but consistently. That consistency is the key to their effectiveness.
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  18. Magoosh’s Complete GMAT Guide: This comprehensive web-based guide to the GMAT gives you the quick but useful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GMAT is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GMAT prep, and how to study for each test section.
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  20. Buy the Manhattan Prep’s Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set. It is an excellent prep source. In addition to working through all ten volumes during the course of this plan, buying the whole set of 10 gives you access to their 6 online GMAT CAT practice tests, which you will take in the second half of the plan. (Don’t write in these books either!)
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  22. A journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)
    • Pro tip: At the beginning of your journal, write down why you are studying for the GMAT.

Optional Materials

  1. The Magoosh mobile app for your iPhone or Android
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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.
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  5. 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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  7. Outside reading material: You may already have a habit of reading. Since you are planning to pursue a career in business, it would be good to get well informed about that world, if you have not be reading about it already. While you don’t need to be an expert, it’s important for the GMAT to have a general sense of the business world. If you are a non-native English speaker, it is absolutely crucial that you develop a habit of reading. For a non-native speaker struggling with the Verbal section, I would strongly recommend reading for at least an hour a day every day, an hour over and above any GMAT-specific preparations.
     
    Read the Wall Street Journal and the business section of sophisticated newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Force yourself to read articles discussing topics with which you are unfamiliar. Read periodicals, such as the Economist magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek; the Economist magazine is a particularly sophisticated source and it would be good to read this at least a few times a week. These business sources are also a good place to practice reading graphs. For more suggestions on what to read, see:

    GMAT Reading List

    If you already are in the habit of doing challenging reading on your own, then by all means, continue reading what you want. For more on how to use outside reading to prepare you for the GMAT, see:

    How to Improve your GMAT Verbal Score


 

How to Use This 6 Month GMAT Study Plan

This is a 24-week plan. Six calendar months are typically closer to 26 weeks, so if you actually have six calendar months to prepare, that’s great. If you have a wedding or a camping trip or something in the middle, you could just skip a week, and do it later. Alternately, following the plan straight through would leave you more time for the concentrated review I recommend at the end of the 24 weeks.

This plan assumes about two hours of prep on five weekdays, and it specifies a special “Day Six” assignment, typically a longer activity, such as a practice GMAT. The “Day Six” assignments are lighter toward the beginning of the schedule, and by the end of the schedule you will be doing a full-length GMAT every Day Six.

Please feel empowered to rearrange this as best suits your needs. You can move more work to the weekends to free up some weeknight evenings! You can do a couple full days of work during the week! Rearrange the week’s work in whatever way makes the most sense for you.

Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this six-month period. REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM. If you are getting seven hours/night instead of eight hours/night, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering.

Caffeine and energy drinks will keep you feeling awake if you don’t get enough sleep, but they don’t do bupkis to replace the lost opportunity to encode more information into long term memory.

 

Abbreviations

  • OG = the GMAC Official Guide
  • PS = Problem Solving, the multiple-choice math questions
  • DS = Data Sufficiency math questions
  • RC = Reading Comprehension verbal question
  • SC = Sentence Correction verbal question
  • CR = Critical Reasoning verbal question
  • IR = Integrated Reasoning questions
  • AWA = the Analytical Writing Assessment, the essay-writing section
  • MGMAT = Manhattan GMAT
  • NYT = the New York Times
  • WSJ = the Wall Street Journal
  • TEM = The Economist Magazine

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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week One

 
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Week One

NOTE: You jump right in during this first week. Spread out the problems and video watching throughout the week in whatever way works best for you.

  1. Go to the test-maker’s website, and read about the structure of the GMAT. Click on each subsection on that page, to read about the individual sections.
  2. Take the OG Diagnostic Test, found toward the beginning of the OG.
    • Grade this diagnostic the same day, but go over the explanations the next day.

    For questions you got right, simply skim the explanation to verify that you go the question right for the right reason. If you got the question wrong, read the explanation carefully, writing in your journal any math/verbal concept you didn’t know or understand, as well as anything about the question type that you didn’t understand. (That may take a couple days if you got a lot wrong.)

    Don’t worry if you get many of these questions incorrect: wrestling with some advanced ideas a little at the beginning will prime your mind to learn the ideas more deeply when they are covered in the lessons.

  3. To get a sense of the layout of the test, in the OG, skim or read the introductory sections to Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.
  4. In the OG, read the Math Review, taking notes in your journal on anything new, rusty, or unfamiliar. If math is your strength, you can probably just skim these pages, getting a sense of what the range of GMAT math is. If math is not your thing, this may take some time.
  5. Take the Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test and, after that, read the Diagnostic Recommendations blog.
  6. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • Intro to the GMAT: all ten videos, or as many as are needed.
    • In Math: the first 16 videos
    • In AWA: all five videos

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

  7. In the OG, do
    • 17 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions

    NOTE: As soon as you do a batch of OG questions, correct them right away, and look the explanations. If you got the question right, you need only skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason. If you got the question wrong, read the explanation and take notes in your journal on what concepts or what aspect of the question you need to understand better. 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.

  8. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions

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

    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.

  9. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the first deck, the Algebra deck. Spend about 5-10 minutes a day each day with these cards.

Week One, Day Six Assignment

Today, you will focus on the AWA section.

  1. Read the following blogs about the AWA section:
  1. In the OG: Read the introduction to the AWA section; skim the question prompts (only pre-2020 editions contain the prompts) to get a sense of the variety. 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.
  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) or the PDF linked above. Pick one at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer. (If you can turn off spellcheck & autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.)

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Two

 

Week Two

 

  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the first 11 videos

    NOTE: As you get to the end of modules, take the quiz at the end of the module. If you don’t pass the quiz, then review and keep taking it until you pass.

  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the second deck, the Fraction, Ratios, and Percents deck. Spend about 5-10 minutes a day each day with the cards from this deck and the previous deck.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 0: GMAT Roadmap, read Ch. 1-5

    NOTE: After this first introductory MGMAT volume, you will start moving through volumes that cover the math & verbal concept in a different order and a different way than those of Magoosh, and this is helpful for learning. If you can understand two very different ways of talking about the same concept, then you understand it very deeply.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

    NOTE: if you are a non-native English speaker who is considerably weaker in Verbal than in math, I would strongly suggest reading for an hour each day.

Week Two, Day Six Assignment
  1. Read the entire Magoosh GMAT eBook. Much of this may be review at this point.
  2. Read the entire Magoosh IR eBook.
  3. Write another practice essay. From the AWA Argument prompts in OG (pre-2020 editions) or 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.)

    Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

  4. Stress management: read these four blog articles

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 at least some of these habits consistently over the next six months, you will be very good shape to handle the anxiety of test day.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Three

 

Week Three
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the third deck, Geometry deck. Spend about 5-10 minutes a day each day with the cards from this deck and the previous decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 0: GMAT Roadmap, read Ch. 6-10.
  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Three, Day Six Assignment
  1. Write another practice essay. From the AWA Argument prompts in OG (pre-2020 editions) or 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.)

    Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

  2. In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the first deck, the Basic I deck. Review any cards from this deck that you don’t know well.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Four

 

Week Four
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Integrated Reasoning: the first 15 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do
    • 17 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the fourth deck, Number Properties I deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books
    • In Volume 0: GMAT Roadmap, read Ch. 11-12
    • In Volume 9: Integrated Reasoning & Essay, read Ch. 1-3

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Four, Day Six Assignment
  1. Write another practice essay. From the AWA Argument prompts in OG (pre-2020 editions) or 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.)

    Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

  2. In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the second deck, the Basic II deck. Review any cards from this deck and the previous deck that you don’t know well.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Five

 

Week Five
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 6 videos
    • In Integrated Reasoning: the last 5 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the fifth deck, Number Properties II deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 9: Integrated Reasoning & Essay, read Ch. 4-8 and Appendix A “How to Write Better Sentences.”

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Five, Day Six Assignment
  1. Go to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here. Uncheck everything else and do all the Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-18, setting yourself a 45-minute time limit. 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 Magoosh:
    • Do 15 IR questions
  3. Magoosh Flashcards: Take some time to review any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Six

 

Week Six
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the sixth deck, Statistics and Probability deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books:
    • In Volume 9: Integrated Reasoning & Essay, read Appendix B “Quantitative Topics.”
    • In Volume 1: Fractions, Decimals, & Percents, read Chapters 1-4.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

6) Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.

Week Six, Day Six Assignment
  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. Magoosh Flashcards: Take some time to do a thorough review of any Idiom flashcards and any math flashcards that you haven’t mastered yet.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Seven

 

Week Seven
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the seventh deck, Mixed Review I deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 1: Fractions, Decimals, & Percents, read Chapters 5-9. Skim the appendix on Data Sufficiency: most of that will be review at this point.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Seven, Day Six Assignment
  1. Write another practice essay. From the AWA Argument prompts in OG (pre-2020 editions) or 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.)

    Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

  2. In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the third deck, the Advanced I deck. Do a thorough review of any cards from this deck and the previous decks that you don’t know well.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Eight

 

Week Eight
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the eighth deck, Mixed Review II deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 8: Sentence Correction, read Chapters 1-5. Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.
  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Eight, Day Six Assignment

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC Official Practice Exams 3 to 6. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

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

At this early stage of practice, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section. For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections. Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Nine

 

Week Nine
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the ninth deck, Mixed Review III deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 8: Sentence Correction, read Chapters 6-10.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Nine, Day Six Assignment
  1. Write another practice essay. From the AWA Argument prompts in OG (pre-2020 editions) or 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.)

    Whatever system you chose for getting feedback on your essay, continue with that.

  2. In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, review the cards in the fourth deck, the Advanced II deck. Do a thorough review of any cards from this deck and the previous decks that you don’t know well.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Ten

 

Week Ten
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the tenth deck, Mixed Review IV deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books
    • In Volume 8: Sentence Correction, read Chapters 11-12; look through Appendix A, “Idioms,” making note of any idioms you haven’t already learned; skim through Appendix B, “Glossary,” verifying that you are familiar with the formal grammar terms.
    • In Volume 5: Number Properties, read Chapter 1.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Ten, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC Official Practice Exams 3 to 6. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

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

At this early stage of practice, it is not as important to mimic the real GMAT conditions. Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section. For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections. Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Eleven

 

Week Eleven
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the eleventh deck, Mixed Review V deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 5: Number Properties, read Chapters 2-6.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Eleven, Day Six Assignment

Go to the MGMAT website, and register using the code in the back of any of the 10 MGMAT books. This will give you access to the six MGMAT CATs.

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

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor or post in the online forums asking for feedback. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twelve

 

Week Twelve
  1. In Magoosh, watch the remaining videos in Math & Verbal. If you have been following the pace of this plan, you should watch about the same numbers of videos this week and finish the entire library of video lessons.
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  4. In the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards, review the cards in the twelfth deck, Mixed Review VI deck. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from this deck and the previous math & idiom decks.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books:
    • In Volume 5: Number Properties, read Chapter 7.
    • In Volume 6: Critical Reasoning, read Chapters 1-4.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Twelve, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC Official Practice Exams 3 to 6. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

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

Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section. For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections. Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Thirteen

 

Week Thirteen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos
    • Intro to the GMAT: all ten videos, or as many as are needed
    • In Math: the first 16 videos
    • In AWA: all five videos

    NOTE: At this point, exactly halfway through this schedule, you should have seen each Magoosh lesson once. In the second half of the plan, we assign every video again. If you feel that you already understand a video and don’t need to see it in full a second time, simply click ahead to the summary screen to remind yourself of what is covered in that video. Watch carefully any topics on which you are not perfectly clear, and take diligent notes on what you did not fully understand the first time you watched the video. Remember that understanding comes in several stages: always push yourself to reach a deeper understanding with each and every topic.

  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2* RC passages and the associated questions

    *If you are using the OG2015 or the OG13, do just one RC passage this week.

  4. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books
    • In Volume 6: Critical Reasoning, read Chapters 5-8.
    • In Volume 4: Geometry, read Chapter 1.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Thirteen, Day Six Assignment

Go back to the MGMAT website.

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

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG(pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor or post in the online forums asking for feedback. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Fourteen

 

Week Fourteen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the first 11 videos

    NOTE: do not feel compelled to take the lessons quizzes the second time through, unless you really feel you need practice on that module.

  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG, do:
    • 16 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
    • 10 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions

    NOTE: At this point, you should finish up the question in the GMAT Official Guide.

  4. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 4: Geometry, read Chapters 2-6. Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.
  6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Fourteen, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC Official Practice Exams 3 to 6. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section. For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections. Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Fifteen

 

Week Fifteen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 12 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions

    NOTE: Now that you are done with the GMAT Official Guide, you will get official practice questions from these two books for the remainder of the study plan.

  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books:
    • In Volume 4: Geometry, read Chapter 7.
    • In Volume 7: Reading Comprehension, read Chapters 1-4.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Fifteen, Day Six Assignment

Go back to the MGMAT website.

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

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor or post in the online forums asking for feedback. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Sixteen

 

Week Sixteen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Integrated Reasoning: the first 15 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do
    • 18 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 12 SC questions
    • 9 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books:
    • In Volume 7: Reading Comprehension, read Chapters 5-6.
    • In Volume 2: Algebra, read Chapters 1-3.

    Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Sixteen, Day Six Assignment

Take another one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC Official Practice Exams 3 to 6. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section. For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections. Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Seventeen

 

Week Seventeen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Integrated Reasoning: the last 5 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 6 videos
    1. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
      • 19 PS questions
      • 6 DS questions
      • 7 SC questions
      • 8 CR questions
      • 1 RC passage and the associated questions

      NOTE: if you took a very large number of lesson quizzes during the course of your studies, you may start to run out of different categories of questions. If you are out of “unanswered” questions for any question type, you can start re-answering the ones you got “incorrect.”

    2. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
      • 18 PS questions
      • 13 DS questions
    3. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
      • 12 SC questions
      • 9 CR questions
      • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
    4. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
    5. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 2: Algebra, read Chapters 4-8. Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.
    6. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Seventeen, Day Six Assignment

Go back to the MGMAT website.

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

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Eighteen

 

Improve your GMAT score with Magoosh.
Week Eighteen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In Magoosh, do the following questions:
    • 19 PS questions
    • 6 DS questions
    • 7 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions

    NOTE: depending on the number of lesson quizzes you took during the course of your studies, you may start to run out of different categories of questions. If you are out of “unanswered” questions for any question type, you can start re-answering the ones you got “incorrect.”

  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do
    • 18 PS questions
    • 13 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 2: Algebra, read Chapters 9-13. Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.
  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Eighteen, Day Six Assignment

Take the last practice GMATs from the GMAC Official Practice Exams 3 to 6. Go through the answers after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong. If you can’t figure out why you got the question wrong, or can’t figure out the correct solution, post the question in one of the online forums, or ask us at Magoosh.

For the two essay questions, you can skip the “Analyze an Issue” essay, and just do the “Analyze an Argument” essay. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

Pay attention to how well you maintain focus within each section. For now, feel free to take either short or long breaks between sections. Note your energy level during different sections, and how this affects your concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

This is the last Day Six with an informal GMAT. After this, it’s a sprint to the finish line: every Day Six will have a formal GMAT CAT.

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Nineteen

 

Week Nineteen
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In the Magoosh questions: At this point, you should be close to finishing up all the questions within Magoosh. Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions. Within each question type, your first priority should be to finish off any remaining unanswered questions; your second priority should be to re-answer any questions you got “incorrect.” If, when answering previous incorrect questions, you get the vast majority of them correct on the second time, then the supply of “incorrect” questions will dwindle. When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format. Many students have found that seeing questions more than once really deepens their understanding.
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 3: Word Problems, read Chapters 1-5. Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.
  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Nineteen, Day Six Assignment

Go back to the MGMAT website.

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

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twenty

 

Week Twenty
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions. Within each question type, your first priority should be to finish off any remaining unanswered questions; your second priority should be to re-answer any questions you got “incorrect.” If, when answering previous incorrect questions, you get the vast majority of them correct on the second time, then the supply of “incorrect” questions will dwindle. When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: In Volume 3: Word Problems, read Chapters 6-10. Do any practice problems that appear in the course of the chapters you read.

    NOTE: When you finish this volume, you should have read every chapter of the MGMAT 10-volume set.

  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Twenty, Day Six Assignment

Go back to the MGMAT website.

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

That software does not include an AWA question. To simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG (pre-2020 editions) or this MBA.com PDF, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twenty-One

 

Week Twenty-One
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions. Within each question type, your first priority should be to finish off any remaining unanswered questions; your second priority should be to re-answer any questions you got “incorrect.” If, when answering previous incorrect questions, you get the vast majority of them correct on the second time, then the supply of “incorrect” questions will dwindle. When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do
    • 17 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes. Review whatever you think you need to review.
  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Twenty-One, Day Six Assignment

The free GMATPrep software comes with two tests, each of which you can take twice. These practices tests are made by GMAC itself, so these are the closest practice experience you can have to the real GMAT. You need to treat these with the same level of seriousness as you will bring to the real GMAT.

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

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twenty-Two

 

Week Twenty-Two
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions. When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2 RC passages and the associated questions
  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes. Review whatever you think you need to review.
  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Twenty-Two, Day Six Assignment

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

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twenty-Three

 

Week Twenty-Three
  1. In Magoosh, watch the following videos:
    • In Math: the next 16 videos
    • In Verbal: the next 11 videos
  2. In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions. When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 2* RC passage and the associated questions

    *If you are using the earlier edition, the OG Verbal Review 2014, then do only one RC passage this week.

  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes. Review whatever you think you need to review.
  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Twenty-Three, Day Six Assignment

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

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

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

 
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6 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week Twenty-Four

 

Week Twenty-Four
  1. In Magoosh, watch the remaining videos in Math & Verbal. If you have been following the pace of this plan, you should watch about the same numbers of videos this week and finish the entire library of video lessons for the second time.
  2. In the Magoosh questions: Each week, continue to practice about 25 math questions and about 15 verbal questions. When you have run out or almost run of incorrect questions in each question format, math and verbal, then you can reset your statistics, and start re-answering questions in an adaptive format.
  3. In the OG Quantitative Review, do:
    • 17 PS questions
    • 12 DS questions
  4. In the OG Verbal Review, do:
    • 11 SC questions
    • 8 CR questions
    • 1 RC passage and the associated questions

    NOTE: if you have followed the schedule diligently, you should finish both of these books this week.

  5. Review all your flashcards. Spend about 10 minutes a day each day reviewing cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Manhattan GMAT Books: Re-read any five chapters from the set, either all five from a single volume, or five different chapters from multiple volumes. Review whatever you think you need to review.
  7. Outside Reading: do half an hour of reading each day, sophisticated reading of your own choosing. Keep in mind the recommendations made above.
Week Twenty-Four, Day Six Assignment

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

For the essay you have written in the software, copy the essay into a word processing program. This essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to make all the conditions as GMAT-like as possible for this test. 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.

 
Go back to the top of Magoosh's GMAT study plan 6 months
 

 

After Week 24: Prepare for GMAT Test Day

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

  1. Go back to questions in any of the 3 GMAC books, questions you did a while ago, and do them again. (This is why it was important not to write in the books.)
  2. Through selecting question type & difficulty on the “Dashboard”, do Magoosh problems over again, and see how you do a second or third time.
  3. Keep up the outside reading.
  4. Keep watching for a third time 15 Magoosh lesson videos a week, on whatever topics you feel you need to review.
  5. Keep studying cards that you haven’t mastered from the Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards and the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards.
  6. Keep going back to the MGMAT books, to review topics about which you are still not sure.
  7. Go to the online forums, looking for challenging questions that folks are asking.
  8. If you feel you need it, devote one more evening to writing another practice essay, from the topics listed in the OG.
  9. If you have more weekend days before the real GMAT, you could get access to more GMATPrep tests by purchasing Exam Pack 1 and Question Pack 1.

Day Before the Test

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

Day of Test

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

Bring to the Test

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

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121 Responses to 6 Month GMAT Study Schedule

  1. Max March 29, 2020 at 9:04 am #

    Hi

    Could you please share with me the pdf version of the 6 month plan?

    Thanks!

  2. Kelsey March 12, 2020 at 9:57 am #

    Hi Magoosh team,

    This study plan lists taking some 16 practice tests. Given the paper tests are no longer available, and there are only 6 official CAT practice tests available (GMATPrep 2 free plus tests 3 – 6), where are we supposed to get the additional 10 to work with?

    Is the recommendation to purchase the MGMAT practice tests (x6)?https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/store/online-resources/gmat-online-practice-tests/

    Even with this, where do the last 4 come from?

    Online, I find plenty of mentions of free “tests” (basically just test banks, not CAT), and other paid competitors like Veritas (https://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/), but has Magoosh checked to see whether these are redundant?

    I don’t want to waste the official 6 CAT practice tests so early on in my studying (3rd month).
    Thanks for your help!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Kelsey, I sent this over to our team of test prep experts who can provide you with more personalized and detailed support for your question. You’ll hear back from someone shortly via email! As a reminder, all Premium students can reach us at help@magoosh.com 🙂

      • Kelsey March 15, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

        Hi, thanks for forwarding the message, but all I see in my email is a copy of my question, but no reply.
        Could you kindly address here or connect me with the right person who can clearly outline which practice test resources we are supposed to use?

        Thanks!

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 20, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

          Hi Kelsey, it looks like one of my colleagues was able to reach you by email. I’m so sorry for the delay on that! If you ever have any questions going forward, you can send them to us directly by email at help@magoosh.com or by clicking the purple “Help” button. 🙂

  3. Hojin Chun February 12, 2020 at 5:50 pm #

    Hey,

    I started the 6 month plan but I have OG 2019 and looks like Magoosh videos solutions are from OG 2018. Do you guys have 2019 video solution?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 14, 2020 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Hojin,

      There is a lot of overlap between different versions of the Official Guide. Many questions in the 2019 guide were also in the 2018 guide. The easiest way to find them is to google “Magoosh + first few words of question”. If we have a video explanation for it, it will likely come up in the first few results.

      If you are a Premium member, you can also send us a message at help@magoosh.com about any Official Guide question and we will provide you with an explanation. It’s always helpful if you send us a picture/screenshot of the question and a brief explanation of your approach so that we can write an effective response 🙂

  4. Nate January 30, 2020 at 6:51 am #

    It looks like the Paper tests 1 and 2 are not available to purchase? Theres now way for me to add to cart for those items or am I just missing something?
    https://www.mba.com/exam-prep/gmat-paper-tests-set-1

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 6, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

      Hi Nate!

      You’re right! It looks like those Paper Tests are no longer available for purchase. I’ve left a note for our content team so they can look into it.

      Because of this, I would purchase other practice tests from GMAC to replace the “Paper Tests”. 🙂

      If you’d like to find more practice tests, you can always look at other resources. Here are our GMAT Book Reviews. 🙂

  5. kemi January 20, 2020 at 7:18 am #

    I just took a full practice test on the gmatofficialprep website. Any ideas on where i can find resources to review the questions?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Kemi,

      Generally, your best bet is to google the first few words of the question to find them on forums like BeattheGMAT and GMAT Club. You can see more information about that here: https://magoosh.com/gmat/about/tips/gmat-forums/.

  6. Rez December 26, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    Using the 6-month plan for a 50 day learning period.

    I have 50 full days of studying ahead of me, with 8-10 hours a day of possible studying.

    My Official GMAT Test is in 2 months (end of February 2020).

    Do you recommend using the more comprehensive 6-month schedule and completing 2-3 days of assignments per “studying day”, as I have 8-10 hours time?

    Or should I rather focus on a 3-month more basic schedule and add to it?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2020 at 9:59 am #

      Hi Rez,

      I’m responding to both of your comments here. The answer to this question really depends on your strengths and study style. The timine for this would work out–that is, you could probably complete all of the tasks in this study schedule within 2 months if you study for so many hours per day. However, some students find it more difficult to learn at such a pace. Part of the point of the 6 month plan is that you are learning and reviewing content consistently over a long period of time. That repetition is key, especially for students who are starting from scratch, so to speak. If you are good at learning and synthesizing large amounts of information over long study periods, then this could definitely work!

  7. kemi November 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

    it will be useful to follow the plan if it were in a tabular form

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2020 at 9:48 am #

      Hi Kemi,

      I’m not sure what you mean by tabular form, but we recommend that students either print to PDF or copy and paste the plan into a word document. That would allow you to edit the study schedule in a way that works for you!

  8. Marko October 22, 2019 at 9:17 am #

    Hi Magoosh Team,

    I got the new OG edition 2020, do we have any explanation videos for this edition? I couldn’t match any video from explanations in magoosh video solutions for official guide 2020.

    Thanks you 🙂

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Marko,

      Since many of the same questions are used throughout different versions of the Official Guide, often it’s easiest just to google “Magoosh [+first few words of the question]”. If we do have an explanation, then it should pop up! =)

      If you have trouble accessing our explanation videos on your own, your browser might be forcing https, which prevents our embedded YouTube videos from properly loading. To get around this, just make sure your URL starts with “http” rather than “https”.

      Keep in mind that you may have to scroll to the bottom and follow links to “other official GMAT material” in order to find solutions for the particular questions you’re looking for.I should also stress that our solutions are not complete—we don’t have videos for every single question. If you are a Premium student, you can also reach out to us at help@magoosh.com to ask questions about official materials.

  9. Alison October 22, 2019 at 7:34 am #

    Hi! How many hours (average) are required in the 6 months plan? Do I have a specific day by day plan for each week? Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Alison,

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

  10. Bryanna MacDonald September 26, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi,

    I have the 2020 Manhattan Prep books, which were consolidated into 3 books, not 10. Can you please help me with how I would follow this 6 month plan with the 2020 Manhattan prep books.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2020 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Bryanna,

      We mainly recommend the MGMAT books as practice content and for content review. You should be able to find the relevant sections in the new books for the purposes of this study schedule 🙂

  11. Kashif Aslam August 10, 2019 at 12:05 am #

    Hello Mike

    I have recently bought the GMAT Prep.
    Could you please share the PDF format of six months plan in the tabular form

    Regards
    Kashif

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 13, 2019 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Kashif,

      I’ve just emailed you a printable copy in PDF. 🙂

      • Cheekymonkey124 August 20, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        Hi David. Would it be possible to send me a copy of the tabular version as well. Trying not to kill too many trees by printing out the word version

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

          Hi there,

          I just sent the PDF to your email address.

          • Vijay September 12, 2019 at 4:03 am #

            Hi David,
            Would it it be possible to send me a copy of the tabluar version as well.

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 17, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

              Hi Vijay!

              I responded via e-mail. 🙂

          • on October 3, 2019 at 5:19 am #

            Will you email the pdf version aswell! Thank you.

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 17, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

              Hi there,

              Absolutely! I’ve responded to you via e-mail. 🙂

              • Mike November 21, 2019 at 6:27 am #

                Can I also please get a copy of the PDF version?

                • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
                  Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2020 at 9:44 am #

                  Hi Mike,

                  At this time we’re not able to send out PDF versions to every student who comments. We recommend that you print to PDF or copy and paste the tasks onto a document for easy access.

              • Turan January 7, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

                Hello,

                Can you please email me the PDF version as well!

                Thanks

                • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
                  Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 6, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

                  Hi Turan,

                  Unfortunately, we’re unable to send a PDF version of the schedule out to each student who leaves a comment on the blog at this time. I’m sorry about that! With that said, I’d recommend printing the study plan to PDF or to copy and paste it into a word document.

                  Best of luck!

          • Javier January 29, 2020 at 10:14 am #

            Hi!

            Could i get on too please!?

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 6, 2020 at 7:08 pm #

              Hi Javier,

              Unfortunately, we’re not able to send out PDF versions to every student who comments at this time. We recommend that you print to PDF or copy and paste the tasks onto a document for easy access. I’m sorry about any inconvenience this might have caused you!

          • Anshul February 3, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

            Can I also get the PDF version of 6 month plan.

            Thanks
            Anshul

            • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
              Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 6, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

              Hi Anshul,

              At this time we’re not able to send out PDF versions to every student who comments. We recommend that you print to PDF or copy and paste the tasks onto a document for easy access. I’m sorry about any inconvenience this might have caused you!

      • Javier January 22, 2020 at 9:10 am #

        Hey David,

        Do you think I could get one of those too please?

        Thanks a lot!

        • David Recine
          David Recine February 10, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

          Javier, I’m not quite sure why we aren’t sending 6 month strudy schedule PDFs to all student commenters right now. I’m goint to need to double check on that with my colleagues at Magoosh. In the mean time, I have sent you a private email about this with more details as well, because you’re a Premium subscriber. 🙂

  12. Aron November 14, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Hey,

    I would like to ask my question too: 🙂

    I took this six month learning scheme as the basis of my study. I have the subscription for magoosh and the guides (OG and Manhattan too). As I made already a couple of exercises and practice test I recognise that Quant is far worth than Verbal. In Quant especially DS but I also need to revise a couple of issue on PS too. I am planning to take the GMAT exam end of March (four and half month roughly). I made myself time for the preparation so I can ideally spend more than 3-4 hours daily till than.

    My question is that what is your suggestion, which path should I choose for preparation:

    -Should I try to squeeze the 6 month scheme into this 4,5 month prep or better do a Quant focused 3 month one and than push and push the resting 1,5 with the problematic parts?

    I experience in the beginning of the preparation of the 6 month that I have serious gaps in math so some explanation doesn’t even clear which is frustrating for the moment.

    All the best,
    Aron.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi Aron!

      I saw that you were a Premium student, so I forwarded your question to our Test Prep Experts. You should be receiving an e-mail from someone with an answer to your question shortly. 😀

      • Aron November 15, 2018 at 1:18 am #

        Cool, thanks! 🙂

    • Apurva October 15, 2019 at 11:28 pm #

      Hi can you please share the tabular form of thhis 6 months plan. Please

  13. Andrea September 10, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    HI Guys!
    Your link for week one’s review of the test structure needs updating on the GMAT website

    https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/about-the-gmat-exam/gmat-exam-structure

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Andrea,

      Thanks for letting us know! I’ve corrected the link 🙂

  14. Rob March 28, 2018 at 3:59 am #

    I know this may boil down to semantics, and mileage may vary person to person in terms of time to complete the work, but in one section the plan outlines 1-2 hours per day, and in another section the plan outlines 2-3 hours per day.

    Which one of these timeframes was intended to be the baseline?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Rob,

      That appears to be an error on our part, and I’ll let our content team know about it. I think that 1-2 hours is the best daily baseline for the 6-month plan, though as you mentioned this does vary depending on the individual.

  15. Jason Hsu January 11, 2018 at 3:27 am #

    Hi,

    I am just at the beginning of following this study plan, however I fund the questions are in different order in my 2018 OG from your VIDEO SOLUTIONS for the OG questions you ask to do weekly. The “video solution” link in this study plan directed me to answer explanations in OG 2013?2015? BUT NOT 2018 FOR SURE. Confused. You don’t have it for 2018 do you?

    I don’t want to use answer explanations in OG because the author of this study plan mentioned some of those explanations are not good.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 11, 2018 at 7:30 am #

      Unfortunately, we don’t have video explanations for the 2018 GMAT Official Guide. We just have the explanations for the guides from 2015-2016. The good news is that– as you’ve discovered– the majority of the 2018 questions also appear in the earlier editions, but numbered in a different order.

      I recommend using this custom Google search of our Magoosh GMAT forums. After the URL in the search field, just enter the first few words of the 2018 question you’re looking for. As long as it’s one of the many 2018 questions also found in the 2013-2016 guides, it should come up.

      If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try entering your keywords into this similar custom Google search for GMAT Club may be able to get you some extra explanations there. You may even be able to find some explanations from Magoosh instructors, since our faculty members post to GMAT Club. 🙂 In addition, GMAT Club is in the process of building a complete set of explanations for OG 2018. They have a forum page where they’ve put all of their current OG 2018 links in one place.

  16. Karthikeyan November 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    Is there a pdf format of this study schedule? It will be easy to use with a hard copy.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      We don’t offer a PDF at this time, but good news– you can print this web page as a PDF. Comments and all, this plan currently prints to a 59 page PDF. But you don’t need the comments– just print to page 35, and you’ll have a PDF of this very detailed 6 month plan! 🙂

  17. BBT November 8, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    It would be really great if you could publish a formatted variant which could be easily printed out for each week.

  18. Nikita September 9, 2017 at 12:16 am #

    Hello,

    I have decided to take the GMAT test. Do I have to get every reading material listed above? Do I also need the 1 on 1 tutoring from magoosh? Or the premium subscription is good enough?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      We strongly recommend getting all of the reading materials listed, if you can. But you can be OK if you don’t use every single one, or if you substitute some of your own suitable reading practice materials.

      As for tutoring, this study schedule is geared more toward self-study. Tutoring is optional, but a lot of students benefit form it. If you decide to go for a tutor, Magoosh does have a pretty good tutoring team. But again, it’s not absolutely necessary. A premium subscription alone will give you access to all of the Magoosh GMAT materials you absolutely need for this study schedule.

  19. Andrew August 14, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Does anyone have the contents of this 6 month study plan in a more succinct and legible format? I am thinking of an Excel document or some linear representation where it is much easier to track progression.

  20. Trisha Averill September 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi, I am just starting out on my studying for the GMAT. I am starting from scratch and I would like to follow the 6 month study plan you’ve outlined.

    I am a complete list maker and before I re-create the wheel… has anyone put this study plan in an easier format to follow & check off each day?

    Thank you in advance!!

  21. Andrew Pak July 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    Hello, I stumbled upon your 6 month plan.

    I am planning on starting to study in a few months. Will this plan be updated for the new calendar year?

    Thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 30, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      Hi Andrew,

      We update these plans as the resources need updating, but at present, this plan is built upon resources that we think are up to date. We updated these plans within the last year, and we still confidently stand behind them. 🙂

  22. Tair May 22, 2016 at 12:45 am #

    Good Day!

    Currently I am on week 8 of 6 month preparation schedule and got stuck on day 6 assignment.

    Could you please explain what is “GMAC “Paper Test” volumes” in the Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC “Paper Test” volumes.

    Thank you!

    Warm regards,
    Tair!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

      Hello Tair! 🙂

      It’s hard to keep the resources straight, but if you get back to the top part of the plan and look at the resources list, we have a link to the resource this references. You can check it out here! The relevant part of the study plan says, “11) Two volumes of the GMAC’s released GMATs, the “Paper Tests” books (buy the third volume there if you would like even more practice).”

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  23. Yana April 16, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I was never familiar with GMAT and starting now from 0. Not strong in any of the sections. I have time till August latest, so i think afbout 2 options:

    1. should I take 3 month plan and then work on the weak points
    2. or shoul I take 6 month plan

    Please advise.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 18, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Yana,

      Good question! 🙂

      The truth is either approach can be good. The first one is better if you are comfortable being self-directed and analyzing your performance to create your own further study after the 3-month plan is finished. The second approach is better if you want to be guided throughout the whole study period and not have to rely on your own design.

      Both plans can benefit you starting from 0, so you should pick based on your study habits and what you know about yourself as a student! I hope that helps. 🙂

  24. Holly February 25, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Hi,
    I am week one into the study guide with no previous experience with the gmat. I am a full time RN and I am finding it difficult to move through all the material in one week. That being said, I do feel like I am learning and understanding content that stumped me prior to joining magoosh. I have made it to the end of the calendar week and still have yet to touch the recommended questions from the book and magoosh, and would also have to go through the answers once complete. Any advice? Is this normal? Or is this an indication that the gmat may not be for me.
    Thanks for any help,
    Holly

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 6, 2016 at 3:15 am #

      Hi Holly,

      Sorry for the late reply!

      You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work. Depending on your starting point and how much you need to learn, days of study can take significantly longer than expected, and that is okay. Rather than get discouraged or frustrated, wipe your slate clean and keep moving forward with your studying and start trying to get at least 10 practice problems in per session on top of your regular studying. Don’t keep track of everything you’ve missed before this, though–start fresh and move on from here. 🙂

      The GMAT is a tricky test, but you can definitely tackle it. 🙂

      • Holly April 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

        Hey, just an update since I last asked my question. I tested above average for most verbal but it was the quant that had me stumped. So I have powered through the math as time permits (recently became charge nurse). My schedule as a nurse has me working up to 60+hours a week of usually 12 hour days, where as other weeks I work maybe 24 hours. I have found the formatting for the 6 month study guide doesn’t work for this type of schedule, throw some night shifts in there and I set myself up for failure by feeling I needed to follow the week by week format. But once I let go of this idea I have allowed myself to relax and learn when I can and it is working ! I am posting this as encouragement for any other RN’s out there who feel overwhelmed like I did in the beginning.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 19, 2016 at 9:03 am #

          What an uplifting story! Congratulations on your success at work and your success in GMAT study, Holly! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  25. Holly February 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Hi,
    I am about to start the 6 month study guide. The link in the guide takes me to the 5th edition Manhattan study books, is there much difference between using the 5th edition and 6th edition specifically?
    Thanks
    Holly

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 12, 2016 at 4:01 am #

      Hi Holly,

      Happy to help! 🙂

      For self-study it may not matter so much but it does seem like MGMAT overhauled the verbal guides. MGMAT has two blog posts discussing the changes. See: Updates to MGMAT Quant Guides and Updates to MGMAT Verbal Guides.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  26. Hans September 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Hello,
    Do you have any suggestions about how I can modify the 6 month GMAT study-plan to include the materials from the Math Focused 3 month study-plan and materials for the LSAT (Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension)? I’m going to take the LSAT and am going to study for it while I study Magoosh’s 6 month-study plan. I already bought the materials for the Math Focused 3-month study plan because I was going to do that plan but changed my mind to the 6 month plan. Do you think the Math Focused materials and LSAT materials will adequately substitute for the Manhattan Strategy Guide Set? I’m willing to buy the set but don’t want to if the other materials will suffice in its stead.

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan September 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Hans,

      We’re actually just beginning our development of an LSAT product and look forward to launching it sometime in 2016. We don’t yet have enough information about how the GMAT study plan would map / overlap / be applicable to the LSAT, but we should know more over the next several months. It sounds like our timing may not align perfectly with yours, but we’ll keep you posted in any case about our LSAT product!

      All best,
      Jessica

  27. Ashley September 15, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi! I just started week 4 of the 6 month study plan. The module quizzes suggest that if you get less than 3 of 5 correct that you repeat that module and review. So far I’ve been getting 5/5 on the quizzes, but once I got to integer properties, I totally bombed. At this stage of my studying, would it be better to repeat integer properties until I master it or flag it as a weakness?

  28. Pranjali August 13, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    HI Mike..
    I am planning to give GMAT exam in 2016. Right now i am doing full time job in an MNC. Can you please tell me how can i fix this plan into my schedule.

  29. Vaibhav August 11, 2015 at 1:54 am #

    Hi Mike,

    This is a very thorough plan.

    Are there any significant differences between the 5th and 6th editions of MGMAT books? Is the chapter order same in both the books?


    Thanks
    Vaibhav

  30. Erin M July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Hello!

    I fully bought into the Magoosh 6-month study plan! My questions is regarding expected time commitment. I have a full time job and am curious whether the study plan was designed for someone who works or someone who is studying full time? What is the estimated time commitment to complete the assignments each week? I understand this will vary for each individual but there IS a large difference in 7 hours/week versus 20 hours/week.

    Thanks!

  31. RAHUL July 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    I am a full time working professional with 3 years of experience as a business analyst with already a masters degree behind me. Still I need to give my career a big boost and broaden my horizons so I am planning to appear for GMAT next year 2016 most probably in June end. I want to score high to get into one of the top B schools. I will be starting my preparation in Jan-Feb 2016. Now after going through a lot of these forums I am thinking of using Manhattan strategy guides (10 books pack) and the Official guide review for my preparation. I will be adopting a self study approach since I am more comfortable with that apart from the fact that it will be hard for me to enrol in a full time course given my professional commitments. Kindly give your feedback on the above (including the study material) and emphasise more on how to use this study material effectively to get the maximum results I.e. Targeting a score around 750

  32. Swami July 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you very much for putting together not only this resource, but all the blog posts and videos. I’ve just signed up for the Premium subscription and plan to take the test at the end of December. I’m in no hurry to take the test as I’m still a couple years away from applying to b-school, but I wanted to knock off the GMATs and give it plenty of time to study as I’m not the best standardized test taker. Hoping to turn that around with this test 🙂

    Q: Do you have a rough idea when this study plan (and possibly the others?) will be updated to account for the 2016 OG? Does the updated plan affect the plan dramatically or just changing question numbers and distribution among days?

    Q2: Also, would you say the 6 month plan is a hybrid of the 3 Month Beginner and 3 Month Advance plans combined or would one need to incorporate all the MGMAT books into this 6 month plan for it to really be a hybrid and the most thorough prep/plan possible?

    Thanks and happy 4th!
    Swami

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike McGarry July 6, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Dear Swami,
      I’m happy to respond, my friend. 🙂 The new GMAT study schedules will come online next week. They are radically different in their organization, because (a) the number of Magoosh lessons has changed, (b) the number of Magoosh questions has increased, (c) new sources are incorporated. This plan is not really a hybrid of two different three-month plans: the three-month plans are predicated on a three-month arc of learning, whereas the six-month plan is predicated on a six-month arc. It’s entirely another thing.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

  33. Ying June 29, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Mike, thanks for a good source of preparing GMAT. You provide “the GMAC Office Guide to the GMAT (OG13)”, but I find a newer vision “The official guide for GMAT review 2015”, would it be better for studying comparing the “GMAC Office Guide to the GMAT (OG13)” ?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike McGarry June 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Dear Ying,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 The short answer is: an OG is an OG is an OG. Actually, the most recent version is the OG 2016. A new version of this study schedule is going to be published soon, and it will reflect the newest version of the OG. Basically, feel free to use any version of the OG with these study plans. If you don’t have one and have to buy one, you might as well buy the newest, but if you own an older one already, use that. Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Ying June 30, 2015 at 8:34 am #

        Thanks Mike. 🙂

  34. Omer Ahmed April 17, 2015 at 4:08 am #

    Mike,

    Thanks for the study plan. It’s really helpful. Just one question, i am bit confused whether each week videos are related to the practice questions for that particular week. Do i have to pick only those questions from OG which are related to the concepts covered in the videos.? or starting OG questions from serial 1 and complete in order. I am asking this for both Math and Verbal Section

    Hope my question is clear to you.

    Best Regards

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike April 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Dear Omer,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 My friend, as anti-intuitive as this may sound, do NOT limit your practice questions to the videos you happen to be learning. Instead, practice ALL topics from the very beginning. See this blog for my philosophy on this:
      https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study-approaches-systematic-vs-random/
      Of course, you will make a number of mistake at the beginning on topics that may not be that familiar. While that’s not necessarily fun, these mistakes can be very productive for your overall success if you learn from them well. See this GRE blog.
      Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Omer April 20, 2015 at 3:18 am #

        Hi Mike,

        Yes it’s clear now. Thanks a lot for your help 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike April 21, 2015 at 10:06 am #

          Dear Omer,
          You are quite welcome, my friend! 🙂 I’m glad you found that helpful! Best of luck to you following this plan and in your future!
          Mike 🙂

  35. Tami January 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for the article 🙂

    I’m getting ready to begin preparing for GMAT exam. After searching and reading I’ve decided to start by this 6 months plan, but have a quick question for you. Are there any significant differences between the 4th and 5th editions of MGMAT books? As I really want to add MGMAT series to my studying and already have a full set of the 4th edition.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 12, 2015 at 10:35 am #

      Tami,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 The differences between the 4e and 5e of the MGMAT books are minimum. If you have the full 4e set, just use that: it’s perfectly fine.
      Mike 🙂

      • Tami January 12, 2015 at 11:35 am #

        Thank you very much 🙂

  36. Matt January 11, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Mike,

    So I’m planning to take the GMAT in May/June 2015 and have roughly 20/24 weeks to prep for the exam. I’m starting with no previous GMAT experience and was hoping you could advise on the proper study schedule.

    I’ve been considering starting with the 3 month beginners plan and integrating a 9 week in-person Manhattan GMAT class after completing those 3 months. Could something like this work? I am also considering just using the 6 month study plan outlined above without an in person class.

    What do you think would work well considering my timeframe/experience/study options?

    Thanks so much for your help here. It’s much appreciated.

    Best,
    Matt

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 12, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Matt,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 I would recommend following this six-month plan. Because you may have slightly fewer weeks than the plan recommends, you may have to consolidate a little — move through the lesson video modules at a slightly faster rate, etc. If you have the MGMAT books, that’s a cost-efficient way to get almost all of the MGMAT “wisdom” — the in-person class would be considerably more expensive, but the principle value above and beyond what’s in the books would be the discipline and hand-holding support folks tend to feel in an in-person class. If you are self-motivated and able to generate your own determination, you don’t need that. (You want to get an MBA and be a manager, right?) If you master everything in the Magoosh product and everything in the MGMAT books, you would be a GMAT expert: everything you need for flamboyant success is already there. That’s why I recommend the six-month plan.
      Mike 🙂

  37. Richa May 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Dear Mike,

    Hope you are doing well. 🙂

    I will come straight to the point. 🙂

    Some courses that i want to apply for my graduate studies need GRE while others need GMAT. I gave my GRE last year and scored 320 (Q 169, V 151). I am taking GMAT this year in early September and am targeting a score of 750+.

    While going through the 3 months advanced study plan, i found that you have prescribed Manhattan 10 volume series. And as the plan progresses, there is more to do with these books and less of Magoosh videos. I can procure some of these books but getting the entire lot would be very expensive for me. Is there any alternate way?

    I do plan to get for sure Manhattan SC, CR, IR and even RC (with a little stretch on my pocket money though :P) guides for my verbal prep. And since I find myself very comfortable with Maths, i was thinking to use Magoosh Videos instead of doing Math from these guides, Will that be useful?

    The other idea i thought was to squeeze the 6 month plan into 4.5 months with 3-4 hour study on 6 days and additional 4-5 hours on the 7th day. I hope i am not overestimating things and hence need your expert advise here.

    You support is much appreciated.

    Thanks a bunch
    Richa

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike May 16, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Dear Richa,
      I’m happy to respond. 🙂 First of all, perhaps you have been looking at a few different plans here. This particular six-month plan involves watching all the Magoosh videos twice, and I recommend getting one MGMAT book, simply to get the code for their CATs. If you want to get a few MGMAT books, that’s fine, but in this plan, I didn’t recommend buying the whole set. Also, if you look on GMAT Club, sometimes you will see the MGMAT books sold used for a low price. You will need one new one, for the CAT code, but the others you could probably find used.
      The Magoosh math videos will give you everything you need — if you also read through the content articles on the blog, that will give you another perspective, which will help to deepen your understanding.
      I think it’s find to compress this plan a little and fit it in 4-5 months. I would caution you about filling up all seven days of the week — the mind, like the body, needs down time. That’s not a waste of time: it’s actually part of a healthy learning process. If you do study all seven days, make sure that there is also ample rest, relaxation, and just plain fun as part of your week — having regular doses of that refreshment is vital for keeping the mind sharp.
      Finally, you have an ambitious target score. That’s great. The Magoosh video lessons & questions & video explanations & blog will give you everything you need. It will all pass in front of your eyes. Whether you can take that and get an elite score depends on your ability to focus, to remember, to learn and understand deeply, and to apply in creative out-of-the-box ways. Keep all this in mind as you learn: any half-hearted understanding is simply not enough. You need to know each and everything cold.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Richa May 18, 2014 at 2:59 am #

        Dear Mike,

        Thanks a ton for your sound advise.

        I had been contemplating between 3 months advanced plan and this 6 months plan. But after absorbing what you said, i believe i am very much clear on the study plan i should use.

        So thanks again.

        Richa

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike May 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

          Dear Richa,
          You are more than welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
          Mike 🙂

  38. Nina March 28, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for this plan. I’m planning to take the gmat test after 9 months. I’m gonna start by this 6 months plan and i want really to add the MGMAT 10-volume series to my studying. Is it better to study the MGMAT 10-volume in the 6 months with this plan or study them in the 3 extra months a lone? How much time I need to finish the 10 books?

    Thanks a lot

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 28, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Dear Nina,
      Combining this plan with the MGMAT books is an excellent idea. When to do what? In general, I would say: the human brain best integrates information over time, with repeated exposures. Six hours of studying something in one sitting is not nearly as effective as six one-hour segments spaced over different days. The brain needs time to integrate and process, including the memory consolidation that happens in REM sleep.. Therefore, I would say — work the MGMAT books into the plan — that would involving fitting in about 1/2 a book per week. Going through them at a nice slow rate will give your brain a better chance of absorbing every nugget of wisdom they contain. Perhaps after you finish the books once slowly while going through this six month plan, you can revisit only volumes of that set and Magoosh videos in which you feel you need to get more.
      My only caution would be — this plan is designed to “climax” at the end: lots of GMATPrep tests immediately before the real test. If you plan to take the GMAT in 9 months, delay a bit the MGMAT CATs and the GMATPrep tests, the two high quality test sources, until closer to your test day. You could fill in with some lower quality tests earlier in the plan, just to practice your test-taking habits.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Nina March 28, 2014 at 11:06 am #

        Thanks a lot for your fast reply and explanation. It makes sense 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike March 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

          Dear Nina,
          You are quite welcome, my friend. Best of luck to you!
          Mike 🙂

  39. Anmol Kukreja March 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Hi Mike

    I am planning to give my gmat in July/August 2014 because the applications for colleges will start in the month of september. So i am planning to start with the 6 months course, though i have just 5 months in hand…Please help.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 6, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Dear Anmol,
      Well, it’s easier to add than to subtract, so I will say: pick the three-month plan that works best for you. Start with a month of just watching the Magoosh videos, and maybe doing practice questions you find on this blog and on GMAT Club — the more recent blog articles here will have questions that aren’t in the Magoosh product. Do that for a month or six weeks, and then start the three-month plan from scratch — that way, you will see most of the Magoosh videos twice, which will reinforce your learning, and you will finish close to test time. Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • Anmol Kukreja March 10, 2014 at 4:41 am #

        Hi Mike

        Thanks for your answer.Yes,it makes a lot of sense for me.Thanks for your time Mike.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike March 10, 2014 at 10:25 am #

          Dear Anmol,
          You are more than welcome. Best of luck to you!
          Mike 🙂

  40. Chris January 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Mike,

    I am currently in my UG and have about 8 months to study for the GMAT. I am aiming for at 620-650. How hard is it going to be to get in the mid to low 600’s if I spend at least an hour a day for 8 months?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Chris,
      First of all, I’ll recommend this blog post:
      https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/how-hard-is-the-gmat/
      The frustrating answer is: it depends. If you can sit down, take a GMAT cold, and already get a score in this range, then its very easy. If you take a cold GMAT, and get in the 400’s, then getting there will be hard. I would definitely recommend taking a practice GMAT, say in a used book, with virtually no preparation, just to give yourself a sense of your baseline.
      Mike 🙂

  41. Stewart January 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Mike,

    If a reader were to have a longer time frame, say maybe one to two years, would it be practical to start studying the 6 month plan and redo the magoosh study plan once finished?

    I personally won’t be taking it for 2 years but I would like to get a head start. What would you recommend the best path be for me?

    Thanks

    Stew

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike January 9, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      Dear Stew,
      I always like a student who plans ahead! Taking this long approach to the GMAT gives you an overwhelming advantage compared to most other folks. A couple suggestions. First of all, don’t touch a calculator for the next couple years — get in the habit of doing all kinds of math (tips, gas mileage, grocery totals) in your head. Also, develop a habit of serious reading — good challenging academic material. See:
      https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
      Since you have the time, read through this entire free blog: if you can integrate every tip on this blog, you will be a GMAT superstar.
      I would also recommend: buy a cheap GMAT book, really anything you can find at a used book store, and just take a practice GMAT cold. Do that sometime soon. Understand, the score may not be a hyper-accurate prediction, but you will do this just to get a sense of your relative strengths and weaknesses. If there’s a particular question type or a particular content area that you find especially perplexing, perhaps you should do some focused work with that before you begin a formal study plan. Once you begin a formal plan, taking a year to go through this same six-month plan twice would be a very powerful and thorough way to prepare for the GMAT. If you have any further questions about additional resources as you prepare, you are welcome to solicit my advice in the Magoosh forum of GMAT Club:
      http://gmatclub.com/forum/magoosh-324/
      Best of luck to you, my friend.
      Mike 🙂

  42. Sid November 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Mike,
    This study schedule is incredibly helpful and I am so grateful to you all at magoosh.

    I am debating whether I should follow the 3 or 6 month study plan. I am intending to start applications in March 2014. If I follow the 3 month plan I would complete the GMAT before I start applications. This would also give me time to retake it if necessary. However, I scored a mediocre 420 on my first practice GMAT and I think a more in depth study plan (i.e. 6 months) may be necessary.

    What do you think?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike November 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Dear Sid,
      It’s a bit hard to say without knowing your situation, but given that you have plenty of time before application deadlines next year, I would recommend the six-month plan, only because spending more time studying would give you a more thorough preparation.
      Mike 🙂

      • Sid November 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

        Thank you! What would you say are the main differences between the 3 and 6 month schedule? It looks like you would take more practice tests in the 6 month version. I am asking because I think I’ll do the 3 month plan and then tack on more prep if I am not satisfied with my score. In that case, it would be helpful to know what to cover 🙂

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike November 15, 2013 at 9:46 am #

          Sid,
          The six month plan, in addition to more practice tests, has more reading and involves viewing the lesson videos twice, with each viewing a few months apart. If you want to do a three-month plan, then maybe another, I would suggest one of the first three three-month plans on the first round of studying, and then if you want more, follow the advanced three-month plan in the second round. Don’t underestimate outside reading as an important part of GMAT preparations. Does all this make sense?
          Mike 🙂

          • Sid November 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

            That’s an excellent idea. When you say ‘outside reading’ are you referring to magazines, articles, newspapers, etcetera where you can read about real-life quant problems that are applicable to the GMAT (and b-school)?

  43. Quandra November 13, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I have 8 of the Manhattan GMAT books. My question is how would I incorporate the Manhattan study material with the 6 month magoosh study guide?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike November 13, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Dear Quandra,
      This is a 24-week plan, so if you plan to work your way through 1/2 a book each week, that will get you through the whole set easily by the end, even leaving time for a second reading of anything you found difficult. Don’t worry about trying to coordinate MGMAT content with Magoosh content — just read the MGMAT books in any order. Hearing the same concepts explained in different ways at different times will actually help your brain to learn it more deeply.
      Mike 🙂

  44. James Foley September 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Mike,

    Thank you for the article I do appreciate it. When you say “starting more or less from scratch” are you assuming that I as a student have not done any GMAT prep? Or is there a base knowledge expectation beyond the BA degree and some years on the work force?

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike September 29, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      James,
      By “more or less from scratch”, I do mean: starting from a place where you know zero about the GMAT. I assume you have taken an SAT, way back at some point, so you are not brand new to standardized testing, and I assume you have a college degree and some work experience, but besides that, there is absolutely no minimum expectation. That’s where this schedule begins. Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • James Foley October 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

        Mike,

        Thank you yes it does.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike October 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

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


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