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Six Month Plan (Advanced Math)

 
Important Note: Hey Magooshers! This is an old version of the Magoosh GRE 6 Month Study Plan (Advanced Math). We updated this plan in June 2015, so if you’re just getting started with your GRE Prep, we’d recommend using the new version of this schedule. If you started prepping with this version, then please continue your prep here.

Questions? Leave us a comment and we’ll help you out. Happy studying!
 
OK, you are starting more or less from scratch, and you want to prepare for the GRE in six months.  You need a strategic plan to organize yourself.  I designed two different versions of the Six Month Plan, and I need you to start with a little self-diagnosis.  Which sounds most like you?

6 Month Study Plan for Math Beginners: I hate math!  I desperately need help with it if I going to survive the GRE at all!

6 Month Study Plan (Advanced Math): I’m pretty good at math, and I really would like to nail Quantitative section of the GRE.

  

6 Month Study Plan (Advanced Math)

 

Essential Materials:

Supplemental/Optional Materials:

Any of the steps listed in the schedule for the materials below are purely for extra practice, so they are to be done as optional tasks if you have extra time.

  • Download the Magoosh Android or iPhone app, for mobile practice
  • Quizlet.com — gives you online access to flashcards, making it easier, say, to quiz yourself on your mobile device
  • WordSmart – very basic “level 1” definition of words with simpl Numeric entry math questionse sentences
  • Dictionary.com —- very good example sentences with definition
  • Worknik.com —- provides a flood of example sentences
  • Word Dynamo — give you little quizzes & games to add some variety to vocab learning

 

A NOTE ON LEARNING GRE VOCABULARY:  first of all, it’s important not only to learn the literal dictionary definition (the denotation), but also to understand the metaphorical use of the word in context (the connotation).  For example, the word “opaque” literally means “not transparent”, but metaphorically it can means “hard to understand” or, describing a person, it can mean “thick-headed, stupid.”  Ultimately, you should strive to learn both the denotation and the connotation of each word. 

Daily review of vocab is vital. I wrote this schedule recommending the Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, but DO NOT limit yourself to just these words. AS YOU READ and find more words you don’t know, look them up, make flash cards (including context), and make your own flashcard decks. You could have one pile for words whose denotation you are trying to master, another containing words for which you know the denotation but not the connotation, and a “done” stack that gets reviewed only rarely.

This six-month plan enjoins a relaxed pace that should be followed diligently, lest things get out of hand through procrastination.  It’s designed to have you improve as much as you can improve in a six months.  I have designed 25 weeks, assuming 1-2 hours for each of the five weekdays, and one 4-5 stint on weekends, mostly in the second half (“Day Six”).  If you would prefer to work on both weekend days, and free up some weeknight time, feel free to make those changes.  Notice that a six-month period is actually 26 weeks, so I have left one week free, knowing that inevitably something (a camping trip, a wedding, etc.) will arise and interrupt studying for about a week.   If you can work straight through, that gives you more time for concentrated review at the end.  NOTE: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 1-2 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students.

Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this period, especially in the last couple months.  REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM.  If you are getting 7 hours/night instead of 8 hours/night, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering.  Caffeine and energy drinks will keep you feeling awake if you don’t get enough sleep, but they don’t do bupkis to replace the lost opportunity to encode more information into long term memory.

Week One

1) Go to ETS.org, and read about the content of the GRE.  Click on and read each sub-heading link.

2) In the Official Guide,

Read Chapter 1, “Introducing the GRE revised General Test”

Read Chapter 2, “GRE Analytic Writing” (just the descriptions of the question, not all the sample material)

Read the introductory few pages of Chapter 3, “GRE Verbal Reasoning” (everything up to the sample questions)

Read the introductory few pages of Chapter 5, “GRE Quantitative Reasoning” (everything up to the sample questions)

3) Work through the GRE Math Review in the Official Guide.  Take notes in your journal on whatever is unfamiliar.  Do the four Exercises sets as you come to the end of each section, and correct your answers right after you do each Exercise set.  Theoretically, this is something you should be able to breeze through in one sitting.  If this is anything more than even mildly challenging, you may wish to reconsider which six-month study plan you are following.

4) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Overview”, all six videos in that section

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – No Shifts”, all four videos in that section

In Verbal: under “Paragraph Argument”, first four videos

NOTE: as you watch Magoosh videos —- If the content is new and/or unfamiliar, take notes on it in your journal.  If the content is too easy, click ahead to the end and read the summary, just to verify that there’s nothing new you missed.

5) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

6) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, I suggest doing 10 words each day.  For each word, make sure the denotation and connotation is understood. Each day, review your stack of flashcards.

6) In Magoosh, set up a practice session by clicking on the “Practice” link in the header. For Math, check off all of the subjects that you’re comfortable practicing, set the difficulty to “adaptive”, the question pool to “unanswered”, the number of questions, the time to “no limit”, and the mode to “practice mode”.

Narrow your practice to just that subjects you’ve studied so far. You’ll widen the scope of your practice over the course of your studies.

Do the following practice sets:

10 Multiple choice math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

NOTE: For all Magoosh questions — If you get the question wrong, watch the video explanation, and take notes in your journal on whatever you need to learn from the question.  If you got the question right, simply skim the text solution (below the video), to verify you got the question right for the right reason.

 

Week One, Day Six:

1) Download and read the Magoosh eBook: A Complete Guide to the Revised GRE

http://magoosh.com/gre/gre-ebook/

This will give you an excellent overview of the entire test.

2) Download and skim the Magoosh Math Formula eBook

http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/gre-math-formula-ebook/

If you are following the advanced plan, probably many of these will be familiar.  Note anything about which you feel a bit rusty.

3) Download and skim the Magoosh GRE Vocabulary eBook

http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/gre-vocabulary-ebook/

Read the strategy section (“Making Words Stick”).  Use this book’s word lists and its way of clustering together either related words or words important to distinguish as a complement to your other vocabulary learning.  When you learn a new word, say, from Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards and you remember it was one listed here, go back to review the connections here.

Week Two:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In AWA: all ten videos in that section

In “Paragraph Argument”, remaining videos

In “Data Interpretation”, all four videos

In Verbal: the first five videos under “Vocabulary”

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set A & B & C “Substitution,” and Problem Set D “Defined Functions.”

NOTE: Nova’s book is a good collection of challenging math problems.  The explanations are poor, and sometimes the answers in the answer key aren’t even correct, so beware.  But if you can get these problems consistently correct, you will be fine on GRE Quantitative.

The problem sets throughout the book, denoted by capital letters, are in alphabetical order and are found mostly at the ends of sections.

Also, do all the Nova questions timed.  Count the number of problems in a problem set, multiply that number by 1.75, and round to the nearest whole number: that’s the number of minutes you should give yourself for the problem set.

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

6 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

NOTE: For questions in the GMAT Official Guide book: As soon as you work through an exercise set, correct your work.  See if you can figure out your mistake on your own first, and then read the solutions thorough, taking notes in your journal on whatever was new, unfamiliar, or confusing.  Also note: for each Problem Solving question in this book, you will find a video explanation on Magoosh’s YouTube channel.

Do all the Official Guide questions timed.  Do 10 problem solving problems in 17 minutes.  Do 6 CR questions in 11 minutes.  For Reading comprehension questions, multiply the number of questions times 1.75, add 2, and round to the nearest integer: that’s the number of minutes you should allot yourself for the passage & questions.

6) In Magoosh, set up a practice session by clicking on the “Practice” link in the header. For Math, check off all of the subjects that you’re comfortable practicing, set the difficulty to “adaptive”, the question pool to “unanswered”, the number of questions, the time to “no limit”, and the mode to “practice mode”.

Narrow your practice to just that subjects you’ve studied so far. You’ll widen the scope of your practice over the course of your studies.

Do the following practice sets:

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Two, Day Six

1) On Magoosh

Take a practice GRE.  You launch the practice test from the Dashboard, following the link: “Take a practice test.”

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

NOTE: as you do practice questions from Magoosh over the coming months, you will see some repeat questions at various points.  That’s actually a great opportunity for you: if you get the question wrong the first time, can you learn from it sufficiently so that, when it reappears out of the blue months later, you can nail it?  The mark of an excellent student is never to make the same mistake twice.

Week Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Reading Comprehension”, all eleven videos in that section

In Verbal: the remaining videos under “Vocabulary”

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set E, “Number Theory.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

6 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh do the following practice sets:

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

(Do all the questions associated with a single Reading comprehension passage at once; that may mean you have to a couple more or a couple fewer questions this time; simply adjust the next time you do Magoosh Reading comprehension questions.)

 

 

Week Three, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays.

For topics, go to the ETS GRE Issue Pool (http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/issue/pool) Figure out a way to pick topics at random (maybe you print the lists, cut it into slips of paper, and choose some at random).  Write the essays in a word processing program.

Now that you have these essays, what do you do with them?  If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see if they would read the essays for you and critique them. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the Official Guide, and ask them to follow it.  If you can’t convince anyone else to read it, you may try posting them on one of the free GMAT club forums, and see whether an expert there will critique your essay.   Failing either of these options, at least you can set the essays aside, and in a couple days re-read them with the Official Guide’s rubric beside you.

 

Week Four:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Sentence Shifts”, all nine videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set F, “Quantitative Comparisons.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

6 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Four, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Argument essays.

For topics, go to the ETS GRE Argument Pool (http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/argument/pool). Figure out a way to pick topics at random (maybe you print the lists, cut it into slips of paper, and choose some at random).  Write the essays in a word processing program.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

 

Week Five:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Sentence Equivalence”, all six videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set G & H,  Hard Quantitative Comparisons.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

6 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

Week Five, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays and two Argument essays.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

 

 

Week Six:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Double Blanks”, all five videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set I, “Geometry,” #1-35.

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Six, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays and two Argument essays.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

Week Seven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Triple Blanks”, all seven videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set I, “Geometry,” #36-70.

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

14 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

4 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Seven, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) In the Official Guide:

a) in Official Guide, do the Verbal Reasoning Practice Sets 1-6

b) in Official Guide, do the Quantitative Reasoning Practice Sets 1-4

Treat this as a mock GRE.  You might even combine it with two essays, and do consecutive batches of 2-3 set without interruption, to simulate more effectively a real GRE.  Set a timer for the time limits.  Here are the time limits to observe:

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 1 = 9 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 2 = 10 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 3 = 9 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 4 = 10 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 5 = 10 minutes

Official Guide Verbal Reasoning Set 6 = 10 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 1 = 22 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 2 = 23 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 3 = 24 minutes

Official Guide Quantitative Reasoning Set 4 = 11 minutes

After you are done, check all your answers.  For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason.  For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out.   If you still can’t make sense of the question after reading the explanation, email us at Magoosh.

 

Week Eight:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

This week, I am going to recommend a smattering of Magoosh math videos, mostly videos that summarize entire modules.  You may find these ridiculously easy, in which case, simply click ahead to the end and scam the summary to verify you didn’t miss anything.  If watching these triggers questions, you may choose to dip into the math videos further.

In Math: under “Algebra, Equations, Inequalities”, the video “Simplifying with Substitutions”

In Math: under “Word Problems”, the videos “VICs – Algebraic Approach” and “VICs – Algebraic Approach.”

In Math: under “Geometry”, the videos “Geometry Strategies – Part I” and “Geometry Strategies – Part II”

In Math: under “Integer Properties”, the videos “Integer Properties Strategies.”

In Math: under “Counting”, the videos “Counting Strategies – I” and “Counting Strategies – II”

In Math: under “Probability”, the videos “General Probability Strategies.”

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set I, “Geometry,” #71-106.

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

10 Text completion verbal questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

Week Eight, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays and two Argument essays.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

Week Nine:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #7, Chapters 1-2, do the Problem Set at the end of Ch. 2.  Do Chapter 8 Problem Set Passages A & B.

NOTE: For drills in the Manhattan GRE book: As soon as you work do one of the drills, correct your work.  See if you can figure out your mistake on your own first, and then read the solutions thorough, taking notes in your journal on whatever was new, unfamiliar, or confusing.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set J, “Geometry,” Problem Set K “Coordinate Geometry,” and Problem Set L “Elimination Strategies.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Nine, Day Six

1) In Barron’s New GRE

Take Model Test #1.  Write the essays on your computer, in Word.  Take the whole test, and as soon as you are done, grade yourself.  For whatever you got wrong, first try to figure it out yourself, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

When done, share the two essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Ten:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #7, Chapters 3-5, and all do the Problem Sets associated with those chapters.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set M, “Inequalities.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 50 words.  I suggest doing 10 words each day. Each day, review at least some of your flashcard decks.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Ten, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays and two Argument essays.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

Week Eleven:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #7, Chapter 6-7, and do Chapter 8 Problem Set Passages C & D.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set N, “Fractions and Decimals.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

6 Numeric entry math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

 

 

Week Eleven, Day Six

1) In Barron’s New GRE

Take Model Test #2.  Write the essays on your computer, in Word.  Take the whole test, and as soon as you are done, grade yourself.  For whatever you got wrong, first try to figure it out yourself, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

When done, share the two essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Twelve:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #7, do Chapter 8 Problem Set Passages E & F.

Read Volume #8, read Chapter 2, and do all the included drills sets.

NOTE: The Text completion verbal questions & Sentence Equivalence verbal questions problems in Manhattan GRE Volume 8 can be over-the-top difficult.  The strategies are worthwhile, and some of the questions are fine questions indeed, but I am going to have you steer clear of the harder questions in this volume.  If any question seems wildly difficult, don’t be discouraged.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set O, “Equations.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

 

Week Twelve, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays and two Argument essays.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

Week Thirteen:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #7, do Chapter 8 Problem Set Passages G.

Read Volume #8, read Chapter 3 and do all the included drill sets.  Read Chapter 4.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set P, “Averages.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Thirteen, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take your first of the Manhattan GRE practice GREs.  Take the whole test, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

 

Week Fourteen:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #8, read Chapter 5 and do the included drill set.  Read Appendix A: If you have been making good progress with your vocab words, you might consider adding flash cards for the roots listed here.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set Q, “Ratio & Proportions.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

 

Week Fourteen, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  You will write two Issue essays and two Argument essays.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

Week Fifteen:

1) In Manhattan GRE

Read Volume #7, start working on Appendix B.  All these words are listed on the two sets of Manhattan GRE Flash Cards: if you didn’t purchase those, start making flashcards for the words on these lists.  (You may want to spread that process out over a few weeks.)

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set R “Exponents & Roots,” Problem Set S, “Factoring,” and Problem Set T, “Algebraic Expressions.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

5 Multiple answer math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

Week Fifteen, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take another of the Manhattan GRE practice GREs.  Take the whole test, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Sixteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Overview”, all six videos in that section

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – No Shift”, all four videos in that section

NOTE: Starting this week, I am having you watch ever Magoosh verbal video for a second time.  It’s been a few months since you’ve seen them.  If it’s too easy or too repetitive, then simply click ahead to the end and read the summary, to verify that nothing you don’t know is covered.

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set U, “Percents.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Sixteen, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the first hard copy GRE in the Official Guide, GRE Practice Test #1.

For the two essay questions, write the essays in a word processing program. These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

Week Seventeen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Sentence Shifts”, all nine videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set V, “Graphs.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

 

 

Week Seventeen, Day Six

1) Review your entire stack of vocabulary flash cards

2) Today is the last time you are going to write two essays, half an hour each.  You will write one Issue essay and one Argument essay.

For topics, go back to the topics from the ETS Issue Pool & Argument Pool.  Again, choose topics at random.  Write the essays in Word.

When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in the GMAT forum, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

 

Week Eighteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Double Blanks”, all five videos in that section

In Verbal: under “Text Completion – Triple Blanks”, all seven videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set W, “Word Problems.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Eighteen, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take another of the Manhattan GRE practice GREs.  Take the whole test, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Nineteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Reading Comprehension”, all eleven videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set X, “Sequences & Series,” Problem Set Y, “Counting,” and Problem Set Z, “Probability & Statistics.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

10 Numeric entry math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Nineteen, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the second hard copy GRE in the Official Guide, GRE Practice Test #2.

For the two essay questions, write the essays in a word processing program. These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Twenty:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Verbal: under “Sentence Equivalence”, all six videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set AA, “Permutations & Combination.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

 

Week Twenty, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take another of the Manhattan GRE practice GREs.  Take the whole test, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Twenty One:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In AWA: all ten videos in that section

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set BB, “Functions.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

20 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Twenty One, Day Six

1) The Paper-Based GRE

Go to http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare, scroll down to the link under the section “Practice Book for the Paper-Based GRE revised General Test, 2nd edition.   Download that pdf: it contains a soft copy of a full length GRE, starting on p. 35.

Take this GRE: you can either print the whole schmiel from p. 35 onward (a ton of paper!) and write the answers on the test, or just follow the pdf on your computer and write the answers a piece of scrap paper.

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

NOTE: there is some overlap in the questions between the Paper-Based Test and the Power-Prep tests you will take in a few weeks.  Theoretically, if you learn well from your mistake, you will get those questions all correct the next time around.  Remember: the mark of an excellent student is never to make the same mistake twice.

 

Week Twenty Two:

1) Review any Magoosh video or section of Manhattan GRE books as needed

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Problem Set CC, “Miscellaneous Problems.”

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

 

Week Twenty Two, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take another of the Manhattan GRE practice GREs.  Take the whole test, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Twenty Three:

1) Review any Magoosh video or section of Manhattan GRE books as needed

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

Do Diagnostic/Review Math Test at the end.

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

10 Numeric entry math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Sentence Equivalence verbal questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Twenty Three, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the last of the Manhattan GRE practice GREs.  Take the whole test, and then read & study the explanations, taking notes on whatever you got wrong — whatever about the concepts or the questions format was unclear.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

 

Week Twenty Four:

1) Review any Magoosh video or section of Manhattan GRE books as needed

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

review any section as needed

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

10 Problem Solving questions

5 Critical Reasoning questions

1 Reading comprehension passage, with its associated questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

5 Multiple choice math questions

10 Multiple answer math questions

3 Data Interpretation questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Text completion verbal questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

Week Twenty Four, Day Six

1) Go to http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare and download the POWERPREP II Software.

2) Today, you are going to take the first practice GRE available through the GRE POWERPREP software.  Pay attention to any differences you notice between the Manhattan GRE tests and this one: this one is presumably much more representative of the real GMAT.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

At the end, copy the essays you wrote into a Word doc, and as before, these you will share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric.

Week Twenty Five:

1) Review any Magoosh video or section of Manhattan GRE books as needed

2) In Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course

review any section as needed

3) Read half-an-hour each day. In a week, you should read 4-6 full articles from The Economist, and multiple chapters from your books.

4) In Magoosh’s GRE Flashcards, look over the next 40 words.  For four of the five days, go over 10 additional words.  For the fifth day (which may occur any day in the week), review a substantial portion of your flashcards, all if possible.

5) GMAT Official Guide

5 Critical Reasoning questions

6) In Magoosh, do the following questions

10 Multiple choice math questions

5 Quantitative Comparison math questions

5 Reading comprehension questions

3 Paragraph argument questions

 

Week Twenty Five, Day Six

1) Today, you are going to take the second practice GRE available through the GRE POWERPREP software.  Pay attention to any differences you notice between the Manhattan GRE tests and this one: this one is presumably much more representative of the real GRE.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions.  Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections.  Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE.  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.

At the end, copy the essays you wrote into a Word doc, and as before, these you will share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric.

 

After Week 25: Concentrated Review

At this point, if you have been following the schedule, you should have done every question in just about every book at least once.  For whatever days remain before the test, keep up work on GRE math and verbal.  Some suggestions for what to do:

1) Through selecting question type & difficulty on the “Dashboard”, do Magoosh problems over again, and see how you do a second time.

2) Keep watching for an additional time 5-10 Magoosh lesson videos a week, on whatever topics you feel you need to review

3) Keep reading your challenging material, to build vocabulary and acclimate your ear to eloquent style.

4) Keep drilling your vocab cards.

5) Re-read and/or re-practice any topics in the Manhattan GRE books or in the NOVA’S book — any topics where you feel you would benefit from further review.

 

Day before the test:

1) No GRE 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 GRE 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.

Any questions on this plan?  Just leave us a comment!

 

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