6 Month GMAT Study Schedule

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OK, you are starting more or less from scratch, and you want to prepare for the GMAT in six months.  You need a strategic plan to organize yourself.  Here it is.

Resources to have:

1) the GMAC Official Guide to the GMAT (OG).  All page numbers here are from the 12th edition.  (Don't write in the book: write everything on separate paper so you can go back and do problems again with a fresh start.)

 

2) a Premium subscription to Magoosh

3) Two volumes of the GMAC's released GMATs, the "Paper Tests" books, available at http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.aspx?productid=5 (buy the third volume there if you would like even more practice).

3) a journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)

4) a daily subscription to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

5) the two online forums:

(a) GMAT Club

(b) Beat the GMAT

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

6) about an hour per 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.

7) Recommended but not required: the Manhattan GMAT 8-volume series of GMAT Strategy Guides is an excellent prep source.  It's quite expensive, but if you are eager to do as much prep as you can in the next six months, you could add working through those books to this schedule.

Notes:

This is a twenty-four week plan.  Six calendar months are typically closer to 26 weeks, so if you actually have sixcalendar 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 twenty-four weeks.

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 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.

Finally, this is important!  If you are taking the GMAT six month from when you read this, that means you will be taking after June 5, 2012, when the "next generation" GMAT will be introduced.  There will only be one AWA essay question, not two, and the new Integrated Reasoning section will be introduced.  Right now, information about the IR questions is scant.

See this link http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/nex-gen/integrated-reasoning-question-formats.aspx for GMAC's official information and official practice questions.  See our blog post on Integrated Reasoning for information and links to sample IR practice questions.

In April, 2012, GMAC will release its next edition of the OG, which will include IR practice questions.  Magoosh is scheduled to release its IR practice question module in May 2012.  I have included the daily WSJ graph-analysis exercises to give you some basic IR practice in this plan ---- with actual real-world data no less!

 

Abbreviations

OG = the GMAC Official Guide

PS = Problem Solving, the multiple-choice math questions

DS = Data Sufficiency math questions

RC = Reading Comprehensionverbal question

SC = Sentence Correctionverbal question

CR = Critical Reasoning verbal question

IR = Integrated Reasoning questions

AWA = the Analytical Writing Assessment, the essay-writing section

WSJ = the Wall Street Journal

 

Week One

1) Go to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/test-structure-and-overview.aspx, and read about the structure of the GMAT.  Click on each subsection on that page, to read about the individual sections.

2) In the OG, pp. 20-44, takethe Diagnostic Test.  Grade it the same day, but go over the explanations (OG, pp. 46-106) 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.)

3) To get a sense of the layout of the test, in the OG

Read pp. 149-150

Read pp. 267-270

Read pp. 353-357

Read pp. 483-485

Read pp. 651-657

Read pp. 759-768 & 790-795; skim the question prompts to get a sense of the variety

4) In the OG, read the Math Review, pp. 108-146, 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.

NOTE: if going over what you got wrong on the Diagnostic Test and/or reading through the Math Review turns out to be particularly time-consuming, that can fill the time on Day 6 of this first week.  If those were not time-consuming, you get some extra free weekend time in the first week.

 

Week Two:

NOTE: spread out the problems and video watching throughout the week in whatever way works best for you.

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "General Math Strategies", all five videos

In Math: under "Data Sufficiency", the first two videos of that section

In Verbal: under RC, the first three videos

In Verbal: under SC, the first three videos

In Verbal: under CR, the first four videos

In AWA: the first five videos, through the "Issue Essay" videos

NOTE: The information in the Magoosh videos may be review for you, or childishly easyfor you, or very challenging brand new informationfor you.  Some folk 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.

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

8 SC questions

6 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 carefully, and take notes in your journal on what concepts or what aspect of the question you need to understand better.  For all the math questions in the OG, you will find video solutions available on the Magoosh YouTube channel.  If you don’t understand any given question after the various explanations available, post it in the forums seeking an explanation, or email us at Magoosh.

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR 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.

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

 

FINAL NOTE FOR WEEK TWO: In this week, there will be a "double dose" of Magoosh lesson videos.  Not coincidentally, there is also no special long "Day 6" assignment.   My understandingis that either some of the extra video watching, or some of the practice questions, will get shunted to Day 6 of this week.

Week Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Data Sufficiency", up to "Avoiding Common Mistakes – Part II"

In AWA: the last three videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  In OG, pp. 769-789, pick two Issue sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay on a computer.  You can write in any word processing program.  Then, in OG, pp. 796-827, pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

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 an critique them. 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 essays in the online forms and ask for feedback.

 

Week Four:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Data Sufficiency", the last five videos in that section

In Math: under "Integer Properties", the first three videos in that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Grammar – Hopefully and Other Adverbs"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC "Paper Test" volumes. 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 in the software, do not write the essays on paper. Take 30 minutes each to write the each essay 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.

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.

 

Week Five:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Integer Properties", up to "GCD LCM Formula"

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Parts of Speech - Phrase"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  In OG, pp. 769-789, pick two Issue sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay on a computer.  You can write in any word processing program.  Then, in OG, pp. 796-827, pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

 

Week Six:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Integer Properties", the last five videos in that section

In Math: under "Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios", the first three five videos in that section

In Verbal: under RC, up to "Identifying the Main Idea"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC "Paper Test" volumes. 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 in the software, do not write the essays on paper. Take 30 minutes each to write the each essay 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.

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.

 

Week Seven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Arithmetic, etc", up to "Word Problems with Fractions"

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Subject-Verb Agreement – Part II"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  In OG, pp. 769-789, pick two Issue sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay on a computer.  You can write in any word processing program.  Then, in OG, pp. 796-827, pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

 

Week Eight:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Arithmetic, etc", the last seven videos in that section

In Verbal: under RC, the last four videos in that section

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC "Paper Test" volumes. 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 in the software, do not write the essays on paper. Take 30 minutes each to write the each essay 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.

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.

 

Week Nine:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Algebra, Equations, Inequalities", the first nine videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Pronouns –II"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Today, you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  In OG, pp. 769-789, pick two Issue sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay on a computer.  You can write in any word processing program.  Then, in OG, pp. 796-827, pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

 

Week Ten:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Algebra, etc", up to "Three Equations with Three Unknowns"

In Verbal: under CR, up to "Structure Questions"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC "Paper Test" volumes. 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 in the software, do not write the essays on paper. Take 30 minutes each to write the each essay 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.

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.

 

Week Eleven:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Algebra, etc", up to "Working with Formulas"

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Modifiers - IV"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Today is the last time you are going to write four essays, half an hour each.  In OG, pp. 769-789, pick two Issue sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay on a computer.  You can write in any word processing program.  Then, in OG, pp. 796-827, pick two Argument sample prompts at random (or have someone pick them for you), and for each, take 30 minutes to write an essay.

These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

 

Week Twelve:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Algebra, etc", the last five videos in that section

In Math: under "Word Problems", the first two videos in that section

In Verbal: under CR, the last four videos in that section

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC "Paper Test" volumes. 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 in the software, do not write the essays on paper. Take 30 minutes each to write the each essay 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.

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.

 

Week Thirteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Word Problems", up to "Double Matrix Method"

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Exceptions to the Touch Rule"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Take one of the practice GMATs from the GMAC "Paper Test" volumes. 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 in the software, do not write the essays on paper. Take 30 minutes each to write the each essay 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.

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.

 

Week Fourteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Word Problems", the last eight videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Parallelism - IV"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Go to Platinum GMAT http://www.platinumgmat.com/gmat-practice-test/ and take their free online test. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Fifteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Coordinate Geometry", the first eight videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Comparisons - III"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Go to Kaplan GMAT http://www.kaptest.com/GMAT/About-the-GMAT/gmat-practice-test.html?cmp=aff:linkshare and take their free online test. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Sixteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Coordinate Geometry", the last video of that section

In Math: under "Geometry", the first seven videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Verb Tenses – Perfect Tense"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Go to Princeton Review GMAT http://www.princetonreview.com/business/free-gmat-practice-test.aspxand take their free online test. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

Week Seventeen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Geometry", the last eight videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Concision"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Go to Veritas Prep GMAT http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/and take their free online test. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Eighteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Power and Roots", the first six videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, up to "Word Choice - III"

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Go to Manhattan GMAT http://www.manhattangmat.com/free-gmat.cfm and take their free online test. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Nineteen:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Power and Roots", the last eight videos of that section

In Verbal: under SC, the last two videos of that section

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

Go to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-free-test-preparation-software.aspx, download the free software.

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

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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.

 

Week Twenty:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Counting", all eleven videos of that section

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Twenty-One:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Probability", all twelve videos of that section

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Twenty-Two:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

In Math: under "Statistics", all five videos of that section

watch for a second time any five Magoosh videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

8 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Twenty-Three:

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

watch for a repeated time any ten Magoosh videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

6 DS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

5 SC questions

6 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

Week Twenty-Four:

NOTE: the review process is starting to wind down.  At this point, we have already finished all RC 7 SC question in the Magoosh product, and all DS question in the OG.  During the course of this week, you will finish pretty much every other Magoosh & OG question.

1) In Magoosh, watch the following videos

watch for a repeated time any ten Magoosh videos

2) In the OG, do

10 PS questions

6 SC questions

5 CR questions

1 RC passage and the associated questions

3) In Magoosh, do the following questions:

14 PS questions

6 DS questions

6 CR questions

4) Each day, search the WSJ for graphs and charts.  When you find a chart, skim the article to get the gist of it.  Then, study the chart carefully, making sure you understand how it supports the argument or analysis of the article.

5) Day Six Assignment:

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

For the two essay questions in the software, do not write the essays in that program.  Write down the two prompts, exit the software, and take 30 minutes to 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.

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

 

After Week 24: Concentrated Review

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 OG questions you did a while ago, and do them again.  (This is why it was important not to write in the book)

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

3) Keep reading the WSJ, looking for graphs to interpret

4) Keep watching for a second or third time 10 Magoosh lesson videos a week, on whatever topics you feel you need to review

5) Go to the online forums, looking for challenging questions that folks are asking.

6) An online search will always turn up additional batches of questions to practice.

7) If you feel you need it, devote one more evening to writing two more practice essays, from the topics listed in the OG

8 ) If you have another weekend day before the real GMAT, do a search for additional free GMATs you can do online.  Alternately, you can buy a book of 3 release paper versions of the GMAT from GMAC at http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.aspx?productid=5, and devote a weekend day to each one.

 

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.

For relaxation tips, see this post.

 

Any questions on this plan?  Just leave us a comment!
This post was originally written by Mike McGarry, GMAT Expert at Magoosh GMAT, and originally posted here.

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