I've been considering taking the GMAT for a couple years now and am finally taking the plunge into studying! I've been lurking the forums for months and this is (finally) my first post.
Let me first give a little background on myself. I graduated with a BBA in Computer Information Systems (minors in Computer Science, Political Science, and International Business) in December 2010. Before I graduated I started to consider going to business school because of the job out look but got lucky and scored a pretty sweet job as a consultant for a large healthcare IT company. Even though I now am working at this job, I feel as though it's time to take the next step toward further education. Even though I don't have any particular B school in mind at this time, due to not knowing where my girlfriend will get into med school and the fact that I haven't taken time to look, I would like to at least take the test so I can apply in the next 1-2 years.
Now for the part on the GMAT
I was going to take it before the IR section was put on it, but due to work had to put it on hold. Now, I am firmly committed and want to know if what I am planning is too much, too little, just right, any thoughts at all really...
I have the set of 8 Manhattan books
+ 6 tests (not the newest version), the OG 11
and 12, the OG verbal
and quant books, Kaplan 800
, Kaplan Premiere
2013 + 6 tests, and all the GMAT Club resources. I took one of the GMATPrep tests
a couple months ago and got around a 540 (I just looked and can't seem to find my score from before.) and would like to move the up to the 700+ range. So without further adieu, here is my plan:
Month 1- September
Work through the Kaplan Premiere
book completely. I started this today and they suggest working 2 hours a day in it, which I think is completely doable with my schedule. I have no doubt I will do more on some days. I would like to take two full CATs this month, on the 15th and 29th, in order to start building my stamina.
Month 2 & 3- October & November
Begin working through all the MGMAT books
in order. I hope to be able to rapidly progress through them since the material should be similar to Kaplan
. At this point I would continue taking CATs every two weeks (10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24). I plan on factoring in the work to review my answers into my weekly amount.
Month 4 - December
This month I will exclusively take tests on the weekend and spend the weeks going over more problems and reviewing my answers. Delving into the advanced OG books and the Kaplan 800
problems, if I haven't worked through them yet. I plan on taking the GMAT between the week before Christmas and the first weekend of January.
While I am doing all this I will continue to read The Economist
, Business Week, and the GMAT fiction
So what are your thoughts?