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11 Aug 2010, 16:56
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Hi everyone!

After reading many posts, I have created my own schedule for GMAT. It doesn't bring anything new because I have used two very good study plans: topher (Please evaluate my study schedule) and WMW (Gmat Study Plan).

My idea has been to summarize all advises that I could get from the forum (study plan no longer than 3 months, 20 hours per week, practice CAT every week.). I would like to know if everything is ok or I am missing something.

By the way, I haven't taken any test yet, but I am expecting doing it not so well, around 400/500. Also, I have given the same amount of time for both verbal and quantitative sections. I am not good on Math, but English is not my mother tongue...

I really appreciate any advice coming from the experience.

STUDY PLAN

Target Score: 680/720

START: August 12
END: October 27

TOTAL HOURS: 220 (20h/week)
TOTAL WEEKS: 11 (2m 3w)

Quantitative: 80h
Verbal: 80h
Review:60h

QUANTITATIVE

TOTAL HOURS: 80h(20h/week)
TOTAL WEEKS: 4

START: August 13
END: September 10

Books:

VERBAL
TOTAL HOURS: 80h(20h/week)
TOTAL WEEKS: 4

START: September 13
END: October 8

Books:

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11 Aug 2010, 17:47
I'd recommend frontloading your schedule with more review and less CAT practice early on. In other words get a good base of knowledge before you start using up your (limited) CAT practice tests. That way, your CAT results will be more indicative of where you'll actually end up, will show you the areas that you might need to go back and review again, and you can hit CATs hard closer to the actual test without running out of them.
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12 Aug 2010, 07:29
Thank you. It makes sense to me. Do you think it is better to start around the 3rd week? In this week, I should be finishing all books.
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12 Aug 2010, 07:48
If you'll be finishing all the review books by then, well then, yes, all you have left to do is practice. So I'd say hit the GMAT Review books interspersed with full length CAT tests (and maybe GMAT Club tests if you are so inclined). Also, if you are going to be done with your review this early, you might think about rescheduling your test for an earlier date. Unless you feel the need to go back and re-review some material (not a bad idea for stuff you continue to have issues with), 8 weeks of straight practice is A LOT. You don't want to burn yourself out or start getting sloppy. At some point, you will probably start to see your practice scores plateau, and unless you are unsatisfied with the scores you are getting and feel that there is something else you can spend time on to improve them, then I'd say at that point just take the real test.
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12 Aug 2010, 07:50
I think the schedule looks good. I will add it to the gmat calendar section.

You are a bit aggressive on timing but should be able to make it. See how it goes in a month
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12 Aug 2010, 11:12

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"If you are going to be done with your review this early, you might think about rescheduling your test for an earlier date."

Well, that's my intention (to be done with your review this early). The schedule is an estimate. Probably I will need to readjust the schedule according to my performance.

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Unless you feel the need to go back and re-review some material (not a bad idea for stuff you continue to have issues with),

I probably will need a re-re, and re again, re-view. I want to eat, breath, and perspire GMAT for 11 weeks. I hope that works for me (usually it works). I think GMAT is the kind of project that you have to be able to establish a start/end date. Otherwise, GMAT can become something like a chronic disease.

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At some point, you will probably start to see your practice scores plateau, and unless you are unsatisfied with the scores you are getting and feel that there is something else you can spend time on to improve them, then I'd say at that point just take the real test.

I will do that. I will take the real test when I see that my score doesn't improve or the improvement is too little (this is a good sign to bear it in mind). Then, I should assume this the maximum that my brain can give.
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12 Aug 2010, 11:20
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I love the spreadsheet!!! I will add it to the gmat calendar section.

Thanks bb. It can be useful for people like me, who needs to write down everything and have an estimate in terms of hours/weeks/work load...

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I think the schedule looks good. You are a bit aggressive on timing but should be able to make it.

Now I am confident that the schedule is "realistic". This schedule is based in comments/advises/experience of GMAT test takers, so it should be good. I hope I can get the score that I need.

Let's see in a month how I am performing.
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