Hi jim ,
Three month for Gmat is good amount of time !
I actually took a 2.5 months of prep time to score an 740 and would lay down my study plan that might help you.Commit an Study time of 3-4 hours on weekdays and 6-7 hours of weekends ( gradually reduce your social time and increase study time )
Month 1 :
Day 1 - take a diagnostics test from Official Guide (OG ) 12 or Gmat club. Identify your weak areas and start studying your weak sections first.
Day 2 - Assuming Verbal is your weak area especially SC. lets start with it. Identify number of questions that will come from this section and type of questions.
Day 3 - 7 : Use Gmat Club's Ultimate Gmat Grammar
to refresh your grammar concepts specific to Gmat even if you are a native speaker. Remember Gmat wont test your SC where you would just rely on your ear and pick the one that sounds good. Use a strategy and logic to break down and eliminate different choices and choose the best answer. It contains valuable practice tests and 500+ Gmat like SC questions.
Day 8 - 11 : Study Mgmat ( Manhattan Gmat
) SC Guide and make your own notes out of it ! Refer your notes for 30 min and start the next day's topic.
Day 13 - 15 : Use Aristotle SC grail topic wise and solve the topic wise questions from a bank of 100 questions it comes with , after end of every topic. Its an precise book of 140 pages only. Get OG12
solutions guide too from Aristotle prep.
Day 16 - 20 : Solve 140 SC problems from OG 12
and 54 non repeating SC questions from OG 11
. This reinforces your concepts. use an error log
( very imp, search the forum for OG 12 error log
and how to use an error log
Day 21 - 30 :
Read power score CR bible
and practice all 124 CR questions from OG 12
. Again use an error log
Read RC theory from kaplan verbal
work book or from kaplan premier
Gmat with CDROM book
Watch Knewton videos on RC section ( search forum for link or visit http://www.downloadmela.com/video-watch?sno=310
) - It helps you identify different types of RC questions.
Search forum for Slingfox , Gin, Rhyme and Spiridon RC strategies . See which fits you the best.End of Month 1 - you are well versed with SC and CR along with practice and aware of RC strategies.Month 2 - First 15 Days :
Day 1 - 14 :
Try your RC theories on set of OG 12
RC problem. they are 24 in number. Check the timing, check the one that best suits your needs and adhere to one strategy finally ! Use an error log
Use Chineseburned guide for AWA section and practice some essays. Submit some essays for free evaluation at 800score.com ( search the site for free AWA grading it offers ! )
Everyday use gmat club forums - go to gmat - verbal questions - sentence correction - choose sc questions topic wise - then click on any tags namely - " source : Kaplan
or Manhattan Gmat
or Knewton ". Say choose Kaplan
and solve all possible problems in a hour ( forum comes with an inbuilt timer.) Repeat this everyday until you exhaust goog number of problems from Kaplan
, Knewton and Manhattan Gmat
. repeat this for an hour daily for all 30 days of Month 2.Next 15 days :
Day 15 - 29 : Grab Math concepts from either Mgmat set of 5 quant books or Total Gmat Books.
Practice all PS and DS problems from OG 12
using an error log
Day 30 : Take Gmat prep 1 under exact test conditions along with AWA section
End of Month 2 - You completed Verbal - SC , CR , RC , Math concepts and OG 12
practice along with AWA !Month 3 :
Plan your study to complete :
1. RC 99 from Aristotle prep ( LSAT like / tough Gmat RC questions )
2. 101 LSAT CR
collection for gmat from Aristotle prep
3. Take Gmat Math tests from Gmat Club.
4. Take 5 Mgmat CAT's . Review them and re do the questions you got wrong ( Use an error log
), Make learning from solutions ( all questions you got wrong and correct too ). Note the new learnings from your mock CATS and Gmat Cub Math tests in a book. this is imp to boost your scores.
Hope this would be helpful !
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