I'm looking to prepare for and take the GMAT this summer, but I have a somewhat broken up schedule due to work and previous plans. I'm looking into the MGMAT classes
as they are local for me (NYC); the full course is a 9-week commitment.
There are basically two windows I am looking into; starting in mid-May and finishing in late July or starting in early-July and finishing in early-September. I'm pretty much stuck with a mid-week class due to weekend schedules.
My commitments are as follows:
Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27): Out of town wedding; Likely limited study time, possibly totally a wash
June 22-30: Vacation with wife; limited to no study time and will miss at least one class
July 9-10, 15-16, and 23-24: Out of town work projects; Limited study time
Anyway, so the big issue is the vacation and the tight timing. If I start immediately then I will have limited time (~1.5 weeks) to go through the math foundations prep and Khan Academy lessons, which I really need based on my 560 initial CAT (500Q, 620V split; basically guessed 1/2 the quant questions and another 1/3 of the verbal). If I wait to start until later then I have more time to prep myself for the class, but I will be bumping up pretty close to the CBS early decision deadline (10/3), which is one route I am considering.
One thing to note, I have the full set of MGMAT guided self study books already from 2012; sort of failed to launch on my prep a year and half ago due to work obligations and now I don't have online access or current written content. I'm concerned that I've fallen off the wagon in my ability to self-prep given the issues I had last year and I am targeting a high score (720+); I feel like this is my one shot to get that. Although, I have had success with self-prep programs in the past and I'm a strong standardized test taker (96th percentile SAT w/no test prep, 97th percentile LSAT with self-prep). If I can self-prep then a lot of these issues go away.