I recently completed my first actual exam and scored a 640 (Q40 V38) back in August. I have been studying but not as vigorously as I was for the first test. I want to actually put a concrete plan into action to actually force myself to study and try to retackle this thing. Can anyone give advice or helpful spreadsheets that document when I should be doing what. For example, should I go through all of the problems in the OG (and in what time frame)? When should I take my MGMAT CATs and the GMATPrep CATs (also timing on these)? I would like to retake before May is that a bad idea? etc etc.
Thanks for all of the help!
Retaking the test before May is not a bad idea- in fact you should target taking the test before May; otherwise stretching it beyond May will make you lose momentum.
Secondly, how long have you been studying for the second attempt ? The correct way to go about retaking your GMAT is -a) to identify precisely which all areas do you need to improve upon b) what exactly do you need to change to actually improve on those areas-it could a change in the way you analyze questions, a change in the books you used, a change in your studying strategy, a change in the number of hours you put in-there are basically n number of things and you have to identify which all areas do you need a change in c) measure your performance
You should take most of the full length CATs once you're confident in both Quant and Verbal otherwise you will end up wasting the tests. Remember that practice tests are assessment tools so you want to assess your skills once you feel that have improved them by a good extent.