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Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2009, 08:18
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Hey all,

I am embarking on my (approx. 13 week) GMAT study plan. I've created an Excel schedule outlining when I will be doing my practice exams. Can people please comment on how I've spaced out my practice exams? I haven't filled in the weekdays with how I will tackle the books yet, but I plan to follow a similar schedule as WMW (look for his topic Gmat Study Plan).

Here are my materials:

1. OG 12
2. OG Quant
3. OG Verbal
4. MGMAT Number Properties
5. MGMAT Geometry
6. MGMAT Word Translations
7. MGMAT Equations, Inequalities, & VIC's
8. MGMAT Fractions, Decimals, %'s
9. MGMAT Sentence Correction
10. Powerscore Critical Reasoning
11. Princeton Review Verbal Workout

As far as CATs go, I am planning to do 6 MGMAT CAT's (is there another free one in addition to the 6 that come with your books?), the Free PR CAT, the Free Kaplan CAT, & each GMAT Prep CAT 3x. I have not yet worked in the Gmat Club Tests into my schedule, but I will do these as well. I also have the 1000RC, 1000SC, & 1000CR. I plan on doing most of these as well.

1st Month
Finish all the math MGMAT books, doing CAT's & some of the Gmat Club exercises. Use OG Quant as a final review tool. I will also do a little verbal during this time. I can already tell the PR book I got above (#11) is somewhat of a beginner's book so I may just work through this concurrently with my math books to give myself some initial exposure. I may also do some of the MGMAT SC book during this time. From what I hear this book is worth going through multiple times and it's thick so I may try to get some of this done during this time as well.

2nd Month
Finish all verbal books, doing CAT's on weekends. I will also review some of the tougher math problems to keep my understanding at a high level during this verbal month. 1000RC/SC/CR will be done during this time as well. Use OG Verbal as a final review tool.

3rd Month
OG 12, review all weak areas, practice, etc. until game day.


I don't know if what I've planned is even feasible considering those 1000 series look like they will take forever. Any tips or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2009, 09:07
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Before we can tell you how to get there, you have to tell us where you are. What is your GMATprep score and what was your split?
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2009, 09:08
Well I don't know yet. I will take my first diagnostic this coming weekend. We'll see then I suppose.
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2009, 09:31
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Well I don't know yet. I will take my first diagnostic this coming weekend. We'll see then I suppose.


No problem. Your plan looks pretty solid.
I LOVE the Excel Calendar!!!! Great job.

One comment I do have is about taking practice tests on weekends - there is no use to take Verbal or Math tests BEFORE you have actually covered the appropriate books. So instead of spending 4 hours on a Sat taking a test you have not really prepared for, it would be a better use of time to go through the questions included in the guide or some other targeted practice, e.g. arithmetic questions only or SC only.

What you can do is take only the Math Portion of the MGMAT tests and then once you are done with the Verbal section, take the verbal tests that you have skipped.


Since you are taking a practice test this weekend, I will be happy to comment/provide additional insights after your "starting" score is identified.

P.S. you scheduled your test for 9/11
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2009, 15:29
Alright just finished my first GMAT Prep exam.

Quant: 46
Verbal: 37
Total: 680

This was with no studying. I suppose I'm ok with this score for now, but my goal is 760+. I found it very similar to the SAT (I scored 1510/1600 on that).

Anyway, I will continue with my plan I guess and hope for 700's soon.

Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Wow - well done.

I would skip most of math books and just get the MGMAT Number Properties book and OG. For extra-hard Math practice (700+ level) you can check out GMAT Club tests. Make sure you are comfortable with Probability and Combinations (combinations-permutations-and-probability-references-56486.html).

Put all of your time into the Verbal - you can invest into the MGMAT SC, PowerScore CR/MGMAT CR, and MGMAT RC and that should give you a boost to hop over the 700 mark. Then some practice and test taking practice will get you closer to your dream number.
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2009, 23:33
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I will put your schedule attach into a sticky - it is a great Idea - Kudos!!
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2009, 12:15
I'm actually currently filling out my schedule as well, and when I finish, I will post up my final version. That way people can see a better day-by-day breakdown.

But feel free to use the template for yourself. :)
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2009, 12:25
Just want to add something:

I use schedules like this for big tests, because it keeps things in perspective for me. I may not necessarily know what I will be studying on Tuesday 3 weeks from now, but I do schedule in important landmarks early on in my studies. In this case, I've scheduled in dates that I would like to take practice exams. I also like to keep the next week or two filled up with a plan of study. Sometimes you are a little ahead of schedule and other times you are behind, so you can adjust your schedule accordingly.

Of course, you should always adapt your plan depending on need. The schedule I have now is already different from what I posted at first. I don't know if most people consider this being anal, but it works well for me.
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 23:27
Any updates about this plan? Now that you have taken the test ( I assume you did, from the schedule) what was the score. Any update that you want to make to the schedule after you have taken the test?
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 11:03
Hey.. I liked your calender. I'm planning to use it for my re-attempt. If I may ask.. how much did you score in actual GMAT?
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2010, 23:13
hi topher,

thanks for sharing the calendar with us.. I also have 3 months with me for preparation.

Do also share any changes you made to this calendar based on your actual experience.
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The calendar spreadsheet updated with a new version.
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2010, 19:18
bb wrote:
The calendar spreadsheet updated with a new version.

HI Bb and topher,
thanx for this calendar..But can you guys please rename the latest calendar with some identification name, like Gmat_schedule_new.xls.. or naming year wise like gmat_schedule_2010.xls
because first time visitors to this thread will have to download both in order to find out latest one...:)
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 16:00
who are you and why are you so awesome? i wish i had seen this BEFORE i started studying. hope you aced it!
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 01:46
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 10:55
bb wrote:
The calendar spreadsheet updated with a new version.


I noticed the updated spreadsheet listed the number of hours that would be ideal for studying, but how does one gauge progress/performance based on 80hrs for Quant/80hrs for Verbal as it pertains to their test date? I've read a few stories where people were scoring consistently in the mid 600's before their actual GMAT exam and scored in the mid 700's on test day. If my goal was 700+(the name fits lol) but my practice scores are low to mid 600's how do I determine if I should reschedule the exam or simply go into battle?

I think I asked the same question twice but the second one stated my question in detail....I guess lol
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Re: Please evaluate my study schedule [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 14:48
Wow, looks extremely useful, can't wait to download this speadsheet!

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