2 Month GMAT Study Plan

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Magoosh 2 month GMAT study plan

When you’re preparing to take the GMAT, the most important thing to know isn’t about the test itself. Instead, it’s about your preparation: GMAT prep is a marathon, not a sprint! In this 2 month GMAT study plan, we’ll show you how to train for success.

Think about it like this: if I want to run 26.2 miles, I can’t just strap on a pair of shoes and head out the door. Instead, I’d need to take a few months to build up a solid foundation to prepare myself.

Though (thankfully!) the GMAT test is far less physically intense, you should think of preparing for the GMAT as a similar process. On GMAT test day, you’ll need to be “on” for three hours and seven minutes (not including the breaks), going through some of the most boring reading material you’ve ever seen.

The good news, though, is that you can prepare! In this 2 month GMAT study plan, we’ll show you how.


 


 

How to Use This 2 Month GMAT Study Plan

As you’ll see below, you’ll need six days a week, 1.5 – 2.5 hours a day, to get through all of this material.

Why six? Because you should take a one-day break a week to absorb all of the information presented. That said, we still encourage you to read academic articles in your free time. Whatever you find to be most scintillating—this could be The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Science Magazine, the history of hoozits and whatzits—whatever high-level reading materials you prefer.

Here are some key tips to keep you going through this 2 month GMAT study plan!

  • Write your goal(s) down in the journal you’ve dedicated to your GMAT studies. (Yes, a journal! We’ll get to it later.) Think about WHY you’re doing this to yourself. 🙂 Why are you studying for this exam, missing out on hanging out with friends or binging Netflix? Do you want to go to an Ivy League? Why? Do you want to become a director on a fancy board? Whatever it is, refer back to these to reinvigorate yourself when you’re tired, bored, or ready to give up.
  • Block your study time off in your calendar to hold yourself accountable to the plan.
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the format of the GMAT right from the start. This way, you’ll know what to expect from your practice–like when you can use a calculator and when you can’t!
  • You’ll see that early on in the 2 month GMAT study plan, you’ll take a diagnostic practice test. This will help you get an idea of your current strengths and weaknesses. You can get a rough GMAT score estimate here.
  • After you take a GMAT exam diagnostic, circle back to your practice test to look critically at what questions you got wrong and why. Categorize the incorrect questions: IR questions stumped you? Data sufficiency problems? Quant and Verbal issues? From there, break down what concepts were tested on the incorrect problems. Geometry? Idioms? That way, you’ll know where to focus your studies.
  • Separately from the diagnostic, identify your target GMAT score. This is likely closely related to your goals; check out GMAT scores for top business schools to zero in on your ideal range.
  • It’s a good idea to spend 60% of your study for the GMAT on practice questions in your areas of weakness. The remaining time should be spent watching the explanation videos and breaking down the reason that you’ve answered the questions incorrectly.
  • Ensure you mix up the GMAT practice questions and practice videos on each day’s list of tasks.
  • Avoid spending multiple hours sitting down and studying. A couple of hours a day is great!
  • Do you need to adapt this study schedule to meet your needs? Check out this blog post for adjustment tips!
  • Optional prep tip: create a playlist with favorite study songs. We recommend something with no words to distract you but still upbeat enough to keep you from snoring at your desk or bed. Or listen to this one we made for you.


 

Essential Materials

Register for a GMAT account on mba.com Download GMAC's GMATPrep Software Get a copy of the O.G. Subscribe to Magoosh's premium GMAT test prep Bookmark Magoosh's Complete GMAT Guide Bookmark Magoosh's guide to GMAT Practice Test Resources
  1. The official GMAT website—register for an account on the site if you haven’t already.
     
  2. Download the Official GMATPrep Software from GMAC.
     
  3. GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review (OG) – The newest edition is the OG2020. If you are going to buy a new guide, get that one.
     
    If you happen to own either the OG2019, OG2018, OG2017, or even the previous OG2016, then it would be no problem using either of those with this study guide.
     
  • Don’t write in the textbooks. Do all your work on separate paper or on a computer. You will want to keep the textbooks clean, so that later, if you need to look at a problem again, it is still fresh and unmarked.
  1. Magoosh GMAT – sign up for the Premium subscription
     
  2. A journal (paper or on the computer) – throughout this GMAT schedule, I will ask you to take notes. The actual act of writing or typing creates important links in your brain because you are using your hands. Even if you never have time to review what you have written, just the act of writing it will help you learn a little more deeply.
     
  • Pro tip: At the beginning of your journal, write down why you are studying for the GMAT. Refer back to it when you’ve skipped movie night for the third time, when your kids have kept you up late, when you’re just plain tired and frustrated of math, or whenever you need a little extra encouragement!
  1. Magoosh’s Complete GMAT Guide – This comprehensive web-based guide to the GMAT gives you the quick but useful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GMAT is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GMAT prep, and how to study for each test section.
     
  2. A guide to GMAT Practice Test Resources – This page includes instructions on where to find good full-length GMAT practice tests, and how to take practice tests and incorporate them into your studies.

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Optional/Supplemental Resources

  1. GMAT Club, online forum
     
  2. Beat the GMAT, online forum
     
  3. Magoosh GMAT Math Flashcards
     
  4. Magoosh Idiom Flashcards
     
  5. The Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test–a great tool to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Because this 2 month GMAT study plan is already filled to the brim with material, we do not include formal practice with the flashcards. If you find these helpful, please integrate work with them where you can.
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Abbreviations Used in this Plan

In this plan, we use standard abbreviations for the question types on the GMAT.

  • OG = The Official Guide for GMAT Review

Quantitative Questions

  • PS = Problem Solving
     
  • DS = Data Sufficiency

Verbal Questions

  • RC = Reading Comprehension
     
  • CR = Critical Reasoning
     
  • SC = Sentence Correction

In addition, AWA denotes the Analytical Writing Assessment (the essay at the beginning of the GMAT) and IR denotes the Integrated Reasoning section.
 

* Tasks marked with an asterisk indicate that this resource is only available to Magoosh students—sign up here for a free trial!
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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 1

Week 1, Day 1

1) Read the official page on the structure of the test, and follow the four individual links to read about individual question types.

2) In the OG

  • Read the first half of the Math Review, before the math questions in the OG. As you read, write down concepts that are fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar in your journal.
  • Read the introductory section to PS questions, DS questions, RC questions, and CR questions. You will find these introductory sections before the banks of that question type.
  • Take the first half of the 3.1 Diagnostic Test, pp. 19-26, the mathematics section. When you are done, correct your answers. For questions you got right, glance at the solution, to make sure you got it right for the right reason. For questions you got wrong, study the solutions in detail, taking notes on anything unfamiliar.

3) In the Magoosh product, do:

Upon completion of each Magoosh question, watch the video explanation following the question if you got the answer wrong.

NOTE: when you do Magoosh practice questions, do not select individual topics that are familiar. When you learn a particular lesson, resist the urge to practice that material right there and then. This plan is based on the philosophy that you should see a random mix of topics every time you practice as you move through the OG.

Yes, this means you will make some mistakes in the beginning, especially with topics you haven’t learned thoroughly yet, but if you study those mistakes carefully, that will prime your mind for understanding these ideas more deeply when you get to them in the lessons.

Getting questions wrong at the beginning may seem frustrating, but remember that you are playing a “longer game”: the point is not instant success at the beginning, but building deeper understanding over time. Also, it’s important to get accustomed as soon as possible to the random mix of topics you will see, one after the other, on test day.

4) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Intro to the GMAT section:

Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

(As you watch these Magoosh videos, take notes in your journal. You will not have time to watch all of them more than once, so take notes to get the most out of each one. Even if you never again look at what you write, the fact that you are writing – and therefore, processing – what is being said will help you remember it.)

Week 1, Day 2

1) In the Magoosh product, do:

Upon completion of each Magoosh question, watch the video explanation following the question if you got the answer wrong.

2) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Intro to the GMAT section:

Under the Verbal Section:

Under the Math Section:

Week 1, Day 3

1) In the OG:

  • Finish the Math Review. As you read, write down in your journal concepts that are fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar.
  • Read the introductory section to SC questions, including the “Basic English Grammar Rules” section: as you read, write down in your journal concepts that are fuzzy/rusty/unfamiliar. Read the introduction to the AWA and read the entire IR section.

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

Week 1, Day 4

1) In the OG:

  • Complete the second half of the 3.1 Diagnostic Test, pp. 27-44, the verbal section. When you are done, correct your answers. For questions you got right, glance at the solution, to make sure you got it right for the right reason. For questions you got wrong, study the solutions in detail, taking notes on anything unfamiliar.

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Under the AWA section:

Week 1, Day 5

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

When you do each batch of OG questions, correct yourself right after, and then read the explanation given whether you got the question right or wrong. At the beginning, be religious about reading the explanations, making sure that, on questions you got right, you got them right for the right reason. As you continue in your studies, you can just scan explanations for question that were easy to get right.

Note that not all the OG explanations are of high quality, and some are not good at all. As an alternative, for all the questions in the OG, you can see much better explanations in our video solutions.

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

NOTE: as you finish lesson modules, take the quiz at the end of the module. If you don’t “pass,” then keep reviewing and take it again, until you can pass that quiz.

Week 1, Day 6

1) Go to the MBA website and download the free software.

2) Take the first full-length GMAT on the GMAC software. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay in a word processing program. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback. See this blog for other options.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 2

Week 2, Day 1

1) In the OG:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

When you do each batch of OG questions, correct yourself right after, and then read the explanation given whether you got the question right or wrong. At the beginning, be religious about reading the explanations, making sure that, on questions you got right, you got them right for the right reason. As you continue in your studies, you can just scan explanations for question that were easy to get right.

Note that not all the OG explanations are of high quality, and some are not good at all. As an alternative, for all the questions in the OG, you can see much better explanations in our video solutions.

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

NOTE: as you finish lesson modules, take the quiz at the end of the module. If you don’t “pass,” then keep reviewing and take it again, until you can pass that quiz.

Week 2, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 math Data Sufficiency (DS) questions
  • 8 verbal Critical Reasoning (CR) questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 2, Day 3

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 math Data Sufficiency (DS) questions
  • 7 verbal Critical Reasoning (CR) questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 2, Day 4

1) In the OG, do:

  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 2, Day 5

1) In the OG, do:

  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 2, Day 6

1) Read the following Magoosh articles:

Now, you are going to write a practice essay. From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG that you just read, pick one at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer. If you can turn off spellcheck and autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.

Now that you have this essay, what do you do with it? If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see whether they would read the essay for you and critique it. Some folks hire a writing tutor specifically for this. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the OG, and ask them to follow it.

Alternately, you can upload your essay in the online forums and ask for feedback. See this blog for other options.

2) In the Official Guide, do one AWA Essay.

3) In The Magoosh GMAT eBook, read the AWA section.

4) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, study the cards in the first deck, Basic I.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 3

Week 3, Day 1

1) In the OG:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Under the Integrated Reasoning section:

Week 3, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Under the Integrated Reasoning section:

Week 3, Day 3

1) In the OG, do:

  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Under the Integrated Reasoning section:

Week 3, Day 4

1) In the OG, do:

  • 8 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Under the Integrated Reasoning section:

Week 3, Day 5

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 3, Day 6

Take the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software. Go through the entire solution after you are done, taking notes in your journal on anything you got wrong.

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay on the computer. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 4

Week 4, Day 1

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 4, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 DS questions
  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 4, Day 3

In the OG, do:

  • 13 DS questions
  • 8 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 4, Day 4

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 4, Day 5

1) In the OG:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 4, Day 6

1) Today, you are going to write another practice essay. From the Argument AWA prompts in the OG, pick another at random (or have someone pick it for you), and take 30 minutes to write an essay on the computer. If you can turn off spellcheck and autocorrect, do so, as you will not have that feature on test day.

Now that you have this essay, what do you do with it? If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, see whether they would read the essay for you and critique it. Some folks hire a writing tutor specifically for this. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the OG, and ask them to follow it. Alternately, you can upload your essay in the online forms and ask for feedback.

2) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, study the cards in the second deck, Basic II. As time allows, review cards from the earlier Idiom deck.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 5

Week 5, Day 1

1) In the OG:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 5, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 78 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 5, Day 3

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 DS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 5, Day 4

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 DS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 5, Day 5

1) In the OG:

  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

 
Under the Math section:

4) Go to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do the first six Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #1-6, setting yourself a 15-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 5, Day 6

1) Retake the first full length GMAT on the GMAC software. Because the software has a larger question pool than the number of questions on each test, you will usually see many new questions as well as a few repeats (which are great for review).

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay on the computer. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 6

Week 6, Day 1

1) In the OG:

  • 8 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

4) Go to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do the next six Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #6-12, setting yourself a 15-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 6, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 DS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 6, Day 3

1) In the OG:

  • 13 DS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 6, Day 4

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 6, Day 5

1) In the OG:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

Week 6, Day 6

1) In the Magoosh product, do 30 Integrated Reasoning Questions*

2) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, study the cards in the third deck, Advanced I. As time allows, review cards from the earlier Idiom decks.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 7

Week 7, Day 1

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

Under the Verbal section:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do the last six Multi-Source Reasoning questions, questions #12-18, setting yourself a 15-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 7, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

Under the Verbal section:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do all six Table Analysis questions, setting yourself a 15-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 7, Day 3

1) In the OG, do:

  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do five Graphics Interpretation questions, setting yourself a 15-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 7, Day 4

1) In the OG, do:

  • 9 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do five Graphics Interpretation questions, setting yourself a 15-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 7, Day 5

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do eight Two-Part Analysis questions, setting yourself a 20-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 7, Day 6

Retake the second full-length GMAT on the GMAC software. Because the software has a larger question pool than the number of questions on each test, you will usually see many new questions as well as a few repeats (which are great for review).

Older versions of the GMATPrep software (before version 2.5) do not include an AWA question. In that case, to simulate a full GMAT, begin by selecting randomly a prompt from the back of the OG, and then take 30 minutes to write the essay on the computer. Then, take the rest of the GMAT using that software.

Shortly after you are done, check all your answers, and read the explanations of everything you got wrong and everything for which you were unsure. Write in your journal anything you need to learn from the mistakes you made. The essay you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback.

As much as possible, try to mimic the GMAT conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GMAT. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

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2 Month GMAT Study Plan: Week 8

Week 8, Day 1

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Verbal section:

Under the Math section:

4) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. This site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do eight Two-Part Analysis questions, setting yourself a 20-minute time limit. When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

Week 8, Day 2

1) In the OG, do:

  • 12 DS questions
  • 7 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

Read the AWA Argument prompts in OG; pick one at random, write an essay in half an hour; get a friend or mentor to critique it, or submit it on the online forums for critique.

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Week 8, Day 3

1) In the OG, do:

  • 13 DS questions
  • 8 CR questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

Read the AWA Argument prompts in the OG; pick one at random, write an essay in half an hour; get a friend or mentor to critique it, or submit it on the online forums for critique.

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Week 8, Day 4

1) In the OG:

  • 12 PS questions
  • 7 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Week 8, Day 5

1) In the OG:

  • 13 PS questions
  • 8 SC questions
  • one RC passage with the associated questions

2) In the Magoosh product, do:

3) Watch the following Magoosh videos:
Under the Math section:

Week 8, Day 6 (if this is NOT the day before your test)

1) Go back to GMAC’s official IR practice questions: Use the access code given in the back of the OG, logging in here. Once again, this site contains the online version of all the questions in the OG, in case you want to practice the identical questions online instead of on paper; in addition, the official IR practice questions live here.

Uncheck everything else and do the remaining 38 IR questions, in three batches, with the following times: six Table Analysis (15 minutes); ten Graphics Interpretation (25 minutes); and sixteen Two-Part Analysis questions (40 minutes). When you are done, go back and read carefully the full explanation for each question. Take notes on anything you need to remember.

2) In the Magoosh GMAT Idiom Flashcards, study the cards in the final deck, Advanced II. Do a thorough review of the cards from the earlier Idiom decks.

3) Spend at least 30 minutes on the outside reading of your choice. Pay attention to sentence structures. Pay attention to arguments. Pay attention to main ideas and roles of paragraphs.

Any remaining days

Finish your 2 month GMAT study plan off strong!

  • In the OG, sample the remaining SC and CR questions
  • Write another essay, and get a critique of it
  • Complete any remaining Magoosh questions for which you have time

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Day Before the Test

  • No GMAT preparation all day
  • Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner—no alcohol!
  • Go to bed earlier than usual
  • Take every break you’re offered during the exam

Day of the GMAT

  • ABSOLUTELY NO LAST-MINUTE GMAT PREPARATION! You’ve completed a full 2 month GMAT study plan—you’ve got this!
  • Eat a large breakfast, full of protein
  • Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test. For relaxation tips, see this post.
  • On breaks, make sure to get up, move and stretch—moving and stretching the large muscles of the body (legs and torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly

Bring to the Test

  • A valid legal ID, ensure your name matches your GMAT registration
  • A light sweater in case the test room gets chilly
  • A list of schools to which you’d like to send your score
  • A liter of water
  • Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)

Any questions on this 2 month GMAT study plan? Just leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to help! If you find yourself with a little more (or less) time to study, browse our other study schedules.

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