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To keep it brief, i work a 4-10 schedule (4 days, 10 hours) as an engineer at a chemical plant 60 miles from my house. My employer is very flexible and i can basically work any time as long as its 40 hrs/week; my employer has also agreed I can work 30-35 hours a week - so regardless if this is needed, i will take full advantage of it!

Below is my proposed work/study schedules; which should i choose?

A) WORK: Monday - Wednesday, 11 hrs/day (33 hrs/week) + 2 hr drive time each day.
STUDY: Thursday-Sunday (free to study all day) + sneak in studying at work + ManhattenPrep In Person (3-4hrs)

B) WORK: Monday - Thursday, 8 hrs/day (32 hrs/week) + 2 hours drive time each day.
STUDY: Monday - Thursday, 2 hrs in the evenings + Friday - Sunday (free to study all day) + ManhattenPrep In Person (3-4hrs)

Essentially, I will get the same number of hours of study time with either schedule; the only difference is how the study time is spread out.

With schedule A) I basically go HAM at work for only 3 days and have no life. But then can focus 4 days well on GMAT and also have time to get cardio, have a life, etc. An added benefit is i gain an extra 2 hours of my life because I will have to drive one day less to work (2 hour drive round trip).

With schedule B) I will still be working hard for 4 days, but my i will be able to study pretty much everyday, just less on weekdays.

TLDR;
Is it better to study GMAT a little bit every day? or take a 3 day gap every week (for long work hours) and then be off for 4 days and be able to focus 100% on GMAT for those 4 days?
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Hi mbhatti311,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT.

Early last week, GMAC made a formal announcement defining some changes that will be taking place to the format of the Official GMAT (beginning April 16, 2018). These changes primarily impact the overall length of the Exam (meaning the number of questions in the Quant and Verbal sections as well as the amount of time that you’ll have to complete each of those two sections). In theory, a shorter Exam could make it easier for a well-prepared Test Taker to score higher. Unfortunately, Official practice CATs in the new 'format' don't exist yet - but once they become available, you should plan to take one (so that we can get a better sense of how you perform under these new conditions).

Before we can define which of your scheduling options would be a better 'fit', I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC,

Sorry I didn't mention details, i was trying to be brief and was just wondering generally if its okay to have a gap in studying like this.

I have already taken the GMAT 3 months ago, I was planning to apply for Fall 2018 start; however I received a 610 to my surprise (even though i've been scoring 650-700 on practice exams) and decided not to apply. I am now planning to re-start studying for Fall 2019 entry applications. I feel good now because I am ahead of schedule, and want to keep it that way, so am just wondering what would be a good studying strategy because I am stuck in a hectic job.

1) What is your goal score? 650-700
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT? August
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School? R1 this time!

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Hi mbhatti311,

With a 610, you're closer to a 650+ than you probably realize. That having been said, since your Official Score was notably lower than your CAT Scores, there were aspects to how you studied the first time that did NOT properly train you for the specifics of Test Day. By extension, if you continue to study in the same ways as before (and with the same materials as before), you will likely continue to score at the same general level on the Official GMAT.

1) How long did you study before your first attempt at the GMAT?
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mbhatti311 wrote:
To keep it brief, i work a 4-10 schedule (4 days, 10 hours) as an engineer at a chemical plant 60 miles from my house. My employer is very flexible and i can basically work any time as long as its 40 hrs/week; my employer has also agreed I can work 30-35 hours a week - so regardless if this is needed, i will take full advantage of it!

Below is my proposed work/study schedules; which should i choose?

A) WORK: Monday - Wednesday, 11 hrs/day (33 hrs/week) + 2 hr drive time each day.
STUDY: Thursday-Sunday (free to study all day) + sneak in studying at work + ManhattenPrep In Person (3-4hrs)

B) WORK: Monday - Thursday, 8 hrs/day (32 hrs/week) + 2 hours drive time each day.
STUDY: Monday - Thursday, 2 hrs in the evenings + Friday - Sunday (free to study all day) + ManhattenPrep In Person (3-4hrs)

Essentially, I will get the same number of hours of study time with either schedule; the only difference is how the study time is spread out.

With schedule A) I basically go HAM at work for only 3 days and have no life. But then can focus 4 days well on GMAT and also have time to get cardio, have a life, etc. An added benefit is i gain an extra 2 hours of my life because I will have to drive one day less to work (2 hour drive round trip).

With schedule B) I will still be working hard for 4 days, but my i will be able to study pretty much everyday, just less on weekdays.

TLDR;
Is it better to study GMAT a little bit every day? or take a 3 day gap every week (for long work hours) and then be off for 4 days and be able to focus 100% on GMAT for those 4 days?


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To keep it brief, i work a 4-10 schedule (4 days, 10 hours) as an engineer at a chemical plant 60 miles from my house. My employer is very flexible and i can basically work any time as long as its 40 hrs/week; my employer has also agreed I can work 30-35 hours a week - so regardless if this is needed, i will take full advantage of it!

Below is my proposed work/study schedules; which should i choose?

A) WORK: Monday - Wednesday, 11 hrs/day (33 hrs/week) + 2 hr drive time each day.
STUDY: Thursday-Sunday (free to study all day) + sneak in studying at work + ManhattenPrep In Person (3-4hrs)

B) WORK: Monday - Thursday, 8 hrs/day (32 hrs/week) + 2 hours drive time each day.
STUDY: Monday - Thursday, 2 hrs in the evenings + Friday - Sunday (free to study all day) + ManhattenPrep In Person (3-4hrs)

Essentially, I will get the same number of hours of study time with either schedule; the only difference is how the study time is spread out.

With schedule A) I basically go HAM at work for only 3 days and have no life. But then can focus 4 days well on GMAT and also have time to get cardio, have a life, etc. An added benefit is i gain an extra 2 hours of my life because I will have to drive one day less to work (2 hour drive round trip).

With schedule B) I will still be working hard for 4 days, but my i will be able to study pretty much everyday, just less on weekdays.

TLDR;
Is it better to study GMAT a little bit every day? or take a 3 day gap every week (for long work hours) and then be off for 4 days and be able to focus 100% on GMAT for those 4 days?


According to the GMAT Pill philosophy, I would recommend starting off with a B) - type study schedule and then transitioning to an all-in study schedule with some days of rest.

Of course, you should spread this out over time - ideally 2-3 months.

Start off studying sort of "on-the-side" -- then once you commit to kicking things into high-gear -- then it's nothing but studying. Live, breath, and sleep the GMAT for full entire days. And then rest -- and then go at it again - then rest. Then review - and kickass on the exam.

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... study-plan

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We also recommend a "Divide and Conquer" approach first.

That is - focus on specific sections - like Sentence Correction. Dedicate an entire day - heck, dedicate multiple consecutive days dedicated ONLY to sentence correction.

For example: tomorrow is "Sentence Correction Day" - and don't move on until you feel you've made a significant improvement and have results to show.

If you operate with that kind of work ethic - and apply that process to RC, RC, PS, DS, etc. -- then you will have individually made good progress in each section.

Then from there, it's about mixing and matching different verbal and quant questions - just as you would see them on the actual test. So take practice tests to simulate this mental switch between different question types under time pressure.

For practice, we recommend the practice tests from mba.com as was from supplemental resources such as this one from GMAT Pill:
http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test

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