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Hi all,

I want to take the GMAT exam at the beginning of Janauary. So I have a bit more than two months to study and prepare for the GMAT exam. I am aiming at 700+. On my last mock exam, I scored 620. I think my weakest areas are for sure RC, some types of CR and DS.
My biggest problem is that I am working full time, usually from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., so I have little time to study. I prepared a plan to try to ace the GMAT exam, giving my time constraints, and I would love to hear your thoughts.

My plan would be doing every day (from monday to friday) 30 questions (and writing my mistakes on my error log). Over the weekend, like on saturday, I could do like 60-90 questions and on Sunday I could do a mock exam. This would be the baseline. I think I'll have more time at the end of December, where I will be on holidays.
As studying materials, I would use the OG, and, as mock exams, I would do the MGMAT mock exams and again OG.

Is anyone in my situation? Do you think that it's a good plan? Any suggestions?

Thank you so much for your help.
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PiWorld17 wrote:
Hi all,

I want to take the GMAT exam at the beginning of Janauary. So I have a bit more than two months to study and prepare for the GMAT exam. I am aiming at 700+. On my last mock exam, I scored 620. I think my weakest areas are for sure RC, some types of CR and DS.
My biggest problem is that I am working full time, usually from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., so I have little time to study. I prepared a plan to try to ace the GMAT exam, giving my time constraints, and I would love to hear your thoughts.

My plan would be doing every day (from monday to friday) 30 questions (and writing my mistakes on my error log). Over the weekend, like on saturday, I could do like 60-90 questions and on Sunday I could do a mock exam. This would be the baseline. I think I'll have more time at the end of December, where I will be on holidays.
As studying materials, I would use the OG, and, as mock exams, I would do the MGMAT mock exams and again OG.

Is anyone in my situation? Do you think that it's a good plan? Any suggestions?

Thank you so much for your help.


Hi PiWorld17.

Welcome to GMATCLUB. Three months is good enough to improve your score. I believe before you jump to solving OG questions, it would be good if you can solidify your base. Only once you have mastered the concepts would I suggest moving on to solving questions. I understand you have a tight work schedule and hence I think you will benefit if you subscribe to a well designed online prep program. In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB. You can view the videos while travelling to and from work to make the most of your travelling time.

After you have solidified your base and feel confident with your abilities, you can move on tot solving the questions. Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase latest version of OG, Quant and Verbal review and GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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New post 04 Nov 2018, 13:03
Hi PiWorld17,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 06 Nov 2018, 20:16
Hi PiWorld17,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, 620 is a great start; however, looking at your current study routine, you need to ensure that you avoid the approach of what I call “practice first and figure the rest out later” -- in other words, doing practice problems before understanding the concepts on which those problems are based, and thus trying to learn solely from reading solutions to problems. Trying to learn in such a way will leave gaps in your knowledge and impede your progress. Instead of studying that way, consider taking a more structured and linear approach to your prep. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. Once you feel that you have improved your quant and verbal skills, you can resume taking practice exams.

If you’d like some more specific advice on how to study for GMAT quant and verbal, feel free to reach out, and I’ll be happy to help. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how to study for the GMAT while working a demanding job.

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New post 07 Nov 2018, 23:18
PiWorld17 wrote:
As studying materials, I would use the OG, and, as mock exams, I would do the MGMAT mock exams and again OG.
You might want to get practice tests 3-6 (GMAT Official Practice Exams 3 to 6).
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