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Hi All,

I have been trying to find time to study for GMAT since the last one year now. I started in Jan 2016 2 months later i got a work assignment and got stuck up because of which i could not get back to studying for months. I started again in August 2016 and then had to stop again because of work assignments.

I am finding it very difficult to get back into that pace and mindset of solving questions under 2 mins. I have gone through the material and have a good understanding of the basics. The mock tests that i am taking are all between 590 and 630. My target score is 700+.

I have an e-GMAT active subscription and Manhattan strategy guides, both of which i have gone through.

I want to start again now, April 2017 and I am hoping to take the GMAT by August 2017.
Is there any concrete study plan that I can use to quickly get back on track and to reach my target score ? Any study plan specifically for people like me, who come out of hibernation to pick up where they left ?



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Hi kenzene,

I'd like to know a bit more about your recent studies, so I'm hoping that you can answer a few questions:

1) How recently did you restart your studies?
2) How many hours do you study each week?
3) How did you score on each of your recent practice CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Rich,

Thanks a lot for your time.

Below are my answers to your questions :

1) How recently did you restart your studies? I started on Jan 2016, then took a break. Most recently i started off with my e-GMAT preparation since last month. But I had to take a break again, as
I am on a travel project. I am back to studying now, but because of this ON and OFF preparations, I am losing confidence and when it comes to
tough questions, i find myself getting stuck and end up getting the answer wrong or having to guess the answer altogether.

2) How many hours do you study each week? I am planning to put in 2 hours/ weekday and 5 hours on the Sat and Sunday. So around 20 hours/week.

3) How did you score on each of your recent practice CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)? The most recent one I took, I was at 610. Do not have the detailed breakdown right now.

4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)? I just skipped through the essay and IR section. I thought , once i build my score up to 700, then i can focus on essay and IR.

5) When are you planning to apply to Business School? Year 2019

6) What Schools are you planning to apply to? I have 6 years of work experience in Technology Consulting.
My top priority is the 1 year programs ( INSEAD , Kellogg (1 year program)).

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Hi kenzene,

Based on the information that you've provided, there are two things that you need to change as soon as possible:

1) You have to commit to a consistent study routine so that you can build up your skills. If you periodically take blocks of time 'off' from your studies, then you will have trouble maintaining and honing your skills. The GMAT is remarkably good at giving Test Takers the score that they've EARNED. To score at a high level, you have to commit to earning that score.

2) On Test Day, you will spend almost 1.5 hours doing other things before you even see your first Quant question - and almost 3 hours will have gone by before you see your first Verbal question. It takes time to build up your endurance skills and you have to learn to perform at a high level even when you're a bit tired. As such, you must train for that exact situation now (and you are NOT actually helping yourself by skipping the Essay and IR sections during your CATs). So far, you've been taking shorter, easier practice Exams that require less work from you - and those score results are likely 'inflated.' From now on, you MUST take your CATs in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.).

Thankfully, you have plenty of time before you plan to apply to Business School. Also, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before I can offer any additional advice, you should take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT (as described above) so that we can properly assess your current skills, strengths and weaknesses. Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can talk about how best to proceed.

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Thanks a lot Rich, appreciate your time.
I will take a mock full length test and post my score here.

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Hi All,

I have been trying to find time to study for GMAT since the last one year now. I started in Jan 2016 2 months later i got a work assignment and got stuck up because of which i could not get back to studying for months. I started again in August 2016 and then had to stop again because of work assignments.

I am finding it very difficult to get back into that pace and mindset of solving questions under 2 mins. I have gone through the material and have a good understanding of the basics. The mock tests that i am taking are all between 590 and 630. My target score is 700+.

I have an e-GMAT active subscription and Manhattan strategy guides, both of which i have gone through.

I want to start again now, April 2017 and I am hoping to take the GMAT by August 2017.
Is there any concrete study plan that I can use to quickly get back on track and to reach my target score ? Any study plan specifically for people like me, who come out of hibernation to pick up where they left ?



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Hi Kenzene,

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.

Additionally, If you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help you with your timing. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a 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. Hope this helps. All the best.
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Is there any concrete study plan that I can use to quickly get back on track and to reach my target score ? Any study plan specifically for people like me, who come out of hibernation to pick up where they left ?


You may revisit the content you studied. It has double edge benefit. Firstly you it's easier to learn by reviewing rather than learning new things. Secondly, you will regain the confidence and may feel that you are close to your prior level. Reviwing is the key.

Another issue is that there is no alternative for intense long hour study. Try to manage some extra time and utilize that for GMAT. Hope you will catch expected score.
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New post 07 May 2017, 19:21
Thanks All. I have started working towards it.

Hi Rich , I took the GMAT as you suggested and got a score of 640 ( Q45 and V32 ). IR 5.

As of now, I am going through the manhattan materials again and for english will use the e-gmat subscription that I have.

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