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Hi all,
I want to know if my rough calculation in studying time is correct? I am thinking 200 hours of studies. That is on average 10 hours/week. That would be 20 weeks. About 5 months in time. I work full time, so I am limited on my studies after work and on weekend. Is my rough time estimation correct?
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On the face of it, your calculations look sound but there are a few things to consider. First, the 200 hour estimate is based on an average test taker's initial ability, so you need to figure out where you stand with respect to the average test taker. For example, if you are not fluent in English you will require more time to acquaint yourself with the language and its idiosyncrasies. Conversely, if you belong to a STEM background you will require less time for the math part. So, before you start your study plan, I would suggest measuring your abilities first by taking a CAT.

Second, you have to consider the stretch at which you study. You have to practice sitting in front of a computer for 3 hours and maintaining the same level of clarity and thought. It's something that can only come with practice and in your case it would probably only be possible over the weekends. So, if you do 2 such sessions a week and at least an hour of study/revision a day, it'll add up to a minimum of 11 hours, and even that is on the lean side. If I were you, I would try to put in around 14-15 hours a week.

Side note: you probably shouldn't extend your prep to 5 months, the things you studied initially will be a blur at best.

Best of luck for your prep!

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I would highly recommend not spend more than 4 months and ideally get your prep done in about 3 months. That's the average pace of a prep course and there is a reason you want to keep it intense.

10 hours a week is probably low. 15 is more like it, studying 6 days a week.... 1-2 hrs during each weekday and 6-8 hrs on weekends.

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Hi DJPedram,

The amount of study time that you'll need will depend on a variety of different factors, including your score goal, your 'starting score' and your ability to learn/practice the necessary content and Tactics.

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 (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. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

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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