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# How does this study plan look? - Need inputs please!

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06 May 2010, 13:39
GMATClubbers,

Here is my GMAT study plan, please do comment, critique etc:

GMAT diagnostic test: Gave it a couple of months ago and got a measly 580 (got frustrated, and turned off the PC without even looking into my split - i know, stupid me!)

GMAT Expectations: 700+ at a minimum

Time Available: 2-3 hrs on weekdays + 4-5 hrs on weekends

Prep Materials:

Books:
1. Latest MGMAT Prep Series - All 8 Books (V+Q)
2. OG v12, OG quant review v2, OG verbal review v2
3. Power Score CR bible (need to decide between this and Manhattan SC)

Tests:
1. MGMAT section tests
2. MGMAT Full length Tests - 6
3. Power Prep - 2
4. GMAT Prep - 2
5. Kaplan, Princeton etc (optional - if time permits)

Misc:
MGMAT Test Simulation booklet for use during full length tests.

Strategy:

May: Focus solely on Quant.

1st Week: MGMAT Number Properties + corresponding problems in OG v12 and OG Quant review
2nd Week: MGMAT FDP + corresponding problems in OG v12 and OG Quant review
3rd Week: MGMAT Word Translations + corresponding problems in OG v12 and OG Quant review
4th Week: MGMAT Equations, Inequalities, & VIC's + Geometry+ corresponding problems in OG v12 and OG Quant review (As you can see, I will need to squeeze in geometry into this week somehow but with the memorial day weekend, i think i should be able to)

June: Focus solely on Verbal

1st Week: MGMAT Sentence Correction + OG v12 problems + OG Verbal Review
2nd Week: MGMAT SC + MGMAT CR + corresponding OG problems
3rd Week: MGMAT CR + OG problems
4th Week: MGMAT RC + OG problems

July: Mix sections Tests with Full length tests (3-4 full length tests per week with corresponding analysis, review, revisiting fundamentals and error log)

1st Week: MGMAT question banks + GMAT Preps 1 & 2 + MGMAT 1
2nd Week: MGMAT 2,3,4 + Powerprep 1
3rd week: Power Prep 2 + MGMAT 5,6 + AWA review

July 24 - D-day!

Please let me know what you think.

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10 May 2010, 01:23
Wow! Does this look like a good plan? Sure. Two things. Can you really keep up this schedule? And can you afford all those materials. If so, then you will have prepared very well. I think it is alot to ask to jump 200 points but I also think that taking the test very cold can give a pretty low score. If one took the test without any prep at all, did not even understand the nature of the questions (data sufficiency for example) then the first look test would probably be pretty bad.
Wish you luck. Gonna take some definite determination.

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10 May 2010, 13:31
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nice to see you have the study materials and the time. One thing i would suggest is to take the tests in between studying plans. maybe once every 2 weeks instead of all of them the last month. If you take them spread out you can find what errors you have corrected through studying and what needs improvement.
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My advice is to continue to do a few quant problems per day as you are focusing on verbal to keep you fresh. I would also make note cards for important concepts in the MGMAT books. I did a similar plan, but did not review quant while doing verbal and forgot a lot of quant concepts. 700+ is definitely achievable with this plan and dedication. I would suggest scheduling your test after you have hit a few 700+ practice CAT scores in a row.

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11 May 2010, 12:04

Yes - I am glad that i have all the course materials but i hope that i can make the time for it as planned.

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nice to see you have the study materials and the time. One thing i would suggest is to take the tests in between studying plans. maybe once every 2 weeks instead of all of them the last month. If you take them spread out you can find what errors you have corrected through studying and what needs improvement.

shaselai - thats a great suggestion. I will plan on taking a MGMAT test every other week from now - that way, I will be done with 4 MGMATs before i start focusing on full length tests in July.

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My advice is to continue to do a few quant problems per day as you are focusing on verbal to keep you fresh. I would also make note cards for important concepts in the MGMAT books. I did a similar plan, but did not review quant while doing verbal and forgot a lot of quant concepts. 700+ is definitely achievable with this plan and dedication. I would suggest scheduling your test after you have hit a few 700+ practice CAT scores in a row.

trzaskm - Would you suggest that i intersperse my verbal prep with the MGMAT online questions banks for quant? Or should i focus on reviewing the OG and OG quant problems again?

Btw, many folks here have reviewed the OG a couple of times before the test. Would you suggest that i do that in July along with my full length tests and error log?

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11 May 2010, 15:05
I would say you could do both. Although some people say that MGMAT questions aren't that representative of actual GMAT questions, they do provide great insights into the fundamental concepts upon which GMAT questions are based. Official guide problems are the most representative of the actual GMAT. Maybe go through the MGMAT problem sets, then rework OG problems, then when through the OG go back over the MGMAT problems you go incorrect.

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11 May 2010, 18:34
Man, that is so much more prepared and scheduled that what I did, haha.

One thing I'd like to suggest you do is do a complete practice test maybe once a week regardless of your "focus" for the month. The MAIN reason for doing this is not so much to practise questions, but to nail down your pace. No matter how well you know your stuff, if it takes you 85 minutes to get through all the Q's in a section then you're gonna run into trouble...

Getting used to the time limit will help you mentally hone your internal stopwatch so you can tell if you're going to need to hurry up on this Q or if you can take a little longer with it. Time yourself if you're doing a paper test.

I think I did like 10 full practice tests and found that I was finishing my sections pretty much bang on time without feeling rushed.

Hope this helps!

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