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# How much time do I need to study?

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03 Dec 2017, 23:50
Hey all,

I'm currently in law school and not loving it (or even liking it) and thinking I might take a leave of absence at the very least or drop out completely.

I was hoping to apply to UCF's sports management program but saw tonight that their deadline is January 15, which in & of itself seems soon. Pile on me also being in the brink of studying for law school finals and I feel like time might not be on my side.

I haven't taken a diagnostic yet, which I'm sure would be useful for everyone to best answer this question but... what are the odds that I'd be prepared to take the GMAT by Jan. 15, especially considering I'm also dedicating time to studying for finals (which won't be over until Dec. 22)?

TLDR; how ridiculous is it to expect to be ready to take the GMAT in January if I can't dedicate my days completely to studying for the GMAT this month (and yes, I'm "rusty" - at best - when it comes to math)?
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04 Dec 2017, 09:28
Hi!

What's your target score? It is not easy to get 700+ in 1 month.
I would suggest around 3 months of study, with 3 to 4 hours a day of study on average (you can spend more time on week ends)
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04 Dec 2017, 12:54
Hi TimeCrunched,

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. 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 talk through your options.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) Is there a later Application Round for the Program that interests you (and if so, then when is it?)?

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04 Dec 2017, 19:48
TimeCrunched wrote:
TLDR; how ridiculous is it to expect to be ready to take the GMAT in January if I can't dedicate my days completely to studying for the GMAT this month (and yes, I'm "rusty" - at best - when it comes to math)?
Not necessarily as hard as it might seem. Take one of the tests here, and check what your target school considers a competitive score.
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