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Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and to the exam as well. I'm a second-year student in economic and finance at Bocconi and i was considering preparing the GMAT during the summer full-time. However, at the end of January i'm gonna have about 10 free days between finals and the beginning of the second semester.
My programme is: between now and January using my free time to do some research about the exam, reading this forum and getting to know the exam structure, the different parts, timing etc.
Then in those 10 days prepare the exam; I'm used to study between 12 and 14 hours per day with some breaks here and there, so we're talking at around 120hrs more or less of effective time spent preparing it and using a few GMAT books that are in my university library.
Considering that i'm aiming for a 720 or more, and that i want to do it mostly to see how the exam is structured and how i'm gonna perform on exam day, what do you guys think? Should I try or wait and prepare it during the summer?
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Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and to the exam as well. I'm a second-year student in economic and finance at Bocconi and i was considering preparing the GMAT during the summer full-time. However, at the end of January i'm gonna have about 10 free days between finals and the beginning of the second semester.
My programme is: between now and January using my free time to do some research about the exam, reading this forum and getting to know the exam structure, the different parts, timing etc.
Then in those 10 days prepare the exam; I'm used to study between 12 and 14 hours per day with some breaks here and there, so we're talking at around 120hrs more or less of effective time spent preparing it and using a few GMAT books that are in my university library.
Considering that i'm aiming for a 720 or more, and that i want to do it mostly to see how the exam is structured and how i'm gonna perform on exam day, what do you guys think? Should I try or wait and prepare it during the summer?



Hi Braccio,

I think taking an exam with just 10 days of prep is not going to be sufficient considering your target score.
You need a solid 45-60 days of minimum preparation in order to score big. Having said that, you can take one test from GMATprep software and see where your current score is. That will give you an idea of strengths and weaknesses and you will be able to plan your study schedule better.
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Hi Braccio,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so you shouldn't expect to achieve much in just your initial 10 days of study. In addition, the 720+ score is above the 90th percentile, meaning that less than 10% of Test Takers ever score that high (regardless of how long they study or the number of times they take the GMAT). This is meant to say that you would almost certainly find a better use for those 10 days than studying for 120+ hours and spending $250 to take the Official GMAT when you'll end up having to pay to retake it later.

If you'd like to do some 'investigation' into the Test (and the process of studying for it) during those 10 days - with the goal of committing to a more structured, consistent study routine in the summer - then you might choose to put in some reasonable study time (NOT 10+ hours a day) and then 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). That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison when you study during the summer. 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 discuss the results and how you might study during the summer.

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Hi Braccio,

It is recommended to spend more than 10 days to prepare.
The GMAC's research show that people who got more than 700 spent 120 hours to prepare for the exam: https://www.mba.com/global/the-gmat-blo ... -gmat.aspx

I recommend to purchase a course that can get you ready as fast as possible with the assumption you won't be fully prepared in 10 days. Many courses, including examPAL, provide a 6 months access to the material after you purchase, so if you decide to retake the test you will still have time on your subscription.

My advice is to take the test at a later date and study for at least 4 weeks.
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New post 21 Dec 2017, 05:58
I am not gonna sugarcoat this -> Unless you are already at 700 level (most students are not) you will have to spend atleast a month or two studying for the test.
Learning the techniques and tools take time.
4 hours for a month >>>>>>> 12 hours for 10 Days.

You want your brain to observer the material which will need more that 10 days.

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New post 21 Dec 2017, 06:10
Friend of mine has studied more than 3 months. So I think that You'll not success :S I'm sorry about that.
Wait and learn, because your target score is high :D
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Braccio wrote:
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and to the exam as well. I'm a second-year student in economic and finance at Bocconi and i was considering preparing the GMAT during the summer full-time. However, at the end of January i'm gonna have about 10 free days between finals and the beginning of the second semester.
My programme is: between now and January using my free time to do some research about the exam, reading this forum and getting to know the exam structure, the different parts, timing etc.
Then in those 10 days prepare the exam; I'm used to study between 12 and 14 hours per day with some breaks here and there, so we're talking at around 120hrs more or less of effective time spent preparing it and using a few GMAT books that are in my university library.
Considering that i'm aiming for a 720 or more, and that i want to do it mostly to see how the exam is structured and how i'm gonna perform on exam day, what do you guys think? Should I try or wait and prepare it during the summer?
It's doable, but only if you are already very good at both quant and verbal. Take a GMATPrep test to see how close you already are to your target score. Take a second GMATPrep if you feel you were not comfortable with the format of the test the first time around.
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Braccio wrote:
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and to the exam as well. I'm a second-year student in economic and finance at Bocconi and i was considering preparing the GMAT during the summer full-time. However, at the end of January i'm gonna have about 10 free days between finals and the beginning of the second semester.
My programme is: between now and January using my free time to do some research about the exam, reading this forum and getting to know the exam structure, the different parts, timing etc.
Then in those 10 days prepare the exam; I'm used to study between 12 and 14 hours per day with some breaks here and there, so we're talking at around 120hrs more or less of effective time spent preparing it and using a few GMAT books that are in my university library.
Considering that i'm aiming for a 720 or more, and that i want to do it mostly to see how the exam is structured and how i'm gonna perform on exam day, what do you guys think? Should I try or wait and prepare it during the summer?


Hello Braccio

Some people are able to ace the exam in 10 day prep and some take 3-4 months to prepare. It totally depends on your basic proficiency of quant and verbal and how much you practice.

I would suggest you to read about exam pattern and timing and give 1 GMATprep free mock (about 4 hours duration) and look for areas you need to improve on. Once you get the details you can calculate if 10 days will be enough for you or you need to utilize summer holidays for the preparation.

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