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# Study for the GMAT in 30 days

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02 Apr 2018, 15:56
I have been studying here and there for the last month (very half-assed) and now only have one more month to cram. My current score Is a 580 Q39 V31 and am aiming for a 700. I have the OG and the Manhattan set. How should I be spending my time to be most effective? I am aiming to apply for R1 so I have plenty of time to retake, but want to try to get it done this month.

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03 Apr 2018, 00:21
Hey Buck92
1. Study everyday.
2. Build a detailed study plan, budgeting 100-120 hours overall. This plan should include, for all GMAT topics:
a) material review
b) practice (question solving)

3. In the last few days before the test - take practice tests. Analyze them well.

Long answer: Take a look at this 30-day study plan, including a template.
http://exampal.com/gmat/blog/prepare-gmat-1-month/
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Updated on: 04 Apr 2018, 10:40
Hi Buck92,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. Since you've been studying inconsistently for the last month and plan to take the GMAT after just 1 additional month of study, raising a 580 to a 700+ in that time is probably too difficult to be considered realistic. 'Cramming' generally does not lead to great improvements on Exams such as the GMAT - and while there's no harm in taking the GMAT in 1 month, you can avoid the frustration and added expense if you make some adjustments to your timeline and study in a more consistent and organized fashion.

Today, GMAC announced that some changes are going to be made to the format of the Exam - there's a discussion thread about that here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-is-chan ... 62569.html

Since some of the specifics are not yet known, it's going to take a bit of time for all of the available practice resources (including the available practice CATs) to reflect these changes to the Exam. Thus, while the question types, content tested and Tactics will all be the same, under your current timeline you'll have even less time to train for the version of the GMAT that will be administered in May. Given your Score Goal, you will likely need at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. As such, some adjustments to your Study Plan and timeline will likely be required.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Originally posted by EMPOWERgmatRichC on 03 Apr 2018, 11:45.
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03 Apr 2018, 15:09
As of now I have been using Magoosh, Manhattan and the OG. So far I have scored a 580 Q39 V31. My goal is a 700. I plan to apply in round 1 (October) to Duke, Cornell, NYU, Michigan, UNC, Vandy and maybe Emory.

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04 Apr 2018, 09:53
Hi Buck92,

Since you have over 5 months before you'll be submitting your Round 1 applications, is there a particular reason why you're trying to compress your studies down to just 1 month?

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04 Apr 2018, 14:38
Mainly because It booked already and was trying not to reschedule. I can but don’t want to push too close to app season for my own sanity.
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05 Apr 2018, 15:08
Hi Buck92,

There's no real harm in taking the GMAT in one month, but you'll almost certainly end up having to take the Test again (so rescheduling your Test Date would save you \$200 and help you to avoid the frustration and delays that trying to 'cram' for a month would likely bring.

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