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# Study Plan Advice - 640-660 after 3 months of prep

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01 Apr 2018, 21:57
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Hi all,

I’m aiming for a 720+ score (planning to apply to R1s in Sept). I’ve been studying for 3 months and have only reached 640-660. I’d love advice on whether my study plan makes sense, and how much more time I should spend studying (concerned about losing momentum).

So far, I've gone through each of the Manhattan guides, and completed the associated OG questions (quant and verbal). I also did some additional practice i.e. quant only sections of Veritas prep tests. I’ve been studying approx. 15-18 hours/week (4-6 hours on weekdays, rest on weekends). My study plan now:
Verbal: Practice 700 level questions on all sections + complete SC portion of e-gmat course (I'm averaging 1:30-1:45 mins/qs, so don't think my foundations are strong enough on SC, I tend to rely on ear)
Quant: Review Manhattan guides again. After each guide, practice 600-level questions till a 80-90% accuracy is achieved. After completing all guides, practice 700-level questions.
*note: I’m doing all the practice mentioned above using the gmat club quiz resource under timed conditions

My biggest concern now is study time. For the above, I'll need another 6-8 weeks. I’ve already been studying for 3+ months. I also have family visiting/ trips planned in May. I’m concerned I’ll start losing momentum if I take another 2 months (starting to feel the pain already...), but I’m not sure if I can reach my goal without a significant time investment. I’d appreciate any feedback on:
- whether you think my study strategy makes sense
- whether I should take another 6-8 weeks to get through my study plan or
- Bite the bullet and write the test at the end of the month regardless of where my prep is at. If it doesn’t go well, I’ll have to take a break and come back to it in late-May/ June. I plan to take a week off work before writing it

Score trend:
Sept-15: 610 Q41/V35 (GMAT Prep - pre study)
Jan/Feb: Q43/Q46/Q45 (Quant only Veritas tests)
Mar: V34/V37 (Verbal only Veritas tests )
Mar-25: 660 Q45/V35 (MGMAT 1)
Apr-1: 640 Q40/V37 (MGMAT 2)
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Re: Study Plan Advice - 640-660 after 3 months of prep  [#permalink]

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02 Apr 2018, 09:12
Hi agalgotia,

To properly assess your current 'ability level', you should take one of the Official GMAT CATs and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

1) What GMAT Score would you be satisfied with (meaning that you would stop studying)?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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