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Hi everyone!
I was looking for a piece of advice. I have 1 or 2 hours per day for studying and nowadays I'm starting to refresh a lot of math concepts using a Manhattan book.
But, how can I proceed later? How can I build an efficient schedule?

I'm planning to take the exam on december or january.

Thanks!
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Hi everyone!
I was looking for a piece of advice. I have 1 or 2 hours per day for studying and nowadays I'm starting to refresh a lot of math concepts using a Manhattan book.
But, how can I proceed later? How can I build an efficient schedule?

I'm planning to take the exam on december or january.

Thanks!


Hi Mozart721,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. You should study for around 3-4 months to improve your score. You should start by taking a GMAT Mock once. You can then now know your weaknesses and cab work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... beginners/ . You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Mozart721 wrote:
Hi everyone!
I was looking for a piece of advice. I have 1 or 2 hours per day for studying and nowadays I'm starting to refresh a lot of math concepts using a Manhattan book.
But, how can I proceed later? How can I build an efficient schedule?

I'm planning to take the exam on december or january.

Thanks!


Welcome to the GMATClub. Once you completed the basics of Quants, habituate to do practice questions in GMATClub, OG and other materials. In between do some mock tests. all the best for your preparation.
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Hi Mozart721,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Although I cannot provide an exact study schedule, I can provide some advice on how to improve your GMAT quant skills. Since you appear to be studying GMAT quant from the ground up, make sure that you are following a structured and linear study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT quant topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts. Let me expand on this idea further.

If you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently address your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that concept in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using a self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.

Feel free to reach out with further questions. Good luck!
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