Three Month Study Plan for GmatAnisha Mukhija
Three months is a sufficient time to prepare for GMAT if you study smartly.
Week 1: First week should be dedicated for self assessment. Take free online mock test and find out where you stand. Best place to give mock assessment is official GMAT website itself. Apart from that you can go to http://gmat.london.edu/ which is also good place to test your knowledge. Vocabulary tests are available on multiple websites. Test your vocabulary from Norman Lewis word power made easy initial assessment. We suggest you to take at least 3 GMAT and 5 vocabulary tests in this week.
Now prepare an excel sheet (CAS: Continuous Assessment Sheet), put all important topics in each row for example time and distance in QA section, vocabulary in verbal section. Check how many questions you attempted in mock and accuracy level in each column. Based on this sheet you will get to know where you stand and plan next one month accordingly.
Week 2 to 4: From CAS prepared in first week, start work on QA, Vocab and verbal hand in hand. Don’t try to complete one subject first as many aspirants make same mistake. Always keep flash cards in your pocket as well. Try to complete one flash card each day. Don’t try to cram five or six cards every day because ultimately you will end up remembering nothing or very less. So be persistent and maintain consistency. Now you can play flash card on many web applications which are accessible during travel. GMAC’s The Official Guide for GMAT Review should be the one and only book you should pursue religiously this month. Don’t scatter your energy in multiple resources. Try to finish one exercise every day and simultaneously record your performance in same excel sheet which you prepared first week. It’s very important to study with regular analysis: taking ten tests per week with rigorous analysis is much better than taking thousand tests without any tracking.
Week 5 to 8: This is the high time you should attack on your weaknesses and reinforce your strengths. Your CAS score will tell you where you stand. At the end of Week 6 take a practice test, evaluate your progress, and then, on the basis of your results, set your plan for the next week. It doesn’t mean you won’t study outside these weekly concepts, but it’s nice to give each week of your plan a specific focus. By the end of the second month you should have taken at least two more practice tests, addressed your main weaknesses, and put solid strategies in place.
Week Mock Frequency
Week 5 1
Week 6 2
Week 7 3
Week 8 3
Week 9 to 12: Now you are just one month away from your actual test. Your SWOT should be defined by this time. This is the time when you should focus more on your plus points. Divide your time in 70:30 ratios for your strength and weakness. Focus more on “Test per Test” progress where you should figure where you are doing better in every next test consistently and inconsistently. Make a customized strategy and try to start with consistent area and then devote only 30 % of time in your weak areas. Build stamina and work on your pacing but don’t forget to emphasize on quality of study over quantity of study.
All the best!