GMAT: Preparation Plan

Preparation for the GMAT is an individual process, but its general aspects are suitable for most applicants to MBA programs or to an international master’s program. The tips below will help you better organize your preparation plan.

Preparing for the GMAT: The Big Picture

For many, the greatest difficulty is the task of combining preparation for the GMAT with the usual rhythm of life. It is very important to develop a schedule that will not deprive you of sleep and will put impossible requirements in front of you. In general, I recommend exercising for 12-15 hours a week. It is very important to practice every day and not to miss two days of preparation in a row. Even if you have to sacrifice 20 minutes of lunch to solve a few math problems, it’s better than skipping the whole day.

These 12-15 hours will bring the greatest benefit if you practice for 1-1.5 hours on weekdays and 5-10 hours on weekends. Few are able to productively prepare for the GMAT for more than 2 hours straight, so take breaks. On weekends, it can be 2 sets of 2 hours or three of 1.5.

GMAT preparation – how many weeks?

Most major test preparation companies offer courses lasting 6-8 weeks. There are also accelerated classes of 3-4 weeks, but most of their students do not have time to do homework and, therefore, do not succeed.

8 weeks is the optimal period. If you usually write tests well and have a lot of time to prepare, you may need even less. If you clearly lack the mathematical skills of the required level, then the training can stretch for 10-12 weeks.

At the same time, a period of more than 10-12 weeks is also too much. The law of diminishing returns comes into play – and the burnout syndrome. In addition, you may run out of preparatory materials. You can perfectly prepare for the GMAT using only the Official Guide and Total GMAT Math, but if you study for 5-6 months, you will find it difficult to find even more effective manuals in the future. And this is one of the reasons for the diminishing return.

GMAT test: How to prepare?

If you do not have a natural inclination to mathematics or you want to improve not only the verbal part, then study the numerical component at least every other day. There is no need to mix task assignments and data sufficiency, but it is very important not to leave any type of question unattended for a long time. Many don’t address the verbal part for weeks and then wonder what happened to their critical thinking skills.

In general, try to do math 3-4 times a week. Also plan to study each week at least several tasks of different types of verbal section (critical thinking, reading and correction of sentences). Thus, you will regularly train all the necessary skills.

Preparation for the GMAT will require a schedule for 6-8 weeks: this is how you can effectively prepare for the GMAT exam and will already feel much more confident on the day of the exam itself.

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