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GMAT Study Schedule Week 11

GMAT Study Schedule Week 11

Congratulations! Really. This is the toughest GMAT schedule on the planet. Designed for people who want to put their all into studying.  We’ve got 7 days left and we’re just going to use this time to put the icing on the cake. Let’s also use this time to let your brain expand. Let’s digest a bit. And one thing that is super important for this mental digestion: regular sleep. This week let’s prioritize getting on a regular sleep schedule. Let’s charge up the batteries for test day. Most people have a tough time sleeping on the night before the test - if you get solid rest for the week before that little bit of sleep deprivation on GMAT eve won’t matter.

You’ll be working on fewer questions this week. Let’s just consolidate what you know. Sometimes it can help to go through all of your notes to make a consolidated formula sheet. The process of writing the things out can really help you retain the knowledge. Here's a post on the last week before your GMAT.

GMAT Study Schedule Day 1

Quant Review

-Consolidate your notes or do a bunch of work from your error log.

GMAT Study Schedule Day 2  

GMAT Focus 1

Question Pack 1 HARD Verbal

Sentence Correction 7 Questions

Critical Reasoning 7  Questions


Reading Comprehension 2 Passages (from the back of the Official Guide or  the Verbal Review or from Question Pack 1)

 

GMAT Study Schedule Day 3

GMAT Focus 2

Question Pack 1 HARD Verbal

Sentence Correction 7 Questions

Critical Reasoning 7 Questions
Reading Comprehension 2 Passages (from the back of the Official Guide or  the Verbal Review or from Question Pack 1)

 

GMAT Study Schedule Day 4

GMAT Focus 3

Question Pack 1 HARD Verbal

Sentence Correction 7 Questions

Critical Reasoning 7 Questions
Reading Comprehension 1 Passage (from the back of the Official Guide or  the Verbal Review or from Question Pack 1)

GMAT Study Schedule Day 5

GMAT Focus 4

Question Pack 1 HARD Verbal

Sentence Correction 5 Questions

Critical Reasoning 5 Questions


Reading Comprehension 1 Passage (from the back of the Official Guide or  the Verbal Review or from Question Pack 1)

 

GMAT Study Schedule Day 6

Day Off!

-Confirm your GMAT appointment time and location.

-Pack your snacks.

-Set your alarm clock!

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 7

 

TEST DAY!!

Don't forget your ID!

GMAT Study Schedule - Week 10

GMAT Study Schedule Week 10

This is the last week of grueling GMAT work. No joke. We’re close. We’re scaling back non-GMAT work and upping our official GMAT Quant feedbag. This is the time in GMAT tutoring when student's get some GMAT confidence. Some of the questions will still be tough. That's fine.

We’ll be doing a couple of full quant tests from the Question Pack 1 software. Treat these sections from QP1 as “real” GMAT sections. No pause button. Use the plastic pad with the dry erase marker. Take an 8 minute break in between. We’re only doing the hard questions from these banks so the sets should feel challenging. You will probably get less than 70% correct. That's OK. Let’s keep that forward momentum. That doesn't mean be a speed demon. Never rush but never dwell. Many people think that improving timing is about solving questions faster. It is more about moving on faster when you don’t have a plan and being smart about where to commit your time. If you're still not making it to the end of either section then go back and read this article on GMAT Timing. We're also going to get some review by doing GMAT question of the day. Even if you get the questions correct read the explanations. There are tons of little tricks and tips in the question of the day explanations.

We’re taking our last GMAT Prep CAT this week (here's the link the exam pack 1 in case you haven't yet purchased it). Exciting stuff!!  Get a good nights rest before taking the test. Take the test in the morning or at least before doing anything else that strains your brain. It can help to do 5-7 warmup quant questions before an exam. Pick them out the night before. It’s better to work on things that you have already solved but just want to practice. Have snacks ready for the breaks. Time the breaks. Do all of the sections (essay and IR included). Good luck!

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 1

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension: 22, 23

Critical Reasoning 113-124

3 GMAT Question of the Day

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

14 Sentence Correction

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 2

Question Pack 1 HARD Quant (75 Minutes)

PS 20

DS 17

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension: 24, 25

 

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

14 Sentence Correction

GMAT Question of the Day

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 3

GMAT Club Quant

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Critical Reasoning 101-112

Reading Comprehension: 26, 27

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

14 Sentence Correction

GMAT Question of the Day

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 4

GMAT Paper Tests: 52

GMAT Question of the Day

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 5

GMAT Holiday!

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 6

Question Pack 1 HARD Quant Set - 75 Minutes

20 Problem Solving

17 Data Sufficiency

GMAT Paper Test:  55

GMAT Question of the Day

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 7

Exam Pack: GMAT Prep 4 Full Test

GMAT Study Schedule: Week 9

GMAT Study Schedule Week 9 (if you are just starting out you might look at the intro to the GMAT Study Schedule)

Two solid months of GMAT preparation are behind us but let’s not pop the Dom Perignon quite yet. This is the time to hunker down and redouble your efforts. This is the time to re-focus. To re-calibrate. To wake up again and remind yourself why you are doing all of this studying:  to fulfill your MBA goals.

Week 9 and 10 are critical. These are the last two weeks of heavy studying. This is the time to push your GMAT limits. This is the time to shake all the demons out. This is the time to sort out any lingering GMAT weaknesses (this would be a great time to take another tour through the GMAT Question of the Day and GMAT Sample Questions archive in order to see a wide variety of GMAT topics along with the strategies to conquer those topics). This is the time to hit your stride and start scoring within spitting distance of your goals. In GMAT tutoring this is the time when you have covered most of the major topics and really start to feel that you know something about this exam. At the end of this week we’ll be taking GMAT Prep Exam Pack 3. Yep, that’s right:  let’s start making it count!

 

Study Schedule Week 9 Quant

You will probably still have a lot of questions to review form the GMAT Club tests - let’s try to get that review done as soon as you can after you complete a section. Remember that it is good policy to confirm your right answers, especially in DS, along with re-working your mistakes. It helps to re-do your mistakes without looking at the solutions. See if you can solve them the 2nd time around while you don’t have any time pressure. If not - no big deal. Follow the solution. Make sure to put those questions in your error log so that you can resolve them a couple of days down the road. Checking those items off the list right?

 

Study Schedule Week 9 Verbal

Are you finding GMAT Reading Comprehension passages rather boring? You are not alone. Many people have a tough time staying engaged while reading something that just doesn’t appeal to them. My GMAT tutoring students find that really engaging with the material helps them understand the material better. Care about what you read! Involve yourself emotionally. Let the passages affect you. Theoretical wormholes collapsing into non-existence not your favorite thing? That’s understandable but just remind yourself that Harvard is waiting for you. This week we’ll be working from new practice material: the GMAT Verbal Question Bank. This is a word document with all the questions from the GMAT Prep question bank. You can find these documents on GMAT Club.

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 1

GMAT Club Quant

 

Question Pack 1 Medium

20 SC

15 CR

 

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension 18, 19

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 2

GMAT Club Quant

 

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

1 Reading Comprehension

 

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

20 Sentence Correction

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 3

GMAT Club Quant

 

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension 20, 21

Critical Reasoning: 75-87

 

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

20 Sentence Correction

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 4

GMAT Club Quant

 

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension 22

CR: 88-100

 

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

20 Sentence Correction

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 5

GMAT Holiday!

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 6

GMAT Club Quant

 

GMAT Prep Verbal Question Bank

20 Sentence Correction

20 Critical Reasoning

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 7

Exam Pack: GMAT Prep 3

GMAT Study Schedule: Week 8

GMAT Study Schedule Week: 8 (just getting started? You might start with the intro to the GMAT Schedules)

We are about to finish the Official Guide 13th Edition Quant - woohooo!  That’s an achievement right there.  Still, we are going to review the tough ones so that you can learn from your mistakes. That's what this is all about. Learning from your mistakes until there are very few mistakes left. We’re just checking off items on a list which should be getting a bit shorter by the day. Don’t worry if there are still a few lines on that list that you have yet to check off. There’s still plenty of time. And maybe you know those topics better than you think! Have you scheduled a GMAT? If not, you might consider doing so soon. This article on GMAT Registration has all the info you need for registration plus some advice on when to schedule your test.

GMAT Schedule Week 8 Quant

We are getting into the full swing of timed Quant sections. We’re going to approach a whopping 5 GMAT Club Quant sections (feel free to sub in MGMAT CATs). I know that’s a lot. Sorry about that. My GMAT tutoring students are always a bit shocked about how many timed sections I assign but taking a bunch of these in a row is going to get you in your groove. This will help you put together all of the concepts that we have been working on. It’s important to see GMAT questions out in the wild. Out there they will seem foreign. At least at first. The GMAT is excellent at hiding the real question. At hiding the underlying content. But the real question is there and it is your job to find it!

A note on timing: As you are working through these GMAT CATs keep your forward momentum. Be working on your timing. I know that I've suggested this before but this is really important to get solid now so you might have a look at this article on GMAT Timing.

I counsel many panicked students a few weeks before their exams and they are all concerned about not having been able to memorize every last little esoteric rule. Of course it’s great to know everything but let’s remember that this is a critical thinking test that rewards methodical problem solving and neat, step by step, arithmetic. This is mostly about the meat and potatoes. As intricate as the GMAT is, it doesn’t usually require special knowledge (although with certain questions and if you want an astronomically high score it can help). Your focus should be on an organized approach to your problem solving. For some extra practice on some tough Quant covering just about every GMAT topic imaginable have a look at the GMAT Question of the Day page. With that in mind let's review some strategies for Overlapping Sets:

GMAT Question of the Day Overlapping Sets 1

GMAT Question of the Day Overlapping Sets 2

GMAT Question of the Day Overlapping Sets 3

GMAT Question of the Day Overlapping Sets 4

GMAT Question of the Day Overlapping Sets 5

GMAT Schedule Week 8 Verbal

On the verbal side we’re continuing to taper off the LSAT work as you go on our GMAT only diet. This is a part of GMAT tutoring that students really like because they get to see the rewards of all that tough LSAT practice. With that in mind we are back with two more GMAT Paper Tests. Excited?  The GMAT Paper tests are great practice. Treat them as reals tests. You’ll also be working on a whole bunch of Official Guide 13th Edition Reading Comprehension. You should be feeling good about these after having done all of that LSAT work. Of course there may still be some tricky questions sneaking around but on the whole the passages should feel manageable.

A few notes on the GMAT reading comprehension: You should know the primary purpose and the main idea without having to go back to the text. You should also have a pretty good idea of how the information in the passage is organized for when you need to go back for a line reference or key word question. I know it's tough to be your own tutor but keep yourself honest on this. Let’s not skimp out on Reading Comprehension practice. It is the cornerstone of the verbal section. Great GMAT reading comprehension performance usually translates to great verbal section performance. OK - just to get really annoying: have you been reading an Economist article every day?

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 1

GMAT Club Quant + Review

Question Pack 1 Medium

20 Sentence Correction

15 Critical Reasoning

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 2

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension: 10, 11

Critical Reasoning: 50-62

Sentence Correction 120-END

OFFICIAL GUIDE 13TH EDITION - Overlapping Sets

PS 107, 178 (3 group), 186, 189, 201, 222

DS 34, 44, 49, 66, 93, 94, 116, 134, 137, 138

GMAT CLUB QUANT REVIEW (Again)

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 3

GMAT CLUB QUANT REVIEW (AGAIN)

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension 12, 13

LSAT PREP TEST

1 Logical Reasoning

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 4

GMAT Club Quant + REview

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Reading Comprehension 14, 15

Critical Reasoning 63-74

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 5

GMAT Holiday!

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 6

GMAT Club Quant + Review

GMAT Paper Tests Verbal:  42

 

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

1 Reading Comprehension

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 7

GMAT Club Quant + Review

 

GMAT Paper Tests Verbal:  48

 

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

1 Reading Comprehension

GMAT Study Schedule Week 7

GMAT Study Schedule Week 7

(if you are just starting out with your GMAT Preparation you may want to start at the intro to the GMAT Study Schedule)

Full steam ahead into lucky week 7 of your GMAT preparation. We are solidly in the second half of this GMAT preparation and let’s face it: some of these GMAT questions are still pretty tough. That’s normal. It doesn’t matter how much you prepare; there will always be GMAT questions that challenge you (how to deal with impossible GMAT Questions). The important thing is to learn how to let go of questions so that a couple challenging question don’t get in the way of a great score.  Let’s develop good test taking habits NOW.  This article on GMAT timing might be helpful.

Week 7 Quant

This week we’ll be working on picking numbers. So we’ll take a look at a bunch of questions that can be solved by picking numbers rather than using the supplied variables. Learn how to solve these types of questions both by picking numbers and algebraically so that during your real GMAT you can pick the tool that works best for the question in front of you. Usually my GMAT tutoring students who are very strong at algebra (and quant in general) eschew picking numbers. I’m usually pretty stubborn about my students practicing picking numbers because in my experience picking numbers can get you out of trouble on a some beastly GMAT word problems. Here's a GMAT Question of the Day which is far easier to solve if you pick numbers.

Week 7 Verbal

Long ago the GMAT was administered on paper. Of course those days are gone but we have some fossils from that far away past: the GMAT paper tests. The GPT Quant is too easy unless you need to brush up on your fundamentals but the verbal is great practice. It’s best to do all the sections in one sitting and to avoid skipping around (one question at a time, in a row. Pretend it is a CAT). The timing is very tight so go ahead and add 10 minutes onto the clock to give yourself 85 minutes for an entire GMAT paper test. If you seem to be doing well on your timing you can scale the clock back to 80 minutes. These tests have a scoring table which instructs you to subtract points for wrong answers. No need.

Still reading the Economist every day?  That’s good - I’m sure you’ve learned some interesting stuff!

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 1

GMAT Paper Test: 31

Official Guide 13th Edition - Picking Numbers

Problem Solving: 177, 198, 205 (optional), 209

 

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Data Sufficiency  155-164

Extra Number Properties Practice!

GMAT Question of the Day Number Properties 9

GMAT Question of the Day Number Properties 10

GMAT Question of the Day Number Properties 11

GMAT Question of the Day Number Properties 12

GMAT Question of the Day Number Properties 13

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 2

GMAT Club Quant

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

2 Reading Comprehension

Verbal Review 2nd Edition -  General Set

Sentence Correction 100-113

 

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 3

GMAT Club Quant

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

2 Reading Comprehension

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Sentence Correction 100-119

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 4

GMAT Paper Test: 37

GMAT Club Quant

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 5

 

GMAT Holiday!

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 6

GMAT Prep 1

 

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

 

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Data Sufficiency  165-174

GMAT Study Schedule DAY 7

GMAT Prep 2

 

LSAT Prep Test

1 Logical Reasoning

 

Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Problem Solving:  170-184

 

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