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GMAT Schedule: Week 3

(if you are just getting started then you might want to read the intro to the GMAT Study Schedules)

GMAT SCHEDULE WEEK 3: QUANT

Yep, it’s the third week of your GMAT preparation. Congrats on getting here! Those first two weeks are rough. This GMAT schedule is not for the faint of heart. You have solved (and re-solved hopefully) a whole bunch of GMAT questions and should be feeling a bit more comfortable with your algebra. Your error log should be filling up with tricky GMAT puzzles! Feeling a bit unsure about some challenging GMAT questions? That's normal - here is an article on reviewing tough GMAT questions. Remember to review anything for which you don’t have a good strategy. That means that some questions that you got correct should be in your error log.  Here is an article on reviewing GMAT Questions that you got right for the wrong reasons.

If you are still feeling a bit shaky on algebra then you should go back and spend more time on PS/DS word problems/algebraic translation problems. If you really don’t feel good at all about your algebra then you might consider a Quant review book such as the Foundations of GMAT Math. Here is an article that might help about using the Khan Academy to help build your GMAT Quant Basics: GMAT Khan Academy. Although the GMAT specific stuff is a bit klunky the video lessons on Quant basics can be very helpful.

This GMAT schedule is challenging and moves quickly so there’s no shame in spending an extra week or two getting your GMAT fundamentals in great shape. They are critical for a great GMAT score!  Many people make the mistake of focusing on the tough, strange, and super challenging GMAT questions but really the most important thing is meat and potatoes algebra.

This week we will focus on GMAT geometry: lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, polygons, 3d shapes, mixed shapes, and coordinate geometry. Memorize all of the basic rules!  There’s no excuse for not knowing the ratio of sides of a right isosceles triangle! Feel free to practice with a formula sheet so that you are always applying the proper rules. It is better to study “open book” than to try to memorize formulas in a vacuum. The other things that help is to write down all the formulas that you are trying to remember before every study session. This only takes a few minutes but can help a ton! Here is a post with some easy but not so obvious tips for getting the most out of your GMAT studying

You will also be continuing with a more advanced set of exponents/roots/absolute value questions and work/rate/ratio/percent questions.  All of the rules are the same but the questions get denser. Stay organized.  Define what you are looking for. Take the question step by step. This week we will also begin with "general sets" so that you solve a mix of questions. You will see repeats in these sets because some of the questions have appeared in the targeted sets. You can skip the repeats if you are absolutely sure that you know how to solve them. Also, remember that this GMAT schedule is all about staying organised and breaking down your studying into manageable chunks so try to study consistently and avoid cramming massive amounts of work. If you miss a day then use the day off to catch up or just add a day to your studying.

GMAT SCHEDULE WEEK 3: VERBAL

By now you should have a general strategy for each of the verbal sections. It’s time to get some tough practice. There isn’t quite enough challenging Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning in the Official Guide or the Verbal Review so you are going to work on LSAT sections. These LSAT questions are dense and unforgiving!  Be ready for a challenge.  But challenge is fun right?  You wouldn’t want to work on all the easy stuff and then get mowed down by the real test:)  Nope, not you. Here's a GMAT vs. LSAT article for those who are curious about the differences between these two tests.

For the LSAT Logical Reasoning take 40 minutes per section.  Skip parallel reasoning (the argument is most similar to..), parallel flaw (the error in reasoning is most similar to), and justify the reasoning (which of the following principles most justifies...) questions. For the LSAT Reading Comprehension take 12 minutes per passage. We will also be exploring more Sentence Correction question types (Modifiers, Lists) and more Critical Reasoning question types (Paradox, Evaluate). If you are finding that the LSAT Logical Reasoning work is too challenging then do only questions 1-15 for now. If the LSAT Reading comprehension is too challenging then replace the LSAT work with GMAT work. Friendly reminded to keep reading an Economist article everyday. This really works! Here is an article on reading the Economist to improve Reading Comprehension.

GMAT SCHEDULE WEEK 3


DAY 1


 

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Sentence Correction

Lists 18, 37, 41, 46, 54, 55, 56, 57, 63, 66, 75, 79, 109, 112, 116, 134. 138

Modifiers 8, 19, 22, 29, 41, 47, 48, 59, 65, 74, 82, 87, 104, 110, 112, 132, 135

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Critical Reasoning

Evaluate 10, 15, 27, 36, 42, 47, 68, 70, 72, 110, 114, 124

Paradox 3, 6, 9, 13, 24, 44, 49, 57, 61, 86, 92, 94, 99


DAY 2


 

GMAT Quantitative Review 2nd Edition - Geometry

Problem Solving:  7, 15, 21, 30, 44, 71, 76, 83, 85, 89, 102, 105, 110, 123, 135, 139, 141, 145, 150, 153, 157, 162, 175

Data Sufficiency:  4, 11, 19, 22, 43, 58, 59, 60, 72, 88, 91, 95, 99, 114, 123

GMAT Verbal Review 2nd Edition - Critical Reasoning
Evaluate 3, 40, 42, 54, 66, 70

Paradox 8, 60, 72, 73

LSAT Prep Test (12 minutes)

1 LSAT Reading Comprehension Passage


DAY 3


GMAT Verbal Review 2nd Edition - Sentence Correction

Lists 1, 2, 5, 7, 15, 24, 26, 27, 49, 53, 58, 61, 63, 67, 68, 77, 78, 86, 91, 95, 112

Modifiers 34, 53, 57, 71, 75, 88, 92, 96, 100, 109, 111

GMAT Official Guide 13th EditionRate/Work

Problem Solving:  139, 162, 168, 207

Data Sufficiency:  106, 107, 108, 115

GMAT Quantitative Review 2nd Edition

Problem Solving: 136, 140, 142

Data Suffiency: 55, 71, 117

LSAT Prep Test (40 Minutes)

1 LSAT Logical Reasoning Section


DAY 4


GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Geometry

Problem Solving: 13, 18, 28, 36, 43, 61, 62, 69, 75, 78, 92, 104, 121, 125, 147, 159, 161

Data Suffiency:  11, 19, 30, 35, 42, 56, 73, 74, 79, 100, 102, 113, 117, 122, 128

LSAT Prep Test

1 LSAT Logical Reasoning Section (40 Minutes)

2 LSAT Reading Comprehension Passages (24 Minutes)


DAY 5 - GMAT Holiday!!


DAY 6


LSAT Prep Test

2 LSAT Reading Comprehension Passages (24 Minutes)

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Exponents/Roots/Absolute Value  Continued

Problem Solving: 143, 146, 149, 157, 163, 164, 170, 176, 180, 191, 199, 209, 217, 227, 230

Data Sufficiency: 157, 159, 160, 162, 167, 169

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Data Sufficiency:   35-64

Sentence Correction 1-29

GMAT Verbal Review 2nd Edition

SC 1-29

Feeling good about GMAT Geometry? Let's get some extra tough practice and learn some GMAT Geometry Tips and Tricks:

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 1

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 2

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 3

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 4

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 5

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 6

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 7

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 8 (This one is super tough)

GMAT Question of the Day Geometry 9


DAY 7


GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Ratio

Problem Solving 177, 179, 188, 200

Data Sufficiency 81, 114

GMAT Quantitative Review 2nd Edition

Problem Solving  84, 155

Data Sufficiency  67

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Percent/Percent Change

Problem Solving 177

Data Sufficiency 151

GMAT Quantitative Review 2nd Edition

Problem Solving 138, 143, 154

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - Average

Problem Solving 145, 208

Data Sufficiency 121

GMAT Quantitative Review 2nd Edition

Problem Solving 116, 137

Data Sufficiency  118

GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition - General Set

Problem Solving:  50-79

LSAT Prep Test

1 LSAT Logical Reasoning Section (40 Minutes)

 

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