My GMAT Study Plan


Is there a perfect plan to prepare for your GMAT? Well, definitely not! But I realised that planning your preparation is one of the most important part of the whole experience. GMAT is all about maintaining the correct rhythm before going into the exam and even a minor shift in the rhythm can spell disaster in the exam. After putting in lot of thought I prepared the right plan for my GMAT preparation and I would like to share it with everyone out there.

As I said, maintaining the right rhythm is very essential for GMAT. Picking up too much pace in your preparation can leave you with nothing to work on after a few days leaving a gap between the end of your preparation and the day of your exam, this is quite dangerous and can topple your rhythm big time! And working too slow can leave you underprepared as the exam date fast approaches. So it is always essential to maintain the right pace while preparing for your GMAT.

I chalked out a simple plan for my 2 month preparation before the exam. I would like to say that I did not dare to block my GMAT date before I began my preparation, I wanted to gain enough confidence to crack a score above 700 before I block my date.

1. Pool up all the resources you are planning to follow before you begin your preparation.

2. Summarise the topics you have to study under each section of Problem Solving (PS), Data Sufficiency (DS), Sentence Correction (SC), Critical Reasoning (CR), Reading Comprehension (RC), Integrated Reasoning (IR) and Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).

3. Also summarise the number of questions to be solved in each of the above mentioned sections across all the materials you are willing to follow.

4. List down the number of remaining days.

5. First, mark all the dates on which you would like to write a mock test. Mark the whole day only for mock test and analysis of the mock test. It is quite important to throughly analyse the mock test to gain enough knowledge on what went wrong and to spot the areas of improvement.

6. Divide the questions across all of the remaining days and ensure a bare minimum for each day. I went ahead and ensured to solve at least 20 PS questions, 20 DS questions, 16 SC questions, 12 CR questions and 4 RC passages per day. Apart from this I randomly solve a few IR questions and practice few AWA essays.

This will ensure that you never loose the rhythm while preparing for your GMAT. Make sure that you keep practicing the questions right till the day before your exam as it is quite essential to stay in touch.