GMAT Study Plan
If we talk about an exam ,the first question that pops in our head is what the prep time should be. So with an assumption that a person is working, GMAT study plan ideally takes 60 – 90 days. It is usually helpful to chalk down a plan. While making a plan, keep the following tips in mind.
Start by writing a full length test from GMAT prep.This test is available on www.mba.com and is helpful later. This gives you an insight on the test and the areas that need to be worked on thoroughly.
Make a point to focus on both the sections (quantative and verbal). Either one of them can be your strong point but keeping in touch with the pattern and the type of questions asked in GMAT is of utmost importance.
The GMAT Official Guide should be your go to book for the preparations. It has all the types of questions that are asked in the exam, with solutions. It is better to use the latest edition as it will have newest types of questions added by GMAT.
The study plan should include verbal and quantative practice everyday.Divide the official guide over a period of 15 days. Make sure that the concept behind every question is clear. Review the questions to find out the reason of choosing that particular answer. This practice will help you in enhancing your knowledge and clearing the concepts. Also, if you face difficulty with a few questions seek help. Ivy Aspire provides the best help for your GMAT preperations .They provide different types study material and tests that are very important for practicing before taking the main test.
After solving the Official guide over a period of 15 days, take a test to gauge your progress. This test will help you understand your weak and strong areas.
Make another 15 day plan for the weak areas.For instance , if your reading comprehension is a weak area in verbal section ,then make this plan with more practice questions on reading comprehension .
Write a test again after this 15 day period and review the test with micro detailing.By this stage in your preparation ,in most cases , people face a lot of problem with time management.So to practice time management part ,follow the next tip.
Time your speed in doing questions from official guide now.For example , assign 1 hour for 40 problem solving questions and check how your fair.You can do the same with verbal as well.For more material for practice questions, you can get in touch with Ivy Aspire to help you with the same.Although a lot of material is available online , but a lot of them are not aligned with the original pattern of GMAT, Ivy Aspire can help you in finding these materials.
After you are thorough with the questions with official guide , you can now write full length tests available .
GMAT prep test are available on mba.com with 2 free of cost and 4 with some fee. Plan GMAT prep tests 10 days prior to your test day,writing one test every alternate day till your test day.This will help you to get in the mode of writing a full length test. More than writing the test itself ,it is very important to review them properly.As this review will help you understand that what kind of mistakes you tend to do under time pressure and how you can avoid them on test day.
About the Author
Ayushi Mishra is a student at Ivy Aspire.