Study Guide - Overview

The Study Guide will lead you from day one of your studies all the way to test day. On this overview page, we'll cover: 

  • The resources you'll need
  • How the Study Guide works
  • Creating a daily/weekly study schedule

 

Required Resources

To follow the Study Guide, you'll need: 

  • The GMAT Prep Now video course (1-month account or 6-month account)
  • The Official Guide for GMAT Review (2020 edition, or earlier editions from 2015 to 2019) 
  • GMAT Prep Now's Improvement Chart (for the 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of the Official Guide for GMAT Review ). This downloadable Excel file helps track your progress and identify weaknesses as you work through practice questions in the Official Guide 

Optional Resources

If you require additional practice materials, consider purchasing any of the following (these resources are also referenced in the Study Guide):

  • Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review (2020 edition or any earlier edition)
  • Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review (2020 edition or any earlier edition)

 

How the Study Guide works

The Study Guide consists of 105 learning activities. Here are a few examples:

Each learning activity in the Study Guide has a corresponding checkbox, allowing you to track your progress, and easily see which activities are left to complete. 

IMPORTANT: You need not follow the Study Guide in the precise order in which it's laid out. For example, you may wish to alternate between Verbal and Quantitative topics. Just be sure to complete all of the learning activities. 

 

Create your daily (or weekly) study schedule

Regardless of whether you have 1 month or 6 months to prepare, your study plan should consist of two stages:

  • Stage 1: learning/reinforcing the content
  • Stage 2: taking practice tests and strengthening remaining areas of weaknesses

Ideally, you should spend about two-thirds of your time on stage 1, and the remaining one-third on stage 2. So, for example, if you have 75 days to prepare, you should spend the first 50 days on stage 1, and the last 25 days on stage 2.

Now let’s determine how much work you need to do each day (or each week).

The Study Guide has 105 learning activities in total. So, we’ll divide 105 by the number of days you can devote to stage 1 of your prep.

For example, if you can devote 50 days to stage 1, then the number of learning activities to complete each day = 105/50 = 2.1-ish. So, a little more than 2 learning activities per day. Alternatively, you might set a goal of 14 or 15 learning activities per week (to give yourself some days off once in a while!).

To save you some work, here are a few possible scenarios:

  • 30-day schedule:  (20 days for stage 1, and 10 days for stage 2)

Complete 5.25 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 37 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

  • 45-day schedule:  (30 days for stage 1, and 15 days for stage 2)

Complete 3.5 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 25 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

  • 60-day schedule:  (40 days for stage 1, and 20 days for stage 2)

Complete 2.5 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 18 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

  • 90-day schedule:  (60 days for stage 1, and 00 days for stage 2)

Complete 1.8 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 12 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

 

Important: Most learning activities will take 0.5 to 2 hours to complete. The first 9 activities, however, are quite short, and will take a total of 4 to 5 hours to complete. This means you’ll soon find yourself ahead of schedule, which you'll appreciate later on. Keep in mind that preparing for the GMAT can be exhausting at times, and this buffer will allow you to take a day off occasionally.

 

A quick note about reinforcement activities: Each video lesson includes a Reinforcement Activities box with links to practice questions related to the concepts covered in the video (here’s an example). 

During stage 1, if you watch a video lesson and feel you need extra practice, feel free to answer some of the linked practice questions in the Reinforcement Activities box. Later, during stage 2, when you’re taking full-length practice tests, you'll be instructed to return to the Reinforcement Activities to strengthen any remaining weaknesses that you've identified.

Ready to begin? Go to Part I of the Study Guide

 

 

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