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Posted on June 11, 2013
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Need 700+ on the GMAT? Don’t take more than 3 months to prepare.

No, I’m not trying to emulate Sreesanth. 🙂 But, just have a look at the data our Research Team came up with-
“18 of the 25 students who scored 700+, last batch, had study plans averaging 120hrs spread over 3 months.”
This is not a coincidence; I have seen it validated, time and again, over 10+ years of helping students prepare for the GMAT. In fact, our data roughly matches statistics collected by the GMAC. (See below)

Why is this so?

Because GMAT is about application and test taking, more than learning new concepts. Let’s break it down, further. Here’s what your study plan should look like:

Week 1 – 4

The GMAT tests prospective students on a finite set of concepts, most of which have already been taught in high school. So, week 1-4 is all about familiarizing yourself with the same. The Official Guide for GMAT Review is a good start.
Read all the information at www.mba.com
Learn those pesky formulae, internalize those unique results, annoy your friends with some arcane idioms and start correcting their sentences. 🙂
Take a practice exam to analyse your strengths and weaknesses.
Most importantly, get adjusted to a study schedule, which you follow religiously.

Pro Tip
: Familiarize yourself with the GMAT scoring algorithm to better analyze your practice test performance!


Week 5 – 8

It’s time to look inward. Get a realistic understanding of what your strengths or weaknesses are – Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, RCs, Quant and so on. Spend time to master necessary skills and use them to your advantage. This period is all about practicing concepts learned in the previous four weeks.
Address your weaknesses and reinforce your strengths; rotate concepts every couple of days.
Focus on different levels of questions – easy to hard.
Take at least 2 practice tests and start building strategies.
Get professional help to work on problem areas.

Pro Tip
: Don’t fall for these top 4 mistakes test-takers make while preparing for the GMAT!


Week 9 – 12

With four weeks left, it’s time to step on the accelerator and focus on test-day. Continue practicing problems and do not stay away from concepts for too long. Remember, quality over quantity – do not do a ton of problems just to please yourself, but learn from each problem. Finish your tests in time!
Solve tougher questions and master concepts.
Do not ignore Analytical Writing Assessment essays.
Practice your test-day strategy to perfection (translated- finish your tests in time!)
Prepare yourself mentally – GMAT is a four-hour marathon.

Pro Tip
: Look through these 5 Tips for More Effective GMAT Prep to streamline your preparation in the final phase of your journey!



As with the many paths to salvation, there are many right approaches to acing the GMAT, but the statistics seem to skew towards a properly paced 3-month study plan. It’s the Goldilocks study period: not too long, not too short. Just right!
So, go on and conquer your GMAT. I’m sure you’ll have better luck than Sreesanth. 🙂
Hope these techniques make a positive difference to your GMAT prep! If you’d like to share what works for you and what doesn’t, please leave a comment in the comment section below.
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