GMAT Prep: Week 1

In the first week we will get to know the Verbal Section on the GMAT. For this you will need to buy a standard Kaplan GMAT or Princeton GMAT book. The sections in these books are fairly easy and the number of problems are also less. So they are perfect books to begin with. I had a Kaplan GMAT for myself. In two weeks we will finish the entire week. First week will be devoted to Verbal and second week to Quants and a diagnostic test.


As I said earlier I am expecting you to at least study for 3 hours at a stretch daily. If you could take out 4 hrs, that will be awesome. I will from here on refer to a 3-4 hours sitting as a Session. See my earlier post on how to set up your study area and generic techniques to follow throughout the GMAT Preparation. This is going to be so much fun!

DAY 1 + DAY 2

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two Sessions of 4 hours on each day. (8 hours)

ACTION:

  • Take up the book and finish off the CR section. (Theory, examples and exercise + analysis).

Quick Tips

  • Do the rough work on the blank sheets and write down the answers in the diary/journal.
  • Put proper dates, heading, book’s name + Section name on the top of your journal entry.
  • Write down the score and the accuracy percentage.
  • Analyse each answer with utmost care and keep jotting down any stuff which you have learnt (there has to plenty of them). Make a habit of taking down notes.
  • Write down all the silly mistakes you did on the post-its and finally, stick them on the black chart paper which you should stick to the wall in front of you.

DAY 3 + DAY 4

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two Sessions of 4 hours on each day. (8 hours)

ACTION:

  • Take up the book and finish off the SC section. Apply the same methodology as you did for CR on Day 1 & 2.

DAY 5 + DAY 6

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two Sessions of 4 hours on each day. (8 hours)

ACTION:

DAY 7

GOAL:

Finish AWA Section from Kaplan GMAT or Princeton GMAT book.

TIME:

  • 4 hours (Can split the session into two sessions of 2 hours each)

ACTION:

SUMMARY

So this week was a glimpse of what your weeks should look like…productive! Many people would feel that it’s a bit tough to follow this kind of schedule. But hey! Who said it was going to be easy. I don’t believe in insincerity, laziness and doing things without passion. I believe that GMAT is the first step in your endeavour. Its better to crack it on the first go rather than crying later after you have screwed it up. If you can’t find time, do one thing: write down all the things you do in a day, for a week. Spot items which you can sacrifice, like going to a movie, chatting, watching TV or going out just like that. I am sure you can take out 3 hours daily for this. If you feel you still don’t have time, you can schedule it for 4 months and stretch the schedule. But be honest to yourself. Nothing comes easy and certainly not a rock star score on GMAT. Good luck!

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Mukul,

    Thanks for your response. I have started my GMAT prep, as suggested by you.

    Day 1+ Day 2: Finished CR from Kaplan GMAT.

    Regards
    Kunaal
    “Doing what I have not been doing”

  2. Mukul

    I didnt get response to my below questions:

    1. Need real good books on QUANTS. I am good at quants but scores are low as i didnt get books with tough maths problems.
    2. Printable version of your 4 month plan( I cannot print all days in single shot, also when i print it has left pane with books information, please help)

    Ramesh V

  3. hi
    i am undergoing my B.E by june ill finish with the same and im planning to give gmat in the month of october! how should i start from scratch ?? and i just have the official guides and no other books. please help me out with my preparation.

  4. Hi,

    your blog is more helpful .I am working,then its not possible for 8 hours a day.So I could’nt follow this schedule Suggest me some idea. thanks in advance

  5. hi
    i am undergoing my B.E by june ill finish with the same and im planning to give gmat in the month of october! how should i start from scratch ?? and i just have the official guides and no other books. please help me out with my preparation.

  6. Hi Mukul
    I gave my GMAT last month and scored a decent 740(AWA-5.5,IR-7,Q48,V44)
    I would like to thank you for all your help and guide.

    PM-I am active on this site for a few days.If anybody needs any advice,I would be happy to help.

    • Hi Amit,

      I am starting my GMAT prepration from tomarrow.My target 700+

      Will you please guide me by answering following questions

      1)How much time required for prepration.(Months and daily hours)

      2)Which books to prefer?

      3)Classes are required or not?if yes which are good one?

      Any good prepratory material?
      I am staying in Pune and have solid 7 years of work experience.

      • Hi Vinayak
        1>If you could dedicate 2 solid hours on week days and 4-5 hours on weekends consistently for 3-3.5 months,you will be able to crack it.

        2>Books-I think Official guides are your best resource.But they need to be utilized judiciously.I would advice you to first read about GMAT from MBA.com.Then you can take the diagnostic test given in OG12/13.Once you are done with test and identified your weak and strong areas, we can decide on which books to refer.

        3>I do not have much idea about coaching class and I am not in favor of spending a large amount on coaching for GMAT.I think its definitely beatable by self study.I think Mukul’s site is a gr8 resource for all help

        I think with self study you can easily break the 700 mark.You can always ping me for any guidance.

  7. Hi Mukul,

    I just happened to find this blog while I was surfing for preparation strategies for GMAT. Well, I am going to be appearing for the GMAT on the 13th of August. So, having said that, I have less than a month in hand to prepare for the same. Any guidance on how to crack it with just about less than a month’s time remaining in hand with me?

  8. Hi Mukul,
    I did only okay on the CR section for day 1 and 2. I have a generally good understanding of the concepts for CR. Should I move onto the next step or should I spend more time on CR for day 3?

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