GMAT Prep: Week 7

Before we start this week, I would like to tell you something important. On the GMAT you have 75 minutes for 41 questions in Verbal. That is less than 2 minutes per question. And if you consider the relative toughness of SC, CR and RC questions, the recommended time to solve problems from each category is: 50 SC questions per hour, 7 Passages or approx 42 questions from RC per hour and 38 questions from CR per hour. When you solved the Kaplan Verbal last week, the practice test had similar times for these sections. Now considering this the target time, I have designed the following week. It has got some slack, but it is the least you have to aim. So let’s get down to it!



DAY 43

GOAL:

  • Finish 75 questions or 14 passages on RC from OG12.

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours split into two sessions of 2 hours.

ACTION:

  • Finish passage 1 – 8 (questions 1 – 41) from RC – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour
  • Finish passage 9 – 14 (questions 42 – 75) from RC – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 44

GOAL:

  • Finish 74 questions on CR from OG12.

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours split into two sessions of 2 hours.

ACTION:

  • Finish questions 1 – 41 from CR – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour
  • Finish questions 42 – 74 from CR – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 45

GOAL:

  • Finish 64 questions or 10 passages on RC from OG12.

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours split into two sessions of 2 hours.

ACTION:

  • Finish passage 15 – 20 (questions 76 – 114) from RC – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour
  • Finish passage 21 – 24 (questions 115 – 139) from RC – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour

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 46

GOAL:

  • Finish 50 questions on CR from OG12.

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours split into two sessions of 2 hours.

ACTION:

  • Finish questions 75 – 102 from CR – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour
  • Finish questions 103 – 124 from CR – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the mistakes, make notes – 1 Hour


DAY 47

GOAL:

  • Finish the backlog for the two weeks you studied Verbal.

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours.

ACTION:

  • Finish any backlog you have from the Verbal section.
  • Make notes.
  • Update your journals.
  • Mark the tough ones, so that you can redo them later.

DAY 48

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two Sessions of 4 hours each. Total 8 Hours.

ACTION:

  • Redo CR tough problems – 2.5 Hours
  • Analyze and make notes – 1.5 Hours
  • Redo SC tough problems – 4 Hours
  • Analyze and make notes – 1.5 Hours

DAY 49

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two Sessions of 4 hours each. Total 8 Hours.

ACTION:

  • Redo RC tough problems – 2.5 Hours
  • Analyze and make notes – 1.5 Hours
  • Finish any backlogs. Do what you find is a good use of your time.

SUMMARY

This week was just practice, practice, practice. You finished the OG 12 this week. It may sound insane on the first go, but it is actually possible to finish the OG in one week when you have already gone through the concepts thoroughly. Most people make the mistake of jumping straight on to OG. That is very wrong. OG is the best question bank you have available. You do not want to waste it. You want to be good with concepts, so that you can actually assess your weaknesses and strengths. The whole point is to use this question bank as an actual test. So I absolutely recommend going through this week as explained. Ok now the next week we will go back to doing math and finish the word problem strategy guide by Manhattan. That will take care of our core GMAT preparation phase. After that we will take a test. So let’s move to the next week.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Mukul,

    I have dropped you an email, please respond 🙂

  2. Hey Mukul, I’m finishing this week.I have noticed that you didn’t pubblish weeks 11-16…Any news on when you will do this? hope I will have a possibility to do them..otherwise will continue the preparation by myself:(

  3. were so proud of you.

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