GMAT Prep: Week 9

Welcome! Congratulations on getting past the Build phase. Half the battle is won at this point. From here on we will start the Recovery Phase, followed by Advanced Phase and then finally the Test phase. In this phase the goal will be to tweak areas in which you are weak. By now, you have a fair idea as to where you need more help. If you feel that you need more focus on Verbal, you should devote next 2 weeks for Verbal followed by 1 week on Quants. But, if you think you are good in Verbal but need more focus on Math topic, devote next 2 weeks to Quants followed by 1 week to Verbal. So the Recovery phase will have two branches. One will branch out towards Verbal Focus and the other to Quants. Enjoy!

Choose your branch: Verbal Focus OR Math Focus

Branch A: Verbal Focus

This week we will start with CR and finish the CR Manhattan Guide. We will devote our attention solely to going through the CR strategies again, and solving corresponding problems from OG 10 as per the Manhattan matrix. We will also devote the last day of the week (Sunday) to SC. Since we have already done SC from the Manhattan Book, we will try to finish it quickly so as to make room for RC in the next week. Remember you can also substitute the Manhattan guides for Power Score CR Bible or Verbal Bible.

DAY 57

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Argument Structure” from Manhattan CR Guide – 40 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Diagramming” from Manhattan CR Guide – 40 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “General Strategy” from Manhattan CR Guide – 1 Hour

DAY 58

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Find The Assumption” from Manhattan CR Guide – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Solve problems listed in the Official Guide Problem Set for 10th Edition (Not for OG12)- 1 Hour
  • Analyze the problems, make notes – 1 Hour
Remember! You have only 1 Hour to solve 38 CR questions. So, even if it seems less time, it’s not. You HAVE to do it within an hour.

DAY 59

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Draw a Conclusion” from Manhattan CR Guide – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Solve problems listed in the Official Guide Problem Set for 10th Edition – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the problems, 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 60

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Strengthen the Conclusion” from Manhattan CR Guide – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Solve problems listed in the Official Guide Problem Set – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the problems, make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 61

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Weaken the Conclusion” from Manhattan CR Guide – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Solve problems listed in the Official Guide Problem Set – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the problems, make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 62

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two sessions of 4 hours each.

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Minor Question Types” from Manhattan CR Guide – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Solve problems listed in the Official Guide Problem Set – 1 Hour
  • Analyze the problems, make notes – 1 Hour
  • Redo the tough problems from OG and compare your approach from the last time, and make notes – 4 Hours

DAY 63

GOAL:

TIME:

  • Two sessions of 4 Hours each.

ACTION:

  • Revisit first four chapters (just theory) “Sentence Correction Basics”, “Grammar, Meaning, Concision”, “Subject-Verb Agreement” and “Parallelism” – 1.5 Hours
  • Quickly do all the OG problems once again. Maintain a pace of 50 questions/hour – should take around 1.5 Hours
  • Analyze mistakes and edit/update notes – use the rest of 30 Minutes
  • Revisit first four chapters (just theory) “Pronouns”, “Modifiers”, “Verb Tense, Mood & Voice” and “Comparisons” – 1.5 Hours
  • Quickly do all the OG problems once again. Maintain a pace of 50 questions/hour.
  • Analyze mistakes and edit/update notes.

SUMMARY

This week we drilled deeper into areas where we are weak. Manhattan’s strategy guides should be more than enough to understand the concepts which might have eluded us previously. Solving problems from OG 10 with the new found understanding should also help. Next week, we will continue with SC and start RC.

Branch B: Math Focus

This week we will start with Kaplan Math Workbook. We will devote our attention solely to going through the Math concepts again, and solving corresponding problems from OG 10. We will also devote the last day of the week (Sunday) to solving PS problems from OG 10. You can also substitute the Kaplan book for Nova and tweak the schedule a bit to achieve the same effect.

DAY 57

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish at least half the theory and examples from chapter “Arithmetic” from Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – 3 Hours
  • Also refer to the Manhattan GMAT guides on corresponding topics as part of revision – 1 Hour

DAY 58

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Arithmetic” from Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – 1.5 Hours
  • Also refer to the Manhattan GMAT guides on corresponding topics as part of revision – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1 Hour
  • Analyze and make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 59

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish at least half the theory and examples from chapter “Algebra” from Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – 3 Hours
  • Also refer to the Manhattan GMAT guides on corresponding topics as part of revision – 1 Hour

DAY 60

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Algebra” from Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – 1.5 Hours
  • Also refer to the Manhattan GMAT guides on corresponding topics as part of revision – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1 Hour
  • Analyze and make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 61

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish at least half the theory and examples from chapter “Geometry” from Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – 3 Hours
  • Also refer to the Manhattan GMAT guides on corresponding topics as part of revision – 1 Hour

DAY 62

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Geometry” from Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – 1.5 Hours
  • Also refer to the Manhattan GMAT guides on corresponding topics as part of revision – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1 Hour
  • Analyze and make notes – 1 Hour

DAY 63

GOAL:

  • Finish PS Problems from OG 10

TIME:

  • Two sessions of 4 Hours each.

ACTION:

  • Redo all PS Problems from the Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry Sections using the OG 10 Grid.

SUMMARY

This week we drilled deeper into areas where we are weak. Kaplan Math workbook should be more than enough to understand the concepts which might have eluded us previously. Solving the OG 10 problems with the new found understanding should also help. Next week, we will continue doing this book and finish the rest of the sections on Word Problems and Data Sufficiency.

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11 Comments

  1. Starting the recovery phase..it’s a pity that I don’t hear from you Mukul for a long time…needed some help with advanced parts..my gmat in on 21-st of October.

    • Shoot your questions in one email. I promise I will reply since you have been a big fan of this website. I know I have been a jerk lately, but thats cuz school is crazy. And I am adjusting to a new environ, new culture, mid term exams already, and so much of fun activities.

      ATB

      M

      • Thanks! wrote a mail to you!

      • Gr8 Going Mukul.Keep enjoying and please don’t forget us 🙂

  2. Thanks for a great reply Mukul.

  3. Hi Mukul,

    I know your busy schedule,Sent a 2nd mail to you today, please do respond to my mail. Hoping a response as early as possible from you 🙂

    -Suresh

  4. Hi Mukul,

    I gave my GMAT 2 days back.I followed your blog for the entire length of my preparation.Your blog was my major source of information and inspiration.Thanks for such a wonderfull blog.Keep the good work going 🙂

    • Could you tell us about your score please?..if you don’t mind of course.

    • Hi Haritha
      Congrats for conquering GMAT.Could you please share your score and preparation strategies with us?

  5. Hi Everyone
    Please check out this article by Manhattan GMAT
    http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/?loc=forumsfooter.
    It says that Idioms are no longer Significant on GMAT

  6. Hey Mukul,

    Can you let me know the other part of the schedule? that is after Day 63?

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