The Last Minute GMAT Prep Study Plan
How to Prepare for GMAT in 1 Month
Days 2-6: Log in to GMAT Pill. Watch and absorb the efficient thought processes and concepts for your weakest section (e.g. Sentence Correction). Spend at least 3 solid straight hours on Day 2.
Days 7-12: Log in to GMAT Pill and go through your next weakest section.
Days 12-15: Start your 3rd weakest area (e.g., Data Sufficiency)
Days 16-19: Start your 4th weakest area while also doing practice problems for other sections that already covered.
Days 20-22: Retake the same exam that you took on Day 1 with the mentality that you should get everything correct (after all, you’ve seen the questions before!)
Days 23-24: Review any questions that you got wrong.
Day 25: Relax. Mentally prepare for the set of practice exams on the Official Guide you are about to take. Review videos in the GMAT Pill.
Days 26-31: Take practice exams in the Official Guide. At least one full day on a weekend should be dedicated to simulating exam conditions. If your exam begins at 9am, make sure you practice waking up at 7am and going through your pre-exam routine. Control your nerves and get psyched.
Days 32-33: Exam Day
There’s Only 3 Resources You Need!
1) GMATPrep software from mba.com
2) GMATPill Online Video Membership
3) Official Guide (11th or 12th edition is fine)
We don’t recommend other sources just because of the quality of the questions are questionable. We believe in studying with questions from just the above sources so you don’t confused by what kinds of questions you will actually see on your GMAT.
Syllabus: Detailed 5-day Plan for each section (SC/CR/RC/DS/PS)
We say “5-day Plan” but realistically we know most of you will not study 5 days in a row straight. So this is plan might span out over 7-10 days assuming you take a day or two to rest during this time. These 5 days are the days that you dedicate to studying for SC.
Day 1 (Saturday) 10am: Dedicate 2 hours to focus on the 10 Core Framework videos. Rewind and forward according to how comfortable you are with the material.
noon-1pm: Get Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30: Dedicate 3 hours to 600 Level Questions. Pause each video and try to answer the question yourself. Then hit the play button and see how your thought process compares to mine.
Take a Break
8pm-11pm: Dedicate 3 hours to 700 Level Questions. Pause each video and try to answer the question yourself. Then hit the play button and see how your thought process compares to mine.
Day 2 (Sunday): 11am-noon: browse through the 10 Core Frameworks again, spending more time on the videos you are less familiar with.
1:30pm-3:30pm: Start looking at some practice questions in the Official Guide. Mark the ones you get wrong on the first try. Review the explanations for the ones you get wrong
3:30-4:30: Redo ALL of the practice questions you just went through with the mentality that you SHOULD be able to get ALL of them correct. After all, the ones you got wrong you already saw the explanation!
8:30-9:30pm: Redo ALL the 600 and 700 level questions in the GMAT Pill, pausing each video. Again, you SHOULD be able to get ALL of these correct. After all, you’ve already seen these questions before!
Day 3-6 (Monday-Wednesday) 10pm-11pm before you go to bed: Go through at least 10 questions each day.
This should take you 30 minutes. Additionally, Go through the set of 10 questions that you went through the previous day–with the mentality that you should get all of them correct. This should take you <20 minutes as you budget <2 minutes per question. Refer back to GMAT Pill videos for thought process.
Feeling extra ambitious? A few of our students have already mimicked Zeke's rigorous 2 week study plan and all of them scored 700+ using the GMAT Pill Study Method. You can too!
Important GMAT Resources
How To “DO” GMAT Questions Effectively – Some tips on how to retain your memory and not make the same stupid mistakes over and over.
GMAT Psychology and Timing Strategies – Don’t overlook the psychological component of the exam! It’s as much about thought process as it is about lasting the marathon-like exam.
Is GMAT Pill Right For Me?
Great interview! Very useful! Btw, I just came out of the exam…700! I'm so happy..I loooove the sentence correction pill! made studying soo much easier for me..I studied on and off..starting about a month and half ago..thanks!
Can you write an article about GMAT psychology? I think I improved tremendously with your videos..but would also like some last minute tips so I don't get overly nervous during the exam. Thank you.
Listened to the entire interview after logging in..good stuff! I also appreciate your prompt and detailed response to my questions. Hope the GMAT Pill goes far to challenge the other prep guys!
I'm following your 1 month prep plan. So far I'm actually ahead of schedule maybe because I'm an overachiever and watched a lot of videos my first day. But I think I am absorbing the material a lot quicker than I usually do–I agree with Helen. Go GMAT Pill!
great site with a lot of useful info! looking forward to enrolling in the next few days
Damion, please see this article here for GMAT psychology: http://www.gmatpill.com/about/studying-effective-…
I'm looking at the 1 month study plan … in another portion of the site you mention 2-3 hours after each meal … is that for this whole month? or is that a different cramming session plan?
Yes, if can do 2-3 hours after each meal for the whole month, that would be great. However, realistically speaking, most people don't have this much time.
Therefore, we recommend these INTENSE SUPER DAYS to be done on weekends when most people are not working. So wake up early Saturday and do 3 sets of 2-3 hr sessions after each meal–breakfast/lunch/dinner. Do this again on Sunday.
During the weekends, watch the GMAT Pill videos from 9pm til bedtime and repeat throughout the week.
Hope that helps.
Thank you for your explanation. There really useful information.
Are there any study sessions on Reading Comprehension as well…I am not scoring well on that…
KunalK–Yes, our Reading Comprehension Pill was recently released and has been getting tons of positive feedback. Take a look here:
I have to take the GMAT for the first time before Jan 20 and I was wondering if this is a good system for those who have not completed any other GMAT study materials.
Yes, this is a good course to take if you have at least some understanding of the course and would like to minimize the amount of time you spend studying without necessarily sacrificing on the quality of what you need.
Having said that, if you are looking for a complete overhaul of your academic education and want everything taught with extreme granularity including topics and intricacies that are not important on the exam – then this is NOT the program for you.
We focus on exactly what you need to know for the exam without dwelling on the tiny details that don't matter. Hope that helps!
Please see this article about GMAT psychology and timing strategies.
Hey this is a great study aid to help people who are in a rush. But for the people who are planning to study for about 3 months, would you think you could make something similar regarding this chart?
Certainly. There are a few options.
One – Space out the existing program and just add day breaks in between
Two – Recommended – focus on a weak section in Month 1. If you're weak in RC – start there. If it's SC, start there. You can study moderately starting on the wkends or wkday evenings. Run through the course material – chances are you'll find an interesting twist in approach you hadn't thought of before.
Spend two wkends on that section, then move on to your next weakest section. Repeat this until the last month (last 3-4 wks) and really spend this last month doing crunch time studying. By now, go through the quizzes in each section and answer questions in random order. Your focus now should be SPEED and ACCURACY. THe first two months was spent learning and getting up to speed on your thought process. Now in the last 3-4 wks, you need to APPLY that thinking. Learning by watching my videos is one thing, but applying them is the ultimate goal. You should see a lot of progress if you done with this approach.
I scored 650 (Q48/V33) at my first GMAT and plan to retake it in 3 weeks and aim to get into the 700+ pool. I know with 3 week period this sounds ambitious plan, but I have no choice. Should I follow the plan above but study more hours per day (I’m currently not working), or the Verbal pill (I need to focus in verbal)???
Yes, you should go all out with multiple 2-3 hour sessions per day if you have the day free. So in your case, definitely. Start toning it down the last week, but the first few weeks need to be as brutal as you can make it.
Maintain the mentality that you are training for a mental marathon – almost like a mental Olympics. Hold yourself to a high standard and demand the best from yourself.
I have one month to study for my 3rd and final crack at the GMAT and would really like to use this study plan. I have a concern that may not make this realistic though. I work full time and could only study from 6pm until bed (10-11pm) each week night. Weekends are mostly open. What do you suggest I do? Could the GMAT Pill still work if teaked a bit since I cant study during the day?
Your time constraints are very common for GMAT test takers – the GMATPill course is tailored specifically to students like you who are on the go, work during the day, and have limited time on wkday nights to study. GMAT Pill now has an iPad AND iphone app to help you access and download course material while on the go. We are the first prep company to offer an iPad app for on-the-go studying.