Everyone has different demands on their time and works through the material at different rates; however, on average, it takes 3 months to prepare for the GMAT. If you need to start with ‘pre-GMAT’ material then it will likely take longer. An effective study schedule is one that incorporates the following elements:
#1: Tutoring Sessions
By booking recurring meetings with one of our tutors, we will be able to ensure that you remain motivated and stay on track. We will keep you moving forward by answering all your questions and by showing you how the pros approach the exam!
#2: Daily Reading
This is the best, and perhaps only, way to prepare for the Reading Comprehension section. It is best to read publications that are dense and grammatically sound such as The Economist.
#3: Daily Studying
The score that you will ultimately be awarded on test day will be a reflection of the work that you put in and doing well requires a consistent effort. It is important to establish and maintain good study habits from day 1.
#4: Minimum 3 Practice Tests per Month and an in Depth Review of Each
Completing practice tests on a regular basis is highly beneficial for the following reasons:
1. It will help you develop and refine time management strategies
2. You'll be able to track your improvement
#5: 2 GMAT Attempts
Many people write the test twice and most schools have admissions policies that incentivize multiple attempts (i.e. most schools only take the best score into consideration). If you hit your goal on the first attempt then you can simply stop studying; if not, you’ll have a much better idea of what you’re up against for the next attempt. We recommend being aggressive by booking your first attempt early because this will leave you a lot of time to prepare for the second (if you need it)!