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Guidance on study plan

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Guidance on study plan

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Hi all,

I would appreciate any advice or feedback on how I should approach studying for the GMAT, as I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by everything out there. Some background:

    -I took one of the GMATPrep practice CATs on mba.com cold with no prep to get a baseline and scored a 730 (Verbal 40, Quant 49, IR 8). I also took the Official Guide 2019 Diagnostic test which didn't give an exact score but scaled to a 720 using a guide I found online (the results were Excellent in Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction, and Above Average in Reading Comprehension). I feel like I struggled to finish the Quant section in the allotted time- I guessed on 3 questions near the end because I only had 8 minutes left for 5 questions and panicked, so any advice targeting how to speed up would be welcome.

    -I plan to sit the exam during the second to last week of March, which leaves me about 9 weeks of study time. I can dedicate 3 hours of studying a day on weekdays, and 1 longer 4-5 hour chunk on one day of the weekend.

    -The schools I'm looking at are Booth, Kellogg, Harvard, Sloan, Wharton, Stanford, etc. Would aiming for a 750+ be sufficient for these schools in a few years time, or do I need to go higher? Note that I will not be applying for at least 3 years since I am currently a senior in undergrad and will need to work for at least 3 years before my post-grad company will sponsor my MBA.

    -I purchased the Official Guide 2019 bundle (OG, Verbal, Quant), and I have access to online versions of all the Manhattan strategy guides (a mix of 5th and 6th editions). I may also purchase the additional 6 CATs from Manhattan if those are recommended. Is this enough material to study with?

Lastly, how should I go about structuring my time? I've read that marginal gains near the top of the score range are the hardest to achieve, so I'm not sure if I should read all the Manhattan guides, focus on the OG questions, just take a bunch of practice tests, or some combination of everything.

If you've read this far, thank you! Any advice would be welcome.[/list]

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Hi szhao,

To start, a 730 initial Score is an outstanding performance (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years), so you're clearly a strong critical thinker. Focusing on the GMAT now - years before you will actually need your Score - is also a smart choice.

Since there's no way to properly 'forecast' what the application 'market' will look like in 3-4 years, there's no way to define the exact Score that you might need to get into any of those Schools. We can look at historical data though - and with a 700+ Score (and a strong Quant Scaled Score in the high Q40s or Q50s), you could comfortably apply to all of those Schools. With highly-competitive Programs, you will need a strong OVERALL profile and you will need to properly 'market yourself' to each individual Program that you apply to - but all of those issues are things you'll work on in the future.

Based on your current plan, I suggest that you study as you choose for the next 2-3 weeks, then take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results and any adjustments you might make to your study routine.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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