I need help setting up a timeline of studying + advice

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First some background:

I'm currently an undergraduate Political Science major with a minor in Philosophy at RIT, taking 20 credits plus a one hour wellness course there next quarter and have been actively pursuing their 4+1 MBA program, but attempting to complete it in 4 years instead of 5. I have already completed all of my minor and major courses and all that's left are a few business classes. No matter what I get my BS in Poli Sci this may. I have a GPA of 3.77 and could graduate with honors if I add a little more work to three of my classes.
I've done spectacular in Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, and all the other business classes I've taken so far.

My Problem:
The school requires a GMAT of 580 to get some scholarship money, and a 660 for the full 70% tuition and the scholarships are fairly competitive.

My problem is that I haven't really studied for the GMAT and want to enroll next fall. Should I throw myself into a self prescribed GMAT bootcamp on the weekends and what are some tips for maximizing my time?

I've already made myself an equation sheet for the math section of what I don't remember from high school, where I took 2 math classes a year voluntarily. I've also worked through the Manhattan arithmetic skills for the GMAT book. I have several dozen resources to study plus my entire school library.

I'm having trouble balancing school requirements and this is starting to weigh heavily on my mind.
Would it be best to set up a test date and cram until then or study until I feel prepared?

Any help would be hugely appreciated.
Also, should I even study the CR, RC, and SC sections? My program was rather writing intensive and I feel pretty confident about those sections.

TLDR: Doing well in school, haven't studied much want to enroll for Fall, need at least a 660.

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by [email protected] » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:48 am
Hi,

I suggest you orient your compass. Since you know where you need to get to (i.e. final score close to 700) you should look at where you are now. Here is what I suggest:

1. Download the GMATPrep and take one of the 2 full length tests to serve as a diagnostic test of your current status: https://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-fr ... tware.aspx

2. Review your mistakes in each of the standard areas here are a few ways in which you can do this:
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3. Based on the above try to see your problem area. It could be in multiple areas:

a. Concept: It is important that you know the basics of math to do well such as knowing Pythagorean triplets etc.

b. Application:
On the GMAT you can do well by not necessarily going through the most efficient path - but through the most effective path. For example you need not know the formula but still "back solve" the answer, or plug-in values to make a guesstimate. Your MGMAT books should give you these.

c. Strategy: Were you tired during the test, did you find it hard to guess, did you mistime any section? This part is really putting all of it together in the 4-hour cauldron called GMAT :)

Hope this helps,

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by [email protected] » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:37 am
You might consider signing up for BTG's free 60-Day Study Guide (https://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide).
This will help keep your studies on track, and ensure that you cover everything that the GMAT tests.

Cheers,
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