Are you aiming to score a 700+ on GMAT within a month and are looking for a plan that will help you achieve your dream score? Well, you have come to the right place! In this article, we shall look at how you can clear the first hurdle towards your MBA dreams with flying colors. When the time is limited, efficient planning and execution become critical to success. Having a precise plan and a focused approach ensures that you make the most of your time and do not spend any time in non-productive activities. But before we begin, here is some motivation for you. Below are a few examples of students who managed to achieve their target score in a month’s time:
- Bruno improved from a 540 to 730 (Q48 V42) in 1 month. He focused on “logical approach” and building “core skills”. Click here to watch his amazing video interview.
- Ashray scored a 760 in just 20 days. Read how he achieved this amazing feat.
- Shaarang understood the meaning based approach and improved from 690 to 740 in just 15 days. Learn how he did it.
- Rhea improved from 620 to 760 in just 40 days. Watch her video interview to learn how she achieved this feat.
1. Is it possible to achieve my target GMAT score in a month?
Since GMAT is an exam that students take at various stages of their life, every student starts at a different level. If you are planning to take the test in one month, it is important that you identify the level that you are starting the preparation at. Knowing this level and your relative strength in the two sections of GMAT will help you create a more efficient and effective plan to ace the test. You can take diagnostic test available online to identify your current preparedness level. Alternatively, you can also take the diagnostic test that we offer in our Free Trial.
Once you take the Diagnostic test, you can refer to the below table to see the amount of time you would require to improve to your target score. However, on average, students require about 7 hours of preparation with a data-driven online course for every 10 points improvement.
|50 Hours||~ 55 – 70 points Improvement|
|70 Hours||~ 70 – 100 points Improvement|
|90 Hours||~ 100 – 130 points Improvement|
|100 Hours||~120 – 140 points Improvement|
If you are a full-time working professional and wondering how to make time for preparation, we recommend that you read our article on Study Plan for Working Professionals – Balancing Work and Study.
So, if your current level is of scoring 600 on the GMAT and you spend about 90 hours in preparation, then you would improve to scores of around 700-730. Vice versa, if you know that the difference between your target score and current score is 80 points, then you can determine from the table that you would need to study for approximately 70 hours.
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2. Where to Start? How to make a study plan?
Now that you have a realistic estimate of how much time you need to invest in order to get a certain score improvement, you need to know where to begin your preparation for the GMAT! So let’s start.
2.1 Define your Target GMAT Score
Do you have a clear target score in mind or are you just testing waters and hoping for a ‘good score’ in GMAT? What is a good GMAT score? The shortest answer to this is whatever score gets you in your target program with scholarships if you are aiming for one. Your target score should, therefore, be the median GMAT score required for your target program. If however, you are looking to get Scholarship/Fellowship, you must aim for 30 points over the median score. This would make your profile competitive with other students vying for Scholarships.
Learn what is a good GMAT score for earning MBA scholarships in this article.
Confused about what target GMAT score you should aim for? Follow this 5-step process in this article to determine the answer.
2.2 Acquaint yourself with the test format
Once you have found out the target score that you must aim for, the next step would be to familiarise yourself with the test format. Understanding the test format will ensure that you won’t be surprised on the test day. For your quick reference, I have shared links to two articles that will help you acquaint yourself with the test format.
- GMAT Exam Format – This article answers all your questions about the updated GMAT Exam Format and Timing, Exam Structure, Sections, and Question Types.
- GMAT Eligibility Criteria – This article is your guide to all that you need to know about GMAT eligibility criteria and the registration process.
- GMAT FAQs – All the commonly asked questions are provided in this blog post to help the GMAT aspirants in the best way possible.
3. How to prepare for GMAT? Study Plan for 1 Month
3.1 Define your strategy
Based on your diagnostic scores you must define whether your strategy should be Verbal-driven or Quant-driven. If through your diagnostic score you realize that you are better at your relative strength is Verbal than you must leverage this strength by targeting a higher score in it and then planning the required score in Quant.
For example – you score 600 in your diagnostic test with the break-up of Q39 (35 percentile) and V33 (68 percentile). This clearly indicates that your relative strength out of the two sections is Verbal. If you are aiming for a score of 720, then you should aim for Q49 (74 percentile) and V40 (90 percentile).
Let’s take another example where your diagnostic score of 600 has the split of Q48 (67 percentile) and V26 (43 percentile) and you are aiming for a 720. In this case, your target split should be leveraging your relative strength of Quant and the possible combinations could be Q50 (85 percentile) & V36 (80 percentile) or Q51 (96 percentile) & V35 (76 percentile).
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3.2 Set up a Study Schedule
Before you sit down to study plan your entire month for the time you need to devote to GMAT Prep. One of the best practices for this is to block that time in your calendar so that you do not schedule any other activity at that time. Discipline will be critical in ensuring you put in the required effort towards your GMAT Prep. Your daily plan should include the amount of time you would be spending each day along with the time of the day you would do it.
- Carrie scored a 750 in GMAT. She made sure that she planned her time in advance and block her calendar accordingly. Click here to know how she managed to get to a 98 percentile in GMAT despite a full-time job.
3.3 Create a Study Plan
3.3.1 Start with a section which is your strength
We recommend that you begin with the section that is your strength as it will set a good momentum for your preparation. Since you are already better at it, it would be easier for you to improve as you would not have to go through everything in that section. You must do a topic level analysis of your preparedness and prepare only those topics in which you are not up to the mark. In our advanced quizzing platform, Scholaranium, you can take Ability Quizzes which helps you to do just that. I recommend that you follow the below mentioned steps:
- Take Ability Quiz using the below links for the relevant section
- Go to the Skill Data section and Isolate the topics in which you are weak and improve upon them
- Track your improvement and repeat the process until you reach desired scores
Now coming to the section in which you are relatively weaker, you would be required to spend more time on this section as the improvement that you seek would be more. You would have to make sure you understand the concepts and the process to solve GMAT like questions of this section. You must work on this section until you reach your desired score in this section instead of completing the entire section thoroughly since you would have limited time.
3.3.2 Best Practices while studying for GMAT
Unsure about your Quant preparation? Attend our Quant Workshop to get an accurate assessment of your current ability and define a path to your target score.
To make sure that you do not spend time unnecessarily, we have compiled a list of best practices which if you follow, you would be able to make the most of your time.
- If you are an e-GMAT student, you can skip the lesson in which you score 100% in the pre-assessment quiz. This will save you time which you can utilize later in fine-tuning.
- At e-GMAT, we believe in timely feedback and hence you will get regular feedback on your learning, if you score less than 80% in any file you must ensure that you re-work on the file till you are able to get 80% or more before moving on. Tackling the topic right then and there will ensure that the learning is cemented in lesser time.
- After completing each section, take Ability Quiz in Scholaranium and ensure you have reached your target ability in that section. If not, you must identify the topics in which you are weak and improve upon it before moving on to the next section.
Note – You can refer to this article to know how to make the most of Ability Quizzes and Scholaranium.
- Make comprehensive notes that you can refer to later while revising. e-GMAT students can make notes in the course itself to later revisit them from the Notes tab.
- Maintain error log so that you can review the mistakes you have made in the past and ensure that you do not repeat them. You can bookmark the question within the course itself and access it from the Bookmarks tab.
- Take mock tests after the learning phase is over and make sure you review each test well and improve upon the weak areas before taking the next test. Only taking mock tests without revising would not help.
- We do not recommend taking a mock test in the 3 days before your GMAT. In the last 3 days, you must revise your notes, go through your error log, study for IR and AWA to make sure you are not burned out on the test day!
5. Conclusion – GMAT Study Plan for 1 Month
To summarize, you must spend a couple of hours before jumping right into your course material to create a well-defined plan to ace the GMAT. Once you have created the plan you must make sure that it covers the following points:
- Study Schedule
- Amount of time to be devoted daily and when
- Buffer time in case of backlog
- Resources to use at different stages of prep:
- Resources to be used for learning
- Resources to be used for tracking progress/feedback
- Mock Tests
- Resources to be used for other exams related information
- Plan to utilize the resources in a limited time
When you study with a singular focus of acing the test, reaching your target score is just a matter of time.
All the best!
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