GMAT Phase-Wise Preparation
After the first Diagnostic, take a week going through all the concepts in Quant. Learn the Grammar rules. Familiarize yourself with the concepts, question stems, etc.
Phase I: Assessment (2 Weeks)
•Familiarize yourself with GMAT Sections.
•Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
•Finish a standard GMAT guide to have an overview of all the sections and question types.
•Take a diagnostic TEST.
Phase II: Build Up (6 Weeks)
•This is where you will go through each topic one-by-one.
•This phase lies at the heart of your preparation and you should be able to score well even after completing just this phase itself.
•This is basically divided into 6 weeks of 3 Quants and 3 Verbal.
•You will dedicate one week each to SC, CR and RC.
•After the second phase or two months into your preparation, this will be a good time to take a TEST.
Phase III: Recovery (3 Weeks)
•After you take the test, you will know what your weaknesses and strengths are.
•Depending on which section you need more help in, you can distribute it as 2 Verbal Weeks and 1 Quants week OR 1 Verbal Week and 2 Quants Week.
•Take the GMAT TEST.
Phase IV: Advanced (3 Weeks)
•After you take the first GMAT Prep test, you will have a fair idea of how your score is going to look like. You can kind of expect at least that score.
•In this stage we will try to advance to tougher material.
•The idea is to go through the sections very quickly in this book and apply the learning in solving the Official Guide Verbal and Quant Review Books.
•This will give you an idea as to how your accuracy has improved compared to your past performance.
•During this phase you take two more tests.
Phase V: Testing (2 Weeks)
•After advancing through tougher concepts and solving harder problems, you will be almost ready for the big day.
•But before that you have to get into the Test mode.
•For this you will take a full length mock test every alternate day.
•In between days you will revise the notes, redo the tougher problems, etc.
•Two days before the D-day you should take the GMAT test. This will give you a fair idea of how your preparation is.
•Relax the final day; go over the formulae sheet and flash cards.
•All the best!
1. Arrange all the books on your table. Get a bundle of blank sheets for all the rough work. Get one diary/journal to keep a daily log of your scores. And use your notebook (thin) for taking down all the notes while you are learning. Get a pen (not a pencil), preferably black ink, and a sketch pen to make charts. Also get a tiny bundle of post-its and a white and a black chart paper.
2. Read all you can about the GMAT exam on the official website and the introduction part of any of the GMAT guide. Educate yourself about the CAT methodology of the test. Look at the different types of questions that come on the GMAT. See how each section looks like. Familiarise yourself!!
3. Finally take a diagnostic and feel good even if you didn’t do well. Take a break and think how it was! Go over the analysis section and see what the toughest/easiest section was.