When studying for the GMAT or Executive assessment, the three-month format is the best. Three months actually give you ample time to study and work on the points that you must improve on without really cramming too much. Most review sessions also take up resources, so you do not want to really drag on studying too long.
Also do note that you can only take the Executive Assessment twice and the GMAT also has a limit as to how many times you can take the test. This means that you need to study as efficiently and effectively as possible so you don’t waste time and money on retakes. MBAs for executives take a lot of hard work, so you need to be as efficient as possible.
What is a good strategy to study for three months?
TAKE AN ASSESSMENT TEST
Taking an assessment test is a great idea before studying so you will know exactly where you stand. The test can also help you know your strengths and weaknesses so you will know which areas you need to focus on when studying.
Taking an assessment test will also enlighten you on your aptitude for the GMAT or EA. This will help you with your endeavor to get an MBA degree. Starting off with an Assessment will give you a baseline to work from. You can take a GMAT online assessment which is readily available.
If you’re taking the GMAT or Executive Assessment test, you can go to the GMAC website where you can find a lot of materials for you to study. Do note that you can use the same GMAT materials for the Executive Assessment.
GET YOUR STUDY MATERIALS
Get all of your GMAT preparation materials upfront as you work on your 3-month plan. It is better that you already have a repository of the things that you need to study, such as practice exams, or Gmat reading materials, so that you can plan what to study for a particular day.
There are several credible sites that give GMAT prep sources such as the GMAC website itself, or the Magoosh GMAT Blog, or the Manhattan prep study schedule.
To know more about the materials, please check out my video “PREPARE for GMAT (or Executive Assessment) EXAM” where you can find more details on this topic.
CREATE A SCHEDULE
A 3-month GMAT study schedule is something that you need to create to properly to keep on track. You need to set the specific dates and the materials that you will use.
However, do note that having a 3 month GMAT study schedule means that you have to follow that schedule. Treat your schedule as sacred and prioritize this over everything else.
This is why you should make it as realistic and doable as possible. You should not put in something like – will study for 10 hours straight with no breaks.
If you need a method on how to plan your schedule properly, you may want to check out this video: GMAT Exam Study & Have a Life (GMAT Prep for a GREAT GMAT Score)
PLAN HOW YOU WILL STUDY
After doing your assessment, study the areas that you need to focus on or brush up on. Make sure you include them in your schedule. Get a calendar and plan the hours you will study for every GMAT reading material or topic each day.
What you can do for the first week is to focus on this area. Then the following week, you’ll focus on another topic. Then plan an assessment and note what questions you keep on missing.
What you should do is to plan the topics you need to consider for the next three months. By writing them down and creating a calendar, you will become more organized.
TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Note that regular breaks are totally different from leisurely activities where you plan a cross country trip. Studying for the GMAT or the Executive assessment test will be exhausting, long & frustrating, so make sure you take some breaks.
What you can do is that over the weekends, you may block out four hours to study. But then, you can put 30-minute breaks in for every hour.
Taking a break means closing your books and materials and taking a quick walk outside. This will give you time to freshen up your mind. Also, walking is good for the body and helps to relieve stress.
You may also have some healthy snacks – to replenish your energy. Do try to stay away from too many sweet things which may give you an instant boost, but will end up making you sluggish afterward.
GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP CAN FRESHEN UP YOUR MIND
In addition to taking breaks when studying for this test, you also need to make sure that you get adequate sleep. Staying up till 12 midnight or 1:00 AM is not going to help you retain information better.
Make sure that you are getting enough sleep so that you can focus and you can concentrate when you are studying. Also, make sure to eliminate distractions –- put your cellphone away or make it hard for you to reach it just to keep yourself motivated and distraction-free.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Make sure to track your progress to help you see what are the things that you did right and what are the things that you did wrong. That way, you can adjust your schedule as necessary.
When you initially start off building your schedule, just keep in mind that this schedule is essentially fluid because there will be improvements in some areas. And there are areas where you need to narrow down to specific topics that you need to review.
Remember that no schedule is set in stone and you have to adjust based on your progress.
PLAN WHAT TOPICS YOU ARE TO CONSIDER
Lastly, with your 3-month study plan for GMAT, always understand the areas that you need to brush up on topics that you need to pay more attention to. Note those things and put them into your schedule.
An individual who plans on taking the GMAT or Executive assessment test cannot be bad at everything, so know what you really need to focus on and know what you can study lightly.
By planning the specific topics that you will study, you are sure to create a study plan that will fit within three months.