With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and The Test

I recently wrapped up my Manhattan GMAT course this week and feel pretty glad about having paid for a class rather than doing it on my own.  I don’t think I would’ve felt this prepared and confident without some type of outside assistance.  But now that the course is over, I’m facing a great deal of separation anxiety.  No longer do I have a set schedule of homework and readings to complete each week. Now I need to create my own schedule.

Thankfully, I still have a great deal of content to work with and I think I have a good sense of what my weaknesses are.  I’m already scoring well into the 90th percentile for Verbal, but my Math is still hovering around the 80th percentile.  I’ll definitely focus a bit more on Math just to make sure I can break that 80 threshold that’s so greatly valued.

Below is an itemization of the self study material I will pursue during the period between the end of my GMAT course and the actual GMAT test itself.  There’s definitely no shortage of work here, so now I just need to organize this into a weekly schedule and execute upon it.  I have approximately a month and one half to get all of this done.

Official Guide Questions

Remaining OG questions

Review and redo incorrect and time intensive questions

CAT Exams

Manhattan remaining 4 CAT exams

GMAC 2 CAT exams

Kaplan CAT exam

Supplemental Practice Questions

Beat the GMAT Practice Questions

MGMAT Online Question Banks

Content Learning / Review

Essays – format, structure, and approach

Data Sufficiency Strategies

MGMAT Online Labs

Harmonic Average Formula

Office Hours Notes

Class Notes

Create “Approach Slides” for each type of questions

Create “Review Deck” with key points I can review before each exam

Things to Memorize

Timing Benchmarks

Essay Outline

FDP Conversions

Exponents and Roots

All Geometry formulas


Is there anything you would add to your final leg of studying?

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mako from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Previous posts by Mako at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?

Falling Behind & Stressed Out

My New Critical Reasoning Strategy

Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton