How Long Should You Study for the GMAT?

Some people study for years and some don’t study at all – what’s the optimal length of study time for YOU? This 3-part series will help you answer this important question.

Part 1: Factors to consider

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you good at taking standardized tests? If you have a history of acing standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GRE, etc.), then you’ll probably need to spend less time studying for the GMAT than someone who performs poorly on standardized tests.
  2. How are your math and verbal skills – pre-GMAT studying? If you’re studying math as an undergraduate, then you probably won’t have to work too hard to sharpen your math skills. Similarly, if you studied English or are an avid reader and/or writer, then you’ll be in good shape for the GMAT’s verbal components. If, however, English is not your first language or if you studied something completely unrelated to math, English, or business, then you’ll need to significantly boost your GMAT study time.
  3. Do you know where you’ll be applying to b-school? Some schools have much higher GMAT expectations than others. If your target school is not in the top 30, then you may not have to work as hard (not that you shouldn’t try your hardest to ace the exam…). Also keep target school deadlines in mind – that will further help you solidify a realistic study timeline.

This post is courtesy of our friends at Magoosh. Check out Magoosh’s 1 month study schedule and 3 month study schedule for more advice.
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