My GMAT Class is Over; Now It’s 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 a 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
  • Idioms

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

4 thoughts on “My GMAT Class is Over; Now It’s Just Me and the Test”

  1. Best of luck! My MGMAT course is ending in two weeks and I’m trying to decide whether to take my exam 2 weeks of 4 weeks after the end date.

  2. Hi MissB,
    Good luck to you too! I think it just depends how caught up on the homework you are. I’m got behind on a couple of assignments, so I’m spending my time right now doing those. I also have a number of practice CATs I need to do. Make sure you schedule your date soon though – spots are definitely filling up.

  3. Hi,

    I am planning to give my GMAT very soon. I need help from you regarding online labs from MGMAT. Do u have those questions , so that I can practice them.

  4. Hi Amit,

    Sorry, I no longer have access to the MGMAT online CATs or practice questions. I believe if you purchase one of MGMAT’s books, it will provide you with an online access code.

    Best of luck on your test.

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