All right! This is officially the start of my GMAT preparations. Right now, here’s my plan:
Step 1: Familiarize myself with the test and basic types of questions/strategies.
Step 2: Take my first practice test on GMAT prep (first of 2 downloadable from MBA.com). This should give me a gauge on where I stand and clarify the amount of work I have to put in.
Step 3: Go through Kaplan’s Premier guide or the Princeton Review guide (still on the fence). Attempt another practice CAT, this time from Kaplan or Princeton Review.
Step 4: Go through 12th edition Official Guide for GMAT Review. I’m going to use the Khan Academy’s free online GMAT prep video series found at the following link to review my work and keep the concepts fresh in my mind. http://www.khanacademy.org/gmat
Step 5: One more practice test.
Step 6: Go through Manhattan GMAT prep’s 8 strategy guides.
Step 7: More practice tests, followed by more practice.
Depending on how much time I have, the speed/effectiveness of how I’m able to work through all the material, and how I perform on my practice tests I’ll have to alter the plan as I go. Along the way I’ll be reading the forums/blogs at http://www.beatthegmat.com/ for tips and advice to incorporate into my approach.
Timeline: I have two weeks before I go back to school in May. My goal is to be finished with steps 1 and 2 by Wednesday, April 20th, and hopefully get around 50 hours in before May 2nd, leaving about a month to get another 50-60 hours or so in (test day is June 4th).
So here I go. Full steam ahead!