Thankfully there’s some of you already studying for the GMAT, even though it’s only April. You realize that this is a serious project you’re undertaking and you’re starting early.
This post is to help you schedule out the next few months of your life so that you can plan for all contingencies in the GMAT realm. This advice applies mostly for people taking the GMAT for the first time, but it should also be useful for those of you who are around for Reapplicant Month.
The biggest advice we can offer is, you don’t want to be doing GMAT prep and essays at the same time.
A smart Brave Supplicant will allocate two full months to doing essays.
With Round 1 deadlines hitting around October 1st, this means you need to be done with the GMAT by August.
Now, “done with the GMAT” means you’ve got your FINAL SCORE – which unfortunately may not be your first score. We’d actually suggest that you plan to take the test even earlier than August, so that you can regroup and try again in case that first attempt isn’t what you hoped for. Since you need 30 days between tests, then that leads us to this GMAT planning advice:
Take the GMAT in June for a Round 1 MBA application.
Now you understand why we’re emphasizing that you need to start early, yes?