Prepping in 14 days is obviously not the ideal situation. There are limits to how much you can learn in such a short period of time.
Still, sometimes people get stuck. Maybe you haven’t gotten the GMAT score that you need to be competitive at a particular school and 2nd-round deadlines are fast approaching. Maybe you’re on a waitlist and the school has indicated that your chances would be better if you could lift your score. Whatever the circumstance, there are some things that you can do to try to achieve a score boost in a short period of time.
Make no mistake: you’re going to have to work hard! You’re going to live, sleep, and breath the GMAT for the next two weeks. You’ll also need to set realistic expectations for yourself: nobody is going to jump from a 500 to a 720 in two weeks.
Getting Started: Time and Resources
First, if you can take these two weeks off of work (or at least some of the time), then do so. You’re about to undertake a mental marathon; you can’t waste brain energy on many other mental tasks and still get through your GMAT tasks effectively.
If you can’t, then cancel all of your other plans. Outside of work, you’re only going to be working on the GMAT.
Second, it’s important to identify your study resources and set up a solid plan from the start. You don’t have the luxury of trying something for a week (or even a few days!) and then discovering that it isn’t working for you.
At the least, you need the materials in the below list. The starred (*) materials are made by GMAC (the company that makes the real test); GMAC’s materials consist of real, past GMAT questions.
It’s best to practice using real problems, but note that practice problems don’t actually teach you how to get better at the test. You’ll also need material designed to teach you how to get better—this is what test prep companies do.
- *The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 13th Edition
- *GMATPrep CATs (practice exams)
- Additional practice exams that give you performance data (any test prep company, including ours, sells these)
- Materials that teach you all of the math and verbal facts you need to know as well as strategies for answering different kinds of math and verbal questions
- Test-taking strategies, including time management, educated guessing, and so on
Items 4 and 5 might come in the form of books, online lessons, classes, or even private tutoring. Expect to spend some money, particularly because you’re trying to do this in 14 days!
Day 0: Read Two Articles
Before you do anything, learn what the GMAT really tests.