GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) Preparation Course Syllabus
Lesson Numbers | Overview of Lesson Plan | Key Content Covered |
1&2 | • An introduction to GMAT. • Handing over Princeton Review Book and GMAT.cz Package • DVD from the course book and an insight into the logic of GMAT. • Introducing the idea of the skills to be developed • An outline and brief description of each the Verbal sections • Answering questions general from the student. • Introduction to memory improvement techniques | • GMAT introduction • Princeton Review Book and GMAT.cz Package • Basic exam structure review including description of CAT • The GMAT scoring scale • Verbal sections defined • Memory improvement techniques • Home assignment: GMAT intro quiz |
3&4 | • Definition of terms for the Quantitative Section of the GMAT. • Answering questions related to this subject coming from the G2 course preparation test. • Foundation of basic arithmetic | • Definition of terms • Properties of integers • Fractions • Decimals • Home assignment: Arithmetic practice questions (not from GMAT test) |
5&6 | • Continuation of the foundation in basic arithmetic. | • Real Numbers • Ration & Proportion • Percents • Powers & Roots of Numbers • Descriptive Statistics • Sets • Counting Methods • Discrete Probability • Home assignment: Arithmetic practice questions (not from GMAT test) |
7&8 | • Critical Reasoning 1 • An introduction to Critical Reasoning part of GMAT and the history and changes of the section • Description of how CR skills are a good place to start for the Reading Comprehension • Very basic outline of the 4 basic parts of an argument (greater detail in Critical Reasoning 2) • Explanation of how this section falls into 8 categories (greater detail in Critical Reasoning 2) • Principles on how to identify these categories and logically approach them | • Argument construction • Argument Evaluation • Formulating and Evaluating a plan of Action • Home assignment: easy examples from Bin1 |
9&10 | • Fundamentals of Algebra. • Explanation of how important this topic is and in how many questions will involve the use of these fundamentals. • Reviewing first year High School but in the GMAT paradigm. | • Simplifying Algebraic Expressions • Equations • Solving Linear Equations with one Unknown • Solving Linear Equations with two Unknowns • Solving Equations by Factoring • Solving Quadratic Equations • Exponents • Home assignment: Algebra practice questions (not from GMAT test) |
11&12 | • Fundamentals of Algebra finished • An introduction to problem solving with equalities and inequalities involving multiple variables and solutions • Explanation of principle of plugging-in (to be covered in detail in later lesson) | • Inequalities • Absolute Value • Functions • Solving Equations • Solving Inequalities • Transforming Algebra into Arithmetic • Home assignment: Algebra practice questions (not from GMAT test) |
13&14 | • Introduction to Sentence Correction • Areas of grammar which are typically covered in the GMAT are outlined and students will review the basics • A few grammar drills designed to help review each area and affirm knowledge | • Pronoun Agreement • Pronoun Ambiguity • The Test Masters Catalog of Idioms • Misplaced Modifiers • Parallel Construction • Verb Tenses, Part One • Subject/Verb Agreement • Home assignment: Grammar review questions |
15&16 | • Sentence Correction 1 • Grammar areas are completed as an introduction • Grammar drills focused on the topics covered • Feedback and explanations designed to isolate weaknesses and homework allocated accordingly | • Noun Agreement • Comparison Words • Quantity Words • Redundancy • Verb Tenses, Part Two • The Subjunctive Mood • Home assignment: Grammar review questions |
17&18 | • Fundamentals of Geometry • The final area of math fundamentals essential to the GMAT • Shown to be not as important as algebra but a key area where candidates should be confident • A few example questions for each topic to help visualise and understand principles in GMAT test environment | • Lines • Intersecting lines and angles • Perpendicular lines • Parallel lines • Polygons (convex) • Triangles • Quadrilaterals • Geometry • Home assignment: Geometry practice questions (not from GMAT test) |
19 & 20 | • Fundamentals of Geometry finished • More example test questions and a review of all the topics from Geometry • Focused effort on Coordinate Geometry as the largest part of the field needed in GMAT | • Circles • Rectangular solids and cylinders • Surface areas • Volumes • Coordinate Geometry • Home assignment: Geometry practice questions (not from GMAT test) |
21&22 | • An introduction to Reading Comprehension and the GMAT test question structure • Presentation on the value of developing reading techniques • Brief introduction to fundamental techniques of how to effectively approach GMAT Reading Comprehension questions • Description of the 3 subject fields that these questions will come from • An outline of what is meant by interpretive, applied and inferential test questions | • Definition of terms • Reading Comprehension structure • Approach techniques • Subject field overview • Home assignment: 2 actual Reading Comprehension test questions from Bin1 |
23&24 | • Review of key points from previous 2 lessons • Feedback from home assignment • Focused suggestions • Actual previous GMAT questions from Bin2 | • Comprehension tips • Test questions • Home assignment: revise key points from Reading Comprehension |
25&26 | • Introduction to Data Sufficiency • Explanation of math skills needed • Overview of the wide variety of Data Sufficiency problems which GMAT include • Basic introduction on how to analyze a quantitative problem and recognize which information is relevant • Basic introduction on how to determine what information is sufficient to solve a given problem • Very important tips to remember from the very beginning supported by basic interactive drills • Definition of terms and why they need to be memorized • Common pitfalls to avoid | • Question structure • Answering fundamentals • Definition of essential terms • Common pitfalls • Basic tips • Approach techniques • Basic interactive drills • Home assignment: 2 test questions from Bin1 |
27&28 | • Review of Data Sufficiency efficient methodology • Feedback from home assignment • Interactive drills designed to improve the approach of candidates to the test questions using the methodology taught combined with their own natural intelligence, logic process and experience • Review of the wide variety of Data Sufficiency problems which GMAT include | • Methodology review • Feedback • Interactive drills • Home assignment:2 Questions from Bin2 |
29&30 | • Critical Reasoning 2 • A quick review of what was covered in Critical reasoning 1 • Candidates are given tips on how to prepare their brains to approach these types of Questions • The 4 main parts of an argument‘s structure is described and broken down into more detail • A detailed look into the structure of the 8 types of argument questions | • Brain preparation tips • Premises, conclusions, assumptions, inferences • Assumption • Strengthen the argument • Weaken the argument • Inference • Parallel the reasoning • Resolve or explain • Evaluate an argument • Identify the reasoning • Home assignment: review the 4 parts of an argument and the 8 types of GMAT Critical Reasoning questions |
31&32 | • Review home assignment • Outline main tips for efficiently gaining maximum points from this section • Interactive drill with Critical Reasoning questions from Bin2 • Reminder of rudiments of GMAT logic not formal logic | • Critical Reasoning Bin 2 • Tips • GMAT logic • Home assignment: 2 Bin 2 GMAT test questions |
33&34 | • Problem Solving 1 • A brief overview of what GMAT Problem Solving questions look like and a reminder of the math skills reviewed from Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry • An introduction to the principle of effective exam question answering: • When to shortcut/fully solve/plugin answers • An introduction to the principle of the Process of Elimination • How to avoid partial answers • How to spot ‚crazy‘ answer choices • The absolute importance of avoiding the answers that Joe Bloggs would choose in harder questions | • Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry • Shortcut/fully solve/plug-in • POE • Partial answers • Crazy answers • Joe Bloggs • Home assignment: Quick overview of lesson content |
35&36 | • Problem Solving 2 • Review of Problem Solving questions key points from home assignment • Introduction to rate, work, function, probability, combination and permutation problems (will be covered in detail in a separate lesson) • How to approach interest rate problems and basic statistics like mean, median, mode, and standard deviation | • Rate problems • Work problems • Mixture problems • Measurement problems • Rate • Work • Probability • Combination and permutation • Interest rates • Statistics • Standard deviation • Home assignment: GMAT test questions from Bin ½ |
37&38 | • Sentence Correction 2 • Review foundations of grammar from Sentence Correction 1 • Introduce GMAT English rules and logic and accepting the fact that this is not about pure grammar in the normal world • Description of the types of errors that are tested in GMAT Sentence Correction test questions • Explanation of how the test writers decide upon the 4 alternative options they give in the test • Describe POE technique • Candidates will go through Bin 1 questions to drill the various points brought up | • Brief grammar review • GMAT English principles • Use Your Ear • Contextual Clues • Simplicity is Bliss • Sentence Fragments • Parallel Construction Error • Faulty Comparison • Punctuation • Word Confusion • Adjective/Adverb Error • Correct pronoun usage • Disagreement Between Subject and Verb • Verb Tense Error • Misplaced Modifier • Incorrect Idiomatic Expression • POE technique • Sentence Correction Bin1 drill • Home assignment: 2 Bin 2 test questions |
39&40 | • Sentence Correction 3 • Feedback from home assignment • Review POE technique • Focused in depth coverage of the typical areas of focus • Bin 3 drilling | • Sentence Correction typical areas of focus • Home assignment: review of typical areas of focus and 2 questions from Bin 3 |
41&42 | • Applied Arithmetic • Review of introduction from Problem Solving lesson 2 • Detailed approach to each topic • Interactive review using Bin 2 • GMAT test questions | • Rate • Work • Probability • Combination and permutation • Interest rates • Statistics • Standard deviation • Home assignment: GMAT questions from Bin 2/3 |
43&44 | • Permutations and Combinations • A special focused lesson on an increasingly important area of problem solving • Tips and tricks to gain maximum points from these question types • Focused review and feedback to candidates for all Applied Arithmetic topics | • Permutations and Combinations • Tips and tricks • Feedback on all Applied Arithmetic • Home assignment: GMAT questions from Bin 2/3 |
45&46 | • Algebra • Review of fundamentals of GMAT algebra • Re-introduce the principle of ‚plugging-in‘ • PLUGGING IN • PLUGGING IN THE ANSWERS • In order to make life as easy as possible candidates will learn about key things to avoid and tips to make plugging in easier and as effective as possible | • Algebra review • Plugging in • Plugging in Answers • Tips, tricks, traps |
47&48 | • An introduction to GMAT Analytical Writing • Description of the 2 types of essay topics • An outline of the AWA basic principles • Introduction to the step by step model on how to be in control of the AWA | • Analytical Writing introduction • Outlined approach • Fundamentals of Composition • Home assignment:review model of AWA |
49&50 | • A step by step model to follow to build total confidence • A break down and detailed practical approach of both types of essay topics | • ISSUE ANALYSIS • ARGUMENT ANALYSIS • Home assignment:Practice AWA |
51-54 | • Intensive Data Sufficiency • Vital tips which will enhance the knowledge gained from lessons and drilling both in class and at home • Examples showing these tips in action • Drilling to practice advanced techniques | • Data Sufficiency tips • Tips in action • Drilling • Home assignment: Questions from Bin3 and Bin4 |
55-58 | • Intensive Problem Solving • Vital tips which will enhance the knowledge gained from lessons and drilling both in class and at home • Examples showing these tips in action • Drilling to practice advanced techniques | • Problem Solving tips • Tips in action • Drilling • Home assignment: Questions from Bin3 and Bin4 |
59-62 | • Intensive Reading Comprehension • Vital tips which will enhance the knowledge gained from lessons and drilling both in class and at home • Examples showing these tips in action • Drilling to practice advanced techniques | • Reading Comprehension tips • Tips in action • Drilling • Home assignment: Questions from Bin2 and Bin3 |
63-69 | • Advanced Quantitative Focus | —- |
70-76 | • Advanced Verbal Focus | —- |
77-78 | • Creative Writing Review | —- |
79-80 | • FINAL CAT PRACTICE | —- |
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