Weekends and Workdays: 10 ways to prepare for the GMAT while working full-time

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Weekends and Workdays: 10 ways to prepare for the GMAT while working full-time

For a working professional, the idea of carving out enough time to study for the GMAT can seem daunting. And while there’s nothing wrong with doing the bulk of your GMAT prep on the weekends, most people don’t take advantage of their workdays as much as they should. Below are ten ways to help you find time to study every day of the week.


Bail on brunch – Many test-takers (even those who aren’t “morning people”) have found that weekend mornings offer a quiet block of time for them to master a few new subjects.

Master concepts – Most applicants find that they have larger blocks of time on the weekends, which allow more time to delve into new material and work on MBA-related tasks like researching schools.

Find a buddy – Whether it’s a class that moves through a set syllabus or a weekly meet-up with a study buddy, many test-takers find that weekly contact helps them keep on track.


Squeeze in time at the office – A surprising number of people like to arrive at work early and find themselves a quiet place to study.

Make a date – One night a week, go to a bookstore or a coffee shop and get through an hour or two of practice.

Work on your GMAT as you work out – If possible, try a little GMAT prep on the elliptical or listen to a podcast during your run.

Eat and study – Carve out a few minutes of practice during your lunch break or while cooking dinner.

Use your commute – A 45-minute train ride is an entire practice section.

Practice while you wait – If you’re waiting for a meeting to start, try a few practice questions instead of mindlessly checking your email or playing Candy Crush.

Skip your least favorite TV show – We know it’s not as fun, but sacrificing a ½ hour of time in front of the TV or online is probably better than sacrificing a ½ hour with family or friends.

If you don’t want to carry around a 500-page book, Prep4GMAT app places over 1000 questions at your fingertips, allowing you to maximize your free time and study for the GMAT as efficiently as possible. If you have any other suggestions for studying while working full-time, be sure to mention them in the comments below.

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