Recommended Practice Questions: What’s Good and What’s Not
The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition - I ran through a some of these questions and they’re also very good. I highly recommend.
Practice exams worth a look: http://gmatexams.com/gmat-exams-mons.html
If you’re like me, you LOVE free stuff! There’s tons free material out there and I’ll show you where they are! Here’s a list of some GMAT CAT exams you can use for practice. They usually require you to sign up for their email list, but it’s free. You can always sign up with a non-personal email address to get the practice questions.
GMAT Prep – This GMAT CAT is free and was my only source I used for my practice exams (along with Official Guide). I highly recommend it as it is very similar to the real exam and created by the same people.
800score - Sign up your email to get the CAT
Petersons - Sign up and get the questions.
4tests - Here are some sample questions.
Kaplan - a free CAT
Princeton Review - a free CAT
I did not find the Kaplan or Princeton Review books very useful as their questions varied in difficulty. I don’t think they are a good gauge of what the real test would be.
So there’s a lot of free material. To start off, you should definitely get the GMATPrep software I listed up top and the official guide. I would say these are the best sources (the only ones I used). The other ones can give you more practice but are somewhat less realistic than the first two recommendations.
If you study effectively you shouldn’t need to go through all of the above resources. That would take forever. Going through extra questions can help, but if you are approaching the questions inefficiently, you’ll reach a ceiling where you won’t get any higher unless you change your thinking. Doing more questions will not necessarily help you improve your score.
When you do take a GMAT practice test, make sure you simulate the real exam conditions! Take a full Saturday or Sunday and start the quant in a quiet room at 9am or so. Take a short lunch break and then take the verbal section.
Many prep programs include bells and whistles like CAT tests in their programs to justify their high prices. But really there’s plenty of free ones out there. I would recommend you take advantage of these free CAT tests and apply the frameworks and strategies of the GMAT Pill during your studies to get the most bang for your buck.
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Above you are recommending "The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition".
However, the picture is showing the latest i.e. 12th edition.
Which one do you really recommend?
Yes, I recommend the latest edition–which at the moment is the 12th edition. However, much of the 12th edition is the same as the 11th edition (as is the case with most books). So don't feel you are missing out by having the 11th edition. Having said that, if you are looking to purchase one or the other, I would recommend the 12th edition.
Hi, do you think it's worth it to purchase the 9 paper tests on mba.com? Thanks!
I don’t think it’s necessary to purchase the 9 paper tests. However, if you have exhausted the Official Guide and prep software (highly unlikely for most people) and still feel you want some extra practice, then go ahead.
The OG and prep software + GMAT Pill should be enough for most people.
Hope that helps!
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