We've already offered 6 Free IELTS Practice Resources and 6 Free TOEFL Practice Resources, so it's about time we offer you 6 Free GMAT Practice Resources.
This post features at least 7 computer based GMAT practice tests and links to tons of questions...and they won't cost you anything!
If you're preparing for the GMAT, you're probably a busy working professional and don't have a lot of time to sift through all of the information and GMAT specific sites to test what's good and what's not, so we've done the work for you. We have used all of the following resources in the past with our own students and hope you will benefit from the accompanying advice.
Before you start studying for the GMAT, you MUST do a full length diagnostic test to figure out your baseline score (you score without any preparation, every practice test will hopefully improve upon your baseline) see what your strengths and weaknesses are. The best test available is by the makers of the GMAT: GMAT Prep Software. You can download it from mba.com, the official GMAT exam website.
The software includes 2 full-length mock GMAT exams. Do 1 as your diagnostic before you start hardcore studying and 1 as a "finisher" to give an accurate score just before you take the official GMAT. Although there are no detailed explanations for these test questions, you may find them if you search around on the web (be sure to take a screen shot of the questions because they are not always retained in the software). Questions come from a general question bank and this test is adaptive. We often have students ask us if they should do the tests again once they have finished their 2. We don't recommend it because you will see a lot of the same questions again and, since you already know the answer, it won't really help you study.
Also included in the software are 90 additional questions. Do all of them to get the most out of this great resource!
Kaplan offers this great GMAT Practice Test with Video Review for students who are interested in their courses. There's no reason you can't benefit from it! Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Register Now under the Self-proctored option. You'll be taken to a shopping cart page where you can sign-up to take the test. The test is full-length and adaptive like the real GMAT. Our students have found this test to be slightly easier than the actual GMAT. Although you get a detailed score analysis, detailed answer explanations are only provided for some questions. Still, it's a good tool for computer based practice.
Just like Kaplan, Veritas Prep offers a free full-length, adaptive GMAT exam. This is the test we send to students to do a diagnostic because it includes detailed solutions to every question, pacing analysis, raw quantitative and verbal scores (out of 60), total overall score (out of 800), and data on how you performed versus other students. Our students have found these tests to be harder than the actual GMAT.
You also get access to their GMAT Question Bank of questions they are testing for data. Even though the questions are not adaptive, they are excellent practice on random GMAT topics. When you finish all your free resources and if you still need more computer based practice, we recommend buying the 6 practice tests for $49 (AED 180). We think they are totally worth it!
McGraw-Hill is a well-known publishing company but a relatively new player in the test prep industry. We have found their prep books to be too theory heavy, too long, and too light on GMAT strategy...BUT, they've got a few good resources at their McGraw-Hill Prep Center for the GMAT. The site offers 2 full-length GMAT practice tests, but we question how adaptive they are. In addition, we didn't get a raw or composite score, only the number right and wrong, when we completed the tests. The tests are great if you need more computer-based practice, but don't read to far into the analysis. Do the questions and move on. In case you need a review of any concepts, check out their videos covering major GMAT math and verbal topics and question types. Definitely worth your time.
Manhattan Prep offers a free GMAT Practice and GMAT flash cards to help you study for the GMAT. We like this free test because it's full length, adaptive, and gives you the amount of time you spent of EACH question. We have often used this test to evaluated the pacing and general test-taking strategies that our students used. Often, we discovered that it wasn't their understanding of the concepts that hurt their scores, but the pacing! (Don't ever spend 15 minutes on only 3 questions. It's a score killer.)
Be sure to also check out the free GMAT flash cards. If you're struggling with memorizing math formulas or identifying grammar errors during sentence corrections, you definitely need to work through these. You can print them, view them online, or download them to your iPhone (no Android version available yet).
If you're one of those people who feel like you are not good at math and need a thorough review of the basic concepts, check out the worksheets on Kuta Software. We source all our worksheets for our GMAT Math Foundations lessons on this website. Here are the exact ones you need to practice (click the links):
So now you're thinking, "But I don't know how to do this stuff at all..." No problem. Check out Khan Academy for videos to help you master each concept.
If you don't need GMAT math foundation help but do need some more practice with advanced concepts, check out these:
Divisibility and Factors
This worksheet offers more practice on key concepts included in arithmetic.
Factors and Factorization
For those who need more practice using factor pairs and factor trees to solve GMAT problems.
Markup, Discount, and Tax
Great practice on a few often overlooked quant concepts. After doing enough of these, you'll be a pro.
Operations in Scientific Notation
Although not a common question type on the GMAT quantitative section, operations in scientific notation may appear. Complete this worksheet and you'll have no problem answering the question correctly.
Review of Equations
Mastering algebraic manipulation is important for the GMAT. Practice with this worksheet.
Review of Linear Equations
For people who want more practice with coordinate geometry.
Adding and Subtracting Square Roots, Multiplying Square Roots, and Dividing Square Roots
Additional worksheets for students who would like more practice on roots. These worksheets are different from those provided above.
Now start studying!
Do you have more free GMAT practice resources other students should know about? Leave them in the comments!
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