Smart work always counts more than hard work. Let’s describe this phrase – There are two friends namely T and X. Both are working professionals, both wanted a higher post in managerial hierarchy and both applied for GMAT. And now they both started preparing for GMAT. ‘T’ is studying 4 hours daily and ‘X’ is studying 2.5 hours on a alternate days. ‘T’ always mug up the things and ‘X’ emphasized more on practice and mock test. They appeared in the test, T scored 520 and X scored 690.
Mock tests are considered as an integral part of GMAT preparation. More or less every GMAT aspirant takes mock tests while preparing. However, some take it the right way while some don’t, i.e. cleared from the above illustrated example.
Why to take a GMAT Mock Test?
In this article, we have tried to consolidate all the important points to take a GMAT mock Test.
- It is very necessary that one takes at least a couple of mock tests before writing the actual GMAT because the real GMAT then becomes very predictable.
- You will get an idea about how it feels like to write this 4 hour long and demanding test.
- It gives you a ballpark figure of where exactly you are so that you know the required amount of hard work that needs to go in to achieve that dream score of yours. It also helps in testing yourself and Official tests also predict your score to a great extent.
- Take mock test in proper time interval like:
- Take the first test, ahead of starting preparation for GMAT.
- Take the second test after you have brushed up concepts, and regular in solving the OG, VR and QR.
- Take the third test after you have gone over the mistakes done so far in the first two tests, OG, VR and QR.
- From the fourth test onwards, take a test once in a week while simultaneously solving hard questions until you hit your target score thrice
- Which are the recommended tests that I can take?
The following list contains the test providers who conduct mock test free or at certain fees.
|Provider/Test||Free Tests||Paid Tests / Costs||Difficulty compared to the GMAT||Remarks|
|GMATPrep (Official Softwareby GMAC)
|2 (can be taken multiple times)
|2 paid tests for $49.99||Identical||The GMAC is the administrator for GMAT. Only test that contains real questions and predictions closest to final GMAT score.|
|GMAT Club||2||More tests available for members who have earned 25 Kudos||Higher||Tougher than GMAT. Developed in-house, and more suitable for quant prep.|
|Kaplan||1||From $799 (includes other services)||Similar/Slightly Tougher||Reliable. Better if combined with official Kaplan guides (pay extra). Final GMAT scores tend to be higher than in Kaplan mock tests|
|Economist||1||From $650 (includes other services)||Increasing difficulty||Mixed reviews, but generally good for verbal and AWA. Prediction of scores debatable, but test quality is good.|
|Veritas||1||7 tests for $49||Similar||Free question bank available with subscription including dashboard and tracker. Good for self-preppers/repeaters|
|Manhattan Prep||1||2-5 tests starting from $132||Slightly easier||Good refresher resource if targeting 650-700. Quant seems simpler than others|
|GMAT Pill||1||From $169
5 attempts allowed
|Realistic||Simplified lessons, realistic interface. Scores close to final GMAT scores.|
|GMAT Focus||0||From $30||Tougher||Only for Quant. Scoring algorithm is fairly accurate.|
|PowerPrep||2||Free||Easier||Practice tests distributed by GMAC before 2006; practice scores tend to be higher than final scores|
|Byju’s GMAT Exam
|5||Free||Slightly Tougher||The questions here give you a feel of the actual test. A must have for you if you are taking an exam in the near future|
|800Score||5||Free||Tougher Quant, Easier Verbal||Good as a test bank/practice, but not for predicting scores.|