Free GMAT Practice Tests

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Students are always surprised when I tell them that the best GMAT practice tests are free.

If you shop around on the internet, you'll find no dearth of available tests. Kaplan, Manhattan GMAT, and a slew of others offer adaptive tests that claim to be realistic and accurate...and they're not totally wrong. That said, the best available practice exams aren't published by any of those companies, and they don't cost you anything.

Those tests are the GMATPrep practice tests, published by the test-maker themselves. Click this link to read more about them. The adaptive algorithm in this software is the same as on the test itself, and the questions that the tests draw upon are very similar to those you'll encounter on the GMAT.

For a more thorough look at the accuracy of various types of tests, check out another article of mine.

Another advantage of these tests is one that may run counter to your beliefs or expectations. There are only two tests in the GMATPrep software. (You can take them again, but you'll probably see repeated questions.) With other test providers, you have the option to take five, six, or more. Limiting yourself to two is actually a good thing.

I've written elsewhere about the negatives of spending a lot of time taking practice tests. It's better to focus on a couple of tests just to gauge your stamina, and to get a feel for the adaptive mechanism. Beyond that, your time is better spent honing your content skills (in books like my Total GMAT Math) or working through new practice questions without the artificially-created stress of a practice test setting.



About the author: Jeff Sackmann has written many GMAT preparation books, including the popular Total GMAT Math, Total GMAT Verbal, and GMAT 111. He has also created explanations for problems in The Official Guide, as well as 1,800 practice GMAT math questions.

Total GMAT Math

The comprehensive guide to the GMAT Quant section. It's "far and away the best study material available," including over 300 realistic practice questions and more than 500 exercises!
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