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Register now and save up to $200 Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code ## Best Practice Tests? This topic has 64 expert replies and 222 member replies Goto page ### Which company makes the best GMAT practice tests (excluding GMATPrep)? Princeton Review 11% (227 votes) Kaplan 23% (475 votes) Manhattan GMAT 60% (1202 votes) Veritas Prep 2% (40 votes) Other? (Please let us know) 1% (37 votes) ### GMAT/MBA Expert beatthegmat Site Admin Joined 13 Feb 2006 Posted: 6705 messages Followed by: 964 members Thanked: 1249 times Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:20 pm Anonymous wrote: I'm happy to hear that but it's very frustrating because I have no way of really effectively measuring my progress. I could be that my strategy is not good and that I should change my way of studying but I have no way of knowing this because Kaplan gives no real indicator of your real GMAT score. Any suggestions on how to know if you're making any progress? By the way, excellent forum, full of very usable stuff !! One way to see your progress is to benchmark against the same practice tests. For example, if you start out with a certain score in your first Kaplan test and find improvement with each subsequent Kaplan practice test, then you are definitely improving. _________________ Sorin Istrate - Community Manager MBA Watch - Your one-stop shop for all MBA program research Need free GMAT or MBA advice from an expert? Register for Beat The GMAT now and post your question in these forums! avak Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 06 Aug 2007 Posted: 1 messages Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:46 pm I just had a very dissapointing GMAT session getting a 680 on the actual test. That said, every Kaplan I took gave me ~580 and the GMATPrep tests gave me 710-740. I would say that the Kaplan test has fairly terrible verbal questions. The math seems more accurate although harder than the real thing. I would use Kaplan as practice but its not an accurate predictor of your score. ### GMAT/MBA Expert Stacey Koprince GMAT Instructor Joined 27 Dec 2006 Posted: 2228 messages Followed by: 680 members Thanked: 639 times GMAT Score: 780 Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:43 pm 680 is a great score - that's in the high 80s for percentile! Most people don't score anywhere near that well (by definition, actually - I'm not just saying that). Don't come down on yourself so hard! _________________ Please note: I do not use the Private Messaging system! I will not see any PMs that you send to me!! Stacey Koprince GMAT Instructor Director of Online Community Manhattan GMAT Contributor to Beat The GMAT! Learn more about me Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week. guest Guest Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:32 am I really prefer the Kaplan materials. I know that other people seem to think it's a bad thing that their tests are hard, but I really like it. It makes me feel like I'll be able to handle whatever gets thrown at me when I take the real exam. Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:55 pm great post. I have been using Kaplan and consistently get below 600. these posts are a fresh of breath air! wongee Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 28 Jul 2007 Posted: 76 messages Thanked: 1 times Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:36 pm Mine is a total contradiction to what many have posted here regarding Kaplan tests. I actually took the Kaplan classes last year and was scoring 640 at a minimum, and my highest being 680. I did not touch the 700 mark although that was the score i was aiming for. I tried not to think too much about the fact that people said to add approx. 50 -60 points to your kaplan score. Anyways, the point is if it is true that we shouldnt go by Kaplan, i sure shouldn't have, didn't know at that time. I failed miserably at the read Gmat, so bad that i couldn't believe it was me. it has taken me a while to come back to studying again, and it was clearly a day gone wrong the last time around. I am trying to pick up the pieces and remove the wall i built around the gmat exam. it hasnt been easy....but i hope to persevere. Any help will be very very appreciated. MBAtoddler Guest Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:06 pm Hey All , I have been going progressively lower from 630 - 510 on 4 of the MGMAT test . I took 3 weeks off after test # 3 to revise the material and had my worst test ever. On Pearsons had a 680 . nearly 8 weeks back . I for some reason feel the Manhattan GMAT Quant section is very wordy - may be simple problems but in 3 mins the problem is over shadowed by the complexity in the way its arranged. Any thoughts or is it just me ? tandoor Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 30 Sep 2007 Posted: 6 messages Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:43 pm What do you guys think about the 9 mba.com paper tests. I was planning to do those in my last week. 2 weeks to go. ### GMAT/MBA Expert beatthegmat Site Admin Joined 13 Feb 2006 Posted: 6705 messages Followed by: 964 members Thanked: 1249 times Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:35 pm tandoor wrote: What do you guys think about the 9 mba.com paper tests. I was planning to do those in my last week. 2 weeks to go. Might be worthwhile practice, but it's not the same--these paper tests do not simulate the CAT nature of the GMAT... _________________ Sorin Istrate - Community Manager MBA Watch - Your one-stop shop for all MBA program research prads1899 Guest Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:06 am beatthegmat wrote: Wow, so far Kaplan seems to be winning--not what I had expected... People say that the powerprep tests are the closest simulation to the real gmat test....but the pracitse tests there have Q's taken direclty from OG....anyone who reads the OG can ans them v easily...... so just wanted to know if the practise tests of the powerprep are good enuf.....pls reply ### GMAT/MBA Expert beatthegmat Site Admin Joined 13 Feb 2006 Posted: 6705 messages Followed by: 964 members Thanked: 1249 times Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:05 pm prads1899 wrote: beatthegmat wrote: Wow, so far Kaplan seems to be winning--not what I had expected... People say that the powerprep tests are the closest simulation to the real gmat test....but the pracitse tests there have Q's taken direclty from OG....anyone who reads the OG can ans them v easily...... so just wanted to know if the practise tests of the powerprep are good enuf.....pls reply PowerPrep has been replaced by GMATPrep in 2006. There shouldn't be any overlap between GMATPrep and OG11 now... _________________ Sorin Istrate - Community Manager MBA Watch - Your one-stop shop for all MBA program research sujitmgmat Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 05 Sep 2007 Posted: 12 messages Thanked: 1 times Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:11 am I am preparing for the exam and I need to give several mock exams. I was going through the available resources for such exams. Does anyone have any information on the costs of these mock exams? How about Crack the GMAT? You get 5 exams for$20. For $40 you get 6 exams at Mahattan GMAT. GMATPrep comes with GMAT exam registration. Kaplan seems to be very expensive. 5 exams cost$600. Similarly at Princetonreview.com you need to spend $600 for 5 exams and$100 for 2.

Any suggestions as to which are the best in terms of representing real GMAT as well as are cost effective? For example, no one mentioned of Crack the GMAT. Is it because the exams are very easy and don't reflect the real GMAT?

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I am preparing for the exam and I need to give several mock exams. I was going through the available resources for such exams. Does anyone have any information on the costs of these mock exams? How about Crack the GMAT? You get 5 exams for $20. For$40 you get 6 exams at Mahattan GMAT. GMATPrep comes with GMAT exam registration. Kaplan seems to be very expensive. 5 exams cost $600. Similarly at Princetonreview.com you need to spend$600 for 5 exams and \$100 for 2.

Any suggestions as to which are the best in terms of representing real GMAT as well as are cost effective? For example, no one mentioned of Crack the GMAT. Is it because the exams are very easy and don't reflect the real GMAT?

Thanks
I think you are best served by GMATPrep, Manhattan GMAT, Kaplan, and Princeton Review - in that order.

I actually liked the PR tests, but they did feel a bit too easy.

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I'm using the GMAT Review by GMAC - I'm not sure if it goes by any other title here.

It's serving me quite well at the moment. Each section starts with fundamental questions and the difficulty level builds up as you work through the questions.

I've bought the Kaplan too, but the style of questions seems to differ a little from the GMAT Review. Since that the GMAT Review uses past year questions from GMAT tests, I'm using it as my main book for study, and then Kaplan if I need additional practice.

Like many in this forum, I'm pondering if the questions are reflective of the difficulty level in a real GMAT. All will be revealed in 2 weeks time!

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Questions in the OG (that's the Official Guide for GMAT Review) are representative of all of the questions in the database for the GMAT. People primarily see questions clustered around their own individual ability levels, however. So you won't see the full range of questions you see in the OG - mostly, your questions will be a little below to a little above your level.

This has the effect of making the test feel hard for EVERYone. Even the best testers won't have a bunch of easy (for them) questions (as they would on a static paper-and-pencil test).

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