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Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2012, 11:35
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I just bought the Additional Question Pack 1 for the GMATPrep and it is freaking awesome...

When I finish these, are there additional questions to get or is that it? What are our other options for getting officially sponsored questions?

So far I've seen....

Official Guide (obviously) - the book
GMATPrep software stock (90 questions)
Question Pack 1 (400 extra questions)
2 practice tests (comes stock with GMATPrep Software)


am I missing any?




As a follow-up, who has the best questions?

I'm finally getting around to the official questions after studying theory on MasterGMAT and I have to say that the MasterGMAT questions are not very indicative of the type of questions that the official people give.

For example in sentence correction, the MasterGMAT system focuses on grammatical errors and more fundamental errors like idioms, tense... where as the sentences depicted on the Official GMATPrep software are truly based on picking the best way of communicating a very specific idea logically and properly... with grammatical errors/idioms/tense mistakes thrown in. The difference is subtle but it takes a MUCH higher command of the english language to be able to solve the official Sentence Corrections than the ones provided by MasterGMAT.
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2012, 08:44
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You might already know this, but GMAC also publishes the GMAT Quantitative Review and GMAT Verbal Review books, neither of which overlap the OG at all. You could also consider purchasing the old GMAT Paper Tests from the mba.com website, but the questions are ancient, and there's a substantial amount of overlap with their other guides. It might be worthwhile if you're really scraping around for extra questions, though.

Another option is GMAT Focus, which gives you shortened (24 questions) adaptive quant tests, based entirely on retired official questions. I personally think that the price is awfully steep ($29.99 for one test... more than $1 per question!), but if you happen to have dollar bills shooting out of your fingertips, then it might be worthwhile. :)

You could also consider the ancient GMAT PowerPrep tests if you're truly desperate, but the algorithm is out of date, the software might do weird things to your computer, and the question bank heavily overlaps the GMATPrep exams. So I don't recommend PowerPrep for most people, but it's only fair to mention that it exists.

It's extremely difficult for test-prep companies to perfectly copy the style of the actual GMAT exam, so any "non-official" materials will inevitably have some imperfections, especially on the verbal side. If you need extra CR and RC questions, you might consider using retired LSAT materials--there are some cosmetic differences between the LSAT and GMAT questions, but the LSAT basically tests the same skills as GMAT CR and RC, and the language in the LSAT will really test your ability to focus.

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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2012, 08:46
that was awesome, thanks for that.
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 02:16
GMATNinja wrote:
You might already know this, but GMAC also publishes the GMAT Quantitative Review and GMAT Verbal Review books, neither of which overlap the OG at all. You could also consider purchasing the old GMAT Paper Tests from the mba.com website, but the questions are ancient, and there's a substantial amount of overlap with their other guides. It might be worthwhile if you're really scraping around for extra questions, though.

Another option is GMAT Focus, which gives you shortened (24 questions) adaptive quant tests, based entirely on retired official questions. I personally think that the price is awfully steep ($29.99 for one test... more than $1 per question!), but if you happen to have dollar bills shooting out of your fingertips, then it might be worthwhile. :)

You could also consider the ancient GMAT PowerPrep tests if you're truly desperate, but the algorithm is out of date, the software might do weird things to your computer, and the question bank heavily overlaps the GMATPrep exams. So I don't recommend PowerPrep for most people, but it's only fair to mention that it exists.

It's extremely difficult for test-prep companies to perfectly copy the style of the actual GMAT exam, so any "non-official" materials will inevitably have some imperfections, especially on the verbal side. If you need extra CR and RC questions, you might consider using retired LSAT materials--there are some cosmetic differences between the LSAT and GMAT questions, but the LSAT basically tests the same skills as GMAT CR and RC, and the language in the LSAT will really test your ability to focus.

I hope this helps, good luck with everything!



Hi GMATNinja,
Can we become stronger by solving LSAT CR and RC? I am exhausted of my official resources. .. took my exam yesterday. .
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 03:22
If you have used your GMAT prep tests twice already, I will suggest to go through the collection of GMAT prep questions as well. Obviously, if you take your test after attempting these, you might get an unreasonable bump.

You will find these collections on each of the sub forums on GC (CR/RC/SC/PS/DS).
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 07:17
jumsumtak wrote:
If you have used your GMAT prep tests twice already, I will suggest to go through the collection of GMAT prep questions as well. Obviously, if you take your test after attempting these, you might get an unreasonable bump.

You will find these collections on each of the sub forums on GC (CR/RC/SC/PS/DS).



jumsumtak, ( whats your name ? :) )

Thanks for your advice but I have solved almost all the questions from gmatprep as well.. I was wondering how good questions from question pack 1 are.
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Yes, I'm a huge fan of using LSAT CR and RC questions, and there's a really long, wordy post about it on my blog if you're curious. http://www.gmatninja.com/2012/11/12/lsa ... rehension/

But to save yourself a click (and some unpleasant reading?), here's the short version: the LSAT basically tests the same skills (reading precision and logical precision) as the GMAT CR and RC, and the passages are generally more difficult on the LSAT. For some people, the LSAT materials will be way too hard, but if your reading skills are pretty good, they'll give you a really good workout, and they'll train you to stay focused while you power your way through dense, boring, nuanced, annoying texts.

There are some cosmetic differences between the LSAT and the GMAT, though. The LSAT has a few question types that rarely appear on the GMAT (most notably parallel reasoning), but I think they're still good practice, since the underlying skills needed to handle parallel reasoning questions are basically the same: phenomenally precise reading and careful reasoning.

And best of all, there's an almost limitless supply of retired LSAT questions out there, so you don't really have to worry about running out of material. LSAT passages are longer and the language is pretty brutal, but my hope is that after you do tons of LSAT stuff, the language on GMAT CR and RC won't look quite as difficult.

Enjoy! OK, fine... you won't enjoy them. But I hope they help!
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Yes, I'm a huge fan of using LSAT CR and RC questions, and there's a really long, wordy post about it on my blog if you're curious. http://www.gmatninja.com/2012/11/12/lsa ... rehension/

But to save yourself a click (and some unpleasant reading?), here's the short version: the LSAT basically tests the same skills (reading precision and logical precision) as the GMAT CR and RC, and the passages are generally more difficult on the LSAT. For some people, the LSAT materials will be way too hard, but if your reading skills are pretty good, they'll give you a really good workout, and they'll train you to stay focused while you power your way through dense, boring, nuanced, annoying texts.

There are some cosmetic differences between the LSAT and the GMAT, though. The LSAT has a few question types that rarely appear on the GMAT (most notably parallel reasoning), but I think they're still good practice, since the underlying skills needed to handle parallel reasoning questions are basically the same: phenomenally precise reading and careful reasoning.

And best of all, there's an almost limitless supply of retired LSAT questions out there, so you don't really have to worry about running out of material. LSAT passages are longer and the language is pretty brutal, but my hope is that after you do tons of LSAT stuff, the language on GMAT CR and RC won't look quite as difficult.

Enjoy! OK, fine... you won't enjoy them. But I hope they help!


Thanks ninja, it seems that we gotto sharpen our skills to a higher level than what are tested on the gmat so that we don't get knocked off and we comfortably handle the verbal section.
and yeah I read your blog.. very well written! :)
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 07:39
Thank you, Sachin! Much appreciated.
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 07:47
:)

I am yet to buy question pack 1..
how good are they? from your blog, I understand that practicing from official sources is the best way to prepare but I have read that that pack doesn't contain many tough questions. .
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Funny, that's exactly the topic of next week's blog post, Sachin: a commentary on why you should buy the GMATPrep Question Pack. Are you reading my mind again? :-D

Yes, it's true that some of the GMATPrep Question Pack questions are really easy, but there are still plenty of tougher ones in there. Out of the 494 questions in the Question Pack (including the 90 that are included in the software for free), you'll get 146 "easy" questions, 199 "medium" questions, and 149 "hard" questions. The "easy" questions are usually really easy. But the hard ones are often pretty ugly, in my opinion... though ugly is always in the eye of the beholder, so it depends on how strong your skills are.

So even if we completely ignore the easy questions and the 90 questions that you'll get for free, you'll still have almost 300 new "medium" and "hard" questions. There's nothing better than official questions, and you're about to spend $250 taking the test... and several hundred thousand dollars on an MBA investment, including a year or two of lost wages. What's an extra $25, in the scheme of things? I'm pretty convinced that they're worth the price.
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 08:36
GMATNinja wrote:
Funny, that's exactly the topic of next week's blog post, Sachin: a commentary on why you should buy the GMATPrep Question Pack. Are you reading my mind again? :-D

Yes, it's true that some of the GMATPrep Question Pack questions are really easy, but there are still plenty of tougher ones in there. Out of the 494 questions in the Question Pack (including the 90 that are included in the software for free), you'll get 146 "easy" questions, 199 "medium" questions, and 149 "hard" questions. The "easy" questions are usually really easy. But the hard ones are often pretty ugly, in my opinion... though ugly is always in the eye of the beholder, so it depends on how strong your skills are.

So even if we completely ignore the easy questions and the 90 questions that you'll get for free, you'll still have almost 300 new "medium" and "hard" questions. There's nothing better than official questions, and you're about to spend $250 taking the test... and several hundred thousand dollars on an MBA investment, including a year or two of lost wages. What's an extra $25, in the scheme of things? I'm pretty convinced that they're worth the price.



Thanks Charles. My dilemma's gone.. I am buying the question pack now :twisted:
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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 08:38
Awesome! Did I mention that GMAC pays me a commission on every GMATPrep Question Pack I sell?

Just kidding. Have fun with those questions, Sachin!
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What's an extra $25, in the scheme of things? I'm pretty convinced that they're worth the price.


I concur.

you would always be better off practicing official questions. ~400 questions for $25 is a bargain. It is in fact, great use of your time and money.

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Re: Additional packs outside of Question Pack 1 for GMATPrep Sof [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2013, 16:16
Guys ,
Can you please tell me if it is okay to practice with the Question Pack 1 ? I have already written GMAT Prep 1 Test 1.... So want to know if practising from the GMATPrep QP1 ... will get the test scores for GMAT Prep Test#2 skewed ? Also, Is it more advisable to practice the Question Pack 1 at the final stages of preparation ?

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