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Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 08:56
Hello Expert Members,

I will be starting my preparation in the next 3 days (1st Nov) and finish by 1st Feb, 2013.

As a pre-requisite, I have all the 8 MGMAT Strategy Guides, OG13, OG Verbal and OG Quant as of now. I have spent a couple of days at this forum and have been motivated, guided and duly impressed by others. Thanks for all of that :)

Now, my plan is to give the first 4-5 days to go over the basic materials and understand the pattern of the test. After that I would like to give a free test to know where I stand. As I understand, the 2 free MGMAT tests are the closest to real GMAT so I would not like to waste them when I am not totally done with my prep.

Can someone please suggest which is the best free test to begin with.

Please bear with my ignorance.
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 09:17
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Hello Expert Members,

I will be starting my preparation in the next 3 days (1st Nov) and finish by 1st Feb, 2013.

As a pre-requisite, I have all the 8 MGMAT Strategy Guides, OG13, OG Verbal and OG Quant as of now. I have spent a couple of days at this forum and have been motivated, guided and duly impressed by others. Thanks for all of that :)

Now, my plan is to give the first 4-5 days to go over the basic materials and understand the pattern of the test. After that I would like to give a free test to know where I stand. As I understand, the 2 free MGMAT tests are the closest to real GMAT so I would not like to waste them when I am not totally done with my prep.

Can someone please suggest which is the best free test to begin with.

Please bear with my ignorance.

I think you meant GMATPREP tests from mba.com. These 2 free GMATPREP tests are closest to real GMAT as these have real GMAT retired questions and same scoring logic.
having said that, lot of people recommend 'wasting' one of these at the start to check ur current level and 'using' second one, at the end, before the exam to give u most realistic practice.
However, if you do not want to waste one of ur CATs, you can use diagnostic test available in OG. That should be a pretty decent alternative to start with.
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 10:00
Thanks Vips,

That was a quick reply!!

I think I will choose the OG Diagnostic Test for the moment.

Let me start my prep and I will keep you guys posted. Hoping for the best here :)
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 13:30
I took the same route and did the diagnostic test with no timer and Quans and Verbal in a different sitting.
How do you go and score the result. I am seeing OG gives a table saying Avg, below or above. I am eager to put a score to my test and see where I stand (say 500-600 ) or something like that
Any tool or pointers for that

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Thanks Vips,

That was a quick reply!!

I think I will choose the OG Diagnostic Test for the moment.

Let me start my prep and I will keep you guys posted. Hoping for the best here :)
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 00:25
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blabber wrote:
Thanks Vips,
That was a quick reply!!
I think I will choose the OG Diagnostic Test for the moment.
Let me start my prep and I will keep you guys posted. Hoping for the best here :)

I took the same route and did the diagnostic test with no timer and Quans and Verbal in a different sitting.
How do you go and score the result. I am seeing OG gives a table saying Avg, below or above. I am eager to put a score to my test and see where I stand (say 500-600 ) or something like that
Any tool or pointers for that
Thanks

If you need to see where u stand in terms of 200-800 scale, the only option is taking a practice test. Diagnostic test while gives u a good idea about ur current level in terms of strength and weakness, however, does not give u points on scale of 200-800.
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 01:49
Oh!! I wasn't aware of that. I guess it only leaves me with the option of 'wasting' one GMATPrep test. :evil:

Still, I have some more time with me before I take up my 1st test. So, more suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 02:03
Your GMATPREP will probably not get "wasted" because by the time you take the same CAT again after 2-3 months, chances are good that you will not remember any question from the test
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 03:24
A very fine (and possibly valid) point indeed!! Going through one of the threads I am now aware that I can reset the software to give the tests again.
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2012, 12:44
Guys, I started with MGMAT and took the 1st test (which is free). Have managed a 640 without prep. Let see where this takes me from here.
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Re: Best Free GMAT CAT Test to take when starting preparation [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2012, 15:13
Congrats on the 640, that is a great score to start out with. Best of luck in your studies.

As you said earlier, you can reset the GMAT prep tests as often a you want but after 2-3 times you are gonna start seeing repeat questions.
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