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The GMAT test writers have released the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1, which consists of two additional full length computer adaptive tests and are an extension to the free Official GMATPrep software. The cost of these two additional exams is $39.99. Together with the two free official tests that come with the GMATPrep software, students now have access to a full set of four computer adaptive tests. The screen below shows the additional two tests that appear in the software after you have paid and activated the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1. The software allows you to either choose the practice tests from the default GMATPrep Default Question Pack(free) or from the paid GMATPrep Exam Pack 1.
The Exam Pack 1 says that if one were to take the tests more than once, it is likely that a student will see the same questions repeated. My guess is that the design of these two tests is similar to the Official GMATPrep tests that uses a small database of questions.he exams in GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 are numbered as Exam 3 and 4. I took the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 several times and I first attempted Exam 3 and Exam 4 and then I repeated the two exams again. I found that when I repeated Exam 3, 25 of the questions came from the questions that I encountered when I first took Exam 3, and another 5 were from Exam 4. This means that there is very little to gain from repeatedly taking the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 because of the large amount of repetition. In my opinion, the best way to use the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 is to take the two tests once.
As far as the question pool that is used in the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1, all of the questions are from recent administrations of the GMAT over the last six years. There is no overlap with the questions in the Official Guide, GMATPrep, or GMATPrep Question Pack 1.
I installed the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 on both a PC and a Mac, and encountered errors and was not able to analyze the tests. I have reported this error to GMAC, and I will need to wait until GMAC fixes this error. At this stage, it is unlikely that the error is confined on my end, but that is a possibility as well.
So for now, the release of the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 is good news for students preparing for the GMAT, because it gives them additional authentic tests to practice and gauge where they stand in their GMAT preparation. I highly recommend students to exclusively use these practice tests for assessing their preparation.
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Hi This is indeed a great news for applicants like me who have been thinking to appear in the GMAT shortly. Can you tell if you are aware that the question database will be different from the existing set of the two free tests ?
Yes, the questions in the database of GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 are completely different from the pool of questions that come in the free two adaptive tests that are part of the GMATPrep. The questions that I have looked at so far are from the current set of test writers(Pearson Vue) and have been tested in the last six years or so. In that regard, they are the closest to the real exam.
Update: The GMATPrep software has been updated to version 2.2.315 and that takes care of the initial error I was facing with GMATPrep Exam Pack 1. Now the two new computer adaptive tests are operating properly. Feel free to download these excellent tests from mba.com.
I gave the first exam in Exam Pack 1 and my comments are as below.
1. There are 1-2 questions in Maths that are simple number changes of the earlier GMATPrep questions. 2. There are 1-2 questions that are exactly similar to some GMATPrep questions. - I got a CR which is the same question as I have seen before, but the answer options are slightly different. - I got an RC that I found to be very very close to an RC from OG13. It talks about women historians and political historians. 3. I also felt that the scoring algorithm seems a little different. I say so because Exam Pack 1 seems to penalise you less if you do mistakes in the initial questions. (I have tested a lot of cases on GMATPrep, and I am very sure that GMATPrep gives high importance to initial questions) 4. Scored 710 (Q49, V38)
Thanks for these observations. My best guess would be that the algorithm is the same as in the free GMATPrep tests and the official GMAT. The test writers have no reason to change that aspect of the software.
So far I haven't seen any duplication from the Official Guides or the default GMATPrep Exams. It is possible that a few might pop up. That is the case with the default GMATPrep Exam that overlaps with the 10th edition, not a whole lot, but it does.
Re: GMATPrep Exam Pack 1: Release and Initial Comments [#permalink]
11 Oct 2013, 23:45
Hi, I know it's a good news for us, but actually I paid, I downloaded, and I successfully activated it, but when I was running the exam pack 1 in PREP, one error message jumped out and casued I can't carry on. could you help out of here? thanks~