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Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 12:44
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Most of you know by now that GMAC has released the latest version of GMATPrep Software 2.0 along with an additional set of 404 questions called GMATPrep Question Pack 1.

GMATPrep Software 2.0:

1. The tests and the database of questions in GMATPrep 2.0 are identical to the old GMATPrep software. I took each of the tests once and I have seen all of those questions as part of the old GMATPrep software.

2. The Integrated Reasoning section has been added on as part of the test change beginning June 2012.

3. When you take the new GMATPrep tests, please review the questions right after finishing the exam. The new software provides a review screen just like the old software. However, it only allows you to review them once, meaning if you exit the exam screen, you no longer have the ability to review the questions you were administered during the exam. This is unlike the old software, which allowed you to resume the review process if you were to launch the test at a later time. This is a backward step in my opinion.

4. The software allows you to save your score(scaled score, percentiles, etc.) from your earlier attempts on GMATPrep tests. This is a useful tool for keeping track of your progress on subsequent attempts. Of course, your score would be somewhat biased by the fact that there may be some repetition of questions.

5. I noticed that the order of questions administered in GMATPrep 2.0 is different, by that I mean that the same question that appeared at Question#24 in say Test 1 of the old software, now appears at say Question#3 of Test 1. At the moment I am not sure what to make of it.

6. Based on the first two attempts, I did notice that the number of difficult questions that I received was higher than in the old software. I don't know what to make of this either. In any case, it doesn't really impact how one should go about preparing for the test.


GMATPrep Question Pack 1:

1. The GMATPrep 2.0 software allows you to buy an additional set of 404 questions(200 Quant, 180 Verbal, 24 Integrated Reasoning) for $24.99. In my opinion, this is the most valuable part of the software. I would recommend all students to buy this set of questions irrespective of whether they are taking the test now or after the changes in June 2012.

2. I scanned the entire set of 200 Quantitative questions(100 Problem Solving and 100 Data Sufficiency) and every single one of them is a new question and does not exist in any of the Official GMAT publications. The test writers say this on the website as well. However, many of these questions have been floating around the internet for a long time and many can be found on this forum as well.

3. The questions are divided equally in to three difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard. Students can choose to practice with any number of questions from any category, and any difficulty. You can also use the Study mode(gives you explanation right after you submit the answer) or Exam mode(you answer one question after another).

4. The question pool in GMATPrep Question Pack 1 is entirely for practice and does not provide any kind of score or equivalent percentile. It only gives you the number of questions incorrect, time spent, and difficulty level of the question.

5. The test writers provide explanations to all of questions in the GMATPrep Question Pack 1.

Note: All observations based on the Quantitative section of the software.

I will be creating video explanations for the GMATPrep Question Pack 1 shortly.


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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 13:57
Hi Dabral,
Thanks for the review!

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for organizing and categorizing all questions from OG. It really helped me and many other students.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 15:31
dabral wrote:
Most of you know by now that GMAC has released the latest version of GMATPrep Software 2.0 along with an additional set of 404 questions called GMATPrep Question Pack 1.

GMATPrep Software 2.0:

1. The tests and the database of questions in GMATPrep 2.0 are identical to the old GMATPrep software. I took each of the tests once and I have seen all of those questions as part of the old GMATPrep software.

2. The Integrated Reasoning section has been added on as part of the test change beginning June 2012.

3. When you take the new GMATPrep tests, please review the questions right after finishing the exam. The new software provides a review screen just like the old software. However, it only allows you to review them once, meaning if you exit the exam screen, you no longer have the ability to review the questions you were administered during the exam. This is unlike the old software, which allowed you to resume the review process if you were to launch the test at a later time. This is a backward step in my opinion.

4. The software allows you to save your score(scaled score, percentiles, etc.) from your earlier attempts on GMATPrep tests. This is a useful tool for keeping track of your progress on subsequent attempts. Of course, your score would be somewhat biased by the fact that there may be some repetition of questions.

5. I noticed that the order of questions administered in GMATPrep 2.0 is different, by that I mean that the same question that appeared at Question#24 in say Test 1 of the old software, now appears at say Question#3 of Test 1. At the moment I am not sure what to make of it.

6. Based on the first two attempts, I did notice that the number of difficult questions that I received was higher than in the old software. I don't know what to make of this either. In any case, it doesn't really impact how one should go about preparing for the test.


GMATPrep Question Pack 1:

1. The GMATPrep 2.0 software allows you to buy an additional set of 404 questions(200 Quant, 180 Verbal, 24 Integrated Reasoning) for $24.99. In my opinion, this is the most valuable part of the software. I would recommend all students to buy this set of questions irrespective of whether they are taking the test now or after the changes in June 2012.

2. I scanned the entire set of 200 Quantitative questions(100 Problem Solving and 100 Data Sufficiency) and every single one of them is a new question and does not exist in any of the Official GMAT publications. The test writers say this on the website as well. However, many of these questions have been floating around the internet for a long time and many can be found on this forum as well.

3. The questions are divided equally in to three difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard. Students can choose to practice with any number of questions from any category, and any difficulty. You can also use the Study mode(gives you explanation right after you submit the answer) or Exam mode(you answer one question after another).

4. The question pool in GMATPrep Question Pack 1 is entirely for practice and does not provide any kind of score or equivalent percentile. It only gives you the number of questions incorrect, time spent, and difficulty level of the question.

5. The test writers provide explanations to all of questions in the GMATPrep Question Pack 1.

Note: All observations based on the Quantitative section of the software.

I will be creating video explanations for the GMATPrep Question Pack 1 shortly.

Original blog post: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1

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Did you find the "difficult" questions in the question pack to be on par with what is seen on the actual exam? I felt that many of the "difficult" questions on official guide were not too difficult.
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 16:11
Nice review!

Thanks ... I'll be buying the add-on package tomorrow ...

Tomorrow is my Kaplan test day :lol:
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 16:45
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Hi burnttwinky,

Yes, the hard questions are absolutely in line with the current GMAT content. Most of these have been tested over the last three or four years(some go back to 2005) and the style of these questions is the closest to the real exam, in my opinion. You are right that most of the questions in the Official Guide are easy, this is because most of these have been selected from the GMAT Paper tests(where one had less time per question) and Old ETS administrations(where one could only miss one or two to get perfect score). However, if you look at the following questions from Official Guide GMAT 13th Edition: Problem Solving Question#91, 111, 114, 117, 129, 163; Data Sufficiency Question#80, 83, 92, 99, 109, 131 are all examples of questions written by Pearson Vue and more in line with the current content.

I would recommend everyone to practice with these sets. The style of the GMAT is such that the questions are not overly tedious but require some thought. They are all new and the most important part of GMAT preparation is to practice with questions you have never seen before. Once you have seen the solution to a GMAT question, they all appear easy.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 20:19
Dabral,

Thanks for the information. I tried to download the GMAT Prep 2 software, but it says that it is currently unavailable. Are you getting the same response from the site if you try to download it? I have already purchased the question pack but I need the GMAT Prep 2.0 software I believe.
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 20:37
Hey burnttwinky,

I just tried downloading it again and had no problem.

I used the following link:
http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.a ... uctID=5035

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Thanks for the information. I tried to download the GMAT Prep 2 software, but it says that it is currently unavailable. Are you getting the same response from the site if you try to download it? I have already purchased the question pack but I need the GMAT Prep 2.0 software I believe.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 05:44
I've also posted Manhattan GMAT's analysis of GMATPrep 2.0 here: mgmat-s-gmatprep-2-0-review-errors-discovered-130236.html
The analysis also uncovers some errors that we discovered in the software. Take a look.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 06:01
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Hey burnttwinky,

I just tried downloading it again and had no problem.

I used the following link:
http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.a ... uctID=5035

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I don't see the Gmat prep 2.0 available today for download at that link.

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Thanks BB. Do you have Mac version of this by any chance?
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 06:07
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Hey burnttwinky,

I just tried downloading it again and had no problem.

I used the following link:
http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.a ... uctID=5035

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Thanks for the information. I tried to download the GMAT Prep 2 software, but it says that it is currently unavailable. Are you getting the same response from the site if you try to download it? I have already purchased the question pack but I need the GMAT Prep 2.0 software I believe.



Thanks, Dabral. For some reason it doesn't work on my home computer, but it does for my work computer. Did you have any problems when entering the activation code for question pack 1? Once I entered the code and clicked activate, nothing happened and the screen remained the same.
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 10:49
Hi burnttwinky,

No problem with activating it either.

I just finished solving all of the 200 Quant problems.

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Hey burnttwinky,

I just tried downloading it again and had no problem.

I used the following link:
http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.a ... uctID=5035

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Dabral,

Thanks for the information. I tried to download the GMAT Prep 2 software, but it says that it is currently unavailable. Are you getting the same response from the site if you try to download it? I have already purchased the question pack but I need the GMAT Prep 2.0 software I believe.



Thanks, Dabral. For some reason it doesn't work on my home computer, but it does for my work computer. Did you have any problems when entering the activation code for question pack 1? Once I entered the code and clicked activate, nothing happened and the screen remained the same.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 12:05
How is the difficulty level, how many are in 650-800 range ?
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Thanks BB. Do you have Mac version of this by any chance?


Sorry, I don't. Did not download that one.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 22:49
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How is the difficulty level, how many are in 650-800 range ?


Roughly 35% of the Quant questions fall in the 650-800 range.

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2012, 18:21
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How is the difficulty level, how many are in 650-800 range ?


Roughly 35% of the Quant questions fall in the 650-800 range.

Dabral


Dabral,

In the More Options feature in the practice mode, can I choose how many questions that I would like to answer? It seems as if I click Quantitative (Medium), it gives me 48 problems. Can I set it to where I only want to do 15 medium problems rather than 48?
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2012, 23:24
Unfortunately, it forces you to select the entire set of 48 Medium questions. One work around is to do 15 questions at first, then when you go back select the option of answering only the unanswered questions, and select Medium and then then do another 15. You could time all these sets. The software does keep track of the unanswered questions and there would not be any repeats.

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In the More Options feature in the practice mode, can I choose how many questions that I would like to answer? It seems as if I click Quantitative (Medium), it gives me 48 problems. Can I set it to where I only want to do 15 medium problems rather than 48?

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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2012, 10:16
Do you have free video explanation for official question ? Not able to access the free videos even though have the Adobe Flash Player 11 installed.
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Re: Review: GMATPrep 2.0 and GMATPrep Question Pack 1 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2012, 17:50
How many times would you have to take the GMATPrep tests to end up knowing that every question or most questions are repeats?
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