The Importance of Computer Based Practice

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When prepping for the GMAT, you must be sure to not only prepare for the content that is on the GMAT, but also for the format of the GMAT. While most students realize the importance of the former, the latter must also be considered when creating a study plan.

The GMAT, unlike most tests you have probably taken, is a computer adaptive test. This means that if you answer a question correctly the next question will be a little harder, and if you answer a question incorrectly the next question will be a little easier. This continues throughout the exam, so the score you receive is not based solely on the number of questions you answered correctly, but rather is based on an algorithm calculation taking into account the difficulty of the questions you answer.

Since this method of scoring is new to most test takers, practicing with computer adaptive tests – we give you nine when you take our Kaplan course – is essential to being prepared on test day.

Additionally, computer based practice is essential simply to get used to the test layout. For example, most students are used to reading the reading comprehension passages on paper, where they can easily mark them up. However, you must get used to the split screen format used on the GMAT, as well as reading the passages off a computer screen, which can be surprisingly different from reading on a sheet of paper.

For both of these reasons, if you restrict your study to paper based materials, you will not be fully prepared when you sit down to take your actual test. The only way to get this preparation, and the higher score that goes along with it, is to make sure you do plenty of computer based practice.

Bret Ruber
Kaplan GMAT

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