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CAT: Yes; up to 20 adaptive tests (14 quant and 6 verbal); over 1,200 questions included for quizzes.
Free Tests: Yes - 2 to any gmat club member or all for any member with 25 Kudos points
Price: all tests are free for members with 25 Kudos; otherwise pricing starts at \$79 for 3 months access
Bottom Line: Our in-house tests developed to challenge anyone and bring out the best in the 700+ seekers. Hardest questions on the market; created by bb and Bunuel.
GMAT Club Member Comments: “Excellent tool for improving your Quant to the top level. As the name implies these tests were designed to challenge you. With some effort from your side they help you learn how to solve tough Quant questions. The Challenges cover all necessary areas of Quant section such as Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Probability, Combinations/Permutation etc."
Additional Info: Tests are fully open and available during the US public holidays. For schedule, please see here: Free Tests on Holidays

CAT: Yes
Free Tests: Yes - 1 Free Kaplan Test
Price: \$30 for 6 full-length practice tests on CD/Online if you purchase a Kaplan Premier book
Bottom Line: Good Value as Kaplan guides are solid. In addition, we recommend Kaplan Math Workbook and Kaplan Verbal Workbook for more in-depth review. Up to 9 tests are available with purchase of preparation packages.
GMAT Club Member Comments: "Good tricks and though questions in both Math and Verbal. Kaplan CATs will force you to think in the right direction. In general, results from Kaplan are lower then results from actual GMAT (due to marketing reasons, most likely) therefore do not be discouraged by low scores."

CAT: Yes
Free Tests: Yes - online free test. To take the test, sign up for a free 7-day trial that comes with a test and a number of lessons
Price:You cannot purchase tests separately but the free trial offers access to quite a few questions

CAT: Yes
Free Tests: Yes - online free test
Price: 1 free test or buy 7 tests for \$49. Please note that Veritas Prep GMAT course students already get these same tests with the purchase of a course. Veritas Prep also has a free GMAT Question Bank, which includes hundreds of realistic, completely free GMAT questions, a personal account to track your progress and review your past results, and detailed solutions for each question and a breakdown of how other students have answered each question.

CAT: Yes
Free Tests: Yes - 1 Free Test
Price: \$49 if bought separately or Free if you purchase MGMAT Guides - each strategy guide comes with access to 6 tests - see full listing of MGMAT Guides
Bottom Line: Second to GMAT Prep only (and maybe our tests ) - fairly accurate scoring. Great value.
GMAT Club Member Comments: “In general, the results on real GMAT are in +/- 40 point range compared to MGMAT. Very good tool for personal evaluation, which helps to find week spots in your knowledge. Highly recommended if you want to check on your preparation progress."
Free Tests Link: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/free ... tice-test/
6 Full Tests \$49: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/stor ... resources/

CAT: Yes
Free Tests: Yes - 1 Free Test
2-5 tests, included in online courses, Price depends on a package \$132+
Bottom Line: Overall is a good practice if starting from scratch and targeting 600 to 700 range.
GMAT Club Member Comments: “PR is very good as a refresher. The Princeton CATs are designed for those starting on basics concepts. As a result the Quant section seems to be primitive compared with Manhattan GMAT or Kaplan.”

CAT: Yes
Free Tests: Yes - online free test
Price: Free
Bottom line: Solid test with interface that closely matches the real thing. Also includes performance and timing analytics (see sample report). Note: paid account required for video explanations and core course

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GMAT Focus
CAT: Yes
Free Tests: No
Price: 1 for \$25; 3 for \$65
Bottom Line: Definitely a good practice for Quant if you have some extra money to spend. Unfortunately some questions overlap with the OG 12. For more info go here
GMAT Club Member Comments: "GMAT Focus is expensive but worth every cent." "If you don't mind the price of them, I think the GMAT Focus tests are pretty good. The big advantage is that they probably have a more-updated scoring algorithm, so you get an idea of where you're actually scoring for Quant. And it seemed to me that the types of questions were more recent (harder than OG, if you're scoring at a high Quant level).But if I had only \$80 to spend, I'd probably buy the GMAT Club tests - you'll get 25 very good tests (with ~37 questions each) instead of 3 tests (with 24 questions each)." (Source)

Powerprep
CAT: No
Free Tests: Yes
Bottom Line: Powerprep are practice tests distributed by the GMAC, before 2006, and were replaced by GMAT Prep.
GMAT Club Member Comments: "Its worth doing if you're looking for extra test simulations, however, don't be lulled into a false sense of security if you score high. There are many repeats from OG, you will score very high...". "Powerprep wasn't truly adaptive, so it's not overly useful anymore. It won't mimic your real GMAT experience. "

800score
CAT: Yes
Forum users comments: Quant section is challenging, while Verbal is of no challenge whatsoever. So don't get disappointed with low Quant score and do not rely on high results from Verbal as an indicator of mastering this section. Some more polishing still could be done since spelling errors and missing information happens in the test questions. Nevertheless can be a useful preparation tool in addition to other CATs.

Platinum GMAT
CAT: No
http://www.platinumgmat.com/gmat-practice-test/

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Originally posted by bb on 03 Apr 2009, 10:54.
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04 Apr 2009, 10:30
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Man.. thought I had done all CATs....I have some work to do...

BTW...check your library..sometimes they have some of the above mentioned books with CDs that contain CATS....
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06 Apr 2009, 14:10
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add knewton's test to that lot.
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06 Apr 2009, 16:21
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mousymouse wrote:
add knewton's test to that lot.

Sure! I've read your review on them. It seems, Knewton's course has helped you a lot. Can you provide some more info? Did you try other CAT's? Can you compare knewton's CAT's with GMAT Prep, Club Challanges, MGMAT or Kaplan?
I could see what you liked about them. Are there any drawbacks?
Thank you a lot for sharing your experience!

Edit: Please post information on Knewton CAT here. Discussion on Knweton as a course moved to - knewton-online-course-review-78282.html
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13 Apr 2009, 14:01
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Guys,

I have a quick question about the Manhattan GMAT cats. I recently took two of them and scored a 640 and a 680. But I found that I always ran out of time in both the verbal and quant sections. I repeatedly came 7-8 questions short on both the sections. Have other test takers faced the same issue or do i have to work on my timing .
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14 Apr 2009, 18:18
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Yes, I think that is common, at least if you are talking math. I think verbal was long, but I didn't have problems finishing (I think their reading passages were a little long if I remember correctly). If you can make it through MGMAT in time and still do well, you should be well equipped for the real thing.
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26 Apr 2009, 00:55
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Does anyone know whether there are free practice tests, in which the AWA is also graded (at least by the computer)? I've tried most of the tests listed above, none of them graded my AWA so far.

There are none for free. GMAC has a paid option that uses the same technology.
I would not waste much time/money on it though - most folks can get a great AWA score with just some practice - see this great guide for AWA by chineseburned: how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html
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12 May 2009, 16:56
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Quick question on the official GMAT prep tests. It is said (see above) that these practice tests can be taken multiple times by un/reinstalling the software. I have a few follow up questions on this:

2. Is there lots of repeated questions that come up (after taking it more than twice)?
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12 May 2009, 17:09
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Topol wrote:
Quick question on the official GMAT prep tests. It is said (see above) that these practice tests can be taken multiple times by un/reinstalling the software. I have a few follow up questions on this:

2. Is there lots of repeated questions that come up (after taking it more than twice)?

1 - you can use the same installation package. Don't need to donwload again
2. - there are about 700 total questions in the GMAT Prep - repeats do come up but only a few. Not until you take it 3 times that you start seeing same questions again and again.

Also see this thread for extensive details on GMAT prep: gmatprep-gmat-prep-powerprep-power-prep-free-tests-77548.html
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25 May 2009, 13:50
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We have added a new free test to the GMAT Club collection:

Name That Business School - you will be presented with 10 images of the business schools. Your task is to identify them. How good are you?

For more details and discussion see this thread:
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bb wrote:
We have added a new free test to the GMAT Club collection:

Name That Business School - you will be presented with 10 images of the business schools. Your task is to identify them. How good are you?

For more details and discussion see this thread:

Results > Name that School #1: you answered correctly 10 out of 10 questions; your percentile on test Name that School #1 is 66.1% (you did better than 66.1% of Name that School #1 test takers).

We have a lot of Bschool fanatics here
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Wow - well done.
Looks like you are one of them

Have you tried the second test? http://gmatclub.com/tests/b02 - it is a "bit" more challenging.
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Which practice CAT would you say would be a good one to take the for the first time ( for those who just are starting their GMAT journey, and to evaluate where they stand before they hit the books)?

GMATPrep (though somewhat wasteful) is the best one.

The argument goes as follows - you want to know your improvement and progress and GMATPrep is the best in evaluating your progress. Yes, you will waste a test, but since you are just starting out - you will score low and only see easier questions. With 700+ questions, you can re-take GMATPrep one more time a few months later and not see more than 1 or 2 repeats, still allowing for an accurate score.
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Wat a post ........Wonderful...hats off to you guys
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17 Aug 2009, 21:46
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Would you please tell me what diffirence between two products on Manhattan GMAT, regarding the CAT test and questions bank.:

This: Manhattan GMAT Computer Adaptive Practice Exams - 1 Year Access http://www.manhattangmat.com/storeitems ... 81&catid=4

and

Thank you very much
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Would you please tell me what diffirence between two products on Manhattan GMAT, regarding the CAT test and questions bank.:

This: Manhattan GMAT Computer Adaptive Practice Exams - 1 Year Access http://www.manhattangmat.com/storeitems ... 81&catid=4

and

Thank you very much

The difference is length of access only. It is a strange strategy, I know. If you purchase exams from Manhattan GMAT directly, you will get 1 year access. The codes that are included with books are valid only for 6 months. This is the only difference.
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Please post information on Knewton CAT here. Discussion on Knweton as a course moved to - knewton-online-course-review-78282.html

I posted my Knewton CAT review on the Knewton course review thread (mentioned above) by mistake.
I'm pasting it here, and let gmatclub decide where it belongs.

.....

Before sharing my thoughts on Knewton, let me provide background on CATs I have taken.

In chronological order (set by the time I took the 1st CAT from each source):
1. Kaplan 2005 (soft)
2. Powerprep (soft)
3. GPrep (soft)
4. Princeton 2006 (soft)
5. Barrons 2007 (soft)
6. Arco 2006 (soft)
7. Crack the GMAT (soft)
8. Manhattan (online)
9. 800score (flash)
10. Knewton (online)

Crack the GMAT is the worse, and 800score and Knewton come right after.

But this is about Knewton. I just finished their free online CAT, and this is my brief review:

Quant
. Good questions, very real, covering all areas.
. Representative of the easiest GMAT questions. Did not encounter one challenging question.
. Did not seem to be adaptative, at all.
. Good as a summary of fields to master.

Verbal
. Same
. Found two unacceptable grammatical mistakes on 2 of the 4 reading comprehension sections.

Scoring algorithm
. The worst I have encountered together with 800score's.
. Quant: had 3 mistakes-> Q45
. Verbal: had 4 mistakes-> V37
. Although this may be partially explained by the lack of difficulty of the questions, it is still way off mark.

Others:
. Post-exam questions log/review is outstanding.
. As another poster mentioned, some questions seemed to be taken from OG with a few things changed here and there.

Now see how that compares to my GPrep stats:
1. Q49 with 10 mistakes; V46 with 3 mistakes. 760
2. Q49 with 9 mistakes; V42 with 7 mistakes. 750
3. Q49 with 8 mistakes; V47 with 4 mistakes. 770

It is not a question of higher or lower score. Knewton is simply off mark.

Bottom line: good only as a comprehensive summary of basic level questions to be done against the clock. Scoring should be ignored.
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Here goes some extra info on the different CATs I've taken.

1. Kaplan 2005 (soft) - I concur with the brief review presented on this post.
2. Powerprep (soft) - I concur with the brief review presented on this post.
3. GPrep (soft) - I concur with the brief review presented on this post.
4. Princeton 2006 (soft) - I concur with the brief review presented on this post.
5. Barrons 2007 (soft) - OK for timed extra practice. No scoring provided.
6. Arco=Peterson's 2006 (soft) - Liked it. Partially adaptative. Had both hard and easy CAT experiences. Good scoring with glitches.
7. Crack the GMAT (soft) - Stay away from it.
8. Manhattan (online) - Outstanding. Brutal CATs.
9. 800score (flash) - Not really adaptative. Scoring completely off. Quant was supposed to be hard, and verbal easy. I found quant to be overly easy.
10. Knewton (online) - See above.
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I just took the GMATLive free CAT. And with it ends my experimentation of GMAT CATs from unverified sources. The test was as bad as it could be.

Quant: Not adaptative, overly easy, horrible questions ... see below for samples
Verbal: Seems like taken entirely from 1000CR, 1000SC and 3000RC.
Scoring: What A joke. Score was Q:53 V:56 T:790. (for those who don't know, the highest GMAT score is 51)

Veredict: stay away!

For illustration purposes, here are some sample questions taken from the CAT:

- Maria deposits \$10,000 in a bank. What is the annual interest which the bank will pay to Maria?
(1) The interest must be paid once every six months.
(2) The rate of interest is 4%.
-> Answer said B. I believe this question is unclear and can’t be answered.

- At a certain diner, a hamburger and coleslaw cost \$3.59, and a hamburger and french fries cost \$4.40. If french fries cost twice as much as coleslaw, how much do french fries cost?
a) \$0.30 b) \$0.45 c) \$0.60 d) \$0.75 e) \$0.90

- Given that side AC of triangle ABC is 2. Find the length of BC.
(1) AB is not equal to AC
(2) Angle B is 30 degrees.
-> Angle B! Which one is angle B?
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Originally posted by powerka on 24 Aug 2009, 20:49.
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24 Aug 2009, 22:53
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powerka wrote:
I just took the GMATLive free CAT. And with it ends my experimentation of GMAT CATs from unverified sources. The test was as bad as it could be.

Quant: Not adaptative, overly easy ... and I found a question that did not have the right answer listed!
Verbal: Seems like it was taken entirely from 1000CR, 1000SC and 3000RC.
Scoring: What A joke. Please laugh with me. Score was Q:53 V:56 T:790. (for those who don't know, the highest GMAT score is 51)

Veredict: stay away!

Thanks for the reviews!!
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