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25 Mar 2018, 11:57
Hi everyone!
Does anybody used GMAT Paper Test from MBA dot com?
How does difficulty of these test correspond with the real exam?
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26 Mar 2018, 12:39
Hi EddieHollywood,

To score at a high level on the GMAT, you have to have a variety of skills (more than just content knowledge) and the only way to properly assess whether you have properly honed those skills or not is to take FULL-LENGTH practice CATs under realistic conditions AND at regular intervals. Unfortunately, no paper tests (regardless of the source) can mimic the experience that you'll face on Test Day.

From your questions, I assume that you're looking to pick up some new practice materials to help you score higher on the GMAT. Before we can discuss how best to proceed, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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26 Mar 2018, 17:23
EddieHollywood wrote:
Hi everyone!
Does anybody used GMAT Paper Test from MBA dot com?
How does difficulty of these test correspond with the real exam?
Although I think the paper tests are useful, don't use them to get an estimate of your score. Use the GMATPrep practice tests to get an idea of what you're likely to score on the actual exam.
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26 Mar 2018, 18:23
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The short answer: Yes, the GMAT Paper Tests are helpful, but they are very old (pre-2000s), from a time when the ETS administered and authored the test, instead of Pearson Vue / ACT, and the GMAT was a somewhat easier exam (though essentially the same test, other than the extra issue essay and lack of an IR section). Perhaps most importantly, the questions from the GMAT Paper Tests overlap significantly with other official sources of questions, such as the OGs. Hence they are close to the bottom rung of the official GMAT materials ladder. And to state the obvious, don't take them as full "practice tests": a non-adaptive paper test isn't going to do a very good job of predicting your scores on an adaptive computer exam. Instead, break them into parts and try one question at a time.

That being said, they are still better than nearly any non-official sources of imitation GMAT questions, and still very useful for practice!

A quick ranking of Official GMAT question sources:

1) Question Pack 1 (my personal favorite due to the ability to create your own customized sets of questions easily, "Study Mode," which allows you to check your answers right away, and the included answer explanations)
2) Official Guides (OGs) - both paper and Wiley online versions (if you can get it to work--it's buggy). I'm a bit old-school, so I prefer paper when it comes to the OGs.
3) Default Exam Pack (contains 1,500 free questions!), Exam Pack 1, Exam Pack 2
4) The Mobile App ("The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017" by gWhiz LLC on the App Store--not sure why there isn't a 2018 version yet.)

5) The GMAT Paper Tests
6) Old GMAT PowerPrep software

Please see the following similar thread for more help with this issue. https://gmatclub.com/forum/are-the-gmat-paper-tests-any-good-79589.html

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30 Mar 2018, 12:56
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The actual test is on a computer - so while going through paper tests can be helpful - I would not recommend walking into the testing center without having gone through a full length CAT test.

Get the GMAT Prep practice tests from mba.com - or if you need more, go to:

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test

for a practice test online.

Whatever the case is - get familiar with the interface so there are no psychological surprises on test day.
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31 Mar 2018, 09:24
EddieHollywood wrote:
Hi everyone!
Does anybody used GMAT Paper Test from MBA dot com?
How does difficulty of these test correspond with the real exam?

Hi,

GMAT paper tests are useful only for practicing official GMAT questions. They can't give you score estimate as these tests are not adaptive as actual GMAT is. So use GMATprep software free tests to get an idea about your level.

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