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How to access all 1,500 Questions from your Free GMATPrep tests

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Did you know that although there are only 90 questions on a single diagnostic GMAT from the GMATPrep software, that there are roughly 1,500 questions in the overall Question Pool of the free "Default Exam Pack" that includes Exams 1 and 2? This means that you could re-take these 2 GMAT exams a dozen times, and see different questions every time (albeit with some overlap).

When you take a GMAT that contains questions you've seen before, some might consider this test ruined and therefore useless. I disagree. Although exams containing questions to which you know the answers will surely ruin the score-predictive element of the tests (in other words, your diagnostic score will be inflated) of the test, the learning element still remains. Remember that repetition is not to be avoided--it's quite helpful for improvement. Despite what many GMAT test-takers think, not every question you try needs to be brand-new...sometimes it takes until the 2nd or 3rd attempt until the concepts, strategies and techniques needed for a particular question really start to "click."

How to best use your free GMATPrep exams as diagnostic tests, and then later reset them for practice (non-score predictive) purposes:

1) Download the free GMAT Prep Software, which contains Exams 1 and 2. Exam Pack 1 ($50) contains Exams 3 and 4, and Exam Pack 2 ($50--you can also buy Exam Packs 1 and 2 as a bundle for $90) contains Exams 5 and 6. Be warned, however, that Exams 3-6 (EPs 1 and 2) draw from a much smaller pool of about 400 questions.

2) Take Exam 1 for the first time (a score predictive test).

3) Take Exam 2 for the first time (a score predictive test).

4) Take screenshots of every question, at the beginning of each question (a good idea anyway for additional timing information / in case the GMATPrep software crashes), and review the questions until you understand them. Alternatively, you can train yourself to automatically take a screenshot at the start of every new question, which should save you some time. For your screenshots, use either the "Print Screen" (Windows Key + PrtScn) button on a PC or (Shift + Command + 3) on a Mac. If you do so, however, then make sure to take note of which ones you got wrong--not just the numbers, but the actual text of the questions--before resetting the software.

5) Now that you've taken the first 2 tests as diagnostics, and backed up your questions using screenshots, hit "reset" and try the tests again. This time, take screenshots at the BEGINNING of each question, and feel free to use the software simply as a practice tool for short sets of questions. The new "Select Section Order" feature has made this much easier, since you can now start directly with the Quant and Verbal sections rather than having to click through the AWA and IR sections first.

PLEASE NOTE: unless you are using a very old version of Windows, you do not have to manually save your screenshots! On Windows, they are auto-saved in the "Pictures/Screenshots" folder, and on a Mac they are auto-saved in the Desktop folder. Thus, screenshots only take about 1 second each. On Windows, the screen will dim for a moment to confirm that your screenshot has been saved, and on a Mac you will hear a camera sound.

5) Hit "reset" in the lower left-hand corner of the software, and repeat as many times as necessary. The tests are no longer score predictive due to question overlap, but they will still make for great, realistic practice, and you will see plenty of new questions as well.

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A couple of FAQs:

1) Q: This doesn't seem to be working...my first 12 multiple-choice questions are the exact same, even after I hit "reset."
A: That's because the IR section is not adaptive. So just click through the 12 questions in the IR section and pick random answers. Yes, it’s annoying.

UPDATE 6/15/17: In order to reflect the test changes coming July 11th, you will soon be able to re-order the sections of your GMAT Prep tests using the latest version of the software, allowing you to go straight to the Quant and Verbal sections (in either order). This should make the process I have just described much more convenient! Check the upper-right hand corner of your GMATPrep software for update notices: according to the GMAC website, the software should be updated by July 31st, 2017.

2) Q: GMATPrep seems to have hijacked my computer! I can't escape out of it.
A: Hello, fellow Mac user. For some reason GMATPrep on Mac is immune to the Escape key. Use the (command + tab) shortcut instead.

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Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 13 Jun 2016, 16:10.
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Just to make sure I understand the instructions correctly. I will summarize how I understand

Step 1: take a test - 3 hours.
Step 2: Take 90 screenshots - 18 minutes
Step 3: Reset the software - 1 minute
Repeat 16 times (probably 30 times since you will encounter a lot of repeats)

Is that the suggestion outlined in this post? It does not strike me as very friendly due to the time constraint involved. What am I missing?
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bb wrote:
Just to make sure I understand the instructions correctly. I will summarize how I understand

Step 1: take a test - 3 hours.
Step 2: Take 90 screenshots - 18 minutes
Step 3: Reset the software - 1 minute
Repeat 16 times (probably 30 times since you will encounter a lot of repeats)

Is that the suggestion outlined in this post? It does not strike me as very friendly due to the time constraint involved. What am I missing?

Hi bb,

Well, I would not necessarily take a full test after resetting the software. Instead, you might just choose to try as few as 5-10 questions, and take a screenshot at the BEGINNING of each question, not at the end of the 3-hour test (see step #5 above).

It is not a very time-friendly method if you choose to take a full test that way, but it is cost-effective, and I do have some tips that can speed you up. Also remember that the GMATPrep software has a "Pause Exam" button which allows you to take breaks whenever you want. It's especially helpful if you have more than 1 computer, and you can keep 2 versions of the software running at once. The point is that you don't necessarily have to finish the test or receive a "final score"...you can use this method to practice just a few questions, for example. Besides, the score will not be realistic if you are pausing the test anyway.

Thus, I'm not advocating all the steps at once. I may not have communicated this well enough, but this post is written to explain what you can do to try more questions after you've already taken exams 1 and 2. The goal here is not necessarily to access every last question in the Question Pool (I agree that it would take forever but tutors like dabral have done it for Quant)--it's to get more bang for your buck from the free software. Most GMAT prep students are taking these tests once and only seeing 180 questions out of a possible 1,500...that means that they are missing out on 88% of the questions.

In order to protect yourself against GMATPrep software crashes, I strongly suggest that you start training yourself to automatically take screenshots anytime you try a question on the computer, which is just the matter of a quick keystroke (for your screenshots, use either the "Print Screen" (Windows Key + PrtScn) button on a PC or (Shift + Command + 3) on a Mac). Take the screenshot at the beginning of every question as a matter of habit, and you will have a built-in way to save backup copies of the questions you've completed.

If money is no object, then Question Pack 1 and Exam Packs 1 and 2 are clearly more hassle-free choices. But what I like most about this method is that it's a FREE way to access roughly the same number of questions that are in the OGs. And, as I wrote before, I believe that some repetition of questions is actually a good thing.

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Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 13 Jun 2016, 16:26.
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In that case, how about just google "Everything official CR GMAT" or "Everything official SC GMAT"?

Example: the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-sc-140372.html
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Yes, you could do that instead, but then you would miss out on the realism / interface / timing of the actual GMATPrep software, and you would be assuming that all of these questions have already been correctly posted on GMAT Club, which is not the case. Also, once the software is downloaded, my method obviates the need for internet access: you can simply install the (free) software on your computer and have 1,500 practice questions at your disposal, as long as you have access to electricity and a computer.

Regarding step #2, screenshots should take no more than 1 second each for most users. For more information on how to take and auto-save GMAT question screenshots on Windows and Mac, please check out the below thread:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-use-ke ... 22081.html

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Hello, Brian, how are you?

I fully agree with your statement , that using GMAT Official questions instead synthetic one brings far more advantages than disadvantages
I believe that through this method, we stay much more in contact with both the language and the kind of thinking that GMAT uses.

I would like to know where I can find resolution for these items below
1) 1500 questions from GMAT Prep Software
2) Question Pack 1
3) 400 questions from Exam PACK 1 and 2

Do you know if someone had the perspicacity to compile all these three items and solve them?
That would be the ultimate surpassing !!!

Kind Regards from Brazil :thumbup:
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rcfarhat wrote:
Hello, Brian, how are you?

I fully agree with your statement , that using GMAT Official questions instead synthetic one brings far more advantages than disadvantages
I believe that through this method, we stay much more in contact with both the language and the kind of thinking that GMAT uses.

I would like to know where I can find resolution for these items below
1) 1500 questions from GMAT Prep Software
2) Question Pack 1
3) 400 questions from Exam PACK 1 and 2

Do you know if someone had the perspicacity to compile all these three items and solve them?
That would be the ultimate surpassing !!!

Kind Regards from Brazil :thumbup:
Rodolfo Farhat

Hi Rodolfo,

For copyright reasons, there is nowhere on GMAT Club with explanations to all the questions from the 4 (3 of which are paid) official sources that you mentioned in one place. However, you can try searching the Question Bank by tags to find explanations to individual questions from those sources:

GMAT Prep Software
Exam Pack 1
Exam Pack 2
Question Pack 1

...or you can simply google search the first few words of each question, and a GMAT Club link will most likely pop up.

-Brian

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You can download my official test-taker score report (all scores within the last 5 years) directly from the Pearson Vue website: https://tinyurl.com/y94hlarr Date of Birth: 09 December 1979.

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Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 18 Mar 2018, 22:10.
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Hello, Brian,

As you suggested, I am only practicing trough OG exercises - [OG Review: 15, 16, 17, 18 + OG (Verb & Quant): 15, 16, 17, 18].
After completing them my intention is to start doing the GMAC Pack Question.

Since I am forcing myself to solve SC questions under 1:30, I am missing a lot of Medium/Hard SC questions from OG.

Question:

a) Should I go back to these exercises , in the same day, and solve them without time pressure?
b) Should I read and understand their resolution; wait 2 days, and them go back to them? Still under pressure time?

note1: Since I am on vacations, my next 30 days will be dedicated only for GMAt
note2: my test is in relative short time (28 days from now), and I still need to study RC.


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Hello, Brian,

As you suggested, I am only practicing trough OG exercises - [OG Review: 15, 16, 17, 18 + OG (Verb & Quant): 15, 16, 17, 18].
After completing them my intention is to start doing the GMAC Pack Question.

Since I am forcing myself to solve SC questions under 1:30, I am missing a lot of Medium/Hard SC questions from OG.

Question:

a) Should I go back to these exercises , in the same day, and solve them without time pressure?
b) Should I read and understand their resolution; wait 2 days, and them go back to them? Still under pressure time?

note1: Since I am on vacations, my next 30 days will be dedicated only for GMAt
note2: my test is in relative short time (28 days from now), and I still need to study RC.


Best, Rodolfo

Hi Rodolfo,

Timed exercises are overrated, in my opinion, especially early in the prep process. I understand that your test is in only 3 weeks, but you have to start somewhere, and you can't rush it. First, you need to learn how to get the question right in 3-5 minutes, and force yourself to do a full, detailed analysis of every answer choice, indicating why the correct answer is correct, but also precisely why the incorrect answers are incorrect. Over time, you will get faster, and hopefully by the time the test arrives, you can average 1.5-2 minutes per Verbal question.

My advice: relax and put down the stopwatch. When preparing for the GMAT, especially in the early stages but also in the late stages, it is important to not worry too much about time pressure, and to not take too many practice tests, which only builds bad habits if you don't learn the concepts properly the first time. Just take it one question at a time, don't rush, and learn the material at a pace that is comfortable for you!

You have to learn to crawl before you learn to walk, and you have to learn to walk before you learn to run. Timed tests and drills certainly have a place in the prep process, but timing your practice is not always a good idea.

Good luck,
Brian

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You can download my official test-taker score report (all scores within the last 5 years) directly from the Pearson Vue website: https://tinyurl.com/y94hlarr Date of Birth: 09 December 1979.

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