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Review of the Official GMAT Prep Tools and Packages

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GMAT Prep Software - Free
Strengths
    1. Uses similar GMAT algorithm, resulting in very accurate scores
    2. Difficulty level fairly representative of the actual GMAT.
    3. Comprises actual GMAT questions, albeit retired.
    4. Test scores can be saved and reviewed.
    5. Tests can be reset and attempted multiple times.
    6. Very large question pool.
    7. Free of cost.

Weaknesses
    1. Re attempts results in overlap of questions.
    2. No explanations of questions.






GMATPrep® Question Pack 1 - $29.99


Strengths
1. Official questions
2. Almost all of the questions are new and were never released before
3. Computer based practice
4. Includes explanations similar to OG for all questions
5. Statistics available to track your progress
6. Good ROI for $30

Weaknesses
    1. Relatively more quant questions are available in the QPack 1 than the verbal questions. If you take a typical exam as a reference, there are 5.4 times the number of questions available in a typical GMAT exam (200 vs 37). On the other hand, the verbal questions are 4.4 times a typical exam (180 vs 41). If you consider the extraneous questions bundled with the passages, the difference will be even higher.
    2. Although it was claimed to contain new and unseen questions, it does contain few questions that were released before or were available online.
    3. The progress statistics is limited to last 6 sessions. Any practice before that will not be shown in the progress tracker.
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GMATPrep® Exam Pack 1 - $29.99


Strengths
1. Official retired questions
2. Almost all of the questions are new and were never released before
3. Representative GMAT score
5. Exam analytics and retake option
6. Vast question Pool

Weaknesses
    1. Expensive. You get 6 MGMAT CATs for as low as $10.
    2. Some overlap with the free GMAT Prep
Detailed Review Here






GMAT Focus® Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool - $29.99 and $79.99

Strengths:
1. 24 questions: 12 Data Sufficiency & 12 Problem Solving questions
2. 45 minutes for entire test Easy to access—just need a computer with an Internet connection Computer-
3. Adaptive Test Actual GMAT questions from old tests
4. Four unique tests are available for purchase Answer explanations to all questions
5. Estimated score range for Quantitative section
6. Tracks time for each question and compares student’s performance to average
7. Breaks down performance based on question difficulty from Below Average to Excellent
8. Start and stop test as many times as you want across multiple days

Weaknesses:
1. Expensive product. $30 for 1 test and $80 for 3 may not seem to be ideal value for money.
2. Quant score prediction range is vast. Example: Q47 - Q51 may not be a desirable range for estimation.

Detailed Review Here


GMAT® Paper Tests - $29.99

Strengths and Weaknesses
1. The paper test starts with easier questions and level of difficulty increases as you reach the end (This is applicable to each section separately) .
2. For PS, there were two sections (with 16 questions in each). One was little difficult as compared to the other, with focusing more on word problems.
3. Quant was easy as compared to CAT tests (except for the last few questions in each section).
4. Negative marking of 0.25 points for each incorrectly attempted question. For each correct one, you get 1 point. No -ve or +ve marking for un-attempted question.
5. It seems, paper format stresses more on Time, rather than difficulty (As in verbal we have 80 mins for 61 questions and Quant 75 mins for 52 questions)
6. Although answer key has been provided, but explanation for answers is not available :( .
7. Few questions overlapping with OG11, though number of overlapping questions is very less.
8. Overlap with OG 11, 12 and 13.
9. Does not follow current GMAT algorithm.

Detailed review here





IR Prep Tool - $19.99

Strengths and Weaknesses:
1. 48 new IR questions.
2. Customizable IR quizzes.
3. Pacing review.
4. Expensive for 48 questions. 24 questions come with GMAT Prep Question pack and 30+ come with the OG













Bundled Official GMAT Products




The Premium GMAT® Study Collection - $311.21

Contents
    1. The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 2015
    2. The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review, 2015
    3. The Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2015
    4. GMATPrep® Exam Pack 1
    5. GMATPrep® Question Pack 1
    6. GMAT® Paper Tests Set I, II, and III
    7. GMAT Focus® Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool, set of 3
    8. IR Prep® Tool







The On Demand GMAT® Study Collection - $232.95

    1. GMATPrep® Exam Pack 1
    2. GMATPrep® Question Pack 1
    3. GMAT® Paper Tests Set I, II, and III
    4. GMAT Focus® Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool, set of 3
    5. IR Prep® Tool












GMATPrep® Software Study Collection - $62.98

    1. GMATPrep® Exam Pack 1
    2. GMATPrep® Question Pack 1

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New post 15 Aug 2014, 15:42
Even though I knew about all these official resources, having them summarized with pros & cons at one place helps a lot!
Thank you so much!
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Thanks so mch for posting that. I'm looking for all kinds of help
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