I have purchased the GMAC exam packs 3, 4 ad 5, 6 last year. Now that the format changed, I was told that I can place a request for new codes for online access of the same exams.
The download versions are in the 75 mins test format.
I have my test in about a month. Even after 6 reminders, 3 phone calls to GMAC i haven't heard from them or no appropriate response about providing codes to the new format. I am worried as I invested my money and now stuck because I cannot make a new purchase. I am eagerly waiting for GMAC's response still.
The gmat exam pack 1 is the most accurate representation of the actual gmat. The pack 1 was like giving the gmat. Exam pack 1 test 1 is slightly harder in quants compared to test 2. Atleast that is what i feel. Overall the rc sc cr are very gmat like. Especially the gmat actual exam verbal is a bit different that the verbal offered by many gmat test companies but gmat prep verbal = actual gmat verbal. Reviewing gmat prep efficiently can increase your score by 30 points atleast. The question type and traps present in the actual gmat are very similar to gmat prep exam pack 1
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I bought the prep collection and it really helped me with practice. One complaint I do have is the problems seemed on the easier side. Actual GMAT Quant, for example, had tougher questions.. Similarly, the quant questions are easier than GMAT Prep default questions. PS and DS questions were helpful as I could review them post exam. But no explanations are provided which means I had to scour the internet for explanations. The verbal questions are on par with the actual test. They also introduced the feature where you can change section order, which adds to the flexibility of the program. I wish they provided strong analytics lke those provided by other leading companies.
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I purchased the GMAC Question Pack 1 a few weeks before my exam to ensure I practice GMAT level questions. The GMAC Question Pack 1 consists of a set of 400 questions. They are good for practice and to improve overall score. The verbal questions were on par with GMAT level questions. Quant questions were good too. Roughly there were 50 verbal questions of each type and 90 quant questions of PS and DS each. IR questions were also present to ensure good practise. Detailed explanation for each and every question is provided. One can easily refer the simpler solution provided by GMAC to save time. Overall I felt it was a good investment from my side.
As the number of official questions available are less , it makes sense to purchase this bundle of OG questions , ideal for revision of concepts and practice. The number of 700+ questions is a bit low , but a decent amount of 600-700 questions are available and gmat prep allows us to customise tests according to study or practice mode , it would be ideal practice along with timing as most of us miss out not on the practice aspect but on the timing aspect. Buying it along with the exam pack bundle is a great deal and i feel that people looking for official questions should get hold of this bundle
I purchased the gmat exam pack 1 just a few ndays before my test, it has 2 full length test. The questions difficulty level is just like the real exam test and the score is also within 20+- span with the real exam. my real exam score was same as the second exam exam 4 of the exam pack and just 20 points more than that of exam 3 of the pack. The questions and the test experience is very much like the real exam, but the analysis and review options of the exam are not very strong and no explanation is available for the answers so deducting a star for that. Anyhow all the answer's explanation could be found on gmat club, thanks to the club it helped me prepare better.
I used the exam pack 1 and exam pack 2 for my preparation. They are definitely the most accurate indicators of how you will do on the actual GMAT. My actual score was within ten points of my mock score during both my GMAT attempts. However the biggest problem with these tests is that they contain almost no analytics. Average time per question type and average time by question content is provided but that is too broad a classification. It would be really great if the software let us see time taken per question . Another minor issue is that the percentiles on the software do not reflect the current percentile tables. For example a Q49 is listed as the 83rd percentile whereas according to the latest data it is 79th percentile. The reviewing system is also not smooth. Content wise these are obviously the best tests in the market but GMAC could do a lot more to address the other issues such as insuffient analysis.
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These are the best practice tests you can take - which should be obvious since they're made by GMAC. They are the best representation of the pacing and progression of the real test and my scores on these tests most consistently matched my actual test performance.
If you do this, I also suggest you purchase the other exam pack. It's equally as good and just helps provide more practice. I always think for these tests the more questions you see, the better. I don't remember how much these cost, but they are definitely the most valuable practice tests and should be the first materials purchased.
I took a couple tests early in my studies as a benchmark, then moved to other sources (Manhattan, Magoosh), then finished up with the two or three I had left the week before my test to solidify timing.