MBA.com and The Princeton Review are two reputable sources for free online GMAT preparation, but other online sources are also available.
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GMAT Online Materials: Overview
The time it takes to prepare for the GMAT test can vary among students. There are a wide range of prep courses, study groups, practice tests and study guides available for a fee, both online and at campus locations. Aspiring graduate students who plan to take the GMAT can also find free preparation materials through websites such as those described here.
MBA.com is the official GMAT website. Individuals can find several study guides for purchase, as well as test preparation software provided by the Graduate Management Admission Council that can be downloaded for free. By creating a profile at MBA.com, students and applicants can access study guides, register for the GMAT and even opt to have schools contact them about graduate-level program options. Test prep materials include a timeline for preparing for test day, tutorials on GMAT rules and customizable sets of questions.
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review offers a free interactive demo introducing the GMAT, as well as a free full-length GMAT practice test. Also offered for free are online GMAT events, such as 'Strategy Session for the GMAT' and 'GMAT and Business School Admissions Forum'. For purchase, the Princeton Review offers:
- Private tutoring
- Group tutoring
- Classroom courses
- Online courses
Other Free GMAT Sources
There are many other websites that offer free online GMAT study materials, papers and practice tests. However, many of these sites have a high volume of advertising content, are trying to sell a study product and may not be approved sources for GMAT study materials. Students should carefully evaluate the offerings of these websites.
Colleges and Universities
Some colleges may provide online or on-campus preparation sessions or sample tests. There are also accredited schools that have posted free sample questions that are available to all students, including:
- Babson College
- Boise State University
- University of Minnesota
About the GMAT
The GMAT is a 3.5 hour exam that is required for admission at many business schools. It consists of three sections: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing:
- The verbal section consists of 41 multiple choice questions that test:
- Reading comprehension
- Critical reasoning
- Sentence correction
- The math section has 37 multiple-choice questions on:
- Data sufficiency
- There are two open-ended essay questions on the analytical writing section.
By taking advantage of free online GMAT preparation resources, prospective business students can get the preparation they need for success on the test's verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections.