Free GMAT Practice
GMAT is not a test of what you know; it's a test of how well you can apply your knowledge to real problems. No doubt, you could answer any GMAT question correctly if there were no time limits, and the only thing that can prepare you to deal with those time limits is practice. If you subscribed to a GMAT prep course, you most likely have sufficient GMAT practice questions and tests. For those of you who are on your own, however, finding free GMAT tests can be quite challenging. This post will discuss where you can find free GMAT practice questions and tests and will explain how to make the most of such scarce resources as are available for free GMAT practice.
Free GMAT Practice Resources
Many websites offer a certain amount of free GMAT practice, but their questions are too often not representative of real GMAT questions. Several reliable sources of free GMAT tests are available, though; they are listed here.
- Free plan at GoGMAT. At GoGMAT, we offer a free plan that provides a significant number of free GMAT practice questions. You can take advantage of the 6 practice tests in study sessions that are available at no charge, and you can generate another 10 free GMAT practice tests in our Test Generator. For access to all these free GMAT practice tests, follow this link and subscribe to our Simple Plan.
- GMAT Prep software. Downloading a free GMAT Prep application at mba.com will give you access to two full-length free GMAT practice tests and several sets of free GMAT practice questions. You can also purchase additional practice questions.
- Blogs and forums. Many GMAT prep companies regularly post free GMAT practice questions in their blogs. You will find some in our blog in the Sample Questions Section.
Using free GMAT Practice resources efficiently
As you can see, although free GMAT practice tests are scarce, they do exist. You just have to take full advantage of every question you can find. Here are some tips that will help.
- Make your practice timed. Even if you are solving a question discussed in a blog, time yourself. It is important to get used to the time limits.
- Don't use any tools you won't have when you take the GMAT. Do not use calculators, formula lists, and other supplementary materials that GMAT doesn't allow. Except for the Integrated Reasoning questions (which permit use of an onscreen calculator), all you can use is a sheet of scratch paper and a pen or pencil.
- Analyze your answers. After you complete any free GMAT practice test, check out the questions you got wrong. Figure out what mistake you made and how you made it. What procedure should you practice, or what knowledge do you need, to get that question right the next time? Even for the questions you got right, you should check official explanations: they often contain alternative and possibly more efficient solution methods.
Generally, proper preparation for the GMAT requires a lot of practice, and it's probably a good idea to purchase a reasonably priced online course that will provide all the GMAT practice you need. However, if you choose to rely solely on free GMAT practice resources, make sure you use only reliable sources of free GMAT tests and make the most of them, by timing your practice, restricting your use of tools, and taking full advantage of official explanations and your own mistakes.
Good luck! Best regards, Peter Richardson