Free GMAT Practice You Can Bank On

by Brian Galvin on

Success on the GMAT requires practice, and practice requires practice questions.  But you knew that already.  So what’s special about this post?

Veritas Prep is pleased to announce the launch of its free practice quiz question bank – a GMAT Question Bank that includes many of the attributes that your GMAT practice has been missing:

It’s free,* and as an aspiring business student you should value the ability to save money.

It’s computer-based, allowing you to practice GMAT questions in the same way that you’ll see them on test day.

It offers detailed solutions for each problem, helping you to learn from the experience of taking the problems.

It offers diagnostic reports, helping you to gauge your pacing and progress against that of your GMAT competitors. And most importantly, it’s ongoing. We’ll explain.

The problem with much of the GMAT practice available – free practice or paid practice, be it practice tests, smartphone apps, question-of-the-day emails, etc. – is that it follows the trend that has swept our culinary-focused television appetite “set it and forget it”. Meaning this – companies hire authors to write dozens of questions, dump them into a database, and parcel them out to you as necessary. But that’s not the GMAT. The GMAT is adaptive.  The GMAT requires authentic data on each question to ensure that it’s fairly written; that it appropriately rewards high-ability test-takers and “punishes” those who should score lower. The GMAT relies on its substantial bank of “unscored, experimental items” that it has you take as part of your official exam, so that it can make sure that you’re seeing high-quality, relevant questions.

And that’s why this question bank exists. Over ten years of GMAT prep experience, Veritas Prep has written thousands of GMAT questions, some good and some not so good. And while our experience and expertise have allowed us to filter out a lot of the garbage and emphasize the well-written questions, it has come time to know for certain which questions truly reflect the GMAT aim of “separation” between high and low scorers. It has come time to know exactly which trap answers fairly trap advanced test takers. It has come time to be able to truthfully tell students who ask “how hard is this question?” “this question is about the 70th percentile”.  And this quiz bank – with your help – will help us gather and report this data on our question bank.

So are you a lab rat? Not really. Each question in the bank has already been vetted, but now we’re using the bank to give each question meaningful data reports for our instructors, our students, and our adaptive practice tests.  And your responses will help us to quickly filter out and rework questions that don’t fit our high standard for quality. With hundreds of users already practicing with the quiz bank in its first week of use, we’re confident that the vast majority of questions you see will have already been vetted to meet this quality standard.

And let’s cover that asterisk from the bulleted list. Shouldn’t you question anything free? You should – but here’s the explanation for this quiz bank. In order to drive enough traffic to gather meaningful data, we need a large sample and one that isn’t polluted by our own student base (which we’re confident would skew the curve toward the right!). To gather accurate data, we need to make this question bank openly available.

So statistical significance is the game, and you’re one of the winners. And please note this – the system will ask you to create a login, not because we want to sell your information or spam you (we won’t) but because proper question tracking requires not just information like “60% of users get this question wrong” but rather “80% of users in the top quintile of quantitative test-takers get this correct, and only 20% of users below that mark get it right”.  So please rest assured that your data is safe, and that your login is important so that we can track your progress for your own sake, and for the sake of better reporting for you in the future.

What’s the result?  Your GMAT practice opportunities have just gotten a huge lift.  Free practice that based on its very nature seeks to be of higher quality than virtually any other practice option (NOTE: we still recommend the official study resources from the Graduate Management Admissions Council – we’re using similar methods to guarantee quality, but they’ve been doing this for 60 years).  So what are you waiting for?  Visit the Veritas Prep GMAT Question Bank and get started today!

Brian Galvin will run the free seminar

Brian Galvin is Director of Academic Programs at Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep and graduate school admissions consulting provider. Galvin writes a monthly column for Poets&Quants, offering typically contrarian advice for GMAT test takers. 

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  • Eli

    GMAT Question Bank is awesome! Thank you for the tip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Jackson/100004607163042 Maria Jackson

    Good Guide of Practice for GMAT it is important for GMAT Exam

  • http://www.gmatpill.com/ GMAT Pill | Online GMAT Course

    Actually, that guide on the above link from Maria isn’t updated for the new version of the GMAT since June 2012. The writing section is only 30 minutes, not 60 minutes. The remaining 30 minutes is being replaced with the new integrated reasoning section.

    Getting the next level of data is something that the real GMAT does — they have the largest selection of data points available. So a move in this direction is definitely useful and at the same time a big challenge.

    Test takers pay the most attention during the real GMAT — that’s when GMAC collects their data points for their test. With GMAT practice questions, students proceed with them at their own pace — some at a leisurely pace, others at a comfortable pace, and still others in a more alarmed state.

    Arguably from a critical reasoning standpoint, the data collected can be skewed in practice mode. Students may give up in the middle of the question and just try to find the answer and will submit a random one to see the correct answer and explanation. On the real exam, when given such a question, they may persist a little longer and try to intelligently guess. It’s possible that this bias can skew the results.

    Still, such an advanced system could be more accurate than any other existing one – certainly the algorithm is in the right direction. But as with anything with the GMAT, nothing is as official as the real test itself – same goes with the Official Guide questions. Still, good work.

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