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I’m really excited to tell you about this. We’ve just taken our Foundations of Math study program and our Foundations of Verbal e-book—about $400 worth of material!—and made them totally free.
What does this mean? It can be hard to get started studying because you’re not sure which books you want to buy or whether you want to take a course or…whatever. Too many decisions to make!
But now, it’s a no-brainer. You can get started studying today without paying a dime. Yes, eventually you’re going to need more than this Foundations material—but you can worry about that in a month. (And, in a month, you’ll know a lot more and be in a much better position to figure out how you do want to continue your GMAT or EA studies.)
Read on or take a look at this video!
What are Foundations of Math and Foundations of Verbal?
Our GMAT Foundations of Math (FoM) is an entire study program. We have a day-long live FoM workshop (sometimes scheduled over two half-days), a complete study syllabus (which you’ll get access to when you sign up for the workshop), and a nearly 500-page FoM e-book. (We do still charge money for the physical FoM book…it does cost money to print it, after all. But the newly-free e-book is the exact same book.)
Our GMAT Foundations of Verbal e-book is also free—head on over to Amazon to download your Kindle version. (Ditto, this e-book is also the exact same version as the physical copy.)
The GMAT and EA are almost identical at the foundations level—a bit further down, I address how to adapt the materials for your EA studies.
How should I use all of this material?
Excellent question! First, sign up for our GMAT Free Starter Kit syllabus.
And literally just start going through it in order. The first couple of sections will get you oriented on the exam—what’s on it, how is it scored, what are the question types like, and so on.
Then you’ll dive into FoM and FoV. For FoM, when you sign up for the free workshop, you’ll get access to a second free syllabus that’s just all about FoM. Take about 4 to 8 weeks to work through the material in both programs.
Then take a full-length practice test (we’ve got one of these in the Starter Kit for you too) and review it (we’ll tell you how). At that point, you’ll know your starting score and be in a much better position to determine your next steps.
I’m studying for the EA; can I use any of this?
You can! First of all, we do also have an EA Free Starter Kit syllabus. That one doesn’t contain all of the FoM and FoV material (because technically those books were written for the GMAT), but the two exams are extremely similar—so sign up for both the EA and GMAT Free Starter Kits. Use the EA one to learn how the test works and etc, but jump over to the GMAT Starter Kit for the FoM and FoV material specifically.
Everything in the FoV guide applies equally to the EA (with the exception of any references to the essay, as the EA does not include an essay).
For the FoM study program, you’re going to study everything except geometry*. But literally, everything else in the study materials still applies to the EA.
*But I have to give a caveat. Did you ever realize that the coordinate plane is technically algebra, not geometry? (Yeah, me neither. But technically it is.) It’s true that the EA doesn’t test geometry…but the coordinate plane is algebra…so the coordinate plane can appear on the EA. Other than that, you can ignore all of the geometry.
Why did you make Foundations of Math and Foundations of Verbal free?
Glad you asked. There are two broad reasons.
First, the selfish one: My fellow teachers and I are always sitting around talking about how awesome it would be if everyone showed up to the first class session having already learned the foundation-level material. We could do so much more in class! And our students would be prepared to learn faster and go much higher if they’d already studied FoM and FoV.
Second, the serious one: Prepping for a standardized test is expensive (and grad school itself is even more expensive). There’s a serious disparity in who can even think about going to grad school because the cost is so high just to get started.
We can’t give everything away for free or we wouldn’t be able to keep running the company (we like eating and paying our rent, too!)—but we wanted to do something to start to make access at least a little more equal. And so we are. Now anyone can master their GMAT and EA foundations using free and really high-quality materials.