Having been one who struggled with GMAT prep as I prepared to apply for my MBA several years ago, and skeptical of the many tools out there, I was initially hesitant to accept the offer to review the new Beat the GMAT Practice Questions. Once I put my personal feelings aside, however, I maintained an open mind, and will admit to being favorably impressed.
If there is one thing you need when studying for the GMAT, it is the ability to practice GMAT questions in an environment that mirrors conditions of the actual test. Beyond that, the ability to quickly diagnose problem areas and focus on them is necessary for continued improvement. Beat the GMAT Practice Questions offers that and more. A rundown of features include:
– Customizable practice sessions. If you are early in your studies, you can choose practice questions that are broad and akin to the actual GMAT, complete with an adaptive algorithm that makes problems easier or harder depending on correct or incorrect answers. Performance reporting is succinct and detailed, allowing you to easily identify strengths and weaknesses. Once problem areas are identified, practice sessions can be customized to focus on specific topics, questions you flag, a particular level of difficulty or questions previously answered incorrectly.
– A video response to each question developed by renowned GMAT teachers. The response takes you step by step through the thought process necessary to get the correct answer. Visual learning has long been known to be effective, particularly online, and the videos give the feeling there is a personal tutor coaching you as you move along.
– Level of difficulty reported with each answer. You can get a sense early on where the answers tend to be taking your score, as well as your ability to answer questions correctly at a particular level of difficulty.
– A running clock indicating time spent on each question. Once an answer has been submitted, you can see your time compared to the average pace.
– Available completely online. Soon to be compatible with iPad, iPhone and Android devices, practice fits in with your busy schedule. As long as your device has internet access you can practice what you want, when you want.
– Over 700 practice questions. The biggest complaint individuals have during GMAT preparation is the lack of sufficient practice questions. With over 700 questions and the ability to customize, there is plenty of variety.
My only criticism: I would prefer a more general home page after login as opposed to going directly to the Dashboard page which gives detailed information about your practice session (maybe this will be the case with the live version). I wanted each set of features introduced as opposed to poking around and figuring things out myself.
Beyond that, though, I would definitely recommend Beat the GMAT Practice Questions, and wish it had been around when I was studying for the GMAT!
Jen Weld worked as an admissions consultant and Former Asst. Dir. of Admissions at Cornell’s EMBA program (4 years) prior to joining Accepted.com. She has an additional 10 years of experience in higher ed and corporate marketing.