Hitting the GMAT score you need to get into your first-choice business school doesn’t happen overnight—it takes practice. That means spending the precious amount of study time you have before Test Day wisely. Lucky for you, we’ve got just the right tool to set you up for success: Free GMAT Practice Test events offered in locations near you.
Why should you take a Free GMAT Practice Test?
- You’ll get to see your score. Only by knowing your baseline GMAT score can you design and implement a study schedule that will help ensure you stay on track to reach your goal score before Test Day.
- You’ll see how you perform under real time constraints. Most test takers see a difference in their performance compared to when they take the exam untimed.
- You get the opportunity to speak with an expert Kaplan GMAT instructor and have all your testing questions answered.
- Kaplan’s Free GMAT Practice Test will provide you with all of the correct answers and explanations for every question—giving you the insight to learn from your mistakes and improve your performance over time. You’ll also be able to see how many seconds you spent on each question, giving you a chance to see in which situations you’re over (and under) spending time.
- A mini-lesson following the test will teach you important GMAT-related strategies that you can start practicing right away.
- Many test takers go into Test Day cold and then submit their application with whatever GMAT score they get. Others retake the GMAT only to end up with the same score they got the first time. Signing up for a practice test will help you assess your baseline performance, teach you how to score higher on subsequent tests, and give you a leg up on the competition.
Taking a Kaplan GMAT practice test gives you a better understanding of what taking a timed exam on Test Day is really like, providing a sense of the endurance and pacing strategy you will need. You will see the different question types that appear on a GMAT, and you will have an idea of your strengths and weaknesses once you review your performance.
Kaplan’s practice test is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), just like the GMAT, meaning that in both Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning, the difficulty level of each question adapts based on whether you answered the previous question correctly. When you answer a question correctly, the next question is more difficult, and if you answer one incorrectly, the next is less difficult. Each section is timed the same as the actual GMAT, and you get the same breaks as you will in the testing center. And, just like on test day, you will receive your score as soon as you complete the test!
Kaplan’s GMAT practice test can be self-proctored, meaning you can take the test at any time, or you can take it in a live online classroom with a Kaplan instructor as proctor. The self-proctored option is accompanied by video review of certain questions, while the live session features a mini-lesson with a live instructor and Q&A via live chat.
Exploring your in-depth GMAT score report
There are three big differences between a Kaplan CAT and an official GMAT:
- The first is that the Kaplan test is free!
- The second is that your score on the Kaplan test will not be reported anywhere, so if you are not satisfied with the score, business schools will never know.
- And the third big difference is that Kaplan provides a full score report, including explanations for all questions, breakdown of the types of questions you answered incorrectly, and time spent on each question.
This third point is the reason many savvy test-takers begin their prep with a Kaplan online GMAT practice test. The post-test score report includes the number of seconds you spent on each question and shows if you changed an answer. Here is an example of what the score report looks like:
In this example report, the student changed her answers on questions 3, 9, and 12. For both 3 and 12, she changed from one wrong answer choice to another wrong one; for question 9, she changed from a wrong answer choice to the correct answer.
Score Reports and Pacing
This student can also tell that despite spending almost four minutes on question 3 and more than five minutes on question 12, she answered both incorrectly. With this information in mind when she reviews these two questions, the student can decide how best to use her time on challenging problems and plan for deciding whether to continue working or guess and move on to similar questions in the future.
In the Quantitative Reasoning section, you have 75 minutes to answer 37 questions. This averages out to about two minutes per question. When you review your score report, keep that in mind: You want to spend, on average, about 120 seconds per question.
A quick scan shows that at this rate, the student would probably run out of time before the end of the section. She spent five and a half minutes on question 6, which she answered correctly, but the price for devoting those seconds to one question may have been running out of time and leaving three or more questions blank at the end.
When reviewing your practice test score report, you can use the timing information to decide how best to use your time on challenging problems. Review the ones you spent the most time on and make a plan for deciding whether to continue working or to guess and move on when faced with a similar question on a future test.
When you review your quant section, note whether you spent excessive time on a particular type of question (Problem Solving or Data Sufficiency) and/or a particular type of content (such as geometry, proportions, or number properties). Factor this into your plan. If you have trouble deciding how to manage the challenging questions, remember that we have a Kaplan Method for each type of problem that appears on the GMAT. We can help you improve your testing efficiency.
Quantitative Reasoning comes before verbal, your timing during the quant section impacts your performance on verbal. Practicing under timed conditions with a Kaplan GMAT practice test allows you to improve your efficiency on the quant section, which preserves your energy so you don’t run out of steam during the verbal section. Many inexperienced test takers are too exhausted to perform well in the last hour of the GMAT; don’t be that guy! Use practice tests to hone your efficiency and build endurance so you don’t fade away before the end of the test.
No matter which administration format you choose, a free GMAT practice test from Kaplan is an excellent way to get a feel for Test Day and kick off your prep with a scored exam!