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Looking to squeeze in more GMAT study time between work, family, and other commitments?
Anxiety around the GMAT exam is often related to lack of prep time. Long work weeks, family responsibilities, and other obligations make fitting in sufficient study time seem next to impossible.
Many prospective test-takers feel defeated before they do a single practice question! Sound familiar?
Don’t give up just yet. There is a way to integrate more GMAT prep into your busy schedule. A tool that actually brings GMAT prep to you, while you ride the train, stand in line, or wait for that work meeting to start. You guessed it. There’s an app for that.
Imagine: an extra 20 minutes of study per day equals 10 additional hours per month. Those extra hours can make a real difference in score gains.
In this post, we profile the features of three helpful GMAT study apps. Download one of these tools, and discover prep time you didn’t know you had.
The Official GMAT Study App from GMAC (iOS & Android)
This app was developed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)—the makers of the GMAT exam. Choose this tool and get real practice questions, anywhere and anytime, straight from the source.
The Official Guide for GMAT Review app costs $4.99 and includes the following features:
- access to 50 Quantitative and Verbal questions, plus four Integrated Reasoning questions (taken from The Official Guide book)
- option to upgrade to Pro-Pack to access over 800 Quantitative and Verbal questions and 50 IR questions (costs $39.95)
- option to customize the number of questions presented during each practice session (1-40 questions, depending on how much time you have)
- full answer explanations to guide learning
- analyses of each test result to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses
- an option to time each practice session to simulate real test conditions
- integration with the GMAC blog and official Facebook page (for updates and study tips)
- countdown to exam day, based on the data you provide
Here’s a screenshot of the app, courtesy of iTunes.
Veritas Prep GMAT Question Bank (iOS & Android)
The free Veritas app connects users with hundreds of realistic GMAT practice questions and solutions. No paid upgrade is needed to access the full bank of practice questions.
The latest version of the app, released in July of 2016, promises fixes to some of the bugs reported on the previous version, a new Facebook login feature, and a re-designed homepage.
How will this app help you maximize your prep time? Benefits include:
- sample questions representative of all five question types
- option to customize quizzes by question type and length
- access to detailed solutions to all questions
- option to see how your performance stacks up against other app users
Here’s a look at the app interface. Note the “performance” feature that allows you to compare answer accuracy and pacing against other users. This could be an excellent motivational tool for test-takers with a competitive streak.
Ready4Gmat (iOS & Android)
This self-proclaimed “GMAT brain trainer” is free, with the option of in-app purchases. Ready4Gmat (formerly known as Prep4Gmat) provides access to over 1000 practice questions, hundreds of flash cards, and customizable tests.
The latest version came out in April, 2017 with deeper performance analytics and a wide range of strategy lessons covering IR, Analytical Writing, Verbal, and Quant topics.
Other stand-out features include:
- access to a list of top MBA programs and their average GMAT scores (so users can set a target score based on their preferred B-schools)
- detailed answer explanations to over 1000 verbal and quantitative questions
- a School Matcher algorithm that helps users find schools that match their background and goals
- detailed performance reports on strengths and weaknesses
- intuitive lessons that walk through GMAT concepts, step-by-step
- option to bookmark flashcards for later viewing
- Question of the Day to keep users engaged
Here’s a look at the Ready4Gmat app, with its sophisticated performance tracker.
Several reviewers hail Ready4Gmat as a “perfect” and “favourite” study app—the ideal companion to a GMAT prep course, or other online/print study resources.
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