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3 GMAT Study Apps for Anywhere/Anytime Prep

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Interested in learning more about smart GMAT study strategies, courses, and prep materials?

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Top 5 Free GMAT Prep Events & Why You Should Attend Them

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Considering challenging the GMAT exam this year? Already mapping out your study plan?

Before you enroll in a GMAT course, or crack open a study guide, make sure you do what so many students don’t: take advantage of the many free GMAT resources available near you.

It doesn’t matter if you’re still deliberating over business schools, or have fully committed to taking the exam—there’s a free GMAT event to support every stage of the process.

In this post, we break down five of the most valuable (and free!) GMAT events for potential test-takers. You’ll learn what goes on at each event, and what you can expect to gain from attending.

At the end of the post, look out for links to these (and other) free GMAT events at a location near you.

1. Free GMAT Prep Information Sessions

Attending a free GMAT info session should be priority number one for anyone who’s considering taking the exam. Why spend days researching how the exam works and what it covers, when you could attend a 3-4 hour event and get the details directly from a GMAT expert?

Many students underestimate or misunderstand the full scope and nature of the GMAT. The purpose of the info session is to demystify the process, and provide students with a clear and complete picture of what to expect from the exam.

What exactly do information sessions or GMAT workshops offer test-takers? Benefits include:

  • a complete overview of the GMAT exam structure and format
  • an introduction to each of the math and verbal content areas
  • the chance to get your questions answered by an expert GMAT instructor
  • the opportunity to learn some general test-taking strategies
  • the chance to work through some real GMAT practice questions
  • advice on how to build a truly effective study strategy (and avoid common pitfalls)

2. Free GMAT Webinars

Too busy to attend a local info session? Look for a test prep company that offers a similar experience in a webinar format.

Webinars are typically quite a bit shorter than in-person events, but you will still get a complete overview of how the exam works.

You can also expect to examine a range of test topics and question types, and will learn helpful study strategies from experienced GMAT instructors.

3. Free GMAT Mock Exams

Far too many students skip the GMAT mock exam. They’re either anxious about scoring low, or feel overconfident in their abilities. Others prefer to wait and take the mock exam after studying a little, to boost their score.

Unfortunately, in order to be helpful, the mock exam must be taken before you start studying. This is how you discover your baseline score, strengths and weaknesses.

Proceeding without this information is like navigating in the dark. You won’t know which topics or question types to focus on most, or how to set a reasonable score goal.

Take a free mock exam. It will act as a compass, guiding and focussing the rest of your GMAT prep.

4. Free GMAT Personal Assessments

Once you’ve taken a mock exam, you can request a free personal assessment. You’ll find that good test prep companies offer the assessment for free because it helps students understand where to focus their study, and which GMAT prep course would be most helpful.

There’s no obligation to sign up for a course though. You can take the information you get from the assessment and use it however you wish. What can you expect to gain from a one-on-one assessment?

Takeaways include:

  • an analysis of your mock exam performance by an experienced GMAT instructor
  • a breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses
  • which study strategies you should use to achieve your target score
  • how long you should plan to study to reach your score goal

5. Free GMAT Math & Verbal Refreshers

Several test prep companies run free math and verbal “refreshers.” These are intensive 3-4 hour classes that run through the topics and question types you’ll encounter in the GMAT math and verbal sections.

If you’re anxious about your math skills, or want to learn more about the questions you’ll face on the exam, you should definitely consider a free math refresher. These are run by GMAT instructors who walk you through the algebra, arithmetic, geometry, and word problems featured on the exam.

Concerned about the grammar and composition skills tested on the GMAT? Is English your second (or third) language? Attend a free verbal refresher before you start studying. You’ll get a valuable overview of which verbal question types to expect on the test, plus tips for avoiding common traps and errors.

Both refreshers offer insights that will help you plan your study strategy, and feel much more confident about challenging the GMAT.

Ready to find out more about these and other free GMAT events happening in Quebec and Ontario?

Click here for Quantum’s list of upcoming free GMAT events

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What to Expect from a 100 Hour GMAT Prep Course: Score Gains & Study Strategy

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“How long do I need to study to achieve the highest possible GMAT score?”

This is quite possibly the most common question we hear from prospective business school students.

Of course, the temptation is to choose a 25-48 hour GMAT bootcamp; a course you can squeeze in between work, family, and other responsibilities. But if you need a truly comprehensive review, and solid exam strategies, will a weekend or two really be enough?

A quick online search will confirm what some test-takers already know: it takes at least 100 prep hours to achieve a GMAT score of 600 or more.  So what does 100 hours of GMAT training look like, and is there any real proof that studying longer produces higher scores?

In this post, we get to the bottom of both questions by breaking down the structure and curriculum of a 100 hour GMAT prep course (using Quantum’s program as an example). Then, we’ll take a look at some compelling evidence that proves longer prep truly does enhance GMAT performance.

100 Hour GMAT Prep Dives Deep into the 4 Main Content Areas

What is the most significant difference between a shorter GMAT prep course (under 50 hours) and a 100 hour course? Short courses can cover only general strategies and commonly tested topics. By contrast, 100 hours of training allows for a complete review of virtually every question type and topic, plus a wide range of test-taking strategies. Nothing is left to chance. Here’s a  look at what to expect from each 25 hour module of a 100 hour course:

Module 1 – Foundational Math (25hr)

This section focuses on math fundamentals you probably haven’t seen since high school. Students can expect a refresher on key concepts like exponent and root theory, order of operations, lines and angles, and divisibility rules. Then you’ll move on to more challenging concepts and problems in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry—and learn specific strategies for recognizing and approaching a wide selection of foundational math question types.

Module 2 – Intermediate Math (25hr)

This module covers the GMAT’s two main intermediate math topics: data sufficiency and word problems. Many students struggle with data sufficiency because it’s a question format unique to the GMAT. And since 40-50% of all math questions on the exam are related to data sufficiency, much of this module is spent coaching students on the most effective strategies for breaking down and resolving these problems.

Module 3 – Advanced Math (25hr)

The advanced math module delves into statistics, exponents and roots, and integrated reasoning. Statistics is currently the least weighted section of the GMAT, but it’s also the fastest growing. In this section, students learn specialized techniques and tools for tackling permutations and combinations, probability, standard deviation, factorials, and more. Next they cover multiple exponent and root rules, and master some of the most complex and challenging math questions on the entire GMAT. Finally, students are led through the four main integrative reasoning (IR) question types on the exam: table analysis, graphics interpretation, multi-source reasoning, and two-part analysis.

By the end of these 75 hours, you’ve seen, studied, and practiced virtually every math problem the GMAT will throw at you.

Module 4 – Comprehensive Verbal (25hr)

These final 25 hours of prep are spent reviewing and practicing the three main verbal question types on the GMAT: sentence correlation, critical reasoning, and reading comprehension. You’ll learn a standardized technique, process, or approach to each question type, at every level of difficulty. Topics include grammar rules, sentence correction, idioms, and argument theory.

Does Longer GMAT Training = Higher Test Scores?

So it’s clear that a 100 hour GMAT prep course covers a great deal of ground, and in very fine detail. But is there any real proof that studying for longer actually yields a higher GMAT score?  Is there an “ideal” study time for this exam? A few years ago, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) set out to answer this question, and turned up some very compelling data.

In 2014, GMAC surveyed 4,271 GMAT test takers about their study habits and score outcomes.  They found a distinct correlation between longer GMAT training and higher scores. One hundred or more hours of training consistently yielded scores between 600-700+.

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While GMAC emphasizes that each student is unique, and will approach exam prep somewhat differently, it’s hard to ignore the clear link between 100+ study hours and higher scores. To push students over the 100 hour study mark, we often recommend an additional 10 hours of individual tutoring. One-to-one coaching is tremendously helpful for filling any lingering learning gaps and boosting confidence before the exam.

Are you interested in learning more about 100 hour GMAT prep in your area— or need general information about the preparation and test-taking process?

Click here to see a list of free GMAT workshops, mock exams, and information sessions in your area.

Looking for personalized GMAT help so you can create a study plan that meets your specific needs? Start with a free assessment. Learn your baseline score and how to increase it.

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Choosing a Top GMAT Prep Course in Toronto: 5 Key Traits to Look For

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If you’re hoping to gain admission to a top business school, one of the first hurdles you’ll face is the GMAT—a challenge some say is won or lost the moment you decide on a study strategy.

With so many competing GMAT prep courses out there (each making their own claims and promises) it can be very difficult for students to determine which company can be trusted to deliver real results.

Get the most out of your time, effort, and money by selecting a training program that demonstrates key markers of quality and integrity. These are the five traits students should look for to narrow down their options, and find a top GMAT prep course in Toronto.

1. Length: Longer GMAT Courses Cover More, Delve Deeper

Busy students with families or full time jobs may be tempted to choose a short GMAT prep course that promises to “condense” training into 25 to 50 hours. While short programs are undeniably attractive, they are also notorious for taking short cuts and skipping over important test topics.

It may sound daunting, but the ideal length for GMAT prep is over 100 hours. A survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) showed that students who invested an average of 107 hours of GMAT prep scored 600-690 points on the exam. And students who put in an average of 121 hours of prep scored 700 or higher.

Longer GMAT prep programs are simply more comprehensive. They afford students the time required to properly cover foundational, intermediate, and advanced math, as well as comprehensive verbal.

Ultimately, a longer prep course saves students time and money by eliminating the need for additional training or self-study materials. Plus, truly comprehensive training dramatically improves your chances of earning a competitive GMAT score the first time around.

Concerned about the cost of a longer program? Compare test prep company websites for early bird discounts or coupons you can use to reduce enrollment fees. A good program will usually have some kind of price break or promotional special to offer new students.

2. Pre-Course Testing:  Identifying Your Baseline GMAT Score

Pre-course, or “diagnostic” testing is a key trait of effective GMAT training. Students should determine their strengths, weaknesses and overall score at the beginning of the prep course, so instructors can track improvements as training progresses. No trustworthy GMAT program would begin training without first establishing your baseline score.

How much can you expect your score to rise by the end of the prep course? The best companies help students improve their scores by 160-200 points. Don’t forget to inquire about average score gains when speaking with program representatives. Score improvement is a key indicator of quality, and the reason you’re seeking GMAT training in the first place!

3. Resources:  Proven Test Strategies & Quality Practice Materials

In order to achieve a competitive test score, students need reliable, easy-to-use strategies for approaching difficult GMAT questions. They need effective step-by-step procedures to recognize question types and attack them with confidence.

The quality of the strategies you learn during GMAT test prep can make or break your final score. This is especially true for students who have been out of school for some time, have rusty math skills, or are learning English as a second language.

The best companies teach proven procedures for breaking down and solving difficult problems. How do students know these strategies work? Because reliable test prep providers give students detailed manuals and a wide variety of real GMAT questions to practice at home, in between classes. Be sure to ask about what kinds of resources are included in the cost of your chosen program.

4. Reputation: Peer Reviews & Business School Partnerships

Before choosing a prep course, students should check online for feedback from past students. Scan the program’s website for testimonials, look for Google reviews, or investigate the company’s social media channels for descriptions of positive or negative experiences.

It’s also smart to look at whether local business schools are willing to endorse and partner with the program you’re considering. Students looking for a GMAT prep course in Toronto, for example, will want to see partnerships with top business schools, such as the Ted Rogers School of Management (Ryerson University); the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto); and the Schulich School of Business (York University).

5. Flexibility: Free Repeat Courses to Improve Your Performance

Let’s say you complete a GMAT prep course, but continue to struggle in key areas, or score lower than you expected on the exam.

Will you have to pay for more training, essentially starting from square one? Not if you choose a prep program with a “free course repeat” policy.

Really good GMAT prep programs usually offer free repeats within a certain time frame. For example, after beginning a course, students have up to six months to attend and repeat classes as many times as they would like, free of charge. This is incredibly helpful for students who want to spread their prep over a longer time period, or need to improve their performance on difficult topics.

Free repeats offer better value for your money, and a bit of a “safety net” if you end up needing more support in certain subject areas. Just as importantly, a free repeat policy show you’ve chosen a prep course run by accountable professionals who genuinely care about your success.

Want to know more about your own strengths and weaknesses as a GMAT candidate? Get started with a free GMAT assessment. The assessment is your best first step toward a smarter, more personalized study plan. Click below to see how the process works.

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