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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?
- 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?
Already attended an event and taken a mock GMAT exam?