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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

Already attended an event and taken a mock GMAT exam?

Click here to learn how you can get a free personal assessment

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Top 3 Worst GMAT Study Mistakes: Expert GMAT Tutors Share Insights & Advice

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What does it take to earn a competitive GMAT score? Experts will tell you it’s all about strategy.

Strategies for each question type. Strategies for spotting and avoiding traps. Strategies for pacing yourself on test day. And of course, perhaps the most important strategy of all: effective GMAT prep.

The quality of your exam day performance will be a direct result of your study strategy (and not necessarily of your natural intelligence and aptitude, as many students believe).

So, where do students tend to go wrong when preparing for the GMAT? How do the most well-meaning and intelligent test-takers end up with disappointing exam scores?

In this post, an expert GMAT instructor from Quantum Test Prep reveals three of the most common GMAT study mistakes. We’ll explain why these errors are so dangerous, and offer practical ways students can avoid them.

1. Underestimating the Nature & Complexity of the GMAT

Underestimating the GMAT is perhaps the most serious of all GMAT study errors, because it sets students up for failure from day one.

Over the years, veteran Quantum GMAT instructor David Baird has observed, “many high academic achievers tend to believe they can successfully tackle the exam with minimal prep. They overestimate their ability to assimilate all the best knowledge and strategies for each question type, while optimizing speed and accuracy. It’s so important to recognize that the GMAT is very different from other standardized tests and exams you have taken before.”

Another common problem is lack of general GMAT knowledge. Many students have misconceptions about the structure of the exam, the various question types and content areas, or how computer adaptive testing works. These gaps in understanding lead to incomplete prep, and some very unpleasant surprises come test day.

GMAT Study Tip

Attend a free GMAT information session or introductory workshop in your area. You’ll get a complete overview of how the exam is structured, see a variety of question types, and learn some GMAT study tips. Know what you’re up against. This is key for developing a comprehensive study strategy.

See free GMAT information sessions in your area

2. Cramming for the GMAT & Skimping on Practice Questions

In the world of GMAT prep, “cramming” means anything short of 100 hours of study. This is a big shock for students who believe an intensive 20, 30 or 40 hour GMAT course will be enough to prepare them for the exam.

David says, “the truth is that you may have to do 1500 to 2000 questions, study for 150 to 200hrs, and do approximately 8 to 10 GMAT practice exams to get a high score.”

Last-minute cramming techniques, like memorization, simply don’t work with the GMAT. Completing 200-300 practice questions won’t be enough either. Students need considerable time to master many different question-types and strategies to achieve their best score on this exam.

GMAT Study Tip

Consider a 100 hour GMAT course that comes with a free repeat policy. A good test prep company will provide you with all the GMAT practice questions and tests you’ll need—and the option of repeating the course multiple times, free of charge.

Learn what it’s like to take a 100-hour GMAT course

3. Not Taking a Mock Exam Before Beginning to Study

Taking a mock GMAT exam is a stressful proposition for many people. Most students want to study a bit before sitting a full-length mock exam, because they’re nervous about scoring low and losing confidence.

But when students skip the mock exam, they miss out on a key piece of exam prep data: their baseline GMAT score. You need this information to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and create a personalized study plan.

Quantum GMAT Study Team Member, Vivek points out that in addition to revealing your baseline score, taking a mock exam can lead to other important realizations: “Many students are shocked by how much endurance is required to make it through the exam. In addition, they realize that although the exam is long, it is a challenge to answer all the questions in the allotted amount of time.”

GMAT Study Tip

Investigate free GMAT mock exams in your area. After taking the exam, consider scheduling a personal assessment with your test prep company. These are often free, and include an analysis of your mock exam performance, and a customized study strategy for reaching your GMAT score goal.

Click here to see free mock exams in your area

What’s the overall takeaway for prospective test-takers? Remember that effective GMAT study relies on three key factors:

1) A thorough understanding of how the GMAT exam works;

2) An accurate assessment of your skills and weaknesses; and

3) A comprehensive, customized strategy to achieve your score goal

Want to learn more about preparing for your best GMAT?

Explore the links we included in this post, sign up for a free GMAT prep event, or check out the Quantum blog for more tips and advice. We’ll help you get started!

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Debunking the Top 3 GMAT Myths

There is a large amount of information online surrounding the GMAT. Because of this, it can become difficult for students to differentiate between which information is factual and which is fabricated.

Before you take the GMAT, it’s important to be familiar about all aspects of the exam and how to properly prepare.

Read on to learn the top 3 GMAT myths and why they’re untrue.

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How to Keep Your GMAT Studying on Track Over the Holidays

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The holiday season is right around the corner again. Whether you’re busy studying for your GMAT, putting together applications, or already working on achieving a degree, heading home for the holidays can be tough!

We know that balancing your GMAT studies with family time takes a lot of planning and commitment—it’s easy to get distracted and end up sidetracked from your goals. But this year, don’t let that be the case.

Here are 3 of the best ways to keep your GMAT studying on track during the holiday season.

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How do you know when it’s time to go back to school and achieve an MBA?

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Going to business school to achieve an MBA is not a decision to be taken lightly. Every pro and con must be weighed in order to make this decision – it is your education and career, after all!

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Does your undergraduate degree really matter when applying to MBA programs?

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 A common concern for current students and graduates alike is whether their undergraduate degree matters when applying to MBA programs.

The short answer is no – the type of undergraduate degree you have doesn’t matter, as long you have achieved a bachelor’s degree. Despite the competitive nature of MBA programs, you don’t need to study business or even have a background in business to apply.

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When It Comes to Grad School, Is the Entrance Exam Really the “Easy” Part?

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If you’re studying for the LSAT, GMAT, or GRE – you’ve probably been told that the entrance exam is the easy part. But is it true?

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Scoring at Life 101

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Usually, we write tips for achieving the score you want on the GMAT, but this week we’ve decided to look at the bigger picture: how to achieve the things you want in life, no matter what stage you’re in at the moment!

Whether you’re studying for the GMAT, working towards your MBA, or already in the business world, there are a few traits and habits that achievers share in common.

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How to Choose the Right Business School for your MBA

Across Canada, there are currently more than 40 MBA programs to choose from – making it the perfect time to be considering business school. With so many options, the possibilities your academic future holds are essentially endless.

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