GMAT® Official Practice Exams and Practice Questions

What are GMAT® Official Practice Exams and Practice Questions?

GMAT Official Prep offers a range of products and tools to help test-takers practice for the GMAT exam, including the GMAT® Official Practice Exams and Practice Questions – these are the new online versions of our downloadable GMATPrep® products. The following table maps the older GMATPrep product name to the newer online product name.

GMATPrep® Software product (downloadable)

GMAT® Official Practice product (online)

Free GMATPrep® Software

GMAT® Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2

GMATPrep® Question Pack 1

GMAT® Official Practice Questions

GMATPrep® Exam Pack 1

GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4

GMATPrep® Exam Pack 2

GMAT® Official Practice Exams 5 & 6

With the GMAT® Official Practice products you can practice with the same content and features as the downloadable GMATPrep product:

• Get an overview of the GMAT exam to help you get familiar with the content and format
• Build your own custom practice question sets with up to 494 practice questions
• Select the question type and difficulty level of the questions to build custom practice sets
• Track your progress on difficulty level, problem type, and time spent on practice questions
• Simulate the real exam with up to six full-length, computer-adaptive practice exams
• View performance and time management metrics for practice exams*
• Flag questions for review and follow-up later
• Practice with real GMAT questions from past exams and full-length practice exams that use the same scoring algorithm as the actual exam

*Full-length exam reports will be updated to include additional information in the coming weeks.

In addition to the above, we’ve added new features to improve your prep experience:

• Access all your practice material seamlessly by logging into your mba.com account
• Practice with brand new IR questions in Practice Exam #2 (on the downloadable GMATPrep® software, the IR section is the same for Exam #1 and Exam #2)
• Take full-length practice exams that reflect the shortened GMAT exam structure as detailed in the below table
• Track your confidence level when answering each question
• Access practice questions and content on-the-go from your tablet or mobile device (note that we recommend that full-length be completed on a laptop/desktop to simulate the real exam experience, and therefore will not be available on mobile devices)

The full-length GMAT® Official Practice Exams reflect the shortened GMAT exam as of April 16, 2018, which is detailed in the table below.

 

GMATPrep® practice exams (reflect the GMAT® exam prior to April 16, 2018)

GMAT® Official Practice Exams (reflect the GMAT® exam as of April 16, 2018)

Section

# of Questions

Section Time

# of Questions

Section Time

Quantitative Reasoning

37

75 minutes

31

62 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

41

75 minutes

36

65 minutes


(Note that practice exams in the downloadable GMATPrep® software do not reflect the shortened exam structure as this software will no longer be supported or updated.)

The tutorial screens in the online GMAT® Official Practice Exams are the same as the current exam and provide important reminders to candidates; the tutorial screens in practice exams in the GMATPrep® software are not the same as the current exam.

To learn more about the changes to the GMAT exam structure, see the GMAT FAQs.

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Do I have to switch to the new GMAT® Official Practice Exams and Practice Questions if I’m already using the GMATPrep® software?

If you are already using the practice exams and practice questions on the GMATPrep® Software, you do not have to switch to the online products. You can continue to use your GMATPrep® software, but please keep in mind that the practice exams on GMATPrep® will now be longer than the actual GMAT® exam, which will be 30 minutes shorter as of April 16, 2018. In addition to this, our developers will no longer support the existing platform and we will not push any new updates to the GMATPrep® software.

Since number of questions and section time has been reduced proportionally – which means the average time per question in each section remains the same – you can continue preparing with their existing GMATPrep practice exams and other GMAT Official products.

You can try out the updated GMAT® Official Starter Kit and Practice Exams 1 & 2 (which are exactly the same as the content available on the free GMATPrep® software, but reflect the new, shorter exam) by accessing it via the mba.com store. Please note that, if you have completed any practice exams or practice questions in the GMATPrep® software, your performance data (scores, answers, reports, etc.) will not transfer from the download products to the online products.

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Do I still get free official practice materials?

Yes! All users who register for mba.com will have access to the free GMAT® Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2. The Starter Kit contains tips on how to prepare for the GMAT® exam as well as 90 practice questions; Practice Exams 1 & 2 are two full-length, computer-adaptive practice exams (these two practice exams are updated from what was included in the Free GMATPrep Software to reflect the shorter GMAT structure, and include an addition of unique IR questions for Practice Exam #2).

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How do I access my GMAT® Official Practice materials?

To access your free official practice materials, visit here and simply click the “Access GMAT® Official Prep” button from this product page or from your My Account > My Product Purchases Page.

To get more official study materials you can visit mba.com/store and purchase the additional products that are available for this online platform:

Individual products:

• GMAT® Official Practice Questions
• GMAT® Official Practice Tests 3 & 4
• GMAT® Official Practice Tests 5 & 6

Collections:

• GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3-6
• GMAT® Official Practice Questions + Exams 3-6

After you complete your purchase, you will receive instructions via email on how to access your products via your mba.com My Account page and how activate your new product(s) in the platform.

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How do I locate and activate the GMAT Official Practice Questions and Exams 3-6?

1. Please login to mba.com.
2. Click on My Account, at the top right of your screen.
3. Below Products, click VIEW ALL PURCHASED.
4. Copy your Activation Code(s) are located above the green Access button.
5. Click on the “Access GMAT® Official Prep” button.
6. Click on the Settings icon on the top right of the platform dashboard.
7. Paste your 19-digit activation code (including all dashes) in the text box for the purchased product. Please ensure that there are no spaces before or after the entered code.
8. Click the green Activate button – your additional practice questions or practice exams should now display in your dashboard.

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For how long can I use my GMAT Official Practice Exams and Practice Questions?

There is no expiration on access for the free GMAT® Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2 as long as you have an mba.com account. If you choose to delete your mba.com account, you will no longer have access to the free GMAT® Official Prep product.

For purchased products, you will have 12 months to activate the product after purchase, and you will have access to the product for 12 months from date of activation.

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I've already started using the GMATPrep® Software. Should I switch to the online GMAT® Official Practice products?

Whether or not you should switch to the online GMAT® Official Practice products depends on how far you are into your study and your comfort level with moving online. While we've tried to minimize the differences between the downloadable version (GMATPrep® software) and the online products in terms of functionality and content, we know that introducing change in the middle of your preparation can be stressful. It is also important to note that any data saved on the existing GMATPrep® software will not be transferred to the online products. We recommend considering the following as you think about the remainder of your preparation journey:

Consider switching to the online GMAT® Official Prep platform if:

• You have just started studying using the GMATPrep® Software and have answered only a few practice questions,
• You have not completed either of the free practice exams in the GMATPrep® Software, or
• You prefer being able to access the free practice questions and practice exams online (browser-based, versus a downloaded file)

Note: If you are still unsure about whether to switch, you can try out the free online practice exams and practice questions, which are the same as the ones that come with the free GMATPrep® software, by clicking here.

Consider sticking with the downloadable GMATPrep® software if:

• You have completed most or all of the practice questions and practice exams on the free GMATPrep® software (note that your data from the downloadable GMATPrep® software will not transfer to the online GMAT® Official Practice products)
• You have started using paid products (e.g., Exam Pack or Question Pack) on the GMATPrep® software and your preparation with those products is well underway, or
• You do not have reliable and consistent access to a high-speed internet connection. 

Note: Practice exams in the downloadable GMATPrep® software do not reflect the shortened exam structure.

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I purchased a product for the old platform, can I use my activation code on the new platform or can I get a new activation code for the new platform?

If you purchased a GMATPrep® product directly from mba.com (e.g., Exam Pack 1, Exam Pack 2, or Question Pack 1) between January 16, 2018 and April 15, 2018, you can exchange your existing GMATPrep® activation code(s) for new activation codes(s) for the equivalent online product. To request the exchange, email: gmatofficialprep@mba.com with the subject line "Free Migration," and include a copy of email order confirmation for your GMATPrep® purchase, as well as existing GMATPrep® activation codes that you would like to exchange (existing activation codes that are submitted for exchange will be deactivated). All requests for activation code exchanges must be submitted by May 11, 2018.

If you received an activation code for a GMATPrep product via your Test Prep Organization between January 16, 2018 and April 15, 2018 please contact your instructor to request the exchange.

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Will I lose any of my testing data (responses to practice questions, performance reports, and scoring-related information) if I switch from the current GMATPrep® Software to the GMAT® Official Practice products?

Yes. Any existing responses, progress reporting, scores, or scoring data that you have on your current GMATPrep® software will NOT be transferred to the GMAT® Official Practice Questions and Practice Exams.

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How often will GMAT® Official Practice Questions and Practice Exams be updated? How will I be notified?

The GMAT® Official Practice Questions and Practice Exams will be updated periodically in order to provide you with the best experience and the latest features. Many of these updates will happen in the background without you experiencing any interruptions on the front-end while you are using the platform. If there is an update that requires us to temporarily take the platform offline, we will let you know several days in advance so you can adjust your study schedule accordingly; we expect such updates to occur in rare instances.

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Is there an overlap between the questions in GMAT® Official Practice Questions and other GMAT® Official Prep products?

GMAT® Official Practice Questions (formerly known as GMATPrep® Question Pack 1) include 404 questions and answer explanations that are unique to this product - they are not available in any other GMAT® Official Prep product.

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Is there an overlap between the questions in GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3-6 and other GMAT® Official Prep products?

No, GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 as well as GMAT® Official Practice Exams 5 & 6 (formerly known as GMATPrep® Exam Packs 1 and 2) each include two unique, full-length practice exams, containing real GMAT questions that are not available in any other GMAT® Official Prep product. This means that you have the opportunity to take up to six (6) Official Practice Exams.

Note: if you choose to take any of the six practice exams more than once you may see repeat questions, which may alter the scoring outcome of your practice exams.

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If I purchase multiple copies of GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4, GMAT® Official Practice Exams 5 & 6, or GMAT® Official Practice Questions, will I get different questions?

No, there is only one version of the GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4, GMAT® Official Practice Exams 5 & 6, and GMAT® Official Practice Questions products. If you purchase any of these products more than once – either alone or as part of a different collection or bundle, you will receive the same content. You will NOT receive different exams with multiple purchases of the same product.

Additionally, once a purchased product has been activated in your dashboard, you will not be able to activate another code for the same product.

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Am I able to access a new GMAT® Official Practice Exam with each mba.com account or GMAT exam registration?

No, the free GMAT® Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2 contains the same two practice exams regardless of number of GMAT registrations. You do not receive new free practice exams with each mba.com account registration and/or each GMAT registration.

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What is the difference between GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 and GMAT® Official Practice Exams 5 & 6?

GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 and GMAT® Official practice Exams 5 & 6 each include two, unique, full-length, computer-adaptive practice exams. Each exam offers a separate set of questions enabling you to take up to four complete, unique complete exams if you purchase both products (and up to six total if you include the two free exams that are included as part of your mba.com account registration). Note that if you take each exam more than one time, you will begin to see repeated questions, which may alter the scoring outcome of your practice exams. (The same also applies to each exam in the free practice exams.)

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Can I return a purchased GMAT® Official Prep product?

No, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has a strict no-returns policy for digital products.

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Should I prepare for my GMAT exam any differently because of this change?

There should be minimal changes to your GMAT exam preparation as a result of this change. The GMAT® Official Practice Exams reflect the shortened Quantitative and Verbal section lengths; there are no changes to the questions formats or content tested on the GMAT, nor are there any changes to the scoring methodology. Note that the number of questions and section time were reduced proportionally, so the amount of time per question has not changed. To learn more about the changes to the GMAT exam structure, see the Shorter GMAT Exam FAQs.

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What are the technical requirements for the online GMAT® Official Prep platform?

Internet Access: You must have access to the internet to use the GMAT® Official Practice Questions and Practice Exams on the online platform.

OS: Browser Compatibility
• Mac OSX 10.7+: the latest version of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer
• Windows 8+: the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer
• iPhone, iPad 2, iPad 3/Air, or iPad Mini with IOS 9+: the latest version of Safari
• Android tablet or phone with OS 4.3+: the latest version of Chrome
• Windows 8 tablet: the latest version of IE

Ideal Screen Resolution: 1600x900 (browser window can be zoomed in and out for preferred view)

System Requirements

• 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
• 512MB of RAM (1GB or higher recommended)

Note: the GMAT® Official Practice Questions and Practice Exams available on the platform may not function as intended if you are not using any of the browsers listed above and/or if your system does not meet the requirements listed above.

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