As soon as you decide to take the GMAT, you should take a practice test. Many preparation companies offer practice tests, and several offer the opportunity to take one for free. The most accurate reflection of your GMAT abilities will be provided by taking one of the GMATPrep® tests released by GMAC, the company that develops the GMAT. These tests use the algorithm most similar to that of the real test, with questions most likely to be comparable to those you’d see on the real test. You can download a copy of the GMATPrep® software here. The software comes with two tests. Once you’ve downloaded the software follow these tips to ensure the most accurate assessment of your present ability:
- Simulate test-taking conditions – take the test in a quiet but not noiseless environment (such as a library).
- Simulate test procedures – complete all sections, take only 8 minutes for breaks between each section, write the essays.
- Take the test when you are rested and alert.
- Do not pause, stop or restart the test (except for official breaks).
- Do not use a calculator or other external aid.
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