Free GMAT Practice Test
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GMAT Practice Test & the CAT Format
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Our GMAT practice test is designed to provide you a test-taking experience similar to that of the real exam. For example, our online exam follows the format of the official exam (see GMAT format
). In addition, we use a sophisticated and proprietary computer adaptive test (CAT) algorithm that roughly mimics the actual CAT algorithm used on the GMAT. If you are unfamiliar with the fundamentals of a computer adaptive GMAT practice test, it is important to understand how a CAT exam differs from a more traditional test. In a traditional examination, the author of the test constructs a predefined list of questions to give to the test taker and this list does not change during the course of the test. The SAT, ACT, and LSAT follow this method of testing. However, in a computer adaptive GMAT practice test, there is no predefined list of questions. Instead, the next question you see is a function of your performance on the previous questions. For example, if you miss a string of math questions, the next quantitative problem you receive will be less challenging. The test continually changes the level of difficulty of the question you receive in an attempt to hone in on your true ability level.
With a cursory understanding of how a computer adaptive GMAT practice test functions, it is important to debunk a few myths about the official GMAT exam. One of the most common myths propagated online is that a test-taker should focus disproportionate attention on the first ten questions of a section since these ostensibly influence the test-taker's score more than the later questions in a section. Yet, the GMAT test writers call this a "myth" and our empirical research concurs. Another pernicious fallacy that is common in some corners of the GMAT prep community is the belief that in order to score well on the GMAT, the test-taker cannot miss more than a handful of questions in each section. However, the score one receives is determined not by the number of questions missed, but by the difficulty of questions answered correctly. A final myth that should be highlighted is the erroneous belief that the quantitative and verbal sub-sections are weighted equally in determining your final GMAT score. In reality, the verbal sub-section carries more weight in determining your final score than does your quantitative sub-section.