After looking at the online resources for GRE and CAT test preparation, we now move on to GMAT. GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, assesses one's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English for being admitted into a graduate management program or what we call an MBA. If you are an Indian student planning to pursue GMAT, then the Internet has enough paid and free resources that you could leverage on for your benefit. Let’s take a look at them.
If you are looking for a complete bank of practice tests, then Kaplan offers an online practice tool dubbed GMAT Quiz Bank with custom quizzes. It comes with more than 1,000 GMAT questions and each question has a comprehensive explanation. This online practice tool also lets you track your progress with detailed reports. The tool costs approximately Rs 11,000. This tool is helpful for those students who prefer to study using paperbacks and are looking for some online test-taking material. Besides, Kaplan also lets your enroll for full-fledged online coaching with courses such as GMAT Anywhere, GMAT on Demand and GMAT Data Sufficiency. In fact, GMAT Quiz Bank forms a part of GMAT Anywhere and GMAT on Demand. GMAT Anywhere is for Math and Verbal preparation and GMAT on Demand is a specially tailored study plan which is decided after a diagnostic test of the student at the start of the course. GMAT on Demand also gives you access to Kaplan’s 24/7 online test centre to participate in computer-adaptive practice tests.
Spanedea offers online live classes and has been recommended by a tech2 reader. These are one-on-one sessions over the Internet, wherein you can instantly get all your doubts cleared. Spanedea gives you the choice to select qualified Indian teachers, session timings, the topic you want to learn and also the duration of the course. It has a plethora of flexible options and serves as a personal tutor too. Students can choose their topics – if they want to further strengthen a particular topic or improve on a weak subject. A one-hour sentence correction class costs Rs 700, while eight sessions of mastering sentence correction (per session of an hour) would cost Rs 8,000. This way the site covers several GMAT topics at various duration, ranging from Data Sufficiency and Quantitative Analysis to Verbal and Analytical Writing Assessment. You can read the profile of the various teachers before picking the course.
Flexibility to choose your subject and duration, for a live online study session
GMAT Pill is one of the highly recommended online video courses. It is a complete course while preparing for GMAT that costs approximately Rs 19,000 (the price is owing to a discount valid up to June 25, original price is approximately Rs 42,836). Designed by GMAT tutor Zeke Lee, he personally responds to every query by students via email. GMAT course contains six pills (or courses), one each for sentence correction, critical reasoning, reading comprehension, data sufficiency, problem solving and integrated reasoning. This is a video-based course with already recorded videos and you can contact Zeke Lee for any difficulties via email. There are videos explaining the core framework, visualisation diagrams, flash cards and more.
This is a six-week course that assists students in systematically preparing for GMAT. However, depending on students, it could be stretched to over ten weeks or wound up in just four weeks. This course is mainly for working professionals with time constraint. It includes GMAT test prep sessions, homework assignments after each session and practice tests, all for approximately Rs 20,000. The course aims at a planned strategy to approach a GMAT test. Another important aspect for a good score at GMAT is a good vocabulary. Test Classroom comes with daily GMAT vocabulary booster emails to help students improve and build their vocabulary. You can take a look at the demo of what Test Classroom is all about, before enrolling for the course.
e-GMAT offers highly-rated verbal course for students. It provides audio visual content for sentence correction, integrated reasoning and reading comprehension. These are offered in the form of three different packages. e-GMAT also gives you a 12-month membership to Grockit with 2,000+ practice problems and five full-length mock tests for approximately Rs 3,500. However, students can also opt for bundled packages, which include all the above mentioned sessions along with additional content, in their intricately designed verbal sessions. The specially-designed live verbal session will help students master the key concepts. These live sessions are over the Internet, teaching students a strategic approach to verbal topics. The Verbal courses come bundled with a 12-month membership to “Grockit”. Verbal Online and Verbal Live prep, both come with thousands of practice problems and five full-length mock tests, priced at approximately Rs 11,000 and Rs 19,000 respectively.
Highly-rated verbal course
Some more options for online GMAT coaching include Grockit and Knewton. Grockit is one of the coolest and a handy site for those preparing for GMAT. You can use the trial account which gives free, unlimited access to group and solo practice sessions, advanced skill data with insight into your strengths and weaknesses, and predictive scoring for three days. Then you can opt for membership. Grockit is very convenient as it is like a 24/7 classroom, which can be accessed anytime. It predicts your score depending upon your performance and helps you improve further. Grockit study plans provide practice tests, personalized insight into your weak subject areas, review of your work, and the right tutor to help you. Knewton is a popular for its full-fledged paid course which costs approximately Rs 20,000, offering over 3500 practice items, more than six practice tests, a huge video library cover all GMAT topics, and a fully searchable reference section with explanations, videos, related concepts, and tips for 700+ scorers.
Talking about online study material for GMAT, a member at BeattheGMAT reveals that Knewton is an amazing online course. The member further adds, “I am preparing for my GMAT too and i find this resource extremely invaluable.” On the other hand, a Pagalguy member says, “One can join some online courses like eGMAT or Magoosh. I would suggest you prepare yourself and then go for courses, as the courses will not spoon feed you.”
While most of the courses are a tad expensive, it is nice to see a site like Spanedea that lets you choose the topic, duration and the timings. Those who love to study using books, and are looking for some free resources online, will find heaps of free content online. Let's take a look at the free resources online.
Just like GRE, there are sufficient GMAT prep resources online that can be downloaded or accessed for free. The popular know-all-about-MBA site, Pagalguy, has group study sections in its forum for students pursuing GMAT. It has group study batches for Delhi, Mumbai and other cities, formed by students. You can discuss questions and post your queries and solution via forum threads. Here, you will also find several tutors and students (who have cracked GMAT) helping GMAT aspirants. For instance, a Pagalguy member offers solution to queries as well as free online sessions for students. BeattheGMAT is another site that helps you know all-about-GMAT – ranging from test prep to horror GMAT stories, the site covers it all. It has free material for Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated reasoning and verbal. Knewton also offers some free material like GMAT sample questions, strategies and tests. GMAT Math explains all the to-dos, self preparatory courses, free test and flash cards required for GMAT.
Study groups at Pagalguy
The LearnHub offers 83 free GMAT practice tests and other info about GMAT, including tips for cracking the enterance exam. ManhattanGMAT provides free flash cards for math, sentence correction and word translations. It also lets students take up a sample GMAT test. Veritas, popular for its expensive coaching packages, lets you sign up and access Veritas GMAT question bank for free. About.com offers a free GMAT quiz using questions from its GMAT test prep book. It lets students choose the difficulty level of the quiz, which ranges from easy, medium, hard, very hard and expert. For Analytical Writing Assessment, 800score.com provides free timed GMAT essays and also sends the complete analysis for your reference.
There is abundant material available online and several online coaching classes are striving to give a similar classroom-like experience, without wasting time on travelling. These classes are especially useful for working professionals or those living in Indian cities which lack good institutes. GMAT aspirants or those who have successfully got into their dream college can add their experiences and additional online resources in the comments section below.
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