GMAT Practice Tests
As said before, GMAT practice tests both help build familiarity with the test setting and serve as a measure that instructors can use to gauge student performance. In total, students are asked to take five practice tests during the duration of the course. The first practice test is a pre-test that instructors use to measure the starting point of the class. For this reason, students are asked to take the first practice test before completing any of the week one homework. There is no practice test for week two. For weeks three to six, the practice tests are all taken after the weekly homework is completed.
This allows students to apply the academic and strategic lessons they have learned in class into the practice test. Students should begin seeing incremental improvement in the practice tests at this point. Completing homework assignments and taking practice tests helps students get the most out of the course. Time spent on work outside of class is essential for achieving optimum results on GMAT test day.
In addition to the five GMAT practice tests that are part of the weekly homework for the eight-week course, there are five additional computer-adaptive practice GMAT tests available online. Students who feel any nervousness at the thought of sitting for the GMAT on test day should take and retake practice tests until it becomes routine. With standardized tests, as with anything, practice is essential. Students should practice until they feel comfortable with the format of the test and with their own pacing. Confidence on test day is an important aspect.