How to Ace the GMAT with Your iPhone
Preparing for the GMAT can be an arduous process, and can take weeks or even months of studying specifically for the test to make sure you are ready for it. Fortunately, there are a few applications for the iPhone that you can use to ensure that you are up to speed with the test. These applications make the process of studying for the GMAT significantly easier, and also allow you to do it wherever, whenever. Here, we'll go over the top ten applications for studying for the GMAT, some of which can be used for studying in general.
- The GMAT Toolkit: The GMAT Toolkit is a complete iPhone application that allows you to prepare for both the verbal and math sections of the exam. It comes with a full array of quiz questions that are targeted to help students attain a score of at least 700 or above. The GMAT Toolkit was ranked as the number one bestselling GMAT studying application in the App Store, and was featured on the iTunes "What's Hot" list of 2010. The GMAT Toolkit was also featured in Bloomberg Business Week as a great application. The application is available for $24.99, and is continually being updated with new quiz questions, flash cards, and more.
- The GRE and GMAT Vocabulary Builder: The GRE and GMAT Vocabulary Builder by AccelaStudy is, obviously, geared toward the verbal section of the GMAT exam. It's a great buy at only $4.99, and the highly intuitive flash card approach to studying makes the app easy to use for virtually anyone. This program is designed at rapidly expanding a student's vocabulary, and is aimed primarily at graduate school exams, but also focuses on professional advancement and increasing language proficiency. The application includes over six hundred of the most commonly used exam vocabulary words, with their definitions, and has a quiz feature so that you can keep track of your progress. There are also over twelve hundred original sentences so that you can see how the words are used in normal speech. One drawback is that the application requires OS 3.0, so older phones might not be able to use it, and new features require iOS 4.0.
- 330 GMAT Math Questions: This program features, unsurprisingly, three hundred and thirty questions that are typical for the math section of the GMAT, making it a great companion application for the Vocabulary Builder mentioned above. Each question comes in flash card form, with a question on the front and the answer, along with an explanation of how that answer was obtained, on the back. There are two levels of questions (basic and advanced), making it easy to start with fundamentals and then move on to more complicated ideas. The questions are also broken into eight categories: arithmetic, fractions, percents, ratios, algebra, exponents, groups, and geometry. This makes it easy to work on areas that you think might need improvement. The app even comes with a "toss" function, which allows you to study exactly as you would with a physical set of flash cards. Best of all, this app is available for only $.99.
- GMAT Connect: GMAT Connect is a bestselling GMAT application on the iPhone, and is the only iPhone app with cross-platform sync. It features over one thousand copyrighted questions, along with solutions and explanations for both categories of the test. There are five individual diagnostic tests so you can see what your score would be if you were to take the test, as well as over five hundred pages of flash card review material. You can even use the app to create study events with friends and fellow students, and compare your scores with other app users. The application is available for $24.99, although if you write a review for the iPhone app and contact the support team, you can get the desktop application for free.
- Kaplan GMAT Flashcards: The Kaplan GMAT Flashcards app is designed to prepare students not only through flashcards, but through instructional videos as well. While the app itself is only $4.99, students can get the Kaplan GMAT Quiz Bank for $99, normally priced at $199, when they buy this app. The app itself includes over three hundred terms, definitions, concepts, and more covering a variety of areas on the test such as algebra, arithmetic, geometry, grammar and math reviews, and misused words. The app allows students to move seamlessly between the two aspects of the GMAT test, shuffle flash card decks, and even access online resources when you need help.
- GMAT Practice Quiz: If you don't want to spend money on an app to help you prepare for the GMAT, the GMAT Practice Quiz from Veritas Prep is available for free and is a solid tool. The application includes timed practice tests that mimic questions asked on the actual GMAT, and you can focus on particular problem types in order to train your weaknesses. The application features five different categories: data sufficiency, problem solving, sentence correction, critical reasoning, and reading comprehension. The app even comes with a referral code for ten percent off exam preparation courses!
- GMAT Club: GMAT Club includes one hundred and eleven difficult questions designed to ensure that the student gets a score of over 700, assuming they do well on the questions the application features. The application allows students to time themselves on questions, bookmark questions to come back to later, get detailed explanations for the answers of each question, jump to similar questions, and get statistics on the questions they have taken, all for free!
- XLPrep GMAT Math Test: The XLPrep GMAT Math Test is designed to help students prepare for the math portion of the GMAT exam, and features a somewhat barebones interface with numerous math questions of varying difficulties.
- Watermelon Express: Watermelon Express has a number of applications for graduate-level exam preparation, one of which is tailored specifically for the GMAT. This preparation application focuses primarily on vocabulary, but also features diagnostic tests and reports, tips for taking the test, and much more.
- Grockit: Grockit is another broad spectrum test prep application with a section for the GMAT. It provides the first thirty-five questions free of charge, and beyond that requires a subscription of $40 per year for unlimited access to questions, testing, and scheduled group study games.