Everyone preparing for the GMAT should know about the best GMAT resources, and among the best resource are the two big GMAT forums:
1. GMAT Club
Why is it so important for potential GMAT test takers to be familiar with these forums?
The forums are free
As a general rule, it would seem that valuable resources tend to cost a pretty penny, while resources that are cheap or free are typically not as helpful. Yes, that’s a general pattern, but first of all, I would argue that Magoosh is a notable exception, offering some of the highest quality prep at bargain basement prices. I will admit, though, that these two GMAT forums are even more of a bargain, because they offer something valuable for free! It’s hard to beat that price! You can sign up for a free account by just giving your email, and at no time will your membership in either forum cost you a dime. How can they do that? We all know: there’s no such thing as a free lunch! How can these forums offer something for nothing?
How the forums work: a GMAT expert’s perspective
Of course, there’s a modicum of GMAT-relevant advertising on the site — compared to other advertising-driven websites, the advertising on these forum is relatively low-key, and it’s all highly relevant to folks preparing for the GMAT. This unobtrusive advertising keeps those sites running.
In many ways, the most valuable content is given to you for free. Here’s how this works. Suppose you, as a potential test taker, have a GMAT-relevant question, and suppose you post your question on one of these forums — a question about math, verbal, the essay, the application process, business school, your career, etc. Then a slew of GMAT experts, from every GMAT prep company imaginable, will jump in to answer you. Why do we experts want to help? Well, as teacher-types, we are disposed toward helping folks learn in general, but of course, all of us experts have the same ulterior motive. We all think that we will offer the most fantastic help, and then you will conclude, “Gee, Mike offered me such a mindblowingly wonderful answer to my question that I simply must sign up for Magoosh!” By magnanimously offering impressive help and free resources, GMAT prep companies hope to garner new customers. Imagine being in a position in which experts from a dozen different GMAT prep companies are all competing to see who can be the most helpful to you in answering your question and providing you with the information & support & strategies you need! As a potential GMAT taker asking questions in the forum, you are in the catbird seat. Even if you ultimately decide to sign up with a particular GMAT prep source, the forums can still be an excellent question to get open-ended support on everything GMAT-related.
If you start poking around on GMAT Club, feel free to look me up (username: mikemcgarry) and ask for my help. I encourage you to check out the forums, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below.