GMAT Forums

GMAT Forums
Everyone preparing to apply to business school should know about the two best GMAT forums—which also happen to be two of the best GMAT communities in general:

1. GMAT Club

2. Beat the GMAT

Why is it so important for potential test takers to be familiar with these GMAT forums?

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These GMAT forums are free

As a general rule, it would seem that the best GMAT resources tend to cost a pretty penny, while resources that are cheap or free are typically not as helpful. Although that may be the general pattern, 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 the above two GMAT forums are even more of a bargain, because they offer something valuable for free! It’s hard to beat that price! (But we can match it: Magoosh offers a number of free resources as well.)

You can sign up for a free account on GMAT Club or Beat the GMAT simply by providing your email—and at no time will your membership in either forum cost you a dime. How can they do that? After all, we all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch! So how can these GMAT forums offer something for nothing?

How these GMAT communities 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 forums 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 that you, as a potential test taker, have an exam-related question, and you post your question on one of these GMAT 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 mind-blowingly 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, each 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 resource to get open-ended support on everything GMAT-related.

Which GMAT forum should I use?

In the end, GMAT Club & Beat the GMAT are both excellent resources. GMAT Club is more forum-oriented, while Beat the GMAT has an increased focus on blogposts and other study articles. Do take the time to explore them both, as you’ll likely find valuable information on each.

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Takeaway: Join a GMAT forum ASAP!

If you start poking around on GMAT Club, feel free to look me up (username: mikemcgarry) and ask for my help. In any case, I encourage you to make regular use of these GMAT communities in your studies—if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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    Mike served as a GMAT Expert at Magoosh, helping create hundreds of lesson videos and practice questions to help guide GMAT students to success. He was also featured as "member of the month" for over two years at GMAT Club. Mike holds an A.B. in Physics (graduating magna cum laude) and an M.T.S. in Religions of the World, both from Harvard. Beyond standardized testing, Mike has over 20 years of both private and public high school teaching experience specializing in math and physics. In his free time, Mike likes smashing foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets. Learn more about the GMAT through Mike's Youtube video explanations and resources like What is a Good GMAT Score? and the GMAT Diagnostic Test.

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9 Responses to GMAT Forums

  1. Linkan December 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    Need some idea on how GMAT verbal score is calculated?
    Out of 41 questions, 13 were incorrect. Below is the breakup:

    CR – 11 Correct and 3 Incorrect
    SC – 9 Correct and 4 Incorrect
    RC – 8 Correct and 6 Incorrect

    I got only 27. Is it possible to get such low score with only 13 incorrect?
    Does RC questions have more weightage?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 2, 2016 at 1:24 am #

      Hi Linkan,

      I apologize for how late this reply is. I hope it both helps you and others with the same question, even a month later!

      The GMAT score is partly based on the raw score (number right and wrong) but it also adjusts in real time to your performance and the difficulty of the questions you miss and get right. It could be that you only missed 13 but they were all “hard” level and your correct questions were primarily easy and medium level questions. In that case, despite answering many questions correctly, they did not demonstrate a proficiency at a higher score level due to the difficulty of what was answered.

      I hope that sheds some light onto how it is possible to get many questions right and still have a score lower than you would like. I also hope you had the opportunity to improve since you’ve asked this question! Since you’re asking smart questions, I suspect you have. 🙂

  2. Fernanda Oliveira July 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    How and where can I upload my essay so maybe an expert can critique it?

    • Adi March 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi, Did you get any answer to this question. I have the same question in mind and would like to get evaluated on essay writing.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 10, 2016 at 6:54 am #

        Hi Adi,

        While we would love to evaluate student essays, that is not currently a service we provide. Your best bet is to get onto one of the popular GMAT prep forums and ask for other super users to give you feedback based on their experience. Many students who got 720+ are still on those forums, helping others to success. 🙂

  3. Kenni March 30, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    This is a great initiative. I am humbled by Mike’s achievement. Please keep up the good work. God bless you in plenty folds.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike March 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      Many thanks for your kind words. Best of luck to you in the future.
      Mike 🙂

  4. alex December 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi Mike, Great advice. The forums have a plethora of information on any and all topics GMAT and B-school related.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike December 11, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      You are quite welcome. Best of luck to you!
      Mike 🙂

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