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GMAT Prep Plus 2020: 6 Practice Tests + Proven Strategies + Online + Mobile


Author: Kaplan Test Prep

Publisher: Kaplan Publishing


Publish Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN-10: 1506248381

Pages: 1176

File Type: EPub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Congratulations on your decision to pursue an MBA or other graduate management degree and thank you for choosing Kaplan for your GMAT preparation.

You’ve made the right choice in acquiring this book—you’re now armed with a comprehensive GMAT program that is the result of decades of researching the GMAT and teaching many thousands of students the skills they need to succeed. You have what you need to score higher; the next step is to make the commitment to your study plan, which, according to the GMAT test maker, averages about 100 hours of preparation for 600+ and 700+ scorers.

Let’s start by walking you through everything you need to know to take advantage of this book and your online resources.

Your Book

There are two main components of your GMAT Prep Plus study package: your book and your online resources. This book contains:

  • Detailed instruction covering the essential verbal, math, and writing concepts
  • Time-tested and effective Kaplan Methods and strategies for every question type
  • Over 350 practice questions, followed by detailed answer explanations

Your Online Resources

Your Kaplan online resources give you access to additional instruction and practice materials to reinforce key concepts and sharpen your GMAT skills. The following list summarizes the resources available to you:

  • Six full-length computer-adaptive practice tests (CATs). Take one at the beginning of your studies to discover your strengths and weaknesses. Later in your prep, take practice tests every week or two to become thoroughly familiar with the test’s format and timing and to measure your progress.
  • Analysis of your performance on each practice test, including detailed answer explanations
  • Practice sets for the Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing, and Integrated Reasoning sections of the GMAT
  • A 200-question Qbank for additional targeted practice
  • Video workshops featuring veteran GMAT instructors
  • The GMAT Strategy Sheet

Getting Started

Studying for the GMAT can be daunting, and with so many resources available to you, it may not be clear where to begin. Don’t worry; we’ll break it down one step at a time, just as we’ll do with the GMAT questions that you will soon be on your way to mastering.

Step 1: Register Your Online Resources

Register your online resources using these simple steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions. Please have a copy of your book available.

Access to the online resources is limited to the original owner of this book and is nontransferable. Kaplan is not responsible for providing access to the online resources to customers who purchase or borrow used copies of this book. Access to the online resources expires one year after you register.

Step 2: Sign Up for a Free Live Online Event

Kaplan’s GMAT Live Online events are interactive, instructor-led GMAT training sessions that you can join from anywhere you can access the internet.

Live Online events are held in a state-of-the-art virtual classroom in real time, just like a physical classroom experience, and are led by an experienced Kaplan instructor. You’ll interact with your teacher and other classmates using audio, instant chat, whiteboard, polling, and screen sharing.

To register for a free GMAT Live Online event, go to and search for a free event. Live Online events are available for all locations.

Step 3: Take a GMAT Practice Test

It’s essential to take a practice test early on. Doing so will give you the initial feedback and diagnostic information that you will need to achieve your maximum score. Taking a full-length test right at the start can be intimidating, but remember: your practice test scores don’t count. During your first practice test—and any practice test you take—turn off your cell phone, give the test your full attention, and learn from your performance.

Your diagnostic test is Practice Test 1, and you’ll find it in your online resources under Get Started. Practice Test 1, like all of Kaplan’s online full-length tests, is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), which is the same format as the actual GMAT. The computer-adaptive format presents distinct challenges for time management, because you can only move forward through the test. Because you can’t skip a question and come back to it later, you need to decide for each question how much time to spend trying to get it right and when you should just guess and move on. This ability to triage questions as you meet them is key to maximizing your GMAT score, and you can only practice it in an adaptive online test.

After taking Practice Test 1, review the detailed answer explanations to better understand your performance. Our explanations label each question according to its question type and topic; these labels align with the material covered throughout this book. Look for patterns in the questions you answered correctly and incorrectly. Were you stronger in some areas than others? This analysis will help you target your practice time to specific concepts.

Step 4: Create a Study Plan

Use what you’ve learned from your initial practice test to identify areas for closer study and practice. Take time to familiarize yourself with the key components of your book and online resources. Think about how many hours you can consistently devote to GMAT study. We have found that most students have success with about three months of committed preparation before Test Day.

Consider the following statistic as you build your study plan: according to the GMAT test makers, the average 600+ or 700+ scorer prepares for the GMAT for about 100 hours. We recommend you add 20 percent to this figure and plan to put in 120 total hours of practice before Test Day. Roughly estimated, if you spend an average of 2 hours per chapter in this book, that gets you to over 50 hours. The six computer-adaptive practice tests are each about 3.0 hours, if you do the writing section and Integrated Reasoning, followed by about 1.5 hours of review. All told, that gets you to about 80 hours of preparation. That 80 hours may be enough for some test takers, and it will be more than enough to give you an indication of where you stand relative to your GMAT goals. The most convenient way to bulk up your study plan is to enroll in one of Kaplan’s GMAT self-guided options. For more information on GMAT self-guided practice tools and courses, as well as instructor-led courses, visit

Schedule time for study, practice, and review. Many people find it works best to block out short, frequent periods of study time throughout the week. Also, keep a log of questions you find challenging or simply interesting. Come back to these questions every week or two until you feel you’ve learned all you can from them. Then check them off or cross them out and focus on the new questions you’ve added to your log. Check in with yourself often to make sure you’re not falling behind your plan or forgetting about any of your resources.

Step 5: Learn and Practice

Your book and online resources come with many opportunities to develop and practice the skills you’ll need on Test Day. Read each chapter of this book and complete the practice questions. Depending on how much time you have to study, you can do this work methodically, covering every chapter, or you can focus your study on those question types and content areas that are most challenging for you. You will inevitably need more work in some areas than in others, but know that the more thoroughly you prepare, the better your score will be.

Remember also to take and review the practice sets in your online resources, as well as using your Qbank to make custom quizzes. These additional test-like questions allow you to put into practice the skills you are learning. As always, review the explanations closely.

Initially, your practice should focus on mastering the needed skills and not on speed. Become more conscious of timing as you become more proficient.

Step 6: Take More Computer-Adaptive Practice Tests

Once you feel you have addressed the areas that gave you trouble on Practice Test 1, take another full-length practice test, also available in your online resources. You will learn more about CATs in Chapters 1 and 2 of this book. The Kaplan CATs are realistic practice tests, and taking the full-length tests that come with this book is one of the best ways to prepare fully for what you will face on the real GMAT.

Always review your practice test results thoroughly to make sure you are addressing the areas that are most important to your score. Allot time to review the detailed explanations so that you can learn from your mistakes and not make these errors when it actually matters, on Test Day. After your second practice test, you’ll probably find that some of your initial weaknesses aren’t weaknesses anymore. Now, to continue to build your score, you’ll probably want to adjust your study plan to focus on some different areas. Continue taking full-length practice tests every week or two leading up to Test Day.

If you would like access to more of Kaplan’s CATs and quizzes, as well as in-depth instruction on the question types and strategies, look into the variety of practice resources and course options available at

Thanks for choosing Kaplan. We wish you the best of luck on your journey to business school

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