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Make Sure Your Stuff Works

When we say "stuff", we're talking about software. If you download or purchase prep material (the GMATPrep software or the Kaplan or Princeton Review books with the CDs or Manhattan Review CATs), make sure to check out and fix any bugs in the program before taking the exams. Nothing's more frustrating than clearing out three or four hours of your schedule, mentally preparing to take a practice test, and then encountering a problem with the software that ends up sucking up half the time you allotted. Make sure your software works before you take the test.

 

  • If you encounter any problems with the GMATPrep software, go to the Official GMAT website and go to the MBA Store. There is a listing there for the GMATPrep software. Click on this and go to the "Technical Support FAQs".
  • For Kaplan and Princeton Review, finding help is a little trickier. If you encounter problems with their software, we would recommend posting a detailed description of your problem on the message board on the respective site. You could e-mail them for help, but for some reason they seem to respond quicker if you post your problem...
  • For Manhattan Review, there is a Help menu on its CAT pages. Also their staff are prompt and helpful via email.

Most of you won't have any problem with the software and we didn't include this tip to scare you away from buying the software. Taking practice tests on a computer is very important. Rather, we have included this tip to prevent you from becoming frustrated with your software and giving up. After a while, you're going to learn to hate this site. We're going to take away every excuse you've ever had for not studying!