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Posted on January 28, 2012
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GMAT adopted the current computer adaptive format sometime around the early part of 2000 and hence remained that way ever since. Currently, GMAT is offered only in the computer format and paper-based tests are no longer conducted.
However, the retired GMAT sample papers are available directly on the mba.com site here: http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.aspx?productid=5
There are some advantages and disadvantages of such GMAT sample papers. They are listed below.


GMAT Sample Papers from mba.com are all official and authentic questions. Given the superior quality of actual GMAT questions in such sample papers it is worth the price. No other question source will come even close to the quality of such questions.
It is sometimes easier to use a paper-and-pen approach to solving such GMAT sample papers than using a computer. If you have restricted online access or prefer greater comfort in writing your answers on such GMAT sample papers.


Such GMAT Sample Papers are not computer adaptive. This means your actual performance is not based on how well (or poorly) you are doing. This is a huge disadvantage since on the real GMAT this becomes the make or break.
The GMAT Sample Papers allow you to go back to a question you have answered. On the real test you don’t have the luxury to review previous questions as there is no option to go back. Though the test-taker cannot do this – sometimes one might end up revisiting an earlier question.
Remember that unlike CAT or any other paper-based entrance exam in India, GMAT does not have any previous year question paper.
So make sure that you check the source of the GMAT sample papers before you solve them. It would be futile to solve questions that are not representative of the actual quality of the GMAT test.
Hope these techniques make a positive difference to your GMAT prep! If you’d like to share what works for you and what doesn’t, please leave a comment in the comment section below.
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