When you’re applying to graduate school and faced with a pile of applications to fill out, GMAT books to crack, flashcards to review, and are busy familiarizing yourself with the tested content on this awesome Learnist board, it’s easy to forget that your actual experience in graduate school will be largely collaborative. Though you obviously can’t take GMAT practice tests as a group, some of the most useful GMAT online materials can be found on GMAT forums. Free GMAT practice test questions, MBA advice from current MBA students, and the best GMAT strategies can all be found floating around the Internet—for free!
Beat the GMAT: This should be your #1 stop, and it is the king of GMAT forums. The layout is user-friendly, the boards are always buzzing, and experts from just about every test prep company imaginable stop by to comment on threads. I especially recommend the “de-briefs” published in the “I Beat the GMAT!” sections. Truly inspiring!
GMAT Club: Although not as well curated as Beat the GMAT, GMAT Club is very popular and always busy. It contains an impressive “Math Book” posted online that reviews challenging Quantitative concepts in depth and organizes many of its posts by question difficulty level, so if you’re looking to target specific weaknesses, this a great resource!
URCH: Relatively simple format, but there are a lot of old GMAT questions posted here. You’ll find many repeats from Beat the GMAT and GMAT Club, but if you dig around there’s useful information to be had.
Manhattan GMAT: This is the best place to get help with questions from the MGMAT CATs or any MGMAT books. Their “Ask an Instructor” section is particularly helpful.
Kaplan: Relatively light traffic on this site, but students have posted some info on specific schools and programs, and there is a section devoted to applications and financial aid that may cover some interesting non-GMAT material.
Manhattan Review: A relatively basic board, but helpful for students who are using Manhattan Review’s products.
Veritas Prep: There is an entire sub-forum called the Veritas Prep Community. If you have been using their courses or materials, this is a great place to connect with students who are practicing with the same products.
The Grad Café: Their forum mixes GRE and GMAT, but if you’re curious about the GRE and want to check in with some students who are studying for both, this is a good place to go.
Yahoo! Groups: There are many GMAT-centric groups here. OneStopMBA has over 60,000 members!
Check out these sites and start your own GMAT online study group! “Check in” using Google hangout and update each other on your progress. Who knows? You may end up at the same graduate school!