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INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................... 1
What is GMATPrep.............................................................................................................................. 1
GMATPrep tip: to get the most from GMATPrep software, think about how you study best ........ 1
Navigating around............................................................................................................................... 2
The top navigation .......................................................................................................................... 2
Breadcrumbs, contents and examples ............................................................................................ 3
Registering GMATPrep ........................................................................................................................ 4
Why register? .................................................................................................................................. 4
How to register................................................................................................................................ 4
Changing your information sharing preferences ............................................................................ 5
GMATPrep and accommodations ....................................................................................................... 6
Unlock accommodations features................................................................................................... 6
Getting additional help ....................................................................................................................... 7
PRACTICE ANSWERING QUESTIONS .............................................................................................. 8
Getting started .................................................................................................................................... 8
Options to create your own question set ........................................................................................... 9
1. Selecting the question set ........................................................................................................... 9
2. Choosing the difficulty level of questions .................................................................................... 9
3. Changing the question order..................................................................................................... 10
4. What’s the difference between exam and study mode?........................................................... 10
The question screen .......................................................................................................................... 11
Navigating around ........................................................................................................................ 11
Useful information ........................................................................................................................ 11
Things you can do in the question screen ..................................................................................... 12
Additional tools ............................................................................................................................. 13
Reviewing your results ...................................................................................................................... 14
Bookmarked questions ..................................................................................................................... 15
REVIEW YOUR PROGRESS WITH REPORTS ................................................................................... 16
Your performance summary ............................................................................................................. 16
Performance by question type and difficulty ................................................................................... 17
Managing your time .......................................................................................................................... 18
TAKE A PRACTICE EXAM ............................................................................................................. 19
How GMATPrep is different from the GMAT exam .......................................................................... 19
What to expect.................................................................................................................................. 20
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Ending your exam early..................................................................................................................... 21
Continuing an exam you have already started ................................................................................. 22
How to take practice exams again .................................................................................................... 23
Practice exam results ........................................................................................................................ 24
Your score and percentile information.......................................................................................... 24
How you managed your time ........................................................................................................ 25
GET MORE PRACTICE QUESTIONS ............................................................................................... 26
Buying more practice questions ....................................................................................................... 26
Installing additional content ............................................................................................................. 27
Activating your content .................................................................................................................... 28
1. Online ........................................................................................................................................ 28
2. Web portal ................................................................................................................................ 29
3. Telephone .................................................................................................................................. 30
Deactivate your content ................................................................................................................... 31
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INTRODUCTION
What is GMATPrep
Designed by the people behind the GMAT exam, GMATPrep software gives you practice
questions from actual retired GMAT tests plus two full-length computer adaptive GMAT exams.
But that's not all. By taking full advantage of GMATPrep, you can:
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Get comfortable with the test format, types of questions, and online instructions you’ll
see (which are probably different from other tests you’ve taken)
Learn from answer explanations for practice questions
Take practice tests under timed conditions (just like the actual GMAT exam)
Review the math concepts covered on the test
Learn the best study strategies for each test section (since the sections do have their
differences)
Get an idea of how you may score on the actual GMAT exam by taking a practice exam
Identify the exam areas in which you need more help and find more prep tools if you
need them
Plan your GMAT strategy
GMATPrep tip: to get the most from GMATPrep software, think about how
you study best
Don’t want to miss out on anything that might help you?
Go through the material in the order in which it appears in the GMATPrep main menu and take
full advantage of everything GMATPrep has to offer.
OR
Can’t wait to see how you’ll do on an exam?
Take a practice exam, but don’t overlook all the ways GMATPrep can help you improve your
score. To follow up, practice answering questions, review strategies for the areas you found
most difficult, or use the Math Review to refresh your math skills.
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Introduction
Navigating around
On the GMATPrep home page, you can navigate to the three different sections by clicking the
green Prepare, Practice and Improve chevrons.
The top navigation
From all pages except the home and Settings pages, you can navigate to other sections by
using the navigation buttons at the top right of the screen. The section you are currently in is
indicated by a green chevron.
To get back to the home page, click the round Home icon.
To open Help in a new window, click the round question mark.
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Introduction
Breadcrumbs, contents and examples
Breadcrumbs help you keep track of where you are in the application. You can also use
them to navigate back to previous pages.
In some sections, a Contents menu allows you to easily navigate to specific content within
the page.
If you see an icon with a plus on it, click on it to reveal hidden text such as examples,
solutions, or GMATPrep tips.
Clicking the icon with a minus sign hides the text again.
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Introduction
Registering GMATPrep
Why register?
Registering your GMATPrep software will keep you informed about GMATPrep software
updates and new releases and help GMAC improve later versions of the GMATPrep
software. To register your copy of the GMATPrep software, you will need the email address
and password you used when registering on mba.com.
How to register
To register your GMATPrep software:
1. Either click the Register icon at the top right of the GMATPrep home page or the text
"Register now!" in the welcome message.
2. Enter the email address and password you used when registering on mba.com.
3. Make sure you check the box agreeing to receive updates and to help improve the
software.
4. Click the Register button.
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Introduction
Changing your information sharing preferences
If you have registered your GMATPrep software but chosen not to help improve the GMATPrep
software, you can change your selection as follows:
1. Click the Settings link at the bottom left of the GMATPrep home page. The Settings
screen will be displayed.
2. Click the START helping improve GMATPrep button.
If you currently help improve GMATPrep but would like to change your selection:
1. Click the Settings link at the bottom left of the GMATPrep home page. The Settings
screen will be displayed.
2. Click the STOP helping improve GMATPrep button.
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Introduction
GMATPrep and accommodations
Testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet certain eligibility criteria.
If you have been approved for accommodations by GMAC's Testing Accommodations team, you
will receive a code in your approval letter that unlocks the built-in features in the GMATPrep
software that support test takers requiring accommodations.
Unlock accommodations features
To unlock the accommodations features:
1. Click the Settings link at the bottom left of the GMATPrep home page. The Settings
screen will display.
2. In the Accommodations section, enter your code.
3. Click Submit.
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Introduction
Getting additional help
If you require assistance, our customer care team is available Monday to Friday from 7:30am to
5:30pm ET (Eastern US).
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Email: gmatprep@mba.com
Phone (US and Canada): 1 866 739-0238 (toll free)
Phone (international): +1 703 668-9602
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PRACTICE ANSWERING QUESTIONS
Getting started
To practice answering real, retired GMAT questions, go to the Practice section - either click
Practice answering questions from the home page, or the Practice chevron.
Under Quick start, select the question type(s) you would like to answer by placing a check
in the box for each question type.
Then select the number of questions you would like to answer of each question
type. Indicate your selection by dragging the slider to the desired number.
Click the Start button, and you will see your first question.
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Practice answering questions
Options to create your own question set
To build your own custom question set, click the More options button in the Quick start
section.
1. Selecting the question set
First select the set of questions to draw from using the Select the question set drop-down
list. You can select one the following:
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All questions – those you have already answered and those you haven't
Not answered – questions that you have not yet answered
Answered incorrectly – only questions that you have answered incorrectly
2. Choosing the difficulty level of questions
In step 2, you select the type and difficulty level of the questions you want to answer by placing
a check in the appropriate box. You can choose from Easy, Medium, and Hard
questions. Clicking the All check box will select all available questions for that type, regardless
of difficulty.
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3. Changing the question order
You can now choose which order you would like the questions to appear.
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In sequence, questions are grouped by type and presented in order of increasing
difficulty.
Random, questions are displayed in random order.
4. What’s the difference between exam and study mode?
The last option enables you to practice questions in study or exam mode.
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In Study mode, after pressing the Submit button, the correct answer and answer
explanation will be shown. Click Next to go to the next question.
In Exam mode you will answer each question, one after another. No answer
explanations are shown.
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The question screen
Navigating around
The top navigation bar contains buttons that will help you move through a question set.
To move to the next question and leave the current one unanswered, click the Skip button.
You can skip questions as many times as you like. The Back button will take you to the previous
question.
To end your question session, click the Finish button. You do not need to have finished
answering all the questions. Once you have clicked Finish, you will see the Review your
responses screen, where you can see how you performed and select questions to review or try
again.
Useful information
The bottom of the practice question screen window shows useful information about your
progress through the question set.
The question counter will help you keep track of your progress in the question set.
The timer will show you how long you are taking on a particular question.
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Practice answering questions
Things you can do in the question screen
Guesses
If you aren't sure of the answer to a specific question, you can indicate that your answer is a
guess by checking the This is a guess check box.
Clear answer
If you have selected an answer and would like to clear your selection, click the Clear answer
link. The radio button corresponding to your answer will no longer be selected.
Show answer
Once you have selected an answer, you can click the Show answer link to check if it is correct
and show the answer explanation. The answer explanation will appear either to the right of - or
below - the question. To close the answer explanation, click the round X button.
Bookmark this question
When you bookmark a question, you can return to it using the Bookmarked questions link in
the Practice home screen. To bookmark a question, click the Bookmark this question link.
Once the question is bookmarked, the star will turn solid blue, and the question page will be
turned down so that a light blue star will appear on a dark blue background in the top-right
corner.
To remove a bookmark, click the Remove the bookmark link.
Find out more about bookmarked questions.
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Practice answering questions
Additional tools
Unlike other sections of the GMAT exam, Integrated Reasoning questions include a calculator access it by clicking the calculator icon at the top right of the question screen.
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Practice answering questions
Reviewing your results
The Review your responses screen is displayed when you have either answered all the
questions in a practice question set or clicked the Finish button.
There are two actions you can carry out from here:
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Try questions again. To try questions again, select the question(s) you want by
checking the box in the first column and then clicking the Try selected again button.
Review questions. To review your response and view answer explanations, select the
question(s) you want by checking the box in the first column and then click the Review
all selected button. Reviewing questions give you the opportunity to see how you
answered it, what the correct answer is (if different) and to see the answer
explanation.
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Practice answering questions
Bookmarked questions
Bookmarked questions are managed in the Practice section of the GMATPrep software. Click
the Bookmarked questions link found under the middle, Review, column.
Remove bookmark(s)
To remove questions that have been bookmarked:
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Select the questions you want to unbookmark by putting a check in the first column
Click the Remove bookmark(s) button
A pop-up dialog box will appear asking you to confirm this action, click the Yes button
The selected question(s) will no longer appear in your Bookmarked questions list
Review questions
To review your response, see if it is correct, and see the answer explanation, select the
question(s) you want to review by placing a check in the box in the first column. Click the
Review all selected button.
Try questions again
To retry question(s) you have bookmarked, select the question(s) by placing a check in the box
in the first column and click the Try selected again button.
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REVIEW YOUR PROGRESS WITH REPORTS
Your performance summary
Your summary report gives you two important pieces of information:
The percentage of
questions you answered correctly (the green bars) and
the average difficulty of the
questions you answered, including those you got wrong (red circles).
You can also see how many questions you answered
count).
along the horizontal axis (Question
When you mouse over the relevant area on the graph
, you get more data including the
date and time you completed answering that group of practice questions and the average
difficulty. The difficulty is given as a number between 1 (easy) and 3 (hard).
When you first go to the Summary report, the default view is to show aggregate
information for all the question types you have answered. This can be changed using the Select
a question type dropdown. Using this will help you understand how you performed on
different types of question and where you may need to focus your prep.
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Performance by question type and difficulty
The summary report gives you an aggregate view. This report enables you to drill down and
understand how you performed on question types of a certain difficulty.
There are two controls for you to use, and selecting different values updates the chart
automatically:
Select the type of question from the dropdown menu
Select the difficulty level – Easy, Medium, or Hard
The chart will then display the percentage of questions you got correct by question type and
difficulty (green bars).
As with other reports you can see the number of questions you answered along the
horizontal axis (Question count)
You may find that you get questions correct – irrespective of difficulty - of one type but that
you struggle with others. This report will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.
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Managing your time
The final report in the Progress report section deals with how long you take to answer
questions of each of the three main types: Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning. This
is important, as the GMAT exam is timed and there is a penalty for not answering all the
questions.
To get started, select a question type
, the report will update automatically.
From your Oldest session (left) to the most recent (Newest, far right), the green bars
show
the average time taken to answer questions during your practice session, regardless of whether
the answers were correct or incorrect.
You can also see how many questions you answered
count)
along the horizontal axis (Question
Tool tips will be displayed when you mouse over a particular practice session and these will
tell you how many questions you answered (the question count) and your average response
time in minutes and seconds.
Finally, the horizontal red line shows the maximum amount of time you should spend, on
average, per question in each section to finish the GMAT exam in time. The value is different
for each section.
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TAKE A PRACTICE EXAM
How GMATPrep is different from the GMAT exam
The GMATPrep software includes two full-length practice exams that let you simulate the
GMAT exam experience and get familiar with all the online instructions. That said, GMATPrep
and the GMAT exam have their differences. Among them are the following.
GMATPrep practice exam
Actual GMAT exam
Timed
screens
The tutorial, section instructions,
exit screens, Background
Information Question (BIQ) section,
and Report or Cancel Scores screens
are not timed.
The tutorial, section instructions,
exit screens, Background
Information Question (BIQ) section,
and Report or Cancel Scores
screens are timed.
Timed
breaks
The optional break screens are not
timed.
The optional break screens are
timed.
Navigation
You may move back and forth
among screens in the preliminary
sections of the practice exams (the
Welcome screen, the NonDisclosure Agreement, the school
selection screen, and the tutorial).
You cannot return to a previous
screen once you’ve clicked the
“Next” button.
Answer
checking
Once you’ve completed the practice
exam and reached the Review
screen, you can review your
answers and check your work.
Once you’ve completed a section,
you cannot review your answers
and check your work.
In addition, you can flag questions
you may want to return to later.
End Exam
button
The End Exam button is available in
the Analytical Writing Assessment
and the Integrated Reasoning,
Quantitative, and Verbal sections.
When you exit an incomplete exam,
you can opt to keep your responses
so you can continue your exam later
from where you left it.
Scoring
All sections, aside from the
Analytical Writing Assessment
section, are scored.
You also cannot flag questions and
return to them later.
The End Exam button is not
available in the Analytical Writing
Assessment or the Integrated
Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal
sections.
All sections are scored.
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What to expect
Included in the GMATPrep software are two full length GMAT exams. While they are very close
to the GMAT exam, there are some differences.
To take a practice GMAT exam, either click link Take a practice exam or click the Practice
chevron and then select the Take a practice exam tab.
You will see two exams displayed. To get started, just click the Start chevron for Exam 1 or
Exam 2.
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Ending your exam early
To end a practice exam early:
1. Click the End Exam link at the bottom left of the exam screen, note that this is only
visible on question pages
2. You will be asked to confirm that you want to end your exam. Click the Yes button.
3. Finally, you will be asked if you want to be able to continue the exam later:
• Clicking Yes will save the responses you've already given so that you can
continue the exam later.
• Clicking No will mark the exam as finished and you will not be able to return to
it. To take the exam again, you will need to click the Reset button in the Take a
practice exam screen.
A No score button in the Take a practice exam screen shows that you exited an exam early and
chose not to save your responses.
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Take a practice exam
Continuing an exam you have already started
From the Take a practice exam screen, you can continue an exam you have already started by
clicking the Continue button.
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How to take practice exams again
It is possible to retake practice exams in GMATPrep. To do so, click the Reset button at the
bottom left of the Take a practice exam screen.
When you click the button, you will be prompted to confirm that you want to reset your
responses. Clicking Yes means that you will see some questions again. Because of this, your
performance may seem to improve. However, your practice exam score history will not change
- scores for completed exams will still be available.
When you have reset your responses, a red line with the text "reset" will be shown.
You can now retake exams by clicking the green Start chevron.
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Practice exam results
Your score and percentile information
After you have taken a practice exam, your GMAT Total score and the date you completed the
exam will display on a button in the Take a practice exam screen. Click on it to access your
detailed score and percentile information.
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How you managed your time
Aside from getting information about your score and percentile information, clicking the Time
management tab will reveal how you managed your time in the practice exam.
The Time taken per section shows how long it took you to complete the exam section. If you
did not answer all the questions, text under the graph will tell you how many you did
successfully answer.
The Time taken per question by exam section and type shows how long you spent on
particular question types. The horizontal line shows you the average time you would need to
take on each question in a section to finish the exam in time.
You may find that one type of question takes you longer to answer than others. That's no
problem if you manage to complete the exam section in time. If a particular question type
prevents you from completing a section, however, you may need to work on your pacing.
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GET MORE PRACTICE QUESTIONS
Buying more practice questions
You can buy additional content to extend GMATPrep in the mba.com store.
There are two ways to purchase additional content. Both require an internet connection.
Either:
1. Click the Get more practice questions link in the Practice section of the GMATPrep
home page or from the callout box in the top right of all Practice and Improve pages. A
browser window will open and you will be taken to the product page in the mba.com
store.
2. Click the ADD TO CART button and complete the checkout process.
3. Once payment is received, you will get an email containing the activation code and the
link from which you can download the additional content.
OR
1. From the home page, click Find more tools to help you prepare or the Improve
chevron.
2. Click in the Select column for the product GMATPrep® Question Pack 1.
3. Click the Add to cart button. A browser window will open, and you will be taken to
your cart in the mba.com store. Your cart will contain the additional content.
4. Complete the checkout process.
5. Once payment is received, you will get an email containing the activation code and the
link from which you can download the additional content.
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Installing additional content
To install additional content, such as Question Pack 1:
1. Close the GMATPrep application if it is currently running.
2. Download the content - it will be a file with a *.gsp extension.
3. Once the download is complete, open the download file. GMATPrep will open at the
Installed content tab, part of the Settings area of GMATPrep.
4. You will see a message box confirming that the installation was successful but that you
need to activate the content. Click OK.
The next step is to activate your content.
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Activating your content
After installing additional content, you will need to activate it before you are able to access the
additional materials.
1. If you are not already in the Installed content window, go there by clicking the Settings
link on the home page and then clicking the Installed content tab.
2. Click the Activate chevron and a new window will open.
You can now activate the content in one of three ways:
1. Online - use if you have an internet connection.
2. Web portal - use if you have access to a different computer or device with internet
access.
3. Telephone - use if you cannot access the internet.
1. Online
This is the easiest and quickest way to activate content. All you need is for the computer on
which GMATPrep is installed to have an internet connection.
In the window that just opened, enter your activation code and click the Activate
chevron. Your activation key is an 18-digit code that you received in the order confirmation
email after you purchased the content.
Once your code has been validated, you will receive confirmation that your question pack was
activated successfully. Click the Finish button to close the window.
Click the Home icon to go to the home page, and you will now be able to access your new
content.
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2. Web portal
If the computer on which you have installed GMATPrep does not have an internet connection
but you have a smart phone or access to an internet café, you can activate the content as
follows.
1. If you do not have the activation window open, access it by clicking the Settings link on
the home page, clicking the Installed content tab, and then clicking the Activate
chevron. A new window will open.
2. Click the Web portal link.
3. In the screen that opens, you will see a 12-digit GMATPrep installation ID. Write it
down, as you will need to enter it into the web portal.
Accesing the web portal
Before going to the web portal you will need two pieces of information: your 18-digit
activation code; and the GMATPrep installation ID.
1. To access the web portal, open a browser and go to
http://www.internetactivation.com.
2. Enter your 12-digit GMATPrep installation ID in the box labeled INSTALLATION ID.
3. Enter your 18-digit activation code in the box labeled LICENSE NUMBER.
4. Check the box to agree to the terms and conditions and then click the Generate Unlock
Code/Certificate button.
5. You will receive a 15-digit unlock code. Write it down.
Activating your question pack
Now that you have an unlock code, you can go back to GMATPrep and complete the activation
process.
1. Open up GMATPrep.
2. Click the Settings link on the home page.
3. Go to the Installed content tab.
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Click the Activate chevron. A new window will open.
Click the Web portal link.
Enter your 18-digit activation code in the Activation code box.
Enter the unlock code you got from the web portal in the Unlock code box.
Click the Activate button.
You will receive confirmation that the question pack was successfully activated. Click
the Finish button.
Click the home icon to go to the home page, and you will be able to access your new content.
3. Telephone
If all else fails and you cannot access the internet, you can activate the question pack by calling
GMAC.
1. If you do not have the activation window open, access it by clicking the Settings link on
the home page, clicking the Installed content tab, and then clicking the Activate
chevron. A new window will open.
2. Click the Telephone link.
3. In the screen that opens, you will see a 12-digit GMATPrep installation ID. Write it
down as you will need it when you speak to Customer Care.
Contacting Customer Care
Before contacting Customer Care, make sure you have your 18-digit activation code and the
GMATPrep installation ID.
1. Contact Customer Care:
• Email: gmatprep@mba.com
• Phone (US and Canada): 1 866 739-0238 (toll free)
• Phone (international): +1 703 668-9604
2. You will be asked for your activation code and installation ID.
3. You will receive a 15-digit unlock code. Make sure you write it down carefully.
Activating your question pack
Now that you have an unlock code, you can go back to GMATPrep and complete the activation
process.
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Open up GMATPrep.
Click the Settings link on the home page.
Go to the Installed content tab.
Click the Activate chevron, a new window will open.
Click the Telephone link.
Enter your 18-digit activation code in the Activation code box.
Enter the unlock code you got from Customer Care in the Unlock code box.
Click the Activate button.
You will receive confirmation that the question pack was successfully activated. Click
the Finish button.
Click the Home icon to go to the home page. You will now be able to access your new content.
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Deactivate your content
Deactivating content such as Question Pack 1 enables you to use the same activation code on
another computer. You can deactivate only content that is currently installed and active.
To deactivate an installed question pack you will need your 18-digit activation code. The
computer on which GMATPrep is installed must have an internet connection.
1. If you are not already in the Installed content window, go there by clicking the Settings
link on the home page and then clicking the Installed content tab.
2. Click the Deactivate button, and you will be asked to confirm that you do want to
deactivate the content. Click Yes and a new window will open.
3. Enter your activation code in the box and click the Deactivate chevron.
4. Once your code has been validated, you will receive confirmation that the content was
successfully deactivated. Click the Finish button to close the window.
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