Customer Query: Why do I need to connect to the Internet during the login process?

November 17, 2005 by CATPrep

“I don’t have Internet access at home, so I want to know if your software is available on CD-Rom like several other GMAT practice software packages” –Y. Chen.

Y. Chen is not the first customer to write us with this query, so we decided to post our response here in an effort to explain why you must connect to the Internet for the login process when beginning a new simulated GMAT session.

Our GMAT simulator is not intended for question drills or standard practice exercises. Instead, our software delivers an accurate reproduction of the actual exam. Our simulated sessions rely on large pools of questions that are continually updated to reflect changes in the real GMAT.

If your GMAT software is available on CD-ROM, you can be sure that it is at least several months (if not years!) old. Unlike these stale unadaptive exams, each of your simulated exams generated with our simulator is unique and the question pool used for your simulation is updated by our software engine when you login.

Therefore, you must login to the exam with Internet access. However, you can disconnect after the login page and continue the exam without an Internet connection if you prefer.

So, while it may be slightly inconvenient for some users to begin their simulated GMAT sessions while connected to the internet, it is a small price to pay for the ability to sit for a realistic GMAT session with current questions, answers, and explanations.