If you asked me where I learned my countries in Africa, I’d tell you that it was from watching Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego? My knowledge of state capitals? Animaniacs. My ability to find prime numbers while being hunted by cartoon monsters in a 6×5 grid? Number Munchers.
And while these and so many other skills that I learned in school also came largely from my grade school teachers, I think that there’s an underappreciated value to using videos and games to help supplement learning. Staring at a GMAT book for an hour isn’t helpful if you aren’t learning anything because your mind is checked out. But tricking your brain into getting faster at finding numbers that multiply to 24 might be, especially if you can make time to do so on your ride to work or while waiting for your dentist appointment. And for many of us, myself included, there’s no better place in the world to find 5-minute distraction than at the App Store. So if you have an iPhone or iPad (and many of these apps are also found on Android too) check out some of these apps below. And if you have any other apps that you use, type them up in the comments below!
Note: Listing here is not an endorsement by Manhattan GMAT.
Basic Computation Apps
Number Munchers – $1.99
For me, there’s Number Munchers and then there’s every other math game made for kids. Not only do you need to find the multiples of 13, factors of 48, or equations that are greater than 30, but you also need to avoid the Troggles trying to hunt you down.
Sushi Monster – FREE
Sushi Monster is another game that’s great for those of us who aren’t afraid what others will think of you when they look over your shoulder on the subway and see you mixing plates of number sushi. Take combinations of numbers and add or multiply them to make larger sums and products. Race against the clock to get to higher levels and harder numbers.
Mathdoku – FREE
There’s actually a few different Mathdoku apps that you can find on the app store. Originally known as KENKEN and popularized on the NY Times website, I’ve probably played hundreds of these sudoku-inspired games over the past several years and will recommend them to anyone who likes a good math puzzle with numbers that are easy to compute, yet challenging to place.
Quant Helper Apps
Algebra Touch – $1.99
Having trouble lining up numbers or remembering when to cancel out parts of a fraction? Algebra Touch will let you move around parts of an algebraic equation and guide you as you solve complex equations, simplify before dividing, and even recall some of those pesky terms many of us haven’t seen since high school. It’s like having a teacher looking over your shoulder as you decide what order you need to add and multiply to reduce an equation.
FindSpeed – FREE
Rate problems are one of the trickiest, most time consuming, and yet fairly common question types on the GMAT. FindSpeed is an app that helps visualize distance, rate, and time and show how two parts are used to find the third.
iMight – FREE
Combinations & Permutations are another difficult GMAT topic for lots of students. iMight is a simple permutation, combination, and factorial calculator that can help double check your math on these types of problems. Play around for 10 minutes while waiting for your next meeting and see if you can predict different combinations of values.
Grammar Up – FREE+
Grammar Express has lots of different apps available on topics from parts of speech to verb tenses. These all include some free questions to check out and then the option to purchase a larger set of questions, usually for $1.99. And although there were a few questions that seemed slightly ambiguous in this author’s opinion, these apps are definitely worth checking out.
Grammar – FREE+
If you’re looking to dive into the complex rules of grammar structure and terms, Collins Grammar & Practice for Business provides you with a lot of material. For students whose first language is not English, the 150+ units in this app (for an additional cost) can help explain why certain things “just sound right” to a native English speaker.
QuotEd Reading Comprehension – $4.99
It’s hard to find many great apps designed to help with reading comprehension in the App Store but QuotEd has a tremendous base of higher-level paragraphs and questions. Another question is added every weekday, so for students who need practice finding GMAT-like paragraphs and answering questions about them, this app is worth checking out.
MGMAT Flashcards – FREE
I might be a bit biased, but if you’re looking for quick learning on some of the most important GMAT topics, nothing beats our free flashcards on the App Store or in our Student Center for course students. Easy flagging of tricky questions allows you to review questions until you know each problem inside and out.
GMAT** – FREE+
Some more free flashcards and practice sets as well as an OG Tracker for the Diagnostic section of the Official Guide. Although not called it, this is a trial version and the full version costs $24.99 but has more practice resources and access to the full OG Tracker.
Khan – FREE
If you haven’t heard of Khan academy, you’re missing out on videos of everything from art to zoology. Not only do Khan’s videos break down GMAT Official Guide questions, but they also go through some important concepts that those questions test, such as probability or solving inequalities. This mobile app is also a great supplement for when you find yourself stuck on a question or topic in your GMAT book.
*You can also download lots of great SAT, ACT, or GRE apps in the App Store. As long as you know what question types overlap between these tests (lots of math, sentence correction, and reading comprehension topics), you have even more resources to help you with your studying.