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GMAT Practice Questions: Scary Sentence Correction

October 30, 2014 by

To celebrate this week’s scary holiday, we present you with a couple of (semi) themed GMAT practice questions. Electrifying!

Need some help with tackling GMAT Sentence Correction questions? Check out our YouTube video for guidance.

Post your answers in the comments, and we’ll share the answer explanations in a blog post tomorrow.

1. Researchers have found that, on average one American should be struck by lightning every 13 days.

  • A. one American should be struck by lightning every 13 days
  • B. an American should be struck by lightning once in every 13 days
  • C. lightning will strike some American once every 13 days
  • D. every 13 days an American is struck by lightning
  • E. every 13 days an American should be struck by lightning

2. Experiments designed to further our understanding of lightning are not as applicable to “ball lightning” as they are to normal lightning, because it is Read full post

5 Tips for a Competitive Job Application

October 29, 2014 by

Are you applying for a job, internship, or teaching assistant (TA) position? We’ve got five easy job application and interview tips that you can use when applying to just about anything.

Tuck these tips under your belt, and you’ll be strutting your way into a new job—not just an interview—before you can say, hired!

1.       Professionalism in all things virtual

Your virtual interactions—and that largely means emails when applying for an internship, TA position, or similar job—need to be strong reflections of your professionalism and support your candidacy for a position. Contemporary communication tends to be casual, and it’s easy to let that slip into your emails.

For starters, think of your email greeting, and let the rest of your correspondence follow in a similar tone. Avoid opening an email to a hiring manager with anything as casual as “Hey,” or even “Hi.” You don’t have … Read full post

How Much is a Top MBA Program Worth?

October 28, 2014 by

The latest in MBA news: From a steady rise in business schools that accept GRE scores instead of GMAT scores, to the top MBA programs that will prime you for the big bucks, here’s this week’s MBA news and headlines, helping you navigate the business school application process.

GRE or GMAT?

Acceptance of the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT among American business schools has reached an all time high, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 survey of business school admissions officers.

The survey shows that 85% of MBA programs now give students the option of submitting GRE scores (historically the admissions exam for non-business graduate programs) instead of GMAT scores. This percentage has steadily increased every year since Kaplan first began tracking the issue in 2009, when just a quarter of b-schools reported accepting the GRE as an alternative.

The caveat: Only a trickle of MBA applicants are … Read full post

Standing Out With a Competitive MBA Application

October 27, 2014 by

It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that MBA admissions are competitive. However, it may surprise you to hear just how competitive they have recently become.

Business schools are reporting a spike in MBA applications, and that means more people fighting over a handful of spots. The top 25 business schools in the United States admit only around 25% of their applicants, with the most selective business schools’ acceptance rates hovering closer to 10%.

With that said, let’s talk about standing out. You’re in the process of checking off the requirements on your MBA application checklist, but you know you can’t settle for what’s merely required. How are you going to make your application stand out to the top MBA programs of your dreams?

Here is your checklist to becoming a competitive MBA applicant:

Research, research, research 

To be competitive, you have to make a case for why … Read full post

Getting Into the MBA Program: mbaMission’s Northwestern Kellogg Essay Analysis (2014-2015)

October 26, 2014 by

The Kellogg School of Management is going positively retro with its rather robust application components this admissions season, requiring two written essays and two video essays. The school seems to actually want to get to know the people who will represent its brand for the next 60 years. Kudos to the Kellogg MBA program! Our analysis follows…

For 2014–2015, the following two essays are required of all applicants:

Essay 1: Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)

Although this is a rather straightforward prompt, executing a response to it could, well, challenge you. Why? Well, most people do not like to admit when they have been knocked down or (heaven forbid!) made mistakes. But Kellogg wants to know that you are a real person—that you have some hard-won victories … Read full post

Getting Into The MBA Program: mbaMission’s Cornell Johnson Essay Analysis, 2014-2015

October 25, 2014 by

You can be forgiven for feeling a little annoyance with Johnson at Cornell University’s decision to unnecessarily complicate things this season by stipulating a character limit, rather than a word limit, for its MBA program application essays. What does 2,000 characters, “including formatting characters,” really mean in this case?

A call to the Johnson admissions office clarified for us that the 2,000-character limit does not include spaces, which means that your final text would likely equal approximately 400 words. (By comparison, note that last year, Johnson’s word limit was a more straightforward 300 words for Essay 1 and 450 words for its three-part Essay 2. So this year, the school is actually giving you a bit more leeway for the first essay and then dialing it back for the second.) Give your word processor’s “word count” function a workout and constantly check it as you write to see how close … Read full post

MBA Salary and Return on Investment

October 24, 2014 by

The relationship of an MBA salary and what constitutes a great return on investment from business school are inextricably linked– for good reason.  The GMAC’s annual survey of business school alumni (21,000 graduates from 1959 through 2013) yielded some interesting results for anyone considering business school.

Business School Value

  • 91% recent business school alumni from 2010–2013 consider their graduate management education a good to outstanding value
  • 66% of alumni from 2010–2013 agree their education was financially rewarding
  • 95% of all alumni would recommend their business school program to others
  • 96% of all alumni report that they are proud to be an alumni of their graduate business program
  • 80% of all alumni attribute their career success to their graduate management degree

MBA Job Satisfaction

  • 86% of alumni agree that they make an impact at their company
  • 85% are engaged with their work
  • 85% have challenging and interesting work
  • 84% have meaningful
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5 Tips for Getting into the Best Business Schools

October 22, 2014 by

If you’ve been following along, you’re probably already familiar with the handy MBA application checklist we gave you a few weeks back. For you underclassmen out there, don’t go thinking that your business school application days are so far ahead of you that you casually file those tips away and forget about them … until it’s too late to really for you to affect your GPA, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, GMAT score, and more.

Applying for your MBA is a long-term process, and to be fully prepared, you need to start thinking early. Even if you are currently a freshman or a sophomore in college, you can begin taking steps toward becoming a competitive applicant and getting into the top MBA programs.

Here are five things that you need to start focusing on now. Doing so will help you build up the credentials you need to gain admission to … Read full post

MBA News for Prospective Students

October 20, 2014 by

From business schools critiquing the (new-ish) GMAT Integrated Reasoning section to a historic first at Rutgers Business School (and—you guessed it!—more business school rankings lists), here’s the latest in MBA news for prospective students applying to business school or taking the GMAT.

How relevant is Integrated Reasoning for your GMAT score?

  • According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 survey of admissions officers at over 200 business schools across the United States, 60% say that a prospective student’s score on the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section (launched in June 2012) is not currently an important part of their evaluation of an applicant’s overall GMAT score.This represents a slight uptick from Kaplan’s 2013 survey, when 57% said an applicant’s GMAT Integrated Reasoning score was not important. Despite that finding, Kaplan’s survey also finds that 50% of business schools pinpoint a low GMAT score as “the biggest application killer,” confirming that prospective students still
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Does GMAT Integrated Reasoning Matter?

October 17, 2014 by

2014 Business School Admissions Officers Survey Results

According to our 2014 survey of admissions officers at over 200 business schools across the United States*,  60% say that an applicant’s score on the GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning section (launched in June 2012) is not currently an important part of their evaluation of a prospective student’s overall GMAT score.  

This represents a slight uptick from Kaplan’s 2013 survey, when 57% said an applicant’s GMAT Integrated Reasoning score was not important.  Despite that finding, our survey also finds that 50% of business schools pinpoint a low GMAT score as “the biggest application killer,” confirming that applicants still need to submit a strong score overall. And because GMAT takers receive a separate score for the Integrated Reasoning section, poor performance on this section cannot be masked by stronger performance on the Quantitative, Verbal or Analytical Writing Assessment sections of the Read full post

 

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