A little thing here or there doesn’t usually make a lot of difference. But when you aggregate, knowing some of the little things about the GMAT can be a big help on Test Day. In this blog post, I am going to highlight some unexpected or otherwise novel little tidbits. This list is not comprehensive, of course, but I believe you’ll find it contributes to your GMAT success on test day. If you have anything you’d like to add, please do so in the comments.
- Your photograph taken at the testing center on test day will be sent to schools. That’s right, folks. Just when you thought it was safe to wear your lucky shirt—you know, the one with the crass cartoon of a feral dog at a cocktail party—Big Brother steps in and spoils it for you. According to GMAC’s website, your test day photograph as well
When assessing business school and an MBA, the ‘Money Issue’ is nothing if not multi-faceted. Since graduate degrees are an investment, like any other investment, there is up front cost. Some are fortunate enough to not have to secure student loans to help pay for graduate school, but most, unfortunately, do need this type of financial assistance. So, how do you pay for business school once you’re in?
Last year, I wrote about a proclamation made by the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), Rohit Chopra. Mr. Chopra declared the student loan system in the United States economy as ‘too big to fail.’ The student loan debt market, comprised of public and private lenders, shot past $1 trillion in early 2013 and continues its relentless climb.
It is a wonderful thing to not have to take on debt in order to pursue a graduate … Read full post
Black History Month allows everyone the opportunity to reflect on the storied history and impact of the African diaspora around the world. In case you were not aware, the annual observance is not exclusive to the United States—it is also officially observed during the month of February in Canada and Germany. Additionally, the United Kingdom celebrates Black History Month in October.
February also marks a waiting period for many b-school applicants. With most Round 2 deadlines passed, awaiting word on acceptance is all that remains in the long process of applying to business school. That also means that February is a great time to look forward to the fall! While you might not yet know where you will be come August or September, chances are you may well be starting your graduate school career and it is critical you make the very best of it.
There is more to b-school … Read full post
It’s a simple question: why should you get an MBA? Maybe you shouldn’t. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. Despite chewing on the idea and even finding some solid reasons to toss onto the ‘Yes’ pile, it may well be true that, all things considered, business school just might not be the right choice for you— at least not right now anyway, but maybe never.
Lots of analysis and introspection must go into the final decision about whether studying for the GMAT, applying to business school and getting an MBA are right for you. Below is a Top 5 list to help that thinking along.
- Your career needs it. From the corporate employee to the entrepreneur, everyone is on their own unique career trajectory with their own unique set of goals and aspirations. The MBA is a professional degree and it is meant to be applied
Prepping for the GMAT is tough, and it’s easy to underestimate the time and work necessary for GMAT success. Even when a GMAT student does lay out a sufficient runway, exploits the highest quality test prep materials available and utilizes those materials consistently and effectively, that MBA hopeful might still not feel ready to sit for the exam when test day finally arrives.
If you reach this point, you have two options:
- take the GMAT and hope for the best, or,
- push the test date and continue studying.
Assume choice 1: Take the GMAT and hope for the best.
It becomes very clear for everyone who seriously prepares for the GMAT that hope does not yield a strong GMAT score. A GMAT score is derived from the work you put in. It is absolutely true that one may work very hard yet still not see the level … Read full post
Anyone interested in full-time MBA programs hopefully already knows that most institutions have Round 1 application deadlines in or near the month of October. Yet, it is likely that a sizable percentage of those interested, perhaps even the majority, do not know anything about business school application rounds at all, much less when the deadlines are.
This bit of b-school trivia is all too often something folks begin figuring out over the summer months. When people do uncover the information, they will likely feel that they have all the time in the world. They might even congratulate themselves for starting so early!
Then, when the grindstone really gets leaned into and all the aspects of an application package begin to take shape, it hits countless aspirants: they really ought to have begun the process much, much sooner.
Time flies and there is a lot to be done. Those looking to … Read full post
If you are like most people, the title of this post seems to be written in code. If so, then at least you’re on the right track––code has something to do with it. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course and it is an acronym your children will likely take for granted if current MOOC trends reflect anything about the future.
Back in early February 2012, I wrote a post on this blogroll about an interesting online class taught by a professor at Stanford University and a director of research at Google. I wondered aloud if this might change the business of education forever. In 2011, the two gentlemen, Prof. Sebastian Thrun and Mr. Peter Norvig, offered free and open access to a course called Introduction to Artificial Intelligence to anyone with an internet connection and interest in the topic.
The free online version ran in tandem with … Read full post
As you probably know by now, with the inclusion of the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section came the exclusion of the one of the previously required essays. Before the test change, GMAT test takers built the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score on the backs of two essays: Analysis of an Argument and Analysis of an Issue. These two essays would be scored independently—by one human and one computer—then those two scores would be averaged for a total AWA score on a 0-6 point scale in ½-point increments. In order to keep total testing time at 3.5 hours, test makers decided to cut the thirty-minute Analysis of an Issue essay and insert a thirty-minute Integrated Reasoning section. Now, only the GMAT Argument essay remains.
So what can you make of this decision? Are you better off with the Argument essay over the Issue essay? And, if so, is there a way we … Read full post
Mean GMAT scores are influenced by all sorts of factors and are, of course, derived from compiling scores significantly above, significantly below, and all points in between a plotted average. Plus, it is certainly worth noting the vast differences in the individual human beings that are submitting these scores. These folks undeniably come from extremely different educational histories and socio-economic statuses. Each person decides on his or her own level of preparation in order to achieve wildly different target scores relevant to wildly different admissions criteria. And the list of mitigating factors goes on and on. Nonetheless, comparing arithmetic mean GMAT scores from nation to nation tells an interesting if not complete story and raises at least a few novel questions.
The U.S. has long been criticized for an educational system that appears to be less than it ought to be considering the wealth of the nation. Arguably, the most … Read full post
If you still need to be convinced about the value of making predictions on the GMAT, then read this: Beating GMAT Verbal by Making Predictions. Now that we are all on board, let’s learn how to do it…
When a Critical Reasoning (CR) question pops up on the screen, adept test takers know to read the actual question first. The Question is always found in the middle between the Stimulus and the Answer Choices. By reading the question first and, thus, depending solely on the type of CR question posed, the test taker knows how to most efficiently and effectively untangle the stimulus above.
There are many different types of CR questions, but most of them will fall under the category we at Kaplan like to call the Argument Family. The members of the Argument Family are Assumption, Strengthen, Weaken, Flaw, and Evaluation. The correct answer to every question … Read full post