Imagine that you are standing in the lobby of a large building and have just pushed the button to go up to the 10th floor for an appointment you have in a few minutes. As you are waiting for the elevator to arrive, you strike up a conversation with the person waiting next to you. To your amazement, you find that your companion for the elevator ride will be none other than an MBA admissions officer from your top b-school – the very b-school that you are applying to this fall! What will you say in the 30-45 seconds you have to make a great impression and potentially secure your dream?
Before you begin to meet admissions officers and send in that application to your programs of choice, it is essential that you define and refine your elevator pitch. This is the synopsis, in under one minute, of what qualifies … Read full post
In my last blog entry, I addressed broad issues on how to schedule GMAT study time. Today, I want to talk more about individual sessions.
During each individual study session, it’s important to take periodic breaks. There is quite a bit of research to support spaced learning, which, in essence, means to set up to chunks of study time with short breaks built in. Give your brain periodic breaks to process the information that you are taking in. The frequency and length of your breaks can vary a bit; however, a 5-10 minute break every 25-30 minutes of studying is a good rule of thumb. Time of day can matter as well. Know your good times of day and try to study during those times in which you are most alert. There is research that suggests students learn best in the evening; however, know yourself and when you work … Read full post
Studying for the GMAT is not something that most test-takers take lightly and is usually a commitment of 2-3 months or more. While most of you studying for a test like the GMAT often know what to study, you probably have many questions about how to study. Study schedules can definitely vary depending on your particular situation such as goal score, starting score, work schedule, school schedule, and family obligations, but, based on a long history of working with students and studying how we learn, here are some general rules of thumb to remember as you begin to form your personalized study schedule.
The first thing to know about studying for the GMAT is that this is not a test that you can cram for. Studying for the GMAT is like preparing for a marathon. You want to build up to test day with a plan that builds … Read full post
GMAC, the makers of the GMAT, has released the findings from their 2012 Application Trends Survey. “A record 744 programs from 359 business schools in 46 countries participated in the survey this year. They include 527 MBA programs, 24 business doctoral programs (PhD/DBA) and 193 specialized masters programs. This year’s survey report includes, for the first time, results for masters in information technology management and masters of marketing/communications” (GMAC Press Release, September 17, 2012).
The survey showed some interesting trends in the applicant pool from the last year. While there is an overall upswing in applications for business programs, fewer traditional 2-year MBA program in the US are seeing the increase while more significantly more international 2-year full-time programs are seeing more applicants. In addition, the applicant pool in the US is increasingly composed of foreign applicants. While traditional program applications are up over the previous year, … Read full post
In a blog last last week, I talked about the importance of identifying the common question types in the reading comprehension portions of the GMAT and delved into the specifics for detail and global questions. Today, let’s continue that deeper look at the specifics for the common reading comprehension questions with a look at inference and function (logic) questions. Specifically let’s look at how to spot them, how to predict using the pattern behind the question, and how to spot the most common wrong answer types. Both of these questions generally constitute the harder or more commonly missed set of questions in the reading comprehension.
One of the most commonly missed reading comprehension questions is the inference question because of how it is treated on tests versus our common everyday use of inference. First of all, to spot them you are looking either for something that references “is … Read full post
Do you want to take your reading comprehension performance on the GMAT to the next level? Once you’ve developed your passage mapping, it’s time to turn your attention to the question stems. In order to truly master the questions in an effective and efficient way, knowing the nuanced and blatant differences among the question types helps you approach the question in a way that avoids the common missteps and tightens your evaluation of the answer choices.
There are really four primary question types that appear with the typical reading comprehension passage with great regularity. For our purposes right now, we’ll focus on those; however, there can be other outlier question types that appear occasionally. The main question types are global, detail, inference, and function/logic. Let’s take a look at the first two – global and detail – today.
First, global questions are so incredibly common. You can spot them … Read full post
Tackling some of the tougher GMAT probability questions efficiently relies on both steady practice and your ability to make two key decisions well. First, you will need to quickly and accurately assess the total number of possible outcomes (the denominator of your probability equation). Second, within a multitude of possible approaches, you will need to determine the most efficient route to calculate the number of desired outcomes (the numerator of your probability equation).
With the clock ticking away on your GMAT CAT, figuring out the total number of possibilities can be time-consuming and fraught with room for error. For instance, if a question asks about the probability of getting at least 2 heads on 5 coin tosses, you could sit there all day writing out possibilities:
So forth and so on. I know I got dizzy with the possibilities just writing those three out. There is … Read full post
After visiting Chicago and LA, tomorrow we’re moving on to San Francisco. If you live in the bay area and are thinking about business school this year or next, come check out the event. You can get more details and register here. Below you will find details on the where and the when of tomorrow’s event along with a list of the schools that will be in attendance and their Twitter handles.
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Sunday, August 12th from 1PM-4:30PM
The GMAT team is on the road this month visiting cities all over the country with our Road to Business School events. With admissions competition still fierce at top MBA programs, and the MBA job market improving, students and professionals seeking to rebound or advance will want to know invaluable strategies about how to get into business school. For those of you in the LA area that are considering business school, join us on August 11th for our Road to Business School event. This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with admissions officers from top MBA programs around the nation and the world, learn key strategies for the GMAT, and hear from experts on the admissions process. Here are the event details:
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Saturday, August … Read full post
With admissions competition still fierce at top MBA programs, and the MBA job market improving, students and professionals seeking to rebound or advance will want to know invaluable strategies about how to get into business school. For those of you in the Chicago area that are considering business school, join us on August 9th for our Road to Business School event. This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with admissions officers from top MBA programs around the nation and the world, learn key strategies for the GMAT, and hear from experts on the admissions process. Here are the event details:
Congress Plaza Hotel
520 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
August 9th from 6:30-9:30pm