There are some fortunate beings among us who seem to thrive on GMAT Reading Comprehension problems. The rest of look on with veiled mirthless smiles at these blessed souls, all the while muttering under our collective breaths, “what, are ya nuts!” If you’re like most of us mere mortals, Reading Comp is a complete pain: long, nearly incomprehensible passages on subjects about which we know little or nothing, and care even less, followed by inscrutable questions that seem to have been devised by the Sphinx herself. What’s to be done to tackle this part of the Verbal section?
How To Beat GMAT Reading Comprehension
Well, if you’ve looked into any part of the GMAT with the least little bit of attention, you will have noticed that this beastly test is filled with recurring patterns, and, though widely varying Reading Comp passages hardly seem likely to harbor repeated patterns, the questions … Read full post
Undoubtedly, the GMAT can be a frustrating test to learn how to beat. Most who find themselves in battle with it end up following a red herring by questioning what the heck this test has to do with business. Entertaining this line of inquiry is a fool’s errand and takes the focus off the necessary work. Further, getting distracted by a why-do-I-have-to-what-does-this-have-to-do-with-anything mindset constructs cognitive walls that impede progress.
Rest assured: the GMAT is a valid and useful tool for assessing your business school application package. If you want more information as to the how-and-why of GMAT validity, read this and this or go here. Despite the legitimacy of the exam, I always like to offer brief comments to my students regarding the relevance of GMAT questions and tested skills to managerial acumen when the opportunity arises. The reactions I get are seldom revelatory, but I like to sow … Read full post
Data Sufficiency (DS) questions are unique to the GMAT. When first encountered they are cumbersome, confusing, and generally frustrating. Admittedly, Data Sufficiency questions often remain cumbersome, confusing, and generally frustrating, but such is the nature of the GMAT. After all, the better you do, the harder the test gets! However, thorough understanding of the characteristics and attributes of these questions coupled with a proven method of attack will allow you to handle just about anything the GMAT has to offer. In this blog entry, I will offer some GMAT Data Sufficiency tips to help you master this challenging question type.
The prescribed task for Data Sufficiency questions is straightforward enough: based on provided information, determine whether a posed question can be answered. The structure of these questions is unwaveringly consistent: a question is asked, two statements of additional information are provided, and the five answer choices that follow are always … Read full post
I take notes. I write things down. Those statements may sound less than novel, but more and more such actions seem to be just that. In the classes I teach, both for Kaplan and at DePaul, it is the rare student I observe actually taking notes and it is the rare student who clamors for pen and paper to assist in communication during group work or to record the communication that takes place. Instead, most learners and communicators either do not use a pen and paper at all or they have developed the lesser habit of using a computer to capture important information. However, I’ve got a GMAT study tip that will change your approach.
In a FastCompany article I came across the other day, it looks like some there’s data offering a few more bones on the pile advocating for taking the ol’ reliable route of writing things down. … Read full post
It is different than the classroom prep experience, where the agenda is set and you work at the rate established by the rest of the students in class and the teacher’s lesson book. While some students function perfectly within the classroom environment, others find that they need the focused, flexible attention of tutoring in order to flourish.
Do you learn best in a one-on-one, face-to-face setting?
When you work one-on-one with an expert Kaplan GMAT tutor on your own schedule and at your own pace, you can create the ideal test prep experience for YOU. With GMAT Private Tutoring you’ll work with a rigorously trained instructor who will focus exclusively on your needs. Do you need to spend more time on a specific area? No problem. Prefer to breeze through a section that’s easier for you? You got it. With GRE Tutoring, your test prep … Read full post
Yesterday, we posted a slightly disturbing GMAT Sentence Correction practice question on Facebook. It was mostly disturbing due to the content (creeeepy!), but there was also a lot going on in this particular sentence and the answer choices. Check it out.
As is often the case in GMAT Sentence Correction, this question tests several issues, which you can identify by verbally scanning the answer choices:
- “If Professor…is right” versus “Should Professor…(be) right”
- Verb tense: “is” versus “had been”
- “connection of X and Y” versus “connection between X and Y”
Let’s address these issues one at a time.
- “If Professor…is right” versus “Should Professor…(be) right”
The GMAT prefers “If Professor…is right” to “Should Professor…(be) right”. The former is simpler and uses the simple present tense to match the later verb “is (not merely coincidental)”. These two verbs must match tense since they describe events that happen simultaneously. Thus you can eliminate … Read full post
Today is the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere. This marks the beginning of spring, which is a great time for change and celebration – and for us to share some study tips for the GMAT.
When we think of the spring, we think of new beginnings. The trees and flowers are waking up (for better or worse, where allergy sufferers are concerned), the birds and frogs start singing again, and we’ve got new, longer hours of daylight now that we’ve changed the clocks. I’ve got a tray of seedlings going, and the tomatoes, basil, and okra are starting to poke their heads out of the soil, reminding me that it’s time to start new things.
Use this time of year to restart or kick-start your GMAT studies, if needed. Are you stalled out, slacking, or just plain burned out? Take a cue from the verdant vernal changes … Read full post
Why should you sign up for one of the many upcoming Free Online GMAT Practice Tests that Kaplan offers? There are a number of reasons, but here are some of the most important.
1. You need GMAT stamina training
It’s tough to sit still for hours and focus your mental energy on Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal tasks. Begin your stamina training by trying a GMAT Practice Test to see how it feels to be planted in a chair for a stretch of time with nothing but your critical thinking skills and your math formulas to defend you.
2. You will discover your strengths and opportunities
Once you see your score, you may learn that you’re great at Data Sufficiency, but need to focus a lot more on your reading comprehension skills. Knowing this will help you to focus your study time more efficiently and effectively.
3. You … Read full post
Happy Pi Day, to all our GMAT Math enthusiasts!! We here at Kaplan know you have been waiting all year for the 14th day of the 3rd month. You are not alone! We share in your excitement that the most glorious day of all annual commemorations has finally arrived. On this Day of Days, people the world over take a moment to laud the sublime ratio that irrationally but nonetheless numerically describes the relationship of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In not so many words: π = C/d.
Fortunately for you and me, humans love a good challenge. While it is generally accepted that scientists, when calculating with π, only need to take the transcendental number out forty places to the right of the decimal, mankind has banded together over the centuries culminating in the modern use of supercomputing technology for its undoubted intended purpose. We can proudly … Read full post
We covered GMAT Roman Numerals questions recently, and like any good teacher, I want to review this topic again to help solidify it in your mind. So, we challenged students on Facebook with a practice question yesterday that combined Roman Numerals with properties of exponents, and got some great responses.
Now, let’s tackle this!
GMAT Roman Numeral Tip
Remember that when you see a Roman Numeral problem, you should think: “I should start with the answer choice that shows up most frequently so that if I can eliminate it, I can mark out the most answer choices.” This will save you time and effort. Remember, every second is valuable on the GMAT, and learning time-saving strategies is every bit as important as (some would argue even MORE important … Read full post