GMAT Reading Comprehension is an important question type to master. If you haven’t yet tackled this week’s passage, take a look at it now and take a few minutes to answer the associated questions that we posted. They are the questions you should work through each time you break down a reading comp passage.
Now, let’s talk analysis.
- The TOPIC of this passage, or the broad main idea, is Knowles’s theory of and assumptions about andragogy. GMAT passages don’t contain a lot of filler, so you usually see the gist of the topic emerge in the first paragraph, if not in the first sentence.
- The SCOPE of the passage is a more detailed focus within the topic. In this passage, the scope is the characteristics of adult learners. The bulk of the passage lists and describes the characteristics of adult learners that inform the theory of andragogy.
Once you put in the hard work to know and detect GMAT sentence correction errors, you’re going to catch those mistakes all around you.
A recent example: one of my British friends and I were watching futbol (I’ll go with the Spanish spelling so as to not confuse sports), and I picked up on a weird (but commonly accepted) verb agreement error in futbol journalism—using a plural verb/pronoun to refer to a single team.
If you are referring to a singular entity, regardless of what it contains, is the subject singular or plural? Perhaps a silly question, and here are some perhaps really obvious examples:
The coach is…
The league is…
This team is…
BUT, then, take a look at these actual news stories from the European press:
“Real Madrid have a golden opportunity to open up a huge lead in the Champions League group stage…”
“AC … Read full post
It’s always a good time to do more GMAT Reading Comprehension practice. (You can get more practice with us by attending a free GMAT sample class Tuesday, November 26th at 9pm, Saturday, December 7th at 2pm, Saturday , December 21st at 5pm too.) This blog series will provide you with a reading comp passage, and we’ll walk through it step by step to allow you to practice and get answers and explanations at each stage. We’ll first break down this passage before moving on to any questions. Let’s get started!
The 1950s saw the emergence of the theory of andragogy, the process by which adults learn (as distinct from pedagogy, the theory of children’s learning processes). Educator Malcolm Knowles held that flexibility, informality, enthusiasm, and commitment from both student and teacher, as well as the ability to build upon extant knowledge, were all necessary aspects of adult education classes.
Knowles’s … Read full post
I am currently working with several students who are interested in online MBA programs. Each has his or her own reasons for taking this track to an MBA degree, but they all generally share an appreciation for the flexibility of working through the curriculum that will ultimately get them to that degree. All have also expressed similar concerns about feeling isolated and trepidation over the reality of distance learning over the long term. Still, after weighing the externalities, they are happy with the decision to take the online route.
Comparatively, these folks are in a small minority of the GMAT test preppers I deal with on a daily basis. Most of my clients are interested in traditional full- or part-time MBA programs at established brick-and-mortar universities. Despite barreling mercilessly into a tech-filled future, everyone initially holds a view of education that is essentially the same: you go to … Read full post
If you haven’t already, visit our Data Sufficiency practice problem and give it a try on your own before reading the explanation.
To get this question correct, you must combine your knowledge of fundamental math concepts with use of the Kaplan Method and strategies for approaching Data Sufficiency. Here’s a breakdown:
The average formula is Average = Sum of the terms / Number of terms.
The average of m and n is (m + n) / 2 . The question stem says “Is (m + n) / 2 < 50 ?”
Remember, with a Yes/No Data Sufficiency question, you are looking at the statements and trying to determine whether they provide a consistent YES or NO answer to this question. A consistent answer of yes OR no is sufficient. An inconsistent answer (yes and no) is insufficient.
Statement (1): Sufficient. This statement says that (3m + 3n) / 2 … Read full post
Part of Rice University in Houston, Texas, Jones School of Business was founded by civic leaders and prides itself on being a school for philanthropy. The University takes a civil approach for future entrepreneurs, managers and executives.
Business School Facts and Figures
- Rice University’s Jones School of Business has 231 full-time students enrolled and 311 part time students enrolled.
- The school is one of the younger business schools in the nation, funded as recently as 1974 by Houston Endowment Inc, which was founded by civic leader and entrepreneur Jesse Holman Jones.
- Tuition to attend the university is $46,000 each year for a full two semesters. Executive business programs total $104,000 for two years.
- The average GPA of accepted students is 3.4 with the average GMAT scores at 675.
In honor of this week’s scary holiday, we present you with a couple of (semi) themed GMAT practice problems. 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 later this week.
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 … Read full post
From a cursory glance, you can see that the GMAT takes you back to math you learned in high school. Look a bit deeper and you see that it actually takes you back much further than that, to math you learned in elementary school – integers, positive/negative, etc. One of the interesting things about the GMAT is that sometimes these throwbacks to simple math are used to create challenging critical thinking problems. The problem in the photo is one of those. Post your answer and your method in the comments below. We’ll post the answer shortly.
For those of you who were busy working on the answer to last week’s question of the week either via the blog post or via the Facebook page. The answer is below. Stay tuned as well. More questions coming this week.
Is x > y?
(1) 9x = 4y
Step 1: Analyze the Question Stem
This is a Yes/No question. The stem does not give us much information, so let’s go directly to the statements, looking for information about the relationship between x and y.
Step 2: Evaluate the Statements Using 12TEN
Let’s rewrite Statement (1) as 9x/4= y. Now we can use Picking Numbers. If x = 4, then y = 9, so x is not greater than y in this case. But x could also be negative. If x = -4, then y = -9, and now x is greater than … Read full post