# Free GMAT Sample Class

November 1, 2013 by

If you need help with your GMAT prep, we’ve got you covered. Now is your chance to see one of our GMAT experts in action, breaking down the GMAT exam and introducing you to proven Kaplan methods and strategies that will allow you to dominate your competition on GMAT Test Day.

If you attended any of the free GMAT practice tests that we held recently, then you’ve already met some of our GMAT experts. What better way to continue your GMAT prep than to attend a free, live, online session that’s focused on introducing you to the most efficient approach to every question type that you’ll see on the GMAT?

Here’s an example of the type of questions you’ll see in our upcoming GMAT Sample Class:

The youngest of 4 children has siblings who are 3, 5, and 8 years older than she is. If the average (arithmetic mean) age Read full post

# GMAT Question of the Week: Inequalities

October 21, 2013 by

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.

# MBA Admissions Decisions: A Fly on the Wall

October 18, 2013 by

We often write about the admissions process on this blog. After all, this is the #1 issue on the minds of the bulk of our readers since most of you are in the throes of preparing for the GMAT, which is a critical factor of a b-school application package. And, as I am are sure you can all appreciate by now, there is certainly much, much more beyond the just the GMAT in composing and submitting the strongest graduate school application possible.

While anyone can easily get a list of requirements for submission to an MBA program, the hard part is developing and polishing them. Yet, arguably, the hardest part might be the unknown. We nearly sweat blood developing applications and when we finally send them off, the process is taken completely out of our hands. We have no more control. We have no idea how our application will be … Read full post

# GMAT Answer of the Week: More Data is Sufficient

October 17, 2013 by

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.

Question:

Is x > y?

(1) 9x = 4y

(2) x>-y

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

August 16, 2013 by

Kaplan’s On-Site  Road to Business School 2013 event series has been bouncing across the country this week. We kicked off the tour in Chicago and then headed west to Los Angeles and up the coast to San Francisco. After SF, we charged back across the country for a Monday night in Boston and then rallied for a New York City Wednesday. Finally, we closed out the tour  last night in Washington, D.C.

I know what  many of you are thinking: All of that sounds absolutely incredible, but due to an odd mix of circumstances and fate, if you do not live near one of those world-class cities, you may feel slighted. But, please don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. We would not be Kaplan GMAT if we did not take our Road series online!

Power up, plug in, and log on for the Road to Business School Virtual Fair this … Read full post

# More Awkward MBA Handshakes

August 8, 2013 by

Tonight is the night…or at least one of them! Road to Business School 2013 launches in Chicago at 5:30pm. If you’re in the area, stop by and meet reps from your target schools. If you’re not, check the event page to see when we will be in your city or to learn more about the upcoming Virtual Road to Bschool Fair. At the events, Focus on making a great first impression. And please don’t get into awkward double grip handshakes…

# Join Emory University Goizueta at Road to Business School

Tomorrow is the day. Kaplan’s Road to Business School events kick off in Chicago and then travel to 5 other cities across the nation. These events are designed to help you get to know the schools you are about to apply to. If you’t don’t live in one of the five cities, no problem. We are hosting a live virtual fair as well. Emory University Goizueta Business School will be at the events. To learn more, watch the video above, and then sign up for an onsite event or the virtual fair.

# mbaMission’s 2013-2014 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Essay Analysis

August 6, 2013 by

Wharton’s essay prompts for this application season may seem a bit perplexing. At first glance, the two questions seem rather similar. However, the first is basically a question about what you hope to get from your MBA experience at the school, and the second is mostly about what you can give to the Wharton program. With only 500 words for Essay 2 to give the school a sense of your personality and experiences, you will need to think especially carefully about what you want to say. At other schools, an interview will give you the opportunity to share these parts of your profile, but Wharton’s group interview will not be the place for you to talk about yourself, so this essay is your opportunity instead. Proceed thoughtfully…

Essay 1: What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

This essay prompt has the markings … Read full post

# Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business will be at Road to Bschool

August 5, 2013 by

# GMAT Problem Dissection: Probability Part 2

July 25, 2013 by

Alright, you’ve been studying the GMAT basics. You understand what is really being tested along with the problem types, methods, and strategies. You’ve even memorized all the basic formulas and taken a dive into some of the more challenging content areas. So what’s next? That’s simple, practice…over and over and over again. If you do this, you are likely to start hitting tough probability questions at some point. Along with combinations and permutations, this is a content area that the GMAT can use to up the degree of difficulty quite a bit. So let’s take a look at a tough probability question and break it down:

A fair coin is tossed five times. What is the probability that it lands heads up at least twice?

(A) 1/16

(B) 5/16

(C) 2/5

(D) 13/16

(E) 27/32

The key to solving this is the phrase ‘at least twice.’ This means that … Read full post

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