# Discover Data Sufficiency: We Answer the Free GMAT Question of the Week

December 10, 2013 by

If b ≠ 0 and a > b, is a > c?

(1) a/b> c/b

(2) 5ab > 6bc

Here’s the full answer and explanation. Read carefully, this is where you will learn concepts and strategies.

This is a Yes/No Data Sufficiency question. The question stem tells you that b ≠ 0 and a > b. You want to find out whether there is sufficient information to determine whether a > c. There is no information in the question stem that you can use to determine whether or not a > c, so take a look at the statements.

Both of the statements are inequalities, so it’s important to remember that when you multiply both sides of an inequality by a positive number, the direction of the inequality sign stays the same, but when you multiply both … Read full post

# Rejection on the Road to MBA Success

November 21, 2013 by

The process of applying to business school is scary, daunting, and exposing. It not only forces significant introspection, but it also demands promulgation of the findings. Then, once those findings have been packaged and delivered according to the requirements of the application package, there is a high likelihood of receiving at least one if not several rejection letters.

Even along the way, aspirants can come up against obstacles that prove insurmountable. For example, a great number of my students target high-profile business schools where the average GMAT score is at, near, or well above 700. These ambitious, intelligent, educated, and experienced individuals believe that they will be able to earn such a score with modest time and effort. Yet, what becomes clear to all who challenge the GMAT is that such scores are not nearly as easily obtained as once thought. In fact, some must face the harsh reality that … Read full post

# 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

# MBA Application Videos Likely to Become the New Normal

October 30, 2013 by

Have you or are you submitting applications to business school? Was a recorded video component an aspect of one or more of those applications? If so, how did you feel about it?

In a recent US News article, Get Ready for MBA Application Videos, a burgeoning trend in b-school applications is highlighted: the video interview. Unlike traditional interviews conducted face-to-face or even their more modern counterparts, interviews conducted via video conference software such as Skype or FaceTime, these interviews are recorded by the applicant and viewed during the application review process by admissions committee members.

In a previous Kaplan GMAT blog post, MBA Admissions Decisions: A Fly on the Wall, I linked to an interesting exposé on the admissions process at one of the world’s top b-schools: The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Much to the delight of Rotman, when the PR rain comes, … 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.

# GMAT Question of the Week: Overlapping Sets

October 6, 2013 by

Alright GMATers, it’s time for the next question of the week. As usual, we will leave the answer off until you have had the chance to chime in. Post your answers and how you got there in the comments below. You can also answer the question on Facebook if that is more your thing. Here it is…

Question

Three hundred students at College Q study a foreign language. Of these, 110 of those students study French, and 170 study Spanish. If at least 90 students who study a foreign language at College Q study neither French nor Spanish, then the number of students who study Spanish but not French could be any number from

a) 10 to 40

b) 40 to 100

c) 60 to 100

d) 60 to 110

e) 70 to 110

Step 1: Analyze the Question  Since students are split into two potentially overlapping sets—those … Read full post

# GMAT Math Shortcuts: Dividing by 4 (Vine Video)

June 27, 2013 by

A number is divisible by 4 if the last two digits are divisible by 4.

For instance, we know that 358,912 is divisible by 4, because 12 is divisible by 4.

Want more #GMATMathTips plus more? Follow @KaplanGMATPrep on Vine! Or make you’re own tips and mention us for inclusion in our monthly user-submitted tips.

# MBA + Poker = Job

June 21, 2013 by

The 2013 round took place six months ago. 142 players bought-in for \$85-\$225 and around ten percent finished in the money, a chunk taken from 70% of the pot and the remainder is donated to Keep Memory Alive at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Thirty-six players were invited for an interview.

2013 was the eighth year Caesars Entertainment has used a Texas Hold-em poker tournament as a recruiting tool from MBAs. The 2014 dates are January 17-19 at Planet Hollywood Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Event recruiting is a tactic utilized now at many big-name companies. According to an ABC News article, Amazon, Deloitte, Microsoft, and Tiffany are several examples of organizations that host fun events to get prospective employees in the door in order to observe their behavior and assess their potential viability for employment.

Paul King, Caesar’s corporate director of talent and recruiting, … Read full post

# Problem Dissection: GMAT Combinations and Permutations Part 1

June 18, 2013 by

Welcome back. As I mentioned before, each week we are going to feature a problem breakdown here on the blog. Last week we dove into probability. We’ll revisit that topic in the weeks to come. This week we are going to start moving into combinations and permutations. These can be some of the toughest problems on the test. However, since I can feel your pain on this topic, we are going to start slow. Instead of diving in, we’ll start by getting our big toe wet first, or maybe our little toe. For those who are at an advanced level on this topic, check back in a few weeks. We’ll be up to speed and breaking down some tough GMAT problems. For now, let’s use a problem to get a feel for how we handle these things.

Problem:

Kim has four trophies, which she wishes to display in a … Read full post

# GMAT Math Shortcuts: Dividing by 3

June 14, 2013 by

A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of the individual digits is divisible by 3.

Example: 358,911

3+5+8+9+1+1=27

27 is divisible by 3.

Therefore, 358,911 is also divisible by 3.

Want more #GMATMathTips plus more? Follow @KaplanGMATPrep on Vine! Or make you’re own tips and mention us for inclusion in our monthly user-submitted tips.

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