# GMAT Verbal: Some Big Ideas, pt.1

November 26, 2013 by

In my experience as a Kaplan GMAT instructor, I find that most GMAT challengers are primarily concerned with the Quantitative section of the exam. If a test taker is a native English speaker, then it is extremely rare for such an individual to imagine spending equal time, effort, and attention on the Verbal section. That is, at least at the outset of a study program. After all, we continue to speak and read in our everyday lives, but math is something immediately shifted to technology after—and often during—our school years. Yet, what invariably occurs is that all who study for the GMAT come to appreciate just how challenging the Verbal section is. In fact, exactly like the Quant section of the GMAT, the Verbal section is adaptive at the question level and will get as hard as we can make it.

Further, naive test preppers often struggle to fully appreciate … Read full post

# B-School Networking: Don’t forget your professors!

August 30, 2013 by

Anyone thinking about going to business school knows the value proposition includes networking. When I was asking around my social circle about what an MBA education was all about one close friend told me that 50% of the value was in the education itself and the other 50% came from the relationships you build while in school. The education-to-network breakdown fluctuates widely for different individuals, but a 50/50 split is a reasonable generalization.

The expectations around network-building likely involve your classmates, other b-schoolers you might meet at business competitions, and perhaps even outside professional relationships founded via an internship. Each expected source is reasonable, valuable, and realistic. However, an oft overlooked and severely under-valued source for enriching relationships the diverse, highly intelligent, experienced, and invested group of individuals that comprise your institution’s teaching faculty.

A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article reminds us of the importance of making concerted effort to connect … Read full post

# GMAT Math Tips: Dividing by 6 (Vine Video)

July 23, 2013 by

A number is divisible by 6 if it is also divisible by 2 & 3.

For example, 48 is divisible by 6 because 48 is divisible by 2 & 3: 48/2=24 and 48/3=16.

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# GMAT Question Breakdown: Probability

June 11, 2013 by

All right, listen up. Here’s the deal. We know you guys are out there tearing it up and studying hard for the GMAT, so each week we’re going to break down a tough GMAT problem for you here on the blog. This will be straight to the point, outcomes-focused practice. No fluff. Let’s get down to business.

Question:

Each person in Room A is a student, and 1/6 of the students in Room A are seniors. Each person in Room B is a student, and 5/7 of the students in Room B are seniors. If 1 student is chosen at random from Room A and 1 student is chosen at random from Room B, what is the probability that exactly 1 of the students chosen is a senior?

(A) 5/42

(B) 37/84

(C) 9/14

(D) 16/21

(E) 37/42

Solution:

For those of you who love probability, you are rejoicing … Read full post

June 5, 2013 by

Now is the time to very seriously start preparing for the business school application process. Our Road to Business School event series in August is fast approaching and every week leading up to it we are highlighting a new MBA program.  This week’s school spotlight features the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. If you are interested in a high caliber dynamic MBA program, McCombs should be at the top of your list.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with representatives from McCombs at our upcoming Road to Business School fairs.  Don’t miss your chance to meet one-on-one with admissions representatives from this highly respected program. Register today!

McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin

One of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to … Read full post

# Yale admissions plans to incorporate Emotional Intelligence testing

May 20, 2013 by

One’s level of Emotional Intelligence (EI), sometimes referred to and measured as an Emotional Quotient (EQ), not to be confused with one’s Intelligence Quotient (IQ), is gaining more and more importance in the minds of psychologists, sociologists, human resource professionals, and, now, business school admissions officers – at least at Yale anyway. The Yale School of Management will begin testing its 2013 MBA cohort on their ability to both manage and understand emotions, according to a recent article. The testing is being initiated with the expressed intention of one day including such EI evaluations in the admissions process at the school. From the article:

“It is our goal to more closely tie the Leadership Development Program and admissions process together,” writes Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean and director of admissions, in an e-mail. “We feel it would be a natural complement to the more Read full post

# Business School Spotlight: UCLA Anderson School of Management

May 15, 2013 by

Still trying to formulate your list of target b-schools?  This week we are spotlighting another top-notch program located in sunny California that is bound to make its way into your top ten: UCLA Anderson School of Management.  If you are searching for a historically renowned program positioned in the heart of Southern California, Anderson might just be the program for you.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Anderson School of Management at our upcoming Road to Business School fairs. Don’t miss your chance to meet one-on-one with admissions representatives from this highly respected program. Register today!

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Founded in the depth of the Great Depression, UCLA Anderson School of Management now ranks among the top-tier business schools in the world. An award-winning faculty renowned for research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning … Read full post

# Integrated Reasoning: 9 months in

March 21, 2013 by

Integrated Reasoning (IR) hit the GMAT in June 2012. Here we are, nearing the end of March 2013. Schools have been receiving IR scores from applicants for the last nine months. I have been teaching the section for that long, as well.  Amazingly, Kaplan’s first blog post about Integrated Reasoning was nearly three years ago on June 25, 2010, and my first of many posts involving IR was published on Halloween 2011 (although I first mentioned it in September of that same year). All this to acknowledge the notable history the IR section has already accrued and to tee us up for a little “where are they now” segment.

In September 2012, I wrote a blog post titled “Does my Integrated Reasoning score matter?” At the time, IR had been actively battling GMAT test takers for three months. On the minds of nearly all test-takers-in-training was the potential … Read full post

# Ben Franklin would kill the GMAT

February 8, 2013 by

Read this article. It’s about how Benjamin Franklin, a notable and influential founding father of the United States, structured his life so as to be as productive as possible and always live knowing tomorrow is, in fact, today. In the article, the author, Samuel Bacharach, a labor management professor at Cornell University, lists five habits Franklin employed to ensure procrastination was not part of his personal description.

In this post, I will apply each habit as listed by the author of the article in order to provide a framework for a productive GMAT study schedule—one that begins today and does not relent until Test Day!

1.  Start a group and share knowledge. GMAT study is too often a very lonely endeavor. Despite my encouragement, it is with rare frequency my students organize study groups. I could speculate reasons as to why—busy schedules, different strengths/weaknesses, not wanting to … Read full post

# Average GMAT Scores Misreported to US News

January 3, 2013 by

US News & World Report issues perhaps the most revered b-school ranking list.  Unfortunately, Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business is the most recent addition to an unfortunate list of peer institutions.  The following is from a recent Huffington Post article:

“Tulane informed U.S. News in December that officials had discovered its A.B. Freeman School of Business misreported “average GMAT scores for full-time MBA students entering in fall 2011 and the total number of applicants.” Tulane said the school had misreported a batch of data from the fall of 2010 and possibly in earlier years as well.”

2012 was apparently a popular year for such grievous ethical violations.  George Washington University, Emory University, and Claremont McKenna College all disclosed the misreporting of admissions data “in hopes of improving their standings in the highly influential college rankings.”  Investigations of the details of each institution’s breeches led to the two latter … Read full post

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