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MBA Decision: The Financial Times explores the process (feat. Kaplan’s Andrew Mitchell)

January 31, 2013 by

A recent article on The Financial Times’ website does a good job capturing many of the messages I convey to my students about the decision to get an MBA and the admissions process that follows it. Through multiple interviews with current MBA students, admissions advisors, GMAC, and Kaplan’s own Andrew Mitchell the author paints a general but comprehensive picture of the main ideas aspirant MBAs must wrestle with: the decision to go, targeting schools, taking the GMAT, and putting together an application package.

The main message I support here is respect for the time commitment this endeavor demands. Underestimation is the name of the game for many. I have seen it countless times and make it a point to discourage procrastination and encourage an ample runway for anyone who is even considering applying to a business school. Here are two blog posts you should read: One and Two…. Read full post

MBA pay is falling, right?

January 15, 2013 by

If you have not yet started reading and you are interested in pursuing a graduate management degree, then you need to start

right after you read this blog post.  It was actually one of my Kaplan GMAT students who first turned me onto it and it has been a regular feature in my internet reading ever since.

How about the Wall Street Journal?  Have you ever heard of that?  I know, I know… absurd question.  Here’s the problem, though: according to founder and regular contributor, John A. Byrne, WSJ is promulgating some unfortunate misinformation.  As popular as I know P&Q is, Mr. Byrne’s article, titled “Silly News,” will reach a very small fraction of those who have read the WSJ article it is attacking.

In sum, the Journal makes a classic argumentative flaw; one that is tested profusely on the GMAT.  It is called ‘representativeness.’  For … Read full post

Give Aspiring MBAs What They Want This Season

December 11, 2012 by

Bloomberg Businessweek posted an article that reaches beyond the superficial issues tangentially relevant to the aspirant MBA.

The article gets straight to the most timely and crucial concern at the forefront of any prospective b-schooler’s mind as well as their closest friends and family: holiday gifts.  Whether you need ideas for giving or receiving, Bloomberg’s survey of students, professors, and administrators at our nation’s top schools is sure to provide sage advice that will bring ear-to-ear smiles of gratitude this season.

Conveniently, the write-up is broken down into categories: technology, travel, fashion, rest & relaxation, and stocking stuffers and more.  Here, we highlight a few of the best ideas then offer up some more of our own.  At the end, let us know what missed the list!!

From the article:

  • PowerPoint remote.  This simple device future students can use in their upcoming and at times seemingly endless number of business
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You had me at “Data Sufficiency” – One student’s GMAT Journey

January 23, 2012 by


So how long have you been dating grad school? More importantly, how long have you been dating the GMAT? Better yet, how long have you been dating Kaplan GMAT? Don’t be shy, just admit it! I have been dating grad school, the GMAT and Kaplan for at least 5 years now and I have made the decision to make the commitment to further my education and take my career to the next level.

When I graduated from Douglass College (Rutgers University) in 2002, I flirted with the idea of pursing a graduate degree but I had no clear picture of what I would wanted to study so the idea dissipated once I landed my first job. As time passed, I had the opportunity to work in a few different industries which helped me to develop a portfolio of well rounded professional skills. Still I knew I wanted more…. Read full post

We wish you a Merry Christmas

December 25, 2011 by

Regardless of how you celebrate the December holidays and the close of another year, Christmas is a wonderful day for everyone to get some rest and enjoy a little quality time with family and friends.

The GMAT isn’t going anywhere and everyone needs a break from it now and then.  So put your books away and turn your mind to other things today.  If you celebrate the holiday as a tradition, then enjoy it as you’ve never enjoyed a Christmas before.  If not, then take advantage of a day of rest and treat yourself to something special.

From all of us here at Kaplan Test Prep, we wish you a very Merry Christmas indeed…. Read full post

GMAT: A retrospective

December 11, 2011 by

Well, folks.  This is my 50th post!  I actually find it somewhat hard to believe that I have written fifty posts for Kaplan’s GMAT blog.  What is even more astounding is that I have more to say!  Heck, if the next fifty go as quickly as the first fifty, I’ll be viable for syndication.

As is customary when reaching milestones of quantity, I think I’ll spend this post reliving some of my past favorites.  Below, I’ve cut and pasted some of the more intriguing lines from past postings and linked them accordingly to the full version.  Get you clicker finger ready to pounce and your reading eyes prepped for a deluge of grade-A Kaplan GMAT blogging…

  1. It’s a pleasure to have your attention for these next few minutes and thanks so much for giving it. My Debut
  2. 80/90% of life/success is just showing up.
  3. The answer: market economics.
  4. “How
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