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  • We’ve all heard the horror stories about student loan debt by now. Seven out of 10 students take on debt to earn their bachelor’s degree, and the amounts that some borrowers end up owing can be intimidating.

    Many students headed for graduate school probably think they already know the ropes when it comes to taking out student loans. But when you ... Read More

  • GMAT geometry problems tend to be one of the scariest of the Quantitative topic areas. Fortunately, all the geometry you need to remember could fit in the palm of your hand. Since you can’t actually put it in your palm on Test Day, here are some tricks for tackling GMAT geometry without notes.

    Geometry problems with lines and angles  

    If you are ... Read More

  • Hello Indian readers. Someone wrote to me recently, asking, “why do the credentials for Indians have to be so much higher than for, say, Nordic applicants?”

    And it made me think to myself, maybe not all Indians are “in on” the dynamics of business school admissions. This is the stuff that admissions representatives will not tell you. I will ... Read More

  • By Elana Goodwin on August 13, 2016

    This article is brought to you by Uloop and Kaplan.  Search Uloop for student housing, college roommates, sublets, part-time jobs, internships, tutors, and campus news. 

    It’s hard to know what something will be like until you actually experience it — but it’s helpful to have some idea of what to expect, ... Read More

  • GMAC reports an uptick in the number of applicants who retake the GMAT.

    From tax-deductible MBA education to explaining the rise in applicants who take the GMAT more than once—Catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Financial win for MBAs In this space, we’ve long counseled aspiring MBAs to think not just about what they want ... Read More


    Have you almost tried everything to improve your GMAT Scores? (OR)

    Have you tried “almost” everything to improve your GMAT Scores?

    If you are asking “what is the difference” then probably you have not been introduced properly to Modifiers.

    In this webinar, we will:

    1) Discuss the Modifier concepts that are tested in Sentence Correction

    2) ... Read More

  • Welcome! We are looking at the first question in the reading comprehension section of the Official Guide to the GMAT. This is the second video in a series of 5. In this video, I cover how to approach detail questions, the common wrong answers in detail questions, and of course, how to arrive at the right answer.

    Video Transcript Hello, welcome to ... Read More

  • If you are applying to an MBA program to pursue a career change, your application will carry an additional weight not shared by other applicants. You will have to show that you understand the new industry and/or role you’re targeting in practical terms. You will have to go beyond showing your real interest and make a rational case for your career ... Read More

  • As a business leader, you’ll need to know how to identify weak arguments and analyze assumptions.

    The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) provides clear instructions on how you should plan and write your essay. Kaplan students learn these instructions long before Test Day and do not waste precious testing time reading them while the clock ticks.

    Kaplan ... Read More

  • INTRODUCTION  Hello there!   If you’ve found your way to this blog, we assume that you have begun to think about that often-neglected section of the GMAT – the AWA!   If wishes could come true, we’re guessing that GMAT aspirants would have wished away the AWA section away by now!   The AWA involves staring at a blank page ... Read More

  • GMAT AWA Guide

    by GMAT CrackVerbal on August 16, 2016

    In this guide, you will learn how to articulate your thoughts and present a strong Analytical essay for the AWA section on the GMAT.

    The post GMAT AWA Guide appeared first on GMAT CrackVerbal. Read More

  • Are you a traditional study junkie, or more of a gambler?

    When it comes to how people study, everyone is different.

    Maybe you’re firmly attached to your strict routine of reviewing exactly two chapters per week per course with your phone turned off, your blinds drawn, your headphones plastered to your ears, and your “Do Not Disturb” sign dangling ... Read More

  • Free GMAT Math Webinar August 17th, 2016 Free GMAT Probability Webinar August 17th, 2016 — Register Now!

    Probability and combinatorics questions can be among the most challenging on the GMAT quantitative section for many students.

    But they don’t have to be.

    Join us on Wednesday, August 17th 2016 as we host “Ace the GMAT” ... Read More

  • Of course, a facile discussion of GMAT topics might say — the most common GMAT Verbal questions are Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, and Critical Reasoning — those three questions are the only questions you see on the Verbal section.  Similarly, all of the GMAT Quant questions are Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.  

    If ... Read More

  • Does MBA education take climate change seriously?

    One top-ranked business school is reporting a significant jump in average GMAT scores, while a departing dean reflects on his accomplishments and the challenges ahead. Catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Business school attracts higher GMAT scores Top-ranked Northwestern University’s ... Read More

  • Magoosh is happy to present a life hacks blog post to help you maximize your GMAT performance. These GMAT hacks work– and they can be surprisingly easy!

    Sometimes the simplest, smallest study tricks make the biggest difference. They can boost your confidence, improve your focus, and dissipate your exam anxiety. They can even open your eyes to ... Read More

  • Magoosh’s students take the best GMAT practice tests they can find. Which is the best GMAT practice test? It depends. The Manhattan GMAT practice test and ones from Magoosh and GMAC come to mind. Others too.

    Once our students have taken several practice tests, it’s not uncommon for Magoosh to get student questions like this one:

    I recently ... Read More

  • There are some real benefits to a dual JD/MBA, in terms of JDA MBA salary and JD MBA jobs. But beyond the MBA JD salary and jobs, is this degree worth it? As a JD/MBA professor, I’m happy to give you my perspective on this unique type of program: its structure, its costs and rewards, and the learning experience it provides.

    superawesomevectors, ... Read More

  • What is an adaptive test? How should you change your study strategy to prepare for the GMAT Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)? Computer adaptive testing definitely puts pressure on your testing experience and forces you to adapt your test-taking strategy in small ways. It’s especially important to understand how the GMAT calculates your score and what ... Read More

  • There are tons of GMAT books on the market (have you read our reviews?). New GMAT study material is always being released, along with the odd new edition of an established GMAT prep book.


    Is last year’s GMAT study material truly outdated? Each year, there’s a new wave of GMAT books crashing onto our bookshelves at Magoosh. Publishers ... Read More

  • If you’re like many students, you heard about GMAT IR and quickly went to Google and searched “integrated reasoning gmat” or “what the heck is integrated reasoning?” So, I’m going to assume you now know a bit about this question type on the GMAT exam. For the next step in your IR prep, here are some quick thoughts ... Read More

  • CFA Level III: Passed!

    by The GMAT Tutor on August 10, 2016

    Yesterday I received the excellent news that I passed the CFA Level III exam. Since I have already gone through their application process and paid my dues, I am now officially a CFA charterholder. The entire process took five years so it’s a pretty big accomplishment for me.

    My score breakdown was pretty typical for people that pass. In the morning ... Read More

  • Question: Can you use a calculator on the GMAT?  Are calculators of any kind permitted on the GMAT?

    No. No calculator is allowed on the GMAT Quantitative section. The only exception where you can use a calculator on the GMAT is the new Integrated Reasoning section, which has its own IR Calculator.  The IR is a special case, but for the big math ... Read More

  • Wondering about the format of the GMAT?  Well here are some rough-and-ready facts about the GMAT exam format and common GMAT topics.  The current incarnation of the GMAT has four sections, with assorted breaks. Here’s the layout of the overall GMAT format.

    GMAT Sections Overview Intro = check in a Pearson VUE, surrender all your worldly ... Read More

  • We’ve all done it—pulled a well-intentioned but poorly executed, caffeine-fueled study bender the night before a big test. This, however, is exactly what not to do if you want to perform your best on an intellectual undertaking like the GMAT.

    Here are some typical last-minute pitfalls that we strongly encourage you to avoid before taking the GMAT, ... Read More

  • How do you know when to guess on Integrated Reasoning?

    The GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning section is very challenging for most test-takers. It contains 12 questions, most of which have two or three parts, and you’re only given 30 minutes to complete it.

    Racing against the Integrated Reasoning clock If you count up all of the individual parts as ... Read More

  • Facts about the Analytical Writing question (AWA) and the GMAT Writing Score Fact: The current GMAT involves just one writing task, the Analysis of an Argument task, a 30-minute essay you’ll see at the beginning of the test that will give you your GMAT analytical writing score.  The old (pre-2012) GMAT had two essays, but one was cut when ... Read More


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    1) Verbal Faculty:Are your GMAT or GRE scores conversation starters? #Have you ever been accused of being a Grammar Nazi?#Has teaching English ... Read More

  •  If you don't know what Khan Academy is, watch this. When it comes to GMAT prep, using Khan Academy can be a very effective tool for refreshing basic skills, but there's a catch. KA content is aligned to the common core state standards for math. The GMAT is NOT aligned to the common core. Read More

  • By Gretchen Kernbach on August 2, 2016

    This article is brought to you by Uloop and Kaplan.  Search Uloop for student housing, college roommates, sublets, part-time jobs, internships, tutors, and campus news. 

    The only difference between your business school years and undergrad years is that everyone can legally drink, your classmates are getting ... Read More

  • Get the Errata Document and/or Replacement Copy On June 1st, the GMAC released the brand new version of its famous GMAT study guide, The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017. It’s touted to contain 15% brand new questions across all major GMAT question types, and as always, it’s the only textbook on the market with questions directly from ... Read More

  • Fundraising among Yale SOM alumni hits a new high.

    From a list of priorities for Ross’s new dean, to fundraising fever among Yale SOM alumni, to the business schools with the most selective admissions—catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Which business school is hardest to get into? As you know, some business schools are ... Read More

  • Jennifer Land offers strategic reading tips for the GMAT.

    Most GMAT preppers do not spend much time practicing Reading Comprehension—and yet, it’s a great place to snag some easy Verbal points if you give it a little attention.

    Use strategic reading

    GMAT Reading Comprehension passages follow fairly predictable patterns. Kaplan students know ... Read More

  • So often, I am asked to give a profile evaluation based on GMAT + GPA + Work Experience. It’s simply not possible estimate your chances based on these 3 numbers alone. 

    I’m really not sure why applicants, year after year, continue with the perception that that is the case

    In truth, your chances have a lot to do with whether or not the ... Read More

  • It always seems so unfair to contend with HBS….

    ...everyone’s dream school – as the first application essay – right when you’re developing your “sea legs” in the world of MBA admissions!

    A few pointers.

    First of all, please know that when it comes to word count, they are giving you enough rope to hang yourself ... Read More

  • What kind of responses will Kellogg look for with its new video question?

    While one top business school just added another video question to its application essays, another appointed a new dean. Catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Kellogg adds third video question Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management joins ... Read More

  • It’s admissions event season, and many MBA applicants will be headed to  The MBA Tour in DC on Thursday, or QS World MBA Tour, kicking off in Mumbai this Saturday. Before attending admissions events, do some research that will lead into some juicy questions. Don’t ask them about stats you could easily find online.

    Rather, ask questions that ... Read More

  • Jennifer Land offers GMAT strategies for diagnosing grammatical problems.

    GMAT Sentence Correction draws on rules and skills most people learned in elementary school. That’s one reason why it helps to have some guidance on specific issues and errors you are likely to see on Test Day. These tips will help you answer Sentence Correction questions ... Read More

  • As an experienced GMAT Sentence Correction practitioner, you know that pronouns are beloved by the test makers, who are always trying to trip you up. However, even this knowledge is not enough to save you unless you are paying very close attention. For those of us who know how to read, write and speak in English, we often end up falling on easy grammar ... Read More

  • The below information about The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 2017 is from the Graduate Management Admission Council – the makers of the GMAT exam. This content was originally posted on The Official GMAT Blog.

    Corrections for the Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017 A note from GMAC: We recently released The Official Guide for GMAT® ... Read More

  • By Gretchen Kernbach on July 6, 2016

    This article is brought to you by Uloop and Kaplan.  Search Uloop for student housing, college roommates, sublets, part-time jobs, internships, tutors, and campus news. 

    There is only so much college can teach a student about business. The required classes, like employment law or international financial management, ... Read More

  • The HBS Class of 2018 includes the business school’s highest ever enrollment of women.

    HBS has big shoes to fill in its office of admissions, CBS sees an uptick in applications, and one London business school explores options in Cuba. Catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Top MBA gatekeeper leaves a legacy Lee Leopold, Managing ... Read More