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  • Now is the season for the all-important MBA interview process.

    In fact, and many of you are preparing as I write this! Or at least I hope so? Or..maybe not?

    I often see applicants pour all their precious energy into applications and then blow it big time with the interview. By the time interviews roll around, they are either 1) burnt out, or 2) a ... Read More

  • In Conversation with Ajinkya Bokil who scored a 710 on the GMAT and bagged an Admit to ISB.

    Could you tell us a little bit about your background? I graduated in 2011 from BITS Pilani as an engineer with a specialization in electronics and electrical engineering. After that, I pursued an internship for 6 months in a research institute. Post this, I ... Read More

  • Black CEOs are underrepresented in HBS case studies, reports one professor.

    Here’s the latest on the management education landscape—from the importance of MBA career services centers, to a lack of African-American representation in HBS case studies, to the challenges and rewards of attending business school as a married couple.

    Career services ... Read More

  • Put your GMAT study schedule on a calendar—and make it specific.

    It’s a new year, and many of you are working on establishing new routines and habits. Now is a perfect time to start (or re-start) a GMAT study schedule. We’ve got some advice to help get you on the right track.

    Time management to help you study for the GMAT Studying for the ... Read More

  • Jennifer Land shares her students’ most beloved Test Day strategies.

    In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I want to share some GMAT prep tips that get a lot of love from my students.

    Be patient with your GMAT score One all-time favorite tip among my students when it comes to GMAT prep is this: Focus on what you can control. You can’t control the ... Read More

  • Hi GMATters,

    We’re all taught that “you need at least as many equations as you have variables.” In fact, that’s one of the first principles in a lot of GMAT texts.

    The simple fact that it’s in the damn GMAT books is almost undoubtedly why tricky DS questions love to punk you by having a variable simply disappear as part ... Read More

  • Hi GMATters,

    We’re all taught that “you need at least as many equations as you have variables.” In fact, that’s one of the first principles in a lot of GMAT texts.

    The simple fact that it’s in the damn GMAT books is almost undoubtedly why tricky DS questions love to punk you by having a variable simply disappear as part ... Read More

  • How Long People Study for the GMAT Exam After attending the 2016 GMAT Test Prep Summit at the GMAC headquarters in Reston, VA, I’d like to share some new research with you that provides additional depth and up-to-date statistics for my article from a few years ago titled “How Long Should I Study for the GMAT.”

    There are a number ... Read More

  • In Conversation with Vishnu Nair who scored a 710 on the GMAT and bagged an admit to SC Johnson Graduate School of Management.


    Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m an electrical engineer from Mumbai University. I graduated in 2006 and worked with TCS for 2 years. I was in testing and did not find the work very interesting. I think ... Read More

  • By Elana Goodwin,

    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 can be hard to start up a conversation with a stranger — but once you find a way to break the ice, conversation will flow much smoother. Breaking the ice, ... Read More

  • When seeking an MBA program, many applicants think of the MBA as a golden opportunity to travel or live in their dream location They figure, I have to be happy where I’m living for those 2 years, right? Or, “I’m not much of a country person, so…” or “I want to live in a mild climate, so…” I would propose you put all that to the side ... Read More

  • Getting into and going to graduate school is costly, and the GMAT cost is an added expense. The fee is a hefty one and is more expensive than many similar standardized exams (except the MCAT…). Further, the actual GMAT cost is not the only budget item you have to consider. Most students purchase some sort of practice materials, and a few students ... Read More

  • Could a ban on travel from certain countries adversely impact MBA students?

    Read about Harvard Business School’s phenomenal fundraising goals, the do’s and don’ts of group interviewing, and why international MBA students are worrying over Trump’s recent executive order. Here’s the latest on the management education landscape.

    Harvard Business ... Read More

  • In June of 2015, the Graduate Management Admission Council (creators and administrators of the GMAT) announced a handful of changes to the GMAT: the removal of the canceled score “C” from score reports, a shorter re-take window (16 days), and a few other minor changes. But more than a year later, in November 2016, GMAC edited the announcement and ... Read More

  • Need to Boost Your GMAT Verbal Score? Join Us! Free GMAT Sentence Correction Webinar 2.8.17

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    If you’ve watched any of my free GMAT video lessons on YouTube or browsed around this website even a little bit, you know I’m a big fan of one of the industry’s ... Read More

  • Online management education programs may be convenient—but they aren’t easy.

    A French business school holds the top spot in this year’s MBA rankings, online programs gain in popularity, and Kaplan announces a test prep campaign that lets you give back. Here’s the latest on the management education landscape.

    Top spots in MBA rankings ‘Tis ... Read More

  • Basic information about taking the GMAT The GMAT exam can help you be competitive in the MBA Admissions process, if you score well. Most North American MBAs and European English-language business schools require GMAT scores. The exam tests your abilities in graduate-level reading, writing, and math. But how hard is it to do well in these skills, and ... Read More

  • Collect more points by focusing on more “difficult” GMAT questions.

    Many test takers focus on improving their math skills, which is completely logical. You have done plenty of reading and writing since high school, but your high school math skills are probably rusty. And for many people, math is easier (and more entertaining) to practice than ... Read More

  • By Francine Fluetsch,

    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.

    Many internal and external factors come into play when picking your college major. You want to major in something that you love (or at least have some sort ... Read More

  • Practice getting a good GMAT or GRE score—and give others the chance to do the same.

    Face it: Practice is good for you. It’s almost embedded into its meaning, evidenced by something you’ve heard your parents and teachers say a thousand times: “practice makes perfect.”

    Like any daily behavior—brushing your teeth, visiting the gym, or reading ... Read More

  • Congratulations! You’ve decided that you want to pursue your MBA. Staying organized and on schedule are the keys to having everything in place before the application deadlines approach. But how do you know what to do and when to do it?

    Now is the time to get started! There is still a lot you can do between now and next year’s Round 1 deadlines ... Read More

  • Use critical thinking to optimize your GMAT problem-solving strategy.

    While making your way through the Quantitative Reasoning section, it’s easy to forget that the GMAT is a critical thinking test, not a math test. Using strategies to save time and minimize errors is rewarded on Test Day.

    Use backsolving for Quantitative Reasoning efficiency One ... Read More

  • Use your interview or personal statement to sell the admissions committee on your candidacy.

    Imagine that you are standing in the lobby of a large building. You’ve just pushed the button to go up to the 10th floor for an appointment you have in a few minutes. As you wait for the elevator to arrive, you strike up a conversation with the person waiting ... Read More

  • By Francine Fluetsch,

    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.

    If you are planning to go to business school to get your MBA somewhere down the road, you want to make sure that your undergraduate major is going to help you ... Read More

  • Your undergrad major may not matter as much as what you get out of it.

    While Darden MBAs look to consulting, Midwestern business school grads are taking their startup dreams to Silicon Valley. Here’s what’s trending on the business education landscape.

    Consulting bonanza at UVA Darden Graduates of the top-ranked University of Virginia Darden ... Read More

  • I recently told you about Kaplan’s free online GMAT practice test and how you can use it to simulate Test Day. In this post, I’ll share some tips for maximizing the practice test experience.

    The value of a GMAT practice test score report When you take a Kaplan GMAT practice test, it comes with a full score report. This includes explanations for ... Read More

  • Business school is experiencing a refreshing surge of diversification.

    We hope everyone had a joyous holiday season. There’s a lot to discuss as we kick off the new year. Here’s what’s trending on the MBA landscape: Business school deans are making 2017 resolutions. MBA students are predicting changes. Some female MBA’s have unique challenges ... Read More

  • Learn to Dominate the GMAT [Free Master Class] I’m excited to announce a free webinar event that I’m going to be hosting on Tuesday, January 10th at 8:30pm EST (5:30pm Pacific) where I’ll be demystifying the GMAT for you and teaching you exactly how to create a winning game plan for dominating the GMAT.

    I’d love for you to ... Read More

  • It’s 2017. You have 12 new chapters and 360 fresh chances ahead of you. The year is yours… to squander or to make the most of. If you see business school in your future, let 2017 be the year you make it happen.

    Our friends at Stacy Blackman Consulting want to help you reach your most ambitious professional goals by giving you access to ... Read More

  • Don’t believe everything you hear about your GMAT score.

    At Kaplan Test Prep, we talk to future MBAs every day, so the GMAT is a hot topic of conversation. Those conversations come with their share of myths that are just begging to be busted. It’s time to set the record straight so you know what to focus your energy on.

    1. The GMAT math ... Read More

  • The GMAT is a tough exam, even for those who have been speaking English their entire lives. Another degree of difficulty is added for those who are non-native English speakers. Here at Magoosh, we’re proud to have helped many students from around the world who speak English as a second language. There’s no denying that this endeavor is challenging. ... Read More

  • A good study plan requires actual planning. Not so profound, but there it is. Yet many applicants do themselves a big disservice by trying to rely on study splurges— lengthy cramming sessions with long periods of no studies in between—not a study plan so much as an attempt to squeeze the typical amount of (substantial) study effort into the smallest ... Read More

  • Find out which ‘Business School Insider’ posts this year were most popular among our readers.

    With so much vying for your attention as an undergraduate in 2016, you may have missed some of the helpful admissions, test prep, and lifestyle posts Business School Insider had to offer this year—many of which bear repeating.

    With that in ... Read More

  • Get down to business by learning the latest MBA trends.

    Chinese applicants have different motivations to get their MBA than their global counterparts. Consider crowdfunding to pay for your MBA. Top business schools often have the highest yield rate. The music world needs MBAs. Here’s what’s trending on the MBA landscape:

    What Chinese applicants ... Read More

  • The best GMAT prep will help you maximize your time on Test Day.

    At Kaplan, we don’t really believe practice makes perfect; we have found that practice makes permanent. Much like practicing a sport or a musical instrument, GMAT prep makes performing on Test Day feel almost automatic. Being prepared begins with understanding the test, best accomplished ... Read More

  • How is the GMAT scored?

    by Magoosh GMAT Blog on December 28, 2016

    This is a funny question because it could be interpreted in several different ways:

    (1) What do you receive in a GMAT score report, including the scales of the individual scores?

    (2) What is the mechanism by which the answers you enter on the GMAT are interpreted and scored?

    (3) What skills does the GMAT measure and how can you prepare for a solid ... Read More

  • Invest in your future this holiday season by preparing for business school.

    Winter break is a much-deserved holiday for all students, and it’s important to enjoy it and recharge. That said, if you’re planning to take the GMAT this spring, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the extra time to plan ahead. Here are a few productive ways to ... Read More

  • Virtually all GMAT Reading Comprehension questions fall into these 6 categories: main idea, detail, inference, out of context, logical structure, and author’s tone. Familiarizing yourself with each type of reading comprehension prompt will allow you to think more like the test-writers and root out common traps.

    GMAT Reading Comprehension Question ... Read More

  • Learn how taking a GMAT practice test differs from the actual GMAT Test Day.

    In my last post, I provided an overview of Kaplan’s free online GMAT practice test, which is a computer-adaptive exam. Taking this practice test is very much like taking the actual GMAT, with some important distinctions to bear in mind:

    Analytical Writing Assessment During ... Read More

  • Great question!  The short answer is that you get most of your GMAT score right away, as soon as you are done with your test, and the rest, the whole kit-and-caboodle, about 20 days later.  Before we can clarify that answer with greater detail, we need to discuss a couple other questions.

    What are the sections on the GMAT? As you may know, after ... Read More