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  • By Rhiannon Winner on September 29, 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 word business sometimes conjures images of middle aged workers in grey suits packed into cubicles. If you’re considering a degree ... Read More

  • Do some MBA applicants want longer admissions essays?

    Get to know the students in Columbia’s Business School’s class of MBA students, learn about the latest application trends, and find out why some applicants favor longer admissions essays. Here is everything that’s trending in the world of business education.

    Meet the new class at Columbia ... Read More

  • Despite being a relatively new addition to the application process, admissions consultants are a fact of MBA applications at this point. Depending on which statistics you believe, something like one in four applicants uses a consultant, and by some estimates this figure may be even higher. Over at Which MBA, we even covered this subject recently. Read More

  • Question 3 in the reading comprehension section of the Official Guide to the GMAT is again, a detail question. They’ve loaded up the detail questions in this first group of questions. We’ll dive into how to approach detail questions, how to identify wrong answers, and of course, how to arrive at the right answer.

    Transcript Well hello. ... Read More

  • How long has it been since you learned about odd and even numbers? What about the differences between positives and negatives? And when did you learn the definition of an integer or a prime number?

    Number properties on the GMAT Most of us learned all of these things before we were 10 years old. But as you may have noticed, the GMAT tests these concepts—collectively ... Read More

  • With so many MBA programs to choose from, how do you pick the right one for you? In other words, which b-schools are the best “fit” for you? “Fit” is established by how well your needs and desires correspond to what a school has to offer. What elements are you looking for in an MBA program? Does School X offer these elements? You also need to ... Read More

  • Scandal rocks the administration at Syracuse’s MBA program.

    Meet the entering MBA class at the University of Virginia, learn what Fisher College of Business has to offer students, and find out why one business school dean was placed on leave by the administration. Catch all the trending stories for aspiring MBAs.

    Meet the newest class at UVA Darden There ... Read More

  • If you’re wondering whether you should by the newest version of the Kaplan GMAT prep book, then you’ve come to the right place. Kaplan GMAT prep has come out with the GMAT Premier 2017 with 6 Practice Tests book, the newest in their arsenal of GMAT review books. I’ll offer my honest review so that you can decide whether to spend your ... Read More

  • Jennifer Land shares style tips to hone your language skills.

    In an earlier post, I shared tips for planning and executing an excellent GMAT essay for the Analytical Writing Assessment. Here are a few style pointers to help you land that high score.

    The AWA is about confidence—avoid hesitation Your AWA essay should have a formal, confident tone. ... Read More

  • As you may be aware, GMAC, the folks who create the GMAT, recently released three volumes of The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017. I will review these new editions of the Official Guide for the GMAT in this book review.

    The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017 The three new volumes are as follows:

    1) The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017 (white cover)

    2) ... Read More

  • Find out how you can become an expert on Counting Methods!


    Don’t OMIT this topic on the GMAT!


    In this webinar, you will learn:

    1.How to conquer the fear of Permutations and Combinations on the GMAT

    2.How to bypass the formulae of Permutations and Combinations using the method of counting

    3.How to solve different types of arrangements ... Read More

  • The amount of time GMAT students spend researching the best prep options is rivaled only by the amount of money spent on unnecessary (and occasionally sub-par) GMAT prep materials. This stops now.

    Magoosh’s mission is to make test prep accessible to all. One way that we achieve this is by creating, finding, and aggregating top GMAT prep materials ... Read More

  • As you may be aware, GMAC, the folks who create the GMAT, recently released three volumes of The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017. I will review these new editions of the Official Guide for the GMAT in this book review.

    The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017 The three new volumes are as follows:

    1) The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017 (white cover)

    2) ... Read More

  • By Madison White on September 15, 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. 

    Preparing for the GMAT is stressful enough, but studying can be made even more difficult if you’re running in circles by studying the ... Read More

  • Proportions appear in many forms in the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GMAT, and they tend to give test-takers trouble. A proportions problem may involve a basic ratio (for example, apples to bananas), varying rates (price per gallon), or geometric shapes (similar triangles). Recognizing proportion patterns and understanding the relationships ... Read More

  • What are rates and ratios? How do rate and ratios problems differ? Hint: Not that much.

    Original photo by Pierre Rougier

    In fact, rates are just ratios in disguise. Here are a four GMAT practice problems exploring rates and ratios.  Remember: no calculator!

    Rates and Ratios Practice Problems 1) Someone on a skateboard is traveling 12 miles per ... Read More

  • Put on your vocabulary hats! It’s time to learn more idioms. In this video we’ll look at the idiomatic phrases involving responsible, ranging, agreeing, and defined.

    Transcript Hello! Welcome to GMAT Tuesdays. You know how everyone says you can hold a shell up to your ear and hear the ocean? Well. If you have an empty five gallon jug, ... Read More

  • Does being a business school graduate give you a better shot at becoming a billionaire?

    One business school sees big ROI on a daring idea, MBAs are becoming more common among billionaires, and the incoming class at Michigan Ross enjoys new campus renovations. Catch all the trending stories for business leaders.

    Breaking business education records Last ... Read More

  •   You’ve done your research on MBA programs, and have resigned yourself to the fact that you’ll have to spend $50-$100k for your MBA. Right? Not so fast. Let me introduce you to the one top 20 business school, my alma mater, that pays you to attend through a working fellowship. Read More

  • Train your mind to start thinking like a GMAT 770 scorer!

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    1. How to spot errors while solving 750 level GMAT questions

    2. How to use Logic over Concepts as difficulty on the GMAT increases

    3. How to train your mind to think quickly on the GMAT

    4. How to push your verbal scores to the 99th percentile

    5. How to strengthen ... Read More


    As tempting as it is, avoid recycling essays. The adcom is very old hat at this, and will smell it out instantly. And consider you a B-rate applicant who is trying to pump out applications. They want see a demonstrated interest in their program, in part, because it means  you are likely to “pick” them if they “pick” ... Read More

  • One academic says management experience offers something business schools can’t teach.

    Yale SOM reports its strong class ever, MBAs may equalize opportunities for women in business, Silicon Valley catches up to Wall Street, and one academic pushes back on the idea that management skills can be taught as a science. Catch all the trending stories ... Read More

  • Last month we alerted you to the recall of the Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017 due to a number of typos and errors found in the first edition.

    I’m pleased to announce that the book has been revised and is now available for purchase again in both hard-copy and electronic (Kindle) format.

    This new version will have a dark green cover with ... Read More

  • The newest Princeton Review GMAT book comes in two versions: Cracking the GMAT, 2017 Edition and Cracking the GMAT Premium, 2017 Edition. Both Princeton GMAT books are sparse on fundamentals and heavy on process of elimination, i.e. nifty test gimmicks. The premium version comes with six computer-adaptive practice tests and costs about $7 more than ... Read More

  • In the past 9 years, we’ve worked on a lot of applications. Over 26,000 to be exact. And through that experience we’ve…

    1. made a lot of middle-of-the-night pots of coffee and 2. seen some big trends across applications. Surprisingly, year in and year out, countless applicants make the same pretty big mistakes as they approach their MBA applications. ... Read More

  • Make the Most of Your GMAT Study Time “I will take it as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.” — Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek

    The Pareto Principle applies to GMAT Preparation

    Let me start by asking you a question:

    Would you ... Read More

  • Find out which consulting firms top this year’s list of the best places to work.

    Which are the best consulting companies to work for? Should you go to business school if you want to be an entrepreneur? What traits do recruiters look for in MBAs? Which top business school just constructed a $75M dormitory? Catch all the trending stories for future ... Read More

  • The sub-4 minute mile, a perfect round of golf, a 300 in bowling… oh the elusive Mt. Everest. A GMAT 800: the perfect GMAT score.

    Improbables of perfection, how can any ever hope to summit your slippery slopes?

    Hard work won’t quite cut it. An element of luck, a touch of madness, and more than an average serving of raw talent might be enough.

    If ... Read More

  • What is number sense and how can you recognize number sense problems on the GMAT? Before we get into the details, let’s start with a few number sense practice problems. Remember, no calculator.

    Warm-Up Problems

    1) Rank those three in order from smallest to biggest.

    (A) I, II, III (B) I, III, II (C) II, I, III (D) II, III, I (E) III, I, ... Read More

  • Back in June 2012, the GMAT launched the Integrated Reasoning (IR) question.  At the time, there was a panic among GMAT test-takers, and GMAC saw one of the largest peaks ever in number of GMATs taken, just before June, 2012—all the folks who wanted to avoid this then-brand-new question!  In 2013 and 2014, adcom saw a large number of these pre-IR ... Read More

  • Here’s a whirlwind tour of one of the most frequently tested sets of concepts on the GMAT Quantitative section: GMAT statistics. You don’t have to be an expert on statistics: a little goes a long way. Let’s learn some basic descriptive statistics formulas and go from there.

    Descriptive Statistics Formulas The Mean One very important ... Read More

  • When you take the GMAT, often at the test center itself you will get some of your GMAT score report as soon as you are done with your test.  You can choose to receive the GMAT total score report electronically or via snail mail (here’s a sample report from GMAC).  The electronic version will arrive by email within 20 calendar days.  The hard-copy ... Read More

  • Hello! We are back with the third in our series of 5 videos, diving into the reading comprehension section of the Official Guide to the GMAT. We are tackling another detail question, which means you’ll learn how to approach detail questions and the common wrong answers in detail questions.

    Video Transcript Hello. Welcome to the virtual reality ... Read More

  • Many students ask about the average GMAT score of top institutions. Let’s look at the The Economist’s 2015 MBA rankings. There are many ranking lists, but the top schools appear on many of those lists. Consider the information in this article as a starting point in your decision-making process about which school to attend, not as the one factor ... Read More

  • One MBA-bound student discusses her big-picture plans for the future.

    Read about one Kaplan Student Brand Ambassador’s plans for her future career to help you determine what’s next for you.

    What I’ve already accomplished Aspiring to go to business school directly after undergrad may not be the most common path—but that is exactly ... Read More

  • One question on the GMAT Verbal Section is Critical Reasoning.  On this question, the prompt presents some sort of argument, and then asks you, in one way or another, to analyze the argument—for example, by strengthening it, weakening it, finding its underlying assumption, etc.   The argument prompt is typically less than 100 words, much shorter ... Read More

  • Many GMAT Verbal improvement tips are focused on the nitty-gritty: nail your idioms, learn to deconstruct the elements of the Critical Reasoning argument, know what constitutes a wrong answer on reading comprehension—and what constitutes a right answer. Those are without a doubt important, and if you haven’t learned them yet that should be your ... Read More

  • Applying to business school is a stressful process. And having a low undergraduate GPA does not help. Of course building a business school list that encompasses reach, fit, and safety schools is always a good solution. But many people applying to MBA programs have their eye on top programs, which accept only the most qualified students.

    But a lower ... Read More

  • Wharton’s latest admissions stats have surprised some business school experts.

    Tyra Banks teaches business school, a below average GMAT scorer attends a top MBA program, and the admissions interview remains a make or break moment for many applicants. Catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Below-average GMAT score at top MBA The ... Read More