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  • The GMAT test makers are constantly trying to slow down your progress through the test. I always think that if I’m taking the test the way they want me to, then I must be adopting a poor strategy. Instead, I should be taking the test the way I want to. The test makers are aware of the strategies most people use, and they adapt their questions accordingly. ... Read More

  • Will your starting salary be worth the business school investment?

    From ranking which alumni boast the best median starting salary, to MBA programs enrolling more women, to an inside look at the HBS interview—it’s been another interesting week of business education news. Keep reading to find out what’s on the landscape.

    Best business schools ... Read More

  • I’ve been tutoring the GMAT for over five years now, and I thought it was time that I retook the test. Previously, I took the GMAT once in 2006 and I had very little memory of the test center, so when students asked me about the test day experience, I wasn’t able to give an authoritative answer. My score in 2006 was a 710, which I used when ... Read More

  • The suffocation seemed overwhelming.

    It was making me shrink into my seat. Just to breathe, I began to hyperventilate.

    This wasn’t the first time that I took a practical exam, and it certainly wasn’t the last.

    The first was when I was probably 11 years old and was given an ACT exam as part of a program for “gifted youth.” Yeah, one of those—don’t ... Read More

  • Do you take the red pill or the blue pill—report or cancel your GMAT score?

    You’ve almost survived Test Day—but not before the GMAT asks you what may be the toughest question of all…

    Report or cancel your GMAT score?

    Good news for those facing the dreaded GMAT reporting decision. As of June 27, 2015, the GMAT allows you to actually see your ... Read More

  • This morning, I received my results for the CFA Level II exam. I’m very happy to say that I passed. This was my third time taking the exam.

    I’ve been blogging about my attempts to pass Level II for two years now. The first year, I wrote a detailed description of my study plan and my test day experience. The second year, I only wrote a few ... Read More

  • Dreaming of a top 30 b-school down south? Then Emory U’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA just might be the one for you!


    Q) What are the main components of a Goizueta Business School application? A) Completed applications contain the following:

    Online Application $150 Application Fee Résumé Essays GMAT or GRE ... Read More

  • I feel lucky to have come across Brett’s Dominate the GMAT course. It broke down many of the barriers that I faced while trying to study for the GMAT on my own. Brett’s videos and instructional materials made the concepts significantly more understandable than the name-brand textbooks I was using. It’s truly amazing to see how the verbal and quantitative ... Read More

  • What does Harvard Business School really look for in its MBA candidates? Credit: David Jones via Flickr cc

    From noteworthy MBA networking tips to wowing the Harvard Business School admissions committee—it’s been a sizzling month of business education news. Keep reading to find out what’s going on.

    Networking niches Do the networks you build ... Read More

  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish”, goes an anonymous saying.

    We, at CrackVerbal, believe that the most important part of the GMAT preparation is having a plan to it and following it to achieve the desired outcome.

    A study plan usually is very subjective. It depends on various factors like the amount of time you have, the amount of effort ... Read More

  • Is the GMAT or GRE your best bet for business school admissions?

    You know you’re going to get an MBA. The question is, what route will you take? More specifically, you may be wondering which test to take—GMAT or GRE?

    Deciding between GMAT or GRE for business school Of course, the ultimate determiner is whether the MBA programs to which you’re ... Read More

  • You ear can be a powerful tool on the GMAT. Often times test takers, especially native English speakers, can tell what sounds right and what doesn’t. However, there are a few instances when your ear can lead you astray. This is because there are some things we say in every day English that would be considered incorrect on the GMAT. Read More

  • A Guide to Filling Out One of the Most Important Forms You Will Ever Complete: The HBS Application

    In life, we fill out so many forms: tax returns, credit card applications, Facebook personality quizzes (admit it). With so much focus on the essay, recommendations, interviews, and resume in the business school application process, it’s easy to ... Read More


      Don’t get caught assuming too much on the GMAT. They are looking for students to make big assumptions when they are trying to save time.

    In this Data Sufficiency question, there is a big trap for anyone who assumes too much about the problem.

    For more practice with traps on Data Sufficiency questions, click here.

    This ... Read More

  • Today, Michael Cohan presents the fourth and final part in his series: Selecting MBA Programs and Schools to Target.

    At Magoosh’s request and after their extraordinary patience, I have returned to complete the final installment of the Selecting MBA Programs and Schools to Target series I began a year ago:

    Determining An MBA Program Type Selecting ... Read More

  • Here’s some easy sentence correction problems I wrote. The answers are in a spoiler block at the end of the post. Feel free to email to post comments or email with questions.

    1. The city of Memphis is located in the U.S. state of Tennessee, where the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers meet just south of it. (A) The city of Memphis is located in the ... Read More

  • This was a highly requested post! If you’d like a version of this post but for your country (China? France? Etc.?), please comment to let us know.

    Also, while we have a lot of students from all over the world (including lots from India), Magoosh is located in the United States, so our knowledge is somewhat limited! Feel free to discuss what ... Read More

  • With the new GMAT scoring policy, repeat test takers get a clean slate.

    What does the new GMAT scoring and cancellation policy mean for test takers? Which business school just got $60M? Can 3D avatars improve online MBA programs? Keep reading to find out all this and more in our weekly roundup of top stories in business education.

    Changes to the ... Read More

  • Every year, the Graduate Management Admission Council updates the percentile rankings associated with different GMAT scores. Although your actual scores don’t change, the percentiles on your score reports are updated to reflect the latest three-years of data from live GMAT administrations. The GMAC recently released its latest percentile rankings, ... Read More

  • The humble comma is often one of the trickiest punctuation marks for students. Of all levels to understand, especially when preceding the word “and.” Although it would appear to be straightforward when (and when not to) use a comma, there are two specific circumstances you should be aware of when tackling both the sentence correction and AWA sections ... Read More

  •   Here is a GMAT test day checklist and some general tips from beautiful Yosemite! Some things you can just pick up the day of (bottle of water, your ID) and other things you should take care of the night before (printing out your reservation confirmation). I’d recommend making an actual, physical list on paper so you can be 100% sure ... Read More

  • Simulate the challenge of Test Day.

    Why should you sign up for one of the many upcoming Free Online GMAT Practice Tests that Kaplan offers? There are plenty of good reasons, but here are some of the most important:

    1. Stamina training for Test Day It’s tough to sit still for hours, especially when you’re focusing all of your mental energy on ... Read More

  • Harvard’s Median GMAT Score and the “Average” Student Since most applicants shooting for a top 10 business school have pretty much memorized the GMAT data of each program, you probably haven’t landed on this post to find out the median Harvard Business School GMAT score. (But in case you have, for the class of 2017, the median ... Read More

  • Duke Fuqua’s MBA admissions gatekeeper tells all.

    When should you start networking for business school? Will the GMAT hit Havana? What really goes on behind the scenes of MBA admissions at a top-ranked school like Duke Fuqua? Keep reading to find out.

    Networking early and often It’s never too early to start networking in business school. As a ... Read More

  • Hi, everyone!

    Recently, Magoosh added and updated a ton of material in our GMAT prep product. Because of that and other updates, we had to overhaul our study schedules (thank you for your patience to those of you who were waiting!).

    If you go to any of the study schedules linked below, make sure to read the “Before You Begin” note at ... Read More

  • Manhattan GMAT is one of the leaders of GMAT preparations.  Their 10-volume set, including volumes on math, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension, sets the standard for print material on the GMAT.  Those ten books are perfect for those ready to take on the challenge of the GMAT.

    What if you are not ready to dive ... Read More

  • Many business schools offer student loan assistance to grads who enter public sector jobs. Credits: EarthDayPictures via Flickr cc

    Pervasive stereotypes paint MBA students as unapologetic, ethics-be-damned capitalists, arming themselves to improve their own lot by exploiting others.

    Yet, many MBAs matriculate into business school with the expressed ... Read More

  • The centerpiece of Manhattan GMAT’s library of prep material is their 10-volume set (see reviews of the volumes covering math, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension).  In addition to this overview, they also publish two “companion” volumes.

    1) The Official Guide Companion

    2) The Official Guide ... Read More

  • GMAT Private Tutoring

    by OPTIMUS PREP on July 4, 2015

    GMAT prep is essential to success on the GMAT. But not just any GMAT prep will help you achieve your goals. That’s why Optimus Prep specializes in customized GMAT prep in.

    Our GMAT prep packages range from 12 hours to 34 hours with a private tutor. This tutor will design your GMAT prep course to your specific needs. Once you sign up, the course will ... Read More

  • As anyone studying for the GMAT surely already knows well, the GMAT itself is divided into four sections: the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), the Integrated Reasoning (IR), the Quantitative, and the Verbal sections. From these four, only the last two, the Quantitative and Verbal sections, contribute to your final score (the number that ranges from ... Read More

  • GMAT Course Options

    by OPTIMUS PREP on July 3, 2015

    Optimus Prep offers GMAT courses in a variety of options, ensuring that your needs are met whatever your current circumstances. We pride ourselves in adapting to each students individual needs, both academic and everyday, to a much greater extent than any of our competitors. With Optimus Prep, you know you are receiving our full attention in addition ... Read More

  • Preparation for the GMAT is absolutely essential to success. Optimus Prep now offers private tutoring in New York City to assist you in your preparation for the GMAT. If you live in New York City or the New York City area and you’re planning to take the GMAT, your preparation should start at Optimus Prep!

    The first step in GMAT preparation is a diagnostic ... Read More

  • Just how big is the business school salary bump?

    Do MBA jobs really pay more? Which companies are trending with business school graduates? Could residency become the norm for earning an online MBA? Keep reading to find out.

    What are the most desirable MBA jobs? For the ninth straight year, Google tops the list of the most sought-after MBA jobs according ... Read More

  • Here are five practice SC problems, exploring this particular grammatical structure.  Full explanations will appear at the end of the article.


    1) With Arcsun Corporation announcing their new home video system, Playlite has to upgrade their systems to compete with them.

    (A) With Arcsun Corporation announcing their new home video system, ... Read More

  • For starters, the new test will be more reading-centric and passage-based than ever before. On the new SAT, everyone starts out with an interminable string of lengthy reading passages. After first facing a 65-minute, 52-question Reading test containing 5 long passages (some accompanied by charts), students then advance to a 35-minute, 44-question Writing ... Read More

  •   Finding the author’s opinion and tone is not easy. The passages on the GMAT won’t contain authors openly stating how they feel.

    To discover their true purpose and their true inclinations, we have to pay attention to the subtleties of word choice. We need to pay close attention to the connotation of the words used and to consider ... Read More

  • Former students share their GMAT study strategies.

    We often ask GMAT students who are nearing the end of their Kaplan course if they have any recommendations or advice for incoming students. Although not all of you are or will be Kaplan students, the GMAT study tips we most commonly hear from our students apply to everyone on the road to Test Day.

    Read ... Read More

  • The Graduate Management Admission Council announced two significant changes to GMAT policies. Both of these changes, which take effect July 19, are beneficial to GMAT test takers.

    Attempts with Cancelled Scores Not Shown After completing the GMAT, a test taker is shown her scores and has two minutes in which to decide whether to keep or cancel those ... Read More

  • New Features Effective July 19, 2015 You spoke. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) listened. Effective July 19, 2015, three new features are going to be introduced to improve and streamline the GMAT exam experience for test takers.

    You can read the full explanation of each enhancement here, but here’s a quick summary for you:

    Cancelled ... Read More

  • The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT), which adapts to your performance as you’re taking the test.

    The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT), which is more than just a digital version of a written exam. A CAT adapts to your performance as you’re taking the test. When you begin each category, the computer assumes you have an average score ... Read More


    There are so many idioms that might appear on the GMAT. At least enough to fill eleven videos.

    In this week’s installment, we look at the idiomatic expressions involving predicate, mistake, and unlike.


    Correction: The first example contains an error. Can you find it? 😀

    The sentence contains a pronoun-antecedent error. ... Read More