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GMAT Section Order: You Get to Choose!
Since GMAC just announced that as of July 11th, 2017 you will be able to choose the order in which you take each section of the GMAT, I thought I would shoot off a quick blog post with some thoughts. Ready? Here goes…
First of all, they probably should have done this a long time ago. Let’s face it, it sucks having to spend the first hour of the ... Read More
Do You Play Nice with Others? Advice for the Group or Team-Based Interview
Do You Play Nice with Others? Advice for the Group or Team-Based Interview Business schools want to see how candidates interact with peers before anyone’s even admitted, which can be very telling. It’s not actually an interview, per se, because there is no Q&A with participants. Each school conducts the group interview somewhat differently, ... Read More
GMAT 700 to 780 Superwoman!
She'd had no GMAT classes or tutoring and had only studied quant but Lauren still managed a 700 GMAT score on her practice tests with the verbal score in the 99th percentile. The quant score dragged at a 40 (47th percentile). Her goal: GMAT 700 to GMAT 720 in 4 weeks. It's a challenge to improve what is already an excellent score and 4 weeks isn't ... Read More
GMAT Verbal Time Management: Speeding up on CR & RC
In this post I want to address one aspect of dealing with time management on the Verbal section of the GMAT: shaving time off of Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension questions. I recently tutored a couple of students who really benefitted from this advice so hopefully it can help other readers out there!
First, it’s probably good to first ... Read More
The Right Way to Self-Proctor a Practice Test
Proctoring an organized diagnostic/practice test is an easy job. All the proctor does is keep time and “babysit” a room full of quiet kids, right? So, why even wake up early and go into an office or classroom to do something you could do at home? One reason is that some students don’t take the [...] Read More
Tarjan’s Strongly Connected Components Algorithm
I just added a program that finds the strongly connected components of a graph using Tarjan’s Algorithm.
A strongly connected component of a graph is a subgraph S of G where every pair of nodes, u and v in S there is a path from u to v and a path from v to u.
To find these strongly connected components we implement Tarjan’s algorithm. ... Read More
Verbal as the Key to a High Overall GMAT Score
In my last post I described how Data Sufficiency is, for many, the key to a high Quant score on the GMAT. I decided to continue this theme to discuss a related but, I think, more important point and one that I love to explain to people because it seems that so few people understand this fact: the key to a really high GMAT score is a high Verbal score.
On ... Read More
SAT and ACT Test Prep for Students with Disabilities
Sitting hunched over a desk and bubbling in an answer sheet for hours at a time doesn’t bring out the best in most students, but it can be especially overwhelming if you are a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD. While there is no magic formula to help you get a perfect score, the [...] Read More
Important GMAT Test Dates for 2017
The GMAT is administered year-round at hundreds of locations around the world. So, unlike other standardized tests, you can take it at almost any time, in the morning and afternoon. However, 2017 GMAT test dates and times will fill up quickly, especially as MBA admissions season ramps up again. As with the rest of your [...] Read More
ISEE Prep for Students with Disabilities: Part 2
If you are the parent of a student with a disability, registering for the ISEE is a task in itself. Part I of this post discussed the unique requirements and characteristics of the ISEE, along with the process of applying for accommodations. Once a student is registered, however, there is an even bigger task ahead: [...] Read More
Data Sufficiency as the Key to a High Quant Score
Back in the old days the GMATPrep tests did not break down your performance by question type on the Quant and Verbal sections. Nor was there an Enhanced Score Report that did so on the actual GMAT. Now, with the existence of practice tests that indicate your performance on each individual question type and the Enhanced Score Report that does the same ... Read More
ISEE Prep for Students with Disabilities: Part I
The demands of the ISEE can be overwhelming for any student, but it can be especially difficult for students with a learning disability and/or ADHD. Part I of this post will address the unique requirements and characteristics of the ISEE, along with the process of applying for accommodations. While there is no magic formula to [...] Read More
A Recipe for Tutoring: What I Learned from my First Job
A Recipe for Tutoring: What I Learned from My First Job by Theo Popov When I was in high school, there was this rowdy kid in my class, whom we’ll call “Pete” (no real names have been used in this blog post). Pete didn’t care about school, rarely did his homework, and when he paid attention [...] Read More
New August 2017 SAT Test Date Gives Students More Flexibility
New Summer SAT Test Date Gives Students More Flexibility The College Board recently made a welcome addition to its schedule: a new SAT test date at the end of August, starting on August 26, 2017. This administration will replace the less popular January test date. There are several benefits for this late summer option: Students who [...] Read More
4 ways in which being Jack of all trades can help you ace your tests…
Test prep can really be tricky and if you have a job or family to juggle alongside, it becomes all more gruesome for you. Developing multitasking skills is crucial in such cases and learning to do things your way can go a long way in helping you with the test prep. Studypal.co brings to you 4 reasons why being Jack of All Trades can actually help you ... Read More
The warning sizes of fatigue-3 things to consider to keep yourself healthy while test prep…
Taking some tests is really a test of your health, patience and confidence and with exams like FRM, PMP or the Actuaries on your target list, it is crucial to keep the body healthy for the brain to function properly. Regular exercises, right eating habits and a healthy sleep per day is pivotal to maintaining good health and most of the time; one forgets ... Read More
Introduction to the ISEE
What is the ISEE? The ISEE is a test required as part of the application to many independent schools. It is administered by the Educational Records Bureau. How much does it “count?” The test is one factor in the school’s admissions process, but some schools will weigh it more heavily than others. The best [...] Read More
I Didn’t Get Into My Dream School…Now What?
This guest post was written by BHHS College Counselor Casey Rowley. It’s college acceptance time and as the decisions roll in (for better or for worse), there is something worth noting. Students often feel as if their future has been altered if they don’t get into their dream school. As a college counselor, I hear this [...] Read More
Comment on How to find a good private GMAT tutor by Charles Bibilos
Sadly, I don’t know any good tutors in St. Louis. There isn’t much activity on GMATix.com these days, but maybe craigslist is worth a shot? And if all else fails, most of the good independent tutors do online tutoring via Skype these days.
Good luck with your search! Read More
Comment on How to find a good private GMAT tutor by RB
Hi Charles, an idea of how I can find a good GMAT tutor in St Louis, MO? Read More
When to Start Studying for the SAT or ACT
You’ve probably heard the solid advice that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to prepare for college admissions tests. But when is the right time to prep for the SAT or ACT? Here are some thoughts to consider: Most students on a college-prep track have learned the academic content of the tests by [...] Read More
Longest Common Subsequence at LEARNINGLOVER.COM
Suppose you and I each had an ordered list of items and we were interested in comparing how similar those lists are. One calculation we can perform on these two strings is the Longest Common Subsequence. A sequence X is an ordered list of elements <x1, …, xn>. A subsequence Z is another sequence where (1) Each element of Z is also an element ... Read More
The New, Improved College Board Accommodations Approval Process
For students with disabilities, applying for and receiving accommodations for College Board exams (including the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) has been a daunting task--sometimes more daunting than actually taking the tests! Parents and school administrators often had to submit extensive documentation, and even then sometimes the request was denied ... Read More
Using (and Misusing) GMAT Practice Tests
Among the many myths that abound regarding optimal preparation for the GMAT, one of the more common and, unfortunately, more harmful ones is that there exists a direct relationship between quantity of practice tests taken and score improvements. And, unfortunately, this myth is perpetuated by large GMAT classes that will advertise 6 or 8 or 15 practice ... Read More
Comment on Go ahead, roll your eyes… but it’s GMAT quantitative reasoning, not GMAT math by Domenico
Bruce Lee, if any, would love this pile of …..beautiful crap called GMAT !!!
Probably……… Read More
Prepping for Video Essays and Long-Distance Interviews
This guest post is provided by our friend Stacy Blackman. Prepping for Video Essays and Long-Distance Interviews An increasing number of MBA programs are making use of online video-interview platforms, where you must record responses to one or more short-answer prompts before your application is considered complete. Why do schools add this extra step? ... Read More
Understanding Your PSAT Score Report
Understanding Your PSAT Score Report With the recent release of PSAT/NMSQT score reports, many students are asking the same question: Did I get a good score? This is often followed by turning to one’s friends and asking the inevitable next question: What score did you get? Before you either announce your score [...] Read More
Record Numbers of College Applications
Current high school students have probably heard the news: more and more students are applying to the nation’s top colleges and universities, which means the admissions rates keep getting lower and lower. According to the Harvard Admissions Office, 39,041 students applied to the class of 2020, the largest number ever. Of these, just over 5% […] Read More
Comment on How to find a good private GMAT tutor by Charles Bibilos
I know a good GMAT tutor in Madrid if that’s helpful at all…? I know, it’s not exactly walking distance to Barcelona. Read More
Comment on How to find a good private GMAT tutor by Agnieszka
Thank you for your post! Does anyone know any Gmat tutors in Barcelona?
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Comment on How to get a perfect 800 score on the GMAT… sort of by Domenico
I do think the policy of 8 exams on a life span………really is ………..
In my country, a common claim says: the better word is that you do not say. I will not say it.
regards Read More
The New SAT: Good News and Bad News
When the first “new SAT” test was administered in 2016, many counselors and test tutors advised students to choose the tried-and-true ACT over the new, untested SAT. But if you’re applying for college next year, there is now more information about the new SAT test to help guide your decision. There were […] Read More
Comment on GRE vs. GMAT, part VII: has the GMAT lost its edge? by Charles Bibilos
Thank you yet again for the kind words, Domenico!! Read More
Comment on GRE vs. GMAT, part VII: has the GMAT lost its edge? by Domenico
Your posts are amazing. Always I read them with soooo pleasure and interest.
Thank you so much !! Read More
Comment on Choosing between an independent GMAT tutor and a large GMAT test-prep firm by Carcass
Priceless !!! Read More
Comment on You think your GMAT nightmares are bad? by Domenico
I LOVE your post. When I do not read the bible…read your blog !!
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Comment on The #1 quality in the best MBA admissions consultants: brutal honesty by Charles Bibilos
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Comment on The #1 quality in the best MBA admissions consultants: brutal honesty by Carcass
As always from you. !!! Read More
Coffee shop Diaries-what makes cafes the best group study spots?
Studying in a coffee shop is a trend that dates back to several decades and even today, getting together with your study partner or group to discuss your progress and do some studying is definitely something that is quite popular. Sipping on that perfect cup of coffee to get your brain cells working and the comfortable and warm atmosphere is definitely ... Read More
Chocolate for test prep: 3 benefits of including it in your diet
Who doesn’t love biting into a dark piece of heavenly sweetness once in a while? Chocolates are an indulgence for sure but to be honest, they are of a great benefit too. Loaded with antioxidants, a bite of chocolate on a regular basis can be of immense health benefits. Studypal.co brings to you 3 benefits of including chocolate in your diet (apart ... Read More
Comment on 4,000 verbal questions: a (painful) GMAT success story by GMAT CR vs reality | GMAT Ninja Tutoring (Denver & online)
[…] an old GMAT blog post featuring an incredible woman who answered more than 4,000 CR and RC practice questions, I wrote some decidedly unsexy stuff about the reality of improving your GMAT CR and RC results: […] Read More
GMAT reading comprehension? Just do it
Keep your fears awayOne fear most test takers feel is ‘ what if the passages are totally unfamiliar’. This is highly unlikely if you have spent a good amount of time reading quality passages and have taken good number of comprehension tests.Imagine yourself succeedingBe optimistic about your preparation and success in the GRE test. Start ... Read More
Comment on Inflated GMAT scores… and deflated quant percentiles by Charles Bibilos
Mmmm… olive oil. Read More
Comment on Inflated GMAT scores… and deflated quant percentiles by Domenico
It is all about ” BUSINESS” non sensical spiral upwards to nowhere. Luckyly I will inherit 80 trees of olives oil and back to cultivate my land. Putting in to the towel my degree, my certification as accountant , my PhD dreaming….. breathing fresh air!!! Read More
Comment on That official GMAT question might cost $3000 by Charles Bibilos
That’s the way we like it, my brother! Read More
Comment on That official GMAT question might cost $3000 by Domenico
As soon as I have noticed you start over again with your blog posts, well ………..I become addicted once again.
Personally speaking, I would vote your blog as the most motivational resource for the GMAT.
Damn it LOL Read More
TIPS to Grace the IELTS
IELTS is probably the most convoluted test you will take in your life; given the hugely varying test patterns and questions you have to attempt. To be prepared at your very best is the only key to a top score. Though there is nothing like “FAILING IELTS”; it isn’t very easy to get the required score either. So, we bring to you a guide of 5 tips ... Read More
Four Common GMAT Myths
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." – Mark Twain There are many misconceptions about the GMAT. Some are harmless, but others can impact a student’s ability to score well and reach their graduate school goals. Here are five ... Read More
Comment on GMAT percentile rankings, part III: the 80th percentile myth by Charles Bibilos
One last thing: I just realized that I missed the fine print on your career. The school job and the marketing manager position were simultaneous, right? Sorry, my bad.
So that probably eliminates most of my worries in the second paragraph. Yes, you’ll still want to make sure that the career vision makes sense — but that’s easier than ... Read More
Comment on GMAT percentile rankings, part III: the 80th percentile myth by Charles Bibilos
Hello Octavio! Yes, you’re an odd applicant, but mostly in a wonderful way. Out of curiosity, which teams did you play for? There were a whole lot of Universidad de Chile fans in my life at one point, along with a handful of Colocolinos. They didn’t always like each other. Read More