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Thanks Charles for your valuable suggesitons!
Cheers! Read More

Thank you for writing, Wellington! Sadly, my little blog post is now pretty darned obsolete with the changes to GMAT policy. Now that you can preview your GMAT score, there’s less of a downside to canceling the score, especially since you can always reinstate it if you change your mind.
In your case, I really don’t think that canceling ... Read More

Great insights Ninja.
However, I’m curious to know that now GMAC allows test takers to preview his or her score before deciding whether or not he or she will accept it, do you think canceling the score is still a bad idea? More specifically, I would like to know whether canceling the score has an impact on MBA admission.
In my case, I had 4 ... Read More

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 … Continue reading → Read More

Thank you for posting, Armando! If you get rejected, it definitely won’t be because of your GMAT score. Pretty much anybody can get rejected from topthree MBA programs for no particular reason, simply because those applicant pools are so obscenely competitive. So it’s possible that you’ll slip through the cracks, but you don’t ... Read More

Taking the SAT with Accommodations Taking the SAT is a daunting task for anyone, but it can be especially challenging if you are a student with a disability. The good news is that, in the professional world, you will … Continue reading → Read More

Hi,
I am a Spaniard male with management, finance and engineering background. After studying engineering, I started working in a top investment bank for a bit more than a year and then jumped to a renewable energy company where I have had 6 years of international experience originating wind projects in Europe, Africa and the Americas. I currently live ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  DivisibilityWhat is the greatest common factor of positive integers k and m?
(1) When integer k is divided by two the result is an integer with no prime factors.
(2) m = 25
AnswerSelectShow C.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThe post GMAT Question of the Day  DS  Divisibility appeared first on Atlantic ... Read More

As an independent tutor, I pride myself in taking unorthodox approaches to meet my clients’ needs. Sometimes, this requires creativity in how I teach a concept, how I structure a lesson, or how I assign homework to my students. A good GMAT tutor will target your specific needs, and if that requires breaking from convention, then that’s ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  InequalitiesIn a certain forest 1/5 of the trees are Walnuts and 1/6 of the trees are Birches. What is the number of birch trees in the forest?
(1) The difference between the number of Walnut trees and the number of Birch trees is greater than 10
(2) There are fewer than 350 total trees
AnswerSelectShow ... Read More

Which of the following sets has the same standard deviation as the set that contains k, k + 2, and 2k?
A. k2, 2, 0
B. 2k, 2k + 4, 4k
C. 1, 2, k
D. k, k1, k2
E. k/2, k, 2
AnswerSelectShow A.The post GMAT Question of the Day  PS  Standard Deviation appeared first on Atlantic GMAT. Read More

I never expected that this particular blog post would turn into a forumlike Q&A session, but this is fun! Feel free to keep the questions coming! I can’t promise to answer everything–especially if your situation is too specific to be of interest to a wider GMAT audience–but I’ll do my best. Read More

Wait… used to hold a U.S. green card? But not anymore? That could plausibly hurt your chances a little bit, unfortunately. You’re definitely more employable with a green card, and therefore more appealing to U.S. graduate schools.
It’s really not my place to judge which programs are “good” or “bad”, so I’m ... Read More

Hi Charles,
I’m Indian, female, am currently working with a top IB, and will have hopefully finished a year there by the time most programs begin next year. I’m applying to MFin programs across the US and Europe. My profile reads as follows:
GMAT 680 (Q47, V35) [Yeah, I completely understand the low verbal score will hurt. Was feeling ... Read More

Thank you for the comment! For LBS, the real question is work experience, not the GMAT. Sure, a handful of recent graduates get into LBS, but the average age is somewhere around 29, with an average GMAT score of around 700. It sounds like you’ve done some cool things, but it’s hard to imagine that LBS would admit an applicant with very ... Read More

Congrats on the great score! The 710 is fine, and I see no reason to use the optional essay to talk about the IR score or your transcript — the adcom will already be well aware of those qualifications. It’s not a bad idea to use the optional essay if your GMAT score is legitimately weak and legitimately a lousy indicator of your actual ... Read More

Hi Charles, I took the GMAT last year and scored 680 (Q 45/ V 38). My mocks always ranged from 700 to 760. This year, I graduated with a major in finance from a highly ranked Indian college. I have my own startup which has done well and a few internships at world renowned financial services companies. I attended LSE summer school and was awarded ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  Overlapping SetsOf the leopards at a certain zoo, 20% are both spotted and mature. If all the leopards at the zoo are either spotted or not spotted, or mature or immature, is the ratio of the number of immature leopards who are spotted to the number of immature leopards who are not spotted greater than 1?
(1) ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Problem Solving  PercentAt the beginning of the year in town X, 30% of the population had liberal values. At the end of the year the total population had grown by 12% and the proportion of the population with liberal values had decreased by 5%. From the beginning of the year to the end of the year what was the approximate ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Problem Solving  Exponents3^a+3^b+3^c+3^d = 2
If a, b, c, and d are integers then what is the value of a + b + c + d?
A. 3
B. 2
C. 1
D. 1
E. 2
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionIf you try algebra on this GMAT question of the day you'll have some issues. This isn't solvable in a conventional way. ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Problem Solving  GeometryIf s is between 0 and 9, how many different equilateral triangles with side s can be formed that have an area which is an integer value?
A. 3
B. 4
C. 5
D. 6
E. 7
AnswerSelectShow E.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThis GMAT question of the day is tough but not impossible. What makes it tough? You ... Read More

Phew!! A lot of work, tensions, questions, explanations, failures, assignments, understandings, supplements, answers, learnings, rebuilding concepts, juices, exercises, managements, thoughts, reasons, spirits, blessings, and finally a minute view of some sunlight in the darkest. It always feels like a come … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Problem Solving  Geometry
If DF I AC and x = 1.5y, what is the ratio of the areas of triangle ABC and triangle DEF?
A. 4/7
B. 3/2
C. 7/4
D. 9/4
E. 16/3
AnswerSelectShow D.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThe rules governing similar triangles are relatively basic. So what's challenging about GMAT similar triangles ... Read More

If you’ve been preparing at all for GMAT data sufficiency, you’ve probably been confronted with situations in which the information in the statement seems inscrutable. You know that it’s telling you something, but you’re not quite sure what, if any, relevance the information has to the question in the prompt. This, in and of ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  Geometry
ABCD and JKLM are square regions with vertices J lying on side AD and point K lying on side BC. Is the area enclosed by region JDCK greater than 7?
(1) The length of MK is √23
(2) D is the center of square JKLM
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThis GMAT Geometry question ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  Number PropertiesIf z and x are integers is (z^3 + x)(z^4 + x) even?
(1) x^3 + x^2 is even
(2) (z^2 + x^2)/2 is odd
AnswerSelectShow B.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionSimplify GMAT DS questions. Break down what the question is asking. Take this seriously. It's your job on DS questions to figure out ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  Number PropertiesIf x is a positive integer greater than 1 does x have more than two factors?
(1) x has the same number of factors as y^2
(2) The result when y is divided by x is an integer
AnswerSelectShow C.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThe post GMAT Question of the Day  DS  Number Properties ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  DigitsIs the two digit integer k less than or equal to 19?
(1) K^2 > 400
(2) K^3 < 8000
AnswerSelectShow B.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThe post GMAT Question of the Day  DS  Digits appeared first on Atlantic GMAT. Read More

This post is inspired by a recent student of mine who was able to improve from a 480 on his diagnostic to a 660 on the real GMAT. He was great at categorizing GMAT questions, but he really started seeing a jump after he took the below advice to heart.
If you spend enough time studying for the GMAT, you inevitably run into advice espousing the best ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Data Sufficiency  Number Properties/ArithmeticIf p and q are positive integers and p/q is a terminating decimal is q/p an integer?
(1) (q^1/5)/10 is an integer
(2) p = 1024
AnswerSelectShow E.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThe post GMAT Question of the Day  DS  Number Properties appeared first on Atlantic GMAT. Read More

What does it test? The SAT Writing section tests your ability to identify errors in sentences, your knowledge of grammar and usage, and your essay writing skills. What types of questions does it include? The Writing section includes one 25minute … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day  Problem Solving  Overlapping SetsA certain farmer has a field with 105 tomato plants that have genes from at least one of three varieties of tomato: Green Tomatoes, Red Tomatoes, and Purple Tomatoes. 19 of the plants have red and green genes, 17 of the plants have red and purple genes and 14 of the plants have green and ... Read More

Hi Charles, I am facing the same dilemma as Peter, 710/47/40 (92%,68%,91%), and I am an Asian!! I plan to apply to INSEAD and IMD, and am thinking of using my IR score (8) and my undergrad grades (B+ and above for math courses, A for Finance) as supports in the optional essay…. you think they are worth the valuable word counts?
Thanks, Gilbert Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Absolute ValueIs x > 0?
(1) 3x – 2 = 3x
(2) x is an even integer
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionMost GMAT tutoring students don’t appreciate absolute value questions. Especially in the Data Sufficiency. That’s understandable because GMAT absolute ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – ProbabilityRoy has a bowl with 12 red and j blue marbles. If Roy picks two random marbles out of the bowl it is more likely that he will pick one of each color than only two blue marbles. Are there an equal number of red and blue marbles in the bowl?
(1) j > 11
(2) The chance of picking ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – DivisibilityIf k is an integer is (k^2 – 7k + 12)(k+2)/4 an integer?
(1) k^2 – 1 is not divisible by 4
(2) k is divisible by 4
AnswerSelectShow D.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionFor this GMAT question of the day you might consider that any set of 4 consecutive integers will have ... Read More

Nope, the LSAT questions themselves are pretty much the heaviest thing you can add to your GMAT bat — if anything, you could risk getting into some dangerously sloppy habits if you obsess over the LSAT’s time limit when you’re studying for the GMAT. Just focus on maximizing your accuracy, and don’t worry about the 35minute ... Read More

Thank you for the comment, Pratiksha! The bad news is that the admissions game is brutally competitive for Indian applicants. Sure, things might be even tougher if you were male, Indian, and working in IT, but it’s still not easy to be an Indian female accountant in the MBA applicant pool. Unless you’ve done something truly astounding, ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – GeometryA hardware store sells paint in two different containers. Container A is a cube with an edge of k. Container B is a right cylinder with a height of 5k. Assuming that each container is filled to capacity which container will cost less per unit of volume?
(1) Container A costs 1/3 as much ... Read More

As a child I remember traveling on road trips, sitting in the back of a car trying to do my best to keep myself busy for what would occupy the next six to ten hours of my life. One of the things I grew to like were the simple maze books that were sold on the magazine racks at some of the gas stations where we’d stop for food. There are two basic ... Read More

Oh, alright. I was actually wondering whether doing so would add even heavier weights to my bat.
Anyway, thanks again Charles! Read More

Hi Charles,
I just took my GMAT this Monday and my score is 680/84% (IR – 7, Q – 49/79%, V – 34/71%). I had never scored this less in Verbal in any of my mock CATs.
I am an Indian female and a Chartered Accountant by qualification. I have over 3 years of post qualification work experience as a consultant. Also, I also have a learning story ... Read More

Thank you for the question, Peter! Pretty mindblowing that a 47 quant is now only the 68th percentile. It hurts my head to think about the fact that a 47 was in the 81st percentile just seven freaking years ago.
I’m sticking to my story on this one, at least for now: it’s just hard to imagine that any MBA admissions committee could possibly ... Read More

Can you tell us about the CFA exam and describe the difference in each level
Yes. Let me run through it level by level.
The L1 exam is multiple choice but has wide syllabus: all asset classes, Corporate Finance, Economics, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Quantitative Methods, and even a heavily weighted (and tricky!) section on Ethics. Although ... Read More

Charles, With the devaluation of a 47 quant (right now it is already 68% according to mba.com), would you recommend to use the optional essay section to explain your quant progress in the above example of a 710/47/40 taken some 23 years ago? Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Exponents/Number PropertiesIf k is not equal to 1, is 1 + k^3 + k^6 + k^9 < 1/(1k)?
(1) k > 0
(2) k < 1
AnswerSelectShow C.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThis GMAT question of the day comes down to picking some good numbers. This is another example of a question that feels very ... Read More

What does it test? According to the College Board’s website, the SAT Mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, Algebra 1, Geometry, Statistics, and Probability. It does not test concepts from Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or AP Statistics classes. The good … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Number Properties/Odds and EvensIs (a^2 – b^2)/2 an odd integer?
(1) ab is odd
(2) a^2 + b^2 is odd
AnswerSelectShow C.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionFor this question of the day it’s important to remember one thing: a and b don’t have to be integers. With GMAT tutoring ... Read More

Thank you for the comment, Alfonso! You’re definitely not alone, and another criteria for hiring a GMAT tutor could probably be something like, “hire a tutor who understands how painfully the GMAT can !*%&! with your head.” I would argue that the best GMAT tutors also act as therapists, for lack of a better word. I’m ... Read More

Thank you for the kind words, Franco! And if you’re only aiming to take the GMAT, don’t worry about the LSAT’s 35minute limit — that’s blazingly fast, and the GMAT doesn’t test reading speed in quite the same way as the LSAT. If you can do an LSAT section in 4560 minutes, you’ll probably be OK on the GMAT, ... Read More