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GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Exponents/Number PropertiesIf x and y are integers and if x < y < 0 is x^y^x > y^x^y?
1) x^x > 0
2) y^y < 0
AnswerSelectShow C.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionYou might say that this GMAT question is just an exponents question but you’ll be better served thinking of it ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Number PropertiesIs x > x^2?
1) x < x^3
2) x > 0
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionBe patient with GMAT Data Sufficiency. Take your time to understand the given information. Most GMAT tutoring students need to slow down and spend more time to understand the given ... Read More

Lenka, INSEAD 15J, has a background in nuclear engineering and is the Owner & Editor of Nuclear Undone. She is a Forté Foundation Fellow and recently attended the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference.Here’s what she has to say about the conference.
I’m pretty used to attending professional engineering conferences that are dominated ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Average/Word ProblemFor the past 300 days machine X has produced an average of 78 units of part K. Today machine X produced Z units of part K bringing machine X’s total production of part K to 23,468 units. What is the value of Z?
A. 34
B. 36
C. 68
D. 72
E. 74
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GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Word Problem/Ratio/AlgebraAlice and Carl each completed a portion of a certain job. Alice completed 20% of the job while Carl completed the rest. If they were each paid the same amount, what proportion of her payment must Alice give to Carl so that they each are paid the amount of the total that ... Read More

Most independent schools require a standardized test as part of the admissions process, usually the ISEE or the SSAT. Many parents and students ask the question: What’s the difference? Before pondering the question too much, it’s important to check if … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – RatioIn a bag of beads the ratio of red beads to blue beads to green beads is 2 to 75 to 20. A certain number of beads are added to the bag so that the ratio of blue beads to green beads is tripled while the ratio red beads to blue beads is halved. If after the additions there are 120 red beads, ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Geometry/PuzzleThe measurements obtained for the sides of a certain triangle are 18 centimeters by 18 centimeters by 18 centimeters. If each of the sides has a measurement error of at most 2 centimeters, which of the following is equal to the maximum possible difference between the actual area ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – ExponentsIs x – 4 > y?
(1) 3^x – 3^(x4) > 242 * 3^y
(2) x is a positive integer
A.AnswerSelectShow
GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThere are a couple of things that make GMAT Data Sufficiency much easier and that I encourage GMAT tutoring students to think about when approaching ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Statistics/Standard DeviationA factory received 19 boxes of widgets. What was the standard deviation of the numbers of widgets in the 19 boxes?
(1) For the 19 boxes of widgets, the median of the numbers of widgets was equal to the mean of the number of widgets.
(2) For the 19 boxes of widgets, ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Exponents/DivisibilityIf x and y are positive integers and (2^24)(4^12) = x^y what is the value of x that produces the minimum value for x – y?
A. 2
B. 3
C. 4
D. 8
E. 16
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionA significant portion of GMAT Quant questions require you to ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Number Properties/DivisibilityIf x and y are both positive integers is (x^y – 22)/3 equal to an integer?
(1) The sum of the digits of x is equal to 1
(2) y > 1
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThis question of the day deals with divisibility. Usually with this type ... Read More

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 … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Number PropertiesJ, K, M, X, and Y are positive integers. X equals the sum of the integers between J and K and Y equals the sum of the integers between K and M. What is the value of X – Y?
(1) The ratio of J to K to M is 1 to 3 to 5.
(2) M – J = 44
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GMAT Study Schedule Week 9 (if you are just starting out you might look at the intro to the GMAT Study Schedule)Two solid months of GMAT preparation are behind us but let’s not pop the Dom Perignon quite yet. This is the time to hunker down and redouble your efforts. This is the time to refocus. To recalibrate. To wake up again and remind yourself ... Read More

The SAT essay measures your ability to develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt support your point of view using reasoning and examples from your reading, studies, experience, or observations follow the conventions of standard … Continue reading → Read More

Rupesh Bisht is an Associate Director with Admissions and Financial Aid Department at the Indian School of Business (ISB). An alumnus from the ISB class of 2009, he handles International Marketing and the Young Leaders programme (YLP) at ISB. He has extensive experience in the Sales & Marketing domain in different industry sectors.
Poised for superpower ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – RateA driver completed the first half of a trip at an average speed of 30 miles per hour. What speed must the driver average for the second half of the trip in order to average a speed of 36 miles per hour for the entire journey (assuming that the driver did not make any stops during the trip)?
A. ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Absolute ValueIf x > y > z, is x+y = xz?
(1) Zero is equidistant from y and z
(2) y is greater than 0
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionMany GMAT tutoring students hate absolute value. They find it very confusing. Let’s think of absolute value as a measure ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Geometry/Triangles
If the length of side AC is equal to the length of side BC and the length of segment AD is equal to the length of segment BD is the length of segment CD less than half the value of the length of side AB?
1) The measure of angle ACB is not less than 90
2) The area of triangle ... Read More

What does the GMAT Cost?There’s an old german expression: buy cheap buy twice. I’ve seen that many times with GMAT tutoring students who have taken classes at so called “reputable” NYC GMAT companies only to need a whole bunch of help in order to achieve their GMAT goals. So choose based on quality and according to your needs. The cost of your ... Read More

INSEAD admit, Archana Chauhan, tells us how ‘her people’ unearthed her extraordinary qualities, which helped her overcome her ordinary GMAT score.
My story unfolds in a warm library overseeing the snowflakes in a big neighborhood park. I was sitting there with my GMAT guides amidst several other Polish fictional books. I was trying hard to concentrate ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Algebra/Percent ChangeWhat was the percent change in total sales for Company G from 1995 to 1999?
1) The total sales for Company G in 1999 were $650,000 less sales than total sales for Company G in 1995.
2) In 1997 sales were 12% greater than they were 1995, and in 1999 sales were 12% lower ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Geometry/Coordinate PlaneIn the XY plan, line J has a positive slope and an xintercept of 6. If the area of the triangle formed by line J and the two axis is 18, what is the yintercept of line J?
A. 6
B. 3
C. 3
D. 6
E. 9
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionFor most ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Number Properties/DivisibilityIf x is a positive multiple of 3 but not divisible by 36 then which of the following values could be a multiple of x?
I. 12
II. 15192
III. 163821
A. I Only
B. II Only
C. III Only
D. I and III Only
E. I, II, and III
AnswerSelectShow B.GMAT Question of the ... Read More

Rob Biederman, CEO of HourlyNerd, a Mark Cuban portfolio company, tells us how he got in to Harvard Business School which helped take his startup to the next level.
Tell us about yourself & HourlyNerd
The idea for HourlyNerd was generated from my experience at Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital Private Equity. At these companies, I observed that ... Read More

Every few months, the College Board conducts research to evaluate the validity and predictive quality of its tests, ostensibly to convince colleges and universities that the SAT is a unique predictor of college readiness. In Part I of this blog, … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – ExponentsWhat is the square of 7^√2?
A. 7
B. 14
C. 14√2
D. 49
E. 49√2
AnswerSelectShow E.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionGMAT exponents questions only require that you follow a simple set of rules. The difficulty in these questions is that the GMAT will present strange numbers ... Read More

The Long Road to a 700+ GMAT ScoreThe average person takes the GMAT 2.7 times. Is that crazy? If the goal is to get into a top notch MBA program then taking the test a few times could be completely rational: It’s a critical part of the MBA application and one of the few things that you can actually change. And with a 700+ GMAT as the de facto cutoff ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Word Problem/LimitsA shipment of 257,400 widgets must be divided amongst 16 trucks. If no truck can have less than 8/9 the number of widgets as any other of the 16 trucks, what is the minimum possible number of widgets that can be shipped on one of the trucks?
A. 13,200
B. 13,500
C. 14,000
D. ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Exponents/Number PropertiesIf K is a factor of 3^4 + 3^4 + 3^4 + 3^4 + 3^4 + 7^3 + 7^3 + 7^3 + 7^3 + 7^3 + 7^3 + 7^3 + 7^3 – 1029 then which of the following are possible values of K?
I. 2
II. 5
III. 7
A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II only
E. II and III only
AnswerSelectShow ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Number Properties/DigitsIf n is a two digit positive integer, what is the units digit of n?
1) The units digit of n^2 – n is 0
2) n^2 is not divisible by 2 or 5
AnswerSelectShow C.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThere are a ton of number properties or number properties related questions ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency  Statistics/RangeLast year the range of the annual salaries for the 800 employees at Company K was 45,000. If this year the 400 best paid employees at Company K each received a raise of x percent and the rest of the salaries remained constant what is the range of the annual salaries at Company K for ... Read More

Writing the SAT essay seems to be a daunting experience for some students, even if they have consistently aced every other section of the test. Judging from our own SAT tutoring experience with a wide range of students, there seem … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Overlapping Sets/ProbabilityIn a certain political party, 64 percent of the participants are female. 75 percent of the male and half of the female participants are less than 40 years old. If one participant is randomly selected, what is the probability that he or she will be more than 39 years ... Read More

GMAT Study Schedule Week: 8 (just getting started? You might start with the intro to the GMAT Schedules)We are about to finish the Official Guide 13th Edition Quant – woohooo! That’s an achievement right there. Still, we are going to review the tough ones so that you can learn from your mistakes. That’s what this is all about. Learning ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – Ratio/Weighted AverageThe ratio of the number of students in the math department, history department, and science department is 3 to 7 to 10 respectively. Is the average height of students from all of the departments less than 60 inches?
(1) The sum of the heights of all the students is less ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – ProbabilityKatie has a bag of marbles which contains 3 blue marbles, 3 red marbles, and 2 yellow marbles. If she arranges her marbles in a line what is the probability that the marbles will be grouped by color?
A. 3/280
B. 3/560
C. 5/632
D. 7/632
E. 7/635
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GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – WorkTank A contains X gallons of water while Tank B contains Y gallons. Tank A has water removed at a rate of K gallons per minute and Tank B has water added at a rate of M gallons per minute. Assuming that both tanks still contain some water, in terms of X, Y, K, and M how many gallons of water ... Read More

Comprehension: fix itEvery admission test includes a section on passage comprehension, in which a test taker is required to read, analyse and answer questions based on what is stated or implied in the passage. These questions are designed to test a wide range of abilities prerequisite to academic study at a higher level. Those abilities ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Remainderx and y are positive integers. When x is divided by y the remainder is 12. x/y = 78.24. What is the value of y?
A. 50
B. 52
C. 58
D. 62
E. 66
AnswerSelectShow A.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionIf you know the remainder formula this question will be simple. The basic idea is that ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Data Sufficiency – RatioThe ratio of the number of employees at company’s K, M, and Z is 2 to 6 to 7. Is the average salary at these companies less than $50,000?
1. The total earnings at all three companies is less than $85,000,000
2. Company K has 400 fewer employees than company M does
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How to Study One Week Before the GMATA week from now you’ll take your GMAT. Congrats on getting this far but let’s do the right things with 7 days still to go.
You’ve been putting pressure on yourself for the past bunch of months. During this last week let that GMAT brain expand. This is the week to do the things that enable you to perform ... Read More

Before we answer this question, let’s look at the SAT testing landscape: 1) In 2012, 1,664,479 students took the SAT, a 66% increase from 1986. 2) During the same period, 1,666,017 students took the ACT, a 128% increase from 1986. … Continue reading → Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Work/RateWorker A and Worker B working together can paint 31 walls per day. If Worker B increases his rate by 1/3 the two of them could paint 34 walls per day. How many walls can Worker A paint in a day?
A. 9
B. 15
C. 19
D. 20
E. 22
AnswerSelectShow E.GMAT Question of the Day SolutionThis ... Read More

Jason Ng, Lawyer, Military personnel with counter terrorism focus and now INSEAD 15J admit. Here’s how he got there
Diversity at Bschool!
INSEAD calls itself ‘The Business School for the World’. 141 permanent faculty members of 35 different nationalities teach at INSEAD. There are 80 nationalities in every year, with no dominant culture. ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – RemaindersWhen positive integer x is divided by either 7 or 9 the remainder is 3. Which of the following is a possible value of x?
A. 40
B. 53
C. 58
D. 67
E. 74
AnswerSelectShow D.GMAT Question of the Day Solution:Many of my GMAT tutoring students absolutely loathe remainder questions. I ... Read More

GMAT Question of the Day – Problem Solving – Exponents/Puzzle 3
If x and y are both integers, what is the value of xy?
A. 12
B. 8
C. 0
D. 10
E. 18
AnswerSelectShow E.
GMAT Question of the Day SolutionWhen you see a GMAT Exponents question a few things should be coming to mind: The bases, factoring, and special quadratics. ... Read More

Shakira Hatta INSEAD 15J shares her secrets of getting into INSEAD, the Business School for the World
I always knew that an MBA was part of the plan – the question was, when? After four years in equity research, two years in corporate strategy and a chance meeting with an inspiring new friend, I finally took the plunge. Another eight months of obsessing ... Read More

GMAT Study Schedule Week 7 (if you are just starting out with your GMAT Preparation you may want to start at the intro to the GMAT Study Schedule)
Full steam ahead into lucky week 7 of your GMAT preparation. We are solidly in the second half of this GMAT preparation and let’s face it: some of these GMAT questions are still pretty tough. That’s ... Read More