KapTeacherEli posted a new topic called KapTeacher Eli''s Retirement in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi everyone! After years of good times at Kaplan, it''s time for me to pursue other things. So, it''s with a heavy heart that I announce I will be leaving Kaplan, and will no longer be able to respond to posts about Kaplan. Jonathan Wylie, an excellent fellow GMAT instructor, will be taking ...”
October 3, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan, Knewton, or another online prep course? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi guest543, I''ve been away for a bit, so I missed this--sorry for the delayed response! Kaplan offers free sample classes--check for free events here, just enter a random zip code and it will tell you when our classroom anywhere sample classes are being run. Once you try us for yourself, ...”
September 30, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding Kaplan Gmat Practice test events .. ??? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Bharth, All of the free tests are test 1 of the 6 tests included with Kaplan GMAT Premier. Hope this clears up any confusion! Best,”
September 19, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Test Confusing SC. in the Sentence Correction forum
“Looks like the grammar issue has been resolved. Just to clarify what rakesh meant, though, about "will"--an older version of the problem stated that a "municipal will had made this boast reality." Here, "municipal will" meant the desire of the community, using ...”
September 16, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Test essay scoring please!! in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi rakesh, Your essay gets a four. Good job on it, but there are some things you can change to make it even better! You do a good job identifying several key flaws, most notably that there are factors other than the ones that the author identifies, and you provide examples of what those ...”
September 16, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Test confusion!!! in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Rakesh, Thanks for sharing this! I''ve forwarded this on to our team. I''ll let you know as soon as I get a response (which, unfortunately, might take a while--when there appear to be scoring irregularities, it can be an arduous process to figure out whether the scores are indeed off and if ...”
September 16, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Feeback required on KAPTEST in the Problem Solving forum
“Hi folks, I''ve seen a lot of conflicting rumors about Kaplan tests--some report that we are way too hard, others that we are far too easy. The truth is that we are quite accurate (though constantly adjusting). We''ve tested our results against those generated by official practice, and we know ...”
September 14, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Lost and don't know how to start preparing!! in the Lounge forum
“Hi Ahmed, Sorry to hear that you''re lost--but you''ve come to the right place! This community will be happy to support you on your journey. And by the way, congratulations on starting your GMAT Journey! Kaplan offers free sample classes to prospective students. Taking one of those sample ...”
September 13, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT Online Practice Test: Score doesn't make sense in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“HI manasgoswami, I PMed you a response already, since you sent me a message, but to reiterate--Kaplan''s 200-800 scores are reliable according to our tests, and you don''t need to worry about adding or subtracting to get a "real" score. You can take your Kaplan score at face value! ...”
September 7, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Active vs Passive in the Sentence Correction forum
“Rich has it. I do want to point out one common area where the GMAT will use passive voice: in correcting modification errors. Often times, a passive-voice sentence is the only way you''ve got to put the right noun near the right modifying phrase! You can read a little more in this blog here, ...”
September 7, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please kindly rate my 1st attempt Essay - Thank you!!!! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi funke, This essay gets a three. You''re following a template well, with an introduction, separate ideas in each paragraph, and a conclusion. You also appear to touch on several major flaw, including properly identifying issues of cause-and-effect and overlooked alternatives. However, the ...”
September 6, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Tough CR: in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for catching this :-) I was trying to find this problem in our tests to reference the explanation, and couldn''t--this explains why!”
September 6, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Can an expert please review my essay? GMAT in 10 days! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi soneee, Unfortunately, I have to give this essay a 3. Structurally, this essay is well organized. You followed a template well, and kept your ideas separate in separate paragraphs, with a clear introduction and conclusion. Your writing is acceptable--no major grammatical errors that affect ...”
September 3, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Review needed (AWA - Kaplan practice test-1) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“SOrry for not being clear--making your own suggestions for what is the correct conclusion is missing the point of the essay. It doesn''t matter whether you, personally, believe that American dietary habits are changing. What matters is whether the author made his case or not! You should suggest the ...”
September 3, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Help interpreting my Kaplan CAT score in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi gabriel, Thanks for reaching out to us! Can you send me a PM with the email that you used to register for this test? I''d be happy to have some folks take a look at those scores. Thanks, and sorry for any potential confusion! Best, Eli”
September 3, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Pls grade my 2 issue essays in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Vishal, I''m guessing you''re studying from outdated material--unfortunately, the Issue Essay is not longer a part of the GMAT! It''s been replaced with the Integrated Reasoning section. Best,”
September 2, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to policy requiring employees: in the Sentence Correction forum
“Sounds like a good summary, and I''m glad it made sense to you!”
August 31, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to the city of Los Diablos: in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Looks like this one''s been pretty well addressed, but to clarify: (B) mentions that the spectrometer was invented, not that it was in use. Moreover, even if a more accurate spectrometer were invented and put immediately into service, that wouldn''t actually provide any explanation. Why should ...”
August 31, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Help me in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Rich has a good suggestion. Many students keep what are known as "error logs." Each wrong answer, write down why you got it wrong--forgot a formula? Didn''t carry the 1? Misread the question? Gave up too soon?" Seeing a list of the mistakes you''ve made will let you know what ...”
August 31, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA Essay Review Needed ( Kaplan- CAT Question) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Jeckyll, This one is a four. It does a very good job of covering all the bases. You establish many flaws in the author''s argument, correctly and with acceptable organization--the experience of older drivers, the fact that there are things other than eyesight and reflexes related to ...”
August 31, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Review needed (AWA - Kaplan practice test-1) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Jekyll, This one gets a 3, unfortunately. This one has several sections that detract from the understanding of your thesis. Your opening paragraph, for example, appears to be arguing in favor of the author''s opinion--you restate it as if it were your own. Your language is also very hard to ...”
August 31, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to policy requiring employees: in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Mike, Let me chime in on the problem with (B)--the "so as to" phrase makes it unclear who will "prove fitness". Has management implemented this policy so as to prove employee fitness to go back to work? Or are the employees providing the notes to prove their own fitness? ...”
August 27, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to GMAT Kaplan Premier 2013 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Fixed the link in my last post, thanks for following up!”
August 25, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Italy's top anti-Mafia: in the Sentence Correction forum
“What''s the source on this problem? I ask because nothing is wrong with (C) that I can see. The phrase "famous because of "The Godfather"" is meant to refer to Corleone, of course--anyone who''s seen the movie knows that. But the GMAT can''t and won''t expect you to have seen ...”
August 24, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to sunspot cycles in the Sentence Correction forum
“The issue with (C) is the modifier at the beginning, "on Earth." It''s not clear what it refers to--is it referring to the rate at which trees grow on Earth (as opposed to how well they grow on venus)? The belief about sunspots on Earth (as opposed to what Martians believe)? Or the ...”
August 24, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to GMAT Kaplan Premier 2013 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi vanmish, Here is a blog: [url]http://bit.ly/19SUBSZ[/url] I wrote on the subject. Long story short: when two tests are very different, it makes more sense to look for non-test-related causes. In this case, you took two tests back to back--were you tired? Few students I know can manage ...”
August 24, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Experts Help in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi macattack, This problem''s been around for a while, and it''s definitely a toughy! Here is a thread in which Kaplan experts dissected the problem in detail a few years back--hope it helps! Best,”
August 23, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 2013 vs. 2014 Premier in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi wbadawi, If you have 2013, you won''t get much out of the 2014 book; the two are substantially similar. Hope this helps!”
August 23, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please review essay - MGMAT Prep Test in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Knuckledown, Unfortunately, I have to give this essay a 2. The GMAT expects that you will be able to provide substantial depth. While there are no length limits, per se, on the GMAT essay, there is a practical limit below which you simply cannot fit enough content into your work. Make ...”
August 22, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to weaken the argument in the Critical Reasoning forum
“"Manufactured from plants" tells us very little about the actual composition of the pills. We don''t know if the active or non-active materials are plant based, or to what extent the plants are modified or altered before being put into pill form. For that reason, (B) is too vague and too ...”
August 20, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Experts Help in the Critical Reasoning forum
“In 1980, 100% of the population 1980 ate 100% of the 1980 fish consumption, for a per-capita consumption of 100%/100% = 1. in 1989, 109% of the 1980 population ate 104.5% of the 1980 fish consumption, for a per-capita consumption of 104.5%/109% < 1. Thus, the math means (E) must be correct. ...”
August 20, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to George Washington in the Sentence Correction forum
“"So much so" is grammatically correct, but it''s a very wordy construction. It''s unlikely to be in a correct GMAT answer choice for that reason.”
August 20, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Review needed (AWA - Kaplan practice test-1) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Jeckyll, I give your essay a 4. You cover the basics and hit some good ideas, but your reasoning is hit-or-miss. Most notably, you mention several times that folks are using mail less and less, but don''t actually explain how that''s relevant to the argument about the stamp-pricing scheme. ...”
August 20, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Experts Help in the Critical Reasoning forum
“On my browser, I''m only seeing one corner of the picture. Not sure if it''s just cause I''m in Chrome, since apparently other test-takers can read it, but if you''d like to transcribe the problem I''d be happy to take another look!”
August 20, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Vision in the Critical Reasoning forum
“A defect related to melatonin production might have no effect on vision.”
August 18, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Vision in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Why does it imply this? It could imply a defect in the visual cortex, after all!”
August 17, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to weaken the argument in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi saurabhdhakad, Break the stimulus down. His conclusion is that there is no good use for vitamin pills. What''s his evidence? That ones body synthesizes vitamins more effectively from food. But something is missing here; there is a big jump from "less efficient than food" to ...”
August 17, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Struggling with RC and CR...Please Help!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi hina.rastogi, Rich and Brent have you covered on the RC perspective. However, there''s more to the story than that. Practice tests from the major companies may not be 100% perfect clones of the preptests, but they are pretty accurate--so two scores back-to-back nearly 100 points apart is a ...”
August 17, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Do Kaplan tests give high scores?? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi swatiguli, The GMAT is an adaptive exam. Your score is generated based not just on the number but the difficulty of the questions you got right and wrong; number correct is not in itself a good way to tell what you score should be! That said, I can understand why you might have questions ...”
August 17, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Improving CR in 2 weeks in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi nipunranjan, Focus on pattern recognition. Certain arguments--causality, representativeness, etc.--show up again and again on the GMAT CR section, and recognizing these answers can get you a lot of points quickly and effectively! Best,”
August 16, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Beverage Manufacturer - Price Reductions in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Great job on this essay! This is a great example of a 6, and I encourage anyone studying for the test to look at what this essay does and use it as a model for self evaluation. Congratulations, and best of luck on Test Day!”
August 14, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to In-take of red meat and fatty cheeses - GMAT Prep essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Great job vomhorizon, that essay gets a 5! It''s well structured, well reasoned, and hits all of the points of flawed reasoning that an essay on this prompt should. Make sure you''re proofreading though. Lots of little errors in your text and examples of clunky or choppy phrasing make your ...”
August 14, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Keyboarding Ability in the Sentence Correction forum
“sameerballani has a pretty good explanation. Modifiers and limiters in sentences must be placed in positions close to and unambiguously modifying the thing that they are meant to modify or limit. When are keyboarding skills important? They are now important. To whom are they important? They are ...”
August 13, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to having trouble understanding the question... in the Critical Reasoning forum
“An "argument" on the GMAT means a conclusion supported by one or more pieces of evidence. A conclusion is the opinion, fact, or idea that is the author''s main idea. Evidence is anything offered to back up that main idea--often, but not necessarily, factual information. In this case, ...”
August 9, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to First GMAT Prep: Score 480..!!Need Help.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“As Rich said, pacing isn''t the issue now--work on mastering content first, then worry about pacing. Kaplan''s GMAT premier book, here, covers all the material you''ll need to pull your verbal score up, as well as including 6 practice tests to help evaluate your progress as you learn. Let me know if ...”
August 7, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to In-take of red meat and fatty cheeses - GMAT Prep essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi gmattestaker2, This essay gets a 4 from me. Strengths: you keep separate ideas in separate paragraphs, and keep your sentences grammatically written (though in need of some commas for clarity). You are organized with an introduction and conclusion as well, and keep your essay on topic the ...”
August 7, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to First GMAT Prep: Score 480..!!Need Help.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi ProGMAT, The first practice test can often throw people for a loop. But it''s important to remember that the score you got was a floor, not a ceiling--a diagnosis and not a prognosis. Your test tells you that improving your verbal score will take a while--with a December test date, you ...”
August 7, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Low Undergrad GPA GMAT Retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Let me second Rich''s comment that a retest isn''t advisable. As you already mentioned, you''ll be targeting a score within the margin of error--schools are unlikely to see a 20-point difference as the make-or-break factor between acceptance and rejection. The time you could be spending studying ...”
August 7, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Online Tests with Kaplan GMAT Premier 2014 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi mmslf75, The tests are designed to be a good indicator of preparedness. In addition to the overall score, the Kaplan practice tests will let you break down your errors by individual question type, and see how long you spent on each question to check for timing issues--this can give valuable ...”
August 1, 2013
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Do All good test takers take notes? in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hi Hutch, Fromt the Kaplan perspective, the notes are necessary! Of course, with practice, those notes will get sparser; in my experience, higher scoring test-takers are better able to distill key ideas, and better able to associate minor details with the broad concepts in their summaries and ...”
November 14, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Significant Variations in verbal areas' Accuracy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“hi imskpwr, You shouldn''t expect identical performance across tests. Notwithstanding the fact that no practice test is perfect, random chance, and physical and psychological factors that vary from test to test. Looking at your overall performance across multiple tests is the best way to ...”
September 18, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Significant Variations in verbal areas' Accuracy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi imskpwr, That''s a lot of data, and I''m sorry if you''re feeling frustrated--but can you please specify what your concerns are, and how I can help? Regards, Eli”
September 18, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a new topic called ANNOUNCEMENT in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi everyone, My responsibilities at Kaplan are changing, and that unfortunately means that effective immediately, I will be posting on these forums rarely if at all. I''m sorry to make this announcement, but unfortunately, other duties call. I hope to return to regular posting at some point in ...”
September 13, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Diver in the Sentence Correction forum
“It''s future conditional because it is an if-then statement the author thinks is a realistic possibility for the future.”
September 11, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Diver in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi sana, I''m having a little trouble understanding what you''re asking for?”
September 11, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Diver in the Sentence Correction forum
“"If the diver were to ascend to quickly, he would suffer the bends" is the unreal conditional, meaning you do not think this is likely to occur. "If a diver ascends to quickly, he will suffer the bends" is the future conditional, meaning you do think this is likely to occur. Both ...”
September 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Diver in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi imskpwr, This isn''t the subjunctive, it''s the future conditional.”
September 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kravonia in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi George, If students go to 4-year college institutions instead of 2-year programs, you can have twice as many students enrolled in college at once but still have the same number graduating each year!”
September 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my AWA essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I have absolutely nothing critical to say about this essay. It is a wonderful example of how GMAT essays should be written, and is unquestionable a perfect 6. Well done!”
September 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Saturn's Main Ring in the Sentence Correction forum
“It''s hard to generalize rules for "meaning" errors, since they are varied in form and structure. Just be aware that if the sentence doesn''t make sense, it''s wrong--even if it''s formally grammatically correct!”
September 6, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Saturn's Main Ring in the Sentence Correction forum
“Grammar and style are frequently tested on the GMAT, but meaning is tested too--and this problem is a great example of that. The last part of the sentence as written says that the rings "are composed...when view up close." In other words, the sentence says that viewing the rings up ...”
September 5, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Am I studying the right way? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Viddar, How has your progress been? CATs are great practice, but they also serve as diagnostics--if you''re improving, keep doing what you''re doing, if not, consider mixing it up. However, I suspect that tests are a good way to go; there are subtle differences between the three tests, but by ...”
September 5, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Inference Qs strategy? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“RC Inference is similar, in that the correct answer must always be true, and extreme answers are often wrong. However, RC Inference questions are often predictible, whereas for most CR Inference questions you will need to check each answer choice until you find a good one. Also, RC inference ...”
September 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Inference Qs strategy? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Generally, yes. I don''t want to commit to an absolute here--I''m sure that somewhere, there is some "always" that can be deduced from a collection of "somes" and "mights." But this rule of thumb will get you the correct answer far more often than it will lead you ...”
September 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Inference Qs strategy? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“No. It is true that an inference question can have "never," "always," etc., only if the prompt has similar language. However, some prompts do contain always and nevers, and you can deduce an always from another always or never.”
September 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to argument about aspartame in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“What''s the prompt you''re writing from? Very hard to grade without that!”
September 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LSAT LR Qs good for GMAT CR? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Sachinda, I''d recommend avoiding LSAT Logical Reasoning. The underlying skills are similar, but several question types (most notably Parallel Arguments) are common on the LSAT but rare or nonexistent on the GMAT. Additionally, LSAT Inference questions focus much more heavily on Formal Logic ...”
September 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Usage of So ..As in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Venjam, So...as... is acceptable. It uses a particular format: So only to indicate purpose--never to indicate extent, as "so...as..." does. Hope this helps!”
September 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Doubt in 2 options in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi 7777, I think you''re right that the coordinating conjunction, not underlined, might be misused; I''ll see about getting it fixed! Eli”
September 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to MGMAT CAT2 essay - Request to review in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi gmattesttaker, I''d give this a 5! You really do very well on the depth of your logic, your reasoning, and your structure. However, your writing is tough to understandl you have some verb errors, repetitiveness, and occasional awkwardness in many of your sentences. This excerpt from your first ...”
August 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Doubt in 2 options in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi 7777, I got your private message, but I can''t quite tell what you need help with; can you clarify? Thanks!”
August 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to How hard is the Kaplan Math Workbook? in the GMAT Math forum
“hi wayneyau, Remember that the actual test is adaptive--it''s very hard to say whether the problems in our book will be harder than the real test, because the real test will adjust itself to your skill level! That said, to my knowledge, the Math workbooks sits mostly at the 600 level; however, ...”
August 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan scores in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Kapil, Sorry your scores are frustrating you! Unfortunately, I don''t have much to go on. But I''ll take a guess. When I see students who report doing very well on problems out of the book, but poorly on the test, the issue is almost always one of timing. How much timed practice were you ...”
August 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Data Sufficiency in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Andrei, I''d recommend Data Sufficiency On Demand, in that case. If you understood the Kaplan method, your score should definitely be on par with your problem solving performance. Clearly, you''ve put in the work towards understanding it, but for whatever reason it hasn''t sunk in. That ...”
August 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to head scratching!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi mohan, Check out the link to the wikipedia article in my last post, then let me know if you have questions--though as I said, this is pretty uncommonly tested! Eli”
August 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Data Sufficiency in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Andrei, You''re worried, but this is actually a GOOD sign. Because if 80% of your errors are DS, you''re doing very well on Problem Solving--and if you know enough math to do well on problem solving, then once you''ve got the DS method down, you''ll be golden! There are plenty of free ...”
August 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to og cr 91 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“"Many" formally means the same as "some," but often has colloquial meaning of "more than some." But the GMAT will never hinge a question on this distinction. And (C) is wrong regardless of terminology. Because tens of thousands is probably "many" people, ...”
August 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan CR Q4 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“hjafferi''s explanation for (C) is spot on! confuse mind, to clarify (D), there are a lot of things that can play into costs other than distance. Not just terrain, but border crossings, quality of roads, cost of gasoline that differs by state, etc. In addition, the average distances of the assembly ...”
August 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan CR Q3 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“hjafferi has got it. (A) explains why there is a high per-capita rate of sales: the target population of bike retailers in Tooten County is much larger than the county itself! Out-of-town sales increase the number of bikes sold but don''t affect the denominator of the "per-capita," which ...”
August 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan CR Q2 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“In the stimulus to this Weaken question, the author argues that Vista''s computer system is out of date. However, he bases his claim no on information about the system itself, but on the money expended on that system. This is a classic GMAT Scope Shift, so we can paraphrase the assumption underlying ...”
August 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Doubt in 2 options in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi anshulagarwal12, In choice (D), the telecommunications industry is fighting to improve job security; this doesn''t make sense, as the workers of that industry are fighting, but the industry as a whole is not. For that reason, (D) can be ruled out and (A) is correct! Regards,”
August 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Had vs had had in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hi kapil, "had had" is the past perfect of "to have," to we need a case where the past perfect is necessary. That means, we want "to have" something, but that action has to be the earlier of two past actions. So, "My girlfriend made me pizza for dinner, but I ...”
August 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Use of "most" , "some" in CR questions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi avik.ch, For formal inferences and proper logic: "Some" means "At least one" "Many" means "At least two" "Most" means "More than half" Note that many GMAT arguments are written in a more natural, where "many" ...”
August 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to head scratching!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Though you do not need to have this memorized, it''s actually an important mathematical rule called the pigeonhole principle. It is rarely tested, but it can show up. For instance, one Kaplan practice question reads, "If there are 10 white sox, 8 black socks, and 12 blue socks in a drawer, what ...”
August 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 1st KAPLAN PRACTICE TEST in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Kapil, Work through the Kaplan book! It will help you out with strategies and practice problems. Try to get your CATs done, though in 20 day''s you''ll have limited time. Make sure you''re using Kaplan methods during your tests--in the short term they may drop your score due to unfamiliarity, ...”
August 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to What Math is this? in the GMAT Math forum
“Hi RC, Data Sufficiency is indeed unique to the GMAT! You can learn about them from the testmaker''s website, which will cover the basics. If you''re looking for specific prep, Kaplan offers the Data Sufficiency On Demand course for just that reason. DS questions are often mystifying to those ...”
August 20, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to What is going on with my score?! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi skbennett, Sorry you''re not seeing the scores you were looking for! There are a few reasons that you might not be seeing score increases dtse86 hit the major one: you''ve been working too hard, too long! frequently, just taking a day or two off, refocusing and regaining energy, can play a ...”
August 20, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Been going to Kaplan Classes, Avg. 610 shooting for 700+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi nycapuchin, If you''re in a Kaplan class, you absolutely can do that! Have you tried the Quiz Bank that came with your course? It''s just that, and opportunity to make targeted, content-specific quizzes. Talk to your teacher if you''re not sure how to use it!”
August 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to GMAT Beginner - Need suggestions for going further. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi vish, rijul summarized it pretty well. You need to start by setting a baseline, with a practice test--the official tests are a great place to start. 4 hours/day for 2 months is definitely time to improve significantly, but whether that is "enough" depends on your starting point and ...”
August 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 10 more days to go - Please rate my first AWA! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“In this case, the run-on is actually caused by an EXTRA comma, the comma after the word "assumption." Or, arguable, this isn''t a run-on, depending on how you read it--it''s just an error involving restrictive and non-restrictive clauses. Regardless of your point of view, it''s very ...”
August 16, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my essay (have my GMAT in 5 days) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi nikhita, This essay gets a 5. Good job! You correctly reason three examples, and back each one up by evidence. Your paragraphs are all a little spare at 3 sentences each--it would have been nice to have a little more in-depth explanation. But better to keep things simple than to puff your ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Rate the argument "West Cambria volunteer ambulance ... in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Joshigk, Good job on this essay! It gets a 4. You have good understanding of formatting and structure, and your points are mostly well reasoned. Three things you can do to improve: 1) Vary your sentence length! Mixing short, simple sentences with long, complex ones can vary your writing ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to PLease analysis and grade my essay. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi piyushkr, Good job here! This is a 5 essay. The language is clear and fluid, with few significant typos and errors. Your structure is great, your reasoning is spot-on, and overall it''s very smooth. There are two main things that detracts from this being a 6. First, the first three ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 10 more days to go - Please rate my first AWA! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Kevin, Great job on this essay! It''s a really good example. Your explanations of your points are in depth, thorough, well supported, and well organized. You understood the prompt, and you understood your task, and it shows! The only thing holding you back from a perfect 6 score is your ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Pleas analyze (and grade) the essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Faraday, I''d rate this essay as a 4. It has the core elements of a good essay. You begin by analyzing the argument, you have two solid points in two paragraphs, and conclude appropriately that the argument is unpersuasive. That''s a great start! However, you need to go deeper into the ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate this essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi himanshukalia, This essay unfortunately gets a 2. Make sure you read the stem carefully! You wrote about the rating of movies being based on "box office performance" and of video games being based on "graphical" standards. However, the prompt makes it clear that it isn''t ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please help rate my AWA! Thanks a lot in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Phat, Thanks for posting this essay! I''d probably score this essay a 3, which is unfortunately a score the GMAT considers "unsatisfactory." The main reason is style. It looks to me like you are trying very hard to sound formal and fancy. You start with "From the preceding ...”
August 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my AWA essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi mamagtan, This essay gets a 4. Good job on the organization! You structure your thoughts well. And, your points are both well reasoned--a survey isn''t the best way to analyze this data, and the particular survey is particularly biased indeed. You need to support your points further. In ...”
August 12, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to collective noun - plural in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi confuse, The GMAT will always treat "the committee" as singular! If a sentence needs to refer to the committee as a plural of people, it will refer to "the members of the committee." Good luck!”
August 12, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to A or D??!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is a hypothetical construct 1910: 4 days with rain, 1 light, 0.5 inches, 1 moderate, 1.5 inches, 2 heavy, 2.5 inches. Total rainfall: 7 inches. 1990: 1 day with rain, heavy rainfall, 8.4 inches. In this scenario, all the information in the statements is true (1990 has ...”
August 11, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a new topic called GMAT AWA Re-scoring in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“A little known option presented on the MBA.com website is a $45 fee to have independant graders re-score your essays, if you think your essays were graded incorrectly for some reason. However, although I''ve been in the test-prep business for 10 years and a GMAT specialist for 5, I can''t think of a ...”
August 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA importance in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Raj, essaysnark''s post was really great, and spot on. Although you can''t and shouldn''t ignore the essays, they don''t carry nearly as much weight as your 200-800 score. The Quant and Verbal scores should play a much bigger role in your application (though even low score there aren''t an ...”
August 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 730 (Q48, V42) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi machichi, Congratulations on your success! I''m glad you were able to succeed, and I''m glad you got use out of Kaplan books, even if they weren''t your main resource! I''m sorry that the price tag on our tutoring didn''t fit with your plans. However, I just wanted to clarify to the folks ...”
August 8, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Xesh, This gets a 3--it''s a good start, but it is not a satisfactory essay. You start strong, breaking down the argument and concluding that it isn''t supported. And you start strong, pointing out that training isn''t enough to judge qualifications. However, you don''t actually explain why ...”
August 8, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 530 Diagnostic to 470 Practise test 1. Pl help! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Shreenag, Sorry your score didn''t show the improvement you wanted! Low scores can actually be a sign of progress--if you''re trying new things, and experimenting with new techniques, your score can get worse before it gets better. But no matter what, a low score can be disappointing. Stay ...”
August 7, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Gave first practice test; Didn't do too well; What next? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Chutney, THe answer to your last question depends on your definition of "topics." The OG 13, and also GMAT premier 2013, are comprehensive in terms of question type and basic math concepts. But some things will only appear in the harder of the hard questions. For instance, Kaplan ...”
August 7, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to MGMAT Essay - Can you please rate it? in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi gmattestaker, This essay gets a 4. It''s well written, and it gets the big flaw, so it''s a "satisfactory" essay. It has some missteps that keep it from being Great, though--let''s talk about how to improve! The biggest improvement is the logic. The most major issue with the ...”
August 6, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA Essay Attempt #2. Please read, rate, and comment in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi samme, This essay gets a 3. I hate giving essays like this "unsatisfactory" scores, because it''s clear you spent a lot of time on it. Your reasoning is spot on, and your structure looks solid. Unfortunately, the language is a major barrier, and holds you back. In your second ...”
August 6, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to What to do on Test Day in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If you feel a little sleepy, then you definitely want to change your sleep cycle--I learned that the hard way! As for what to do, you want to spend a little time reviewing. Naturally, actually doing problems is too much of an expenditure of mental energy. I''d recommend against it. But reviewing ...”
August 6, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 13th edition diagnostic exam question #5 in the Problem Solving forum
“All right--as near as I can tell, this question stem uses somewhat ambiguous language, which is surprising, but apparently official. As near as I can tell, when it says that the cylinder "contains" 36pi cubic feet of water, that means that the capacity is 36pi--not it''s currently filled ...”
August 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my essay (first time, GMAT in 3 weeks) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi snupanda, This one gets between a 4 and a 5. Your body paragraphs are really good, and the main strength of your essay, but your introduction and conclusion need polish. Make sure your introduction describes the argument you are analyzing. You should identify the conclusion that the ...”
August 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Expert comments please, GMAT in 2 weeks in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“5 This is a solid essay--your writing is correct, your organization is solid, and most importantly, your reasoning and examples are stellar. Good job! I would definitely have preferred to see your middle paragraph broken up into smaller paragraphs. Also, your writing style is very wordy--you ...”
August 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Rate My Essay! GMAT in 6 days in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Sam, Unfortunately, this essay would not get a good grade on Test Day. Take a closer look at the question you are asked on this essay--"...be sure to analyze the line of reasoning and the use of evidence in the argument. For example, you may need to consider what questionable ...”
August 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Does Verbal also start with a couple CR? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi pnw, the GMAT Verbal section is in no particular order--you can''t predict what you will start with!”
August 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Calculator for IR Section in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I haven''t taken the new test myself, I''m going from student reports, so it''s possible they were mistaken! Thanks for the correction!”
August 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Costmart Warehouse in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Note the difference between these two--the official problem has a fixed percentage (a quarter) while the original post had a relative percentage (20% more). Subtle distinctions like that can completely transform the logic behind a problem!”
August 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Calculator for IR Section in the GMAT Strategy forum
“No keyboard, mouse clicks only! Regards,”
July 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Costmart Warehouse in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi umeshpatil, This is an evaluation question. The author is making an argument that will leave out a central, necessary assumption; we, as test takers, must identify the question that best enables us to judge the validity of the assumption. The editorial''s conclusion is in the first ...”
July 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Toughest CR: Phramaceutical Companies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“That''s correct--(E) represents the pharmaceutical companies admitting that because of the research that they prefer, they are only funding research in locations convenient to them.”
July 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Premier should be fine for advanced Bolded Statement, since most Bold Statement problems are already higher difficulty by default. As for IR, there is no "advanced" IR prep; that section isn''t adaptive, and is designed to have all questions be roughly the same difficult!”
July 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Aquarium in the Data Sufficiency forum
“If you fill a tank with water, then gravity and the nature of liquids mean the water will touch the bottom and all four walls; the top of the water will lie flat, exposed to air (even if the top of the tank is closed off). This top is, conventionally, the surface area of the water--although it''s ...”
July 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi GMATajay, You should definitely begin with Premier 2013. It''s a comprehensive course. Although the specific examples may not be advanced level, the techniques within will prepare you for questions of all difficulty levels. From there, GMAT 800 is still your best bet for advanced level ...”
July 31, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Pulverized Vase in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Not quite! There''s nothing scientific about pulverization; it just means "reducing to dust"!”
July 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LEAST contribute to an explanation in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Not necessarily the wrong approach, but at least the wrong terminology!”
July 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Pulverized Vase in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You can figure out the word from context--if whatever they are doing leaves "dust" to be spectroscopically analyzed, in all likelihood it will damage (if not completely destroy!) the vase, which is enough to reach the correct conclusion. By the way, this might help you with this ...”
July 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LEAST contribute to an explanation in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi alex, Thanks for the thoughtful analysis. However, you''re unfortunately missing the mark--you''re looking for an argument, but Explain questions like this one don''t have arguments! There is no "evidence" or "conclusion," and no "assumption" to strengthen or ...”
July 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 13th edition diagnostic exam question #5 in the Problem Solving forum
“Let me track down a copy of the OG--I''ll get back to you Monday!”
July 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to A generic doubt in CR.. Experts please help.. in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi manishankar, The correct explanation has already been handled, but I wanted to address your specific points. First, strengthen/weaken question will ALWAYS say "...if true..." or something similar as part of the Question Stem. You never need to worry about whether a statement like ...”
July 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 13th edition diagnostic exam question #5 in the Problem Solving forum
“The volume of 36pi has a height of two--in other words, you can divide both sides of your equation by 2 and the result will be the equation in the OG explanation. They''re the same thing!”
July 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Using "Which" in the Sentence Correction forum
“When "which" is on it''s own, it will always be an appositive phrase--one set off by commas on both sides. However, the Official Guide explicitly states that this will not be tested; this written convention is not universally accepted by scholars of the English language. When ...”
July 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Using "Which" in the Sentence Correction forum
“Which always modifies the noun or noun phrase next to it. A "noun phrase" can be a noun with a preposition modifier, such as a "group of students" or a "chain of restaurants." Usually, the verb tense of the noun by the which indicates what the "which" refers ...”
July 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please review my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Ganesh, This essay gets a 3. As Kartik pointed out, you need to work on your grammar--in particular, your sentence structure, which includes several run-ons and several sentence fragments. You also need a better logical flow of ideas. Your fourth point about tourism and your first point ...”
July 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my essay :) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi sunlars, I give this one a 4. I can see you used a template, and for the most part it worked for you! However, things broke down a little in paragraph 2. I am not sure which template you''re using, but every template is consistent on one point: one idea, one paragraph. You lump "the ...”
July 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Working Conditions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks! We appreciate it!”
July 25, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Toughest CR: Phramaceutical Companies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Okay, I see the confusion! You''re looking at the two problems as parallel--but they''re not. Your support for IC #2 is in fact also support for IC #1! In other words, according to the prompt, the reason that funding only goes to large institutions is the focus on success and profit. I do ...”
July 24, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Toughest CR: Phramaceutical Companies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Let me turn the question back at you: If Big Pharma agreed to conduct the same research, with the same people, studying the same subjects, but they moved that research from large universities to small ones or to research hospitals--would the critics in the question stem be satisfied that the ...”
July 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to critique please, test tomorrow in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“5 I really, really want to give this a 6. The examples are solid, and this is one of the best-flowing essays I''ve seen, controlling the transition of related ideas expertly. Unfortunately, it''s clear you just ran out of time. Your conclusion was short, had typos, and didn''t really sum up ...”
July 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate my AWA essay- GMAT this Tuesday :) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Objectify, This essay gets a 5. It''s well structured, well reasoned, and well supported. Good job! However, it''s clear that you''re TRYING to write a fancy essay--and the attempt weakens your essay. You''re misusing words like "unsubstantiated" and "untenable", and ...”
July 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Toughest CR: Phramaceutical Companies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Bolded the key part. "The research" is at issue--universities are the only places that can conduct PHARMA research. However, it''s entirely possible that non-pharma research, the type of research that the author complains is stifled because it does not "conform to the expectations of ...”
July 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Toughest CR: Phramaceutical Companies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“They key in (E) is that it discusses only the kind of research Big Pharma funds. The author isn''t criticized Pharmaceutical companies'' choice of big universities--he''s criticizing the type of research they are conducting, with comments such as "only...lucrative results" and ...”
July 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi ronnie, I give this essay a 5. It''s solid, and it''s analysis is complete and throrough. However, you have almost zero evidenciary support for your claims, and that will make it impossible for your to get a perfect score! In your second paragraph, don''t just tell us the game- and movie- ...”
July 20, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA Essay # 104 - Please score this essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi kartikshah, This is a great essay! It is well written, well structured, well reasoned, and well supported--solid across all the criteria! This would get somewhere between a 5 and a 6. There are two things that keep me from giving an unequivocal perfect rating, though: first, make sure you''re ...”
July 20, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate this issue essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi kirgiza, There is no issue essay! Read here for more details: [url]www.testchange.com[/url]”
July 20, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Working Conditions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“"many" doesn''t necessarily mean "lots" or "most" as we use it in conversation. "Many" on critical reasoning means "3 or more." So ask yourself, would just a few counterexamples weaken an argument? So, "many restaurants go bankrupt even with ...”
July 19, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Working Conditions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi guys, I got asked to stop by to clarify a few things! Patanjali, "most" and "many" are very important in many problems, but you''re overanalyzing them here. Remember, on the GMAT "weaken" question type, you aren''t trying to disprove the argument. You''re just ...”
July 19, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to “Over time, the costs of processing go down.." in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Rushitej, Good effort on this essay, and thanks for reformatting it! Unfortunately, I can only give it a 2. There are several things you can do to improve your writing. First, make sure that you clearly delineate your paragraphs. Your first paragraph should be an introduction to the ...”
July 18, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to “Over time, the costs of processing go down.." in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi rushitej, I''m having a little trouble reading this because of the formatting. If you could edit the essay to there are TWO line-breaks between each paragraph, I''d be happy to come back and evaluate it! Thanks,”
July 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Essay example in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Nope! The AWA requires you to point out logical flaws in the author''s argument, not to make out an airtight case that he''s wrong. That means hypotheticals--how he could be right and how he could be wrong--are fine, even if they''re entirely fictitious!”
July 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA Topic # 9: Please score this essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi Kartikshah, This essay gets a 4. Structurally, it''s sound, and your writing is excellent. Good job! But unfortunately, in pointing out the author''s assumption, you made several assumptions yourself--those assumptions undermine your reasoning, and make your essay less persuasive than it might ...”
July 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to First AWA essay trial, please rate! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Reposted from another forum: 4 This essay is pretty well written, and the flaws you chose are good ones--well done! However, this essay fails to get the highest levels of score because it doesn''t hold together well. You present your three flaws as three completely unrelated flaws. This is ...”
July 16, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA topic #2 - please rate! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“The author''s stated premise: the company was most profitable when it had one office. The author''s unstated assumption: the company was most profitable BECAUSE it had one office. Your paragraph attacked the unstated assumption. This is exactly what you wanted to do. However, your opening to ...”
July 16, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA topic #2 - please rate! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“4 This essay has a core of solid elements. You complete the task--you correctly point out flaws in the author''s reasoning, and explain how the author could strengthen his position. That''s a great start! You also have a solid foundation of structure, starting by deconstructing the prompt, then ...”
July 16, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Argument(AWA) Candid critic appreciated. Plz Rate. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Good job with your writing! I gave this a 5. I especially liked the variety of sentence lengths, a technique that improves the flow of reading and the many writers have trouble with. I think you spend too many words on your third paragraph though; see if you can pare out a redundant sentence or ...”
July 14, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA topic #1 - Please rate in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Really nice job on this essay--it''s well structured, well written, and well though! I gave it a 5. You made a logical error regarding the photos, though. "5-day service" doesn''t mean 5 days OF service. It means a 5 day wait for your photographs to be developed. Your claim of 10 cents/day ...”
July 14, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Probability question - Need expert help in the Problem Solving forum
“Here''s a basic rule that should clear things up: If you are told you are selecting multiple objects-- "three markers," "four fruit," "two cards," you can always assume they are selected without replacement--three makers, for instance, means "three different ...”
July 14, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Chose White to paint your house in the Problem Solving forum
“Hi maxm, I recommend deleting this post immediately; students have had their scores cancelled, and even been barred from taking the test again, for posting questions from the actual GMAT. Regards”
July 13, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Probability question - Need expert help in the Problem Solving forum
“Hi voodoo_child, Note the language "the numbers on two cards." This unambiguously means two separate cards! If it were phrased, "two cards are drawn from the bin," or worse, "after two draws from the bin," then there might be untestlike lack of clarity. But here, ...”
July 13, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Best Practice Tests? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Here''s a link to the Kaplan GMAT Premier 2013 edition, which includes 5 practice tests! [url]http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-Premier-Online-Practice-Tests/dp/1609780930/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342117982&sr=8-1&keywords=gmat+premier+2013[/url] Good luck!”
July 12, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Missouri Compromise in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi imskpwr, The GMAT doesn''t test punctuation directly, but it does expect you to know that there are two correct ways to use ", and" in a sentence. The comma-and structure can be used as the last item of a list of three or more similar ideas. That''s clearly not the case here. ...”
July 12, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Partially correctly answered questions in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“On dichotomous choice IR questions, which are three yes/no or true/false question in a single table, you must get all three correct to get any credit. This may seem harsh, but it''s actually fair--this is a good opportunity to practice some GMAT math! Since there are two choices each for three ...”
July 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Penalty for not finishing? in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“That''s pretty good evidence! Let me expound on eagleeye''s explanation for a moment. Once upon a time, when CATs were a brand new idea just getting off the ground, folks were trying to find holes in the system, ways to exploit the computer grading method. One theory was to intentionally skip the ...”
July 10, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Is a/b < c/d? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hi catty, We''re looking for whether a/b < c/d. Fortunately, we''re told a useful bit of info in the question stem. All four terms are positive. That''s very important with inequalities, because it means that we can multiply and divide without having to worry about the direction of the ...”
July 9, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to please help in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hi grandh01, This problem is a great illustration of the important of analyzing the question stem before you move onto the statements. After all, look at those statements--statement 2), in particular, if a huge, messy number with a bunch of prime terms raised to high powers! But if you stop ...”
July 7, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to kaplan test series in the Ask a Manhattan GMAT representative forum
“Hi blackmamba, Can you PM me the details of the tests that are repeating questions? As Matt said, this usually happens when students repeat tests, or have their accounts reset. However, if there was a bug in the tests, we''ll want to get it looked at right away. Thanks! Edit: Just realized ...”
July 7, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate this AWA for me.. It is my 1st in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“There is no Issue essay anymore! [url]www.testchange.com[/url]”
July 4, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Please rate this AWA for me.. It is my 1st in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi rusty! Good job templating your essay your organization of your thoughts is clear, as is the path of your logic. You start by clearly staking out your position, and most (though not all) of your paragraphs clearly state a single important issue. You also lead your reader''s through with ...”
July 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Can't understand a sentence in this passage. in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hi sui, Whenever you have a tough sentence in a passage, it''s often helpful to consider the context it''s in as a tool to decode it. First, we''re introduced to Winters. The Belknap Indian Reservation was created from federal lands by a treaty that didn''t mention water; but because of the ...”
July 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to FDP Strategies problem in the Problem Solving forum
“It looks to me like all of your math checks out. 13/4 b is the answer that you would get adding just Andrew and Charlie together. As is often the case with GMAT problems, this one gives you an opportunity to solve for the wrong thing. It''s likely that the text of the problem got tweaked slightly ...”
July 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to CR - Conclusion identify in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi karthinkpandian, The idiomatic phrase "more often than not" means that something does happen more often than it does not happen--or, to put it more simply, that is happens more than 50% of the time!”
July 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Critical Reasoning in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi there! I''m glad you asked about this problem, because it''s a classic GMAT scenario. You chose a good one to post, because the lesson that it teaches is one applicable to a variety of similar problems. For CR problems, always start with the question itself. This question asks for the ...”
July 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Quores production in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You''ve got B backwards-- B is Y --> X The prompt tells us that 20% is necessary for avoiding bankruptcy. That is, in all scenarios where Quore avoids bankruptcy, achieves a 10% and is capable of achieving 20%. So, No Bankruptcy --> 20% increase is possible. But B says the opposite: ...”
July 2, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Quores production in the Critical Reasoning forum
“That''s it!”
July 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Quores production in the Critical Reasoning forum
“It says so right in the text: if 10% is achievable, then 20% is attainable. That means that if 20% is not attainable, 10% is not attainable. This is known as the "contrapositive." It''s tested much more often in LSAT Logical Reasoning, but it shows up from time to time in GMAT critical ...”
July 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to CR Weaken in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Kaplan GMAT Premier covers all of the common Critical Reasoning patterns. You can also stop by our blog (blog.kaplangmat.com) and search for critical reasoning to find a number of free, insightful posts on the topic!”
July 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Quores production in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Like most inference question, this one is hard to predict--our best bet is to check each answer choice one at a time. (A) "Only" is the giveaway that this is incorrect. We don''t know that Quore will survive the transformation, nor how many factors went into its survival if it does ...”
July 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to CR Weaken in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi sachindia, This problem is a Weaken problem--clearly indicated by the question stem. That means the argument in the stimulus will rely on some assumed fact, and the correct answer will indicate why that assumption might not be true. In this problem, the conclusion is buried in the middle of ...”
July 1, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Is it C or D? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Sorry bout that--BeatTheGMAT has had trouble with Kaplan links lately. Copy-paste the link into your browser bar, and let me know if that works!”
June 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Is it C or D? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi folks, I''ll see if I can answer your questions! nishant, (C) is just a very wordy construction. Remember, the GMAT doesn''t just test grammar. Style is important as well. "A question that is irrelevant..." is a clunky, wordy phrasing that doesn''t clearly reflect the intended ...”
June 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT practice tests difficulty in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks for posting this! I think it shows that our tests are mathematically sound--and it also shows that individual test-takers can sometimes have wildly swingy individual scores, regardless of the soundness of the exam they take, based on factors other than the test itself!”
June 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to data sufficiency ? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great summary! This ia a good, thorough way to solve this. In particular, the key is spotting that 0 is a possible solution. The "trap" choice some test-takers may fall into is trying to simplify by dividing out x''s. But unless you know a variable is non-zero, you can''t divide by it! ...”
June 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Exponents theory in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Good question! As Anurag said, ^0 is the only way to get "1" as the result of raising a number other than 1 to a power. However, It is NOT the only way to equate two exponents with the same power but different bases. Remember, even powers on exponents remove the negative sign on the ...”
June 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Weighted Average problems - Need insight on this topic in the Problem Solving forum
“The link is correct; the problem is with BeatTheGMAT! Try copy-pasting into your browser bar!”
June 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Weighted Average problems - Need insight on this topic in the Problem Solving forum
“Hi folks, Here is the proper link to the blog: [url]http://blog.kaplangmat.com/2010/12/22/gmat-mixture-problems/[/url] As for the other question, grades are always out of 100% unless otherwise specified. So, 40% of that final grade is the midterm. However, the midterm is also graded on a ...”
June 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Must be true question in the GMAT Math forum
“Hi tutor PHD, Great suggestion of picking numbers! Problems like these are classic opportunities to earn points by plugging in values. The key is that on a "must be true" problem, a single counterexample is all you need to rule a choice out! However, I do want to point something out. ...”
June 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to True Discount problem in the GMAT Math forum
“Hi Chinn, The "True discount" is a term used when you are promised a given amount of money in the future. Since money collect interest, the actual value of that promise is less than the face value. So, if the interest rate were 10% and I promised you $110 next year, than that''s worth ...”
June 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Attorney in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good summary, and that''s absolutely correct. The "not reflecting" doesn''t clearly modify what it''s meant to modify. It MIGHT modify the right thing, but the construction is so awkward that it just might not. (C) doesn''t require any sort of interpretations--it clearly means what it''s ...”
June 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kindly rate my 4th AWA on this forum. Please guide. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi arunima, I would give this essay a 4. You have some good things going for you. Your points are good-in particular, you catch the major flaw, which is that the author fails to account for inflation. Your organization, specifically your paragraphing, shows an understanding of the question ...”
June 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Weighted Average problems - Need insight on this topic in the Problem Solving forum
“Hi Karthik, Weighted Average problems follow the same basic formula every time: (Average 1)(Percentage 1) + (Average 2)(Percentage 2)... + ... (Average n)(Percentage n) = Overall Average. So, in this case: 75 * 40% + 90 * 60% = 84, choice B. If these are giving you trouble, you can ...”
June 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Need Help in the Problem Solving forum
“That''s correct. Fortunately for all of us, there is no trig on the GMAT!”
June 25, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to GMAT Math-only course in the GMAT Math forum
“Hi NextGreatLeader, Kaplan offers a Math Refresher course, with three On-Demand video sessions to help you out. It''s focused on fundamentals, and is great if you''re having trouble with fundamentals like isolating variables, radicals, and circle/triangle rules. However, the refresher is not ...”
June 24, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Domingo orchestra- Strengthen question 700-800 levels in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi saviogmat! Step 1: Identify the question type This is a strengthen question. We can expect to find that the evidence is missing a piece necessary to properly support the conclusion; we should reaffirm that missing assumption. Step 2: Untangle the stimulus. The first sentence is the ...”
June 24, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Most bicycle helmets in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The "especially" here is a time-saver; it helps you recognize the correct answer faster, but isn''t necessary to reach that answer. To elaborate: the word "especially" indicates that temple protection is particularly important, perhaps moreso than other types of helmet ...”
June 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Most bicycle helmets in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi vk_vinayak, You correctly identified the most important word in the entire stimulus: especially. We''re trying to complete the blank after the words "especially since." Those words mean, respectively, that the blank will be very important and that the blank will be a reason for ...”
June 21, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to subject pronoun/object pronoun in the Sentence Correction forum
“"her" is correct, because "her" is the object and "you" is the subject. However, don''t worry too much about this particular grammar point; the GMAT tests it rarely, if at all! Hope this helps!”
June 21, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Soft Plaque in the Sentence Correction forum
“alex.gellatly has got it! "now emerging..." is grammatically modifying the entire clause "soft plaques is harder to detect...", but the actual phrase "emerging as the cause" can logically only describe the subject "soft plaque" itself. For the reason, (C) is ...”
June 21, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Assumption question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi hey_thr! As you clearly identified, this is an assumption question. On these questions, the GMAT is asking us for a missing link, something necessary to connect the evidence to the assumption. One good place to look for assumptions is what''s known as a scope shift--a change in terminology ...”
June 21, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Evaluate type... in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This question asks us to evaluate the significance of a strange savings pattern. This falls a little outside the normal range of GMAT Critical Reasoning problems, but that just means we get to have a little fun figuring it out! Don''t get distracted or intimidated when the GMAT throws you a curve ...”
June 20, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Thoughts on Kaplan's Critical Reasoning questions... in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi topspin, Here at Kaplan stand by the quality of our materials; we rigorously review our questions, and on the rare occasion that an error slips through the cracks, we''re usually able to correct our online resources quickly. But all that said, I''m sorry that you''re having trouble with our CR ...”
June 11, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a new topic called Get to Know the New GMAT in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“The New GMAT is Here -- Kaplan has the resources you need to succeed on the updated exam. The GMAT has changed this morning—and Kaplan is here to make sure you''re ready to take on the new test. The updated GMAT features a slightly tweaked exam structure and a brand new section, Integrated ...”
June 5, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to GMAT Advanced Course in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Brad, The GMAT Advanced course is essentially similar to our regular GMAT class. It covers the same strategies and techniques--it just implements them on a higher-difficulty selection of problems, and spends less time reviewing fundamental skills like isolating variables or identifying ...”
May 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan advantage anywhere course in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi geno, Looks like the site is down; I''ll let you know as soon as it''s back up! Eli”
May 21, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Following Kaplan course, but no improvement in CATs in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Charlotte, I''m sorry to hear that you are frustrated with your scores. It can definitely be a challenge to stay motivated after scores staying flat. Still, keep with it! Here are a few action points: 1) Review your tests thoroughly. The scores are useful as benchmarks for your performance, ...”
May 21, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to What does a score of 650 from Kaplan Diagnostic indicate? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It sounds like you need to take more tests. Both a loss of focus towards the end of a section, and running out of time, are signs of a test taker who might be skilled when it comes to questions but hasn''t fully developed his testtaking skills directly. Try a few more; I strongly suspect that simple ...”
May 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan CATs - harder or easier than the real thing? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi TK4819, We had some tests that were too hard a number of years ago. We''ve long since updated our scores, which are now quite accurate relative to the real thing--but it''s always hard to live down a mistake! Unless you''re operating out of a very old edition of our books, your scores should ...”
May 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to where to find online practice tests for kaplan premier in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Glad we were able to help!”
April 25, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to where to find online practice tests for kaplan premier in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Simone, After you registered, did you log in? At www.kaptest.com, one you click the login and enter your email and password, a menu should appear on the screen (and a pull-down menu at the top of the screen, as well) listing the course or courses you are registered for. Select that course, and ...”
April 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan score 540 25 days to the exam in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“With three weeks, there definitely is time to improve. Make a study schedule and a list of weaknesses to work on, and stay positive and focused as you prep. Good luck! Eli”
April 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Verbal section so tiring! in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi pinky, Here is a blog post on the subject! http://blog.kaplangmat.com/2012/04/14/gmat-endurance/ Hope that helps!”
April 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan score 540 25 days to the exam in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Pinky, No at-home test is perfect, because the Test Day experience is very different from what goes on in the testing center, but our scores are generally reliable; if your CAT 1 score is significantly below your target score, you may need to consider delaying your test.however, I''m a little ...”
April 22, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Unable to run the GMAT Premier 2012 CD ROM on Windows 7 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Saint, The CD is outdated and isn''t even included with our newer books, because all of the stuff is available through the web! You can log in at www.kaptest.com and register your book and access all of your quizzes, tests, and workshops through your online student center. If you have any ...”
April 15, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to AWA scores averaged in the Kaplan practice CATS? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“The 200-800 score is unaffected by the essay, both on our CATs and on the real test. Your essay grade is completely separate! Eli”
March 25, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan gmat premier 2012-13 Practice Tests in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Same tests, but with the option of adding the IR section! Eli”
March 25, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Online Assets - Please Advice in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Jim, We can''t make any promises about individual score increases. However, I will say that I''ve had many of students in just your position, and although large increases took a lot of work and were not universal, a number of them have seen increases of 100 points or more. Eli”
March 17, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Reading Comp Kaplan CD companion in the Reading Comprehension forum
“For ''except'' questions, you generally have to check each answer choice against the text; however, the Kaplan method should still be helpful, since each of those answer choices researched efficiently from your passage map, Topic, Scope, and Purpose.”
March 16, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to THE FREE ONLINE KAPLAN TEST in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Savio, 690 is definitely a great start! 760 + will take a lot of work, regardless, but you''re already near 700, which is the level of score that schools consider "elite." To get all 9 CATs, you must purchase a course--we do not sell them separately. Sorry for the inconvenience! ...”
March 13, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan books - GMAT in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi confuse! Kaplan GMAT premier is the book to start. It contains the most problems, and the most strategies; it is the core of any Kaplan self-study package. I''m not sure about GMAT Comprehensive or Advanced; those sound sort of like our classroom courses, not published books. Can you ...”
March 12, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Help! Not sure how to focus studying after 3 poor CATs in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Kitty, Unfortunately, without looking are your scores myself, I can''t really help that much. But your teacher should still be able to help you--have you emailed him or her? Kaplan teachers can look at their students'' scores, so he can pull up your practice test and give you advice better ...”
March 3, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Help! Not sure how to focus studying after 3 poor CATs in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi kitty, The best piece of advice that I can give you is not to worry about your CATs. This is hard to do, of course--it looks so scary when you see drops in scores! And it can be frustrating when your scores aren''t near your goals. But it''s still necessary, because if you are worried and ...”
February 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Analyze my scores in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Well, I don'' think our scores are likely scoring low, but 30 days is plenty of time. It''s clear you''re a high-level student, so focus on high difficulty questions, check the few errors you are making for recurring patterns of error that you can avoid, and I''m sure you''ll be able to make up ...”
February 24, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Analyze my scores in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi sgadipat, Our overall scores should be pretty accurate--and congratulations, by the way, because those are some epic scores! Do not that our sectional scores are, unfortunately, not 100% on target--GMAT scores go only up to 51 on the Quant section, so a 55 shouldn''t be possible. Sorry for the ...”
February 24, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Diagnostic to Actual GMAT Ratio in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“You''re welcome!”
February 9, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Diagnostic to Actual GMAT Ratio in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi! Unfortunately, we don''t have a good way to collect actual test-data from out students, so I can''t answer your first question. But as to your second, I can tell you that although 200 point increases are rare, they do happen, and I''ve personally helped a number of students improve that much. ...”
February 7, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LA in the Sentence Correction forum
“The bus arrived at 3:30, but I had arrived at the stop at 3:10. (My arrival occurred in the past before the bus arrived.) Many people incorrectly blame Company X for the corrupt accounting that had been industry standard for years before X''s founding. (The corrupt practices were the ...”
January 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LA in the Sentence Correction forum
“Actually, no--they both mean "X happens, then the 20th year passes." The phrasing is different, and they have slightly different connotations, but the literal meanings of those statements is identical! Mocking the claim is part of a separate clause (subject-verb pair). You can tell by ...”
January 29, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LA in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Sharma, I''m happy to help, but I''m not quite sure what your asking--in your last post, you say that A can''t be the OA but then say that A is the only answer that makes sense. Can you clear up what is confusing you? I''ll happily respond once I know how! Thanks! Eli”
January 28, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to LA in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi, avik.ch asked me to respond to this in PM, so here I am! The "had" tense is used to indicate and action that was ongoing or that was completed in the past, BEFORE another action in the past began. So it looks like this in a time line (Past) Had been ___________ Was ...”
January 27, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Coursebook Question-Experts help please. in the Critical Reasoning forum
“hi Bryan, When the GMAT says "last year," it means "last year!" Assume the text was written on the day you take the test, unless given specific reason to think otherwise.”
January 26, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT CATs - Problems with the CATs in the GMAT Strategy forum
“hi rjkling, Can you please send me a private message with the details, including the problem code number that you can see when reviewing answers? If an error in a problem slipped through our editing process, we want to know so we can fix it right away! Eli”
January 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to About KAPALN CATs in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Suman, Sorry for the delayed response! It''s hard to say what is a ''true'' indicator of the GMAT, because each person''s test-day experience will be different. Many people find tests at home harder or easier to focus on than real tests. However, mathematically we do work hard to ensure ...”
January 23, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan cats not going as well as hoping in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Cimamura, It sounds like a delay might be helpful, although there are a lot of unknowns with your situation. Are you enrolled in a class? Your teacher might have a better sense of your performance, and I''m sure he or she would be happy to spend time walking through a test-day strategy! Eli”
January 14, 2012
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN CD not working in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Vishal, The CD is out of date; we haven''t updated it in a while, because all of the CD materials are now available through the web. Sorry for the confusion! However, the website issues are unfortunate, and I''m not sure what''s going on there. Have you contacted out tech support at ...”
December 28, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Test Prep Scores in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi opuzhar, I''d definitely take the test. Of the three tests, the official test is the most accurate--you unfortunately can''t rest easy on your 570. 470 is probably not your actual level, because 100 points is a lot of drop. Were you tired during the last test? Unfocused? Distracted? But ...”
December 17, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN CAT 1 759 Q50 V50 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Good luck on your test! Eli”
December 13, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN CAT 1 759 Q50 V50 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“I don''t believe so, as sectional scores go to 51.”
December 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN CAT 1 759 Q50 V50 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi GF, Diagnostic CAT1 with our courses is a fully adaptive test; if you scored that well, it''s a great sign! Unfortunately, the diagnostic test 1 associated with our off-the-shelf books, while a valuable resource and a great gauge of strengths and weaknesses, is a little looser with it''s ...”
December 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Diagnstic Test CAT1 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“hi OPSS, If you''re scoring 70 points above your goal, that''s a great sign that you''re ready to take the test! Still nothing is better than the GMATprep software from www.mba.com, if you really want to dispel any doubts. Eli”
December 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding the Diagnostic test and Preparation in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Rijul, You should be fine to do a verbal class. You may not realize it, but the 33 verbal you got on your Veritas prep is a 66th %ile score! Eli”
December 7, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding the Diagnostic test and Preparation in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“HI rijul, Unfortunately, we don''t have the capability to refund enrollment fees for countries outside the countries listed. However, even though the HSG doesn''t technically apply, we never leave students out in the cold; in most cases, we''re happy to let students repeat online courses even ...”
December 2, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding the Diagnostic test and Preparation in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Rijul, Thanks for pointing this out. I''ll follow up as soon as I know the details for sure! Eli”
December 1, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding the Diagnostic test and Preparation in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Where did you hear this? To the best of my knowledge, it''s not true. Eli”
November 30, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 800 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Anks, There are 4 CATs (plus two non-diagnostic tests) associated with our off-the-shelf study guides, and 9 completely unique CATs that come with our full courses. Thanks for choosing Kaplan! Eli”
November 28, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to 660 on Kaplan practice test , actual GMAT predictions ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi george paul, The tests that come with Kaplan GMAT Premier are pretty accurate. If you''re getting a 660 on those tests, you''re most likely at or about 660 on the real test. But if there is any doubt, the best bet is to take an official GMATprep test to get the most accurate score possible. ...”
November 20, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding the Diagnostic test and Preparation in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Good luck, and don''t hesitate to post or PM if any other questions come up between now and then!”
November 13, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding the Diagnostic test and Preparation in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“For your three questions, in order: 1. Yes, you can reach 750! Obviously, there''s quite a bit of work to be done, and as with all things, there are no guarantees. But I''ve personally seen 200+ point increases, so your goal is attainable! 2. Verbal sections of tests seem like they reward ...”
November 12, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan test prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi nnerkar, Do you have access to your Kaplan Online center? The CD doesn''t contain any unique material, so as long as you have a student account, you should be able to ignore the CD. Eli”
November 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding GMAT Premier Prog - CD not working in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi enjoylife, Sorry that we''ve given a negative impression! The truth is, we don''t actually have anything unique on the CD anymore! As time marches on, we''ve moved all of our tests onto the Kaplan Student Center, and just kept the CD for legacy reasons. As internet access gets more an more ...”
November 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 800 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi alekhya Unfortuntately, tests aren''t included with Kaplan 800. Kaplan GMAT Premier is out main lesson book that includes all of our practice tests; Kaplan 800 is a great book, but it''s intended to be supplementary. Thanks for choosing Kaplan!”
November 2, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Quiz Difficulty On Kaplan Premier in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Hayek, Sorry for the delay--I was playing around with the software myself. Unfortunately, I''m a classroom teacher, to the books aren''t my area of expertise. I recommend emailing our publishing team at booksupport@kaplan.com for a more detailed explanation of how the quizzes are set up. If ...”
October 14, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Quiz Difficulty On Kaplan Premier in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Hayek, When you review your answers to the quizzes, the individual questions should be labeled with their respective difficulties. Hope this helps!”
October 12, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Well sort of... in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi Confused, As you know, Kaplan does offer tutoring! It sounds like our materials worked for you, and your score was 40 points higher than your average to start. We''d be happy to arrange a math-intensive tutoring plan if that''s the key for you to beat the GMAT. Let us know how we can help!”
October 4, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN is a RIP OFF- FACT in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Kaplan appreciates all student concerns, as our constant responses in this forum clearly show. However, gmatpig, you have clearly indicated shown that you. Of your two other posts on this forum, one was deleted and the other was a similar screed against Veritas. Furthermore, rather than post your ...”
September 28, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Online Practice Test in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Rakhi, I''m sorry that you weren''t able to get your system to work. Have you contacted our customer care center? Most problems like the one you''ve described can be fixed with a simple reset. Send your email address and the ISBN number of the book you purchased to booksupport@kaplan.com and ...”
September 22, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Statistics and murder in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Good explanation, Acorn! To clarify, the apparent paradox is caused by an unstated assumption that both murders from people you know and murders from strangers are randomly distributed. The correct answer points out that because random murders are...well, random! the fear of those murders is ...”
August 24, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Statistics and murder in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi Muhtasimhassan, Can you double-check that you transcribed this problem correctly? I haven''t looked at this problem in a while, but if memory serves, I think you might have missed a word or two in the question stem. (unless this problem got updated when we changed editions and I didn''t ...”
August 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Pl advice on classes for Verbal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Rajaram, You''re leaving out another option--in addition to our on-site coaching in India, you can also sign up for an online Kaplan class, if the scheduling or travel is easier for you. This also has the advantage of letting you try before you buy. We offer free sample classes online; you can ...”
August 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan experts need help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Prateek, Send an email to booksupport@kaplan.com or call 1-800-KAP-TEST. We do have an expiration date on our online materials, but we also guarantee satisfaction; if you aren''t ready to take the test by the time the course runs out, we don''t want you to take it! We''ll happily extend your ...”
August 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to kaplan CD rom not working. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Prateek, Tech issues are unfortunately outside my area of expertise; booksupport@kaplan.com should be able to help you, though! Send them an email, and PM me if you don''t get a prompt reply so I can follow up if necessary.”
August 21, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Tests? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“If you are preparing for this years exam, it doesn''t particularly matter. 2012 contains a couple of minor typo-fixes, but the primary difference between 2012 and 2011 is the inclusion of information on the integrated reasoning section. This information does NOT replace anything or remove anything; ...”
August 17, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Tests? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Not "better," but it will work just as well. Buy what''s available!”
August 16, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 800 vc. Kaplan Advanced in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Prateek, Kaplan 800 does not include the tests; however, you can pick up Kaplan GMAT premier for access to 6 full length tests.”
August 16, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Tests? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“All of our tests are as close to the real thing as we can make them, although the 9 CATS associated with our courses have been revised for accuracy more recently than the 6 unique tests connected with the Premier book. As for 2011 or 2012, it shouldn''t make too much of a difference. The primary ...”
August 7, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Tests? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Sandeep, Kaplan''s GMAT premier include 6 full-length CATs. Kaplan''s online and on-site classes come with 9 completely different tests. Hope this helps!”
August 6, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan - Higher Score On The GMAT CD in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Harsh, I haven''t a clue--2003 tests were before my time at Kaplan. I CAN tell you that, at a minimum, Bolded Statement questions were introduced well after 2003; you''ll need to get up-to-date tests if you want to practice any of those.”
August 4, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a new topic called NOTICE: Slow Responses in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Folks, Just a heads up that I''m working on developing some Kaplan GMAT content to ensure that we continue to offer all our students the best test preparation possible. For that reason, I may not check this forum on a daily basis until my work is done mid-to-late-August. Please be patient if ...”
August 1, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 2009 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Unfortunately, there isn''t one. Some people claim to have an "accurate" conversion, but I''ve seen some people claim you should ad 50 points and others say you should take 50 away! And unfortunately, with a practice exam there are simply too many human variable to ever get a truly ...”
July 26, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 2009 in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi tanyasethi, we take pride in the quality of our CATs, but nothing beats the real thing--have you checked your performance on the official GMATprep tests from www.mba.com?”
July 25, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to about gmat practices test from kaplan in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi naveen, We don''t sell tests as an individual product. However, the most budget-conscious option would be to purchase Kaplan GMAT premier from the Kaplan bookstore here: http://www.kaptest.com/bookstore/ It comes with access to 6 full-length tests. Alternately, you can get 9 different CATS ...”
July 20, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Common vs commonly in the Sentence Correction forum
“Cartographers are people. A phrase meant to describe people would be connected to the sentence with the word "who," rather than the word "that" It''s stylistically awkward, but unambiguously clear, that the word "maps" is being modified twice, by both "designed ...”
July 13, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan - How reflective of GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“BschoolPHD, sorry for the confusion with your sores. I hope that at the very least you found the individual problems on your test to be good, test-like practice. can you PM me your login info for your Kaplan website? I''ve forwarded this along to our academics team, who will investigate your score ...”
July 11, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Area when sides are 12 and 8 in the Problem Solving forum
“Yup. Any time you have two sides, the greatest possible area of the triangle will be the one with 90 degress between them.”
July 11, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding Kaplan GMAT quiz bank in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi nagrajan, there''s definitely plenty to learn for the Kaplan quiz banks. Among other things, our quiz-banks are automatically timed, and advantage over working from a book. Additionally, our quiz-bank is customizable. if you want hard questions, you can limit the quiz bank to only high-difficulty ...”
July 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Regarding GMAT Premier Prog - CD not working in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi karishma, Has booksupport replied? Tech issues, unfortunately, are a little beyond my ability to diagnose!”
June 22, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan Diagnostic Question in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi rmcguire, Thanks for the heads up! I''ll forward this on to the people who design our test software so they know it''s happened. In the mean time, if there is ever any question about the accuracy of your score, the best place to go (regardless of whose class you''re taking!) is www.mba.com ...”
June 14, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Is it just me or is Kaplan CAT A LOT tougher than GMAT PREP? in the GMAT Math forum
“Hi shoot4greatness, While at Kaplan we do everything we can to make our test as accurate as possible, nothing beats the official test. Your 45 is probably the most accurate score (repeats of the same test bias the result), and a similar score on GMATprep #2. That said, for every student who ...”
June 10, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi GShahin, The CATs you are looking for are included in Kaplan GMAT Premier, which it sounds like isn''t one of the books you purchased. Sorry for the confusion--feel free to PM me if you need any more assistance!”
June 3, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Confusing Sentences in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Charu, Looks like Brian beat me to it, and he''s right on both counts. The second sentence uses "will" as a noun, and the first sentence has a typo. Can you PM me the edition of the book and the page number that has this? I want to make sure we are able to fix it ASAP (if we haven''t ...”
June 3, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Availabilty of Kaplan Premier 2011 with CD ROM in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi AK, siva. Thanks for answering this one; you beat me to the punch! Our new premier book is out and it''s better than ever. However, AK, rememeber that the Integrated Reasoning section won''t be implemented for over a year (summer 2012). If you''re planning to wait that long to take the ...”
June 1, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 800 vs Kaplan GMAT 2011 Premier in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi amar, Since our off-the-shelf books are handled by a different division of the company than our classroom teachers, I don''t have an exact date at the moment. But we should have a new one coming up soon; I''ll do some research and see if I can''t did up a street date.”
May 28, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Actual GMAT Quant tougher than Kaplan?? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Hi Calvin, All three of those things ARE present in Kaplan material--remember, because our practice tests are adaptive, you might not have seen them based on the specific questions you were assigned! Still, I''m glad that our material was helpful, and I hope you made all your score goals.”
May 28, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN Quiz Bank question in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Our problems are modeled after actual GMAT problems, so they are as accurate and test-like as we can make them. We also do our best to score them as accurately as possible, but like all other test-prep companies, we don''t have an effective way to collect student scores on the real test and compare ...”
May 24, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan 800 vs Kaplan GMAT 2011 Premier in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Kaplan 800 sounds like the best fit for you. Kaplan Premier is a comprehensive prep resource with Kaplan''s methods and strategies. If you already have the content and strategic material down, the Kaplan 800 workbook will be a better match for you.”
May 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to KAPLAN Quiz Bank question in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Voodoo, Our Advanced problems start around 600-650 level, though some are higher. Our basic problem correspond to about 450, but this is a rough estimate as well. Thanks for your patience on the reply, and sorry it took me a few days to get to it. Please feel free to PM me if I don''t see ...”
May 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to last 5 days before exam!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi nuka, The official guide is a great resource, because it list all the actual prompts you could see on test-day. This makes it way easier to prep! But it''s not necessarily enough by itself. Like everything else in the OG, the explanations are thorough and correct but not necessarily intuitive ...”
May 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Smoke in the water in the Critical Reasoning forum
“D) The GMAT generally rewards people who can avoid making unnecessary assumptions, but we still can use our common sense: it''s safe to assume that spouses live together. If the data tell us that smokers are more likely to live in high-stress environments, it follows that non-smokers married to ...”
May 23, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Actual GMAT Quant tougher than Kaplan?? in the Ask a Kaplan representative forum
“Calvin, Remember that the adaptive nature of the test means that % of questions wrong isn''t an accurate measure of performance. If you scored higher with more questions wrong, it probably means a stronger performance at the beginning raised your score and you spent the rest of the test at a ...”
May 6, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan's GMAT 2011 Premier with CD-ROM in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hi Mikhil, There are a few bug and error fixes as well, but most of the changes were to minor typos--indeed, the 2010-2011 edition should be fine!”
April 11, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to PLEASE, I really need your advice. I need a study opinion... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Jared, Each student studies differently, and whether you want to focus on specific topics or spread out your work really depends on you. I will say this, however: make sure you''re taking CATs regularly. Even if you''ve decided that this week should be focuses on, say, CR, it''s important to ...”
April 7, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Beaten and Highly Confused -- Really Need Experienced Advice in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi upkarsgrewal, I''m sorry things took a turn for the worse for you. The good news is, it''s abundantly clear that only one thing is holding you back: your nerves. You''ve improved across the board in terms of your practice test scores. You''ve become more familiar with math, grammar, ...”
April 7, 2011
KapTeacherEli posted a reply to Kaplan GMAT Premier 2011 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Trekib, I know we''re constantly striving to improve our CATs, but I''m not sure whether the 2011 premier book has updated tests yet--booksupport@kaplan.com will be able to give you a better answer. Regardless, even our old algorithms are mostly accurate--if they''re off, it''s not by much. ...”
April 5, 2011