Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to pre-MBA prep in the MBA Student Life forum
“Can I ask what your background is? What career would you like post-MBA?”
November 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile evaluation (12 years+) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You are in great shape! Just make sure you have your story right.”
November 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Rare VS Rarity + and VS with in the Sentence Correction forum
“What is the source of this question? The grammar is all around poor. I would ignore it.”
November 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Mba admissions consultant in India in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Reach out here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amarjotsandhu I went to bschool with him.”
November 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How to improve my gmat score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Are you set on your exam date in 2 months? I know that you may WANT to apply to school soon, but you may just not be ready. Do you find yourself making the same mistakes? Have you categorized your questions? You need to have a plan of attack. Simply doing problem after problem is not going to ...”
November 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Target 800 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just a word of caution, 4 months is not really THAT long of a time to study. Chart your progress and map a plan, but realize that it might take a bit longer as your last 50 points are going to be much more difficult than your first 50.”
November 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to The thin conveyor belt in the Problem Solving forum
“1/2 pi is used because each is 1/2 of a circle with a diameter of 1. didieravoaka- 1) it would have to be A + B + 2C = 15 2) should make sense from #1”
November 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Confusion in meaning... in the Sentence Correction forum
“There is a difference in the meanings of the sentences. In the actual question, answer A would mean the show would actually stop when the audience has sustained interest. In your example, you have defined the meaning in that you will stop the water when the rice is cooked -- this makes ...”
November 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 50% right questions, but 25 of score and 14% - How it works? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It is not about the first 10 questions per say, it is more that you are getting easy questions wrong. Start looking at what you are getting wrong and work on those areas. Overall if the level of the questions is low and you are getting 50% right, then that is your level. What are you score ...”
November 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Probability v.s combinations in the Problem Solving forum
“Think in terms of total groupings. The total number of ways that Jim and John can be selected is 1 -> 2C2 if you are thinking about formulas. Then, the total ways to people can be selected. 6C2 = 6 x 5 /2 = 15 1/15 is your answer”
November 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Statistics Data Sufficiency in the Problem Solving forum
“You will find this pdf helpful:”
November 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to MBA without work experience in USA in the Research MBA Programs forum
“No MBA *requires work experience, but honestly I would recommend getting some. The program will provide you with a lot more value.”
November 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need some help in deciding B-schools in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“What is it that you want out of your MBA? Also, with a verbal score at the 58th percentile, I would recommend taking the exam again if you are looking at top programs.”
November 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Totally lost and not sure what to do in order to achieve my in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“I would most definitely get some professional experience before you apply. In general, you have a good shot if that is your profile; you just need to tell the right story.”
November 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Usage of which in the Sentence Correction forum
“which refers to the noun before the prepositional phrase. 1) letters 2) plunging prices”
November 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 730 —96% (44Q 47V) Retake for higher Quant? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“My honest opinion is that you should think about taking the exam again. You definitely have an OUTSTANDING score, but it will serve you to get the quant a bit closer to the 80th percentile for the top programs. Good luck!”
November 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Data Sufficiency - Roots in the Problem Solving forum
“You can''t just ''cancel'' the square and the root. You have to treat the operations separately and handle them in order. When you have x^2 = 16, there are 2 possible answers 4 and -4”
November 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Value of X in the Problem Solving forum
“All you really need to know if that exponents will always add a ''curve'' to the plot and absolute value will always create an ''angle''.”
November 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Arithmetic percents in the Problem Solving forum
“I have attached another diagram that is pretty helpful for this question.”
November 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to help please in the Problem Solving forum
“Agree with Brent. Stay away from random question banks. You need to get accustomed to the style of GMAT questions. It is better for you to rework questions you have done than scour the ends of the Internet for bad GMAT questions.”
November 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to help please in the Problem Solving forum
“You absolutely do not need to know normal distributions and confidence intervals for the GMAT.”
November 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC- comparison question in the Sentence Correction forum
“There is no preference for compared to vs. compared with. They are used in different scenarios. Here is a good write up: http://grammarist.com/usage/compared-to-or-compared-with/ Know that the errors will be more distinct than something this small.”
November 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to For me, beating the GMAT means beating geometry in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Here are some good geometry lessons: http://gmatanswers.com/posts/tags/Geometry”
November 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Strategy for Probability in the Problem Solving forum
“You will likely find this helpful: http://gmatanswers.com/posts/gmat-permutations-and-combinations This is not the traditional way these subjects are taught.”
November 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Arithmetic Progression in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Also, recognize that you will never get contradictory information from the statements. If x = 27 from the ''bad wording'', it cannot be prime in statement 2.”
November 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Like vs As in the Sentence Correction forum
“You have an introductory clause ending with the comma. These always introduce a noun, which is why you use ''like'' in this scenario.”
November 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Arithmetic Percents in the Data Sufficiency forum
“With percents, you will often need to know the base to understand change. If you use Gross income as 100 and test scenarios where deductions are 1 and 99, you will get 2 different changes in net income. This makes the answer E. Also, Statement 2 should be the deductions increased by 15 ...”
November 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Algebra Statistics in the Problem Solving forum
“If you start at 56 cents, the combination that you must have is 8 oranges and 2 apples. An equation for this is [40(a) + 60(10 - a)]/10 = 56 a is the number of apples. The next step is to solve the following: [40(2) + 60(o)]/(o+2) = 52 Solving for o gives you 3, meaning she has to put ...”
November 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Something wrong with the GMAT Prep or it is just me? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Henry- This is a very short time frame for you to expect to see any results. My inclination is that if you are aiming toward a 700+ score, you should not think about timing yet. At an upper 500 level, you have quite a bit of work that you need to do. In fact, I would stay away from the GMAT ...”
November 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Hypotheses is best supported by the statements given? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“suyashtcs- A is not correct because in the normal state, caterpillars crawl up, away from gravity.”
November 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Exits in the Data Sufficiency forum
“There is nothing that anchors these points to each other. K could be very close to J, or it could be very close to L. These different position would create different distances from K to L.”
November 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to In the five most important battleground states – in the Sentence Correction forum
“Comparison all the way. You need to compare what the Democrats reported to what the Republicans reported. Whenever you see words that are comparison related make sure that you compare nouns to nouns and verbs to verbs. This is an easy way to eliminate answers right away.”
November 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to One legacy of Madison Avenue's in the Sentence Correction forum
“If you trim some of the words you will get the following: One Legacy .... is ...... The legacy will not be a verb, but rather a noun. In this case ''the realization''”
November 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Retake Needed? Low Quant, High Verbal in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I really would recommend taking the exam again. Your quant score is in the 50th percentile. Most of the top programs will look for your quant score to be at least at the 80th percentile. Hope that helps. Jim”
November 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Do I stand a chance? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You definitely have a shot. The GMAT is the most important thing for you right now. Get that squared away and you can craft your story. A 680 vs a 750 (just random numbers) will give you a very different position from which to write your essays. One thing at a time...”
November 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to IQ in the Problem Solving forum
“Again, not a GMAT question. Please only post questions that are related to the exam.”
November 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to iq in the Problem Solving forum
“Don''t waste your time with these... This is not a GMAT question.”
November 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT 640 (Q47 V31) (2nd attempt) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I think you have a shot at the schools you mentioned, but if you can get a score that is more in line with the mock scores you have received it will greatly improve your chances. Give it one more go, and good luck!”
November 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to PROBABLITY in the Problem Solving forum
“First figure out how many groups of 2 there are in total from the 8 pieces of paper: 8 * 7 / 2! = 28 From there I would just count the different groups of 11 & 12 3 + 8 = 11 3 + 9 = 12 4 + 7 = 11 4 + 8 = 12 5 + 7 = 12 5/28 = C”
November 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to PROFIT in the Problem Solving forum
“The cost of the 10 litres after dilution is 10(.9)(.9) = 8.1 --> this is removing 10% twice. (12 - 8.1)/8.1 is a bit less than 50%, which is B”
November 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Strategy to get admitted to leading colleges in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You are in a competitive group, so the answer is as high as you can get --> verbal will be important for you, so start studying now!”
November 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation- Do I stand a chance? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“You definitely have a shot; it''s all about crafting your unique story... and make sure that your GMAT score is up to snuff!”
November 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to "That is/That are" when is right, when is wrong? in the Sentence Correction forum
“You have a lot of information in this, so let me explain with a couple examples: [noun] that [verb] The noun and and the verb must agree bird that is - this is a singular noun and verb birds that are - this is a plural noun and verb Does this make sense?”
November 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to I can't schedule the date exam. in the Ask a GMAT representative forum
“Did you get this sorted? You should definitely call the contact number on the given page.”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to profit. in the Problem Solving forum
“to make a 20% profit the selling price must be Rs. 30: 30 (1.2) = 36 To get a weighted cost of 30 from 33 and 0, the ratio must be 10:1 for milk to water: 0(x) + 33(1 - x) = 30 --> x is the percent of the combined solution that is water solution 33 - 33x = 30 --> x = 1/11 This ...”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to V3 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Here are the combinations of winners so you can see (there are 36 total possible outcomes 6 x 6): 2, 2 2, 4 2, 6 4, 2 4, 4 4, 6 6, 2 6, 4 6, 6 2, 1 4, 1 4, 3 6, 1 6, 3 6, 5 1, 2 1, 4 3, 4 1, 6 3, 6 5, 6 21/36 = 7/12 There are other ways to do this, of course, but ...”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to my GMAT account is locked in the Ask a GMAT representative forum
“There are phone numbers listed here: http://www.mba.com/us/service/contact-us.aspx”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Which Score is considered for admissions? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“First off all, the scores will most likely be the same (maybe a percentile will change, but not much else). After that, you should report on your application the most recent score you received. If that is unofficial because you haven''t seen the official report, then report that. If you have ...”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to IQ in the Problem Solving forum
“This is definitely NOT a GMAT question. This is not a type of sequence you will work with.”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Confusion in the explanation of this problem in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Ceilidh is absolutely right! ONLY USE QUESTIONS FROM TRUSTED SOURCES!!!”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Sum of even -Sum of odd in the Problem Solving forum
“Just think that there are 50 different sets of 2 numbers: 2 - 1 = 1 4 - 3 = 1 6 - 5 = 1 ...etc 50 x 1 = 50”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Proliferation of television in the Sentence Correction forum
“the entire dependent clause includes ''that the decline of high culture that began before the war is continuing'' Ultimately you have to use a little logic and see that the relative clauses beginning with ''that'' are connected.”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to CR and RC - Notes? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“First off all, this is a case by case scenario. Some should take notes and others shouldn''t; it all depends on how you can internalize information. However, I personally think that you should try to keep notes (if you take them at all) to a minimum. Do the least amount of work that you can to ...”
November 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Absolute Value in DS? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Honestly, this question is not really something that you are going to see on the exam. The math is too laborious. Focus on questions that challenge you understanding of concepts, not complex math.”
November 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Salesman Revenue in the Data Sufficiency forum
“This is a great approach, but I will say the wording of the question is pretty poor. ''sales increase by 11.11%'' is a bit ambiguous”
November 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need advise in the Research MBA Programs forum
“That question is more tailored to you. There is no single ''best'' school. What do you want out of your education? What type of coursed? what recruiting options? Think about what you want and then you can narrow your search.”
November 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Teachers in the Sentence Correction forum
“There are (at least) a couple of things wrong: 1) it is not a complete sentence 2) conducting private tuitions is not the proper use; it should be private tutoring, instruction, etc...”
November 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Assistance needed from experts to get started on GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“There are 2 quality resources, 1 the 60 day guide here, and I have one on both my blog and within the platform. Good luck!”
November 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT SCORE - 660(Q-48, V-32),Any chance of ISB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You definitely have a shot as your GMAT is right in the middle range - it wouldn''t hurt to take again though if you have the time.”
November 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 5 years; 5+ attempts; 480 -> 700 (Q48;V38;IR5;AWA6) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Such an awesome story! Congrats. Every single person who is struggling with the GMAT should read this!”
October 28, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Few general queries - kindly help in the Research MBA Programs forum
“1) There is no difference in schools at the MBA level 2) Almost all schools have a specific deadline for scholarship consideration, this typically coincides with round 2 3) http://www.topmba.com/mba-rankings/specialization ...”
October 28, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Post-pone job offer for MS Finance? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Do you have specifics on any of this?”
October 28, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Quant Stuck at 40 - Suggestions required in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“The one thing that I always recommend to people when they study is to be able to explain the questions that they have done. Simply remembering the answers is not important. You will likely notice that as soon as you try to verbalize things it will challenge you in concepts you thought you knew ...”
October 28, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Should I retake? First attempt 610, second attempt 650 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Absolutely retake. I have noticed over the years that 650 and 700 are big cut-offs for programs. Practice makes perfect as they say; try to get to a deep level of understanding so that you don''t have to think about how a concept works when you are taking an exam, but rather which concept is the ...”
October 28, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT preparation in the Let's Meet Up forum
“You might be better off trying to form a group of virtual studiers...”
October 27, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 680 GMAT low gpa in the The Application Process forum
“I think your stretch schools will be around #10 and target should be around 15-20”
October 27, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to MBA or? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“I would strongly recommend going to a full-time program. It is expensive, but the network that comes out of it will be much better. I would apply to more general programs, think HBS, Stanford and Duke. Worry about the finances after you get in; there are definitely scholarship and financial aid ...”
October 27, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to CR problem types in OG in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Are you looking for the breakdown of specific question types, or the response to what these types of questions are?”
October 27, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need help urgently in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum
“There are a lot of variables to consider in this: What were your scores for each section? Did you finish each section? If not, how many questions did you not answer for each section? Which exams were these? Let''s start there...”
October 27, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Duke Cross Continent Vs UCLA Vs Haas in the The Application Process forum
“With one of the main goals of an MBA being the job you get afterward, I would recommend staying near to where you want to end up. Keep in mind, this comes from someone who went to Duke and loved it. I don''t think you would regret your experience there one bit, but recruiting will be much more ...”
October 8, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to On The Brink Of Collapse in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Take the GMAT and rock it! That can help overcome some flaws in your profile. I would suggest starting there.”
October 8, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Can you increase the font for the official GMAT exam? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I have not heard of such a thing in my years of prep experience. Would be interested to see if GMAC would make the change since they do allow for extra time...”
October 8, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Low GMAT : Duke with Partial Scholarship in the The Application Process forum
“From a fellow Dukie, you are going to love it! Congrats on your acceptance. Now you just need to decide what to do...”
October 8, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to reply in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Where is your previous post?”
October 8, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT 440, GPA 3.0 Seriously Need Advise! in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“It looks like you post got cut off. Did you have any specific questions? There are a lot of different pieces of advice that can be given depending on your goals and timing. Any insight into things that you might want advice on?”
October 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep in the Sentence Correction forum
“Your logic is good, just try to get a bit smoother in decision making. First eliminate b, c, and d because of the usage of descended. Then A because of ''its''.”
October 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT date in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Tough to say if that is too short a time frame. Generally speaking, I say take 2.5 - 5.5 months to study. People can do it on the short side, it is tough to get all the material to sink in over such a short period of time. The volume is the more difficult part, not the material itself. Start by ...”
October 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Finance Master in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You probably want to take it again. The 50th percentile is going to be tough to overcome.”
October 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Functions-Composition in the Problem Solving forum
“My honest opinion is that you should not worry about the algebra for this, as it is not something that you will see on the GMAT. If you are thinking of doing something like this on the GMAT (i.e. not plugging in answers) you are thinking about the exam the wrong way.”
October 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Absolute Phrase in the Sentence Correction forum
“Yep. It absolutely can.”
September 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Universities to apply for GMAT score of 640 in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“What does he want to do after he gets his MBA? That is a key question to answer before making this decision.”
September 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to The Dangerous Tranquilizer in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You are looking to see if the tranquilizing has an effect on fertility. Only C addresses the question if there are other instances where the rhinos are tranquilized. Stick with the subject of the argument and you won''t go wrong.”
September 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Strategy for CR Questions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“There really is no difference in where you start. If it helps you feel at ease, definitely stick with it. Just know that each answer has an equal chance of being correct.”
September 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How to increase from 680 (Q 49, V 33) to 740? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“You have plenty of time to improve your scores. Is there a question type that you are struggling with?”
September 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to loss in/of in the Sentence Correction forum
“Spot on. prepositions can be tricky because the meanings are subtly different and often misused.”
September 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Arithmetic in the Data Sufficiency forum
“There is no need to do any calculation. You simply need the rate of the mules to be able to answer the question. Statement 2 is your answer. If you want some more information on this take a look here: GMAT Work”
September 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Applying as a Vice President in private equity in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“It''s about your story, not the position. Why is an MBA the right move for YOU right now?”
September 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to loss in/of in the Sentence Correction forum
“''loss of'' would describe what you lost, in this case vigor Here are the uses of ''in'' as a preposition: expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else. "living in Deep River" synonyms: inside, within, in the middle of; ...”
September 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to airlines have recently intensified in the Critical Reasoning forum
“A greater number of people buy the discounted ticket than use the ticket. In specific numbers, 10 people buy the ticket, but only 6 actually use it.”
September 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Rules in the Sentence Correction forum
“Rule 1 is an introductory clause. It always introduces the noun or noun phrase (a noun phrase is simply a group of words that are collectively a noun) immediately after the comma. Rules 2 and 3 are too general to always be true. It is more important to understand specific uses than to ...”
September 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to any e gmat course for sale? in the GMAT Books for Sale/Donation forum
“Most of these programs have trials and are non-transferrable. Just try before you buy.”
September 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to which one is correct. in the Sentence Correction forum
“1 and 2 both suggest that the plan will conquer the world. This is not accurate. Reading 3, the meaning is a plan that has a purpose of conquering the world.... This is accurate.”
September 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Solutions to OG Questions? in the GMAT Math forum
“I have handwritten solutions to all of the quant problems in my platform. There is a trial, so you can check them out.”
September 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Missing Day 19 in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“If you pm me, I can send you day 19. Also, did you check your spam?”
August 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to All you need for a GMAT Prep - Assured 700+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just a heads up, you have the privacy settings on your videos set so that no one can view them in public.”
August 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 710, Low Quant in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You want to get your quant number up to at least 47 and probably 48 for the schools you are interested in.”
August 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Mobile GMAT prep apps? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“My program is also mobile friendly. Modern web design is great! As far as content, find out who wrote it. I trust that the experts on this forum all have great content - I''d be wary of content that was not produced by someone who has taught a LARGE number of people.”
August 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to stuck in lessons and needs help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just know that this is going to take some time. I frequently see people race through the work just to say they have ''done it''. I would recommend working through material and mastering a concept before moving forward to the next lesson. If you keep piling on more information, it will be easy to ...”
August 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Study with a partner in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Time is totally up to you, but I typically say that 75 minutes sessions are good before you break - this is the length of a section on the exam. For content, I would say go over problems, even teach each other, if you can talk through how to improve your solutions, you will be in good shape.”
August 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Using MGMAT Strategy Guide in the GMAT Strategy forum
“What makes you say that you are spending too much time working on the problems? Without context, it''s tough to know what you should do. To an extent I agree that you should evaluate how you are performing, but to me understanding the foundation is extremely important and sometimes that takes time ...”
August 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry - P, Q and a circle in the Problem Solving forum
“If you drop a vertical line from P to the x-axis to a point called A, then POA is the 30 degree angle because PA will equal 1 and AO will equal sqrt 3. Really all you have to do is flip the coordinates and account for positive values to get (1, √3)”
August 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to unlike most severance Source Gmat prep in the Sentence Correction forum
“Eliminate A, B, and C because the introductory clause must introduce a severance package. Eliminate E because ''that'' is a relative pronoun meaning what follows describes what comes before it and the workers are not collecting days.”
August 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to School reviews to help other students research in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Good luck. Friendly word of advice on the site, you might want to authenticate that people actually attended the schools”
August 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to most of the health Source Gmat prep in the Sentence Correction forum
“Uva- The easiest description of ''that'' vs ''they'' in this scenario is that ''they'' creates an independent clause and what comes after it is not a complete thought.”
August 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Only received day 2 in past 3 days in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Did you ever get these?”
August 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need Help! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“First thing first, is there a reason that you have to take the exam on Monday? It doesn''t seem like your goal is realistic in this time frame. One thing that I notice with students who do tons and tons of GMAT problems is that they do not spend adequate time studying the concepts nor do take the ...”
August 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need suugestions for study plan in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“There are two important things you need to start with: 1) What is your target score? and 2) What is your current score? Take a practice exam to figure out your current level and how close you are to your goals, then it will be easier to craft a study plan.”
August 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Applicant's Preparations in the The Application Process forum
“There''s a lot to do... First questions: 1) When would you like to apply and 2) Have you taken the GMAT?”
August 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to five digit codes in the Problem Solving forum
“To confirm, 360 is correct. If the answer is different, then question is incorrect. With problems like this, always start with your biggest constraint --> the middle number must be odd.”
August 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Down, but not out just yet! How do I pick up the pieces? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Usually when the quant ''feels easy'' it is because you are getting relatively easy questions wrong. A lot of times this if from oversight of details and basic math errors. To get to the score you want, it sounds like you need some quality practice to hone these skills. Remember that there is ...”
August 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Battle Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“To address your questions: 1) 6 weeks is definitely on the short end of the time you should spend studying. That doesn''t mean you can''t do it, but there is just so much content to cover that it takes time to get through everything. See how it goes as you progress, but if you aren''t going to ...”
August 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Resetting GmatPrep Test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You will drive yourself crazy looking at the number right and wrong and trying to get an accurate indication of score. Almost everyone who takes the exam gets between 50-70% correct. It is about the difficulty of the questions you get correct, not the count. So, in short, this does not seem ...”
August 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Resetting GmatPrep Test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You will drive yourself crazy looking at the number right and wrong and trying to get an accurate indication of score. Almost everyone who takes the exam gets between 50-70% correct. It is about the difficulty of the questions you get correct, not the count. So, in short, this does not seem ...”
August 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Somber in tone and menacing in content, in the Sentence Correction forum
“First, A, B, and C can be eliminated because the leader cannot have content. An introductory clause always relates to the noun that immediately follows it. There are a lot of reasons why D is better than E. I always try to quickly find differences at the beginning and end of the underline. At ...”
August 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Mary persuaded n friends in the Data Sufficiency forum
“To think about this in a conceptual fashion, think about the ''2 layers of friends''. The first layer is the friends that Mary invites, and the second layer is the friends that Mary''s friends invites. As ''n'' increases, the second layer will increase more rapidly - it is exponential growth. 1) ...”
August 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Circular Arrangement in the Problem Solving forum
“You can really just think of this as line with limitations for each spot: A -> Fix the spot Right of A -> 3 options that are not B Left of A -> 2 remaining options that are not B Spot 4 -> 2 options --- B and last one not chosen Last -> 1 -- the last remaining letter 1 ...”
August 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Veritas CAT Score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“My guess is that you made some careless errors on the new exams. This happens when you haven''t touched material for quite sometime - it''s easy to overlook things. Consistently studying will all you to stay sharp on the subtle variations in questions.”
August 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 710, IR 7 or 760, IR 3? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I''d say 760 with IR 3. If you want to say something in your optional statement, a quick word that you got a 7 previously should suffice. In the end, they will see both on your official report.”
August 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Farmer /cows in the Sentence Correction forum
“''are producing'' implies these events are happening simultaneously. In fact, what is happening is ]if the cows are cared for, then they WILL produce milk.”
August 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Statue of goddess Athena in the Sentence Correction forum
“The introductory clause makes it sound as though ''each year'' was based on records -- this does not make sense.”
August 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is work experience inevitable for being admitted ? in the The Application Process forum
“Here is the 2 + 2: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/application-process/Pages/student-applicants.aspx Although you still will have to work. The reason for work experience is that you need to engage in real life problems before you think about how to solve them. Classes are engaging and it is ...”
August 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Inscribed circle in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 2 is supposed to say the circumference is 18π, correct? Assuming so... 1) We don''t know anything about the triangle with just 1 angle and 1 side 2) We know now that angle C is 90 based off the rule Uva mentioned, but we don''t know anything else Together - Now we know that this ...”
August 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need help to improve GMAT score . 410 (gmat prep) , 420 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“finas- I think the single most important thing for preparers is to understand what they don''t know. Sounds silly, but digging deeply into mathematical rules, grammar rules, logic, etc. and seeing exactly how the GMAT tests material is important. Simply doing problems and checking answers is ...”
August 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is work experience inevitable for being admitted ? in the The Application Process forum
“Generally, you are going to want to get some work experience. Not only will it increase your chances of getting into a quality program, but it will also greatly enhance your experience at school. There are programs, such as Harvards 2+2, that you can apply for now, but there are not many of these ...”
August 7, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry Problem ? angle that bisects triangle in two half.. in the Data Sufficiency forum
“One way that I think about geometry figures is by thinking of what points are ''fixed'' and which are not. In each of the statements, one of the endpoints of the triangle can be shifted to create different sized triangles.”
August 6, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT preperation in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Amazon will have used copies of the official guide for relatively cheap, but honestly there is a lot of overlap, so it might not prove to be that helpful. As for ''retired'' questions, those don''t really exist anywhere.”
August 6, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to digit value question in the Problem Solving forum
“Just to specifically answer your question. Any digit that ends in ''th'' is speaking of values to the right of the decimal.”
August 6, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to A silly question in the Lounge forum
“Yup, use whatever book you have, as there is little difference. The online material at gmat.com will also help you.”
August 6, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Qestions I got wrong on MGMAT CAT 1 in the Problem Solving forum
“I''ll take the first one, but please repost: Question 1 What is the median value of the set R, if for every term in the set, Rn = Rn-1 + 3? (1) The first term of set R is 15. (2) The mean of set R is 36. The sequence increases by 3, meaning it is evenly spaced. When sequences ...”
August 6, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Area of triangle if it outside a circle ? in the Problem Solving forum
“In response to your item about any direct formula... you do not need one. As pointed out, we must know that this is an equilateral triangle to be able to do the math. The GMAT is testing your ability to relate concepts and draw conclusions from different sets of information, not memorize formulas.”
August 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Missing Day 3 in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Did you check your spam? Likely the cause.. If not, let me know.”
August 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Rates and Work problem in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Just a note on common ways rates problems can help you connect two different rate equations. In this case the distance of the two different trips is the same, so RT for the first trip equals RT for the second trip. Secondly, you can have an instance where two things start moving at the same time ...”
August 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Rates and Work problem in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Just a note on common ways rates problems can help you connect two different rate equations. In this case the distance of the two different trips is the same, so RT for the first trip equals RT for the second trip. Secondly, you can have an instance where two things start moving at the same time ...”
August 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Strategy Review in the GMAT Strategy forum
“How was your timing on the sections? Were you able to comfortably finish each of the sections?”
August 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Only seven people this century have been killed by the great in the Sentence Correction forum
“I wouldn''t call this an idiom question, more involved with counting and non-counting nouns. As such, we are using counting nouns - we can actually count the people. B and E are the only ones that use ''fewer'', which is appropriate for counting nouns. In E, the number of people is compared ...”
August 5, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to profile eval in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“Just an early review... You seem to have all of the boxes checked at this point - the most important thing from here is to develop your personal story so that you stand out from the crowd.”
August 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Please list schools in terms of criteria below in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Have you looked here: http://www.bloomberg.com/bschools/rankings/international or here: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools”
August 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to REMAINDERS in the Problem Solving forum
“We know that to have a remainder of 3 after being divided by 5, the number must end in a 3 or 8.... As we get an even number when dividing by 6, we know that the number must end in an 8. Let''s look at a few numbers that end in 8 and if they are 4 above a multiple of 6: 8 -- no 18 -- no 28 ...”
August 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Score 680- Retake? in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“I would recommend that you retake the exam.”
August 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Statistics in the Problem Solving forum
“The answer is E... Statement 1 - The range has not affect on the standard deviation. Statement 2 - If a set has all the same numbers the standard deviation is 0. Why do I mention that? If you think of a group of large numbers that are all the same the S.D. would be 0, and less than the ...”
August 4, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Sentance Correction in the GMAT Strategy forum
“That is a solid plan. One word of advice is to not look for huge leaps in your score each successive CAT. First, there is statistical variance and second, there is a lot of material. So, patching up a few weaknesses that you find in a CAT will help, but that CAT may also not ''find'' all of your ...”
August 3, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Idiom in the Sentence Correction forum
“The point here is that you are comparing things and specifically the difference between 2 different items. For this, it is clearer to use between as it inherently addresses comparisons between 2 items.”
August 3, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Between 1980 and 2000 the sea otter population in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The argument says that orcas will eat sea otters is seals are unavailable, so we want to find a statement that says the seals are not a strong enough food source. C says exactly this.”
August 3, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT OG13 vs 2016 ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just a general comment on this. I would strongly recommend do the problems on your computer. The exam is computer based, so you want to practice as you would take the exam. This doesn''t mean you have to go out and buy a bunch of new stuff - just make sure you get the appropriate practice on the ...”
August 3, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Albegra: Inequality in the Problem Solving forum
“First, factor the equation --> (x + 4)(x + 2)(x - 1)(x - 4) < 0 --> I put these in order to simplify the process If x is greater than 4 all are positive If x is 2 or 3, only the last term is negtive [Add 2 and 3 to the sum] If x is -1 or 0, then we have 2 positive terms and entire ...”
August 3, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Meaning the argument and the how the OA is correct? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You are comparing two events. First, a department store, Colson''s, moved to the area and some businesses closed. However, all of these locations had another business take the empty space. Next, a DISCOUNT department store, SpendLess, is entering the area and some businesses are EXPECTED to ...”
August 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG Question-The personal income tax did not become in the Sentence Correction forum
“What is the source of this question? B is definitely not correct - HAD should be WAS. D is wrong because ''main source of revenue'' is the noun that is described as dependent - It should be the federal government that is the main noun of this clause.”
August 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Meaning of the argument? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“A man-made item was found in region of the world where there were no similar items. In order for that item to get there, it must have come from settlers that came from a different place in Eurasia - not the part closest to North America.”
August 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 590-640-Trying hard to cross 700+ in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“I think it will be possible for you to reach the 40+ mark, but you have to focus on mastering the basics. The fact that you were able to score so highly on the exam says that you have the reasoning ability to do well on this exam. However, I did notice several grammatical errors in your writing, ...”
August 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Prices at the producer level are only 1.3 percent higher now in the Sentence Correction forum
“No, because then you are comparing PRICES to LAST YEAR. What you want to compare is PRICES to LAST YEAR''S PRICES.”
August 2, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 99th percentile – beat the GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Yep, no reason to take it again. You are 100% done.”
July 24, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Sentence correction help in the Sentence Correction forum
“Again, this is pretty much unreadable. Please repost accurately to get a quality response. Also, these are all questions that you should search for on the forum before posting a new thread.”
July 24, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC help in the Sentence Correction forum
“I''d have to see all of the answers, but it sounds like you missed the introductory clause. Ask yourself, ''what is currently at 26 billion barrels?'' It is the consumption, not the rate.”
July 24, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC help in the Sentence Correction forum
“PLEASE PLEASE - post more clearly... The reason is that leaked is supposed to be in parallel with the verb ran. ''polluting ...'' is a participial phrase, which is actually an adjective. As an adjective it is not all related to the verb structure.”
July 24, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“This sentence is missing some things, can you please repost without typos?”
July 24, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 99th percentile – beat the GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Was this the official exam? If so, well done, you are a natural.”
July 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to The 19-year-old pianist and composer performed his most rece in the Sentence Correction forum
“Let''s just go through some things for each answer: A) ''as well as'' is redundant... B) ''both'' should come after ''in'' C) ''winning prestigious ... a young age'' in this case is a participial phrase (which are always adjectives). As there is not a list of such phrases '', hoping is ...”
July 23, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Explain in the Sentence Correction forum
“Here is my take on working through eliminations with this problem: FIRST ELIMINATION C - this is wrong for a number of reasons; I notice it as a standout with ''under which...'' There is no reason for the preposition under and the sentence continues to be wordy and confusing. SECOND ...”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Explain in the Sentence Correction forum
“Here is my take on working through eliminations with this problem: FIRST ELIMINATION C - this is wrong for a number of reasons; I notice it as a standout with ''under which...'' There is no reason for the preposition under and the sentence continues to be wordy and confusing. SECOND ...”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Explain in the Sentence Correction forum
“Here is my take on working through eliminations with this problem: FIRST ELIMINATION C - this is wrong for a number of reasons; I notice it as a standout with ''under which...'' There is no reason for the preposition under and the sentence continues to be wordy and confusing. SECOND ...”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to A researcher discovered that in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You are missing some key words. In the passage it says people ''TEND to score much lower....'' Not all do. In C, just because people (maybe not all, but 1, 2 or a few) with high immune-system activity CAN develop mental illness, doesn''t mean the immune system does not protect against it. ...”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Please help in choosing MBA Consultant in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Most of these companies will offer you a free consultation. You might as well have a call with them to see which approach and style fits best with you. I know we, at Stratus Prep, do offer free consultations. I would recommend having a few calls and making the decision on your own because you ...”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Anyone taken the GMAT without studying? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If you think there is a shot at scoring close to your desired level, then you might as well go. As of 3 days ago, you can cancel your score without penalty. You would lose the exam fee at this point anyway, so go ahead and take it.”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Boss left now report to the CEO but no promotion in the The Application Process forum
“I should not, titles are not everything - as long as you convey the responsibility change in your resume and personal statements, you should be just fine.”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry in the Problem Solving forum
“This is essentially saying that you are to calculate the volume of a cone with a radius of 5 and height 4. 1/3πr^2h = = 1/3(100π) = 33π However, not likely a phrasing you will see on the GMAT.”
July 22, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to antipodes in the Sentence Correction forum
“(A) before Australia was Australia, it was the antipodes CORRECT (B) before there was Australia, it was the antipodes what does "it" refer to? with ''before there was Australia'' the sentence refers to the time before Australia, not the location (C) it was the antipodes that was ...”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to gmat on this 15 in the Introductions forum
“Any updates? How did it go?”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to MGMAT SC - modifiers and parallelism in the Sentence Correction forum
“No, because then you would be saying that man actual corrupts society, as opposed to saying man is negatively influenced by society as is intended.”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to A researcher discovered that in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is an example of misplaced cause and effect Low Immune --> Low mental health. The assumption that must be true is that low mental health does not actually cause the low immune system activity. i.e. Low mental health --> Low immune activity. If it is the later, then the ...”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock in the Sentence Correction forum
“I would eliminate D more for the construction of ''of human cell''s different genes'' -- the 50,000 to 100,000 is modifying genes, so it is clearly to have them closer together. Also, the article ''the'' is needed before the numbers As far as your question: The difference is in the type of ...”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 20 days left and no progress has been made.... Frustrated in the GMAT Strategy forum
“My advice to people in this scenario is to focus on the easiest problems that you either 1) got wrong or 2) spent too much time on. Solidifying the easier topics, not going after the really tricky stuff, is what will bump up your score.”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to cameras of the Voyager in the Sentence Correction forum
“If you are speaking about ''orbiting'', then yes. But realistically the change in the presentation is to ''sound right'' after known as. The gnat will frequently alter the words around grammatical errors just to have things sound right”
July 21, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to London area in the Let's Meet Up forum
“Check out my site - I think you''ll find it very useful. It is free to try so you can see if you like it.”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to London area in the Let's Meet Up forum
“It sounds like you have a long way to go to get to your goal. This is not to discourage you - it is 100% possible - but just know that it will take work. Feel free to check out my program - it is designed to be affordable on all budgets and give answers to all of the questions you have. A ...”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to cameras of the Voyager in the Sentence Correction forum
“You are correct. ''known as'' is used to name something/give an alias”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to London area in the Let's Meet Up forum
“While I am not in London, I would be happy to help with your study plan - the first thing I would say is that you are on the front side of the range for the time it takes to study. That said, I would take a practice exam and see how close you are relative to your target score.”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Recommendation Letter from Boss who left company in the The Application Process forum
“Contact the admissions department for this one. They may just have you write a quick blurb in your optional statement. My guess is that they deal with this type of situation all of the time - the work force is fairly transient these days.”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Prep Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“1) Sufficient If the sum is the same but the average for S is smaller, there must be more terms in S. Think if numerator is the same (average = sum/#terms), then the denominator must be larger for the average to be smaller. 2) The median has no relationship to the number of items in a set.”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to HELP! in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“If you feel that the 60-day plan is overwhelming, then it might not be the right time frame for you. Many approach the GMAT with emotional desires to complete by a certain time for a certain reason. While it is important to have ambitious goals, also be realistic. As far as your question on ...”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Probability in the Problem Solving forum
“[quote="nikhilgmat31"][quote="GMATGuruNY"] We will not use a permutation here because of the specific order. I usually think of permutations and combinations in terms of spots and options for each spot, this way you can eliminate the formula. 5 x 4 x 3 for the numerator ...”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 640 in 1st practice test (750 aim). Strategy Help. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The one thing I will add to this is to use time as an indication for the the items you should review. Just getting something right or wrong is not good enough. You don''t need to rush through problems, but in looking at your exam, one of the things that stands out is that you had some timing ...”
July 20, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Baby vision in the Sentence Correction forum
“B describes the rating as being legally blind; this is not possible. The person with that rating would be blind.”
July 19, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to cameras of the Voyager in the Sentence Correction forum
“A, C, and E are out because the ''which'' describes Uranus, which is not doubling the number of known satellites. D) ''known as'' is an incorrect usage because it describes the naming of something.”
July 19, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How to approach this Evaluate?Plzz explain in the Critical Reasoning forum
“She is offering a counter argument. A) It is not that his argument is not based on relevant information, he just left out some information B) She doesn''t challenge his evidence, but rather the lack of inclusion of a particular point C) Correct - She suggest that the economy will not suffer ...”
July 19, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep question pack in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“It''s not in there. My advice would be to use that as supplemental practice.”
July 19, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to A recent research study in the Sentence Correction forum
“E) changes the meaning of the sentence completely. ''every two people now has one mobile phone'' We are trying to show a relationship between the number of phones and the number of people. This almost conveys the meaning that 2 people own the same phone.”
July 19, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to decimal number simplification in the Problem Solving forum
“Hope this drawing helps a bit...”
July 19, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How to approach an Evaluate question like this?detail plzz in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I guess I''ll throw that back at you. What questions do you have about the answer choices or explanations? When reading he passage, I identified that the body structure of the two animals was similar. The scientists concluded this must be because they had similar behavior”
July 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How to approach an Evaluate question like this?detail plzz in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I tend to look at key words when analyzing structure based questions: The information was not conflicting - similarities were described. There was no earlier theory; the dinosaur was just discovered and the passage describes a way of determining characteristics CORRECT - A comparison was ...”
July 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to og-15 in the Sentence Correction forum
“I would eliminate D and E more because they each begin with it. This is redundant because you still need to identify another noun to have clarity of the meaning of the sentence - in this case heating-oil prices. A more efficient sentence simply says "heating-oil prices are expected..."”
July 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Wine sulfites in the Critical Reasoning forum
“It is always important to identify the argument if there is one ---> People who are allergic to sulfites can drink the wine produced by winemakers that don''t add sulfites to their wines. Thus, we are looking for something that if not true, would break the argument. E is correct because if ...”
July 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Anyone taken the GMAT without studying? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Sounds like you have a good plan. 640 is a great start. If you took that cold, then you likely have the ability to get just about any score you want with some practice. Do you have a target exam date?”
July 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to An exam consists of 8 true/ false questions in the Problem Solving forum
“First there are 2^8 different ways to answer the quiz, or 256. The ways that the score will be above 75% is if he answers 6, 7, or 8 correctly. 8 is the easy one because there is just 1 solution, all correct. ---- 1 For seven, there are 8 different questions that he could have answered ...”
July 18, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Budget policy - Weaken Question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The policy is to increase the budget as revenue increases The question is why would this not be a good practice for budgeting? CORRECT - Increasing a budget solely on revenue would not hold anyone accountable for how the budget is used. We don''t care about the level of revenue, only ...”
July 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Budget policy - Weaken Question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The policy is to increase the budget as revenue increases The question is why would this not be a good practice for budgeting? CORRECT - Increasing a budget solely on revenue would not hold anyone accountable for how the budget is used. We don''t care about the level of revenue, only ...”
July 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC Question , 129 OG 11 in the Sentence Correction forum
“First Elimination C and E - ''Persuading'' is not parallel to turned Second Elimination A - The use of ''she'' breaks down the parallelism to ''turned'' Third Elimination B - Persuade X to do Y is the proper idiom. THE ANSWER IS D”
July 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Anyone taken the GMAT without studying? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“One bonus, although I agree that some preparation is wise, is that the GMAC no longer shows on your score report that you cancelled a score. So... no penalty other than the $250.”
July 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to golden crab in the Sentence Correction forum
“the phrase after the comma would be in incomplete clause. There is no noun.”
July 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Want to review some original GMAT practice questions? in the Lounge forum
“Why don''t you try posting some of the questions on the site and get feedback from people? You will be more likely to get responses.”
July 17, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Request suggestions on improving from 670 to 720+ in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“I would go back over the SC questions that you got wrong and start to categorize them. You can use the categorizations in the back of the OG if you need help, but the point is to see what you are missing. Is it the actual grammatical rule or is it that you missed identifying the mistake? You will ...”
July 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Expert Advice in the Sentence Correction forum
“As GMATguru describes above there is really only one sentence that makes sense logically. Otherwise is the hospital services that are making the 20 percent. This just doesn''t make sense. Try not to get caught up in trying to figure out why every piece of grammatical structure is the way that ...”
July 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Doubts..Please clear in the Sentence Correction forum
“You will use comma + and when you are separating two independent clauses, which are phrases that can stand as a sentence by themselves. You remove the comma when the compounding predicates, such as: Tom went to the store and bought some eggs. Tom is doing the actions before and after the and ...”
July 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Can I go from a 500 to a 700 by September? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yes, be wary of jumping around to a bunch of different programs - after you have found one that suits your style stick with it.”
July 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Suggestion on improving from 670 to 720+ in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Seems like verbal is your issue. Tough to say what to do without seeing specific issues you had, but generally I would look at the verbal material and try to find the patterns in the questions. This is not something you can read in a post or a book, you have to get a feel for how different types ...”
July 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Pyramid Geometry Data Sufficiency Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I always try to think about what can be changed about shape. In this instance the height of the triangles is movable. If it is movable, aka it can be smaller or larger, then there are multiple values. Also, you aren''t likely to see the term ''lateral area'' on the GMAT, but it is referring to ...”
July 16, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Mixtures Problem in the Problem Solving forum
“The distance from -15% to +4 percent is 19 and the distance from +12% to +4% is 8. You can flip the distances and this gives you a ratio of the dollar amounts of 8 : 19 for the loss : gain. The loss was 10,000, which means the gain must be more than twice this amount. Only A is large enough.”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to ratio of the surface area of a cube in the Problem Solving forum
“I would just use small numbers. First, a cube with sides of 2. S.A. = 6(2*2) = 24 Now, if we double 1 sides our surface area is: 2(2*2) + 2(2*4) + 2(2*4) = 40 24/40 = 5/8”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Timing related issue in SC questions in the Sentence Correction forum
“What you want to work on is the basic problems first. If you are having troubles with some error identifying and grammatical issues, you don''t need to worry about how to solve the "tougher" problems yet. Those are simply extensions of easier concepts. For example, even in the ...”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Tough SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“First Elimination A - The pronoun ''it'' is ambiguous. Second Elimination B - The sentence compares the energy produced in France to Germany (not the energy produced in Germany). Third Elimination D - The use of ''the'' before ''energy comes from…'' implies that the sentence is ...”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Nuclear plants in the Sentence Correction forum
“First Elimination A and C - The plural ''fixed costs'' does not agree with makes. Second Elimination D - It is unclear what ''stemming'' refers to. Third Elimination E - The preposition ''for'' should be used after "the same as" to show you are comparing the costs. THE ...”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Tiny Islands in the Sentence Correction forum
“First Elimination C - The placement of ''under provisions…'' improperly modifies areas. Second Elimination D - ''This'' has no clear referent. Third Elimination E - ''There are provisions of the new maritime code that'' is wordy THE ANSWER IS B”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Didn't get first email of the 60 day study guide in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just sent to you.”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to “e-waste” salvage company in the Sentence Correction forum
“First, you need the comma after players to separate the non-essential clause - eliminat C D is out because the which describes the players as what are discarded, not that waste items. A - them is ambiguous Ultimately down to B and E Tricky, but ''that have been discarded as trash is still ...”
July 15, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to averages in the Problem Solving forum
“What is the source of this question? Not really something you will see on the GMAT.”
July 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Timing related issue in SC questions in the Sentence Correction forum
“This could be a number of things. How confident do you feel with the grammatical rules? Is it that you need to learn them still or are you struggling with identifying errors in the sentences?”
July 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Information in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Can you elaborate?”
July 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to After 4 months of hard work only 570 in gmat prep -need advs in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“If you had to categorize why you are getting questions wrong would it be: silly mistakes? timing? couldn''t remember content? word translation? Any content areas? These are the things you should be asking yourself. If you forget a concept in an exam, spend time reviewing it. If you ...”
July 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Property price in the Data Sufficiency forum
“If you think of percentages as ''relative relationships'' you can stay away from the calculation on a problem like this. If you were to do the calculations, you would see that the absolute difference between different sets of numbers will change. Percentages applied to smaller numbers have a ...”
July 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT No Show--How soon can I reschedule my appointment? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Feel Better! Just give them a call to reschedule without waiting the 31 days.”
July 14, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC-Present and Past participle in the Sentence Correction forum
“Yup. Parallel is a structural thing. You need the same form of speech. adj vs. adj., verb vs. verb, tense vs. tense, etc...”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Practice Test 1 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Then it is definitely doable. Focus on identifying differences in answer choices for SC. Learn the patterns for the things that are tested. Here are the categories (and order of importance - at least in my opinion): Verb Form Parallelism Pronoun Agreement Agreement Modifier ...”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to is n odd in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The key with both of these is to recognize that a must be negative - its a tricky thing to think about when you have n > 1 making you think about positive numbers. 1) The only way for this to ever be true is if a is negative and n is an odd number, then positive > negative. 2) If a is ...”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 60! in the Problem Solving forum
“Every time you have 5 x 2 you get a zero at the end of a number. This is also the ONLY time you will get a zero at the end. As there are many more 2s than there are 5s, the number of zeros will be equal to the number of prime factors of 5 that 60! has. Here are the counts: 5 - 1 10 - 1 15 ...”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Practice Test 1 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Are you noticing a specific topic that you are struggling with?”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Percent change algebra problem in the Problem Solving forum
“The answer is C. A simple percent increase and percent decrease question. 1 ± percent/100 is all you need.”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to consultant explained in the Sentence Correction forum
“You can eliminate B and E because of which. The information after is imperative to the sentence. A has several parts of the sentence that are simply not concise. The use of the adverbs tirelessly and aggressively deliver the meaning more efficiently. C has the adverbs in the wrong place. ...”
July 13, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to P & C in the Problem Solving forum
“You need to multiply 35 by 2. Let''s look at Black and White. You either have: 4B and 3W: BBBBWWW or 4W and 3B: WWWWBBB. EACH ONE OF THESE has 35 different combinations. 35 + 35 = 70 70 x 10 = 700”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry Prob in the Problem Solving forum
“Ha, yup. Made the change. Thanks.”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to MGMAT Strategy Guide #1 FDPs, Ch 6 in the GMAT Math forum
“There is no right way to do all problems. Sometimes plugging in numbers is the best, and sometimes algebra is better. Practicing both techniques on problems will help you understand how and when each method should be used.”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Pdf books in the GMAT Math forum
“I think she is selling pdf copies... Might want to remove this one.”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to SC-Present and Past participle in the Sentence Correction forum
“tired is an adjective here. The football team is tired.”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry Prob in the Problem Solving forum
“Tough question, I could definitely see it as a question. See the figure below. You have 2 sectors each with an area of π and 2 triangles each with an area of 2. 2π - 4 http://s4.postimg.org/ht6q5srd5/Screen_Shot_2015_07_12_at_9_43_51_AM.jpg Let me know if you have questions. [/img]”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Can I go from a 500 to a 700 by September? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi! Just to be clear about what you are asking... You moved from the 19th percentile to the 31st percentile in two months, and now you want to move from the 31st to the 90th in 2 months. That is going to be really difficult based off of past performance. Not impossible, but probably not likely ...”
July 12, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to sequences in the GMAT Math forum
“He is describing how the sum of consecutive terms works. In a more simple structure, if you were to sum 1 + 2 + 3, you could sum 1 + 2 = 3 and then you have 3 x 2 = 6. Or, for 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5, you have 1 + 4 = 5, 2 + 3 = 5, so 5(3) = 15. That can get a little confusing, so I just stick with ...”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to What is the probability that, twelve seconds from a randomly in the GMAT Math forum
“The part about the 12 seconds from not is irrelevant. So you have 10 number 0 - 9, out of a possible 60. 10/60 = 1/6”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Combinatorics in the GMAT Math forum
“Just a side note, this is a bit beyond what the GMAT will test you on. The only reason I mention this is that you would be better served mastering foundational skills than studying random uses that won''t be tested. It is a common problem that I see with GMAT hopefuls.”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Aspects or Elements of Sentence Structure in the Sentence Correction forum
“Here is the order of importance in my experience: Verb Form Parallelism Pronoun Agreement Agreement Modifier Comparison Meaning Logical prediction”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to connecting punctuation in the Sentence Correction forum
“Marty''s explanation about emphasis is correct, but I think the phrasing actually does need to be emphasized here. It is a key component that the families use sign language - the use is what develops language abilities, the topic of the sentence. It would be easy to miss that point otherwise.”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to people living in England in the Sentence Correction forum
“It would not make sense to use ''it'' as an expletive here. Firstly, the sentence would be passive, and secondly the phrasing is simply confusing because you don''t really know what ''it'' is.”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Unlike the original National Museum of Science and Technolog in the Sentence Correction forum
“It is just that the exhibit itself is not doing anything. The act of the touch is what activates the functionality. The exhibit does nothing to activate the animation. If it were a robot, you turned on the robot, and then the robot actually did something to start the animation, the structure in A ...”
July 11, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry in the Problem Solving forum
“The question itself is incomplete. It just says then? What are the answer choices referring to?”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry in the Problem Solving forum
“Yes. The intercept is the exact point on the coordinate plane. (0, 2) and (0, -2) are different y-intercepts”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG#177 in the Problem Solving forum
“Uh.... I would stay away from the algebra. It''s too easy to make a mistake. Have a look at this... http://s12.postimg.org/o5ths4h1l/Screen_Shot_2015_07_10_at_8_44_55_AM.jpg http://s12.postimg.org/w1416xqo9/Screen_Shot_2015_07_10_at_8_45_02_AM.jpg ...”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Problem Solving mixture question. Fruit Salad mixture in the Problem Solving forum
“Start looking at the differences in the ratios. As everyone said, the ratio multiplier is 3, but then just do (6 - 2) x 3 = 12. While maybe not important for this problem, getting used to these techniques will help with more challenging computation and DS problems.”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Problem solving Q182 OG 13 in the Problem Solving forum
“It is best to think of this as a weighted average problem so that your calculations are to a minimum. The ratio of sold cameras to returned cameras is 9 : 1. This means that that weighted average will be 90% of the distance from the -50% for the returned cameras and the +20% of the distance for ...”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Statistics, Averages, Explanation, OG 183 in the Problem Solving forum
“The one thing that I would recommend that is different from the above solutions would be to not multiply 68 x 7. When you see the left side if the equation you have 7x + 266 an this equals 68(7), or: 7x + 266 = 68(7). All the answers are integers, right? So it stands to reason that ...”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claim in the Sentence Correction forum
“The key here is the use of the preposition ''from''. A makes is sound as the claims are from the writing sample.”
July 10, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Extreme Problems with DS in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The usual reason for people struggling with DS questions is lack of understanding of the fundamentals. It doesn''t mean that you don''t know the topics, but rather how they are applied on the GMAT. You should start focusing on DS questions that fall in the same categories and understand exactly ...”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to gmat on this 15 in the Introductions forum
“It''s coming around the corner! Best of luck to you! Any questions?”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Coordinate geometry parabola in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Honestly, don''t worry about this. It is not something covered on the GMAT. You will never have to calculate the formula of a parabola from points.”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Coordinate geometry parabola in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Honestly, don''t worry about this. It is not something covered on the GMAT. You will never have to calculate the formula of a parabola from points.”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Idiom usage of LIKE in the Sentence Correction forum
“The meaning is that he drives cars similar to his sister''s car, which are fast cars.”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Formulas for cash flow in the Sentence Correction forum
“A) The use of they at the end of the sentence actually describes big businesses B) This implies that the formulas for cash flow are growing C) Prefer D over this answer because of its concision. ''Subject to the same applicability'' is confusing. D) Yeah! E) This inappropriately uses ''they'' ...”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to American agriculture in the Sentence Correction forum
“D is not correct Because of the use of more. Use more to describe the difference between 2 different things and most when there are 3 or more, as in the case here.”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG Q Editorial: The roof of Northtown's municipal equipment in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The answer is B as it demonstrates that is was something other than the nails that cause the collapse. The first thing you should do in a CR question such as this is find the argument. Here it is that the sub-standard nails caused the collapse. If weakening, you are looking to find something that ...”
July 9, 2015
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Big difference between quant and verbal in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“Probably worth taking the exam one more time, but I would not try to force round 1.”
September 23, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Big difference between quant and verbal in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“Probably worth taking the exam one more time, but I would not try to force round 1.”
September 23, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Huge discrepancy between Quant and Verbal scores in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Probably worth taking the exam one more time, but I would not try to force round 1. Jim”
September 23, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to "adequate amounts" or "adequate amount" in the Sentence Correction forum
“you need amounts because there are multiple people and thus multiple amounts.”
September 23, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Test in 3 days! Anxious! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with all. Relax and just do light review of key concepts.”
September 23, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Assumption question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“We are not weakening with B. If more companies closed than opened, this argument fails. E- an assumption in the GMAT is something that "must be true" That is not the case with this answer.”
September 13, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Can/Should I beat the GMAT? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Honestly, I would say that you want to consider taking the exam again as you come from a competitive group. This does depend on the schools you are applying to? Do you have any idea where you are targeting?”
September 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to CR ques in the Critical Reasoning forum
“1) Not important 2) This is a reason to not have Braille 3) Not relevant 4) Okay, but doesn''t explain why these tellers would have Braille 5) The company makes more money by producing just one model - therefore even locations that don''t need Braille will have it.”
September 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Manhattan GMAT Online ID in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Best thing to do is just bite the bullet and pay for it. People put a lot of work into the product, you should reward them.”
September 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Help on Official Guide books in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“The 2015 is the newest book. Honestly, not terribly different from the 13th edition.”
September 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Do B.schools need proof for family income in the The Application Process forum
“You won''t need to produce anything specific (unless you are talking about financial aid), but obviously report accurate numbers just in case...”
September 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Study Plan for a month in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“I agree that your timeline is rushed. 1 piece of advice I give people when they have used a lot of material is to make sure that they are studying the proper way. Spend a lot of time figuring out how problems work, aka don''t be pragmatic and just be happy you got it right - this often leads to a ...”
September 9, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Advice needed!!! Urgent in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“What is your question exactly. Are you weighing this vs not going at all or another school?”
September 9, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to path in the Problem Solving forum
“Using the catch up rate is the best way to go here. Understanding this method will help simplify a lot of DS problems in rates that seem to be lacking information, but are actually sufficient.”
September 9, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to If n = t^3 for some positive integer in the Problem Solving forum
“We know that 2³3³5³ is the smallest possible value of n. The cube of an integer will have a prime factorization that contains exponents with multiples of 3 and since none of the factors of n have more than 3 of any individual prime factor, we know 3 is the smallest any of the exponents can be. ...”
September 9, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Virtual Fear Vs Reality in the The Application Process forum
“Have you taken practice exams? I think your assessment is correct: you need a quality score.”
September 9, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to how many words in the Problem Solving forum
“Oops, was a bit sleepy this morning. Thanks to Brent for the next step.”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Full time or Part time MBA? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Generally, part time programs have lower GMAT scores. The best option is really up to you. You are weighing the network you gain in a full time program vs the cost and flexibility of a part time program. The answer is different for everyone.”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Daniel Bernoulli in the Sentence Correction forum
“A and C are out because they do not properly introduce Daniel Bernoulli after the introductory clause. D is out because the use of ''he'' before dedicated unnecessarily uses a pronoun. B is out because of ''and also'' - it is redundant”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Albinism in the Critical Reasoning forum
“D. If the lack of melanin in people means they are usually more susceptible to sunburn then it must play a role in protecting skin.”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Cholesterol in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The passage is about the effectiveness of whole grains in lowering cholesterol. If there were other influences, such as exercise, that affected the change, it would be important to know. As for C, we are not concerned with the notion of if other things can lower cholesterol, but rather if ...”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to how many words in the Problem Solving forum
“This is 7 choose 3 multiplied by 4 choose 2. n!/(n-k)!k! 7 choose 3 = 7!/4!3! = 35 4 choose 2 = 4!/2!2! = 6 35 x 6 = 210”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Confuse in the Sentence Correction forum
“The answer is D. This is a parallelism question and only D uses the noun form of ''confusion'' in the list of nouns.”
September 8, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 4 year education requirement in US 7 Canada in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Do you have an undergraduate degree?”
August 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG 10 RC in the Reading Comprehension forum
“A is saying that Black soldiers'' disease mortality rate was twice the White soldier''s disease rate. We have no way to compare combat vs. disease rates. The line "a major killer in this war" is why D is correct.”
August 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Low GPA with NA & EAME Work Experience - Real chance at in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“You have an outside chance, but honestly will need to do very well on the GMAT to prove that you can handle the academic rigor - 750+”
August 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 2nd Attempt.!.Same score ! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“This is not all that uncommon. It is really tough to say without getting into the specifics. If you target score is 700 (just guessing), then you want to have a couple of full length practice exams that eclipse that number...”
August 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Tutoring structure in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I do quite a bit of tutoring, and in general the best way to use a tutor is to have discussions around material that you have already worked through. The idea is to get a deeper understanding of the specific problem and how it pertains to other GMAT questions. As Rich said, classes and tutoring ...”
August 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is x positive? (1) ( x – 3) 2 > 0 (2) x 3 – 1 > in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 1: (x-3)² > 0. The only restriction here is that x cannot equal 0, INSUFFICIENT. Statement 2: x³ - 1 > 0 Thus, x³ > 1. Odd exponents will not change the sign of the base, meaning X must be positive if it is greater than 1 SUFFICIENT. B”
August 27, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to full time MBA ? in the MBA Student Life forum
“It is probably the most diverse and talented group of people you will ever be around - it is quite rewarding.”
August 27, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to MBA students Living On-Campus! in the MBA Student Life forum
“One thing you will notice if you start to research programs is that many of the schools have locations where a majority of the class lives. At my b-school, Duke, most everyone lived in one apartment complex.”
August 27, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 690 to 760!!! Thanks a tonne BeatTheGmat in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Awesome result! Best of luck with the application process. Looking forward to your review!”
August 27, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Completing the Verbal - Sentence Correction Section in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Don''t worry about your success rate in practice - worry about learning the lessons from each question. Focus on your success during practice exams. Really focus your efforts on how to identify differences in answer choices.”
August 27, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to divisible by 3 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I like to think of these as fractions. 1) 2R/3 = Integer, thus R must have a factor of 3 SUFFICIENT 2) 3R/3 = Integer, which can translate to R is an integer - this does not mean it is divisible by 3. A”
August 26, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile - 620 GMAT, should I retake? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“With your GPA a bit on the low side, I would recommend that you retake the GMAT.”
August 26, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT, B schools, Study Group et.al in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“I am certain you will be able to find a loan - the best thing you can do is speak with the university office (admission and/or financial aid). Good luck with your studies!”
August 26, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Gprep sc- 36 in the Sentence Correction forum
“A, B, and C are all out because there is not a proper comparison between the different kind of spices. Immediately after the introductory clause should be the phrase ''spices used in medicine'' E is out because there is no antecedent for ''they''”
August 26, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is it true that I am already too late? Please help in the The Application Process forum
“They are simply saying that there is a lot for you to do in a short period of time - this is true. It does not mean that you can''t do it, but be prepared for a lot of long hours working on test prep and applications.”
August 26, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 690 to 730 in 2 months...crossing the 700 mark!! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great job despite all of the test day mishaps. This should be very helpful for people!”
August 25, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMATPrep Q: NEed help with second statement in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I like to think of these as a fraction. This means that (x^2 - x)/y is an integer. Factoring you get this: x(x-1)/y is an integer You could plug numbers here, but generally speaking y could divide into x which would give you a ''yes'' or y could divide into x-1 which would give you a ...”
August 25, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need information about the preparation of GMAT Maths in the GMAT Math forum
“Personally, I don''t recommend using one of those CATs for a diagnostic. I would use one from any of the 3rd party providers to get a good idea. We publish a pretty handy Quant Guide as well.”
August 25, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Completely change my GMAT study strategy? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I don''t think you should completely abandon your quant efforts - it takes time to see a change. You definitely want to study verbal as well. When you say you did half of the work, do you mean only half of the practice problems? The problems are where you are going to see the biggest benefit.”
August 25, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation-6 years work experience in Pre-sales in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Your work experience is just fine. You might be a little above average in the number of years of experience, but you will be in a position to get into a program. Good luck!”
August 25, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to -ing form + Possessive noun in the Sentence Correction forum
“You will not see this construction on the GMAT. It is possible to use the format correctly, however it is extremely confusing.”
August 24, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Value of |x| in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Your approach is perfect. Well done with the math! One thing to add is to check your solutions when doing the +/- calculation with absolute value. It is a bit of a work around and sometimes you can get solutions that in fact do not work when plugged back in. Not the case here, but worth ...”
August 24, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Best Android app to train calculation skills in the GMAT Math forum
“Strong calculation skills are definitely a prerequisite, however. Thanks for the addition!”
August 24, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need help choosing study material to learn basics of Quant in the GMAT Math forum
“I agree that you want to use a couple of books. The Official Guide is a must for practice problems. I have used my GMAT Quant guide (you can find it at GMATprepster.com) for educating thousands of people. There are a bunch of free excerpts on the site if you want to take a peak.”
August 24, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation-6 years work experience in Pre-sales in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Not really sure what you are asking about here. Can you please clarify so I can give a better response? It is not too late for you to pursue and MBA or take courses in preparation for an advanced degree.”
August 24, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Should I choose SMU MBA? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Just a piece of advice, you might want to reach out to the alumni network for your specific question.”
August 22, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Assumption in the Critical Reasoning forum
“First you must find the conclusion: Writing slowly = quality manuscripts There are assumptions about this: Sales determine the quality of a book The reason D is wrong is because while true it does not relate to the conclusion.”
August 22, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Sentence Correction in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Subject: Hair Verb: Is Hope that helps”
August 22, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Sculpted boulders found at Lepenski in the Sentence Correction forum
“Spot on. Good work. Clearly you eliminated the rest because of ''includes'' and ''including''”
August 22, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Nothing quite like this Broadway in the Sentence Correction forum
“You are right in your analysis. What is the source?”
August 22, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to students currently enrolled...... in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is a bit of a tough one. Exchange with is the best option here. Here is a write up on the topic: http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/30926/exchanged-with-vs-exchanged-for”
August 21, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Planting Seeds. Mangoosh Question in the Problem Solving forum
“The equation would actually be A=4O. There are more apples, so you need to increase the orange count to make them equal. .15A + .1O = 420 A=4O _______________ (.15)(4O) + .1O = 420 .7O = 420 O = 600”
August 21, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Product sell in the Problem Solving forum
“If you want the maximum price for 1 item, all the other items must be priced as low as possible: 10 items @ $420 = $4,200 14 items @ $1,000 = $14,000 Lowest cost of the other 24 = $18,200 Total price of the 25 items = 25 x 1,200 = $30,000 30,000 - 18,200 = 11,800 D”
August 21, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to insurance in the Problem Solving forum
“You can break this up into pieces. The first $1,000 in medical expenses: Family total = $800 (initial premium) + $200 (20% of expenses) = $1000 Insurance total = $800 (80% of total) After this the insurance company pays all the expenses and is $200 behind the family total, so an ...”
August 21, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How I Beat the GMAT! 770 Q50, V45, IR 8, AWA 6 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great recap and Congrats! Good luck with applications”
August 21, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Data collected from various sources indicate that in the Sentence Correction forum
“I agree with both of you that this is confusing. ''Each Year'' is simply used to define the time frame, meaning a comma must be used. The subject verb pair comes after the comma; definitely unusual, but not incorrect. What I will say is that the GMAT will rarely do this sort of stuff.”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GPREP SC-7 in the Sentence Correction forum
“yep, whose can refer to anything.”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Assumption question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Always look for the most direct link in logic. Here they are describing how more companies means there is a greater interest. A) It doesn''t matter if they are viable B) Correct. If there were more than 45 companies that closed there would be no reason to think that public interest in ...”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT QUANT - Math Test Anxiety in the GMAT Math forum
“Practice definitely will help, and really you haven''t been working on this for that long. The anxiety comes from uncertainty on the material. One thing I will say is that you probably want to steer clear of long division too - there are easier ways to do the math. Feel free to look at the ...”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 400 on the gmatprep 1.. pls help... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“For quant I like the GMAT Prepster Quant Guide (I am a little biased as I wrote it), and for verbal I think you would want to start with the GMAT club sentence correction guide and the reading comp videos at gmat prep now. I hope that is a good start.”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“When you review, are you spending time dissecting the answer explanations? That is where I would begin to start to learn the topic. There are a lot of ways that modifiers are used and you want to become accustomed to exactly how the exam will test you on various forms.”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT Courses in London in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Are you looking for specifically an in person course? Is tutoring or online course an option?”
August 20, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry in the Problem Solving forum
“Please post the question in forum and not in the doc and I will be happy to answer.”
August 19, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GPREP SC- 14 in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is very much a meaning question. Ask yourself what was placed in the stimulating environment? A) It wasn''t the brain growing as the sentence implies (in mice is a preposition) B) The pronoun ''they'' implies the brains were placed C) Same as B D) Here it is the brain growth E) ...”
August 19, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to How can I improve my CR skills? ASAP in the Critical Reasoning forum
“It''s hard to say with just the information you have given here, but the first thing you can start practices in identifying the structure of the argument. Clearly focus on what the conclusion (if one is given) is and what the premises are. Then, identify the basic assumptions that are required for ...”
August 19, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Problem on EACH in the Sentence Correction forum
“You should eliminate A, C, and D right away because determines does not agree with the compound noun of "industries and regulatory environment" Then, each is singular in B, meaning the use of the plural pronoun ''their'' is incorrect. E”
August 19, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to High scores on mock tests but low on actual tests. Help!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just a comment, my guess is that SC is your problem area as you have a few basic grammatical errors in your note above. Most specifically, the errors are within verb form, which is a rather large topic on the GMAT. Good luck!”
August 19, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG13 CR#56 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Looks good. Nicely done!”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Data collected from various sources indicate that in the Sentence Correction forum
“Adverb phrases at the beginning of a clause must usually be followed by commas. As soon as possible, I would like to take the GMAT. Eventually, I will be done studying.”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Help in planning for the GMAT after working long hours!!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Take it slowly. You aren''t going to get there right away. Stay consistent and work on this for at least 30 minutes in a day; although, 60-90 is preferable if you can keep up the daily routine. As for the topics, here is how I break down the quant section: GMAT Quant Review”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Isotopes in the recently excavated bones of a 14-year-old in the Sentence Correction forum
“It is the ''and not'' that is correct. The use of and is not proper when for a comparison of this type: We did X, not Y.”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Suggestion for MBA Course in the Research MBA Programs forum
“In MNC''s?”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GPREP SC- 10 in the Sentence Correction forum
“B is not right because ''have dated'' implies that this no longer happens C and D should are not right because you do not have an independent clause following it. E ''date'' would have to plural for this to be correct. A”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GPREP SC-7 in the Sentence Correction forum
“A, B, and C each use having incorrectly. When the -ing form is used immediately after a noun it acts as an adjective. Adjectives are not necessary to the meaning of a sentence and can be removed. For D, the modifier with is a bit confusing here and the phrase following is overly wordy when ...”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Avg Work Experience required.. for top 10 Bschool.. in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“Honestly, there is no "right" answer to this one. What you want to show is why business school is the next step in your career. If you have a quality 3-4 years the admissions committee will see that.”
August 17, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to In a class...! in the Problem Solving forum
“Here are the number of students in each category: Basketball: 32 Football: 40 Table Tennis: 24 If 5 play football and table tennis your new breakdown would be: Basketball: 32 Football: 35 Table Tennis: 19 Football and Table Tennis: 5 This give you a total of 91 students. You can ...”
August 7, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 690 GMAT, High Verbal Low Quant!! RETAKE? in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“At these top schools, a 50th percentile quant score is troublesome. Unfortunately, you have already taken the exam 4 times, so another retake might not give a good score that much weight in you application. However, I do think that to give yourself a good shot you want to show you can do better, ...”
August 7, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Can I get accepted for a good MBA program? in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“You definitely can get in with a low GPA, but the first thing you need to do is ace the GMAT to prove that you have the ability. Then, in your applications, address why you had a low GPA - don''t hide it.”
August 7, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Sentence Correction in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“What is the source of this question? There are a lot of grammatical mistakes. I would not try to gain anything from this question.”
August 7, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 440 V30/Q31 in GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“What is your target score? This will help guide your plan.”
August 7, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to So X as to Y vs So X that Y in the Sentence Correction forum
“As would indicate a comparison, which you are not doing here. That implies a reason or cause.”
June 14, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a new topic called as in the Sentence Correction forum
“As would indicate a comparison, which you are not doing here. That implies a reason or cause.”
June 14, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to CR : Marriage age in the Critical Reasoning forum
“A is the only answer that makes sense here. If the average age is increasing for women getting married, then you would expect a decline in marriage rate until the average age settles again.”
June 14, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Data Sufficiency on Inequalities. in the Problem Solving forum
“With statement 1 you can plug in y^2 for x in the inequality in the question giving you this: (y^2)^y < y^(y^2) Simplified, you get: y^2y < y^(y^2) With each base as y, you can compare the exponents, or: 2y < y^2 If you continue to solve the expression is y < 2. Since ...”
June 14, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Not making any progress in Quant. Why? Test Date is 6/30. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“This is just a general statement. Often times I see students who "understand" the concepts, but do not really have a mastery. The way I describe it is that I understand how to exercise, but if I don''t do it, I won''t be in good shape. For the GMAT it means working through all of the ...”
June 11, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Support a fellow MBA hopeful? in the Lounge forum
“I gave you a vote. Best of luck!”
June 11, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Critique - Help Needed! in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“For a top 50 program you should be okay if you keep your GMAT score in the range you are currently scoring. Obviously, the better you can do, the more likely you will be able to get away with the low GPA. Good luck!”
June 11, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Average in the Problem Solving forum
“I agree this wording doesn''t make sense - stick with the OG...”
June 5, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Does medical residency count as work experience? in the The Application Process forum
“I am not saying you can''t do that, simply saying use your strengths.”
June 5, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to -ing form in the Sentence Correction forum
“In 120 you are referencing the burning, which is causing the problem discussed. It is not the trying in 28 that should be referenced in the sentence.”
June 5, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Does medical residency count as work experience? in the The Application Process forum
“In short, your medical experience can be a HUGE advantage in your application process. I would count the residency as experience, but you can also ask the admissions office directly how it should be considered. 28 is definitely not too old. One angle that you can use in the application is ...”
June 5, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Afternoon fatigue...GMAT scheduled in afternoon!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The score you got is not a huge statistical difference from the scores you were receiving. Yes, it is lower, but within 1 Standard Deviation. I would say just relax and try to focus the best you can on exam day. Personally, I think skipping a meal before the test is a bit extreme. For me, small ...”
June 5, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to completely new to gmat in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“I''ll say there are no shortcuts for this exam. Take the time and do it right the first time and you will be much happier than if you try to rush through everything.”
June 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT ( should i take it now or later) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“If you think you are going to go to school within 5 years, take it now.”
June 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to HBS Startup SpotRocket.co Connects Students w/ Startups in the Lounge forum
“Looks like a cool service. Good luck!”
May 29, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to ADVERTISING in the Lounge forum
“Try sending a message the Bea: http://www.beatthegmat.com/member/66166/profile”
May 29, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Student-based rankings? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“mmm. I think I would trust the recruiters - they are the people who are going to help pay your loans off...”
May 29, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Quant focused review course/material/plan in the GMAT Math forum
“The quant courses at GMAT Prepster are solid ones to take...”
May 29, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 640 in GMAT...Target Score 720+ Help Needed!!! in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Well, it sounds like your score was smack in the middle of your two practice exams. This says to me that you likely have some weaknesses in your verbal that need to be addressed. Hard to say without seeing some work, but generally you want to consistently score in the area of your target score in ...”
May 29, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Terrible Wording. Should file a law suit against PrincetonR. in the Problem Solving forum
“Definitely a type - remember they are just people and people make mistakes.”
May 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Postponing the GMAT Test? in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“If you are ready, take it; it is good for 5 years.”
May 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Taking Exam on August 2nd Week in the The Application Process forum
“We need a lot more information to be able to answer something specific like this. The only think I can really say is that 2 months is a short time to study. Are you set on applying this year? You will still have some time to prepare applications if you wait a bit to take the exam.”
May 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 640 in GMAT...Target Score 720+ Help Needed!!! in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Was this score consistent with your practice exam scores?”
May 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to I Suck at Probability need desperate help in the Problem Solving forum
“Just something to add here: This is NOT an easy problem. You must have a firm grasp of several concepts and pick out some tough steps. It''s unique - while these concepts are good to know, you shouldn''t think of this as a problem that you must be able to solve, but rather a top notch problem. ...”
May 28, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Do H/S/W mainly accept only Blue Chips and Vagabonds? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“They do, but the point is there are some really exceptional people out there. So, if you are coming from something more traditional, you have to be at the top of your class...”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Ken took left? in the Problem Solving forum
“Ignore this problem. Very poorly written.”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to UNC online in the Research MBA Programs forum
“At the end of the day you have to decide if you want 1) a brand name or 2) the network. You are more likely to develop a network with a part time program because you will be interacting with people in person. Both are valuable and what is best for you is up to you to decide.”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to I (would love to say) just beat it - planning the next try in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Practice, Practice, Practice. I will say it is not always about doing new problems, but rather learning about the mistakes you make and how the problem is supposed to be done. Look at different problems of the same type and see what is different about the way they are solved. What is different ...”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Compound Inequalities problem in the Problem Solving forum
“The answer is c. You simply subtract 5! from each of the 3 different expressions.”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Timing and wrong/right answer choices in the GMAT Strategy forum
“There is no penalty/disadvantage to answering a question quickly. As for guessing, it is always to your advantage to guess if you do not know the answer. I think what you are referencing is related more toward timing - you want to give yourself is a shot to get things right. For IR, you may ...”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 3rd attempt at the GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You have used all the good resources. The next best thing would be the paper exams from GMAT.com”
May 12, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Pls explain this question baes on range in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Putting the two statements together, the classroom with the tallest student has a smaller range, or in essence you are subtracting a smaller number from a bigger number when comparing the two classes - this makes the class without the tallest student, the one with the shortest.”
April 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to did smthing wrong in this one in the Data Sufficiency forum
“First tip is to calculate what his speed would be to travel exactly 6 miles in 30 minutes... 6 miles/.5hours = 17.ft/sec This ends up making the answer E because he could have been traveling faster or slower than this, making the distance either more or less than 6 miles.”
April 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Area of a triangle in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The base and the height must be perpendicular, so this cannot be the case. If you draw a rectangle around the triangle, starting at the origin to point (7,4) you will get and area of 28. Then you can subtract the ''negative space'' around the inner triangle. This is easy to do as all of the ...”
April 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to STUDY PLAN in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“It is not necessarily the hours in the day, but more the quality. That said, in order to cover the material, you likely need to spend at least 1.5 hours a day. You may want to consider some professional help as you are trying to make a big move from the 46th percentile to the 77th...”
April 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to What books to use? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“At a minimum you want the Official guide, Verbal Review, and Quant Review - all produced by GMAC. As for the ''instructional books'' there are many out there. I have my opinions, but they are likely biased.”
April 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Present Perfect in the Sentence Correction forum
“They are up to date, but the question is when were the limits set? In the past.”
April 3, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Present Perfect in the Sentence Correction forum
“It is not C because it happening in the 1960s. ''Have set'' is in the present perfect as you mention, meaning it is the wrong tense for something that already happened.”
April 2, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Should I take this new job? in the The Application Process forum
“I think you probably would benefit from a little more experience. You definitely can get in with only 2.5 years, but your story has to be rock solid. As far as the move, that is really up to you (big life decision). I will say that smaller companies give you a shot at more responsibility more ...”
April 2, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to looking for study companion for gmat in the Let's Meet Up forum
“Good luck, lets us know if you need advice on how to structure a study program!”
April 2, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to MBA Courses US in the The Application Process forum
“You are likely to get a better answer by speaking with schools themselves. They deal with this type of stuff all of the time. Talk to the admission department.”
April 2, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to change of gmat game plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You have enough prep material. The most important thing is that you review your work. Practice makes perfect and going over what you have done is the only way to retain it.”
April 2, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to EXPERTS PLEASE HELP in the Sentence Correction forum
“The statement is accurate, both can be used: It was such a wonderful show that I recommended it to my friend. She kept a straight face so as to conceal her anger. Not sure if that helps...”
April 1, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Really quick brain teaser problem in the GMAT Math forum
“The basic thought is you have 3 variables so you will need 3 separate equations to solve for the variables. *there are rare instances where multiple variables can be cancelled when simplifying expressions, making this rule not a 100% truth. It is an easy check to see that this does not happen ...”
April 1, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT in 6 days - How to improve Quant - please help in the GMAT Math forum
“A very important thing: DO NOT take more than 3 minutes on any question! Stay strict with that rule.”
April 1, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Where to take the GMAT Maths tests? in the GMAT Math forum
“Personally, I recommend saving the limited number of official CAT exams. Maybe take one of the third party exams or the diagnostic in the OG to get an idea of where you stand.”
April 1, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to three set problem in the GMAT Math forum
“Yeah, I would ignore this question. It is pretty bad all around.”
April 1, 2014
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Kindly help me figure out what to do? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Can you describe your study strategy please? What resources did you use?”
September 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMATPrep Exam Pack 1: Release and Initial Comments in the GMAT Strategy forum
“These are hands down a must for anyone taking the GMAT!”
September 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 'Text Boxes' with Character Limits in the The Application Process forum
“Write the response in a word processor and then copy it into the box...”
September 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Verbal Tougher? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“On average if you do well on the exam, the questions are going to be harder than most of the questions in the OG. Those questions span a variety of difficulties.”
September 10, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Flashcards answers???? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Not sure what you mean... they appear on the slides.”
September 10, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to What tense is that verb? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Think of "appeared as" as a phrase talking about how they looked not describing a characteristic.”
September 10, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Divisibility in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 2 is not really a statement. Throw this question out.”
September 10, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Usage of who and whom : in the Sentence Correction forum
“http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/who-versus-whom?page=all”
August 27, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Usage of who and whom : in the Sentence Correction forum
“http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/who-versus-whom?page=all”
August 27, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Please check this DS question out!! in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Wouldn''t matter in the context of the GMAT because you can''t take the sqrt of a negative number. That is all they are getting across.”
August 27, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Factor in the Data Sufficiency forum
“B Only the denominator matters. If the denominator contains factors of only 2 and 5 it is terminating.”
August 27, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need help in Verbal. in the Sentence Correction forum
“You are looking for a really large jump in the verbal in a short period of time. You might think about pushing back your exam. Otherwise, study the answer explanations. That is the best place to learn what types of errors the exam writers will use.”
August 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Official GMAT : Ugly GUI in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Haha. Funny, but I would not worry about such things. Not something you can control, just play the game as it is. good luck.”
August 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Delete account in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
“It looks like you only have a couple posts. You can edit them yourself...”
August 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to are sectional scores important in GMAT? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“You want your scores to be as balanced as possible. Many schools have different cut off levels.”
August 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to ellipsis in the Sentence Correction forum
“No, it is an introductory clause.”
August 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to present participle modifying the sentence in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is a participle phrase. Such phrases modify the main now of the sentence: in this case Washington.”
August 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Help me understand the jist of this argument in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Glad I could be of assistance.”
August 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please! Top 5? Top 20? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“You should definitely target some top 5 and 10 programs - an extra year of experience would be helpful as well. As far as the schools, that will depend on specifically what you want to do after your MBA.”
August 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to how does the gmat scoring works for quant? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“The exam is adaptive. Basically, if you get questions right you get harder questions and the opposite if you get questions wrong. You must have been getting a lot of difficult questions right and the REALLY difficult questions wrong. Hope that helps.”
August 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is the Private messaging system working? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Interesting to find out. Is your recent message to me now in your sent folder?”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is the Private messaging system working? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Got it and sent one back. Hope that helps clarify the problem.”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Help me understand the jist of this argument in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Couple comments in bold. ”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to I am doing so bad with OE questions! 8% correct! HELP! in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“One thing I will say is that if you are starting at 220, you will need much more than 60 days to prepare. What are your score goals?”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Anyone have the answer for this GMAT_SC in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Please post the question instead of something to download.”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Manhattan SC - Do I need to memorize all the idioms?! in the Sentence Correction forum
“I would not. They are a small piece of the pie. There are usually more glaring errors in the sentences and patterns amongst error types. Learn to spot the patterns and you will be in good shape.”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is the Private messaging system working? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Been working for me...”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to expert, pls help, BUT SUPPLEMENTING in the Sentence Correction forum
“The use of "but" creates a fragment in the second part of the sentence, there is no subject.”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Help me understand the jist of this argument in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“The conclusion is that an independent body should police video game ratings and stiff penalties should be enforced. Are you looking for something else? How would you evaluate that argument? Does it have merits based on the facts and assumptions listed in the passage? Can you identify the ...”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to US MBA app in the Research MBA Programs forum
“When is your exam?”
August 21, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Free GMAT Sample Paper in the GMAT Math forum
“You really don''t have to do the math on this problem. The answer can only end in .00, .25, .50 or .75. Ballparking your answer will show you that D is not the answer so it must be B.”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT PREP EXAM 1 in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Will this be an add on the the GMAT Prep Software? Any idea the number of test or the price?”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need feedback on mock tests available @ 800score.com in the GMAT Strategy forum
“They are decent exams. I think their predictive power is okay, meaning you will have an idea, but remember almost all tests available have a standard deviation of 30-50 points. I will say I think the style is a bit different than the real thing.”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Please Help!! Need a better strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I think your date is a bit ambitious. The best advice I can give you from what you said is look at the exams and work from the bottom up. I.E. look at the easiest problems you are getting wrong. In all likelihood there are some simple questions you are not getting right. Why is that? Nerves? ...”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to US MBA app in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Let''s see how the exam goes. There is a big difference between 650 and 700. Jot your results down here after the test. Good luck!”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Exactly *why* is the GMAT important to business schools? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I think this an important piece for people to read... Especially re: the GRE.”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Fifth Attempt 680, Need Strategy to score 720+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Honestly, you should probably think about wrapping up your GMAT efforts. Sorry to say, but once you push to 5 or more exams the adcoms are not likely to put as much weight onto a good score. Time to work on apps..”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Getting ready for the next year application in the The Application Process forum
“Do some charitable work, preferably try to get into a leadership role in a charity.”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Q24 V28 After 2 Month of Studies. How to move to Q45 V47? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“What your are asking for is a pretty large jump in both categories, and if your scores are where they are you are lacking some of the fundamental knowledge. First piece of advice is table the practice exams and get the basics down first.”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Knewton if I have a 690? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Honestly, I would recommend consulting a tutor at your point. It will be the best way for you to hone in on your specific weaknesses.”
August 20, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT IN 1 WEEK-GPREP SCORE 610- Suggestions to improve score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You are asking for a big jump in a week, but what you should do is review the mistakes you made and practice problems in those areas. Take the other GMAT Prep exam 3-4 days before and focus hard on your timing. It is okay to pass on questions you don''t know.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to CR practice questions in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Just cautionary advice. I would use GMAT CR to practice as the LSAT is a bit different.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to PRACTICE TESTS in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Princeton does, Knewton does not.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Taking the GMAT for the 3rd time! Help is needed :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“My first recommendation is to not set the exam date exactly 1 month from now. 100 points in that timeframe is a lot.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is it a good use of time to practice random RC passages? in the Reading Comprehension forum
“You are likely missing something. Go back and evaluate why you were getting things wrong. What typical mistakes are you making?”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Standard Deviations, variance and mean in the Problem Solving forum
“This should help: http://gmatprepster.com/gmat-quantitative-review/gmat-sets/gmat-statistics/”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 600+ Score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It is definitely possible. The place to start is look at your old exams and the easiest questions you are getting wrong. Those are the areas you should improve first.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Applying to Same University - Two different colleges/Program in the Ask AcceptU forum
“Absolutely get advice from them on how to solve the specific problem. If you are worried just ask anonymously, but it won''t matter one way or another.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Improving Quant speed and accuracy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The answer here is practice. Keep reviewing more and more problems. Work on identifying why certain problems are supposed to be solved in certain ways. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix; you simply have to put in the time and effort to become an expert in this material.”
August 19, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Date of birth mismatch in Passport in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Sounds like a good plan. You want to open about this sort of thing.”
August 5, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Concept not clear in the Problem Solving forum
“Y=mx +b M is the slope, b is the y-intercept. You simply need to rearrange the equation to this format. You get y=1/10x. 1/10 is positive and there is no b value (in other words it is 0, which is the origin).”
August 2, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to disastrous diagnostic score of 380!! NEED HELP !! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Start studying. You already know that you need a lot of work. Another practice exam will do nothing more than confirm this. Use the one you took to find areas of weakness.”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Weighted Averages in the Problem Solving forum
“Yes, you only know the ratio (as calculated above) to get the number you would need more information.”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Concept not clear in the Problem Solving forum
“Key is that there is that the intercept is the origin and the slope is positive. Thus, the line goes through 1 and 3, but not 2 and 4.”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT MBA Total Confusion ! in the Research MBA Programs forum
“@rbarathram Any thoughts on how you are going to proceed?”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Weighted Average in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Brent hit it on the head. Does that make sense?”
August 1, 2013
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August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Mgmat: Prada in the Sentence Correction forum
“The main clause in sentence B is not very robust. It simply says that Prada surprised many insiders. How? Why? C does a better job of answering these questions in the main clause. Clarity is an important part of sentence correction.”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Where to apply? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Are you looking for tier 1, tier 2, etc? Very different advice if you are looking for Harvard caliber or University of Phoenix caliber”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Gmat in 12 days.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“What is your target score? What are your current raw scores?”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Urgent!:Refreshing GMAT Basics-What are the best Materials? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“While the content of the question is different, the materials I suggest are the same as this post: http://www.beatthegmat.com/disastrous-diagnostic-score-of-380-need-help-t267505.html#685943”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to disastrous diagnostic score of 380!! NEED HELP !! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I will be honest, you have a lot of work to do. That is a HUGE jump in 3 months even if you have a lot of time - it takes time to just let the stuff sink in. My favorite quant material is the GMAT Prepster quant guide. Verbal I tend to use the Manhattan GMAT stuff. Realistically, you probably ...”
August 1, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Working during your MBA in the MBA Student Life forum
“Really the only way will be to work on the weekends or get an grad assistant position your second year. Maybe a part time program is right for you...”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Private GMAT Tutor in Toronto in the GMAT Strategy forum
“$180. I use a virtual white board and skype/phone.”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Probability in the Problem Solving forum
“would you mind breaking these up into different posts?”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to "Extra Essay" - should I mention a C- on my transc in the The Application Process forum
“I would let it be. If the rest of your transcript is strong, 1 little blemish won''t hurt.”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Have an extra week, what is the best way to use it? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“If you feel like you can do more work, then do it. I am a proponent of not taking practice exams until you are ready to do so. If you have weak areas, keep working on them.”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to What if I score lower on the retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“#1) Get the negative thoughts out of your head. Don''t think about the downside. #2) No, they will look at the higher score. Good luck!”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Where to apply? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“There are a lot of programs where you can get this kind of experience. Do you have targets for the quality of the program that you are looking for?”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG12th edition question 121 CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Best if you type it in then... Happy to help if it is here.”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to last week for gmat in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Get plenty of rest this week and don''t cram the last two days. This is a test of endurance.”
July 31, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to am i right? in the GMAT Math forum
“Yes, the simple way is (n-1)!”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Private GMAT Tutor in Toronto in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Would you consider online tutoring?”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Weighted Average in the Data Sufficiency forum
“B simply says the weighted average of 72 and 60 is 70. The equation would look like this: .6x + .72(1-x) = .7 X represents the percent of the people who responded yes that are female.”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Am I realistic? Any suggestions? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Absolutely. Good luck.”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is this argument strong or weak? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“What is your issue with the argument? With a net loss, the argument of no overall gain is true.”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Integrated Reasoning in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“On what areas are you struggling?”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Accuracy while attempting LSAT CR and RC in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Honestly, I tell people to not focus on accuracy when studying. First learn how to answer the questions and worry about your score when you take practice exams.”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to diagramming in cr in the Critical Reasoning forum
“If a technique is making you take that much time, you should stop using it. Is it the reading of the question or the answer selection that is taking you so long?”
July 26, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Reaching 50+ on Quant in the GMAT Math forum
“At any level, fundamental understanding is the difference between two scores. In order to improve, you need to work on efficiency. Efficiency improves both timing and accuracy. You should realistically be solving 15 problems at 1:30 or below to reach a quant score of 50.”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Not sure about the solution in the GMAT Math forum
“Testing numbers is always a solid way to go if you are unsure. Many people say they have difficulty picking "good numbers" and that is why they don''t. The only way to get better is to practice.”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Not Recieved Study Guide in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Did you check your spam?”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Is this type of question fair game/ to be expected on the te in the GMAT Math forum
“I would say that it is fair game based off of similar questions, but only likely to occur if you are doing very well on the exam.”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to I put 90 points on my score....just by relaxing in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“haha. glad you found a new passion.”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 11 mins too long for a (long) RC passage? in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Yes. Think of your target time as 2 minutes per question. This means you were 3 minutes over the total amount of time for 4 questions.”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GMAT MBA Total Confusion ! in the Research MBA Programs forum
“It is a lot to take on, but it is doable to get everything in during your time frame. Start studying for the GMAT now. Try to take in November and then you give yourself 1 chance a retake. Good luck!”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Need some advice.... in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Just a word of caution. 200 points in a month, after very little study is a HUGE jump. Is there a reason that you must apply this year? If so, can you give yourself more prep time by applying to later rounds?”
July 23, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to statistics in the Problem Solving forum
“Yeah, this is not something that you need to know for the GMAT.”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Moving in the Wrong Direction... in the GMAT Math forum
“Looks like a bad day, so don''t worry too much about the dip as long as you see improvements on the next exam. In general, third party exams are not that great relative to the real thing. What resources have you studied with during your prep?”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to HELP PLEASE!!! in the GMAT Math forum
“Yeah, practice and expert guidance are my suggestion. Maybe a course or tutoring would benefit you.”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to What is the logic behind Circular Permutation ? in the GMAT Math forum
“It is simply the idea that rotating the positions around the circle does not change the orientation of the items. Thus, the formula is (n-1)!”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Geometry in the GMAT Math forum
“The solutions above are great. Remember that when you are going through geometry problems that you only have to know a few certain things. The GMAT will test you be putting information in different formats (i.e. rotating the square) but you still only have a few ways that you can use the figures.”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: Should I apply for 2014? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You check all the boxes; now you just need a balanced application. Go for it!”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Understanding GMAT Focus in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Don''t read too much into it. Trying to pinpoint the algorithm will drive you crazy. Just keep working on improving and it seems like you can get there.”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Questions Missed to get highest percentile in Quant & Ve in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Although not official, from my testing I have seen as many as 7 wrong to get a perfect score, but realistically the number of problems is not as important as the difficulty of the problem.”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to interaction with adcom in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“Stick to questions about the student experience and what they look for in the candidate. That should keep your questions focused.”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: Should I apply for 2014? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You check all the boxes; now you just need a balanced application. Go for it!”
July 22, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to 41st question on GMAT Prep in the Sentence Correction forum
“You are simply comparing over to under - there is no need to reintroduce a verb to make this comparison ?”
July 15, 2013
July 15, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to online study partner required in the Let's Meet Up forum
“Not sure if tutoring is an option for you, but I do a lot of work with people. Happy to point you in the right direction.”
July 15, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to IR: OG vs. GMATPrep in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“You definitely can. But a good source for tougher questions is question pack 1 - the add on to the GMAT Prep software.”
July 15, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Prepping for my 3rd GMAT Attempt in the Lounge forum
“I think you have figured this out, but the most important thing is to give yourself enough time to prepare. Your anxiety will subside as you become more confident with the material.”
July 15, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Couple of Newbie Questions in the The Application Process forum
“Timing of your exam is not important, but you will want to do your best to ace it given your GPA. Your assessment of the scoring is correct. Good luck! Keep the questions coming.”
July 15, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Assumption in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Do you mind me asking the source of this question?”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to can I get into good mba university with low gpa in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“First thing you want to do is retake the GMAT. Then, when considering what your best option is really depends on what you want to do in the future. Personally, 1 and 3 sound more like differentiators of your pier group - there are a lot of applicants in India from software companies and this is a ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Where do I stand? in the Ask Stratus Prep forum
“You are putting the horse before the cart here. What are you goals? What do you want out of your MBA? What schools do you think you would like to go to? Realistically, a good GMAT score can open a lot of doors giving you have both experience from a firm that MBA programs respect and some success ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to can I get into good mba university with low gpa in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“First thing you want to do is retake the GMAT. Then, when considering what your best option is really depends on what you want to do in the future. Personally, 1 and 3 sound more like differentiators of your pier group - there are a lot of applicants in India from software companies and this is a ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to OG - SC Question 3 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Although this does not answer your questions, I find this very important advice for people on the GMAT. Do not worry about the other pieces of the sentence once you have found an error. Making sense of them will drive you crazy because often the wording is altered to make the mistake you already ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Pronoun - OG explains in the Sentence Correction forum
“I agree that this is a bit confusing. The real reason is that the verb structure in the second answer communicates that the subject of the first portion of the sentence is being considered in the second. Really, I tend to use other answer choices to dictate whether or not you can eliminate ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“The reason why is the use of the infinitive form of the verb ''to be'' is a bit awkward.”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to GPAs From Different Schools: Combine or Not? in the The Application Process forum
“You will likely have to put your GPA for both institutions separately. Bummer, I know, but that is how the info will be requested. Jim”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to # of RC on actual GMAT in the Reading Comprehension forum
“That is the typical number, so if you are struggling for time you have to manage yourself a bit earlier on the exam. Verbal Question Time 5 65 10 56 15 47 20 38 25 29 30 20 35 11 40 2 This is a chart you can write on your paper to make sure you are where you are supposed ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to Identical rectangular tiles in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The answer here is D. Whether you are looking at square ABCD or EFGH you can see that the length and height of the outer rectangles must be the same. So horizontally, 3 rectangles and 2 half rectangles equals the vertical height of 4 rectangles. Because the 2 half rectangles equal the one ...”
July 12, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to At most by when is it the right time to take the GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You want to start both right away. Good luck.”
June 14, 2013
Jim@StratusPrep posted a reply to LCM and GCM in the Problem Solving forum
“The prime factors of 150 are 2, 3, 5 and 5. The GCD must not contain any other factors. A is the answer.”
June 14, 2013