# shantanuchandra

brianlange77 posted a reply to Funny question about personal conduct at business school in the MBA Student Life forum
“I''ll slightly disagree here -- IMHO, I think much of b-school is about learning who you want to be as a person / individual contributor / business leader in your future. I couldn''t tell you one ''grade'' I got in b-school (Duke) and I don''t think my career is any worse off for it.”
November 8, 2015
brianlange77 posted a reply to Full time v Part time to switch jobs, not careers? in the MBA Student Life forum
“Generally, I tend to agree. There''s obvious financial risk associated with enrolling in school full-time, but if you are ready for a big career shift, it''s always easier coming out of a Top 25 full-time program where the recruiters ''come to you'' versus out of a part-time program.”
November 8, 2015
brianlange77 posted a reply to The vice-president of engineering in the Sentence Correction forum
“''Argued'' is past tense... needs to match up with ''would'' instead of ''will.'' Hope this helps. -Brian”
April 25, 2015
brianlange77 posted a reply to please review my awa in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I think this is a repost -- I''ve posted a reply to this AWA essay at the following link -- http://www.beatthegmat.com/please-review-my-awa-t283041.html. Hope this helps. -Brian”
April 25, 2015
brianlange77 posted a reply to please review my awa in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I think this is a repost -- I''ve posted a reply to this AWA essay at the following link -- http://www.beatthegmat.com/please-review-my-awa-t283041.html. Hope this helps. -Brian”
April 25, 2015
brianlange77 posted a reply to please review my awa in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I think this is a nice/fine essay -- although there are some areas in which you will see points subtracted. Second sentence is missing an "a" between ''due to'' and ''lower'' -- and it also feels very close to a run-on sentence. I think you''d also benefit from some better ...”
April 25, 2015
Steve729 posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for IU Kelley Direct in the Ask Admissionado (formerly Precision Essay) forum
“Received my Kelley admission letter yesterday and have been awarded a ~$20k scholarship!” April 16, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Tracking Problems in the GMAT Strategy forum “For what it''s worth -- I''ll offer a different POV. I think taking a bunch of practice tests is great -- to a point. At some point, you need to use the data that you collect/gather from the practice tests and then focus on those places that are giving you the most difficulty and develop a ...” April 11, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Manhattan 5th strategy and official guide 13th edition in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''m sure there''s an argument to be made for "I wish they all felt very easy" -- but, there''s value in understanding that the content you are learning is testing and stretching you. It may require you to spend more time preparing for this exam than you had originally anticipated -- ...” April 11, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 750 (44Q/49V) with Beat The GMAT 60-day Guide in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Great Steve -- thanks for the note back! "Having to consider better options" probably falls into the camp of problems that many others on these boards would die for!!! Congrats and good luck. -Brian” April 11, 2015 Steve729 posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for IU Kelley Direct in the Ask Admissionado (formerly Precision Essay) forum “Pathik, Thanks for your suggestion - I''d actually been speaking with Lindsey Spoonmore about the application process and my prospects for scholarship money prior to completing my application earlier this week. I did notice that Erin viewed my LinkedIn profile and I''ll try not to spend too much ...” April 10, 2015 Steve729 posted a new topic called Profile Evaluation for IU Kelley Direct in the Ask Admissionado (formerly Precision Essay) forum “Hi, I''d like to know your thoughts on my chances to obtain a scholarship to the IU Kelley Direct program (yes, I''m assuming admission, for better or worse). GMAT - 750 (49Q/44V/8/5.5) B.A. Mathematics University of Louisville, 3.812 GPA 4 years full-time management experience in UPS ...” April 3, 2015 Steve729 posted a reply to 750 (44Q/49V) with Beat The GMAT 60-day Guide in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Brian, Yes, I''m happy with the score (which was actually a 49Q/44V) although it''s overkill for my original school of choice. Now I have the added difficulty of considering other "better" options. As far as tips, I would recommend both Manhattan Prep and the 60-Day guide. Like many ...” March 31, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to The invention of the cotton gin in the Sentence Correction forum “It''s cotton cloth, right? Maybe I am missing something in your question, but that seemed pretty straightforward to me. Post back if I misinterpreted what you are asking for here. Thanks. -Brian” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Manhattan 5th strategy and official guide 13th edition in the GMAT Strategy forum “Totally agree with Rich on this one. I happen to be a fan of our books (biased of course.) But, the books are only words on pages -- it is the plan you will put together to figure out how to best use those books that will really matter. I''m including tow great articles here from my old ...” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 750 (44Q/49V) with Beat The GMAT 60-day Guide in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “It might seem like a stupid question -- but you''re happy right? Sounds like a really positive ''test-day'' score experience versus where you had been on previous practice/prep-work!!! Congrats!! Any other tips you''d leave for future generations of test takers? All the best, Brian” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Tracking Problems in the GMAT Strategy forum “Here''s an oldie, but goodie, article from my dear friend Stacey that talks a great deal about the importance of error logs, how to keep them, how to actually do them when you don''t want to, and how to leverage them to improve your process, approach and score. ...” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Need suggestion in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Did you make a decision on where to pursue your GMAT study-prep? Josh is a great guy and I''d totally recommend him as a potential resource for you to consider. https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/locations/india/ https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/instructors/bio/Josh-Braslow Hope this ...” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Re: Any thoughts? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Love the positive energy and the focus on confidence -- but I think this post got disconnected from it''s original thread somehow! Just wanted to flag it inc ase you were expecting any additional response/dialogue here. Thanks! -Brian” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Reporting Score in the Ask a GMAT representative forum “Hey Dan -- I think this is the information you are looking for, right? http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/gmat-exam-scoring/your-score-report/send-your-scores.aspx Hope that this is helpful. Best of luck! -Brian” March 29, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “Of course re: inflated. Totally makes sense. We''ve always recommended that folks should do the ''whole thing'' as practice once -- preferably within a week/2 weeks of when you plan to sit for the actual exam. That way, you ''know what it''s like'' to go for the full-thing. Are you nervous ...” March 29, 2015 Steve729 posted a reply to 750 (44Q/49V) with Beat The GMAT 60-day Guide in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “For the most part, I followed the program outlined in the 60-day guide on this website. I deviated a bit at the end, mainly because Manhattan Prep offered six practice tests and I took 5 of those.” March 28, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Tracking Problems in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Hey there... saw your post. Sharing an article from my dear friend Stacey --- I think this may give you some good perspective about how to keep track of some of the work that you are doing.... https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/articles/error-log.cfm Hope this helps! -Brian” March 28, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Advice on studying while working too much in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Jeff: Just checking in here -- how''s it going? Sticking to the plan? Any lessons/best practices that you could share with other students who are likely to be in a similar place as you sometime? All the best! -Brian” March 28, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Too unbalanced? 730 Q47(68%). V44(98%) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “WCFennell -- This is amazing news. Congrats on getting to the promised land -- the journey was definitely worth it. Good luck with your future paths here. -Brian” March 28, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “What was the score you got on the Veritas test? How big of a difference is a ''much lower'' score? Also, please note that essay and IR sections DO NOT factor into your 200-800 score, so they would have had no impact on a perception of an ''inflated'' 610. Best of luck!! -Brian” March 28, 2015 Steve729 posted a new topic called 750 (44Q/49V) with Beat The GMAT 60-day Guide in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “I used the Manhattan Prep full set including all three 2015 Official Guide books. My actual score was higher than all practice tests except for the 2nd attempt on the GMAC practice. 8 IR score was almost double the average score on six Manhattan practice tests. I may have to rethink Louisville as ...” March 23, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Journal/ Error Log in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey there -- glad to hear you are thinking about how to incorporate an error log into your studies. A tough transition, but an important one. I''ve attached a link to an article from my dear friend Stacey -- I think you''ll find this answer a lot of outstanding questions that you may have. ...” February 14, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Why You Need to do Verbal Pacing Drills OUTSIDE of CATs in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Vivian: Couldn''t agree with you more -- I think it''s so critical to think about timing in the big picture, and not just be analyzing it on a "one question at a time basis." I''m posting an "oldie but goodie" article from my dear friend Stacey that I think does a great job ...” February 14, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “I think what you can reasonably take from this is that you''ve got a strong foundation when it comes to the GMAT and, with little preparation, were able to get a score that many others would gladly take!! So -- good work. Now, the real question for you will be "How high do I think I could ...” February 14, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 630 - 5 days to go.... in the GMAT Strategy forum “How did things net out for you? Hope you were able to reach your goals and objectives with the GMAT!! Best of luck. -Brian” February 14, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Advice on studying while working too much in the GMAT Strategy forum “Jeff: Definitely the right question to be asking. Rather than re-create the wheel, I''ve attached a few links to some great articles from my dear friend Stacey that will help you think about the right types of questions to be asking yourself about how to get a good study plan in place. Hope ...” February 9, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Starting the GMAT Prep. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Honestly, I think that your first question is one that is truly going to vary ''case by case.'' Are you someone that generally does well when you are managing at your own pace, etc? Or do you like the accountability/interaction with instructors and other students? I''m not sure where you ...” February 9, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to scored 650 (Q:48, V31, IR2), in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “There''s no magic answer to your bigger questions, but I will offer that it sounds like there''s probably an opportunity for better study plan development and better time management. A few links from my old friend Stacey with some good tips on all fronts. ...” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Too unbalanced? 730 Q47(68%). V44(98%) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Congrats on a great score that many others would KILL for!! If you are concerned about quant -- I''d ask you think about the other quant-portions of your background (academics, work experience, etc.) to determine if those might serve as an additional data point for proving competency in quant. ...” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Could you please rate my essay? Thanks in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Really nice work here --- great structure, good sentence length variation, and a clear story. Unless you are specifically worried about the AWA, this should give you the vote of confidence that you need to move on to other parts of the exam that may be giving you more difficulty. Good luck!! ...” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Could you please rate my essay? Thanks in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I rated you around a 5 or so here. It may be a bit higher (5.5) or a bit lower (4.5), but I think the most important point is that you are "well" on the correct side of the dotted line here. You''ve proven your ability to successfully complete the AWA on the GMAT and should feel ...” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Starting the GMAT Prep. in the GMAT Strategy forum “I think you will find a lot of great resources on here -- I''ll confidently suggest that it is worth you checking out our ManhattanPrep offering here (https://www.manhattanprep.com/gre/programs/self-study/). Beyond that, what I will suggest to you -- more than anything else -- is being truly ...” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 630 - 5 days to go.... in the GMAT Strategy forum “One other thought --- I also firmly recommend that you ''shut things down'' at least 36 hours before the actual exam. At that stage of the game, it is as much about mental and physical energy as it is out trying to cram in one more piece of data. Good luck!! -Brian” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 630 - 5 days to go.... in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey there -- thanks for all the data. Helpful. A few thoughts to share here: 1. Agree with the notion that you''d love to see your practice scores get there at least once/twice before you look to land the plane on the real exam. 2. Would love to see a bit more data to understand the time ...” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 580 :( retaking. round 1 or two? - long rant. excuse me. in the Research MBA Programs forum “Sure thing -- just post it in the AWA forum. Good luck with all you are focused on. Best wishes!!!” January 17, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please review the essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I would estimate this attempt to be in the 3-4 range. There are multiple typos, inappropriate use of the ''etc.'' and contains multiple sentence fragments. I''d encourage you to attempt some more drafts here, and save time for reviewing your work before you hit ''submit.'' Hope this helps. ...” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 720 (Q51,V35) but low AWA in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Echoing the earlier comments. One other thought -- if you write compelling admissions essays, my guess is that most departments won''t even consider your AWA score. Yes, it would be great if it was higher, but I''ve always been of the belief that ~4.0 and higher is high enough to never worry ...” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT -710 (QA-50, Verbal-37) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Scorpion -- Great work on a score that many will be jealous/envious about! In regards to your specific question, there are many variables. Do the schools that you are considering post an average demographic profile of their PHD students? Obviously, the sample size is pretty small -- but that ...” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to How do I juggle it all? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Ancilla: Based on a quick read of this thread -- I found this link from my good friend Stacey -- you may find this helpful to strike that balance you are looking for. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2011/12/20/studying-for-and-struggling-with-the-gmat/ Your perception is not ...” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Kindly rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Hey there: I think this is pretty good. I''d probably score it in the ~4.5 range. One item of particular note -- please avoid use of ''etc.'' when writing your essays on the exam. Good luck on your exam! -Brian” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to doubtSC 1 in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey -- I recall this one being tackled before. Take a look here and see if this helps -- http://www.beatthegmat.com/anton-chekhov-t111329.html If not, send me a note back and we can chat further. Best of luck! -Brian” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to I forgot to double-space my essays. Do I follow up? in the The Application Process forum “Just popping out this thread one more time -- it seems like an innocent mistake... and honestly, I''m not sure it''s even one that would have been noticed/flagged by the majority of admissions officers -- unless they are running the essays through a word counter. JillGMAT -- Any updates for all ...” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to 580 :( retaking. round 1 or two? - long rant. excuse me. in the Research MBA Programs forum “Hey there --- just going back through some old posts and came across this discussion from a bit ago. Any updates for the group here? How is your process going? All the best! -Brian” January 4, 2015 brianlange77 posted a reply to Looking for feedback on my essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is ''okay'', but offers some basic opportunities for improvement. First paragraph has run on sentence, ''preceding'' is spelled incorrectly, the last sentence is run-on, etc. The structure is good -- but you must pay attention to the detail. Hope this helps. I would score this in ...” October 11, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “Rajesh: Two articles here from my dear friend Stacey that you may find helpful in the run up to the end of your study period. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/13/the-last-14-days-building-your-game-plan-part-1/ ...” October 11, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 720: Happy ending to a long journey! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Your experience offers some good lessons -- just as Rome was not built in a day, nor does any one question serve as a litmus test for your entire exam. So, for you or for anyone else in a similar situation -- take a deep breath and don''t overstress. The most important thing on any question is ...” October 11, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Kindly rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is a nice approach -- there are some obvious punctuation errors (missing periods and commas) that I am sure are just typos and not intentional. If anything, I''d love to see a little more variation in the opening to paragraphs 2/3/4 -- it looks a bit robotic to just say ...” October 11, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Could anyone kindly give feedback about my essay? in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Hey there: I don''t know if you are going to get a ton of response to a request for a GRE essay on a GMAT board. I''d love to help, but just don''t have the right frame of reference to do so. Best of luck! -Brian” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Strategy on SC Questions, Take notes? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Fernando, Thanks for the additional clarity. I firmly support taking appropriate notes during the SC section (and all the ''keeping track of answers'' stuff mentioned already), but why are you writing down the tense on EVERY question? That feels a bit narrow -- if the sentence presents ...” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Columbia Interview - Attire in the The Application Process forum “Good attire will never get you in, a bad attire choice could cause someone to say "Huh? They wore what?" Personally, for a coffee shop, I think either is fine. Others will inevitably disagree with me -- but that''s why this is fun :-)” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to The GMAT Makes No Sense to me in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Thanks for the post. Sorry you''ve got such mixed emotions. This has the hallmarks of a test-taker who needs a more data-driven study plan. Simply doing a lot of practice problems doesn''t really get you there -- you need to religiously track the places where you do well/poorly and build a ...” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to High GMAT Scorers in the GMAT Strategy forum “Definitely encourage you to spend some time perusing the boards around here as well -- chock full of tips, experiences, suggestions, learnings, etc. Not a bad idea to meet up with local people, but there''s a book of knowledge here that I wouldn''t want you to miss. Good luck!! -Brian” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 720: Happy ending to a long journey! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Congrats on reaching this amazing milestone -- well done! One thought -- don''t forget that on point #2 .. it may have just been an experimental question... thoughts? -Brian” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Kindly rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is good, but definitely offers some room for improvement. I would probably put this in the 3.5-4.5 range. A few examples where I think you can make some improvements: -The first sentence is quite lengthy and can probably be broken into a few smaller parts; -In the second sentence ...” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Can anyone rate my argument essay please? in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Seems like a really solid essay -- I''m not sure if you will get a ton of responses in here b/c most experts will come in here expecting to judge/comments on GMAT essays. I''m not familiar enough with the GRE scoring scale to give you a true numerical range. Sorry :-(” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to RC Time Allotment in the Reading Comprehension forum “Hey Tanvis -- It''s been two weeks since this thread got hoppin'' :=) How''s it going? Any progress / lessons / new questions to share here with your peers? Thanks. -Brian” September 28, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Could anyone please review my essay? in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Nice work here -- I think this is definitely in the 4.5-5.0+ range, which in my mind means you probably don''t need to spend too much more time worrying about / practicing for the AWA section. If I could offer one suggestion, I don''t know that you need to go to the fourth ''support'' paragraph... ...” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Retake or not? 640 - Q44 V34 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Hey... I think you may have posted this twice --- I put a reply on this topic to your other post. Good luck!!! -Brian” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Retake or not? 640 - Q44 V34 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “I actually think your last thought may be the most important -- before you go any further in thinking about whether or not you need to take the GMAT again, I really think it''d be worth it for you to put together an overall plan for EVERYTHING that''s going to be required for your admissions ...” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to RC Time Allotment in the Reading Comprehension forum “I think Rich''s point is a fair one -- even more broadly, I think that most people get stressed about timing on quant and often don''t think about it on verbal as much. Everyone''s approach is going to be individualized here, but it speaks to the importance of tracking data and really using your ...” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Can someone please rate my essay? It's my first try! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Really nice... definitely at least a 4.5 or higher (probably 5 or higher), which, in my book, means that you don''t need to worry about the AWA anymore :-) Congrats!!” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 580 :( retaking. round 1 or two? - long rant. excuse me. in the Research MBA Programs forum “I think you posted this one twice -- I replied with some initial thoughts to your other thread. Thanks and good luck!!!” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 580 :( retaking. round 1 or two? - long rant. excuse me. in the Research MBA Programs forum “First off, while I know this is a focused forum... remember, it''s a test and it''s business school... two things which will not go on your grave marker when you leave this world! Don''t let it get you depressed. Separately, I think most still operate under the assumption that there isn''t ...” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is fine -- there are some grammatical errors (it should be ''it letS us know..'', etc.), which will bring your score down -- I''d say this would probably score between a 4.0 - 5.0. Probably good enough to just move along and not worry about the essay anymore.” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to RC Time Allotment in the Reading Comprehension forum “It''s a good question. At its simplest, our approach suggests that, for an entire passage plus answering the questions, total time should approximately equal the number of questions * 2. So, a four-question passage should yield you about 8 minutes. Now, it''s not perfect, because you don''t ...” September 13, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Quant 49 to 51 in the GMAT Math forum “First off, congrats on the great score! I wonder if you might want to consider our ManhattanGMAT Challenge Problem toolkit. More than 250 custom-designed problems for students in that space where you are. This might be more helpful than doing more ''tests.'' Do you have a good feel on ...” June 21, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Quant 49 to 51 in the GMAT Math forum “First off, congrats on the great score! I wonder if you might want to consider our ManhattanGMAT Challenge Problem toolkit. More than 250 custom-designed problems for students in that space where you are. This might be more helpful than doing more ''tests.'' Do you have a good feel on ...” June 21, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 710 (47Q, 41V) to 750 (50Q, 42V)! Thanks to BTG!!! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Jabhatta -- Can you rephrase your question? I''m not sure i understand what you mean by ''private tuition'' lessons. If you simply mean ''private tutoring'' -- I can tell you that ManhattanPrep (for whom I work) offers both face-to-face (based on geographic availability) and internet-based ...” June 21, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Application Advice in the The Application Process forum “I think the list referenced above makes a ton of sense --- but every school is so different! No reason Duke and Michigan shouldn''t be on list as well. I''d extend a watch-out / concern about the undergraduate GPA -- that''s going to be a bit of a red flag for most I would believe. Have you ...” June 21, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to An argument essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Hey there! The best thing for you to consider here (especially if there''s a chance that English isn''t your first language) is to get in the habit of writing in English and having your writing critiqued by someone who is quite competent in the ins and outs of English grammar. For example, a ...” June 21, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Rajeev, It''s a good question. It''s important to remember to focus on a wide variety of sentence types -- some short, some long, some with transitions, some without, etc. There is a premium placed on word choice (and by nature, sentence structure) variation. This will help provide ...” June 21, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Toastmasters International beneficial or a waste of my time? in the Ask Clear Admit forum “Starting will show more initiative than just joining, of course. How will your overall application address presentation skills (interview, jobs, etc.) If you are concerned that it''s a risk and/or a skill you need to develop... than it can only help. Best of luck. -Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is in the +/- 5.0 range... I''d love to see a bit more "transition" language and structure as you begin in new paragraph, though. "Secondly, Lastly, Finally", etc. Hope this helps. Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to The 10 People You'll Meet in Your MBA in the MBA Student Life forum “What about #11 -- "The person who finds and posts lots of top-10 lists?" Just kidding of course :-)” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Job Prospects in US, Canada,Singapore in the Research MBA Programs forum “I think your best bet here is going to be to rely on 3rd party sources of information and reach out to the career centers at the schools directly. Your instinct is important and sending you the right signals here. Good luck! -Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 710 (47Q, 41V) to 750 (50Q, 42V)! Thanks to BTG!!! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “This is outstanding news -- congrats on the update and thanks for the kudos around resources, etc. You should feel fantastic about proving to yourself that extra work and effort does pay dividends when it comes to score performance. What great news!! Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to An argument essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I believe you may have posted this one twice -- > I posted a reply in the response field of your other message. Good luck! _Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Expert help needed: Very strange admissions situation in the The Application Process forum “Agree w/ the earlier poster -- you should write what most effectively describes your experiences and career progression. Your job is to paint the best and most accurate picture of how your experiences will help enhance the community of the schools you are applying to. Don''t worry as much ...” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to An argument essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “The length and structure of your AWA has some potential -- but the number of pure grammatical errors in going to be a real issue for you. Question -- Have you been working on AWA a lot? Or was this your first attempt? Thanks! --Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Application Advice in the The Application Process forum “Hey there --- to help guide further input, can you help provide some more specifics around the type of programs you are considering? Geography? Full-time/Part-Time, etc? Thanks. -Brian” May 25, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to GRE vs GMAT Infographic in the GMAT Strategy forum “Kevin, Interesting infographic. Do you know whether there is any data out there showing how bschools are using GRE now? i.e. what % take it instead of GMAT, etc? Thanks! -Brian” March 30, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay! urgent in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Hmm... I think you''ve got some work in front of you here. I''d say this is maybe in the 3.0 range right now. I''d encourage you to start with the example essays in the Official Guide. This will give you a good idea of needed structure -- and then, I need you to focus on the basics (capital ...” March 30, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Thank you!!! in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Congrats on reaching a milestone you feel good about! Job well done.” March 30, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Road to 740 (49Q/42V) (and recommendations!) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “First off, congrats and well done! Two points I wanted to call out in your note -- firstly, do you think that the other tests are truly ''pretty terrible'' -- or that maybe you just didn''t perform as well during those sittings?'' Second -- your point about truly investing time in problems ...” March 30, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to To find the co-ords of point Q in the Problem Solving forum “I think you might be over-thinking it a bit. Once you have the square coordinates -- Q is simply the middle of the square. What''s the ''middle'' of the range between 2 and 5 -- 3.5. What''s the ''middle'' of the range between 1 and 4 -- 2.5. 3.5, 2.5. Done. Right?” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please evaluate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I''ll break my review into two parts: 1. Structure -- Average/Slightly Above Average. The first and fifth paragraphs are quite short. I''d also like to see some more variation in the way you transition from paragraph to paragraph. 2. Word Choice -- Lots of grammatical errors here. ...” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Pacing Question in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''ll take the ''pile on'' position here -- if you aren''t going to be able to answer questions correctly, does it really matter whether you do that quickly or slowly? :-) Focus on learning on to get questions correct -- when you do that, your time will naturally improve.. and then you can focus ...” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 750 - good habits and sound strategies can do wonders in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Thanks for sharing -- congrats on your accomplishments and kudos on such a detailed set of notes/tips/suggestions/experiences. What a great way to "Pay it Forward" for others in the future. Congrats!! -Brian” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to What to do for letters of rec? in the The Application Process forum “I know this might not be a reply you want to hear -- but if you can''t have an honest conversation with your employer about your desire to pursue a full-time MBA vs. a part-time MBA, is that really a company that you want to work at? I think there should be a way for you to bring up this topic ...” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to IR worthless? in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “Hey Matt -- agree... I like that idea of it serving as a cognitive warmup. I may just steal that language for myself!! Thanks. -Brian” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Full time v Part time to switch jobs, not careers? in the MBA Student Life forum “Curious for an update -- what did you decide to do here? Thanks! -Brian” March 16, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “This discussion highlights an easily understood, but often forgotten reality of the GMAT. # of questions right/wrong can be a VERY misleading figure. Two people could get the same number of questions right/wrong and wind up with two VERY different scores. Just an important reminder. -Brian” February 15, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 8 days to go.. in the GMAT Strategy forum “I agree wholeheartedly with Brent. As you get closer to the end -- it''s much more about ''being ready'' mentally and physically as it is knowledge-wise. A good energy level and good attitude can go a LONG way on test day. Please let us know how you did! -Brian” February 15, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Any post-MBA career that is relatively stress-free? in the Research MBA Programs forum “In the economy we live in now (and what I expect the future to look like) -- I know of very few people that work from 9-5. Now, plenty of people might limit their ''in-office'' hours to that time period, because of day care responsibilities, etc. I''m not trying to be deflective with my ...” February 15, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Essay Critique - Character limit in the The Application Process forum “Probably a smart decision. Being able to persuasively tell stories is an important leadership skill. Being able to tell those persuasively stories in effective language is the sign of a great leader! Keep on working on it! -Brian” February 15, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Essay Critique - Character limit in the The Application Process forum “Two initial thoughts: 1. If they call for a character count, I''d probably try to stay under it. The idea that "I just can''t" seems short-sighted to me. 2. I think I''d want the essay to end on a bit of a "So here''s what this means if I were to enroll at your school." ...” February 1, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Any post-MBA career that is relatively stress-free? in the Research MBA Programs forum “An interesting question --- that could draw a lot of varied responses. Part of the challenge of your question is associated with these phrases "relatively stress free" and "be suitable for women with young kids". Those mean different things to different people, right? ...” February 1, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think you are in a pretty good spot here. Definitely at least a 4.5 -- good structure, good paragraph length, good sentence formulation. I wouldn''t worry too much about studying for the AWA much longer. Time to move onto bigger, better, tougher, (and more important) things. Best, ...” February 1, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 8 days to go.. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Good luck with the last couple of days -- I am sharing two posts that I think you will find QUITE helpful. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/13/the-last-14-days-building-your-game-plan-part-1/ ...” February 1, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to The use of 'is' with how in the Sentence Correction forum “Yes.. "Aunt and uncle" are a combined plural subject. That requires a plural verb -- are.” February 1, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to What range is my essay? Thanks. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Real nice work here --- I put you in the 4.5-5.5 range (so I selected 5.) Good structure, nice paragraph length, no enormous errors. Good work! I wouldn''t stress too much more about the AWA at this stage. Looks like you''ve got it under your belt at this point. Best, Brian” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Full time v Part time to switch jobs, not careers? in the MBA Student Life forum “First off -- the idea you have to keep it a secret from your current employer suggests to me (without being too blunt) that it is time to find a new employer. Tell me more about this. Secondly -- if you want to switch career paths, full time is the choice you should be considering. Others may ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 600 to 680, not quite beating the GMAT, but worth the effort in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Grazie, Congratulations on a job well done. Your story and reflection comments indicate a thoughtful and introspective test-taker -- that acknowledged there was hard work to be done, developed a plan, stuck to it, fought through the tendencies to move away from the plan, and wound up with ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my AWA in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Shalin: You should be happy with this work. It''s got clear structure, nice paragraph length, and consistent writing style. I would say that this is certainly at least a 4.5, if not higher. Which also means, you should feel free to never worry about the AWA again. You''ve proven an ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Manhattan GMAT complete set 4th ed for postage cost only in the GMAT Books for Sale/Donation forum “Hey Daddy, First off -- glad to hear that the books were of such help for you... and just an acknowledgement that you''re doing a nice thing by offering to send these books to someone else for essentially the cost of shipping. The world benefits from good people -- and you''re clearly one of ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Order does not matter--multiply or divide in the Problem Solving forum “Mist -- to address your question, let me ask you this. Is your question about the mathematical steps themselves? Or is it about understanding the situations when ''order'' does matter vis a vis those situations when it doesn''t matter? More than happy to help either way -- but wanted to make ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 670...falling short. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Bharat -- I''ve been thinking about your experience and journey and reminded myself of this great article from my dear friend Stacey Koprince that I think you''d enjoy taking a look at. Remember, you''ve got the luxury of a little ''reflection'' time here -- so don''t feel a need to rush into ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to I forgot to double-space my essays. Do I follow up? in the The Application Process forum “I agree with Bhavik here -- can you share any more specifics with the group/readers? Look, we''re all human beings, and there''s always going to be ''something'' that you wish you could do differently/better. The real question that you need to ask yourself is whether it is a "HUGE" ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to IMP: Need Essay to be reviewed / rated in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Not a problem. For the most part, some of the shortcomings are nit-picky comments. In the last paragraph, it should read ''did not have "A" much better alternative...'' and some of the sentences are a bit unnecessarily long. Again though, almost certainly good enough for what you ...” January 19, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Review practice essay please! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Good stuff! At least a 4.5 or a 5.0 -- which means "You are done with practicing for the AWA." Seriously, if this was your first attempt -- I really don''t think you need to spend any more time in this part of the exam. Better return on investment with time spent on quant/verbal. ...” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT 1st Attempt - A Disaster in the GMAT Strategy forum “Improvement is definitely a possibility -- I''d encourage you to be relentless in a single-minded focus on verbal. Is it a time management issue? RC? CR? SC? Everything? I''d encourage you to take a look at this great piece by my friend Stacey -- ...” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to I forgot to double-space my essays. Do I follow up? in the The Application Process forum “Hmm... did you blow through the suggested essay length because it was single spaced? I think this should be managed delicately. Was this just at one school? At every school? Tell me more about the situation here. THanks. -BRian” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to IMP: Need Essay to be reviewed / rated in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Posted a reply to another one of your posts... you must have posted multiple times!” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to IMP: Need Essay to be reviewed / rated in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Posted a reply to another one of your posts... you must have posted multiple times!” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to IMP: Need Essay to be reviewed / rated in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Great work here... at least a 4.5 or a 5. (might even be higher.) In the bigger picture -- this is ''good enough'' for what you need to prove on the GMAT. I would encourage you to not spend any more time worrying about the AWA portion of the exam. You''ve proven your ability to ''do what is ...” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to 670...falling short. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “First off -- this is a great score... one that many would die for! Since you''ve got some time before you plan to ''use'' the score, I''d encourage you to let it sit for a few weeks/months and then revisit the subject. You may decide you want to take it again -- you may not... but I think you ...” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please Guide. I dont know what to do with my Verbal Score in the GMAT Strategy forum “Just posted a reply to your other post. Good luck! -Brian” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please Guide. I dont know what to do with my Verbal Score in the GMAT Strategy forum “First off -- kudos on an enormous volume of work completed to date. But, importantly, what has the outcome of that work told you? Towards the end of your post -- you mention a need to focus more on time management and practice exams. I''d suggest you hold off on that for a second. ...” January 5, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Request to rate essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I loved the first three parapgraphs, but then felt like the last two paragraphs were rushed. I''d say this is around a 4.5 or so.... think about how you would add some ''heft'' and ''substance'' to those last two paragraphs. Hope this helps. -Brian” January 4, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to HELP!! Kellogg 1Y vs. Duke 2Y (25% scholarship) in the Admissions Success Stories forum “Can''t go wrong either way -- both great schools. I''m biased (Fuqua 05, 9 years in marketing) -- but you are certainly not the first to face a similar choice. I encourage you to think about the ''surroundings'' as well... 2 years in Durham, NC is quite different than two years in Chicago. ...” January 4, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Distance in the Data Sufficiency forum “Just for clarity -- are you submitting this question because you''ve created it and want to see others try it? Or do you have a question? If it''s the first -- feel free to ignore my post. If it''s the second -- can you give us an idea of how you tried approaching this one ... or where your ...” January 4, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to Dollars in the Data Sufficiency forum “Just for clarity -- are you submitting this question because you''ve created it and want to see others try it? Or do you have a question? If it''s the first -- feel free to ignore my post. If it''s the second -- can you give us an idea of how you tried approaching this one ... or where your ...” January 4, 2014 brianlange77 posted a reply to any admission chances with GMAT score 470 in the The Application Process forum “Yikes -- that''s a pretty open-ended question. Did you have any specific schools in mind? Without being too blunt -- those scores are below the range of most of the schools that people on BeatTheGmat are usually considering. But, all is not lost -- when it comes to the GMAT, I just simply ...” December 23, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Mock CATs stuck at 650...any improvement possible in 1 week? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Be super-targeted in your focus. You are talking about getting a handful more questions right -- no need to boil the ocean here, just focus on where you can turn yellows into greens! http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/13/the-last-14-days-building-your-game-plan-part-1/ ...” December 23, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Need some opinions and advice in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “This might help you on the SC a bit -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/GMATprep-SC.cfm -- but overall, it sounds like you need to focus more on the ''learning'' and less on the ''doing.'' Some people take the approach of "doing lots of questions means I''ll do better." But, if you ...” December 23, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Can someone comment on my essay please in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I like this --- I think it''s somewhere in the 4.5-5.5 range -- which is ''good enough, move along'' territory. You''re ready for the AWA. -Brian” December 23, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Kellogg Rec Letter. Immediate help please!!!!!!!!!! in the The Application Process forum “The first question is pretty obvious -- it should be readable and answer the question that''s being asked. Multiple paragraphs is probably more reader friendly. On the Kellogg question -- that sounds like a reason to pick up the phone and ask Kellogg itself. Hope this helps. Brian” December 23, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 770 -- better than any of my practice tests in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Congrats!!!!” December 7, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT experts- please rate my AWA essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I like this... I''d anchor it around a 5.0 or so. My one request would be for you to vary the introductions of each of your paragraphs a bit -- comes across as very formulaic at the moment. Hope this helps. -Brian” December 7, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT experts- please rate my AWA essay. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “A few thoughts -- that fourth paragraph is awfully short. Also, the third paragraph is only two sentences -- that second sentence is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long and regardless of length, they''d like to see paragraphs w/ more sentences. Hope this helps. -Brian” December 7, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Stuck at 37 Q and 20 V in the GMAT Strategy forum “When you review questions that you''ve gotten wrong -- do you understand why it is that you''ve gotten them incorrect? After reviewing -- could you then explain and teach them to someone else? Too many times, I see people just do question after question, test after test, and never really pause ...” December 7, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Advice needed...650(50,28) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Just circling back here --- what did you decide to do? Hope the studying goes well! -Brian” December 7, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Advice needed...650(50,28) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Quick question -- couldn''t you re-take and still hit your priority school admissions deadlines this year?!!?” November 24, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT experts- please rate my AWA essay. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Great work here -- at least a 4.5-5.0. Probably time to ''check the box'' for Essay prep and move / reallocate time into other areas. Good luck! -Brian” November 24, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Stuck at 37 Q and 20 V in the GMAT Strategy forum “So, your results show the potential is there -- just need to bring it all together. Quick clarifying question -- how are you doing from a time management perspective? Write back -- I''ve got a few thoughts. -Brian” November 24, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to IR worthless? in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “I agree -- but for students today, it doesn''t matter nearly as much as it might for students in the future. It''s unpredictable if this sticks in the long-run -- right now, its much more analagous to the AWA score than it is quant/verbal. And it should be prioritized accordingly -- i.e. unless ...” November 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Good GMAT score -760, but bad IR -2 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “I will give you that probability if you can give me the probability of when (if) Janet Yellen decides to begin the taper when she takes over the Federal Reserve from Ben Bernanke. Good deal? All kidding aside -- calculating probability at these schools is a fool''s errand. Simply -- you are ...” November 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to IR worthless? in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “Not to be a nit-picker, but can you provide a source/reference for your 5% improvement claim? Thanks. -Brian” October 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to how do I overcome this wired state of mind ? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey guys -- re-engaging here. Thought this article might be helpful in developing some broader strategies around time management. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/07/25/everything-you-need-to-know-about-time-management-part-1/ Hope this helps. -Brian” October 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my AWA in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Good start -- probably in the 4.0-4.5 range. I''d love to see you add a third support point in its own paragraph (it can also be a weakness). That''ll help add the appropriate amount of content to what you''ve already done.” September 29, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Is Kellogg or Booth PT a long shot? in the The Application Process forum “I think you''ll be in the mix... although nothing is a guarantee. I haven''t seen PT stats in a while -- for those two programs, your GMAT/GPA mix might be a bit on the short-side, but good work experience (and other variables) can easily make up for that. Good luck! -Brian” September 29, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Could someone please review my essay - GMAT in 3 days in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I like this .... I''d put it in the 4.0-4.5 range. I''d love to see three body paragraphs, each with its own point, plus the intro and conclusion as you have it now. All in all, I think you are very close to landing this plane. Good luck! -Brian” September 29, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to how do I overcome this wired state of mind ? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I know this goes without saying (hopefully), but recall that the GMAT is an adaptive test. Meaning, if the algorithm is working correctly -- the test is supposed to feel hard. You should be getting questions wrong -- that''s how the algorithm finds your scoring range. Please tell me if I ...” September 29, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please advise in the GMAT Strategy forum “What''s your target? Is it close to where you''ve been scoring? I''d encourage you to read a few articles which may help you figure out how ''close'' you are. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/08/28/developing-a-gmat-study-plan-part-1/ ...” September 29, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Good GMAT score -760, but bad IR -2 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Agree w/ earlier comments here. I''d consider your GMAT done and done. Move on to other parts of your application at this point. Good luck!!” September 29, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to New to GMAT! Advice for reaching a 650 score from 410? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Sofia -- Just checking in here. How are your studies progressing?” September 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Good GMAT score -760, but bad IR -2 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “I think most (if not all) schools openly acknowledge that they are just looking for your ''best'' score across all your exam experiences. You have an IR 7 -- box checked... time to move along. Good luck! -Brian” September 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT 690 - should i retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I agree w/ Rich -- it''s important, but again... just one data point. Hope the rest of your application process is going well. -Brian” September 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT 690 - should i retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I agree w/ Rich -- it''s important, but again... just one data point. Hope the rest of your application process is going well. -Brian” September 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT 690 - should i retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I agree w/ Rich -- it''s important, but again... just one data point. Hope the rest of your application process is going well. -Brian” September 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to The Initial Days of 60 Day Plan - Disaster Results in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “First off -- allow yourself to take a deep breath. It''s okay. Many people really struggle on their first practice GMAT because it is just a different test than many have ever taken before. That said -- I wanted to share a few links that you might find helpful to begin the development of ...” September 13, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT 690 - should i retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum “It would be helpful if you could provide some additional details about your specific work experience, level of undergraduate institution, GPA, etc. The GMAT is just one of many data points that are considered as part of an application review.” September 13, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Consumer perceptions of clothing stores chain ( MGMAT CAT ) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is a bit better, but I''m still nervous about typos, omitted words, etc. -Lots of extra question marks in the first paragraph; -Last paragraph referring to ''author'' instead of ''the author'' That level of detail is important as well! -Brian” September 13, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Good GMAT score -760, but bad IR -2 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “I agree with Vincent''s responses. The calculus that goes into an Executive MBA admission is just different than that which goes into a Daytime MBA admission. Can you share with us a bit more about your profile/background? Thanks. -Brian” September 13, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to New to GMAT! Advice for reaching a 650 score from 410? in the GMAT Strategy forum “You may find some of these articles helpful in crafting an appropriate study plan as you progress on your journey. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/08/28/developing-a-gmat-study-plan-part-1/ ...” September 13, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to IR worthless? in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “I think that the net/net of this discussion is simple. Certainly it''s not 100% unimportant -- but, there are many other areas of the exam that carry much greater importance than the IR section.” September 13, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to New to GMAT! Advice for reaching a 650 score from 410? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d worry less about your application process right now. Tell yourself, "What do I need to do to dramatically improve my score in the next few months?" If you get there, you take the test, aim for the stars and see where you net out. So, then the question is -- what''s going to ...” September 1, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to New to GMAT! Advice for reaching a 650 score from 410? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d worry less about your application process right now. Tell yourself, "What do I need to do to dramatically improve my score in the next few months?" If you get there, you take the test, aim for the stars and see where you net out. So, then the question is -- what''s going to ...” September 1, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Consumer perceptions of clothing stores chain ( MGMAT CAT ) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I''d say this is somewhere around a 3.5-4.0. I''d love to see any sort of organizing principle here... A - Intro Paragraph (3-5 sentences) B, C, D - Support Paragraphs (4-6 sentences) E - Conclusion (3-5 sentences) I''m also not sure if I''ve ever seen anyone use an exclamation point ...” August 30, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to IR worthless? in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “As we sit here today, I think this is a good analogy. "Does anyone buy a car because they like the color of the seat belts?" Maybe... but it''s so low on the list that I wouldn''t worry about it. -Brian” August 30, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my AWA urgent in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “I think this is in the 4.0-4.5 range. Would love to see your paragraphs developed a bit further through more content. Would encourage you to check out the OG for their sample essays that score a 2, 4, 6. Provides a good visual as to the role that length can play in the essay scoring. ...” August 30, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Good GMAT score -760, but bad IR -2 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “There will be few on here who can give you a truly informed opinion (and take mine with the appropriate grain of salt obviously.) I think you are fine. That''s an amazing score (Q+V), a strong AWA, and for the most part, most b-schools (probably even more so on the exec side) haven''t really ...” August 30, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to My GMAT Experience in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Vom -- Fantastic news! Congrats!” August 30, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Need Advice: Waitlist & Beyond...Retake GMAT? in the The Application Process forum “Weven: Congrats on Darden -- fantastic. You''ll love Charlottesville. Now that you are in -- I''m going to withdraw my advice from a few months ago. Here''s the question... are you not picking MC because of your 680. If your dream is M/B/B, and then won''t look at you under 700, you need ...” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Question in regards to practice vs GMATPREP Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum “Tova: Thanks for the reply -- but, unless I am missing something -- you do realize this is a computer-based test, correct? Help me out -- what am I missing in your response. -Brian” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to RC and CR tips- Exam 1 month away in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey -- good questions. A few thoughts: 1. As Admiral Kirk referred to his good friend Mr Spock -- one must always believe in ''possibilities''. Improvement in CR/RC is hard -- but it''s SOOO worth it if you can do it. 2. Before just deciding "I''m done on SC and ready for CR/RC" ...” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT Preparation strategy for 1st timer in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey -- good questions. And, as you have probably gathered from other places in the forum, there''s not one necessarily ''cut and dry'' answer that applies to all people. The good thing is that 85 days is a nice amount of time -- others will take much longer, of course, but many others don''t ...” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to How to Improve Verbal skills. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Neil: Saw your note -- good luck with your test prep journey. Here''s one link that might help you in your efforts -- http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2010/09/01/how-to-improve-your-reading-skills-for-reading-comp It can obviously be intimidating to think "How do I improve so much at ...” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Customized 3 month Study Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey -- Good idea on asking the question. I''ve got a few thoughts that I can share with you on the ''study plan'' front, but first, in the spirit of open and honest dialogue -- I''d encourage you to think QUITE specifically about what degree(s) you want to pursue and why. If you are ...” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to How many unique GMAT Official questions exist? in the GMAT Strategy forum “For what it''s worth -- I''d suggest that you spend some time developing a study plan before you just start jumping into completing hundreds upon hundreds of questions. The GMAT is a test that can really cause you to think about where you want to invest your time and study efforts -- best to ...” May 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to My GMAT Experience in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Vom -- How are you holding out?” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 2 months for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “Good questions -- and welcome aboard into the world of the GMAT. Here''s what I''d suggest -- you need to invest in the development of a really strong study plan that will get you to test day. (PS -- I''d be nervous about 6-8 hours per day.. that seems like you are asking for burnout!) Take ...” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Gmat Prep Test in the GMAT Strategy forum “Samvit -- Can you clarify what you mean by the ''old'' format? My instinct tells me that you are referring to the inclusion of integrated reasoning? Either way, I wouldn''t stress about it too much -- there''s no such thing as ''wasting'' a practice exam -- and besides, you might as well ...” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 1 Month to go, 42Q 35V most recent CAT(t-640) in the GMAT Strategy forum “There''s always time for the development of a great study plan. Since you are in the final stretch -- you may find these articles interesting. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/13/the-last-14-days-building-your-game-plan-part-1/ ...” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to My first mock test - what should I do now? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''ll break my advice here into a few big buckets: 1. Focus on the two most recent exams; 2. Repost the score assessments (using both exams together) and figure out how to format so we can see the average level of difficulty of the ones you''ve gotten right and wrong... 3. Go back and ...” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 680 - Should I stop here? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Dogie -- Don''t stress yourself out ''too'' much regarding the integrated reasoning portion of the exam. Obviously, it''s important -- but there are other parts of the exam that are MUCH MUCH MUCH more important (i.e. quant and verbal). Do you have a plan about what specific areas of quant you ...” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Exam Analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum “You know -- you''re not the first student who''s ever asked the "have I gone too deep into this?" Obviously, I can''t comment specifically on your particular experience here, but, it does remind me of advice that I give to my students before they sit for the ''real'' exam. ...” March 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Passage organization question in the Reading Comprehension forum “I''m pretty sure we''re looking at "D" here.... Not sure we''ve really introduced an enigma, and I know for certain we don''t discuss anything related to the ''inevitability of the problem.'' Hope this helps. -Brian” March 1, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Ellipsis in the Sentence Correction forum “Is there a full-question you can paste here.... not quite sure I am following. Thanks. -Brian” March 1, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 6 Key Takeaways from the GMAT Test Prep Summit 2013 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Regarding point 4 -- I think we open up a dangerous Pandora''s Box there. The guidance I''ve always given to my students, and basically mirrored out of the GMAC report''s conclusion is "Answer the questions to the best of your ability within a reasonable amount of time, to allow ample ...” February 28, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 6 Key Takeaways from the GMAT Test Prep Summit 2013 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Dramatic misinterpretation of my first reply in this thread. RE: point 1 -- Didn''t say to ignore IR. Simply said -- when we have a clearer signal that ultimate decision makers are more heavily relying upon IR, the market will respond accordingly. RE: point 2 -- My comment was simply to say ...” February 28, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Exam Analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum “Allow me to offer two suggestions -- one, pacing is an issue. You''re working through the verbal section too quickly, which is very likely contributing to some of the mistakes. Second, when you say that you know the ''material'' -- talk to me about your definition for material. Do you know ...” February 28, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to My GMAT Experience in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Vom, Step 1 -- I''ll miss you.. but I don''t want to see you on beatthegmat until March 13th :-) Take a break. You deserve it. -Brian” February 28, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to If i focus on CR + RC then how much score (outof 60)i can ex in the GMAT Strategy forum “If you''ve got the time, I think that''s a good approach. The thing about SC is that as the questions get harder, generally, it becomes more difficult to ''categorize'' them as just being one ''type'' of problem. When I teach my students about SC, I often use the analogy of buying an empty ...” February 28, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 6 Key Takeaways from the GMAT Test Prep Summit 2013 in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''m struck by these comments -- call me crazy, but there is nothing newsworthy or valuable in any of these first four points. 1. Yes -- and when admissions officers also share that commentary, the market will agree. 2. Does anyone truly believe that the OG was made up of the ''best'' questions? ...” February 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to I think I've been doing it wrong.Care to suggest a strategy? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Beison.. Also won''t comment on any specific program, but what I can offer you is that you need to really focus on laying out a crystal clear study plan for the next month plus. The ideal study plan will allow you to continually narrow your focus and spend more time on the areas that are causing ...” February 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Tips and study plan for the final week in the GMAT Strategy forum “Good luck as you prepare for your last week. While the timing may be a bit quicker, I''d encourage you to spend a few moments reading the articles at the link below. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/13/the-last-14-days-building-your-game-plan-part-1/ ...” February 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Exam Analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum “Shane: Are those numbers for ALL of verbal in OG 13? If so -- wow.. you have been a busy dude! It would certainly appear that SC is ''weaker'' than the other two areas -- but also need to ask obviously about how diligently you timed yourself, etc. The thing that''s great about practice ...” February 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to If i focus on CR + RC then how much score (outof 60)i can ex in the GMAT Strategy forum “Vom -- A few thoughts for you. Do you always stumble on the same types of SC questions? Certain topics? Long problems, short problems, etc? You see where I am going, right? You need to identify what''s causing you your problems and focus there! A few links with some more thoughts: ...” February 27, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to My GMAT Experience in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Vom, Don''t dismay... a 680 is a score that MANY MANY MANY would literally kill for. Honestly, step 1, I''d encourage you to take 48-72 hours off. Give your brain (and your emotions) a break -- it''s well deserved. Thought you might find these two articles helpful: My Score Dropped, ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to My first mock test - what should I do now? in the GMAT Strategy forum “All good questions... I''ll disagree w/ Kasia slightly... even 5-6 hours per day winds up being 35-42 hours per week. You''ll fry your brain at that rate. You need a targeted study plan to get you over the hump (700+). Focus on the areas that are giving you difficulty. And, candidly, you ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to If i focus on CR + RC then how much score (outof 60)i can ex in the GMAT Strategy forum “I have to agree with Kasia here -- while I understand that SC may be your weakest part... you need a plan to get better. Even if you only improve by 25% -- well, then you are a lot better off than you were originally. You WILL NOT get a great score on verbal if you simply ignore the SC ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Averaging 65% on OG Quant and Verbal in the GMAT Strategy forum “To echo what my wonderful compatriot has offered, it sounds like you are hungering for an overall study plan. I''ve attached two links that might help you think about the development of your master plan. ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Your experience with Manhatten Prep/OG corresponding Q's? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Not entirely sure that I''m completely understanding Jim''s response here, or your original question. For background purposes, OG questions are retired exam questions -- so they mirror the library of questions available for usage on the exam. I will politely disagree on your characterization ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Quantitative in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''m not going to tell you that there is one ''best book.'' We all have our opinions -- some biased, some objective. What I can tell you is that regardless of the book you purchase, you''ll want to develop a really strong approach on how to analyze and attack DS questions. Here''s a link ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Exam Analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum “Candidly, I''d encourage you to take a deep breath. 45/41, 47/39 -- I don''t think there''s anything you can do in your prep work that would make you be able to interpret whether you are tracking towards a 45 or a 47. Either way -- if you want to get above 700, you need to try to maximize on ...” February 26, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Exam Analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum “David brings up a really important point here -- and one I should have caught earlier. Can you run your analysis across multiple exams? One exam is a valuable, but small sample size. Thanks. -Brian” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Data Sufficiency Question in the Problem Solving forum “Could be one of two things, right? TOTAL = 35% + 50% +$975 (15%) ... or TOTAL = 35% + (50% * 65%) + $975 (which is 50% * 35%) What do you think? -Brian” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Data Sufficiency Question in the Problem Solving forum “Can you repost the original question? Is the question looking for ''x'' or for whether or not it''s greater than zero? Your notes make that unclear. Thanks. Brian” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Question about Recommendations in the The Application Process forum “I think that everyone will give you a different answer here -- the primary goal of getting people to complete your letters of recommendation is to get AMAZING letters of reco. That said, it''s always nice to get letters from your current employer. I don''t think it''s a show-stopper, but is ...” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Exam Analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum “Shane, Your instincts are spot on.... think of it like diving ''degree of difficulty'' in the Olympics. THe harder the question (the harder the dive), the more it''s worth... so, if anything, SC is actually your ''strongest'' area.... in order of where i''d focus... CR, CR, CR, then PS, and ...” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to What's the difference private vs public schooling in the Research MBA Programs forum “\ Not a dumb question at all. At the business-school level, it doesn''t make that much of a difference. The two biggest differences are where schools get their operating funds and whether or not they have certain requirements for letting in a certain percentage of the residents of their state ...” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Misc in the Sentence Correction forum “Manu, Something happened with your post that has resulted in the formatting not reading through correctly. Can you please repost? Thanks. Brian” February 25, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Visiting B Schools in the MBA Student Life forum “Did I miss a post here? Is this a hidden ''find the assumption'' question?” February 22, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Experts Pl Help! in the Critical Reasoning forum “Fair point here Ceilidh -- and a good warning for all. The best way to practice and get better prepared for the GMAT is for all of us to focus on actual GMAT questions :-) Would love to figure out how to make it a beatthegmat.com best practice that all questions require sourcing/footnoting. ...” February 22, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Essay Review , Five days to go .. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Vom, I think it''s okay -- three big takeaways for me. 1. Your overall layout/structure is good (5 paragraphs.. intro, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion.) I would encourage you to maintain that structure 2. Some of your sentences are WAY TOO LONG. Shorten them, vary length, get more ...” February 22, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to gmat prep sc in the Sentence Correction forum “Can you please post the problem in the forum for all to see? Thanks. Brian” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Little Extra Bump... Need help going from 660 to 700+ in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''m a bit confused as to how to respond here -- if you don''t like approaches, that''s fine. I happen to be a big believer in the MGMAT approach, but that''s neither here nor there. The thing that confuses me is that if you hope to go into the 700+ range, you need to find at least ONE approach ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to please help in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Jasmine, This should be right up your alley -- biggest thing is to build a solid plan for the next ten days. I think these two articles might help with that. Good luck! http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/13/the-last-14-days-building-your-game-plan-part-1/ ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to ^ .25? in the GMAT Math forum “Just think of it as being raised to the 1/4th power. Meaning you want to take the 4th root. Right? -Brian” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Little Extra Bump... Need help going from 660 to 700+ in the GMAT Strategy forum “SFU: I''ll try to give you a bit more than what you might get from opening a fortune cookie. First off, kudos for the improvement you''ve made so far -- that''s really positive and reflects the hard work you''ve put in to-date. But now comes the tougher part -- you''ve obviously made ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Got 440 in the first GMAT exam,and I was so upset... in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''m guessing you''re just ''starting off'' in your GMAT journey. Not a problem at all -- welcome to the world of GMAT fun! You need to think about laying out a study plan -- let me suggest you spend some time reading these two links which will really help you think about what you need to do to ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Scoring 760+ in the GMAT Strategy forum “Umm... I know this starts to get outside the focus of a GMAT Strategy thread on the beatthegmat.com website, but I will politely disagree with your assessment. You could volunteer in the community, being taking another academic class, asking for new responsibilities at work, etc. Just ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Blowing my Mind!!!! Need Help in the GMAT Math forum “SFU -- If you''re thinking about giving it another go, I''d encourage you to take a look at this link that gives some thoughtful tips about how to make that leap into the 700+ range. In a nutshell, it''s about ''mastery'' of the content. To be 700+, you should be able to teach GMAT classes to ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to For 620 in 2010, Target 720+ - in 6 weeks- possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Taeyasalm -- Here''s another helpful link with some thoughts on how to best use an error log (http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/error-log.cfm). But, as you get closer and closer to the ''big day'' -- you really need to commit to not ''leaving'' an error until you understand ''WHY'' you ...” February 20, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Time required to prep for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “Ragha: I''ll echo Tommy''s answer and add one additional link for you to check out... we have written an interesting article that gives you some real specific thoughts about what/how you need to consider doing in order to get to that ''next level.'' ...” February 18, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Scoring 760+ in the GMAT Strategy forum “Benji: Two thoughts for you to consider. 1. I can''t speak intelligently for all of the programs you are considering, but I''m willing to bet that the admissions officers at those schools will consider much more than just your GMAT score as the ''go/no-go'' mark on your application. It''s ...” February 16, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to 680 - Should I stop here? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Dogie, As you can imagine, not necessarily a simple ''cut and dry'' answer to your questions. And remember of course, that a 730 average means that approximately half of people scored below that number and about half of people scored above that number. That said, congrats on your 680! My ...” February 16, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to How to analyse a Full Length Test in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hersh: A good question -- lots of different thoughts you could be considering here... but at a minimum, the most important thing to consider is just HOW important the results of a diagnostic test can be in guiding your path of study to get to your best performance on the exam. That said, ...” February 16, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to shocked to see a drop in quant from 47 to 43 in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''ll do my best to answer for Ron here... 1. Comfort with breaking social clothing trends; 2. Transparency around his personal protein sourcing; and, 3. His belief in the potential power sources that exist off of the Earth. :-)” February 15, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to SC Section help in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''ve always liked thinking of SC as if you are building and then filling up a giant toolbox. By the time you get called to go do a job, you''re never quite sure what sort of tools you might need to ''fix the problem'', so you bring the toolbox. But, the toolbox is only as good as ensuring ...” February 10, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Help with preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum “You should be good with either one... the fifth is just a little fresher.” February 10, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Great -- please don''t hesitate to shoot me a note with your next attempt. Best, -Brian” February 10, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to got 450 in GMAT (Q41 , V12) : Want at least 600 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Ritu, The other question I thought about, simply, was "Why are you committed to taking the exam in the next 30 days?" So.. why are you? -Brian” February 10, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to I.R. Prep. resources... in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “Vom, Grand scheme of things -- still many other more important parts of the exam, and of course, your total application package. Just keep that in mind. Essentially, there are PLENTY of other places to stress out before you invest crazy amounts of time here. -Brian” February 10, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to attach the gmat in the resume? in the Lounge forum “Simone -- Not quite sure I am gathering the true intent of your question. Can you try to rephrase it? Thanks. -Brian” February 10, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “The structure looks good, but there are some wording/language choices here that I just don''t love. I''ve highlighted them above. Question -- are the second and third paragraphs that different? I don''t know here -- I feel like we''ve taken a step backwards here. Thoughts? My vote ...” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Experts Pl Help! in the Critical Reasoning forum “My vote here would be option D... why? Well, the paragraph clearly wants you to believe that, for whatever reason, the board should be trusted more than the CEO when it comes to making financing decisions on behalf of the company. But, do we know that for sure? We don''t... hence, choice D. ...” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to I.R. Prep. resources... in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “This might sound obvious to say, but I think you should aim to get them ALL right. Focus on getting as many right as you can, but, just as on the more important part of the test... don''t spend too long on a problem that you don''t feel confident about getting correct. Thoughts? -Brian” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to I.R. Prep. resources... in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum “Not to over-simplify, but I''d think about it more as a target of 2:30/question, rather than trying to come up with a time per prompt. You should be able to get that done. Aim to get at least 9-10 right... then you should be good. Let me know if that helps. -Brian” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Guidance in the GMAT Strategy forum “There''s a great idioms list in our ManhattanGMAT Sentence Correction guide-book (and others books I am sure as well.) Be careful of random ''idiom lists'' on the internet -- just make sure they are legit! Let me know how studying is going. -Brian” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my first AWA. Exam on 8th. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “Yes -- please feel free to send me your next draft. Think about setting up your 30 minutes like this: -5 minutes to plan -15 minutes to write -10 minutes to go back, proofread, proofread again, etc. When in doubt on the writing section of the GMAT... keep it simple. Good luck. -Brian” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to For 620 in 2010, Target 720+ - in 6 weeks- possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Yes -- this is as much about stress management at this stage. What do you do when you need to relax? Here''s an article with some tips -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/01/03/stress-management/ Good luck!! -Brian” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Should I Re-Take GMAT: 710 45Q 42V in the The Application Process forum “Syrios -- Solid. THe biggest advice I''d offer you is to go get some visible leadership experience (community, volunteer, take on a special project at work, etc.) Good luck! -Brian” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Tips for the Qunantitative section in the GMAT Strategy forum “I echo many of Brent''s comments -- if you feel that you are getting into a place where you need to do a lot of heavy math... something''s not right. The problems ''might'' look they require a big heavy-lifting solution, but they don''t and you are spot on in that they will cause you to just ...” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Need help in planning my GMAT Study in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''ll echo C''s points above and just add a few additional thoughts.... Her point of quality over quantity can not be overstated. The goal of this entire process is to consistently make your areas of focus narrower and narrower. Once you feel like you''ve mastered an area -- move along to ...” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to The online course BEAT THE GMAT IN 60 DAYS in the GMAT Strategy forum “Regardless of how much time you have until you are planning to take the exam, I''d suggest that any course is just one part of the overall plan. I don''t know of a course out there that in and of itself will prepare you for the exam without you doing significant work ''outside of'' the course. ...” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to What prep books are the best? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey there: To me, it''s less about the specific books (although I obviously have a bit of a bias to the ManhattanGMAT books!!) That said, the most important thing for you at this stage is you should really invest some time in developing a super-solid study plan. I''ve going to include a few ...” February 9, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my first AWA. Exam on 8th. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum “On first glance it looks nice... but, there are some challenges from a grammar/sentence structure perspective that I think you are going to want to address. I''ve attempted to highlight them in bold above. In fact, I only got through the first paragraph.... -First bolded sentence is way too ...” February 6, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Should I Re-Take GMAT: 710 45Q 42V in the The Application Process forum “Like you said -- no right or wrong answer here... a few initial thoughts: 1. A minor in math (assuming good grades) means just as much, if not more, than a certain percentile on GMAT quant. 2. What level of school was your undergrad? (Ivy, near-Ivy, Directional Fly-over state school?) 3. What ...” February 6, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Which of the following best completes the passage below? in the Critical Reasoning forum “I''ll answer your question with a question --- what do you think? Were you able to rule any answers out? The forums are so much more valuable when there is thought process to react to -- rather than just questions being thrown out into the air. Thoughts? -Brian” February 6, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to MGMAT 640 but GMATPREP 550. confused.!! in the GMAT Strategy forum “A few quick thoughts here: 1. Skipping last question not ideal -- shouldn''t skip ANY questions.... but one question will not kill you. 2. Don''t worry about # wrong and # right when you have moved into exam mode -- remember, it''s an adapative exam... it''s about degree of difficulty and the # ...” February 6, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Little improvement in GMAT Mock score -- Please Guide in the GMAT Strategy forum “Assuming you are talking about full-time, daytime MBA programs? I am unaware of any that offer a December start-date. -Brian” February 6, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to For 620 in 2010, Target 720+ - in 6 weeks- possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Okay.. step 1... stop spending more than 90 seconds on problems you know you are almost certain to be guessing on as is. Try that out in some problem sets and see how that feels. Step 2 -- Deep breaths. Go spill a glass of milk... don''t cry about it. Once you''ve moved on past a problem, ...” February 6, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Little improvement in GMAT Mock score -- Please Guide in the GMAT Strategy forum “Guerrero: Good questions. A few initial thoughts/reactions for you. First -- you have enough time to allow yourself to establish a full-on legitimate study plan. Start by reading these two articles that will help you really establish a top-notch plan for the next forty days. ...” February 5, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to For 620 in 2010, Target 720+ - in 6 weeks- possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Your answer is right there .. if you are guessing on nearly 17% of the questions on the test -- candidly, it''s going to be hard to get to 700+. What do the diagnostics of your practice exams indicate? Where are you spending too much time? There are two types of ways to spend too much ...” February 5, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Question in regards to the difficulty of the test over time in the Ask the Test Maker forum “Hutch: You raise an interesting theory, but to be honest with you, I highly doubt that any of the experts on this board, myself included, got their high scores on a paper exam. I proudly scored a 750, when that was 99th percentile back in 2002 -- and it was CERTAINLY a computer based exam at ...” February 5, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Strategy for reviewing GMAT OG problems in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey JBK: My answer might seem like it''s coming in from left-field, but I think your question is as much about the ''destination'' you are aiming for as it is the ''path'' on which you should take to get there. Here''s what I mean -- I happen to agree with Brent''s answer below... spot on ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to When should I take the official exam? in the GMAT Strategy forum “M: I''ll answer your question in two ways. Ultimately, the question as to whether or not you should take the test is one that only you can answer. If you are happy with a score in the range of your practice exam results, than I think you are ready! Go take it. If you aren''t happy -- ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Probability of being under a number in the Problem Solving forum “Granite: Is this a question from a standard GMAT source? If so, can you also post the multiple choice answers associated with this? Thanks. -Brian” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Question in regards to practice vs GMATPREP Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum “B: You know I love ya bud. Have you ever seen the seminal classic "What about Bob" starring Bill Murray? You need a weekend at Lake Winnapausakee(sp?) to "Take a vacation from your problems." All kidding aside -- two quick thoughts here: 1. If you truly believe that ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Question in regards to the difficulty of the test over time in the Ask the Test Maker forum “Tommy brings up a great point -- remember that, simply, if the adaptive test mechanism is doing its job, the test should feel hard for EVERYONE. Because the algorithm will find your ''level'' at which you should get about 50% right and 50% wrong. Hence, for everyone, each question feels almost ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to shocked to see a drop in quant from 47 to 43 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Sachindia: One more thought for you here --- I''d suggest taking a look at this link to have some better ideas/process in mind to ensure you are minimizing those careless errors. Candidly, careless errors are no different than lighting points on fire. ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Guidance in the GMAT Strategy forum “This is amazing (and potentially insane.) What was the source of this exam? Were the questions a repeat of questions you had already seen in the past? I''m all about fast test-takers, but question the mechanics of answering 41 verbal questions in 43 minutes. I wanted to share a few ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to GDP problem in the Problem Solving forum “Hermant, Not entirely sure where this question came from -- at a minimum, considering this is a forum for students preparing for the GMAT, I''d suggest developing and/or offering up questions that have 5 multiple choice answers, as that is (and has been) the standard for the GMAT. Thanks. -Brian” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to got 450 in GMAT (Q41 , V12) : Want at least 600 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum “Hey Ritu.... Tough to provide much assistance without more details, but I can at least give you a few thoughts that might help you get moving. Step 1 -- I''m willing to assume that you need a basic study-plan. These two links might help there. ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to About admission in the Admissions Success Stories forum “Wow! Surely, you can apply any place you want to -- the admissions department will gladly cash your check and/or run your credit card. But, are you ready? Question -- Why are you committed to taking the test in the next twenty days? Are you on a forced timeline? Suggestion -- I''d ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Latest Date to Take GMAT for Round 3's in the The Application Process forum “Altice, Hmm... Step 1 -- good thing you pressed ''pause'' if you were convinced that there is an opportunity for you to go higher here. Step 2 -- Business school is an enormous investment and offers the opportunity for you to change your life. It seems short-sighted to me that you''d ...” February 3, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to Question for experts on Old Test GMAT sells in the GMAT Strategy forum “Chuckling at some Ben Bernanke humor on beatthegmat.com :-) Here''s what I''d say b... you and I both know that QE has not had near the effect that policy makers had hoped, and yet, there''s no going back now. Once you turn the printing press on, each new dollar makes it that much harder to ...” February 1, 2013 brianlange77 posted a reply to PLEASE PUT THE SOURCE OF YOUR QUESTION in the Critical Reasoning forum “I''ll second this -- I really appreciate the creativity of those who are trying to make up their own questions to ''challenge'' the audience, but it creates potential confusion and noise when those aren''t validated GMAT questions. Just my$0.02. -Brian”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to flaw in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here, you are not being asked to strengthen the argument. You are being asked to identify why the current argument is flawed. The argument assumes that b/c death from heart disease has gone up ---> well, that must mean that modern medicine has failed. But... what if the denominator has ...”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Question in regards to the difficulty of the test over time in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“B -- I''ll jump in with a quick thought/prompt while you are waiting for response to original question. Important to look at not only raw score, but percentile rank as well. Percentile rank creates more relative comparison to all test takers at that time.) Curious to see official answer ...”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Had Received in the Sentence Correction forum
“"A" is the best of the choices here, not perfect, but the best. If there was an option that simply said "received graduate degrees in scientific fields prior to enrolling" that would be best. Here''s a piece of guidance I like for past perfect -- "The Past Perfect ...”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Weakens the argument in the Critical Reasoning forum
“No, you nailed it spot on. There is an assumption embedded in this argument that once the new stadium is built, the old stadium will no longer be needed. Therefore, using your math, there are now only 30 people working instead of 60, and certainly not 90. Hope this helps. -Brian”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Key Consideration in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Soumita -- Not so much. The passage is pretty clear that the principal is looking to reduce gang-related violence. Minimizing the ability of gang members to show up as ''gang members'' will help to reduce that violence. The passage is NOT about crushing creativity and independence. ...”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to For 620 in 2010, Target 720+ - in 6 weeks- possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“So, here''s what I would truly recommend. Enjoy the Super Bowl on Sunday and go to bed at a reasonable time. Spend Friday and Saturday focusing on two or three content areas that have always given you a lot of trouble. See if you can improve your knowledge/understanding by 25%. That just ...”
February 1, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to stuck on v34. what to do.? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Take a look at these links -- may give you some additional thoughts/tips about how to tackle sentence correction. http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/GMATprep-SC.cfm http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/06/19/where-are-the-splits-handling-the-new-gmat-sentence-correction/ ...”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to For 620 in 2010, Target 720+ - in 6 weeks- possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Taeyasalm: Good question. A few links/articles that may help you get there. Ultimately, it''s about two big things. 1) Learn Learn LEARN from your mistakes. At this stage, when you get a problem wrong, you shouldn''t move on until you''ve either said "I''m never going to make ...”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to How to kickstart in the GMAT Strategy forum
“To build on my buddy C''s post -- a few additional thoughts/links that might help you along the way: This link might help you out with more specific understanding/suggestions for optimizing your study plan since you''ve already got some experience under your belt: ...”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Got 580(47Q, 27V) in GMAT - My new strategy to reappear in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Unnerved: Good questions -- I''ll echo what''s been a recurring themes of a lot of posts lately.... don''t get caught up in a ton of different books from different sources. There''s definitely a point of diminishing returns on reviewing multiple strategies from multiple vendors -- it can ...”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my second essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Time to check that essay box off of your list friend! Nicely done. The only specific word of caution I''d offer here is to be careful about making these sentences too long... but, real nice. 4.5 or greater. Congrats on being ''done'' with this part of the test. -Brian”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Have VS Have Been in the Sentence Correction forum
“Is there a question in your post? I (and probably others) are confused... Thanks. -Brian”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Tense problem in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question -- the core/main part of this sentence is "The inhabitants of the region at that time <simple past tense> were .... " Everything else in the earlier parts of the sentence is just additional context to set-up the sentence. When in doubt, always use the simplest ...”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 580 to 630 strong verbal, pathetic math in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Your wish is my command -- take a look at these two articles (also by Stacey) that provide some timeless advice on how to go about tackling/analyzing/conquering quant problems (split into PS and DS). http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/analyze-PS-problem.cfm ...”
January 31, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Retake study plan for 5th attempt...Experts Pls help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks for all the detailed info -- you''ve had quite the journey. I want to share a few links with you -- based on two main themes. Despite your decade+ of experience on the GMAT, it just seems like you need a full on assessment/study plan. Stacey''s links here may help: ...”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 580 to 630 strong verbal, pathetic math in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey -- good questions... here''s my take. In a nutshell, you need to invest time in coming up with a study plan. A true, multi-week, day by day, study plan. Simply tackling problem after problem after problem only gets you so far. I''d encourage you to start with these two links and let me ...”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Exam tomorrow! Please, rate my AWA! Thanks! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I give you blessing to move forward and no longer worry about the AWA section of the GMAT. I could offer some slight tweaks here and there (e.g. I wouldn''t mind seeing some shorter sentences mixed in with the longer sentences; I don''t love the use of the word ''stretch'' in the third paragraph, ...”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Visiting B Schools in the MBA Student Life forum
“The biggest piece of advice you''ll here is to visit while full-time schools are in session, meet students, sit in on live classes, etc. Hope this helps. -brian”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please Grade My Essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Gold77: Thanks for reaching out here -- a few high-level thoughts/reactions. First off, I think your essay could use some better format/structure. Intro + 3 Body Paragraphs + Conclusion. Second, don''t use 10 words when 5 will do. Some of your sentences get long and I don''t think it is always ...”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Finance Majors/Non-Finance Majors - Overlapping Set Question in the Problem Solving forum
“Gut instinct... high 500/no more than low 600. The math here is pretty straight-forward. Hope this helps. -Brian”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my first AWA essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Great --- let me know where you net out!! -Brian”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Company's new management .... in the Sentence Correction forum
“I would prefer "I could not have understood this question in a better way." :-) -Brian”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Timing Advice needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I don''t mean to openly challenge ''challenger63'' here, but I will just extend an ounce of caution about looking for gimmicky time-savers. I can think of countless places where I would encourage the overwhelming majority of students to invest time, before I''d suggest spending time on how to ...”
January 30, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Company's new management .... in the Sentence Correction forum
“I''m nervous about adding a POV to answers that we''ve already said are incorrect, but this explanation is furthering the error. "Its" cannot refer to company, because the word ''company'' doesn''t exist in this sentence. The word present in this sentence is ''company''s'' which is a ...”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Company's new management .... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Sorry if I wasn''t clear... you cannot make a selection that relies on the word ''management'' because it would then leave the pronoun ''their'' without an appropriate noun to refer to. ''Management'' is a collective noun and would require the pronoun ''its''. Hope this helps. -Brian”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Timing Advice needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Challenger: Good questions and many good answers above -- I''ll just weigh in with two additional thoughts. 1. Take a look at the following links -- will help give you some tips on how to best be thinking about making educated guesses, etc. And don''t feel bad about educated guesses -- ...”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Company's new management .... in the Sentence Correction forum
“No... management is a collective noun (singular) and does not match up with the pronoun ''their'' earlier in the sentence. Hope this helps. -Brian”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Lawyer Reasoning (source:veritas) in the Critical Reasoning forum
“What part of the original sentence was bolded? Thanks. -Brian”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Household nuisance in the Sentence Correction forum
“Amy, Can you back and get the original question here -- I''m thinking there are some typos.. at least in D/E. Thanks. -Brian”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my first AWA essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“A few thoughts -- better overall, still some room for improvement. -No abbreviations... don''t use ''e.g.'' -Generally, when you start a sentence with a transition word like ''hence'' it is almost always followed a comma -Don''t spell words incorrectly ''severly'' is supposed to be ...”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 4 percentage questions! Please HELP! in the GMAT Math forum
“For question 3 -- as an example... for Northern, I''d divide 15.7M / (3.8M + 7.2M) = X... do the same for each region and figure out which ratio is highest. For 4... Northern = (160,000 * (3.8M + 7.2M)) = X; Midland = (160,000 * 1.10) * (4.2M + 8.7M) = Y... etc... which is highest. ...”
January 29, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Subject and Verb Agreement - Questions with collective nouns in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question -- but I need to challenge your assumption. "A vs. The" doesn''t matter in collective nouns. e.g. An army is approaching. Just because it uses "an" instead of "the" doesn''t change the sentence in anyway... does it? Thoughts? -Brian”
January 28, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 570 Q31/V37 on the GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Good question, and honestly, one that it probably beyond the pay-grade of almost anyone on this board. My gut says, yes, it probably will, but I echo Tommy''s point above -- I''d suggest finding resources (be they third-party and/or school-based) to give you a much more informed answer. Good ...”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to First essay attempt in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I give you blessing to move forward and no longer worry about the AWA section of the GMAT. I could offer some slight tweaks here and there (e.g. I wouldn''t mind seeing some shorter sentences mixed in with the longer sentences; I don''t love the use of the word ''stretch'' in the third paragraph, ...”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 570 Q31/V37 on the GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Chicki -- You ask a question that could take one in many different directions ... I''ll lay out some of the road-choices after this fork in the road; you tell me which is most appropriate. 1. Doesn''t matter -- you decide to submit a different standardized test for application (can''t believe ...”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please need advice in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Tommy''s answer brings up a good point, that is not directly related to your initial question, but I''ll take the leap of faith here and definitely consider it related. What happens if I am running out of time on verbal? Look.. it happens. Generally, I think that people feel more time pressed ...”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Need a good self studying strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey -- I posted a reply to your question in another thread -- http://www.beatthegmat.com/advice-on-study-plan-t164616.html Encourage you to minimize ''double posting'' of the same content... don''t worry, the experts on here will find and track down your posts!! Best, -Brian”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to best way to master content in math? in the GMAT Math forum
“Hutch -- Welcome aboard. A few thoughts to share with you -- first off, I''ll tweak your words a bit... I don''t think you want to frame this as sharpening your skill, but rather, ensuring that you''ve got a great foundation in place. I''d encourage you to read these two articles that I''m ...”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 740 (47v, 44q) in 6 Weeks - My advice on GMAT Strategy in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great perspective and congratulations! You should feel really proud of yourself. What''s most important about the tips/reflections you share below is that they are repeatable for many -- the times/weeks/content areas may chance..... but the lessons are the same. Well done! -Brian”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Advice on Study Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Welcome aboard your GMAT journey! Here''s what I''d offer to you -- first off, forget that diagnostic score and don''t worry as much at this stage about ''accuracy.'' And forget asking yourself if you''ve bought all the right books -- although I do have a bias to the wonderful publications put ...”
January 27, 2013
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January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Sachinda: Good questions. 1. You do not need to memorize code -- the system allows you to navigate to find the schools you want to submit to (as part of the ''pre-test'' process.) 2. You can ask for as many as you need -- just know that when you ask ''during'' the test, the clock keeps on ...”
January 27, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Discrepancies in practice CATs and GMAT prep CATs.... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Totally agree here with Ron''s points and wanted to share a few links that may help you with some more detail on how to really formulate a study plan here. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/08/28/developing-a-gmat-study-plan-part-1/ ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT Advice Needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“HCruz: Agree with my compatriots here -- this is about looking at yourself in the mirror and finding out "What are my strengths, what are my weaknesses, where do I need to focus, etc?" I''ll share one extra link beyond the one C just shared -- ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Celebrity Issues in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a great point -- when thinking of strengthening and weakening, we must resist the temptation to consider this a bipolar landscape. There will be those data points that strengthen, those that weaken, and those that sit in what I like to call the "Neutral Zone" -- neither good/nor ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Vom, I can''t recall if I''ve sent you these links before -- but as you approach the last two-three weeks or so, thought you may find them helpful to really prepare and lock in on a specific plan to get you to the test. ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Advice on Study Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“C is spot on here. I wanted to quickly jump in and throw you a link to one of Stacey''s articles that I just absolutely love love love. http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2011/05/23/evaluating-your-practice-tests/ To me, the wealth of data you can have at your fingertips during ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 started following gmat superstar
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Help - Not getting anywhere in the GMAT Strategy forum
“First off -- deep breath. You will get through this and you will be happy and content with where you end up. That said, I agree w/ one of Brent''s questions below -- what''s your goal? Beyond that -- you need to think about what you''ve got the stomach for? When do you want to apply to ...”
January 26, 2013
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January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Explaining undergrad course failures? in the The Application Process forum
“Tim, It''s a good question. What you are going to find from my response (and from others if you get it) is that this is the type of question for which there is no ''right'' answer. IMHO, schools look at GPAs and GMATs to answer one primary question "Will this person be able to succeed ...”
January 26, 2013
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January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Some help please.. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great questions -- sorry things didn''t work out the way you wanted them to. A few initial reactions: 1. Even though it''s not all apples-to-apples comparisons, you''ve scored in a wide range for verbal on your practice tests. What do your diagnostics suggest? ...”
January 26, 2013
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January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to low score twice after a good preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“BGV: I think the one thing that I''d throw in here is to allow yourself to escape the ''question-to-question'' wondering of ''did I get that last question right or wrong?'' If you know the material and have a strong foundation, you''ll do well. If you don''t, you won''t. I''ve got one ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Need Advice: Waitlist & Beyond...Retake GMAT? in the The Application Process forum
“Weven -- I think what you see in this thread is that there isn''t going to be one right answer here -- IMHO, I don''t think 20-pts is worth two months of your life, because my own experience tells me that in and of itself is not going to cause significant reconsideration on your file. Even if you ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 started following the_silver_lining
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Section 301 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good build here Tommy... where i was going on the ''not liking concludes by'' front was that I believe ''concludes by'' would need to be followed by either an action "He concludes by recounting the final steps of his journey" or by a specific point in time "The work is permissible ...”
January 26, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Scientists 2000 BF19 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Just to bang home a point here a bit... I disagree with your bottomline slightly. C is, in fact, ''correct.'' We may not love it, and we may be able to create other ''better'' answers, but there is nothing in fact ''wrong'' with ''c.'' A slight distinction, but an important one -- we ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Section 301 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Parallel Verbs -- B and D is the right split to get to b/c of ''impose'' needing to be parallel with to single.. (to) begin, and (to) impose... Idiom -- "conclude by" is not correct idiomatically... conclude "with" works in some situations, but here, conclude "to" is ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Alaska and Central America in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good one! A few thoughts: --Idiom -- ability... "to" adapt, rules out B --D and E are ruled out, b/c you want to get the comparison of wolves to coyote to be as close as possible, D and E put them too far away --A, the noun ''coyote'' is never there... it shows up as ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to AWA essay to be critiqued please! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“I think this is nice... a few gut reactions... -I prefer three supporting paragraphs instead of two -That second paragraph is mighty long.... But overall, I think you''re in a good spot and an essay of this quality would not generate a score that would get a red flag in any MBA admissions ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Kaplan test score 600. what does it mean? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Silver-Lining: Once you get a good practice test or two under your belt -- I''d take a look at Stacey''s article here -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2011/05/23/evaluating-your-practice-tests/ It''s got some great thoughts and tips on what to do with the results of your practice ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Parallelism and modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Soumita: I''ll disagree with you on ''when'' and the role it''s playing. My take is that ''when'' is playing the role of an adverbial modifier here -- and as we know, adverbial modifiers don''t need to touch the part of the sentence that they are modifying. Thoughts? -Brian”
January 25, 2013
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January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Scientists 2000 BF19 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question -- I love this one! We actually had a great discussion on one of our own company boards a while back (http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/asteroid-t14584.html) -- take a look for some other things that people explored as they worked through this one. Specific to your questions, ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to low score twice after a good preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“BGV: Sorry to hear things didn''t work out the way you were hoping that they would. But, all is not lost. Let me suggest you start off by reading this article from Stacey -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2011/06/08/my-score-dropped-figuring-out-what-went-wrong/ -- and try to ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Percentage VS Number in the Sentence Correction forum
“Soumita: I''m going to give you a somewhat snippy, but honest response. "Because they do." If some of the answer choices contained the word ''number'' and some contained the word ''percentage'', then, perhaps, there''s a bigger argument to be had here. But, the fact is, they ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my first AWA essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Awesome! Feel free to ping me back here with your rewritten essay (or even take a stab at writing out a response to a new essay topic) and I''ll be more than happy to take a look, provide thoughts around strengths/weaknesses, etc. Enjoy! -Brian”
January 25, 2013
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January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Landscaping v.s. water bills in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I think you are generally correct here -- I agree that we ''know'' that a traditional landscape is already in place. So, the comparison of the cost of installing a traditional landscape to that of installing a water-conversion landscape is not entirely relevant. Where I disagree with you ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Changing Focus from Content to Application. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Suranga: Not a problem -- please shoot me a note back here and let me know how your next practice test goes, or if there is any help I can offer/provide as you are looking to make some tweaks to your study habits. Good luck!! -Brian”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Is your MBA worth it? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“I don''t think anyone would disagree with you there -- but there is value in doing the math, recognizing that every situation is different, and that not all MBAs are created equal. For example -- if your company is willing to pay for you to go, and you like your current job/career, but you''ll ...”
January 25, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Percentage VS Number in the Sentence Correction forum
“Interesting question -- do you read ''number'' to mean twice the number of adults? or ''number'' to mean that the percentage in 1977 was 10%? If they wanted to mean ''10% --> 20%'', I think they would have just said ''twice the percentage.'' I don''t think my interpretation of the ...”
January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Weaken--Zinc Gel in the Critical Reasoning forum
“E is a great... I mean GREAT... trap answer. The problem with E is that it introduces some ''wonderful sounding'' but dangerously ''new'' information, that fundamentally, I''m left wondering what it really tells us. All E tells us is that "Hey... a nasal spray works as well as the ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Strengthen---Vaccines in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This question is focused on building a story/hope/implication that more children will become vaccinated b/c of this newly available nasal spray. Reading the passage, you might wonder "Hmm.. I wonder if the nasal spray is something that kids/parents will be interested in? Seems like it ...”
January 24, 2013
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January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Landscaping v.s. water bills in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The big driver as to why "B" provides the best rebuttal is that the ''criticism'' assumes that the only place where one can incur cost savings post landscape redesign is via the monthly water bill. BUT..... what if there were more cost savings beyond the water bill? Specifically, that ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Sentence Correction - GMAT Prep Test in the Sentence Correction forum
“V: More than happy to help here, but it would be much more useful if you posted the original full question. Thanks. -Brian”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Pursuit of Happines in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Interesting question -- I think we''re looking at "B" here in this example. Why? The key is in that last sentence of the passage, which tells us that desires are sometimes compulsions and compulsions result in no happiness. So, if that''s true, how can ''the goal of any desire ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Need Advice: Waitlist & Beyond...Retake GMAT? in the The Application Process forum
“Weven: As you might expect -- there''s no ''one size fits all'' answer here. That said, an improved GMAT can never ''hurt'', assuming that the GMAT score is the thing that is holding your application back. How much improvement do you think you ''have in you'' at this point? Take a gander ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Is your MBA worth it? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“THP: Interesting find -- just a word of warning. Calculators based on averages, are just that -- average. It''s a fun exercise to do, but how can you value "I hate my current job and want to move into a different career field?" or "I love the rush of NYC, want to be a banker ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please rate my first AWA essay! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“ODOAKER: Thanks for reaching out here -- a few high-level thoughts/reactions. First off, I think your essay could use some better format/structure. Intro + 3 Body Paragraphs + Conclusion. Second, don''t use 10 words when 5 will do. Some of your sentences get long and I don''t think ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to General Question for those DONE with GMAT/done studying..... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“DS -- Good questions. I think you''ve caught onto the fact that ''studying/preparing'' for quant just fundamentally feels different than preparing for verbal. But, don''t let that fool you. There are as many points to be ''had'' on verbal as there are on quant. With two months left, ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 600+ George Washington in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hutch27 -- It''s more that the correct idiomatic usage is "insist THAT", but you are also correct that in this instance, we''re looking for subject usage (He) not object usage (him.) Make sense? -Brian”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please pls pls score my first AWA essay. in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Shri, I think the biggest piece of advice I can offer is this -- "Don''t use 10 words when 5 words will do." There are multiple times in reading your piece when it just feels like the sentences are wrong for an unnecessary reason. Why don''t you try tackling this essay again -- ...”
January 24, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Word Problem Trap in the Problem Solving forum
“Tommy''s spot on here -- he''s brought up a great point that''s been talked about at many other points in the forums. You need to think of each section of the GMAT as a long war, with somewhere between 37 and 41 battles :-). Sometimes, to win the war, we all know that we might need to lose some ...”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Word Problem Trap in the Problem Solving forum
“Good to hear from you -- and good to recognize you''ve got some things you need to focus on. I''d suggest you start here -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/02/28/Translating-Words-into-Math/ Then, head here -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/analyze-practice-problem.cfm ...”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Please score! My first AWA essay :) in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“A real nice attempt at an essay here -- good structure, word and sentence variation, etc. I''d be careful of how long some of your sentences tend to get -- it''s okay to have short sentences (often times better than super-long sentences with multiple offset commas, etc. Here''s a ...”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Tricky Roots in the Problem Solving forum
“I think it would be a huge conflict of interest for me to post the answer to our own "Challenge Problem Showdown!!" But, let''s start a dialogue -- any thoughts on how you''d set it up? What''s your set of prime numbers you are considering? Thanks! -Brian”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 3 Month GMAT Study Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Really commend you for the thought that went into your plan -- you''ll definitely want to get an early diagnostic under your belt to see what the journey is going to look like and help give you a sense for whether or not there are any specific areas you need to focus on more than others. In ...”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 started following stevenmat
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Help on the duration in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Steven: Good stuff -- depending on where you are in your overall prep work, I wouldn''t worry as much about the essay/IR section on the first one you do here. But, really hold yourself to the 75-minutes per section, and apply test-day approaches (i.e. don''t spend 8 minutes on one question!!) ...”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to What to do 2 years in advance to make myself a better cand? in the The Application Process forum
“Got it -- so then (and there is not a ''one size fits all'' answer here) you need to figure out how (or if) you want to ''explain'' that year. You might decide to do it directly, you might decide to take some similar classes that show your ability to do much better when what that year indicated, ...”
January 23, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 600+ George Washington in the Sentence Correction forum
“Assuming that ''terms'' is supposed to be term? For the benefit of those reviewing, also helpful if you can underline relevant section in original sentence. Thanks! -Brian”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Changing Focus from Content to Application. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Suranga: First off -- please do remember that this test IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD!! That said, what is your target score range? Do your diagnostics indicate any particular content areas that seem to be troubling you more than others? Quant/Verbal, etc? Two suggestions: 1. Take a look at ...”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Changing Focus from Content to Application. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Suranga: First off -- please do remember that this test IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD!! That said, what is your target score range? Do your diagnostics indicate any particular content areas that seem to be troubling you more than others? Quant/Verbal, etc? Two suggestions: 1. Take a look at ...”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to What to do 2 years in advance to make myself a better cand? in the The Application Process forum
“Good that you are thinking about this in advance -- given your time window, you do have the benefit of time that other candidates might not. IMHO, it''s always about painting as complete of an application as possible -- but the admissions process is as much art as it is science. A few ...”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Postpone the test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Eki -- Good to see that you are getting back on the horse here. Wanted to share a few tips and thoughts. First off, take a deep breath. Your practice scores are great. I would challenge you on the use of the word ''inconsistent'' in relation to your test scores. Yes, you''ve got a moving ...”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to The Difference between a 750 and a 650 Test Taker in the GMAT Strategy forum
“B: I like Tommy''s responses here -- a few other quick adds: You may have come across Stacey''s article here at another spot on the board, but worth reposting here -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/700-760-difference.cfm Second, more and more, I think that students who score a 750 ...”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Major Tobacco company in the Sentence Correction forum
“P.P: Help me understand -- what is your specific question on each of those examples? Not sure that the "verb+ing" is at the core of the decision making process here. Thoughts? -Brian”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to How to review question effectively? in the GMAT Math forum
“My bad -- the link captured an extra period -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/analyze-DS-problem.cfm Enjoy :-) -Brian”
January 22, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Funny question about personal conduct at business school in the MBA Student Life forum
“B -- Tommy''s on-point here, but, like many other places in life, there''s always a spectrum. Glossy brochures only do so much -- as much as you can, try to pound some pavement at your most targeted schools. Each has a unique feel and you might find that might ''reorient'' your list a bit. ...”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to is Manhattan GMAT CATs harder than GMAT Prep? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Vom -- here''s an article you may find helpful -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2011/05/23/evaluating-your-practice-tests/ -- all with suggestions about what to do once you''ve got a test in-hand. And this -- ...”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Three large companies and seven small in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The issue with "c" here is that the argument itself talks about "If" the government regulates.... because of that the argument is not assuming that they do regulate, but rather introduces the possibilities of what would happen if it was regulated. Because of that, the ...”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 700+ Fantasy Authors in the Critical Reasoning forum
“For a VERY similar question -- check out q#21 in the 13th OG re: cabinetmaking being an art. Hope this helps. -Brian”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to CR_Bold Phrase in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Paradox is a big word -- something that is beyond explanation/logic. Given that one of the studies was funded (still small, but it is a 10% hit rate), it''s less a paradox and more a ''Hmm.. what''s going on here?'' situation. Does that make sense? -Brian”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Started taking practice exams, need help! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“G: Good questions and welcome aboard on the journey. To get to a 650-700, I think you''ve got a fair amount of work in front of you on both the quant and verbal sides. Question -- What''s your timeline for wanting to take the test? Suggestion -- I''d spend some time reading the two ...”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Break in middle of verbal section !! can this harm my score? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“BTG: It''s a good question -- and I''ll take a slightly different spin in my response to add onto what others have already said above. Basically, how well did you replicate actual test-day experiences in your practice exams? Essay/IR? Limited breaks? No pauses, etc? Many people want to ...”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Thoughts on Caffeinated Beverages during second break in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey b: A good question -- an often underconsidered part of the exam -- "How do I prepare my body for the exam?" Here''s the biggest thing I can offer -- don''t subject your body to anything ''unique'' on test-day. If you normally eat M&Ms for breakfast, don''t all of a sudden ...”
January 21, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Major Tobacco company in the Sentence Correction forum
“I think this is a good question, but I now think we''ve started to stretch the # of topics we''re covering in one post. But, to put a bow on it here -- can I ask you to clip in the full questions for the two examples you reference -- Penney''s and neutral site? Thanks. -Brian”
January 20, 2013
brianlange77 started following patanjali.purpose
January 20, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Major Tobacco company in the Sentence Correction forum
“Like many areas on the GMAT, it''s never quite as simple as just looking at one particular word. In this case, you also need to consider the verb "use" and the role of the word/words that come after it. When are you referring to a phrase such as "use OBJECT X in EVENT y", ...”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 started following vomhorizon
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 started following bluemets
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Triangle, exterior angles. in the Data Sufficiency forum
“That would seem to make the problem more difficult :-)”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 started following matteomasciotti
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Indicates the greatest flaw in the premise in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is screaming "E" to me -- if a macro assumption has changed about the ability of retailers to sell the inventory they buy, then you would want to question the validity of the assumption that the promotional effectiveness will remain the same.”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 started following ceilidh.erickson
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Triangle, exterior angles. in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Do you have the OG 11 version of the book? Typo or not, do you understand the recommendation on how to tackle this particular example?”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Practice Strategies for RC in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hey blue -- Good to see you again. BTW, do you happen to be a fan of a baseball team in Queens? Anyways -- wanted to share two articles with you from my partner Stacey Koprince -- I think they''ll give you a good foundation and force you to challenge yourself a bit on what/how you are going to ...”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Triangle, exterior angles. in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey there -- good question! IF you have a few seconds, go and take a look at this thread -- gives you a full explanation to your question below and also highlights the ''trap'' that exists in this problem ...”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Help on the duration in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Steven: Good overview -- but a word of caution. The GMAT is an adaptive test, so just tracking raw numbers here can be a bit misleading. (i.e. doing well on easy questions does not lead to a good gmat score alone!) If you haven''t had a chance yet, I''d go and spend some time taking a ...”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Literature to prepare you best for a 700+ GMAT score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just to follow-up here, I''d suggest you start with a practice test or two -- only then will you truly have an idea of where/how you need to focus. You might find these two additional articles particularly helpful on that front. Let me know if this makes sense. ...”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 4 percentage questions! Please HELP! in the GMAT Math forum
“For the third one, since the question is about "individuals per house", I''d think you''d want to create a ratio that allows you to compare across regions -- maybe divide # individuals by the sum of state+private houses? For the fourth one, I''d first create a ballpark price for each ...”
January 19, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to need help to improve verbal score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“[/quote] We all wish for lots of things -- keep the focus on what you can control and allow yourself to let the other ''problems'' just wash away. You''ll do great!”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 started following lunarpower
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to need help to improve verbal score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Vom raises a nice point here -- as you progress in your test-prep you want to do increasingly more and more to ensure that you are trying to replicate (as much as is feasible) experiences that are like that you''ll encounter on test day. You''ll be sitting in the ''chair'' for at least two hours ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to I.R. Prep. resources... in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“Great Vom -- Let me know how that nets out and send me a note back here after you spend that 6-8 hours and let me know how it goes. Thanks. -brian”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Tips for Reading Comprehension in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Good questions -- I''d encourage you to take a look at this post and see if it helps give you any more tips on how to improve your overall reading comp ability (http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2010/04/26/how-to-read-a-reading-comp-passage/). In addition, I would encourage you to ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to math difficulty level in the GMAT Math forum
“Good question -- take a look at the quant chart on this page (http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/gmat-scores-and-score-reports/what-your-percentile-ranking-means.aspx). You could do some general back of envelope math (# of question / # number of questions in book to get to the percentile ranking.) The ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to How to review question effectively? in the GMAT Math forum
“Nasheen: Good questions -- let me try to give you some guidance that may help answer your question. Take a look at Stacey''s two-posts about how to do PS and DS -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/analyze-PS-problem.cfm and http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/analyze-DS-problem.cfm. ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 4 percentage questions! Please HELP! in the GMAT Math forum
“I''ll make you a deal -- I''ll give you the first two... and then you write back and give me your work for the last two and we''ll see how you did! The first answer is 67% : (3.5-2.1) / 2.1 = 66.67% The second answer is 140% increase : (Old Distance = 0.3 * 1000 = 300); (New Distance = 0.9 * ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 510 Diagnostic to 600 in 3 weeks? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Ahh -- the belief that real-world experience translates into GMAT SC success!! (Sarcasm intended.) But, what I''d guess is that you have a LOT of upside available on SC. Take a look at Stacey''s article that gives you some basic primers on how to be thinking about optimizing your performance on ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to need help to improve verbal score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Vom uses some really good words there -- skeleton, framework, etc. It''s not about ''rewriting'' the paragraphs.. it''s about writing enough so that you have a good sense of what you just read. We know that our brain processes information in three ways -- we hear things, we see things, we ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to I.R. Prep. resources... in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“Vom: I think you are on the right track there. I''d encourage you to be comfortable with the section, know the question formats, and have some practice under your belt. Ultimately though, your goal should be maximizing score on quant/verbal and not worry as much about IR. Don''t neglect it, ...”
January 18, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to need help to improve verbal score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yes -- this is right. You might find my response obvious, but this is about practice/practice/practice. If you can find 15 seconds/CR question, that''s an extra 3 minutes per verbal section -- HUGE!! Take a look at Stacey''s article here -- ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Blowing my Mind!!!! Need Help in the GMAT Math forum
“I''m sure Ron appreciates the shoutouts!!”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Blowing my Mind!!!! Need Help in the GMAT Math forum
“SFU: I''m going to assume 2/16 is a hard date and that there''s no flexibility there. Given that, you need to come up with a plan super-quick, and bluntly, not let yourself get freaked out by the exam. A few thoughts: 1. Take a look at these two links -- helpful in setting up a plan for ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to GMAT on 27th Dec in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Varun: Don''t worry -- all is not lost! What''s your timeline? Are you in a place to essentially ''start over'', or do you need to pick up where you left off? Either way -- I''d take a look at this article -- ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to weak at multiple sources. in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“When you say ''multiple sources'' -- can you be more specific? Thanks. -Brian”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Struggling with IR in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“Ganesh, First off -- and the bold font is intentional here... THERE IS NO "CARRYOVER" EFFECT FROM IR TO QUANT/VERBAL Think of them as completely separate tests! That said, here''s a great link with some thoughts about how to best fine-tune your time management skills -- ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to I.R. Prep. resources... in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning forum
“Can I ask you a somewhat leading question? Are you scoring 800 regularly on your quant/verbal section of the exam? I ask that simply because, knowing the realities of most students, if I had a free 25 hours to invest in studying, I don''t know that I''d put them into the IR section. Just my ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to AWA Essay: Company A - Company B Video Games in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“jorgrozo86: Good to see you working on the AWA. Here''s some simple tips that could help you as you prep for the AWA -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2010/07/07/ace-the-essays-no-thanks/. Best of luck, -Brian”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Literature to prepare you best for a 700+ GMAT score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Mitko -- Good question. Take a look at this link which talks about the challenge of moving from 700 to 760 -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/700-760-difference.cfm What have you done so far? Have you taken a practice exam? Let me know if I can help more. -Brian”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Best Practices for Reviewing Practice Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Bluemets -- Good question... Lots of good suggestions listed in prior to my response, but wanted to share a few links that you might find helpful. -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/24/how-to-minimize-careless-errors-when-taking-the-gmat/ How to Evaluate Practice Tests -- ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 660 47Q34V month out looking for advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great buddy -- let''s stay in touch here. Best, Brian”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Having trouble retaining some info...Manhatten approach in the GMAT Strategy forum
“DCS80: Good question on the note-taking front. Obviously, there are some basics -- always draw the geometry problems, bring over key information from question, write-down the letters and cross out the ones you eliminate (esp on DS.) Other than that, the suggestion I''d make is you to ...”
January 17, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Free App: GMAT Practice Timer in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Amit -- Community kudos points to you. The biggest thing I''d offer is that you need to allow yourself the time to really analyze what it is that the time-based data says to you. 1. Where am I spending too much time? 2. Where am I not spending enough time? 3. What questions should I have cut ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Help with Quant! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Waly11218: I like a lot of what Brent has to say below. First off, you need to allow yourself to find out which particular areas are giving you the most difficulty. I find it quite hard to believe that you are proficient on every content area through the 600s and then just fall off the cliff ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to need help to improve verbal score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Saurabh: Good questions, and glad that you still have some time in front of you to prepare. Here''s what I''d offer. First, I''d definitely read through the following posts on how to best lay out a study plan, especially given that you still have a few months in front of you. Link 1 - ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Having trouble retaining some info...Manhatten approach in the GMAT Strategy forum
“DCS80 -- Good question. I think you could get a lot of interesting replies here, but the biggest thing I''d offer is that you need to somehow ''change up'' how you are studying this. Take a look at Stacey''s blog post -- ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Low CR Score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Ravi, Not sure if Jim''s going to get back to you here -- basically, if I can guess at what he''s saying, I think he''s encouraging you to really take the time to understand what the answer explanations are saying. When you are working through problems, it''s often quite tempting to check out ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Low Gmat score even though higher practice test score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“wka06x: Why don''t you send me a private message -- let me know your full name and I''ll see if we can''t run some more diagnostics here. Scores are close to each other, and yet far enough apart that you''ll benefit from getting a focus on a couple of key areas. You''re on the verge of doing ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 660 47Q34V month out looking for advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“bpolley00: It''s obviously a forced analogy, but you get the point. Many people want to believe that the b-school admissions game is just science, but there is very much an art to it as well. Allow yourself to think about how you maximize your chances on both sides of the admissions equation, ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to approaching the GMAT again in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey bluephish -- I think that makes sense. It''s tough when you''re ''in the mix'' b/c it''s so tempting to get laser-focused and convince yourself that "if I can just get 20 more points, that''s going to make all the difference." Allow yourself to think big picture; see if there''s an ...”
January 16, 2013
brianlange77 started following bluephish
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to approaching the GMAT again in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Bluephish: Interesting -- your interpretation? Or feedback from admissions? Have you given any thought to taking a class or two on the side to ''demonstrate'' how you are a changed student now vs. then? That could go further than an extra 20 points on GMAT (which is within margin of error ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 started following bpolley00
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 660 47Q34V month out looking for advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Didn''t think you were whiny in any way -- but, I firmly believe that you need to develop a fool-proof sell story. We do it when we''re in the dating market... think of admissions officers as someone you are trying to get to say ''yes'' to a two-year date :-) Thoughts? -Brian”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to How is my strategy looking? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yousufa -- So happy to hear that you''re investing the right amount of time in thinking about ''strategy'' first, rather than jumping right in!! Here are two good articles for you to reference -- hope this helps! Let me know if I can assist further. ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Universities with GMAT 500 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Srihari -- We''ll need to bring that verbal score up... that''s going to be a red-flag in your application. I''d encourage you to try to take at least one or two good practice exams and read Stacey''s article -- http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2011/02/27/analyzing-your-practice-tests-part-1 -- and ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Prepare for gmat under 1month URGENT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Swati: Daniel raises some good thoughts/suggestions. Less than a month -- whew! Is that a firm and hard deadline? You need to come up with a prioritized list of where you want to focus -- by no means will you be able to cover ''everything'' in 30 days. Plus, I''d recommend taking at ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 660 47Q34V month out looking for advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Wow -- thanks for the detail. Here''s what I need you to do... I''d love for you to re-read the post you just wrote and pretend you are an admissions officer. What''s your reaction? Is this someone you want to admit to your program? If not, pretend you are now writing the back cover of a ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to HELP! Failed to break 600 after months of study and 3 tries in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Primestar -- Good question and I feel your pain! Don''t give up -- I''m confident there are points out there for you to put on your side of the ledger!!! I''ll try to go into a bit more depth than Jim does below... 1. Can you provide more guidance about the specific areas that seem to ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Low Gmat score even though higher practice test score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“wka06x: Good question... Two thoughts for you: 1. Assuming you took a ManhattanGMAT class, did you take advantage of the Post-Course assessment? A valuable tool which I''d encourage you to leverage if possible. 2. Talk to me about the breakdown in raw scores between verbal & ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Low CR Score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Rjetha: David raises some good points below. Here''s what I''d offer -- take a look at this article (http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2010/05/26/must-use-strategy-for-critical-reasoning) which is chock full of good tips/suggestions on how to best organize your thoughts around critical reasoning. ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Help! Study Strategy Question! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Vaj: Good to see you again. I agree with a lot of what Brian says below. Developing the study plan here is truly important and can make a real big difference in how you progress. I''d encourage you to spend a few minutes reading Stacey''s posts on the subject -- ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to approaching the GMAT again in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Bluephish: Kudos for your dedication. Can I ask if you received any feedback from any of the schools you applied to re: why you might not have been accepted? Only because there may be something else (in addition to improved scores) that you could also look to focus on to help improve your ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to greatest GMAT area for improvement in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hutch, Good questions -- although I''d challenge your assumption a bit. I think students can improve their score in EVERY area by understanding their strengths and weaknesses and developing better tools/approaches on how to deal with different types of questions. Encouraging news though -- ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to 660 47Q34V month out looking for advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Brian (solid first name!): First off, kudos on everything that you''ve done so far -- you''re in the homestretch! A few thoughts/questions: -With a month left, I hate to see you just write off combi/permutation questions -- what if you get a relatively easy one -- could be a valuable ...”
January 15, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Definition of Work Experience? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“This is solid thinking -- you are correct, GMAT is good for 5 years. The biggest piece of advice I can offer you at the early stages of your career is to remain and embrace flexibility. The world changes daily and if you can grow accustomed to excelling in that change, you''ll be better off, ...”
January 12, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to I need to beat the GMAT but can't put it all together.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey -- best reco for you here is to go and find a good book/online tool that will allow you to reground yourself in the core foundations of math principles. As obvious as this may sound, to get from a 440 to a 700+ is quite aggressive, but you need to figure out how to score a 550 before you can ...”
January 12, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to I need to beat the GMAT but can't put it all together.. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey -- more than happy to share some thoughts. Can you provide a bit more info about where you are; what you''ve done to date (practice exams, etc.) Can definitely provide some thoughts -- but, as you can imagine I am sure, your request is a bit broad :-)”
January 8, 2013
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January 8, 2013
brianlange77 posted a reply to Definition of Work Experience? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“It''s a good question -- and congrats on having such a clear plan for where you want to be a few years down the road. Here''s what I''d say -- it''s a mix of quantity and quality. What type of full-time work are you doing? And what level of school are you hoping to attend? I think the ...”
January 8, 2013