Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Need Inspiration to Study While Working 8-5pm in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Achala, While not optimal for a lot of people, one option would also be to use vacation days to study so that you can completely focus on studying for the GMAT. Usually, I find the people who are working full time that do that best are those who study for several months, and then who do a couple ...”
March 4, 2016
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to MBA HEC Paris - Human Resources Profile in the Ask Veritas Prep Admissions Consulting forum
“Since this is a topic that comes up a fair amount, I thought that responding would hopefully help someone even though the post is a bit old. Upon reading your statements a couple things came to mind. 1) Having four years of work experience is good, and around the average, but doesn''t really say ...”
November 20, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to MBA HEC Paris - Human Resources Profile in the Ask Veritas Prep Admissions Consulting forum
“Since this is a topic that comes up a fair amount, I thought that responding would hopefully help someone even though the post is a bit old. Upon reading the post a couple things came to mind. 1) Having four years of work experience is good, and around the average, but doesn''t really say much ...”
November 20, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to HEC Paris Ms Finance: To CFA or not to CFA? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Pranav and BTG community, As Jen stated, taking the level 1 exam of the CFA could help you, but only if you have the results before you apply (the deadline for the spring admissions 2016 is in April). With that said, the CFA takes a fair amount of studying. If you decide to take the CFA, make ...”
November 19, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Any chance in LBS or HEC Paris MIM in the Ask Veritas Prep Admissions Consulting forum
“Hi Aman, As a quick introduction, I''ve been helping students in France for the last seven years and thus I''m fairly well acquainted with HEC and their requirements. With that said your GMAT score and academics are good enough so that won''t be a problem. So at this point it would come down to ...”
November 19, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Could I get into HEC Paris? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Laser, I''ve been helping people here in Paris for the last six years and I agree with Kate on pretty much everything. Some other things to keep in mind are: 1) The GMAT keeps people out and your essays get you in. On the surface I think that you have a pretty good shot, but you need to ...”
August 24, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to How to beat the GMAT: request of advise for prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Andre, How basic is your math level ? If your math level is really at the beginners level (lower than 30th percentile) you would do well to buy a foundations of GMAT math book (such as Manhattan''s). A book like that would help you bring you mental math up to speed. There are also many mental ...”
August 24, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT to GRE in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Pradeep, First, I''d like to agree with Miss Erickson- it''s the GRE math percentile that matters. Thus, the GRE math isn''t really "easier" since you still need to get a high percentile score. If you''re applying to a school like INSEAD they ask you to get in the 80th percentile on ...”
February 3, 2015
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Rescheduling my GMAT exam in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Harish, It generally takes at least a month to write good essays so you''re going to be pushing it. This is because almost everyone needs or at least should, write several drafts. However, GMATinsight is right- you need to focus on taking the GMAT first. What you can do though is start ...”
June 18, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Should I reschedule my GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Jazzman, What types of questions did you miss on the verbal section of your tests ? That is, was critical reasoning a problem or was it more sentence correction or reading comp. ? Generally, the sentence correction section can be fixed faster that the CR and RC parts. If the SC section was ...”
June 17, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Is there such thing as a GMAT plateau? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Gabrielle, Yes, there probably is a plateau, but no I don''t think you''ve hit it. I usually have all of my students do all of the OG 13, and the OG quant book, and then have them redo all of the questions that they had trouble with. It''s this second review that is particularly powerful. ...”
June 16, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 2.GMAT in 5 days - conditional offer; skip AWA/IR? + Strat. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Also- over a 5 week period of time you''ll probably get a bit rusty. Things come back fairly fast for most students, but you''ll most likely need at least a couple good weeks of studying to get your level and stamina back up.”
May 19, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 2.GMAT in 5 days - conditional offer; skip AWA/IR? + Strat. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Bobo, So I generally agree that it''s probably a bad idea to completely skip the writing section. Generally, you want to get at least a 4.5 out of 6. However, I have had a couple students who were borderline 650 who just decided to go ahead and take the risk of skipping and who managed to get ...”
May 19, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Strategy HELP please !! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! Wow- it looks like you''ve done a lot of work. Have you reviewed all of the stuff you''ve done a second time though? If not, you should go back through and redo all of the questions that gave you trouble a second time to make sure that you''re not making the same mistakes and that you''ve ...”
May 16, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Need Advice on GMAT Quant in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again! Some more good problems include the other OG books (math and verbal), the GMATPrep question pack (more official practice), and perhaps the paper tests that you can get on MBA.com''s website. As you can see, I''m a fan of official practice problems. The downside is that their ...”
May 16, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Need Advice on GMAT Quant in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! One more piece of advice to consider. It''s not enough to do a bunch of practice questions one time and then review them directly after. You need to highlight all of the mistakes that you made, write down why you made the mistakes you made, and then go back and redo all of the questions ...”
May 6, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Test Score PLUMMET in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Neil, Rich is right on with his comments, and I would like to highlight/add a couple things as well. First, did you take the whole practice test on your first three tests ? That is, did you do the writing section and the IR section ? Did you do these sections on your last tests ? A lot of ...”
May 6, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Test Score PLUMMET in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Neil, Rich is right on with his comments, and I would like to highlight/add a couple things as well. First, did you take the whole practice test on your first three tests ? That is, did you do the writing section and the IR section ? Did you do these sections on your last tests ? A lot of ...”
May 6, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Which books to study from on the last 20 days? Help. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Kareemicy, I just wanted to add a couple things to what Rich said, although I generally agree with his statements. One thing to keep in mind is that most people need to go through the books that read at least two times. So if you''ve only done the foundations book one time and you haven''t ...”
April 28, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Must have vocabulary for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Kamenikt, Yep- you''re right. You probably don''t want to study straight vocabulary for the GMAT. Your time would be better spend reading and learning vocabulary in a more natural way as Rich suggested. Keep in mind that when reading you are better off going through news articles than reading ...”
April 28, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT 4th Attempt:- Retake or Move on in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello MBAsa, I''ve helped some people get into INSEAD who only had in between 650 and 680 so it''s definitely possible to get in with a 660. It helps that you''re from South Africa, and if you happen to be a women that would help too (more guys than girls apply to MBA programs). Officially, ...”
February 10, 2014
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Kindly Advise in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi GMAT guy, Well, if you don''t manage to convince your manager to give you more free time, one technique that my students often use is to study in the morning before going to work because you''re usually fresher. Also, this may not be possible but it''s worth trying, you should try to take ...”
November 19, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to How do I kick start my Gmat prep? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Shikha, I wrote an article about this a couple days. If you want to check it out you''ll find it at http://www.vinciaprep.com/en/blog/how-start-studying-gmat Cheers! Dan”
November 19, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Should I postpone my test? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Another couple things that you should keep in mind are 1) Schools sometimes frown on taking the test more than three times. 2) Schools like to see a progression in your GMAT scores. So before you take the test another time make sure that you''ve really improved. Cheers! Dan”
November 19, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Will I have a chance if I apply to HEC Paris Full time pgm in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“This is an old post, but I''ll answer one of the questions for future users. The GRE is now accepted by pretty much every major MBA program (with the exception of LBS as of early 2013). Even though only 5% of candidates applied with the GRE last year, there is reason to believe that there will ...”
November 11, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Advice for final steps - At 640 Level in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! One thing to make sure that you don''t forget to do is review all of the questions that you did throughout all of your studies that gave you trouble. Many people review the questions they got wrong right doing the problem, but then neglect to do the questions again several weeks later which ...”
November 11, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Help - GMAT - Paris in the GMAT Strategy forum
“One more thing- I''ve seen some statistics about the profiles of students who get into top schools. It appears that there is a big difference between the number of people who get accepted with a GMAT score of 640 and those who get accepted with a 650. That is, there''s a good possibility that even ...”
November 6, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Help - GMAT - Paris in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Well, I may be too late, but I thought I would reach out to you anyway. If you want to look at another alternative you can check out my company''s website at www.vinciaprep.com. I''m the only beat the gmat instructor in Paris, I''ve been teaching for about 10 years, and I''ve specifically been ...”
November 6, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT in 4 days - Would appreciate some help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Usually the last couple days should be used to go back through your previous mistakes and review the books you''ve read to make sure that you''ve learned from all of your previous work. It''s also important to not freak yourself out just before the test since people who are more confident going ...”
November 4, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Need help in verbal!!! Got a 20 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! So one of the best ways to improve you verbal score is to work on the SC section sense you can memorize and work on grammar rules much faster than you can improve your reading ability. Get the Manhattan GMAT SC book if you haven''t yet, and read it a couple times. Then do hundreds of SC ...”
November 4, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Executive MBA - What to do next? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hello again! So to start you should take a practice test. Manhattan GMAT and Veritas both provide a free practice test. After you''re done you''ll see what your level is and then you''ll know weather you should start with the very basics (like some of the foundations of GMAT math books) or if you ...”
October 2, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Executive MBA - What to do next? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi Monikasharma, Not all schools ask for the IELTS. For Kellogg it seems that their executive program asks for the TOEFL unless you''ve taken certain English classes. If you''re not sure if your classes are sufficient you can always send them an e-mail. "International Students Is the ...”
October 1, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Are TestTakers given certain stuffs in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! So Rich covered the stuff that you will receive pretty well. Some things to keep in mind though: 1) You won''t be able to bring water or a watch into the testing room. So make sure you practice without these things. 2) Don''t bring your notes to the testing center. If you''re caught ...”
September 20, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 660 score, worth applying? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! I usually advise my students to apply to at least one lower level school that you could be happy with. There are two reasons for this: 1) If you turn out to write some really great essays you may be able to get a scholarship. You can then use the scholarship to negotiate with other ...”
September 16, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Please Help!! Need a better strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! How many times have you done the questions from the OG books and your old practice tests? Have you gone over them just once? Usually when I see someone who has done as many questions as you have, and who hasn''t improved enough it is because they haven''t reviewed the practice questions ...”
August 20, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Fifth Attempt 680, Need Strategy to score 720+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Amnesty, Another couple things to think about 1) Do you know where your weaknesses are exactly? It''s not enough to say "the verbal section". You need to know exactly where your problem areas are. For example, you might have trouble with modifiers in the sentence correction ...”
August 20, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Retaking the GMAT, but I'm not sure what to do differently. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again! So first off, you need to go back through all of the questions that you had trouble with, or took too long on (both on your practice tests and practice questions). It''s easy to go through questions once, but it''s really the second (or the third time) that things really start to ...”
June 10, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Retaking the GMAT, but I'm not sure what to do differently. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! Before I try to help I''m going to have to ask you some questions. So, exactly what are all of the materials that you have used thus far? Veritas prep stuff, and anything else? Also, how many times do you go through the questions that you worked on? Did you just do them once, review ...”
June 6, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 640 first practice test cold... 3 weeks to study! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The Manhattan tests are pretty good. Also, you definitely need to the GMATPREP tests. A couple things to keep in mind when doing the GMATPREP tests- 1) When you finish the exam you won''t be able to come back to the test after you close the application. So after you take the test make sure ...”
May 24, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 640 first practice test cold... 3 weeks to study! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Brandon, Well in 3 weeks most people can usually make the a fair amount of progress on the Sentence Correction part of the exam. However, this depends on what your current SC level is. If you had some trouble with this section, start reading the Manhattan book right away along. At the same ...”
May 23, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Stuck at 650 in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“How did you study in between the tests? While it''s true that people generally don''t make much improvement between tests, it can be done.”
May 23, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Scored 700, should I retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“So this is a little off topic, but possibly useful. Have you considered non-US schools? Do you think any of them could fit your objectives? I''ve had quite a few Americans who had positive results with a similar score at non-US schools because you''re more unique abroad. London Business School ...”
May 16, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Test Taken But Confusion with result? Urgent Help please in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with David. I actually had the same thing happen to me when I was studying for the GRE (a similar standardized test). I took an unofficial test and I scored way below all of my other tests. I took the real test three days later and I got the exact same score as I did on the official GRE ...”
May 16, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Got 650 in gmat in 2009 and 610 in 2012 !! :-( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi dipti, Eki made some very good points in his debrief. I think he''s right in saying that you should take a look at it. One of the things that he said is particularly important- you''ll probably need to read the strategy books more than one. I read the Manhattan SC book three times just as ...”
May 1, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Help: is an online private tutor effective?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Basso, Although the majority of my classes are face to face, I also do online classes. My students and I generally find that the classes are still effective, however they aren''t quite as efficient. What I mean by this, is that you can go through the math material faster when you have someone ...”
May 1, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Strategy Advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Shekhar, It seems that your plan is missing a couple things. First, as Ivy said, you should read on a daily basis. Studying strategy for the reading comprehension and the critical reasoning section only helps to a certain point. After you''ve found a strategy that you like you need to ...”
April 24, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Application Process in the The Application Process forum
“Hi P, Schools care about many things, but two at the top of the list are your uniqueness and whether you will fit with the culture of the school. Being a URM could therefore help you in the uniqueness category. However, in the end what really matters is how you sell yourself. Do you have a ...”
March 21, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Strategy for Verbal : GMAT scheduled on 24.06.13 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi A S, The most improvable part on the verbal section for most people is the sentence correction section. I would get the Manhattan GMAT book and read it several times. I''ve seen that some people like the SC flashcards from BTG as well. As for the reading section, it would be good to read a ...”
March 21, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 740(Q-49,V-42)-Took it late but better safe than sorry! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Congrats on your score! As for you essays- I hope they turn out well. Generally, the GMAT helps keep people out, but the essays get you into a school. Cheers”
January 18, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Sending in updated GMAT score after application deadline? in the The Application Process forum
“Many schools don''t want to say outright that they''ll consider the score if you re-take the test after the deadline because that would go against the purpose of setting a deadline. However, I do know that many top schools end up considering an updated GMAT score anyway if you re-take the GMAT ...”
January 14, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Journey of 45 year old guy to GMAT score of 700 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Good Job! It''s quite a feat to do so well on the GMAT after being in the workplace for so long. I''d just like to highlight what you said here "I reviewed my notes multiple times and finally I saw my results improving. " Students would do well to note that generally your score won''t ...”
January 14, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 750-- Know your Exam Well!! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great job! Your focus problem on the verbal section is a common one. One thing many students should keep in mind (but hopefully you did) is that they should do the WHOLE test when they take their practice tests. That is, it''s important to not skip the writing/IR section.”
January 14, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Prepare for gmat under 1month URGENT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Swati, First of all, I have to warn you that it takes a lot of work to do well on the GMAT. Even a 600 is better than most people do on the test. However, there are some things that can do that would give you a fighting chance. First, you should focus on the Sentence correction section for ...”
January 14, 2013
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“accidently posted twice. The above is Manhattan''s explanations to the OG math problems”
November 30, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“http://www.manhattangmat.com/ogc-plus.cfm”
November 30, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again, 25-30 hours a week for 3 to 4 months is a good amount of practice. However, you need to make sure that you''re studying in the right way. That is, you need to learn from your mistakes as stated above. One thing about the OGs is that their explanations for math aren''t very good. ...”
November 28, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Cold Test - 520 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree that the SC section is a good place to start working on your verbal abilities. Of all the SC books that I''ve seen I liked the Manhattan GMAT SC book the most. Good luck!”
November 27, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Re-reading the Manhattan books probably wouldn''t be a waste of time. You would just go faster through the areas that you''re already comfortable with and then go slower on the areas that you have problems with. Don''t fall into the trap of studying multiple different books. Using some other ...”
November 27, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again! So, it sounds like your problem is a combination of problems. The first is probably that you were so stressed out on the day of the test that you had a hard time getting in the zone and focusing. Usually when people do 100 points worse than their practice tests its because they miss ...”
November 26, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to For MBA in IT, doed CFA level 1 help? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks :)”
November 25, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Also, what are you taking the GMAT for?”
November 25, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Failed the GMAT for the 2nd time! :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, I read your post and felt really bad for you so I thought I''d try to help you. To begin, what materials have you used? What has been your study method? Did you just take the Kaplan tests or did you take other ones as well? How much do you study a week? If you just took the test ...”
November 25, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to MBA admission chances in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi Kimia, Quick question- are you from Dubai? Your good GPA will help, but since you''re a young candidate your GMAT score might be a little low. If you have the time you may want to get it up to a 680 or so. If you don''t have the time then it really comes down to your essays and letters of ...”
November 13, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to MAYDAY - MAYDAY - FIRST GMAT PREP! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! So I have a couple remarks: 1) Many people don''t do great on their first practice test right after studying. The second or third practice test usually goes better. 2) One of the reasons that the following tests go better is that you should have a better handle on the timing and because ...”
November 13, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to For MBA in IT, doed CFA level 1 help? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Dean, Generally, schools want to know two things when selecting MBA students: are you smart enough, and are you cool enough. Having passed the CFA level one helps a little with the are you smart enough question since the pass rate is only 35% or so, but I think most people only start talking ...”
November 12, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to A way to group GMAT questions on OG? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Have you looked at Manhattan GMAT''s organization of all of the math questions? At the end of their math books they reorganize all of the math questions by type (Odds/Evens, divisibility, etc...) For the verbal though I''m not sure Cheers Dan”
November 12, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 770(Q-51,V-46), IR-8- How an IIT Guy Cracked the GMAT! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi Megadeth, I''ll echo everyone else in saying Congrats! Just one quick question for you. What was your base score of the verbal section, that is your verbal score on your first practice test? Did most of your improvement come from the RC section? (I guess that''s two questions.) Thanks! ...”
August 2, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Am I ready to retake the GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Ok, but keep in mind that if you don''t change your test date 7 days before your test you''ll most likely have to pay the full price to move your test”
July 28, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Am I ready to retake the GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You should definitely go back and look at all of the questions that you did in your previous tests. To improve your weaknesses you mainly just have to just redo the questions that you''ve missed until you really understand the methodology and do more questions that are of the same type. That ...”
July 28, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Am I ready to retake the GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“After looking at your results a couple things stick out First- you''re spending too long on the SC questions. This is where you really need to perfect your skills so that you can save time for the RC and CR questions. Generally, you want to do SC questions in about 1 min. and 10 sec. on ...”
July 27, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Am I ready to retake the GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Galak, Readiness First, a couple questions for you. How much review/work have you been doing in between tests? What has been your study method? Have you saved all of the work that you''ve done on past questions? I think you are getting close, but I''m not sure that you''re quite ...”
July 27, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Rescheduling my GMAT appointment. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Emahmud, If you''re really far away from you''re target score you''re probably better off taking the test in August. Yes, the test is going to change, but the bulk of the test is going to stay the same. More importantly, the score out of 800 (which is what schools really care about) will be ...”
May 6, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Test Anxiety and Getting A Tutor: Advice Requested in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Rocky :) When was the last time that you took a practice test, and how many practice tests did you take before your last official GMAT ? What materials did you use to study? After having read the majority of the GMAT books out there I can tell you that they are not all created equal. If you ...”
March 13, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Review Methodology (help desperately needed!) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Ron is right that you shouldn''t just memorize a bunch of rules for verbal- especially in the critical reasoning. However, the SC section does have a ton of grammar rules that you must know. Not learning the SC grammar rules would be like trying to do exponent problems without know the exponent ...”
February 10, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Review Methodology (help desperately needed!) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again, I wouldn''t put off the SC book. There are a ton of SC rules to memorize, but one you get them down you''ll be able to answer the SC questions faster and with greater accuracy. This in turn will give you more time on to focus of the RC and CR leading to an even greater percentage of ...”
February 8, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Review Methodology (help desperately needed!) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Oxfordbound, Have you already done all of the OG questions by topic area once? In general I think that it''s best to go through all of the OG questions at least twice before worrying to much about practice tests. For me, I learned better by rotating through all of the subjects several ...”
February 7, 2012
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Best CAT's for the last few days in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again GB, Watch out for the accuracy of some practice tests. I don''t really know master GMAT, but I know that when I studied I took a practice test that gave me a score that was way off the mark ( I don''t want to mention it by name because of the no bad mouthing policy on BTG). ...”
December 7, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Can't break into the elite. Frustrated beyond belief. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Because taking the GMAT several times at that level tells a story. It is true that schools look at your top score, but they might also question why a student who already did well would spend his time taking the GMAT again when he could be doing more constructive things. I talked to an admissions ...”
December 6, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to needs some more practice questions in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Have you read the Manhattan GMAT SC book? I think it''s one of the best SC books on the market. Besides that, you can do the paper tests from MBA.com that cost $25 for three. The idioms have changed a little but otherwise the verbal questions are still pretty good. Also, make sure you really ...”
December 6, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Best CAT's for the last few days in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi GoBlue, The GMATPrep tests have over 1000 questions in them so you should take each test at least twice (for a total of four tests). These tests have the best questions as you probably know, but they have next to no analysis. Therefore, I would also take 1 other test some other time before the ...”
December 6, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Can't break into the elite. Frustrated beyond belief. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with ldiffen. I don''t think taking the exam another time is worth the time and the effort. Your time would be better spent writing great essays, which usually takes just as much effort as studying for the GMAT (if not more). I know it''s hard to let go when you know that you can do ...”
December 6, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to How can i improve my rc and cr?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Karteeksai, I wrote an article about each of these topics on my website. You can check them out at http://www.standardizedtests.org/content/how-approach-critical-reasoning-section and http://www.standardizedtests.org/content/how-get-get-better-reading-comprehension-section-gmat-or-gre ...”
September 11, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Practise Test ANXIETY!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Here''s what the founder of beatthegmat said in one of his previous posts http://www.beatthegmat.com/test-anxiety-t207.html "Another thing to consider: the GMAT isn''t that important. A high GMAT score or a low GMAT score will not determine your MBA admissions. Also, try to consider the ...”
August 27, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 760 on GMAT Prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Nice starting score! Going through the OG and the Verbal review will definitely be helpful, but you should probably also buy a Sentence correction book (Manhattan''s is pretty good). If you have time you might even want to go through a couple. If you get really good at SC you''ll be able to save ...”
August 16, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Best way to improve on reading comprehension in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, I wrote an article about this awhile ago at http://www.standardizedtests.org/content/reading-comprehension-gmatgre 1) Practice doesn''t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. So you have to practice correctly. 2) When practicing reading comprehension really focus on ...”
August 8, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to What should I study? Seeking Advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, When you''re scoring below 500 it''s a good idea to really cement the basics before you take a lot of tests. I think one of the best books for sentence correction is Manhattan GMAT''s SC book. Once you go through that (perhaps a couple times) you will surely see some improvement in your ...”
July 29, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to exam series in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I know that some people re-take the Manhattan series until they''ve used up all the 700 level questions, but besides that I''m not sure what to tell you.”
July 28, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to How to get to 99th percentile on Verbal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, I''m not sure I know of any right off the top of my head that you can get online. However, how is your SC speed and accuracy? If your spending longer than 1 minute and 10 seconds and getting less than 85% maybe you should work more on that section since I think it''s easier to improve in a ...”
July 25, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to exam series in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You should definitely do the GMATPREP tests from mba.com at least twice each for a total of four tests. After you take each of the tests on the program you''ll need to reset the program to retake the tests (but you''ll have almost all new questions). Cheers!”
July 23, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to hii in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, In the official guide you have all of the possible topics for the GMAT essays. Cheers Dan”
July 21, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to How to get to 99th percentile on Verbal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Hello Perhaps the biggest key to the verbal section is the sentence correction section. On average you should be spending 1 minute and 10 seconds per SC question. This allows you to spend a bit more time on the RC and CR which could make a big difference. The next time you take a practice ...”
July 20, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT PPREP practice tests. Help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! So you are correct in stating that GMAPprep doesn''t give explanations to the problems. However, if you type the first couple words into google you''ll find that all of the questions have been answered (by this website or others like Manhattan GMAT). Secondly, when you miss the questions ...”
July 19, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to When to take the GMAT Prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with David. Manhattan''s tests are really good if you want to analyze the test in certain ways like how much time you''re spending on each question type. However, GMATPREP has better questions in general. Therefore a balanced approach might be best if want to analyze the tests in a ...”
July 19, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Confused - OG Problems Immediately After Chapter? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“No problem. Remember though, the most important part is reviewing the questions that you''ve already done and working on your weaknesses. Don''t fall into the trap of just doing more and more questions without reviewing.”
July 18, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to When to take the GMAT Prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, Even though there are only two GMAT prep tests you can (and should) take each test at least twice. Therefore, you''ll end up taking four GMAT prep tests. When you take them exactly is up to you, but you should make sure that you do each test twice. One possibility would be to take 1 test ...”
July 18, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Confused - OG Problems Immediately After Chapter? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, Although I don''t teach for Manhattan GMAT, I sometimes have my students use buy some of their books. When I do, I almost always have them do the questions from the OG right after the chapter to help cement the information. Then I have them do the questions that they had problems with ...”
July 17, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to MGMAT - how reflective of GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, They''re usually pretty close when you''re scoring 600 and above. Manhattan teachers usually say you score around 20 points lower than your best Manhattan prep test score. Cheers Dan”
July 17, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Private Tutoring Question in the GMAT Strategy forum
“To echo the above, GMATtix.com has a lot of tutors listed on its site. However, they aren''t ranked so there is still that problem. One possible way around this problem is if you find some GMAT tutors that you think you like ask the tutors to talk his two last students. In general when a new ...”
July 17, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Anyone in Paris? in the Let's Meet Up forum
“Hello, I realize this post is old, but maybe my response will help people in the future. I''m a gmat tutor here in Paris, and if you contact me I might be able to help you form a group with one of my students (even if you don''t want my help). If you want help starting out though I provide the ...”
July 11, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to MBA Center vs Manhattan GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, I used to work for the MBA center in Paris and they''re ok. I''ve never taken classes with Manhattan GMAT but I think they have the best published books (and I''ve read a lot of GMAT books). I am now an independent private gmat tutor here in paris. Cheers!”
July 11, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Option B or Option D? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with Ian. In addition, and you might already know this, if you''re backsolving it''s good to start with either option B,C, or D. If you start with B then go to D next. Afterward you should know the answer If you start with C then you should go to either A or E depending on whether ...”
July 11, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Scored a 760, but very lopsided. Retake...? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hello! Congrats on the sweet score! As for your question- maybe you should ask someone in admissions at the schools you''re applying to. It''s worth a shot. With that said, only take the GMAT if you''re going to make a significant increase to you Math score, at least a 47 I would say. While ...”
July 11, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to working & preparing for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Manhattan GMAT has good quant books too. Also, a week and a half before the actual test you should take a GMAT prep test to see where you''re at. If you don''t get the score you want you should consider moving your test date back. Cheers Dan”
July 8, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to working & preparing for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! I wrote about working and studying at the same time in this post which you might find helpful- http://www.beatthegmat.com/working-professional-how-to-squeeze-in-study-time-t66950.html#360918 Also, have you taken a practice test yet? What''s your target score? What are you using to ...”
July 8, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Hello everyone from France in the Introductions forum
“Hello, What school are you going to go to?”
June 29, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT vs. GRE Revised in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! I wrote a fairly extensive article about the current GRE vs. GMAT on my website, and it is still relevant in some aspects for the new GRE. Since you''re applying to an MBA program it is likely that that GMAT is the better choice as stated by the above comments. However, for other people ...”
May 20, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Need Mock Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Beyond, the OG''s I''m not too sure what you should go over for the CR. However, working on the RC should help you with the CR section as well. You could try the Critical reasoning bible, but I haven''t read it myself (I had a good score on this section from the beginning so I didn''t work on it ...”
May 18, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Help with Probability and Permutation and Combination in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, To partly answer your second question, the average GMAT test has a little over one probability question per test. On my test, I remember having 1 probability question and one permutation question. In general, I advise my students to really get the other sections of the GMAT down before ...”
May 18, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Pl advise in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! What does that score come out to be in total? About a 600? The first thing that I would do is really work on SC. I''d get the Manhattan SC book and go through it a couples time while working on the SC questions from the OG. Once you can do 90% of the SC problems in 1 minute and 10 ...”
May 18, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Need Mock Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, Wow. That''s a lot of practice tests. So I have to quick points to make. First- doing tons of tests and problems is great, but at your level you really need to work on your weak areas. If you haven''t already go back over all of the tests and really find out what your weak points are. ...”
May 16, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Quant study tips to reach a 50 from 47. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, After going through all of the posts I thought that i would add my two cents. The first thing that I thought that I would highlight is that the OG math supplement (the green book) is not a waste of time. These questions are in every way just as good (if not slightly better) as those in the ...”
May 11, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to 15 Days left! Suggestions please in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, The key during the last week is review. Going back through all of the math problems, and all of the sentence correction questions that you had problems with (spent to long on, got wrong, had to guess on) is of upmost importance. It''s during your review that you really get a grasp of all ...”
May 2, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT vocabulary in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree that it''s a good idea to read business papers but make sure you don''t concentrate on them too much because the GMAT has reading passages that come from many different subject areas.”
April 29, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Working professional - How to squeeze in study time? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yeah, I guess you just have to move you job closer to you then :)”
April 29, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT vocabulary in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Those are both good choices :)”
April 28, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT vocabulary in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! I''m not sure studying vocabulary by itself is the best use of your time. Clearly, having a better vocabulary would be useful but I think the best thing for you to do is to practice reading and then look up all the words that you don''t know. If you were going to take the GRE I would say ...”
April 27, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to a good first complete test after a month's prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The Manhattan tests are pretty good, and so are the GMATPrep tests. If you think you''re still going to make a fair amount of improvement after this first test you can take the GMATPrep test first. However, if you don''t think you''re going to move you score up too much you may want to save the ...”
April 26, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to All over the place test score wise in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, What other preparation have you done? Have you analyzed the sections that are giving you trouble on the tests? In general, the GMATPrep tests are the most accurate.”
April 26, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Working professional - How to squeeze in study time? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Wow. How can you handle four hours of commute everyday? I would really consider doing the move if you can (although I''m not aware of all of your personal circumstances). If you can move closer to the office it will not only give you more time to study, but it will also improve your quality of ...”
April 25, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to When to take first practice test? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello again, All of the questions have been answered online and they usually have pretty good explanations. Just type in the first couple words of the problem in google and you should find the answer to the question.”
April 20, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Working professional - How to squeeze in study time? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello Usha! You''re right, it''s not easy for a lot of people which is why so few people make it to 700. However, the fact that you''re starting well in advance gives you a much better shot. So a couple tips that have worked for some of my students in the past have been 1) to study for the ...”
April 20, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to When to take first practice test? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great improvement! I just read your comments and noticed that you said that you want to do as many questions as possible. While doing a lot of questions is good, what is really important is the quality of your study. That is, you should make sure that you really review and learn from all the ...”
April 19, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to GMAT Prep test vs. Actual in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! Great job! A couple things to keep in mind though: Your score might be inflated if 1) you didn''t do the writing section. Even though the writing section isn''t included in the final 800 it is still the FIRST part of the test and therefore takes some of your mental energy. 2) ...”
April 19, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Manhattan GMAT Rental... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello, I''m not sure for your location but one thing that I will say is that you should buy at least one of their books so that way you can get the 6 online practice tests that come with it. Cheers”
April 18, 2011
Dan@VinciaPrep posted a reply to Kaplans vs. Actual in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hello! In the last couple of weeks a fair amount of your time should be spent on reviewing the material that you''ve already done (assuming that you''ve already done a enough work that it will take a couple weeks to review). Based on empirical evidence (student''s results) the most accurate ...”
April 18, 2011