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Test tips from leading prep firms for applicants studying for the GMAT.  If you know your strengths and weaknesses, browse by test section: AWA, Quant and Verbal.

Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 by

New GMAC Report: Is the GMAT Getting Easier?

Is the GMAT getting easier? That’s the question that the Graduate Management Admission’s Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate management schools, set out to answer in their recent market intelligence report: The GMAT Exam Is Not Getting Easier: The Fallacy of Score Increases and the Impact of Score... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 by

GMAT Tip: Consider Algebra, not Arithmetic

Many test takers fail to make the connection between not being permitted to use a calculator on the quantitative section of the GMAT and, well, not making intensive, calculator-required calculations. The reality is, when you are working through a question and think a calculator is needed and/or there is some... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 by

Four Easy Steps to Improve Your Test Scores from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

Sponsored Content Your performance on the GMAT or GRE is an important indication of potential success in a rigorous graduate program. As such, you’ll spend weeks, or even months, preparing for your entrance exam. And despite all that preparation, mistakes are inevitable. There are, however, ways to minimize mistakes. Consider... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 by

GMAT Tip: What Makes Difficult Verbal, Well, Difficult?

Sometimes we overhear students claiming that there is “no way” a Sentence Correction question would appear in 700-level difficult verbal questions. It is “just grammar” and difficult verbal questions could only be something like Critical Reasoning with really difficult logic you have to decipher, right? Wrong. The GMAT has a... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 by

GMAT Tip: Pay Close(r) Attention to the Words

Most test takers don’t give Word Problems enough credit – simple words with simple calculations, right? The reality is that the GMAT tosses in word problems when they hope you are not paying close attention, like when you figure you’ve got it in the bag for a 700 or you... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 by

GMAT Tip: Keep Shaving Those Seconds…with confidence!

Last week we covered the importance of saving time on quantitative questions, particularly problem solving questions, in order to be able to reapply seconds to the harder questions or those that require a recheck. Quick preface – this doesn’t mean you should be rushing through 500 and 600 level problems... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 by

GMAT Tip: Shaved Seconds Add Up

When working through GMAT Quantitative problems, at times some students will comment, “well, I solved this problem this way, so that’s fine right???” Totally. As we’ve covered in quite a few posts, there are always several different ways to get to the correct answer for a problem solving or data... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 3, 2017 by

GMAT Tip: Keep the Concept in Mind

GMAT Quantitative questions can be difficult because of how questions are worded, relationships that have to be identified, and moves in logic that produce the right answer. But, sometimes, a quantitative question is difficult simply because you’re being tested on the same concept over and over again, and they’re hoping... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 27, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Let It Cancel Out

When faced with Geometry problems with variables, many test takers will approach the question with fear, believing they are forgetting some obscure geometric rule that is the only path towards a correct answer. In reality, as we’ve covered in a few past posts, the understanding required to do well on... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 20, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Assumption without Negation

Quick recap: we typically see four different question types on the GMAT – Strengthen, Weaken, Assumption, and Method of Reasoning. Many students find the assumption questions to be one of the toughest nuts to crack because of how difficult it is to discern what type of logic the author uses... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 13, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Precarious Prepositions

When offering up strategy for sentence correction questions, we often talk about “decision points” – understanding what type of error is being tested and what subtle changes exist between multiple-choice selections. One of the most common questions we see from students is “shouldn’t the answer be ______, because the subject... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Wait, the GRE, too?

In our last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) we’ve covered overlaps between the GMAT and GRE for those students who find themselves in the situation of requiring both exams for dual degree programs. In this post, we’ll address how to dominate all things essays. First and foremost –... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Wait, I need the GRE, too? (Part 2)

In our last post, we talked about the unique situation some of our test takers find themselves in – needing both a GMAT and GRE score for dual Master’s and MBA programs. Many of these test takers stress out a great deal, imagining that they need to go through the... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 22, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Wait, I Need the GRE, Too?

When seeking out a dual MBA and Master’s program, many students are surprised to find they need to submit both GRE and GMAT test scores. “But wait, I already took the GMAT? And now I have to study for another exam!?!” No need to worry. Students often decide to take... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: You’re right, the questions do get easier!

The Reading Comprehension section can be less tangible for test takers, because we don’t have the opportunity to practice the exact concept being tested in the same way as the quantitative section. The feedback we often hear is “fortunately, the passages were easy for me” or “I had no idea what... Read more »

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