GMAT Idioms for Non-Native Speakers

Idioms can be one of the most difficult topics for native speakers and non-native speakers alike. But just like every other question on the GMAT, idiom questions can be approached strategically. Before the GMAT Don’t worry too much about more “creative” idioms. The GMAT doesn’t spend much time testing your knowledge of phrases like “below the belt” and “having his hands full.” Most GMAT questions will focus on your ability to use very common idioms like “considered to be” and “as good as.” Of course, just because GMAT idioms tend to be common doesn’t mean that they make sense. Read as much “GMAT English” as you can. Publications like The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, an

Explore Top MBA and Grad Programs Using The Ready4 School Matcher

If you don't already know, the Ready4 app allows its students to browse MBA and grad programs around the globe. Within each school’s profile, you can see the school’s average GMAT or GRE score and undergraduate GPA, the number of students in the program, and the acceptance rate. We also show you how many points you are from reaching each school’s average score based on your estimated score within the app. You can add a school to your list by tapping the search bar at the top of the screen and typing the name. If you’re looking for MIT, you can search by typing “Sloan,” “Massachusetts,” or “MIT.” If your school isn’t one of the hundreds listed in the app already, you can tap the “add your sch

GMAT by the Numbers

As a b-school applicant and future MBA, your life is already, or certainly will be, ruled by numbers. Between average GMAT score and average starting salaries, we thought we’d lighten the mood with some lesser known numbers: 620 – The average GMAT score for physics majors, the highest of all undergraduate majors. Remember that you do not have to be a business major to be a competitive b-school candidate — nearly half of all GMAT test-takers come from other backgrounds. 547.35 – The mean GMAT score for the nearly 800K test-takers that took the exam from 2011-2013, putting the “average” test-taker in the 42nd percentile. (GMAT tip: the test is much more competitive than the SAT or ACT, which d

GMAT Troubleshooting: High Math, Low Verbal

Every student has strengths and weaknesses. Some students sail through the math section but have far more difficulty when it comes to the verbal section. It’s disheartening to see a score report that places you in the 90th percentile for quant and the 40th percentile for verbal. This problem is especially common for non-native English speakers, many of whom are well-versed when it comes to answering questions on parallel lines but struggle when it comes to maintaining parallelism. If you’re one of these students, it makes sense to spend the majority of your prep time focused on verbal. Here are a few tips on how to pull up your verbal score for a better overall score. 1. Take Advantage of Fl

ACT Science Strategies to Save You Time

There are several strategies which will help you to finish the ACT science section in 35 minutes. You might have already heard of some of these – I’ve trawled through the internet, books and even come up with some of these ACT Science strategies myself. More importantly, I’ve tested these out with real students to see which ones work for them. I think there are 3 categories of ACT Science strategies – those that help you keep track of time, those that help you save time, and unfortunately, some really bad strategies that are based on misconceptions about the test. I’ll take you through all of these, and explain which ones you should use. The most important thing about timing strategies is th

7 Things to Do When You Can’t Visit Your Target Schools

Though we always encourage students to visit the schools to which they’re applying, sometimes real life gets in the way. This is especially true for international students, for whom an international flight isn’t always feasible. However, whether it’s distance, time, or money that makes it difficult to visit a school, don’t get discouraged. There are some alternatives that will help you make sure you’re making the right choice and getting a good feel for your chosen school. 1. Make sure they have your contact info When visiting in-person, admissions offices will ask for your contact information. Though it seems fairly obvious, it’s often quite common for students to not make direct contact wi

7 Resources for ESL GMAT Test Takers

The GMAT can be intimidating for anyone: there’s the high-stakes of business school admissions, the computer-adaptive format, and not to mention, the math you haven’t visited since high school. And, if English isn’t your first language, you also have complex sentence structures and unfamiliar words and concepts to contend with. Actually, that’s challenging for everyone. Read on for our top seven tips for GMAT domination for ESL students. 1. Surround yourself with English everything As much as you have access to, watch English language news, television, and movies. You can “train” your ear to recognize correct sentence patterns, word meanings, and charges. There are many free avenues to hear

Maybe You Should Take the GRE

Even with the big three, Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton all accepting the GRE on par with the GMAT, rumors and conjecture about which test is preferred by admissions committees run rampant. The truth is, you should choose the test that reflects your abilities best while also filling in the blanks on ability that isn’t necessarily reflected in your past course work or work experience. We know the GMAT was the gold standard for many years and we understand the reluctance to stray from the tried-and-true, but here are a few great reasons to take the GRE for b-school admissions. 1. If you’re still deciding between an MBA and another graduate program Be

3 Ways to Increase Your GMAT Verbal Score that Don’t Require Studying

Imagine the following scenario, You’ve prepared thoroughly for the GMAT, studying over the span of months and building confidence in Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension, areas that originally gave you trouble. You know you’ve done the work needed to get the high score you want. However, on test day, when you finally receive your score after an exhausting four hours of answering question after question, your heart drops at the sight of verbal score much lower than you expected. How did this happen, especially after all the work you put into studying for the Verbal section? If this situation sounds familiar, the problem may not be a question of your grasp of the material or how much

GMAT vs. GRE? What the top business schools are saying:

According to a recent survey by Kaplan, 85 percent of MBA programs now accept GRE scores as the standardized test component on their applications. This represents a dramatic increase from five years ago when only 24 percent of programs accepted the exam. It’s now clear that the GRE is here to stay, but what’s been less clear is how business schools view the exam. Most admission consultants will tell you that despite the widespread adoption of the GRE, business schools still prefer applicants who take the GMAT. In the more than 50 years that the GMAT has been the required entrance exam for business school, programs have built an understanding of how GMAT scores correlate to student success du

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