Top Things to Study for on the ACT

With that in mind, this post will cover some of the most commonly overlooked areas. Caveat: The following list is not a comprehensive guide to the topics on the ACT. Instead, it’s an explanation of those topics that tend to ‘fall through the cracks’ when it comes to studying. Take a look at these subjects, and make sure to give them their due time and attention during your study sessions! English: Punctuation and Grammar Ah yes, punctuation and grammar! Two things most English speakers seem to struggle with at one point or another. The absolute bane of many students’ (test-taking) existence, these topics can make or break your English Test score. My advice: Download a copy of The Elements of

Strategies and Tips for the Computer-delivered GRE® General Test

Preparation for the test will depend on the amount of time you have available and your personal preferences for how to prepare. At a minimum, before you take the computer-delivered GRE® General Test, you should know what to expect from the test, including the administrative procedures, types of questions and directions, approximate number of questions and amount of time for each section. The administrative procedures include registration and appointment scheduling, date, time, test center location, cost, score-reporting procedures and availability of special testing arrangements. You can find out about the administrative procedures for the General Test on this website and in the GRE® Informa

How Long Should You Study for the GMAT? -- A simple guide

Whether it’s your first exam or third, a bit of anxiety usually accompanies officially registering for the GMAT. No longer is taking the exam just an idea or something you need to do in the future; it’s a set date on the calendar, and the clock is ticking. You may wonder if you allowed enough time to study, especially if you’re trying to receive your official scores before an application deadline. The GMAT is not a test that you can cram for, and a well executed study plan will go a long way in determining how well you do on exam day. So how much time is enough to thoroughly prepare for the exam? How to determine the right amount of GMAT prep The answer will vary from person to person base

Questions to Ask on a College Visit

One of the best ways to learn more about colleges is to visit their campuses. When you're on a college campus, our advice is to slow down and ask a lot of questions. Ideally, you'll want to talk with more than just the admission staff. Stop a few students during your stay and ask them what they like and don't like about their school. If you can talk to a professor or two, even better. To make the most of your college visit, here are some questions that we'd recommend that you ask: Academics —How much time do students typically spend on homework? —How much writing and reading are expected? —What is the average class size of introductory classes? —How widely used are teaching assistants on you

Why Banks Are Losing the Battle for MBA Talent

More M.B.A. graduates are choosing jobs in technology and consulting even as banks jack up starting salaries, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. Financial services last year slipped below consulting as the top destination for grads from the U.S.’s top 10 masters in business administration programs as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Tech firms are fast catching up on banks in terms of popularity. The share of full-time M.B.A. graduates from the top 10 business schools accepting jobs at financial-services firms dropped between 2012 and 2017 from 36% to 26%, based on a weighted average calculated by the Journal. The share accepting jobs in technology rose from 13% to 20% in the same peri

Experts Explain: A Classic GMAT Problem Solving Question

Want to learn how the best GMAT takers solve GMAT questions? In our Experts Explain series, tutors from Prep4GMAT’s tutor marketplace show you how to tackle GMAT questions like a pro. Today, John Easter, a tutor with 15 years of test prep experience and a 99th percentile score on the GMAT breaks down a standard problem solving question. John has helped many students push past the 700 mark or improve in one part of the test to boost their overall boost. Many of his students have gone on to Northwestern or Booth for their MBAs. Check him out on the app or on his website. Here’s a GMAT classic! For how many positive integer values of is a factor of ? (A) 11 (B) 12 (C) 13 (D) 14 (E) 15 Spoiler

SAT Question of the Day

One Question a Day, Zero Excuses Make practice part of your routine—any place, any time. Answer a question a day on the Daily Practice for the New SAT app and get immediate feedback. The free app makes it easy to: Answer an exclusive, official reading, writing and language, or math question. Reveal a hint if you’re stuck. Read answer explanations and learn from your mistakes. Keep at it—daily practice can only sharpen your skills

GMAC Research Chart of the Month: Candidate Decision-Making Timeline

Timing is everything. It’s not enough to have a compelling messaging to share with your prospective students. To have the desired impact, the message needs to be delivered at the right point in their decision-making timeline. This is the focus of our Chart of the Month for June. As a part of the Prospective Students Survey, last year we asked nearly 10,000 about the timing of important decision-making milestones on their journey to business school. Understanding when the average candidate makes these decisions can help optimize the timing of your messaging. Displayed in this month’s chart is the average timeline of candidates considering a full-time two-year MBA. On average, candidat

4 Questions You Must Consider with Dual MBA Degrees

An MBA degree is valuable on its own, especially as MBAs continue to see a lucrative return on investment for their time in b-school. But, an MBA degree is like French Fries, it goes well with almost anything. Dual or joint degrees can help b-school hopefuls bridge industries in their future careers and enhance their skills on multiple fronts. Many schools offer MBA degrees concurrently with degrees in medicine, law, and education, but the possibilities range from dual degrees in public policy, health, or administration, to engineering or international relations. If you’re considering pursuing an MBA alongside another graduate or professional degree, keep the following four questions in mi

Critical math formulas that you must know for the SAT

The SAT math test is unlike any math test you’ve taken before. It’s designed to take concepts you’re used to and make you apply them in new (and often strange) ways. It’s tricky, but with attention to detail and knowledge of the basic formulas and concepts covered by the test, you can improve your score. This is exactly what you'll see at the beginning of both math sections (the calculator and no calculator section). It can be easy to look right past it, so familiarize yourself with the formulas now to avoid wasting time on test day. You are given 12 formulas on the test itself and three geometry laws. It can be helpful and save you time and effort to memorize the given formulas, but it is u

Everybody has the right to a higher education

Two higher-education associations released statements on Wednesday opposing the U.S. State Department’s move to limit the length of student visas for some Chinese citizens. The planned directive, as reported by news outlets such as Bloomberg News and The New York Times, means that the time allotted in the United States would be reduced for some Chinese citizens, and would be applied on an individual basis. The changes were part of a White House attempt to combat the alleged theft of American intellectual property by China. The maximum amount of time given to Chinese student-visa holders is still five years, Bloomberg reported. Consular officers can now also limit or reduce the amount of time

3 Simple Rules to Spot Noun Modifier Errors on Sentence Correction

A noun modifier can be a word, phrase, or even a clause that precedes or follows a noun and provides extra information about it. Sentences are often peppered with them because they help flesh out a sentence by providing interesting or important details. Not surprisingly, noun modifiers crop up frequently on Sentence Correction questions. In the following sentence, the noun modifiers have been underlined and the nouns they modify are in bold. Though they look cute, bears have sharp teeth and will kill if provoked. The sentence begins with a clause that modifies the noun bear, and later the adjective modifies the noun teeth. It’s not important for you to be able to name the type of noun modifi

Question of the Day: Data Sufficiency #1

This data sufficiency problem consists of a question and two statements, labeled (1) and (2), in which certain data are given. You have to decide whether the data given in the statements are sufficient for answering the question. Bill went shopping for fruits and vegetables. He purchased a number of potatoes, onions, and lemons in a ratio of 1 : 3 : 5, respectively. How many potatoes did Bill buy? (1) Bill bought a total of 27 potatoes, onions, and lemons (2) Bill bought 9 onions Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statem

3 Data Sufficiency Shortcuts for Quick Points

After reading the question stem of a data sufficiency question, you choose one statement, determine if it’s sufficient to answer the question asked, and then do the same for the other statement. Only after evaluating both statements separately do you consider them together – that is if you haven’t already determined the answer to be (A) or (D). However, by looking at both statements you can sometimes eliminate a few answer choices right away. These shortcuts occur when the statements contain identical or repeated information, and if you know what to look for, you can save time and increase your chances of selecting the correct answer. Let’s look at three such examples. The statements are ide

How to Show Your Leadership Potential in Your MBA Application

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? One key problem that I noticed over and over again while working in MBA admissions, and as I’ve coached and mentored MBA applicants, is that most candidates undermine their candidacy by belittling what they bring to the table. In other words, too many candidates fail to genuinely acknowledge what they bring to the table under the unfortunate misconception that it’s not impressive enough. There is no truer example of this than candidates’ tendency to feel that they have no demonstrable leadership skills, and no examples to reference to showcase their leadership potential. We all know that every top program touts that they’re looking to create future b

3 Better Ways to Solve GMAT Problem Solving Questions

Today’s post comes from Eliza Chute who has been tutoring both the GMAT and the LSAT for over a year, in addition to running a GMAT prep website with course comparisons and study advice. She will be starting her JD/MBA next fall at NYU through the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business. Prior to her tutoring career, Eliza spent several years in Southeast Asia training local activists and entrepreneurs on human rights, environmental studies and social entrepreneurship. If you are looking at a problem solving question and thinking about tackling it in a long, roundabout way, then you are probably looking at it wrong. The questions are written in such a way that it seems like there is

How to study for the GMAT as efficiently as possible

Most aspiring MBAs aren’t eager to spend 50+ hours pouring over practice problems and drilling themselves on basic grammar. But such is the reality when you’re studying for the GMAT. Many applicants are studying for the GMAT while working full time, and when you combine long work hours and a busy personal life, GMAT study sessions can be few and far between. When you do sit down with your GMAT study materials, you need to make sure you’re using your time as efficiently as possible. Find out the right time and place. After years of schooling, you’ve probably figured out that you can’t text and study at the same time. If you’re trying to have a marathon study session, turn off the distractions

How Many MBA Programs Should I Apply To?

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as you approach the MBA admissions process is choosing where you’ll apply. In this blog I want to provide some of my best advice on selecting the programs you’ll be applying to. Apply to 5-6 MBA Programs I typically encourage most MBA candidates to apply to five or six schools. That way, you can apply to a range of schools with varying levels of selectivity: Apply to two “reach schools” (where your scores are below the schools’ averages), two “good chance schools” (where you have a solid chance of admission, given a high application quality), and one to two “safety schools.” Apply as Early as Possible (While Ensuring Quality) Strategically-spea

Why Is the GRE Test So Hard?

For first time test takers, the GRE seems like a test of academic content. But when you dive deeper you realize the GRE is really a test of three main areas: How you handle test day pressure How you handle test timing How you handle your emotions under pressure In reality, the GRE tests high school-level topics, with questions on simple concepts like geometry, factors, and exponents in the math section, and basic English grammar rules like subject-verb-agreement or tenses. There’s nothing to be intimidated about. The GRE is not a test of how well you understand business concepts, micro or macro economics, banking, consulting, or entrepreneurship. It does not measure your business savvy, EQ,

Can I Still Get Into Business School With a Low GMAT Score?

In the 7+ years I've been working with MBA applicants, the number one concern I hear from candidates has to do with their chances of success getting into a great school with a lower-than-average GMAT (or GRE) score. So let's get straight to it: Does a lower than preferred GMAT score mean you won't get into a top business school? In short: No, not necessarily. First, remember than a school’s average GMAT score is just that: An average. This means, of course, that a significant number of accepted candidates score BELOW the school’s average. So if you’re just a few points below a school’s average GMAT test score, don’t fret. Remember that your test scores (and your undergrad GPA) are basically

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