How to Become a GMAT Natural

Posted by Joe S. on 3/19/18 5:53 PM

I've heard it all before.  GMAT test takers tell a variety of lies to themselves:

“I’m just a bad test taker.”

“You’re either good at these tests, or you’re not.”

False and false.

“Easy for you to say! My roommate barely did any practice tests and she got a 750!”

You guessed it, false. None of us came into this world knowing critical reasoning and sentence structure.

While intelligence plays a part, a winning psychology separates the “natural” from the “also-ran,” and the best way to develop a winning psychology is to actually win.

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How to Practice Reading for the SAT and ACT

Posted by Colleen on 3/14/18 6:15 PM

Many students either don’t get the scores that they are hoping for on the reading section or feel like they aren’t reading accurately enough or quickly enough. But how do you improve your reading? Let’s go through some strategies that can help you improve your reading speed and accuracy.

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Tags: SAT

An Overview of the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Posted by Aida on 3/12/18 11:07 PM

Now that you have taken most of the prerequisite courses for dental school, it is important to start thinking about taking the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). In this blog, I will be giving you some objective, important details about the test and also my own personal experience taking the DAT.

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How to Face Rejection: Reframing Failure to Help You Succeed

Posted by Alexa on 3/9/18 6:06 PM

Rejection hurts. In fact, experiences of rejection and physical pain provoke a similar physiological response. Some studies even suggest that acetaminophen eases the pain of rejection, just like physical pain. So, if not getting into your top school felt like a punch in the gut, now you know why. 

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Four Best Practices for Performing Case Interview Math: Part 2

Posted by Ryan Ripp on 3/7/18 6:09 PM

When we last left off in this series of Casing 101 blogs, we had structured a detailed framework that broke the problem into its unit-level variables and presented it to the interviewer (see link here). But this is just the beginning. From here the interview will move into a series of problem solving exercises including math problems, interpretation of complicated charts and exhibits, and brainstorming exercises. 

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Five Dos and Don'ts of LSAT Test Day

Posted by Caitlin on 3/5/18 5:11 PM

So LSAT test day is finally here. You’ve studied hard, you’ve taken practice tests, and now you are at the mercy of the test itself. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts (several of which I made myself!) to consider for test day:

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Tags: LSAT

Four ways for athletes to substantiate their candidacy in their medical school applicatons

Posted by Logan on 3/2/18 1:45 PM

Whether you are a high school senior trying to decide whether to play sports in college, or a collegiate athlete beginning to fill out your medical school application, this post is for you. 

When it comes down to it, admissions committees make their selections based off traits that they recognize tend to help students thrive through school and beyond. From the perspective of a four-year collegiate athlete, there are four big ways in which your athletic career will simultaneously help you get into and thrive in medical school, and four ways to apply them to your application. Read More

Tags: MD/PhD admissions

An Introduction To Enumeration Using Generating Functions

Posted by Yehonatan on 2/28/18 6:03 PM

In the year 1202, Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci published Liber Abaci (Book of Calculations). Though its most significant contribution was to bring to Europe the Hindu-Arabic number system that we all use today, it also contained a curious thought experiment about the reproductive patterns of rabbits, which gave rise to one of the most famous sequences in math that would entertain and tantalize generations of mathematicians to come.

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My essential strategy checklist on standardized tests

Posted by Ashwin on 2/26/18 7:00 PM

The way I teach standardized tests has been changed by a book I recently read: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. Ask any of my students over the past three months and they will be quick to tell you of my incessant and often repeated reminders of System 1 and System 2. So much so, that I’ve decided to write about it.

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3 Steps to Getting A Perfect Score on the LSAT's Reading Comprehension

Posted by Leonarda on 2/23/18 5:40 PM

So you're thinking about taking the LSAT, but you're scared of reading comprehension.  There's been a lot of talk about RC on the LSAT:

  • “I already read as well as I’m going to read so there’s nothing more I can really do.”
  • “I don’t have time to actually READ all of the passages, so I just skim.”
  • “I already do pretty well on this section, it’s the other sections I need to focus on.” 
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