When should I guess on the GMAT?

Posted by Nick S on 1/13/17 6:04 PM

If you’re thinking about taking the GMAT and going to business school, chances are you’ve already taken hundreds of written tests throughout your career. Some of them were probably standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, and others might have been in your high school and college classes. Most likely, those tests involved sitting down and answering a set list of questions that your teacher or professor created beforehand; everyone in the class got the same set of questions, and scores were determined based on the share of questions each student answered correctly.

The GMAT is different. Not only is it on a computer, but also it’s adaptive, meaning it adapts the questions you receive based on how it perceives your ability. If you are answering easy questions correctly, for example, the computer will start feeding you harder questions to see if you can handle them. Conversely, if you’re answering very hard questions incorrectly, you may start to see easier questions come up. 

Beating the adaptive system requires building a strategy that fits your strengths and weaknesses. It also means figuring out when to guess.  

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The Universal Standardized Test Taking Strategy: Know the Policy

Posted by Greg on 10/28/16 5:08 PM

This week, one of our Master level tutors shares the most commonly forgotten test taking strategy: know the testing policy. Greg's anecdote sheds light on the responsibility of the student and the tutor to learn the policies of the test, and understand what motivates test policy changes.

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The Three Essential Factors that Contribute to GMAT Success

Posted by David S. on 6/20/16 9:30 AM

The GMAT: Why Test Strategy Matters

Test day is the culmination of your efforts, where you reap the rewards of all the nights and weekends you spent studying. Finally, you can put the GMAT exam behind you and focus on your essays knowing that you have positioned yourself to succeed. Unfortunately for some, everything doesn’t always go as planned, and instead of hitting their goal score they fall short. For many people, this is as a result of test day factors, not due to lack of studying. This guide will help you eliminate internal and external influences that may prevent you from achieving your best score.

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Three GMAT Study Tips from a Master

Posted by Weike Wang on 6/10/16 9:30 AM

The GMAT can be a hard test to conquer.  One of the main reasons for this is that the GMAT math is probably the most challenging out of all the standardized tests. 

Lucky for you, the GMAT test writers are nice.  They provide students with an abundance of materials.  If you don't believe me, go onto the official website and see.  There are official books, supplementary books, questions packs, four different official tests, IR section banks, and more questions packs. 

They really want you, the test taker, to know what's coming!  And that, in my opinion, is the most considerate thing a test maker can do.  Don’t let the plethora of resources intimidate you - it's a good thing! Much better to have more practice than less, though it can seem overwhelming at times. So many questions!  So many chances to get things wrong!  And sometimes it can be discouraging when ten questions in a row don’t go according to plan.  As you begin to study for the GMAT, the task at hand can seem far too overwhelming.  Stick to these three essential tips, though, and you'll get much closer to acing the test!

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Five Key Strategies: GMAT and GRE

Posted by Ben B. on 5/9/16 9:30 AM

Whether you're deciding to take the GMAT or the GRE, or you're merely weeks away from your test day, it is easy to get caught up in the tedious bits of advice that every blog, manual, and friend has to offer.  These five key strategies will help ground your long-term testing goals:

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A Comprehensive Guide to GMAT Preparation

Posted by Weike Wang on 5/6/16 9:00 AM

If you want to ace the GMAT to crown your MBA applications, you'll need to put in some serious time and preparation.  In this blog post, read about ways Weike--one of our Master tutors and admissions coaches--prepares her students to slam the exam.

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GMAT Tutoring Approaches with Graham, GMAT tutor

Posted by Graham VS on 2/10/16 9:00 AM

Meet Graham Van Schaik!

This week we're spotlighting Graham, a member of our GMAT tutor team. Graham graduated from MIT in 2012 with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Graham completed multiple internships with boutique investment banking firms, spent a year developing the curriculum of his own Math and Science Camp in his home state of South Carolina, and is eager to help students prepare for the SAT, PSAT, AP, and GMAT. He is currently in his 3rd year of Medical School at Vanderbilt, and will begin MBA studies at Harvard Business School in the fall of 2016. 

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GMAT Tutoring Approaches with Greg, Boston-based tutor

Posted by Kening Zhu on 1/15/16 9:30 AM

Meet Greg, Boston-based GMAT tutor!

This week we're spotlighting Boston-based GMAT tutor, Greg, who graduated with an MBA from MIT Sloan. He’s taught the GMAT extensively, as well as academic subjects such as Calculus, Statistics, Economics. He was an Intelligence Officer in the US Navy, and is currently working on a startup.

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GMAT Tips to Finally Get Over That Plateau!

Posted by Maryam Amr on 8/28/15 11:00 AM

Have you reached a plateau?  These GMAT tips might be just what you need!

You’ve been studying for months and it seemed to be paying off at first.  You watched your practice GMAT test scores jump by 50, then 100, then maybe even 150 points, but you’re still short of the score you need to get into your dream MBA program.  Now, your projected score has reached a plateau and you’re understandably frustrated.  Don’t be!  Plateaus are fairly normal, and our GMAT Tips will help you figure it out if there's any room for improvement.  

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Does the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section Really Matter?

Posted by Maryam Amr on 8/5/15 11:00 AM

If only the questions were this obvious...

The short answer?  Yes and No.  It depends on what types of school you’d like to be admitted to, how much time you have to study for the exam, and what you want to do after business school.  That said, the GMAT Integratd Reasoning section is definitely not as important as the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the exam.

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