Grad school standardized testing: To re-test or not to re-test?

Posted by Rahima on 2/14/20 11:00 AM

So you got your score back, and you’re not thrilled. What now?

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Don’t neglect reading comprehension

Posted by Alexander V. on 11/13/19 11:00 AM

Focus on weaknesses, but capitalize on strengths

The GMAT has no shortage of intimidating problem types. For many test takers, Data Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning alone are enough to induce heart palpitations. Understandably, many students focus on these very intricate, complicated question types - and rightfully so! It is no easy feat to break down a complicated argument or to determine precisely how much information is required to solve a complicated math problem.

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7 Essential Tips for ANY Standardized Test

Posted by Zoe Balaconis on 8/15/18 6:56 PM

Whether you’re applying to college, graduate school, law school, medical school, or even some jobs, standardized tests are often part of the process. They can be intimidating, long, arduous, and confusing, but with some practice, you’ll learn how to overcome any test-taking anxiety and stay focused. Here are a few tips and tricks for going into a test calm and prepared.

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Tags: study skills, LSAT, test anxiety, ACT, GMAT, SAT, MCAT, PSAT

Next Month's Major Change to the GMAT

Posted by Greg on 6/21/17 5:50 PM

Last week, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) announced a big change to the format of the exam -- effective July 11, test-takers will be able to exercise some optionality over the order in which they’ll take the sections.  

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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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Tags: study skills, GMAT, GRE

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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Tags: GMAT, GRE, business

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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Tags: study skills, MBA admissions, GMAT