Work/Rate/Time Problems on the GMAT

Posted by Alexander V. on 5/25/20 2:50 PM

For many people studying for the GMAT, Work/Rate/Time problems prove to be a particularly sore spot on the Quantitative Reasoning section. In this lesson, we will learn an efficient and effective way to tackle these problem types algebraically.

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Three Key Lessons from a Lifetime of Test Taking

Posted by James B. on 4/10/20 11:00 AM

As someone who’s spent over twenty years in school and is currently pursuing both MD and MPP degrees, I’ve taken my fair share of tests. For as long as I can remember, tests have been both milestones and gatekeepers. The first “high-stakes” tests I took were the SAT and ACT in preparation for college admissions. After many midterms and finals in college, I faced the MCAT for admission to medical school and the GRE for admission to public policy school. Since then, I have gone through three USMLE Step exams for my medical license and numerous finals during medical school. Along the way of taking all these tests, I settled on three strategies for success.

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How to Methodically Crack Tough “Primeness” Questions on the GMAT

Posted by Jonathan F. on 4/6/20 11:00 AM

Questions that ask you to determine if a number is prime are ubiquitous on the GMAT. You can expect to come across at least a few on exam day, so knowing how to quickly determine a number’s “primeness” will be necessary if you’re looking to break the 700 ceiling.

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GMAT Tip: Look for Dangling Modifiers!

Posted by Alexander V. on 4/3/20 11:00 AM

Trusting your ear can get you far, but knowing some key grammar rules gets you even farther!

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The GMAT was designed with you in mind

Posted by Patrick M. on 3/27/20 11:00 AM

According to the GMAC, the organization that administers the GMAT, the test is highly correlated to success in business school. Why would this be the case? Obviously, business school is going to involve little if any geometry. Timed meticulous editing of poorly-crafted run-on sentences is unlikely to come up on final exams. Obsessing over data sufficiency of positives and negatives (can it be zero?) will end on test day. The reason that these things are good predictors of success is because the qualities necessary to thrive on the test have very little to do with rote memorization of algebraic formulas but everything to do with problem solving, cumulative preparation, and peak performance. All three of these are necessary skills for success in business school.

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That Fine Line between Pure Algebra and Testing Numbers on the GMAT

Posted by Alexander V. on 3/20/20 11:00 AM

Pure Algebra is not the most efficient way to solve every problem!

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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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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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