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Are You Mentally Tough? Your B-School Preparation Requires It

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:31 +0000

Are You Mentally Tough? Your B-School Preparation Requires It

Like many MBAs who are naturally filled with ambition and competitiveness, I would love to be an elite athlete, but like so many of us mere mortals (MBA or otherwise), I am not.  I’m pretty good at some things (e.g., I love to get my yah-yahs out on the ski slopes, or tooling around at questionable speeds on my motorcycle), but when it comes to high-performance sports, I know I will never be a Michael Jordan or a Tom Brady.  However, a recent article from Scientific American caught my eye in its discussion of the notion concerning Mental Toughness, a concept described by, among others, sports psychologist James Loehrer, and I realized how applicable the concept is to that competitive sport known as taking the GMAT.

The article describes 12 key attributes of mental toughness, identified from a series of interviews with highly-accomplished athletes:

  1. Unshakeable self-belief in your ability
  2. ... Read full post

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Should You Consider Another Campus Visit?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:00:20 +0000

Should You Consider Another Campus Visit?

mbamission-2As admissions committees release decisions, many business school candidates suddenly find themselves with more than one option for the coming year. But how does one choose between two or more schools? If you cannot determine a definitive “winner” based on specific academic or professional criteria, you may now need to make a campus visit or, for some, another campus visit. We strongly advise those of you who have not yet had a chance to visit your target school(s) that you get to know the program(s) better before deciding where to invest two years and $100K or more in your graduate education. However, even if you have already visited your target campuses, this may be a good time for a second, more focused trip.

Many candidates go on marathon tours of business school campuses in the fall but have only a limited window in which to get to know each program ... Read full post

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High Level GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice: Analysis and Answers

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:30:37 +0000

High Level GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice: Analysis and Answers

GMAT van gogh 2We gave you a challenging series of GMAT Reading Comprehension tasks to work on in our last blog entry. Now that you’ve tried them out on your own (if you haven’t yet, pause now and take 10-20 minutes to do so), we’re going to walk through a full analysis of the passage and the practice questions. Here’s the passage once more for your reference.

GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice: The Passage

“Strange Bedfellows!” lamented the title of a recent letter to Museum News, in which a certain Harriet Sherman excoriated the National Gallery of Art in Washington for its handling of tickets to the much-ballyhooed “Van Gogh’s van Goghs” exhibit. A huge proportion of the 200,000 free tickets were snatched up by homeless opportunists in the dead of winter, who then scalped those tickets at $85 apiece to less hardy connoisseurs.

Yet, Sherman’s bedfellows are far from strange. Art, despite ... Read full post

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About the New GMAT

About an hour longer than the former GMAT, the new GMAT includes more complex question types, a new user interface, a different algorithm for adaptivity, and a revised scoring scale. Learn more about the test with these blog posts from our experts.
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GMAT Score Comparison by Country: U.S. comes in 54th

GMAT Score Comparison by Country: U.S. comes in 54th

Earth_the Blue MarbleMean GMAT scores are influenced by all sorts of factors and are, of course, derived from compiling scores significantly above, significantly below, and all points in between a plotted average. Plus, it is certainly worth noting the vast differences in the individual human beings that are submitting these scores. These folks undeniably come from extremely different educational histories and socio-economic statuses. Each person decides on his or her own level of preparation in order to achieve wildly different target scores relevant to wildly different admissions criteria. And the list of mitigating factors goes on and on. Nonetheless, comparing arithmetic mean GMAT scores from nation to nation tells an interesting if not complete story and raises at least a few novel questions.

The U.S. has long been criticized for an educational system that appears to be less than it ought to be considering the wealth of the nation. Arguably, the most ... Read full post

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MBA Admissions Decisions: A Fly on the Wall

MBA Admissions Decisions: A Fly on the Wall

housefly staringWe often write about the admissions process on this blog. After all, this is the #1 issue on the minds of the bulk of our readers since most of you are in the throes of preparing for the GMAT, which is a critical factor of a b-school application package. And, as I am are sure you can all appreciate by now, there is certainly much, much more beyond the just the GMAT in composing and submitting the strongest graduate school application possible.

While anyone can easily get a list of requirements for submission to an MBA program, the hard part is developing and polishing them. Yet, arguably, the hardest part might be the unknown. We nearly sweat blood developing applications and when we finally send them off, the process is taken completely out of our hands. We have no more control. We have no idea how our application will be ... Read full post

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GMAT Test Change Center

As of June 5, 2012, the GMAT has been revamped with the inclusion of the new Integrated Reasoning (IR) section. This version of the GMAT will require more study time and familiarity with new question types to achieve a high score. Kaplan courses include a dedicated session on Integrated Reasoning, and all 9 CATs included in the Kaplan GMAT program—including the Official Test Day Experience—contain a full-length, scored IR section.

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The Integrated Reasoning section contains four new, multi-step question types to master on top the five existing types in the Quant and Verbal sections. Integrated Reasoning also carries an additional score on which schools will evaluate candidates.

For all test takers, the addition of Integrated Reasoning means more hours of studying for an already rigorous test. Prior to the test change, top-scoring GMAT takers had to put in an average of 100 hours of prep ... Read full post

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Practice & Events

You know the old saying "practice makes perfect"? Well, it couldn't be more true when it comes to a high-stakes, standardized test like the GMAT. Kaplan offers many free GMAT practice opportunities online and in live events throughout the country. How will you do on the GMAT? Let's find out.

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Admissions Advice

How much weight should you give a school’s rank? What program will best suit your needs? Where are you most likely to be accepted? Trust Kaplan to provide the guidance you need to successfully navigate the entire admissions process—or any part of it.
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Should You Consider Another Campus Visit?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:00:20 +0000

Should You Consider Another Campus Visit?

mbamission-2As admissions committees release decisions, many business school candidates suddenly find themselves with more than one option for the coming year. But how does one choose between two or more schools? If you cannot determine a definitive “winner” based on specific academic or professional criteria, you may now need to make a campus visit or, for some, another campus visit. We strongly advise those of you who have not yet had a chance to visit your target school(s) that you get to know the program(s) better before deciding where to invest two years and $100K or more in your graduate education. However, even if you have already visited your target campuses, this may be a good time for a second, more focused trip.

Many candidates go on marathon tours of business school campuses in the fall but have only a limited window in which to get to know each program ... Read full post

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Should You Start a New Job Before First-Round Deadlines?

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:01 +0000

Should You Start a New Job Before First-Round Deadlines?

mbamission-2With approximately six months to go before first-round deadlines for the 2014–2015 MBA application season, many business school aspirants are considering ways they might enhance their candidacy. While candidates can take a variety of steps to accomplish this—from boosting their community and personal profiles, to pursuing additional classes, to reinvigorating relationships with potential recommenders—some even consider seeking a new position with a different firm or industry. Is this a good idea?

If you are contemplating such a move, the first thing to consider is your tenure at your current firm. If you have been with the company for less than one year, changing positions is generally unwise. MBA admissions committees tend to appreciate consistency and frown on what they perceive as opportunism. So, if you have had several positions in the past that you have held for approximately one year or less, staying put now and proving your commitment may ... Read full post

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Kaplan + mbaMission

Kaplan is pleased to partner with mbaMission. Your business school application is your ticket to a new and exciting phase of your life and career, so of course, you want it to be the best it can be. We will work with you on all aspects of your application, reducing your stress level and maximizing your chances of being admitted to the business school of your dreams.

Financial Aid

Gaining acceptance to your top-choice grad school program is great, but you still have to pay for it. Kaplan’s experts demystify the financial aid process and provide you with helpful tips and advice to unlock opportunities that can help pay for graduate school.

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Non-profit MBA subsidies

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:00:45 +0000

Non-profit MBA subsidies

Gemini 10_launch_time exposurePervasive stereotypes paint b-schoolers as unapologetic, ethics-be-damned capitalists arming themselves to cause yet another economic meltdown only to enrich themselves at the destitution of others. Yet, many MBAs truly do enter into graduate management programs with the expressed intention of using that education to drive positive change in the social and environmental sectors. These mission-driven individuals have a sober understanding that the salaries commensurate with such noble pursuits will very likely not justify the financial case for attending b-school in the first place. Despite income pragmatism, b-school graduates by the thousands seek out and accept government, social, and environmental sector jobs eager to apply the skills honed during MBA study.

The towering price of b-school along with all the associated expenses and, of course, the opportunity costs sum to an overwhelming invoice. For most, student loans are the only way to make graduate education possible and just as students get ... Read full post

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Financing Your Graduate School Education

No matter what you are planning to study in graduate school you need to figure out how you will pay for it. Watch this recording to learn how to navigate the financing process and understand your options for grants, scholarships and student loans.

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