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High Level GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:45:45 +0000

High Level GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice

GMAT reading comprehensionWe’ve recently discussed GMAT Reading Comprehension question types and patterns in detail, so it’s time to try your hand at identifying question types and answering some difficult practice questions.

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 connoiseurs.

Yet, Sherman’s bedfellows are far from strange. Art, despite its religious and magical origins, very soon became a commercial venture. From bourgeois patrons funding art they barely understood in order to share their protegee’s prestige, to museum curators stage-managing the cult of artists in order ... Read full post

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GMAT Stress Management: Improve Your Performance

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:14:46 +0000

GMAT Stress Management: Improve Your Performance

Last time I talked about anticipation stress and how it can impede your preparation for the GMAT. Keep working on conquering that kind of stress.

Now, let’s talk about the other type of stress that I mentioned in my previous blog entry – test day/performance stress. On test day, there is a chance that you might experience one of the following situations:

  1. Getting stuck on a question
  2. Losing focus
  3. Starting to panic

What to do if you get stuck on a question

If you get stuck on a question, don’t spend an unnecessary amount of time on it.  Think about employing a guessing strategy and move on.  Good test takers realize that everyone misses a point here or there – they have to get the MOST points, not all the points. After about 2 minutes of work on a question, if you haven’t yet reached an answer, it’s a good ... Read full post

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GMAT Stress Management: Anticipation Stress

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:17:23 +0000

GMAT Stress Management: Anticipation Stress

Are you dealing with any of these potentially stressful situations?

1) Paying on student loans
2) Trying to secure an impressive job
3) Making time to network with friends
4) Attempting to date in the Google Glass world

You get the idea. Now, you want to go to business school and all the admissions officers and literature talk about how important the GMAT is for successful applications.

Did you need any more stress?

The Benefits of Stress

Stress can be a good thing: Stress produces adrenaline which can help increase concentration and focus your mind. On the other end of this, however, adrenaline can cause an increase in anxiety, sweaty palms, nervous ticks, and nausea. You are going to have adrenaline when you take the test – you MUST learn to control and use it to increase your score. Stress management is part of your GMAT prep strategy.

Think about ... 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 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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GMAT Data Sufficiency Tips: A Breakdown

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:30:23 +0000

GMAT Data Sufficiency Tips: A Breakdown

Rubiks cube_dismantledData Sufficiency (DS) questions are unique to the GMAT. When first encountered they are cumbersome, confusing, and generally frustrating. Admittedly, Data Sufficiency questions often remain cumbersome, confusing, and generally frustrating, but such is the nature of the GMAT. After all, the better you do, the harder the test gets! However, thorough understanding of the characteristics and attributes of these questions coupled with a proven method of attack will allow you to handle just about anything the GMAT has to offer. In this blog entry, I will offer some GMAT Data Sufficiency tips to help you master this challenging question type.

The prescribed task for Data Sufficiency questions is straightforward enough: based on provided information, determine whether a posed question can be answered. The structure of these questions is unwaveringly consistent: a question is asked, two statements of additional information are provided, and the five answer choices that follow are always ... 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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