Improve Your GMAT Score – What Are Idioms and Why Are They So Tough?

March 12, 2013 in GMAT Scores, New GMAT

The GMAT consists of some rather gnarly questions in the verbal section of the exam. For example, critical reasoning questions cause great trouble for those who struggle with formal logic, while sentence correction and reading comprehension and sentence correction problems can create more issues for students who have learned English as a second language. The real key in this case is to know your weaknesses and minimize them on the exam by practicing all of […]

Grammar Crammer: Sequence of Tenses

January 13, 2013 in New GMAT, Uncategorized

You may not realize how important the sequence of tenses is. Tenses help us differentiate when and how things happen. Has something already happened, is it currently happening, or will it happen in the future? Will it happen before a certain event, or after? This information is important; a few words can make a significant difference.  Consider these two sentences, “He won a million dollars” versus “He had won a million dollars.” Or this perhaps, […]

Integrated Reasoning Provides Added GMAT Security

July 19, 2012 in New GMAT

As you already know by now, the Integrated Reasoning section question formats are wildly different from either the verbal or quantitative reasoning sections.  The most-commonly stated reason for these bizarre question formats has been to test higher order reasoning and analytical skills, but there is another, more basic reason: security. The GMAC is mainly concerned with two types of cheating: people taking the test under multiple names, and “live” questions (problems currently in the GMAT […]

Integrated Reasoning Section: How will business schools use this section?

May 30, 2012 in New GMAT

Based on several conversations with business school admissions officers, we do not believe the integrated reasoning section will be a huge factor in business school admissions this coming year (2012-2013).  Most of the schools we spoke to were still unsure about how they would use the scores in the admissions process because there is currently no available data on the correlation between the integrated reasoning score and business school performance.   Since the integrated reasoning […]

UNC – Chapel Hill: Tips from the Admissions Office

May 18, 2012 in GMAT Scores, GMAT vs. GRE, New GMAT, School Profiles, Tips from the Admissions Office

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School  We spoke with Admissions Director Sherry Wallace about advice she had for applicants to the Kenan-Flagler Business School.  Here is what she said.   Q: What makes a candidate stand out? A: “There are a couple things to consider.  First, everything we require is in there for a reason, so we really do examine each of those components because each thing is bringing some different […]

Integrated Reasoning Section: Is it Relevant?

May 14, 2012 in New GMAT

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) had nearly 8,000 test-takers take experimental Integrated Reasoning sections at the end of the regular GMAT exam from January 3-12, 2012.  Over 1,200 of these test-takers answered a short survey about the section.  Here is what the test-takers said: Integrated Reasoning is extremely relevant. The survey asked whether the skills measured in the Integrated Reasoning section were relevant to graduate management education (possible responses ranged from very irrelevant to […]

Integrated Reasoning Section: Live Twitter Chat with Wharton and London Business School

May 12, 2012 in New GMAT

On May 7, 2012, the Graduate Management Admissions Council organized a live Twitter chat with admissions officers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School.  During the chat, the two schools fielded questions about the integrated reasoning section and how it would factor into business school admissions. Over the course of the conversation, an interesting point was raised: the integrated reasoning section will not be given any specific weight […]

Integrated Reasoning Section: Our Analysis (Part 2)

May 8, 2012 in New GMAT

In our last analysis post, we gave you our analysis of the question types and format on the Integrated Reasoning section.  Now, we continue our analysis with information about the section format and scoring. Based on the two practice tests released by GMAC with integrated reasoning questions, it appears that there will be the same number of each of the four types of questions per test: 2 table analysis 4 two-part analysis 3 graphics interpretation […]

Integrated Reasoning Section: Two-Part Analysis

May 4, 2012 in New GMAT

What The Questions Look Like: A brief paragraph with a scenario or problem. A question that asks you to make two choices based on the scenario or problem.  The choices are always connected to each other (either opposite scenarios or two components required to complete a task). A table with a column for each component presented in the question and rows of possible options. You will only have to make two selections for this table. […]

University of Michigan: Tips from the Admissions Office

May 1, 2012 in GMAT Scores, GMAT vs. GRE, New GMAT, School Profiles, Tips from the Admissions Office

Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan We spoke with admissions officers at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business about any advice they had for new applicants.  Here is what we found.     Q: What makes a candidate stand out? A: “We look at the applicant’s undergraduate GPA, postgraduate experience, where they went for undergraduate, what they were involved in, and things like that.” Q: How do you weight GMAT […]


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