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The Right Way to Self-Proctor a Practice Test

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Proctoring an organized diagnostic/practice test is an easy job. All the proctor does is keep time and “babysit” a room full of quiet kids, right? So, why even wake up early and go into an office or classroom to do something you could do at home? One reason is that some students don’t take the…

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Should you apply to B-school Round 3 or next year?

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For many business schools, Round 3 is the most competitive cycle for applications, meaning, there are many applicants and few available seats. At top full-time programs, the majority of acceptances happen in Round 1 or Round 2. So, if you haven’t submitted your application in the first two rounds, then when should you apply: now…

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How to Avoid the Mistake of Generic MBA Application Essays

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On the surface, many applicants to elite MBA programs share similar backgrounds and traits. They are ambitious, driven, accomplished, and have strong academic records and impressive test scores. In short, they are leaders and achievers. But just because candidates share these characteristics doesn’t mean their MBA application essays have to beat the same drum. Unfortunately,…

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GMAT Reading Comprehension Strategies

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Although the tasks you are required to perform on the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT are without question some of the most routine and familiar on the exam – namely reading a text and responding to a set of questions about that text – many students nonetheless report approaching the passages with tremendous anxiety….

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Number Properties Questions

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Number properties questions are more common on the GMAT Quantitative section than most test-takers would like. In all the years I’ve spent teaching and tutoring this test, I’ve seen few questions approached with more apprehension and dread than questions concerning number properties. This is unfortunate principally because these questions are not at all difficult when…

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GMAT Critical Reasoning Strategies

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Although GMAT Critical Reasoning questions come in several different varieties, the most common are by far and away those involving an unstated assumption upon which the correct answer depends. These questions usually take one of the following formats: “Which of the following would (strengthen/weaken) the argument?” and “The argument above assumes which of the following?”…

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