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What is the GMAT?

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The Graduate Management Admission Test, better known as the GMAT®, is a standardized test used in the admissions process for graduate management education (GME) programs, including MBAs and other specialized Master’s and PhD programs. The exam measures certain skills that GME programs care about, most notably Executive Reasoning skills—including how well you make decisions and manage scarce resources. It does not test any specific business knowledge.

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GMAT Success Story – 590 to 690

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Few things make us instructors happier than getting that glowing email from a student who has just achieved his or her goal score. While these students tend to have certain traits in common (a reasonable timeline, diligent studying, etc.), we’ve also noticed that successful students take many different paths to reach their goals. 

Recently, the MPrep Instructor Manager team set out to investigate what habits and practices lead to successful outcomes for our students, with the hope of inspiring others just setting out on their test prep journeys. We asked our instructor pool to nominate students, and then reached out to these students to conduct brief interviews. 

Today, we’ll be sharing one story from a recent student, with the hope that we’ll be able to continue sharing more of these profiles in the future.

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Should I take the GMAT or the Executive Assessment?

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More than 75 business schools now take the Executive Assessment (EA) in addition to the GMAT. The Executive Assessment launched in 2016 specifically for Executive MBA programs, but it is now used in a wide variety of programs, including specialized Master’s, part-time, and even some full-time MBA programs. 

So, if you want to apply to one of these programs, you have a choice to make: Will you take the GMAT or the Executive Assessment? (And to make matters more complicated: You may also have the option to take the GRE.)

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About the Executive Assessment (EA): An Ultimate Guide

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GMAC (the organization that makes the GMAT) launched the Executive Assessment in 2016 as a readiness assessment for certain kinds of specialized business masters programs, primarily targeting Executive MBA programs (though it’s used much more extensively now—more on that later). For those who have the choice, the EA is the best option in almost all cases—we’ll talk about why in a little bit.  Read more

2019–2020 MBA Essay Analysis: Cambridge Judge, Michigan Ross, USC Marshall

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How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With these thorough essay analyses, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute so that your experiences truly stand out.

This week, we round up essay analyses for Cambridge Judge Business School, the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.

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2019–2020 MBA Essay Analysis: Texas McCombs, Fisher College, UNC Kenan-Flagler

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How can you write essays that grab the attention of MBA admissions committees? With these thorough essay analyses, our friends at mbaMission help you conceptualize your essay ideas and understand how to execute so that your experiences truly stand out.

This week, we round up essay analyses for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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How to Review a GMAT Reading Comprehension Question

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Reviewing a GMAT Reading Comprehension question is similar to reviewing a Critical Reasoning problem. Just as with Critical Reasoning, not all RC problems are equally important to review. The most important problems to add to your ‘review later’ list are the ones that were just a bit too hard. Feel free to set aside the 800-level problems for now, but spend some extra time on the ones you almost got right. That’s where you’ll learn the most right now. 

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How to Review a GMAT Critical Reasoning Problem

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Are you keeping an error log for your GMAT Verbal practice? If your goal is to get a certain overall score on the GMAT (say, a 700), don’t underestimate the value of Verbal. That’s true even if you’re scoring at a higher percentile in Verbal than you are in Quant.  Read more

How to Get a (Nearly) Perfect Score on the GMAT

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Reports vary about how many perfect 800’s are achieved each year, but out of 200,000 people taking the GMAT each year, we think there are somewhere between zero and 30 perfect scores. You have a better chance of being hit by lightning as you’re winning a Powerball lottery!  (That’s not true, but calculating the probability of getting hit by lightning as you’re winning the Powerball does sound like an 800-level GMAT probability problem). There were ZERO scores of 800 in last year’s crop of students admitted to Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, etc.

Keep reading for why it’s (nearly) impossible to get a perfect score on the GMAT and for strategies for getting a score in the 99th percentile.  Read more

Analyzing Your GMAT Enhanced Score Report (Part 3)

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Welcome to part 3! In the first installment, we talked about the overall Enhanced Score Report, how to interpret your scores, and how to analyze the data from the IR and Essay sections. In the second installment, we talked about how to analyze your Verbal data. Now, it’s time for Quant!  Read more