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The GMAT and the GRE are frequently discussed as rival exams. In reality, they are very different and difficult to even compare. The two tests differ in types of questions, adaptive algorithm, scoring, and test-taker demographics. Because of all of these differences, you can easily determine which one to take. Base your decision between the two tests on your goals, your top school choices, and your strengths and weaknesses. Today, we’ll expand on these criteria to help you pinpoint the right choice for your needs. What Are Your Grad […]
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Want to know the best way to make time fly faster than you knew possible? Take the GMAT! While 62 and 65 minutes (for Quant and Verbal respectively) may sound like plenty of time, you’ll be amazed at how fleeting that precious time becomes. The conventional advice to keep your test on track is to take 1.5 minutes for every Verbal question and 2 minutes for each problem in Quant. But in reality, every question requires its own timing, and you need to develop a good sense for keeping things […]
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If you are hoping to get into business school, you will most likely be pouring hours of your time into studying for the GMAT exam. At some point, you will probably find yourself asking if all the work and stress is worthwhile. Could the test be that important for business school? The short answer is yes, it definitely is. But as with most answers, it’s more nuanced than that. Let’s explore the role of the GMAT in the business school application process and beyond. The Role of the GMAT […]
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There are plenty of posts written about how many hours you should devote to GMAT prep. However, if you decide to make up a chart with 100 or 125 hours on it, crossing it off as you go, you may be surprised that at the end you’re not scoring much better. That’s because it isn’t only the quantity of practice that ensures success. If you spend your GMAT prep hours efficiently, you can boost your score and meet your goals. But that efficiency requires a plan. Here are specific ways […]
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There’s no doubt that GMAT questions can be tricky. One of the foundational aspects of the best GMAT prep is getting rid of your assumptions and figuring out what these unique questions are really asking. But sometimes, you just don’t know the answer. Your time is short, so you need to choose and move on. And this is when the question arises: Should you guess on the GMAT? What the GMAT Does and Doesn’t Measure It’s important to remember that the GMAT is just a test. It doesn’t […]
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GMAT,
As you may have heard, as of April 2018, the GMAT is officially shorter by half an hour. According to GMAC , the exam will still contain the same content and time allowed per question. This announcement leads to a lot of questions. Here is an explanation of how the exam will be shorter and what it means for you. Where Is the Time Coming From? While the content of the GMAT questions remains the same, there are fewer unscored questions in the Quant and Verbal sections. Quant […]
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It’s one thing to organize and plan your GMAT study schedule. It’s another entirely to stick to it. Sheer determination alone won’t get you across the finish line to confidently taking the GMAT exam. Instead, your GMAT prep should be tailored just to you. Your strengths, your schedule, and your needs should all play a role in preparing you for the test day. As you work to keep your GMAT prep on schedule, here are some tips to help you stay on track and meet your goals. Pace Yourself […]
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As you prepare for your GMAT exam, you may be surprised at the variety of study options. Some business school hopefuls decide to self-direct and use GMAT prep materials they collect themselves. Others opt for a classroom course, depending on the teachers to cover everything they need to score well. The third option, which is growing in popularity, is an online GMAT course. These courses are crafted by experts and draw on the many GMAT resources available. Here are three key reasons why you should prepare for your GMAT exam […]
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In June of 2017, GMAC announced the GMAT Select Sections Order . This means that GMAT test takers can now choose the order in which they complete the exam. This is a big change from the former uniform order, and while it is definitely positive, it can bring some uncertainty with it. Here are some tips on how to use the GMAT Select Sections Order and what it means for you. The Options While you now have a say in the order of your GMAT sections, your choice […]
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Here’s a common question: How much time should you spend studying for the GMAT exam? Many experts say things like “a minimum of 100 hours.” Others say to generally allow 2-3 months. It’s true that research shows a correlation between more study hours and a higher score . At the same time, extra time spent studying does not guarantee you will score as high as you hope. Realistically, GMAT test prep looks different for each test-taker. Here are a few key questions that will help you establish a solid timeline. […]
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Business school hopefuls spend months on GMAT prep, but even in that 100+ hours of study, the verbal section of the exam often gets overlooked. Many test-takers don’t even understand what the verbal section is measuring, how it is scored, and how it fits into their overall score. Here is a quick overview of what you need to know, including what the verbal section includes, how it’s scored, and whether it really matters. What is Included? The verbal section of the GMAT includes three types of questions: reading comprehension, […]
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During GMAT prep, many people often neglect the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) portion of the GMAT exam. However, the AWA is different from the rest of the exam because it requires test-takers to generate unique content rather than answer multiple choice questions. Looking at a blank page can be intimidating. Thankfully, by adding a little bit of writing to your GMAT prep, you can write an excellent essay and get the AWA score you’re hoping for. What Is the AWA Anyway? The AWA tests your ability to analyze […]
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You’ve studied for months, and your scores on the practice tests are promising. Finally, you have registered for the GMAT exam, and it’s almost test day. There are ways to ensure that the 24-48 hours leading up to the test will help you get your best score. Here are some tips on how to spend that time. Map It Out It’s essential that you know the exact route you will take and how long it will take you to arrive. Plan to be at the center at least […]
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You know you need to start your GMAT preparation, but where do you begin? There’s not one right way to cover the material you need to know, but there are good arguments for starting with Quant topics. Here’s how to make that happen. Know What Quant Is The Quantitative portion of the GMAT is made up of questions that include problem-solving and basic mathematics (specifically arithmetic, algebra, and geometry). It includes 37 multiple-choice questions, and you have 75 minutes to complete them. Each problem has a single right answer, […]
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After years in undergrad, you’re used to the drill. You stay up late, you read, you review your notes. When exam time comes, you take a deep breath and do your best. The number of exams you’ve taken in the past four years number in the dozens at least. Are you expecting your GMAT prep to be the same? Let’s take a look at some ways that studying for the GMAT is the same and different from the test taking you’ve mastered at your university. Study Buddy or Study […]
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If you want to get into your top schools, your GMAT exam scores need to show your full potential. Even if you work hard to prepare, you may take the exam and end up disappointed with your score. Many business school hopefuls worry that multiple GMAT scores on their applications will damage their chances of acceptance. In reality, there are many reasons why taking the GMAT exam twice (or even three times!) will actually tip the odds in your favor. Nerves May Get the Best of You Everyone gets […]
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GMAT,
You're hard at work preparing for the GMAT, but when should you schedule the actual test? There are many factors to consider, and all of them hinge on the timing of your business school application. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding when to schedule your test. Am I ready? This is the definitive question. If you aren’t ready for the GMAT, clearly it’s not a good time to take it. Experts suggest setting aside 2-3 months to study. That's the equivalent of 80-100 study hours […]
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GMAT prep can be mind-blogging. There is an overwhelming amount of information to learn in an ever-dwindling period of time. Even events intended for relaxation can just be a reminder that you should be studying. There is also the feeling of oppression that comes with the knowledge that within the next few months you will be consumed entirely with studying. During the GMAT prep, it can be hard to buckle down and stick to a prep plan. Here are some GMAT prep tips for when you have lost motivation. Think About […]
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EMPOWERgmat is the only test prep company in the world with straight-to-the-point video explanations. Every topic and every single question in the course is followed by an expert video breakdown. When looking for a GMAT prep course, you want the most professional, thorough, and accessible service available. While there are a handful of GMAT classes to choose from, our online courses offer advantages many programs do not. Our video lessons are an organized, step-by-step approach with thousands of interwoven questions. We’ve looked at the competition, and these are the […]
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GMAT test preparation involves making sure you have the basic skills you need, understand the question formats, and know how to pace yourself. EMPOWERgmat built a program centered on official GMAT material as a key part of any study strategy you choose. It gives you the actual experience of taking the exam. Our program includes several updated features, including tools to help you review your responses, analyze your scores, and customize practice sessions. We have designed a program to keep you on track with studying and completely prepared for the […]
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When looking for the best online GMAT courses, you probably compare every aspect of each program. One primary difference between our program and all the others is that we offer a different approach to training. The right instructors can help you prep for the test in a variety of ways. Discover some of the qualities you should look for in an instructor to help you complete your study plan. Knowledge of All Aspects of the GMAT The best GMAT instructors offer more than just the general advice regarding the test […]
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Completing a certain number of study hours does not guarantee a particular GMAT score. If you're looking for a top GMAT score, you're of course going to need to put in the time. Studying for the GMAT is a serious time commitment, usually requiring a least two to three months of preparation. Most aspiring MBAs know what to study, but are unsure of how to make the appropriate time commitment to study.  An older GMAT survey of MBA.com registrants showed a strong relationship between the hours spent on preparation […]
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Standing out in a crowd of competitors like Kaplan and Princeton Review is not an easy task. While both these programs offer a wide variety of GMAT prep options, at EMPOWERgmat, we provide the best GMAT prep. There are several programs available for students, each delivering qualities that others do not possess. At EMPOWERgmat, we’ve taken all those qualities and made our GMAT prep course the best in the field. Here are five essential ways we stand apart from the competition: 1.    We use retired official GMAT questions […]
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Guarantees for online services and digital products are one of today's most influential techniques for attracting more sales. A strong guarantee shows that the company truly believes in their product. At EMPOWERgmat, we believe 100% in our GMAT prep courses, but we also know that our students are ultimately the ones who need to apply themselves to fully understand the concepts of the GMT test. At EMPOWERgmat, we offer the most compelling guarantee combined with the best online GMAT prep course. We offer not one promise, but three. We […]
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There are a variety of online resources available when it comes to preparing for the GMAT. The best GMAT prep course online is the one that offers a package that meets your individual needs. The reviews on the courses may be outstanding, but if the program doesn’t fit your needs, it will not suffice. The GMAT prep course you choose should be flexible and customizable, adapting to your progress as you continue the program. Online GMAT prep courses can either follow a set schedule or allow you to set […]
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