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GMAT test prep is always different from one student to the next. Some students worry about test prep for the essay. Others struggle with the math section. The same goes for data sufficiency questions, some students absolutely dread them. It's understandable, and you're not the only one who feels like that. The good news is that with the right kind of GMAT test prep, you can handle data sufficiency and any other section of the test. Let's take a closer look at some strategies that you can use. Learn […]
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Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.) is a clichéd acronym that's been around a while. However, regarding the  GMAT essay , that's what you need to do. You don't need to have a flashy article that is worthy of publication in a business journal. You need to show that you can logically and thoroughly address an issue in writing. When it comes to business school, and business in general, communication in writing is one of the most sought-after skills employers are looking for. Follow these strategies to write a killer GMAT […]
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When it comes to online GMAT courses, you have options. The unfortunate reality is that you also have a lot of bad, or inferior options. More than anything else, we want you to be successful at the GMAT so that your MBA dreams can come true. When looking for a program to help you get the score you desire on the GMAT, here are three critical ingredients for online GMAT courses. GMAC Authenticity If you are going to spend time and money on GMAT test prep , it […]
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Search for "GMAT prep course" on Google, and you're bound to get tons of hits. With hundreds, maybe even thousands, to choose from, how do you know what's right for you? Who offers the best test prep so that you can realize your dream? We're glad you asked. Here are a few of the ways that EMPOWERgmat is a cut above the rest. How, Not Just What The GMAT is more than just a knowledge exam. It is a test of a set of skills and how you use […]
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Every year a new crop of official GMAT prep books are written, printed, and shipped to bookstores all over the country. They've served their purpose in the past, and while some still find success with them, we believe there are some very distinct advantages to computer-based GMAT prep . Here are a few of the reasons we think you'll love our GMAT-optimized course. It Fits Your Lifestyle Most likely, you already carry around a laptop or tablet that you use to access the internet, complete school assignments, or […]
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So, you might get your MBA? Well, it can be a great decision and a real boost for your career. However, you need to ask yourself if an MBA is right for you. Here at EMPOWERgmat, we're passionate about helping people achieve their goals, especially as it relates to an MBA. We've compiled a list of questions to help you find out if it's the right decision for you. What Do You Hope to Get Out of Your MBA? There are many different reasons to get an MBA. […]
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The GMAT is challenging no matter what, especially the Quant section. Using prime factors as a way to break down complex problems into more bite-sized chunks is a great strategy. Here's a brief description of prime factors and how to use them for a successful GMAT test! What Are Prime Factors? Prime numbers are numbers that are only divisible by 1 and themselves. Prime factorization, then, is the process of breaking down numbers into their most straightforward prime number factors. Examples of prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, […]
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While nothing can replace good, old-fashioned studying, it can also be helpful to have some tricks up your sleeve on the GMAT. Here we're going to cover some useful GMAT prep shortcuts to help sharpen your skills for the big day! Process of Elimination The first GMAT prep shortcut we recommend is using the process of elimination first to establish which answers are out. Usually, you can eliminate one to two answers early on in your problem-solving. With every answer you remove, you increase your chances of getting it […]
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Sentence correction on the GMAT can be challenging. One reason is that many people are not skilled at writing in a grammatically sound way. Additionally, very few people talk in a grammatically sound way. Body language, colloquialism, and a dozen other factors help us to communicate clearly, if not grammatically. This leads many GMAT test takers to rely on what "sounds right" to solve the questions in the sentence correction portion of the GMAT. While this may work sometimes, it is not a sound strategy for those hoping to score […]
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The GMAT is essential for admission to many graduate management and business programs. It is a daunting test that strikes fear into the hearts of takers and has inspired the consumption of large quantities of coffee in countless late night study sessions. However, a question that is often asked is, "What is the GMAT really testing?" Here's a quick overview of what the GMAT entails and assesses. Analytical Writing As you probably expect its title, the Analytical Writing section focuses on analytical writing. In the context of the GMAT, […]
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There's a lot more than you might think about becoming a competitive business school candidate . As the standard business degree, employers are often looking for the depth of knowledge that comes along with an MBA. Additionally, they also weigh education as a factor in highly-competitive raises. Since business school training has become more highly emphasized in the workplace, competition for coveted MBA spots is even more cut-throat. More competition means higher standards, which means you need to be as prepared as possible. Here, we're highlighting some fundamental ways to […]
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The quantitative section of the GMAT is known for being especially challenging, and GMAT percentage problems may be the most difficult of all. However, if you study with the right materials and strategy, you can achieve the scores you want. Here are a few basic things to remember to help you through those pesky GMAT percentage problems. Review Percentage Basics The GMAT is less about advanced concepts and calculations, and more about basic concepts used in practical ways. This doesn't mean that the questions aren't tricky or deeply […]
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If you are preparing to apply to business school, you know that there are numerous opportunities for assistance. Your options range from interview coaches to private tutors to books by experts. In reality, however, you are working with limited resources. You need to be sure that the supports you choose will give you the best boost for your investment. And that’s where online GMAT courses come in. The past ten years have seen a great increase in the popularity of GMAT prep online, and there are great reasons for its […]
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You will face approximately a dozen critical reasoning questions on your GMAT exam. There is a wide variety of types of critical reasoning questions, but almost all of them require the same basic techniques. The goal of GMAT critical reasoning questions is to test your ability to evaluate an argument and its conclusions. This is a business skill that your career will frequently require. Here are four simple tips to improve your critical reasoning score. Remember How You Are Being Tested While critical reasoning questions do require some […]
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The GMAT exam requires preparation. You need to plan your GMAT preparation in order to maximize your results. We have written before about How Long You Should Study for the GMAT. The bottom line is that you should allow several months to study. During those months you need to study frequently and regularly. Of course, you already have a busy and full life. Here are some tips for integrating your GMAT preparation into the rest of your busy life.   Schedule Your GMAT Preparation   GMAT […]
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The GMAT Quant is one of the basic sections on the GMAT standardized test. In this section, you have just over an hour to answer 31 multiple-choice questions to assess basic math and problem-solving aptitude. This is a generic assessment of basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry without the use of a calculator. Basic math review can help you get ready for this section on the GMAT. The key thing is not to try and review decades of math. Instead, do a targeted review of the basics and get ready for […]
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Your GMAT score is crucial for your MBA program application. Proper preparation is necessary for you to score your best. Doing well on the GMAT involves understanding the content, but it also involves understanding the GMAT itself. We’ve written before about the first steps for getting ready for the GMAT . You need to understand how much time you have to prepare and set aside enough time for proper preparation. Once you have the time blocked out on your schedule, you need to select a GMAT prep course. Your GMAT […]
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We have written before about why you should take the GMAT twice and strategies for your second time . If you are retaking the GMAT, then you should be using the Enhanced Score Report. You know what your score was, but do you know why? The Enhanced Score Report will help you understand why you scored the way you did and help you improve the second time around. Don’t retake the GMAT without the Enhanced Score Report.  How to Get Your Enhanced Score Report The GMAT Enhanced Score […]
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Exam-takers will struggle with different sections of the verbal portion of the GMAT. Critical thinking questions are focused on logic, sentence correction on grammar, and reading comprehension on understanding. Depending on your strengths, some of these questions will come more easily to you than others. Today we’re going to focus on GMAT reading comprehension. If this is an area you struggle, here are four ways you can improve your reading comprehension for the GMAT and improve your GMAT prep . Summarize The easiest way to comprehend something you […]
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There are plenty of ways to prepare for a big test. Obviously you will study the material, but you may also practice focus and relaxation exercises, eat intentionally, and make sure you get lots of sleep. One aspect of GMAT preparation you may have overlooked is the GMAT costs. There are several financial costs associated with the exam, and depending on your particular situation you may need to budget for them. Here is a list of the various costs associated with your GMAT appointment so you can plan ahead. […]
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If you have the preparation behind you, Quant is a great place to build momentum and fall into a quick rhythm to meet your timing goals. While they are rare, Roman numeral questions are known to be speed blockers for many GMAT takers. Some business school hopefuls decide to skip studying for these questions altogether and just guess the answer if they happen upon one. This makes some strategic sense since you could complete your whole GMAT without seeing a single Roman numeral. At the same time, with some simple […]
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There are obvious ways to prepare for GMAT success . Study hard. Use quality study materials. Pace your preparations well. Sleep well the nights leading up to your exam. But it is possible you haven’t considered another crucial component of your GMAT preparation: mental endurance . The GMAT exam is a three and a half hour marathon, and it will tax both your body and your mind. It is important that you equip yourself for the task ahead. Here are four ways to prepare yourself for the mental endurance the […]
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If you’re just beginning your GMAT prep and it’s been a while since you’ve studied math at a high school level or above, you’re likely very intimidated. Just reading a practice algebra problem is overwhelming and makes your head spin. The good news is, you’ll probably catch on in no time. But it’s important to approach your studies in a way that gets you to your goal: competence and GMAT success. Here are some things to remember as you prepare for the GMAT algebra questions. The Difference Between Memorizing […]
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About a third of the questions in the verbal section of the GMAT are sentence correction questions. These questions test your English skills and are known to stump many an exam-taker. While sentence correction can be tricky, it is also a section of the exam that has the potential to boost your score and time if you get it down correctly. Here are four ways to increase your speed and accuracy on sentence correction. Figure Out Which Concepts the Question Includes Every sentence correction problem will include a […]
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Business school hopefuls scour the internet for the success stories, those underdogs who aced the GMAT exam or the student who found a study trick that earned them a top score. At the same time, every test-taker wonders if their story will end so well. Scoring over a 700 on the GMAT is absolutely possible, but it isn’t easy or accidental. So, do you have it in you? What exactly does it take to score that high? Here are three choices you need to make if you want to be […]
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