“I Hate the GMAT.” How to Work With Your Frustration (Part I)

“I hate the GMAT.” I know. I get it. I’ve been there. Let’s talk about how to fix that so you can move forward. Let’s Start at the Beginning: Why Do You Hate the GMAT? There’s no right or wrong answer here. I really actually want to know. I’m not going to be like some … Read More

You just want the full 65-page PDF? It’s here: The GMAT Reading Comprehension Guide You Don’t Read Fast Enough for the GMAT That’s not a value judgment or insult; that’s a statement of fact. Top scorers in Verbal simply read more quickly. The people who roll the Verbal section up and smoke it? Usually finished … Read More

GMAT Probability Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Probability was initially developed for gambling. Given the gamblers I know, that means it can’t be particularly complicated. Why we base the global financial system on it is another question, but Quantum Mechanics uses it as well, so I’ll admit I’m being judgmental here. Looked at one way, Probability attempts to give us a mathematical … Read More

Video: A Difficult GMAT Combinations Problem!

The 2016 Official Guide is not a major difference from the 11th, 12th, or 2015 editions. This is particularly true when it comes to difficult questions. However, certain things are noticeable over time. One of these trends has been in Combinatorics (you might think of this as Permutations and Combinations, but Combinatorics is a better … Read More

GMAT Sentence Correction: a Quick Score Increase?

Over too many years teaching GMAT, one thing comes up repeatedly. For almost everyone, the place to gain points most quickly is Sentence Corre Last Minute GMAT Grammar eBook Most people thoroughly misunderstand the section and tend to rely on “doing it by ear.” While this technique works a good chunk of the time—the easier … Read More

Are you Making the #1 Biggest Mistake in Your GMAT Preparation?

CLEARLY there is A LOT to study for the GMAT. However, what exactly is necessary to do is more of a mystery. During my nearly 15 years as a GMAT tutor and consultant, one thing appears to be more of a problem than most. A very common circumstance is to find the person who studies … Read More

How Pessimism Can Boost Your GMAT Score

Today I heard something very interesting while listening to a speech by author, investor, and general crazy person Tim Ferriss. On one hand, I was excited to hear him echo what I’ve always said about “imagine the worst that could happen”— –that is, imagine that you never prep, “fail” the GMAT, and don’t get into … Read More

Determination – The Key to Success

Why do some bright students crash below 600, and how do math phobic students end up with a 96th percentile on the numerical part? As we say in this article’s companion piece (see article: Discipline – A Key to Success), there are two characteristics that can make the smartest students fail and the most average ones … Read More

How Aristotle Beat GMAT Reading Comprehension… 2350 Years Ago

No, it’s not a time warp. Rather, it’s an ancient concept that helps you distinguish between the “almost correct” and “correct” answers. We can all agree that at a certain level, it’s almost invariably between two correct answers on the GMAT. This is particularly applicable for the dreaded “inference” questions. That is, “The passage suggests … Read More

How to Carve Out GMAT Study Time in Your Busy Schedule

We all struggle with it. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. It would be a lot easier if there were 30 hours in the day and eight days in the week. I know, and believe me, I sympathize. However, an interesting thought comes to mind that is very related to the last blog … Read More