## 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

## How a Tomato Can Skyrocket Your GMAT Prep

…Or at least I think it’s “tomato.” I don’t speak Italian This one, however, is a tomato you don’t want to eat. Well, then, what do you do with it? Glad you asked. The “Pomodoro Technique,” named after the cutesy little kitchen timer, was developed in the 1980s by productivity expert Francesco Cirillo. The technique … Read More

## When “Fake It Til You Make It” doesn’t work

What does that term mean and how does it apply to the GMAT? In fact, it’s pretty much a guiding principle in life and business. If you’ve ever learned how to do anything well, chances are you did apply a little bit of this idea. To learn a native language, you use patterns that you … Read More

## Is the One-Year MBA Program Right for Me? Guest Post by Rona Aydin

Comparing and contrasting one-year MBA programs to traditional two-year programs Choosing the right MBA program is a very personal choice and there are many factors to consider including school rankings, geography, the specifics of the curriculum and many others. Of particular interest is the length of the MBA program. Which one might be right for … Read More

## How to Find Any Assumption in GMAT Critical Reasoning

Hey GMATters, This post is 3200 words (nineteen flippin’ pages, yo). Want a PDF instead? Grab one here: Critical Reasoning is a tricky subject, no doubt about it. First, you need to learn to break apart the arguments.  Second, you need to be able to eliminate the objectively incorrect answers (that’s a subject for another … Read More

## How to Apply Strategy to Beat GMAT Quant — MyGuru Guest Post

Hi GMATters, This is a guest blog post from our friend Mark Skoskiewicz of Chicago-based Test Prep service MyGuru. Want a full PDF of this guide? Click here:   GMAT Math and the Importance of Strategy  To excel on the GMAT, mastering core underlying mathematical concepts and skills is critical.  The key to a 700+ … Read More

## How to Cancel Variables in GMAT Data Sufficiency

Hi GMATters, We’re all taught that “you need at least as many equations as you have variables.” In fact, that’s one of the first principles in a lot of GMAT texts. The simple fact that it’s in the damn GMAT books is almost undoubtedly why tricky DS questions love to punk you by having a … Read More