When “Always True” Isn’t True on the GMAT

Sentence Correction is at once one of the most objective, “quant-like” sections of the GMAT Verbal, to paraphrase Ron Purewal from Manhattan. What Ron is talking about is that there are a lot of pretty objective rules that you can apply—things that will work a huge majority of the time. In my own practice, I … Read More

Are You Making the Biggest Mistake in GMAT Verbal?

Let’s face it: you don’t know how to read for the GMAT. But why would you? A good, solid education will teach you exactly how NOT to read for the GMAT. Having trouble with the Reading Comprehension section of the exam is pretty much proof that you have a good degree! What’s the problem? Ultimately, … Read More

Video: The Secret Method for Overlapping Sets on GMAT

It’s no surprise that there are a lot of overlapping sets or Venn Diagram questions on the GMAT. For many people it’s incredibly difficult to figure out whether to use a diagram, a table, or perhaps simple algebra. The answer to this might be best chalked up to “feel,” but there are actually good reasons … Read More

Hate GMAT Study? Here’s One Simple Trick to Learn to Love It

The suffocation seemed overwhelming. It was making me shrink into my seat. Just to breathe, I began to hyperventilate. This wasn’t the first time that I took a practical exam, and it certainly wasn’t the last. The first was when I was probably 11 years old and was given an ACT exam as part of … Read More

GMAT Worry? Here’s One Trick to Banish Anxiety for Good.

One of the worst bugbears of GMAT preparation is “garden variety” anxiety. It might seem as if the test is insurmountable, that it is some kind of obstacle that cannot be avoided. In a sense this is true. You will have to take the test. It will be a pain in the ass. However, it … Read More

One Crucial Tip to Spend Less Time on Your GMAT Preparation

Over the years, I’ve learned never to respect people who worry about their ideas being stolen. After all, what is an “original idea?” For that matter, how can it be proven? To me, it simply hasn’t seemed like something to worry about. Of course that isn’t suggesting that I plagiarize—believe me, I have enough to … Read More

Can You “Do Verbal” But Can’t “Do Quant?” Read This.

A few simple ways to adjust your thinking might help. At its core, the GMAT is a reasoning test. That is, it tests they way that you think. It does this in a predictable, calculable way. Unfortunately, many people who train for the GMAT are highly skilled in either a “harder” math/science skill or in … Read More

One Study Technique That Will Change Your GMAT Mindset Forever

It’s simple. Change the way you think about failure. You have to get things wrong to get things right. Yeah, whatever. Actually, I’m being absolutely serious here. As a GMAT tutor, I’ve seen first-hand how part of any program of learning involves a lot of mistakes, a lot of missteps, and a certain amount of … Read More

How Pessimism Can Boost Your GMAT Score — A Step-by-Step Guide

Today I heard something very interesting while listening to a speech by author, investor, and general crazy person Tim Ferriss. While it is nice 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 the school … Read More