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MBA Admissions Consulting: Do you need it?

At one level, I suppose that question’s a bit of a moot point.  Recently, there’s been a bit of an arms race in admissions consulting, so – whether Admissions Officers admit it or not – they (implicitly at least) expect your application to reflect a consultant’s...

The Art of Scratchwork and Picking Variables

The Art of Scratchwork and Picking Variables

"What is the best way to choose variables?" is a question students rarely ask but should. One key to solving many math problems is representing the information in the simplest, accurate, and most natural form. We want the variables or pictures to convey all the...

Is Admissions Consulting Ethical?

Is Admissions Consulting Ethical?

Well, I hate to say it, but the answer depends.  If you’re hiring someone to write your essays, then no, it’s not. But if you’re hiring someone to write your essays, then I think you’ve been conned.  In the final analysis, this is all about presenting you in...

Harvard, Stanford, Wharton: The MBA Trinity

Harvard, Stanford, Wharton: The MBA Trinity

What makes a successful HSW applicant?   We’ve all heard about HSW (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton) because we all know there’s something different about those three business schools and, thus, about successful applicants to those elite programs.  If there were...

Why pay for GMAT/GRE tutoring?

Why pay for GMAT/GRE tutoring?

Why pay for test prep?  After all, there are plenty of “free” GMAT and GRE resources online, and bookstores are filled with books – books that are far cheaper than working with Test Prep Unlimited.  And, look, I’ve made it this far on my own – I didn’t hire...

Balancing Work and Test Prep

Balancing Work and Test Prep

How do you balance test prep and work?  Or life, for that matter? Generally, I recommend you give up sleeping.  And personal hygiene. Hopefully, you can stand to lose a few pounds because eating takes a great deal of time… All kidding aside, it’s terribly...

MBA Applications: The Secret Sauce

MBA Applications: The Secret Sauce

What makes a great MBA application? The facts, obviously. But the facts are largely beyond your control. At this point, at least. Besides, which facts matter? If you’re Bill Gates’s son, you’re probably getting in. If you’ve just launched the next Google, you’re...

Why You Shouldn’t Take Many Practice GMAT Exams

Why You Shouldn’t Take Many Practice GMAT Exams

"I have taken 6 practice GMAT exams this week, from Manhattan, Veritas, Kaplan, Princeton Review, Magoosh, and GMATPrep.  My scores were 580 610 610 600 590 600. Why isn't my score going up?" This is a very common question I see on GMAT forums and one that many...

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MBA Admissions Consulting: Do you need it?

At one level, I suppose that question’s a bit of a moot point.  Recently, there’s been a bit of an arms race in admissions consulting, so – whether Admissions Officers admit it or not – they (implicitly at least) expect your application to reflect a consultant’s...

The Art of Scratchwork and Picking Variables

"What is the best way to choose variables?" is a question students rarely ask but should. One key to solving many math problems is representing the information in the simplest, accurate, and most natural form. We want the variables or pictures to convey all the...

Is Admissions Consulting Ethical?

Well, I hate to say it, but the answer depends.  If you’re hiring someone to write your essays, then no, it’s not. But if you’re hiring someone to write your essays, then I think you’ve been conned.  In the final analysis, this is all about presenting you in...

Linear Independence: Your Secret Weapon for GMAT Data Sufficiency

Linear independence is not taught in any GMAT curriculum or book; However, it is very useful to simplify Data Sufficiency problems into counting problems: How many variables do we have?How many equations do we have? Many GMAT Data Sufficiency questions are as...

Harvard, Stanford, Wharton: The MBA Trinity

What makes a successful HSW applicant?   We’ve all heard about HSW (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton) because we all know there’s something different about those three business schools and, thus, about successful applicants to those elite programs.  If there were...

Why pay for GMAT/GRE tutoring?

Why pay for test prep?  After all, there are plenty of “free” GMAT and GRE resources online, and bookstores are filled with books – books that are far cheaper than working with Test Prep Unlimited.  And, look, I’ve made it this far on my own – I didn’t hire...

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