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Most Business Schools Integrate Data Science Courses Into Curriculum, Meeting Market Demand, But Are Cool to Coding, So Far

Kaplan Test Prep Survey: As global brands increase their hiring of graduates with in-demand tech skills, Kaplan Test Prep’s most recent business school admissions officers survey finds that MBA programs across the United States are integrating data science, big data and coding courses into their curriculum*. Of the 209 business schools who participated in Kaplan’s […]

How To Think About Your Personal Story

How To Think About Your Personal Story

If I think about the area where my candidates often need the most help, it is in crafting a winning personal story. This is the most important part of the application and often the hardest. I advise my candidates to start this process months, if not years, in advance! The good news? Everyone has a […]

The Best GMAT Study Guide of 2016

The Best GMAT Study Guide of 2016

If you want to go to business school in pursuit of an MBA, then chances are that you’ll need to take the GMAT exam. Thousands of business schools around the world consider applicants’ results on the test as they mull over who to accept into their programs in any given year. So it goes without […]

Top MBA Admissions Advice From Current Students

Top MBA Admissions Advice From Current Students

Top 10 tips offered by current MBA students about getting into business school. Over 1,000 current MBA students were surveyed and we calculated what the top 10 most popular pieces of advice MBA students had to offer about getting into your dream business school. Advice ranges from when to start the process to what to […]

Showing Leadership in Your B-School Application

Showing Leadership in Your B-School Application

At Stacy Blackman Consulting, we do a lot of thinking about leadership – what is leadership, how best to showcase it, why it matters, and more. If asked what is the single most important quality for business school applications, I would say leadership. While some schools emphasize it more than others, leadership is extremely important […]

Can You Apply for an MBA With No GMAT Score?

Can You Apply for an MBA With No GMAT Score?

While the general rule of thumb is that you should take the GMAT exam in order to be considered by admissions officials at reputable business schools, the reality is that there are exceptions to the rule since some business schools will consider applicants whether or not they take the test. The GMAT exam is a […]

Using an MBA to Change Careers

Using an MBA to Change Careers

These days, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who stays with one company or even one industry throughout his or her entire professional life. If you’re looking for the fast track to gain the skills and network to launch your career in a new direction, a popular way to do so is through an […]

GMAT Questions and Answers Sure to Stump You

GMAT Questions and Answers Sure to Stump You

If business school is part of your educational and career plans, then you’ll more likely than not have to take the GMAT exam that includes four sections, 90 questions, and one topic–all of which need to be answered within three and a half hours. That’s quite a bit of pressure when you consider that how […]

The Best Way to Prep for the GMAT Verbal Section

The Best Way to Prep for the GMAT Verbal Section

The GMAT is broken up into four major sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal.  Like the other sections, the verbal section comes with its own types of questions and as such, there are specific ways to prep for the GMAT that will help you get the best score you can get. Breaking […]

How to Study the GMAT Online

How to Study the GMAT Online

When planning on attending business school, the GMAT will be the most important standardized test you will ever take and studying for the test will be one of the most important things you will do in order to prepare for the application process.  Here are some things to consider in order to successfully study for […]

The 3 Best GMAT Prep Courses of 2017

The 3 Best GMAT Prep Courses of 2017

How you do on the GMAT exam will either help or hinder your MBA enrollment prospects since the test will allow you to demonstrate if you have the skills needed to succeed in business school. We have examined all of the reviews left by students to compile the Best GMAT Prep Courses of 2017. Composed of […]

Free Practices Tests for GMAT or GRE

Free Practices Tests for GMAT or GRE

If business school is in your future, than you can be reasonably certain that the GMAT or the GRE will be required. In order to decide which applicants merit a letter of acceptance, admissions officials at business schools often factor into the equation how you do on whichever test you do. On the one hand, […]

How To Prep For the GMAT On Limited Study Time

How To Prep For the GMAT On Limited Study Time

Sometimes, time just seems to sneak up on you.  If you’re applying for an MBA, you have a lot of things to worry about: making sure your GPA stays in good standing, locking down those important recommendations, scheduling interviews with school officials, and this is all on top of your regular coursework and non-school responsibilities. […]

How Practice Tests Can Help You Study For the GMAT

How Practice Tests Can Help You Study For the GMAT

When you sit down to study the GMAT, you may not exactly know how you should approach the test.  Reading the textbook and making flash cards are all tried and true methods, but taking practice GMATs prove to be very advantageous for the studier for a variety of reasons.  Practice GMAT tests can help you […]

The GMAT Study Plan That Guarantees Success

The GMAT Study Plan That Guarantees Success

The GMAT can be a looming dread for any student looking to get their MBA.  After all, most students have been planning to take this test for nearly a decade.  Having a great GMAT study plan can help alleviate that stress and can improve scores.  Whether you choose to take an in-person course or an […]

Part Time or Full Time MBA: GMAT Test Prep Tips

Part Time or Full Time MBA: GMAT Test Prep Tips

It’s no secret that having a Master’s in Business Administration can help you to earn higher paying jobs. But, once you decide to go back to school, you have to decide whether you want to pursue a part-time or full-time MBA degree. By weighing the pros and cons of each option, you can make the […]

The 10 Best Methods to Secure a Scholarship

The 10 Best Methods to Secure a Scholarship

After the stress of applications and GRE testing, it’s disheartening to have to suddenly shift your focus towards figuring out how to finance your education. Fortunately, with a bit of planning, you can make graduate school affordable by applying for scholarships. Keep reading to find out the best ways to make sure you can secure […]

Why You Were Rejected From Your Dream Graduate School

Why You Were Rejected From Your Dream Graduate School

Graduate school is competitive, and the truth is plenty of candidates get turned away every year, and it can be a tough pill to swallow.  In the fall of 2015 semester, for example, Penn State University had to turn away nearly 15,000 of the 20,000 applicants that applied to their graduate programs.  Understanding that misery […]

The Top Five Reasons to Enroll in an Online GMAT Prep Course

The Top Five Reasons to Enroll in an Online GMAT Prep Course

According to the official website of the GMAT, the exam assesses the test taker’s capacity to assess higher-order reasoning abilities — namely quantitative, verbal, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing. And there is empirical evidence to suggest that the exam accurately projects the success of students in year one of graduate management education. How you do […]

How To Finance Your MBA?

How To Finance Your MBA?

Getting your MBA is a huge step forward for both your education and your career.  As the job market is becoming more and more competitive, any advantage you can bring to a job interview can be the difference between a congratulations handshake and a rejection email. If you’re looking for a way to finance your […]

GMAT Practice Questions to Help You Study Online

GMAT Practice Questions to Help You Study Online

If an MBA or business-focused master’s degree is in your future, than you’ll likely need to successfully complete the GMAT exam. Owned and administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the GMAT exam not only will give you a good indication of what program or specialization you’re best suited for, but also will give admissions […]

MBA Programs With the Highest GMAT Scores

MBA Programs With the Highest GMAT Scores

The Graduate Management Admissions Test, or GMAT, is an analytical assessment tool used to determine admissions to graduate management programs such as an MBA. Over 2100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as a factor in their applicant selection process. Business school applicants can also use the GMAT test scores to help them narrow […]

Where To Find The Best GMAT Tests Samples

Where To Find The Best GMAT Tests Samples

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a must if your academic goals include going to business school. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, which owns and administers the GMAT, the exam is accepted at 6,000+ programs offered by 2,100+ universities and programs globally. The exam, moreover, helps post-secondary institutions to find the best […]

How to Study for the GMAT on Summer Break

How to Study for the GMAT on Summer Break

If you plan on going to business school, then you’ll have to successfully complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) that is now taken by about 250,000 people annually. How you do will help determine whether or not you get accepted into business school to pursue an MBA. So, you obviously need to take the […]

GMAT Sample Questions

The GMAT, or the Graduate Management Admission Test, is arguably the most important test a business student will take. The score of your exam is used to help graduate business schools decide on the admission of a student. The exam is ultimately broken down into four different sections: Analytical Writing Integrated Reasoning Quantitative Section Verbal Reasoning The […]

The Best GMAT Courses to Improve Your Score

The Best GMAT Courses to Improve Your Score

There are a lot of GMAT prep courses out there! So many, in fact, that it can be hard to tell which of them can actually improve your scores. Here are the pros and cons of some of the most popular choices. Remember, people learn in different ways, so you have to find a course […]

GMAT Test Prep Strategies That Lead to Top Scores

GMAT Test Prep Strategies That Lead to Top Scores

Average GMAT scores vary widely by school, but one thing everyone agrees on is that higher tends to be better. A top GMAT score can give you the freedom to choose the program you want, when you want. Here are some of the tricks that top scorers have used to prepare for the test: Prioritize […]

The Cost of an MBA Program

The Cost of an MBA Program

In the last few years, the economy has been seen as uncertain at best. From an unusually low inflation rate to a relatively bleak jobs picture, it’s no surprise that you’re looking for ways to improve your career. However, there is one important question: is it actually worth pursuing an MBA, and if so, what […]

How to Answer The Trickiest GMAT Questions

How to Answer The Trickiest GMAT Questions

The GMAT has a lot of hard questions. Last year, one of the highest-scoring people who ever took the test showed us five of the hardest problems. Now, you’re probably not going to see these exact questions on the test, but you could see the same type of question. It’s important when prepping for the […]

The Best College Majors for MBAs (That Aren’t Business)

The Best College Majors for MBAs (That Aren’t Business)

While conventional wisdom might suggest that an undergraduate business degree would be the perfect preparation for an eventual MBA, the truth is that this isn’t actually the case. In fact, an undergrad business degree might potentially hinder your chances of getting a coveted letter of acceptance from an MBA program. A Bloomberg report, for instance, […]

Should You Get an Online MBA?

Should You Get an Online MBA?

There are a lot of questions about whether or not an online MBA makes sense, and today, we’d like to try and answer some of those questions once and for all. Here are the positives and the negatives of trying to get an online degree instead of one taking place on campus. The Positives Cost: […]

Decide If, When to Retake the GMAT

Decide If, When to Retake the GMAT

Decide If, When to Retake the GMAT While I occasionally hear tales of MBA applicants offered admission in a top business school with a 640 GMAT score, the truth is that accepting students with stellar scores of 700 or higher is more the norm at the most competitive programs. Before you start to panic and [...]
Business School Overview

Business School Overview

Business School Overview The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, portfolio management, public administration, public policy, real estate, sports business, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative [...]
Princetonreview.com

Princetonreview.com

Princetonreview.com About Attaching a name like “Princeton” onto your company, one would naturally associate this with the Ivy League crowd. This company is actually part of The Match Group. After looking beyond the masthead, these fellows count 30 years of experience with assisting over 3.5 million students get into the college of their choice. They [...]
TestMasters.com

TestMasters.com

TestMasters.com About Test Masters was founded in 1991. With over 20 years of experience, they tout “Test preparation excellence when it comes to improving GMAT and GRE scores.” Along with other preparatory practices, Test Masters claims improvement with elevated test scores on the SAT, LSAT, PSAT and ACT results as well. Basics When it comes [...]
JamboreeIndia.com

JamboreeIndia.com

JamboreeIndia.com About Jamboree is the oldest educational institute in India with dozens of locations in Indian cities and at sites in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Nepal. They cite some impressive statistics with 25% of their students scoring 700 on the GMAT, averaging 680 overall and most taking the GRE score 320, the highest rates in [...]
Manhattan Prep

Manhattan Prep

Manhattan Prep About Teach for America alumnus and Yale graduate Zeke Vanderhoek, began with a vision of students learning better, if given more qualified teachers, back in 2000. He assembled a hand-picked team of 99th percentile educators to give potential learners a more substantial preparatory experience and the concept of Manhattan Prep was born. Offering [...]
Marvel Admissions

Marvel Admissions

Marvel Admissions About Marvel Admissions is a consultant service that adds coaching to the mix, with a particular emphasis on teaching applicants how to be more outgoing and capable of dealing with the many challenges that can arise in a workplace. Employees include a number of MBA graduates, many of whom have served on admissions [...]
MBAPrepAdvantage

MBAPrepAdvantage

MBAPrepAdvantage About MBAPrepAdvantage is a full-service consulting firm that claims a 95% success rate at getting candidates into one of their top schools. Most of the work is done by founder Michael Cohan, a prolific teacher and regularly-cited expert on MBA admissions. Basics MBAPrepAdvantage offers nine primary consultation services. Unlike many other consulting firms, these [...]

Essay Snark

Essay Snark About Essay Snark is a both an admissions consulting service and informative blog (or ‘blahg’, as they call it), with a cutting but intelligent analysis of schools and real-world events. Some of their articles require membership on the site and are not available to the public. Basics Outside of their blog, Essay Snark [...]
E-Gmat.com

E-Gmat.com

E-Gmat.com About With mostly non-native instructors, technicians and staff from India, E-GMAT hones their skills on getting better test results and scores for those who speak English as a second language. Their company is especially catered for Indian nationalists working on the verbal test. Two of E-GMAT’s three co-founders, Rajat Sadana and Payal Tandon, both [...]
Empowergmat.com

Empowergmat.com

Empowergmat.com About Empower GMAT emphasizes their connections with schools that their alums have attended and recommends an expensive, yet what they believe to be a beneficial, visit with an MBA admission consultant. They consider this an investment into your future, considering earning an MBA may add a substantial amount of income over the course of [...]
Knewton.com

Knewton.com

Knewton.com Knewton is an adaptive learning service. Knewton no longer offers GMAT prep courses. Per the website: “Unfortunately, we stopped offering our Knewton GMAT Prep course in early 2014. Since 2008, we’ve helped tons of students prepare for the GMAT and gain acceptance into some of the world’s most competitive business programs. We’re humbled by [...]
Personal MBA Coach

Personal MBA Coach

Personal MBA Coach About Personal MBA Coach is a full-service consulting company and claims a 96% success rate at getting clients into one of their top two or three schools. They offer support with full-time, part-time, and Executive MBA programs, and cite that each applicant will only ever have one consultant working with them throughout [...]
Optimus-Prep.com

Optimus-Prep.com

Optimus-Prep.com About Optimus-Prep concentrates solely on the GMAT platform. This New York based upstart offers us little in the way of their roots and origin. Instead, they offer reviews and testimonials based upon their success rates along with a fifty point improvement or your tuition is refunded. Optimus is another on-demand venue that allows students [...]
ManhattanReview.com

ManhattanReview.com

ManhattanReview.com About Dr. Joern Meissner, a tenured business school professor, began his concept of Manhattan Review back in 1999. He has supervised and overseen all of the programs since its inception. Meissner believes that prep programs created and presented by professionals that hold an MBA are not as valuable as his company, led by Meissner [...]
TargetTestPrep.com

TargetTestPrep.com

TargetTestPrep.com About With a strong background in physics, chemistry, math and biology, founder Scott Woodbury-Stewart, started his Target Test Prep program in hopes of assisting students with primarily the quantitative portion of GMAT testing. Scott offers his programs, along with  individualized tutoring for those in need using Skype and WebEx as his primary platforms to [...]
Gmatcat.com

Gmatcat.com

Gmatcat.com About Gmatcat is a group of authors and test experts who have all scored in the 99th percentile and have written a number of different math reviews, GMAT courses, and study guides. Their direction has a more DIY approach and therefore is much less expensive than hiring tutors, taking online courses or attending courses [...]
Magoosh.com

Magoosh.com

Magoosh.com About Magoosh is a play on the Persian word “Magush,” which means “one who is highly-learned, wise and generous.” Magoosh’s team is self-described as being, “a bunch of education nerds who get super stoked about helping students achieve their academic dreams.” Back in 2008, co-founders Pejman Pour-Moezzi and Vikram Shenoy first began working on [...]

Essay Edge

Essay Edge About Essay Edge is an editing service geared towards perfecting the many essays that an MBA applicant will need to write during the course of their admissions process. Their website highlights that the company hires Ivy League graduates who understand what it takes to get into these schools. While essay critiques are the [...]
Powerscore.com

Powerscore.com

Powerscore.com About Powerscore was created back in 1997 by test prep “expert” Dave Killoran based on his experiences in the industry. He believes his methods help students succeed with higher test scores on a number of different types of standardized testings in addition to the GMAT and GRE, including the LSAT, ACT and SAT exams. [...]
800score.com

800score.com

800score.com About 800 Score claims to be “the #1 affordable test prep company” in business since 1999. They’ve helped over 100,000 students prepare for GMAT and GRE testing in the mandatory CAT (Computer Adaptive Testing) format. Using their program, clients can get preparation software for immediate download, take sample tests and learn different testing strategies. [...]
Gmat.economist.com

Gmat.economist.com

Gmat.economist.com About The GMAT.economist.com is a GMAT testing prep company. They market directly to individuals on their smartphones, tablets, those on-the-move, and living in an app-based learning environment Their GMAT tutor uses a mobile app (available for both iPhone and Android devices) to connect students with their studies, programs and other online content. When there’s [...]
Kaptest.com- GMAT Prep Course Discounts

Kaptest.com- GMAT Prep Course Discounts

Kaptest.com Kaptest.com – GMAT Prep Course Discounts About Kaptest was created by the Kaplan college community, who has a history of over seventy-five years in education and instruction. Their test preparation platform is a separate entity and has over a dozen categories including those geared towards assistance with GMAT and GRE readiness. Kaplan is accredited [...]