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Economist Unveils New GMAT Tutor App for Android

The Economist today unveiled an Android version of its GMAT Tutor app, which gives prospective MBA applicants a way to prepare for the GMAT exam anytime and anywhere.

Previously available only for iPhone, the new Android version of the app provides all the same features and convenience as the iPhone version, including thousands of test questions and multiple full-length practice exams, the freedom to study for as little or as much time as you have available for any given session and the ability to move seamlessly from the mobile app to the desktop site for features such as one-on-one tutoring. Continue reading…

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MBA Gender Gap Attributable to GMAT Test Score Gap?

Recent data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the GMAT, has revealed that women appear to underperform men by about 20 points on the exam – a finding that has led some to question whether and how much the exam itself may contribute to the fact that women continue to remain a minority of business school students.

According to GMAC’s data for the 2011-12 testing year, the mean total score on the GMAT for men was 557, compared to a mean total score for women of 536 – out of a possible 800. Lee Weiss, Kaplan Test Prep executive director of graduate programs, told the Financial Times that he thinks the 20-point difference could have a lot to do with why women are still significantly underrepresented in MBA programs (in contrast to education programs in general). Continue reading…

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Few Business Schools’ Admissions Decisions Hinge on GMAT Integrated Reasoning Score, Survey Finds

A majority of business school admissions officers report that an applicant’s score on the GMAT’s new Integrated Reasoning (IR) section is not currently an important part of their evaluation of a prospective student’s overall GMAT score, according to a recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep.

In its 2013 survey of business school admissions officers, Kaplan found that 57 percent of MBA programs say that they do not place significant weight on the scores applicants submit for the GMAT’s new IR section, which was launched in August 2012. However, the survey did find that more than half (51 percent) of MBA programs list a low overall GMAT score as “the biggest application killer” for prospective applicants. Continue reading…

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New, Free Interactive Learning Platform Helps Students Prepare for GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

GMAT test prep firm Manhattan Prep this week launched a beta version of a new integrated digital learning platform to help students prepare for the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the exam. Added in 2012, GMAT’s IR section requires test-takers to analyze complex, real-world data. The video-based GMAT INTERACT for Integrated Reasoning, available for free, features an on-screen tutor engaging students as if they were receiving private tutoring.

“We looked at video courses and other digital-learning technologies and realized that nothing was able to capture the real benefits of the connection between a teacher and a student,” Noah Teitelbaum, Manhattan Prep executive director of academics, said in a statement. Continue reading…

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Graduate Management Admissions Council Adds GMAT Testing Centers in China

In response to growing demand, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) has added testing centers in four new cities in China to increase access to the GMAT exam for prospective applicants to business school. New GMAT test centers are now available in Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Tianjin, in addition to test centers already located in 12 other Chinese cities, GMAC reports.

“We added test centers in these cities because we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of residents in these cities who are taking the GMAT exam, and we want to help more students and professionals in these cities to achieve their potential,” Ashish Bhardwaj, GMAC Asia Pacific vice president, said in a statement. Continue reading…

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Graduate Management Admissions Council Appoints New President and CEO

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the GMAT entry exam for business school, has appointed a new president and chief executive who brings deep IT experience to the role. Sangeet Chowfla will join GMAC as president in September and assume the role of CEO in January 2014 when David Wilson, who has held the chief role for 18 years, steps down.

Chowfla, who was born in India but is now a U.S. citizen, began his career with IBM in New Delhi and then worked for 18 years for Hewlett-Packard in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the United States, GMAC reports. He also spent time as a partner in a venture capital firm and finally as chief strategy officer at a division of Comviva Technologies, a leading Indian telecommunications software company. Continue reading…

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Clear Admit Releases 2013-2014 Guide to GMAT Prep Companies

If you are considering applying to MBA programs this fall, then Clear Admit’s free Guide to GMAT Preparation Companies is a must read!  Today, we released an updated edition of the guide for the coming 2013-2014 admissions season.

Inside the guide, you’ll find objective and in-depth profiles of the major GMAT preparation companies in the U.S. and abroad.  Every copy of the guide also contains a full page of coupons for reduced offers on  test prep services.  In addition to basic information about the exam, this comprehensive guide outlines the history, service offerings, costs, refund policies, instructor qualifications, course schedules, teaching approach, latest products and more of each profiled firm.

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More Women Than Ever Take the GMAT

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) reveals that women are embracing business school education as never before, a fact we thought makes a fitting close to March, Women’s History month.

A record number of women (122,843) took the GMAT in testing year 2012, representing a record share (43 percent) of exams taken, according to GMAC.  Moreover, for the past 10 years the growth rate among women (4.3 percent) had been almost double that of men.

GMAC gathered these and other statistics as part of a special Women and Graduate Management Education Data-to-Go summary to commemorate International Women’s Day earlier this month. Citing its 2012 Application Trends Survey, GMAC noted that demand for specialized master’s programs is especially high among women, with each Master of Marketing/Communications and Master of Accounting programs showing a majority of women in their applicant mix (63 and 56 percent respectively).
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Makers of GMAT Unveil Revamped Free Test Prep Program

Test takers planning for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) now have a newly enhanced free software program to help them prepare, direct from the makers of the test itself. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the GMAT, this week released the latest version of GMATPrep, its free test prep program. Version 2.2 gives test takers new pacing tools and customization options to use as they review practice questions, GMAC announced.

“With two computer adaptive exams using retired test questions and the same technology as the actual exam, GMATPrep has always provided the most realistic experience for test takers to understand the question formats and practice pacing,” Andy Martelli, vice president of new product development for GMAC, said in a statement. “Now, GMATPrep v2.2 provides even more features to help test takers make the best use of their study time,” he added. Continue reading…

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Exclusive GMAT Insights and Advice for MBA Hopefuls From Top GMAT Community Leaders

Each year thousands of individuals begin journeys that they hope will ultimately lead to an acceptance offer from top-tier business schools around the world, and for the majority of these applicants one of the first steps on the b-school path is studying for and taking the GMAT exam. With the 2012-2013 application season wrapping up, a whole new cohort of aspiring MBA students are beginning to get serious about their own school choices and application materials. Most schools won’t be releasing their updated application requirements until later in the summer, so one concrete element of their application that they can start working on now is properly preparing themselves for taking the exam.  We sat down with the founders of the major online GMAT communities (Beat The GMAT and GMAT Club) as well as the Director of Academic Programs at leading GMAT test prep firm, Veritas Prep. These individuals have a combined wealth of experience to draw upon when providing helpful tips and insights to share with anyone contemplating an application to business school in 2013-14. In the article that follows, readers will have the opportunity to learn about common misconceptions many test takers have about the exam, successful approaches to creating a study schedule, specific tips that can help those who struggle with either the verbal or the quant sections, and valuable insights on how to approach retaking the test. We additionally have checked in with the official information provided by GMAC, the organization that creates and administers the GMAT exam.

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Admission into Harvard Business School with a 570 GMAT Score? Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond Shares How It Might Happen

Harvard Business School (HBS), which publicly discloses the range of GMAT scores by enrolled students every year, got folks in the MBA admissions world talking when it revealed that a student with a score of 570 will be part of next year’s class. How could someone who scored 160 points below the class median on a test considered by many to forecast business school success possibly still get in? To HBS, of all places, where only 13 percent of the close to 9,000 eager applicants this year secured a spot?

PoetsandQuants (P&Q) posed the question to the HBS admissions staff, which declined to shed any light on the successful candidate. So P&Q then turned to MBA admissions consultants, Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond among them, to guess about just what might be going on in the offices of HBS MBA Dean of Admissions Dee Leopold. Continue reading…

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