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Harvard Business School Admissions Director on GMAT vs. GRE

dee_leopoldHarvard Business School (HBS) has stated publicly for some time that it accepts both the GMAT and the GRE and does not prefer one over the other. In a bid to be even more transparent on the issue, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a recent post on her Director’s Blog to the matter.

To substantiate the claim that the school is agnostic in terms of a preference between the two tests, Leopold chose to reveal exactly how many applicants submitted each type of test score, along with how many of those applicants were ultimately admitted and matriculated. While the vast majority of applicants opted to submit GMAT scores, the percentage of matriculating admits as compared to total applicants broken out by test were within close range. Continue reading…

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GMAC Adds Online Content, Resources to Its GMAT Review Series

gmatThe Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), in partnership with Wiley, is enhancing its Official Guide for GMAT® Review series with added online content, videos and a unique study tool that lets users customize their own practice question sets, the council announced today.

The enhancements to the Official Guide for GMAT® Review 2015 are designed to make studying for the GMAT exam easier and more convenient, according to GMAC, which owns and administers the business school entrance exam. GMAC has published 13 previous editions of its Official Guide for GMAT Review, giving business school applicants access to hundreds of real, retired GMAT questions. The 2015 series is the first to combine questions in both book and online form. Continue reading…

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GMAT Test Takers Can Now Preview Scores Before Reporting or Canceling Them

test takingProspective applicants to business school who take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will now have the ability to preview their unofficial scores before deciding whether to report or cancel them, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the exam, announced yesterday. This new score reporting feature, available to all test takers, will go into effect at all 600 test centers worldwide that administer the exam beginning tomorrow.

“We are pleased to offer this feature as part of our efforts to make preparing for and taking the GMAT exam easier,” Ashok Sarathy, GMAC vice president of product management, said in a statement. “The new score reporting feature gives test takers more certainty and control in the testing process and in how their scores are reported to schools.” Continue reading…

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GMAC Introduces New Online Prep Tool for GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning Section

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the GMAT, has introduced a new web-based resource to help prospective test-takers prepare for the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section added to the exam in 2012.

The Official GMAT® Integrated Reasoning Prep Tool, which launched on April 21st, includes 48 items and answer explanations from the IR section of the GMAT and sells for $19.99. It is the only dedicated Integrated Reasoning prep tool available that contains retired Integrated Reasoning items, according to GMAC. Continue reading…

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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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