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Test tips from leading prep firms for applicants studying for the GMAT.  If you know your strengths and weaknesses, browse by test section: AWA, Quant and Verbal.

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Jul 28, 2015

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GMAT Tip: Flipping the Script on Critical Reasoning Assumption Questions

When it comes to Critical Reasoning questions on the verbal section of the GMAT, the variety that typically adds the most difficulty for examinees is the “Assumption” category. These questions – of which you’ll most certainly see at least a couple on test day – ask you to find an assumption required by the argument provided in the stimulus. For example, question stems might read: Which of the following is assumed by the argument above? Which of the following is a necessary assumption required by... Read more »

Jul 21, 2015

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GMAT Tip: The Corrupt Mechanic Behind Sentence Correction Problems

The rules for GMAT Sentence Correction problems seem fairly straightforward, but a closer examination sheds a good deal of light on why these questions are trickier than they seem. You’re provided with a sentence, at least some of which is underlined. Choice A repeats the underlined portion, and choices B through E are each different ways to phrase that underlined portion. Your job is to select the one choice out of five that is logical in the context of the rest of the sentence and is also free... Read more »

Jul 14, 2015

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your GMAT Practice Test

Taking practice tests is an essential component of your GMAT study regimen. But it’s not the mere act of taking the test that provides you with your greatest opportunity for improvement. Sure, taking the test is helpful: it exposes you to more practice problems, forces you to consider pacing and work under timed pressure, and trains your mind and body for the 3.5 hours you’ll spend testing at the test center. More importantly, however, your practice tests provide you with a blueprint for your pe... Read more »

Jul 7, 2015

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Three Controversial (But Essential) GMAT Data Sufficiency Strategies

Of all the GMAT question types, Data Sufficiency is the most unique. Consequently, it tends to be the most feared. And as a result of that, most Data Sufficiency lessons focus more on how to “get through” Data Sufficiency than on how to conquer it. GMAT students are taught vanilla strategies to play Data Sufficiency safe, and then pat themselves on the back for learning techniques to essentially read the answer choices a second or two faster (let’s be honest, the famed AD/BCE and 1-2-T-E-N strat... Read more »

Jun 30, 2015

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GMAT Tip: 3 Essential Critical Reasoning Strategies

Approximately one-third of the GMAT Verbal problems you see will be of the Critical Reasoning variety, in which you read a paragraph (or two short paragraphs representing a dialogue) of up to 125 words and then answer a question based on it. While the general instructions are relatively straightforward, there are three things you must do in order to succeed on these problems. 1. Select the only correct answer. The official instructions for Critical Reasoning read: “For these questions, select th... Read more »

Jun 23, 2015

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GMAT Tip: 3 Things to Know about GMAT Accommodations

For a long time, testing accommodations were something to be kept secret. Test takers didn’t want schools to know they received accommodations. The process to apply for accommodations was not well publicized, and misinformation about the required documentation and when it needed to be submitted was rampant. Today, we’ll provide some valuable information for candidates who are thinking about seeking accommodations on test day. To make the GMAT more accessible to test-takers with disabilities, the... Read more »

Jun 16, 2015

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GMAT Tip: 3 Things to Know About Picking a GMAT Test Center

Last week, we covered five often-overlooked things to think about before you show up at your GMAT test center, one of which involved the location and accessibility of the place itself. This week, we want to drill down and offer some more pointers on the facility factor. Not all GMAT test centers are created equal, so read on for some quick tips to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success on test day! 1. Size Matters. You would never buy a car or house by just looking at a picture and name. ... Read more »

Jun 9, 2015

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GMAT Tip: 5 Things to Consider Before Test Day

So you’ve decided that business school is for you, and you’ve taken the first step towards your graduate degree: you’ve signed up for the GMAT exam! Some folks might argue that’s the toughest part. Others might say it’s the preparation: do you sign up for test prep or commit to self study? Both are significant projects that, if executed properly, will result in a score that you can brandish on social media and brag about to business schools. There are, however, a handful of smaller things to con... Read more »

Jun 2, 2015

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Your GMAT Pacing Plan: The Study Phase

The following article comes from Veritas Prep.  Since its founding in 2002, Veritas Prep has helped more than 100,000 students prepare for the GMAT and offers the highest rated GMAT Prep course in the industry. One of the greatest challenges you’ll face on the GMAT is that of time.  It’s not just that the pace-per-question metrics are aggressive – you’ll have a hair over 2 minutes per problem on the quantitative section and about 1:50 per question on the verbal – but you’ll also have to deal wit... Read more »

May 26, 2015

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6 Essential GMAT Study Strategies

The following is a guest post from Veritas Prep.  If you’re researching business schools and admissions strategies here at Clear Admit, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll be taking the GMAT sometime in your future.  And that means you’ll need to study for the GMAT.  Since not all study plans are created equal, here are 6 strategies to help you optimize that process. 1) Focus on deep understanding and application, not just on knowledge. The GMAT testmakers say over and over again that the GMAT... Read more »

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