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Nov 29, 2013

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Analysis of an Argument Essay

Today’s GMAT article comes from Manhattan Review GMAT Prep UAE, a provider of GMAT Prep courses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, among others. In this article, they reveal Manhattan Review’s six best points on the GMAT essay. The GMAT is an odd test. Unlike in the LSAT, the least important section, the essay, comes first, not last. However, though it’s true that business schools don’t pay as much attention to the essay score as to the overall verbal and quantitative score, this doesn’t ... Read more »

Sep 14, 2011

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GMAT Tips – The AWA Isn’t That Important… So Can I Blow It Off?

Today’s GMAT Tip comes from our friends at Knewton.  In this article, they provide helpful advice on how to approach the AWA section of the GMAT.  Read on to see what they have to say! I want to take a moment to address some common confusion about the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) portion of the GMAT exam.  As many of you inveterate students know, the AWA portion involves two essays, and you get a maximum of 30 minutes for each essay.  And no, you don’t get 45 minutes for the second essay ... Read more »

Nov 27, 2010

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GMAT Tip: How often should I take practice tests?

Today’s GMAT tip comes from Kaplan. In this article, Kaplan GMAT instructor Bret Ruber provides some advice on how many practice tests you should take before the actual GMAT exam: When it comes to taking practice tests, many GMAT testtakers fall into one of two categories.  The first type is made up of students that think of practice tests as THE way to prep.  These students will take practice test after practice test, sometimes taking up to four or more a week.  The second group is made up of s... Read more »

Sep 22, 2010

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GMAT Tip: Quiz: What’s your GMAT prep personality?

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for another GMAT Tip from our friends at the test prep firm Knewton. In this article, they have provided a quiz so that readers can determine what their GMAT prep personality is! Jessica Nepom is the Curriculum Coordinator at Knewton, as well as one of their expert GMAT prep teachers. We all remember the types of students from high school – the Jock, the Slacker, the Teacher’s Pet. But now that you’re out of high school and studying for the GMAT, what’s y... Read more »

May 15, 2010

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GMAT Tip: 5 Tips for Getting a Perfect Score on the GMAT Essay

Today’s GMAT Tip was provided by our friends at the test prep firm Knewton. In this article, they share advice on how to ace the AWA portion of the GMAT. Josh Anish is the Senior Editor at Knewton. A lot of good folks argue that your GMAT essays are meaningless, but don’t forget that the essays can be a determining factor in the increasingly competitive admissions process. An extremely low score could set off flags, and raise doubts about your ability to complete graduate work. Additionally, adm... Read more »

Apr 24, 2010

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GMAT Tip: The Ups and Downs of your Practice Test Scores

Today’s GMAT tip comes from our friends at Kaplan. In this article, Kaplan GMAT instructor Jen Kedrowski addresses possible reasons your scores may fluctuate on practice tests: You’ve been studying religiously for the GMAT, learning all of the content and formulas you need, practicing under timed conditions…and suddenly, your practice test scores went down!  How is that possible, you wonder?  Is all the work that you’re doing pointless?  Are you doomed to stay at this low score level no matter w... Read more »

Apr 17, 2010

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GMAT Tip: AWA Pacing and Length

Today’s GMAT tip comes from the folks at Kaplan. In this article, Kaplan GMAT instructor Brian Fruchey offers advice on tackling the AWA section: While the two essays on the GMAT require you to do completely different things, the approach and foundation of each essay is exactly the same.  In this blog article, I want to address two questions my students often ask:  “How long should I spend on planning the essay vs. writing the essay?” and “How long should the essay be?”. Pacing the Essay Thirty ... Read more »

Jan 13, 2010

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GMAT Tip: Think Like the Testmaker Series, Volume 5

Today’s GMAT tip comes from Veritas Prep. In today’s article, they present the fifth installment of their “Think Like the Testmaker Series,” which focuses this week on the Analytical Writing Assessment: Brian Galvin is the Director of Academic Programs at Veritas Prep, where he oversees all of the company’s GMAT prep courses. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is an interesting component of the GMAT for several reasons: •    Its score is significantly less important than your composite quan... Read more »

Dec 30, 2009

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GMAT Tip: Ace the Essays? No, Thanks!

Today’s GMAT tip comes from our friends at test prep firm ManhattanGMAT. In this article, ManhattanGMAT instructor Stacey Koprince offers advice on how to tackle the essay portion of the GMAT: We all know that the essays on the GMAT are scored separately and that the schools don’t care as much about the essay scores. We also know we have to write the essays first, before we get to the more important quant and verbal sections, so we don’t want to use up too much brain-power on the essays. Still, ... Read more »