# GMAT & MBA Admissions Blog

## Mark Skoskiewicz

### Recent Posts

There is just something about breaking that 700-score threshold on the GMAT that feels, and perhaps really is, very important when you are applying to business school. In this article, I’ll share a less “technical” view on how to approach the GMAT to improve your chances of scoring 700 or better.

Let’s start with a brief exploration of online tutoring in general, before tackling the question of why and how to pursue online GMAT tutoring.

In a recent post, we explored why, in general, one should consider pursuing an online MBA. Our argument was that an online MBA program should at least be considered by most potential MBA students because:

Should you consider an online MBA? Well, that depends on your situation.

This week's GMAT Question of the Day relates to question #343 from the Official Guide for GMAT Review, 2017. It is a typical AD/BCE, YES/NO Question.

Tags: GMAT quant, GMAT prep

For today's GMAT Question of the Day, we have an AD/BCE Value Question, relating to question #311 from theOfficial Guide for GMAT Review, 2017. See below for a clear, step-by-step example and explanation.

Tags: GMAT quant, GMAT prep

This blog post relates to question #116 from the Official Guide for GMAT Review, 2017.

What intimidates most students here, and sends them spiraling into a black hole of unnecessary calculation, is the first line of the table: 10.8% of 37. It’s not as bad as it looks, but we’ll come back to that…

Tags: GMAT quant, GMAT prep

This blog post relates to question #114 from the Official Guide for GMAT Review, 2017.

This is a classic combined rate problem with a VIC (variables in choices) twist. The authors of the OG provide the straightforward algebraic solution, and, with the proper background in rates problems like this, you shouldn’t have any trouble understanding what they’re up to. However, VIC problems with only one or two variables are begging to be back-solved.

Tags: GMAT quant, GMAT prep

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." – Mark Twain

There are many misconceptions about the GMAT. Some are harmless, but others can impact a student’s ability to score well and reach their graduate school goals. Here are five common myths with which you should dispense quickly as you being to prepare for the GMAT.

Myth #1: The GMAT is by far the most important admissions criteria

It’s stressful to imagine that your entire dream of business school rests on one test. And, unfortunately, that stress can increase the chances of you performing poorly on that critical exam. Luckily, this just isn’t true.

Don’t get me wrong. The GMAT is very important. It’s one of the top criteria admission committees consider, and if you want to go to a top ten school, you probably absolutely have to score in the upper 600s to have a shot, and most likely need to have a 700+ score to have a strong shot. But note, a) I’m only talking about top ten schools right now and b) I did not write that you must score 760 to have a strong shot at getting in.

In general, MBA programs really DO look at undergraduate grades and classes, leadership qualities, business experience, community service, and perhaps most importantly, your rationale for attending and the ways in which you’ll contribute to their class. For example, I scored a 710 on the GMAT and was accepted at Kellogg, while my boss (who obviously had more experience) scored a 760 and did NOT get in. I can only imagine it had something to do with the story he told about wanting to go to business school.

Myth #2: The higher you score, the better your chances

As with most things in business (and life), strategy matters a lot. Many schools use the GMAT as a threshold of sorts. Once you pass the threshold, you reach diminishing returns quickly, because after the committee sees a GMAT score beyond that threshold, they being to look at other factors mentioned above.

I see too many students targeting top schools wasting their time trying with all their might to go from a 730 to a 760, and unfortunately they are almost certainly wasting their time and money. A top business school doesn’t view a 730 all that much different from a 760. Now, if you are targeting a top 100 business school, and you have a horrible GPA, a 730 GMAT score might get you accepted. And, if you are targeting a top 10 program, a 790 GMAT score might be high enough to stand out. But it is SO hard to get a 790. If you are currently at a 730, you are almost certainly better off focusing on writing excellent essays and pulling together a great application.

Myth #3: The GMAT is a grueling math aptitude test.

If you haven’t been in a math class in a long time, it’s easy to take a cursory view of the GMAT and, sincemany English speaking students are more comfortable with GMAT-verbal, view the whole test as a giant math test. In fact, the math skills tested on the GMAT are mostly from grades 9 and 10 (high school), though you are expected to apply those skills in creative and strategic ways.