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Lisa Alvarado

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GMAT Question of the Day

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


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Tags: GMAT quant, GMAT prep

Mastering GMAT Quant: Building a Foundation

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 @ 05:22 PM

Many of our GMAT students are very intimidated by the quantitative section of the GMAT.  But they really don’t need to be.

We are quick to explain that it can often be easier to make rapid improvement in your score on the quantitative section of the GMAT, as a significant portion of the facts and concepts you need to know are easy enough to learn or re-learn and then begin to apply to GMAT problems. The verbal section, on the other hand, has a stronger element of required “intuition” and general comfort with the nuances of the English language. This intuition and the associated vocabulary and reading comprehension skills take longer to build, and variances across students in these types of skills are generally the result of over a decade of relative differences in number and complexity of books read, reading and writing coursework, and general interest in reading and writing.

All that said, students continue to be intimidated by GMAT quant. Our society has a large cohort of individuals who simply believe they aren’t really “math people.”

This leads to high levels of stress around the quantitative section of the GMAT, and at a certain point, enough stress and anxiety can result in scores on the quantitative section of the exam that don’t even come close to your true level of competence.

So, what are some foundational steps you can take to begin the journey to mastering the GMAT quant section. 

Let me suggest a two-step process to building a foundation for success on GMAT quant.

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Tags: GMAT quant

MBA vs MiM: The 11 differences that matter

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Fri, Dec 09, 2016 @ 04:01 PM

For years the MBA has built up its reputation as the go to degree for individuals wanting to make a move into the management field.

What's more, it has fared exceptionally well by equipping various graduates with skills to move forward and enter prestigious positions in MNC's or create organizations of their own.

However, with all the rewards that accompany an MBA, it’s a well-known fact that top schools are extremely choosy and applicants need to meet several prerequisites to meet selection standards.

One such pre-imperative is the work experience required.

With the average age of applicants around 27-28 years, one can't consider taking up this degree before he has 4-5 years of experience securely added to his profile.

This race to gain significant work experience is especially troublesome for people who know they want to change to a  management role however to get to there, struggle to collect those lucrative years of work experience, at times in deadlocked occupations.

But times are changing.

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Tags: MBA vs. MiM

3 Key Components of a Good MBA Application

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 12:50 PM

Applying to business school is an extremely competitive process. Top schools such as Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton hold applicants to high standards, so putting together a good application is key.

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Tags: MBA Admissions