GMAT & MBA Admissions Blog

Should You Consider an Online MBA? Part II

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 09:28 AM

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:

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You’ve taken the GMAT. Should You Consider an Online MBA?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 05:13 PM

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

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GMAT Scores Continue to Rise

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

This summer at, the GMAC released new raw scores to percentile guidance based on nearly 800,000 tests administered from 2014-2017. In the newly released time-period, the average overall score out of 800 has risen by more than 4 points to slightly above 556 from just below 552 for the previous period of 2013-2015. Interestingly, this increase can be almost entirely attributed to improvements in the Quantitative section. For the reporting period ending in 2015, the average GMAT Quantitative raw score was 38.91. In this newly reported data, that score has risen by almost a full ½ point to 39.4. Concurrently, the GMAT Verbal average score improved, too, but only at a factor of about one-tenth that of the quantitative improvement – from 26.8 to 26.86.

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What Do Most Applicants to Top Tier MBA Programs Have in Common? No Compelling Reason.

Posted by Morgan Bisset on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 09:21 AM

The MBA applicant file was thick, with transcripts, recommendations, all sorts of testing metrics, alumni interview reports, essays, work portfolio, and even a video. The grades, numbers, work experience and personal narratives were superb. However at the bottom of the Director’s decision sheet clipped to the file folder were the letters NCR. In the decision column, the letter “Z” was scrawled, code for application rejected.

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The Importance of a GMAT Score

Posted by Morgan Bisset on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

If you are applying to an MBA program, you probably already know that the business school admissions committees will look at a number of elements in your application, but also that not all components are made equal in this process. One of the most important factors when applying to business school is your score for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), which is a standardized exam developed specifically for business school applicants, intended to measure their capability in pursuing an MBA program in an objective way.

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Answer Questions Like a Scientist for GMAT Success

Posted by Morgan Bisset on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

One of the great misconceptions about standardized exams such as the GMAT or the SAT is that they are tests of “Math” or “English.”

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Four Common GMAT Myths

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 @ 04:58 PM

"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 begin to prepare for the GMAT (for more information on the format of the GMAT, visit Peterson'
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, since many 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.
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MBA Programs: The Best-Kept Secret Revealed

Posted by Jared Rand on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM


You’ve done your research on MBA programs, and have resigned yourself to the fact that you’ll have to spend $50-$100k for your MBA. Right? Not so fast. Let me introduce you to the one top 20 business school, my alma mater, that pays you to attend through a working fellowship.

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Using Khan Academy for GMAT Prep

Posted by John Easter on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

 If you don't know what Khan Academy is, watch this. When it comes to GMAT prep, using Khan Academy can be a very effective tool for refreshing basic skills, but there's a catch. KA content is aligned to the common core state standards for math. The GMAT is NOT aligned to the common core.

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GMAT or GRE: 3 Key Questions

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

I often get asked to help our students decide between taking the GMAT and the GRE. Here are the three most fundamental questions you should be asking as you make your decision.

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE vs. GMAT, GMAT reading comprehension, GMAT, Reading Comprehension