business schools use scores on the GMAT to help them determine your
academic aptitude for graduate work. Each school has its own performance
standards; the higher your GMAT score the greater the number of
schools that may be interested in you. Graduate schools are also
very interested in your undergraduate GPA and give that more weight
in their consideration; however, your GPA has usually been established
by the time you apply and cannot be changed. But your GMAT
score can be improved.
The GMAT is considered highly challenging--not only
because you must work within rigid time constraints, but also because
you must contend with unfamiliar test material and wording that
may appear confusing in both the math and verbal sections.
Test Preparation Services workshops cover all sections
of the GMAT. In addition, we explain the differences between computer-adaptive
tests, like the GMAT, and the classroom tests that you are familiar
with. We debunk common myths about computer adaptive tests (i.e.,
focus primarily on the first few questions) and offer valuable strategies
for success, including knowing when to guess intelligently.
GMAT Workshop Topics
Our workshop includes an embedded review of fundamental
1. Arithmetic - working
fractions, square roots and percentage problems, ratios, basic combinatorics
2. Algebra - solving linear problems, linear
equations, quadratic equations and word problems.
3. Geometry - formulas and relationships
occurring with triangles, rectangles, circles, and other plane figures.
You will learn to identify key elements of questions,
spot common pitfalls, and learn how and when to use approximations
or alternate techniques to identify correct answers. You will also
learn when to guess. Diagramming and other informal solution methods
will be discussed, and special attention will be given percentage
problems, algebra problems, and other common types of word problems.
You will become comfortable and familiar with directions
and answer choices and learn how to identify the minimal information
required for solving a problem. You will also be trained to identify
algebraic relationships without using formal equations and to use
numeric substitutions and other strategies to analyze the data presented.
Because your reading skills will strongly affect
your performance on the GMAT, you will learn reading strategies
that will help you locate correct answers quickly. You will learn
to determine the main idea of a passage, analyze its structure,
and describe its tone. You will learn to identify ideas the author
implies or suggests in order to make accurate inferences. In addition,
you will gain familiarity with question types and learn the appropriate
strategies for answering each type of question correctly. Finally,
you will learn methods of enhancing concentration and building recall
of passage material, techniques critical for success on the computer-adaptive
Composition specialists will teach you how to recognize
the correct sentence in each set--you do not need to be an English
major to do well on this section! You do not need to know how to
correct dozens of grammatical and stylistic errors--just the limited
number tested by the GMAT. We'll show you how to run up points on
this section as you become familiar with common question types.
Detailed grammar and style review included.
In addition to reviewing principles of informal
logic, you will learn how to identify common question types and
learn strategies for correctly answering each type. In addition,
you will learn how to identify assumptions and implications in a
given passage; determine soundness of conclusions; identify facts
that may weaken or strengthen given arguments; and adopt reading
strategies that develop speed and accuracy of judgment.
Analytical Writing Assessment
You CAN write under pressure. Professional writing
teachers will show you how to generate ideas quickly and organize
those ideas into high-scoring essays. To prepare for the Analysis
of an Issue, you will learn how to draw on many sources (such as
personal experience, reading, current events and history) to generate
persuasive evidence and examples to support your thesis. To prepare
for the Analysis of an Argument, you will learn how to identify
the given argument’s logical flaws and organize your discussion
of them into a well-written critique. Time management skills will