Student Case

How can a well educated intelligent person completely change careers when everyone wants experience?

Kate:
Many MBA students claim they want to switch fields. Some will do so successfully and others will backtrack into their former fields because that’s the easier thing to do. One particular former student had a background in particle physics. He really, really couldn’t backtrack. Once you leave that PhD track…”

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

If You Want to Score Well on the GMAT, You’ve Got to Have a Decent Verbal Score.

A low verbal score will put a hard cap on your total GMAT score. Scoring less than 34 on the verbal portion of the test will prevent you from reaching 700 overall no matter what. If verbal scores are holding back your overall GMAT result, bone up on basic English such as subject-verb agreement before trying to retest. Read a student question and Kate's response about how to improve when your verbal score is not up to par.

Understanding Percentiles:
Did you know that 47Q/34V are both approximately 70th percentile?

GMAT percentiles confuse students all the time. What determines your overall total score is the WEAKEST scaled score between your quant and
verbal. In the case above, the Verbal scaled score of 34 will actually prevent the student from crossing 700. A scaled score below 35 on either quant or verbal will keep 700 out of range even when the other score is considered perfect at 51.

Percentiles reflect the population taking the test.

Because the GMAT is taken by a population that tends to be stronger in quant than verbal, the verbal percentiles are higher at the same scaled score. For example, Quant score: 46 is just below 70th percentile, but a Verbal score: 46 is 99th percentile.

The individual percentiles do not determine your overall all score nor your overall percentile. Keep your eye on the scaled scores if you want to maximize your GMAT score.

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Application tip

How are those MBA applications coming? There's always another way to them shine for your MBA program of choice. Here's 6 handy tips that you may not have thought of that could make all the difference with your application and how you represent yourself. "You are most definitely not helping yourself by pretending. Sooner or later this will be detected. Although not psychologists, business school admissions professionals are trained to look for phonies, and they are almost always found out.

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Success.

"Success at school and success at life are similar things. We want to do well at school because it seems to mean we will do well at life. it is natural to want to succeed and gain the respect of others. But, there are people who did well with school but flunked at life and there are people who did the flip. “They teach us everything other than the two skills that really determine the quality of adult life; knowing how to choose the right job for us and knowing how to form satisfactory relationships.”

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Apple hacks.

Have an Apple product? Here's 91 (are you kidding?!) hacks that you may not even know existed.

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