The Shorter New GMAT April 2018

Should you retake the new GMAT if you already have a reasonable score? Given the GMAC announcement of the shorter, new GMAT this past week, I have started getting a barrage of questions from students who had only recently officially considered themselves “finished” with the GMAT. Here’s my advice in brief: If you thought you … Read more

Case Study: Teaching to Consulting

Case Study: Samantha former teacher, post MBA strategy consultant Sam was a science teacher at prestigious middle school in the Northeast stuck between an urge to do something more competitive, have a family, and something she just couldn’t nail down. She was doing well financially as a teacher – much better than most teachers, and … Read more

Three Big Lessons to Boost your Score on the GMAT

How to boost your GMAT score  – The 3 big lessons I’ve learned from teaching the GMAT 1. Practice does NOT make perfect. I grew up accustomed to the mantra, “Practice makes perfect.” It is so popular it was accepted as fact rather than tested for validity. But I have found through personal experience and … Read more

What to give your Recommendation Writers

Your Letters of Recommendation. Some part of your candidacy is determined by letters of recommendation written by – usually – your current boss and another manager. You can mix and match on the “who” writes your letter as long as at least 1 of the letter writers can speak directly and specifically to your work … Read more

Confidence

Confidence and success go hand-in-hand.   Confidence is a critical, and often missing, component of success. This is partially a result of a legacy of serfdom, parental messages, and the encouragement of trust in institutions by our schools. Adults need to learn independence, a middle way between trust and naïveté, the acceptance of our shortcomings, … Read more

How to Find Meaningful Work

A lot of people want to find meaningful work. The first requirement of any job is that it should pay and it should also be full of meaning. People may wonder what it is like to have a meaningful job. Different people will find different kinds of work meaningful. It really depends on who you … Read more

Where is cybercrime really coming from? | Caleb Barlow

Everybody thinks or feels that being on the computer is a safer way to store records instead of having physical copies. They feel the physical copies can be stolen easier and do have a password. However, cybercrime is one of top crimes committed on a daily basis. It is becoming to easy for people to … Read more

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Manners

We all have different ideas about manners. Many cultures across the world showcase unique rituals in their everyday lives. The details become far more interesting when we take in an depth look at how manners shape our perception and the world in which we live. Take a step forward and discover yourself. Key Takeaways: Looked … Read more

The Impostor Syndrome

Most of us at one time or another have been compared to someone else. Often times the people doing the comparing have our best interests in mind, however, what about the damage we do when we’re the ones comparing ourselves to others? We may not always fit in, but that’s the beauty of it all. … Read more

The Uses of Envy

Envy actually has some good uses. At a young age we are taught that envy is not a good thing. Envy, like fear is an important emotion that can help us identify what we want. It is a call to action that should not be feared. If we can get by the shame associated with … Read more

Success at School vs Success in Life

Success at school and success at life are similar things. We want to do well at school because it means we will do well at life. We want to succeed and gain the respect of others. But, there are people who did great at school and flunked at life and there are people that did … Read more

Why And How To Say Sorry

Apologies are some of the hardest things for people to do. But it’s one of the most important things in any relationship. You may think that the key to being satisfied in your relationship is to point out the other person’s faults and insist that you’re right. But that isn’t true. Saying “sorry” is guaranteed … Read more

Ask Kate: Okay Quant, Low Verbal

Getting a good GMAT score means knowing how to study well.     Hi I have GMAT and scored a Quant 44 and verbal on 30, resulting which my scores are shattered. This is my first take.i plan for a second intake, However, I am looking forward to improve on my TIME management. Please help … Read more

Ask Kate Perfect Quant sucky Verbal GMAT Score

Having a good verbal score on the GMAT is may determine your MBA success.     Hi, I recently took my gmat and i scored a 680 Q51 and V 30 . AWA 6.0 and IR 8.0 . Can you tell me if i should retake the exam? Hi Sid, great work on the GMAT … Read more

Ask Kate Low GMAT Verbal Score

When applying to MBA programs, a GMAT retake may make all the difference.       Hi Kate. I recently took the GMAT and bombed out on my verbal (despite English being my first language). I mismanaged my time and think I was penalized heavily for running out of time, resulting in a 31. Quants … Read more

Ask Kate: Business School Admissions at 35

How likely would a 35 year old Chinese guy with 7 years of work experience be enrolled by a top MBA school? See other responses on Quora   A: The age is not the problem – you will be one of – if not the oldest – in your class, but age won’t prevent your … Read more

Ask Kate: Will an F keep me out of Bschool?

Can I be accepted into a prestigious school for an MBA if I failed a course in grad school? Did my masters in CS from an average university in Virginia. I have mostly A’s and A+’s except for the course on algorithms – which i failed. This makes my transcripts look bad. Have 3 years … Read more

Ask Kate: Must I Submit Transcripts

If I spend two semesters as an exchange student in an university and apply to grad school, how bad would it be to apply without submitting the transcript of my period there?   I am an exchange EECS major at UC Berkeley. On my first semester I didn’t had very good grades, mostly because I … Read more

Ask Kate: Low GPA MBA Admissions

With a 2.04 GPA in entrepreneurial business, how can I enroll in an MBA program of one of the top universities?   I was busy reading books and building things as I had some family financial problems (long story) Please don’t suggest repeating some courses as i don’t want to waste more time. How did … Read more

Ask Kate: Years of Experience before MBA

Q: What is the optimal years of work experience one should have before attending a top MBA in order to maximize post-MBA earnings? From what I understand, (correct me if I’m wrong), the post-MBA salary depends partly on how much work experience one had before an MBA. For example, if an applicant who had 2 … Read more