What Your GMAT Score Means

Composition of a 700 – updated June 2017 GMAT scoring is not obvious at first glance and many instructors and consultants focus on percentiles rather than the scaled scores, fueling more confusion. If you have read that business schools “need to see 80th percentile” in both quant and verbal and that you need at least … Read more

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

Ask Kate 48/40 okay split?

If You Want To Get Into A Top 10 MBA Program, You May Have To Retake The GMAT More Than Once.   Is 48Q 40V an okay split to start MBA applications or retake? See full video: Ask Kate 48/40

Ask Kate low AWA, 720?

Is 720 good enough? Does AWA matter? Hint . . . yes and no. Well, Yes. Then No. Confused? Watch. See Prepwise channel on youtube for full length video: Ask Kate GMAT 720, does AWA matter?

Ask Kate GMAT V29

My suggestions for a student with a V29 – hint, that’s no good. But never fear, I won’t leave you hanging. Advice on what resources to use to improve the verbal score.   See the full length video on youtube. Ask Kate Non Native English, is q49/V29 okay?

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

2017 Summer Challenge

Applying to MBA programs in Rounds 1 or 2 in 2017? How about a money-back guarantee that you’ll get in? Can we agree that 2017 has been a wild ride? Well, MBA application season is no reason to slow it down. So let’s fire up the last days of Summer and prepare for business school … Read more

Grammar Cheatsheet

Here’s a fellow writer’s grammar cheatsheet: Common Writing Challenges for Native and Non-Native English Speakers, Grammar Cheatsheet.   Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to Principle vs principal …. I see that one misused often. They also include such gems as fewer versus less – a GMAT issue!! Grammar is a set of … 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

Self Sabotage

It is normal for people to seek out their own happiness. This is especially true for relationships and careers. It is possible though that things do not go the way you want and you end up having negative feelings. In relationships, we can drive our partners to distraction with self sabotage. You have to make … Read more