Ask Kate: Verbal Abilities Affect Overall GMAT Score

Your GMAT study plan is critical.       i took my gmat today and score 500 (q43,v 18). i am shocked. i took gmat prep test a day before and score were almost similar 550(q44, v20) . i am a non native speaker of english please suggest when should i retake the test. Hi! … Read more

Ask Kate Responses

A Selection of Ask Kate responses focused on the Business School Candidate and Career Switcher. The Admissions Interview: Your Standing You have received an invitation from admissions for an interview. What does that mean for your chances of being admitted? Kate explains in this video what an interview means in relation to your standing with … Read more

MBA Salaries are up, where?

Thinking about Business School to make your next career move? You’re in good company. Preliminary reports on post MBA salaries are showing an upward trend. Poets and Quants published the big movers in post MBA salary changes from 2010 to 2014. And Prepwise recently posted the Monetary Value of an MBA Tool (included below). Despite … Read more

GMAT Self-Paced Preparation

For students who need to prepare for the GMAT and want guidance but are’t ready to commit to tutoring. Bite-sized lessons you can mix and match to build your own study sessions.

Math Overview

GMAT Math Basics aka What you need to know about Quant: The biggest waste of time I see students commit is dedicating days to probability and combinatorics. While you should run through these areas a few times, you are likely to get ONE question from each, max. Some students report zero probability and combinatoric questions. … Read more

GMAT Prep on the Cheap

Time to crush the GMAT once and for all. Your goal is to focus your study based on your strengths and weaknesses to hit your target score as efficiently as possible. As you visit the main math and verbal pages you will see the modules you need to use for improvement. I’m certainly biased toward … Read more

Career Development

How it Works Our Personalized approach is designed to help you achieve your life goals while helping you advance your career.‚Äč Meet Your Advisor. Orientation Sets the Stage for your success. Share your aspirations and chat about your goals in your first session. Once we’ve had a chance to discuss, I’ll determine which additional assessments … Read more

Favorite Study Tools

This favorite tool should be used by students who need extensive math drill work. Software Where to get: signup at (click here) How much it costs: basic edition is $9.95/mo Who should use it: Students who are slow to calculate, those who may not have learned math very clearly ages 10-14, and those … Read more

4 Days before the GMAT part 3: No time off

Part 3: 4 day GMAT plan You’re taking the GMAT without having any free days just before. Not a problem! My student tend to run hot – i.e. they may be a over-the-top obsessive about details. Great for knocking out financial models, death to your GMAT score if you have too much time on your … Read more

4 days before the GMAT part 2: Days off

Part 2: 4 day GMAT plan You’re taking the GMAT on a Monday or Tuesday or after a few days off. This gives you the weekend to finalize prep and decompress from work. It also however gives you the chance to over-study. The last thing you want to do is cram all weekend. Case in … Read more

Disturbing Bschool Trend?

So what’s going on with the girls? Isn’t it supposed to be easier for girls to get in?   I received a frantic phone call yesterday . . . a former student who won’t be applying for at least another year called to ask why strong work experience, 740+, female candidates were getting deferred to … Read more

Student GMAT Cases

What follows are private client case write-ups. Out of respect for our clients we have concealed names. We appreciate your privacy. If you want to meet Kate in person, please click here to book your personal evaluation. Legend: KM: When you see KM what follows are Kate McKeon’s actual session notes or a summary of … Read more

GMAT Prep – the 22-hour Student

The 22-Hour Student For students with a significant gap between current GMAT score and target score, 200+ points, it is imperative to bring a consistent attack to foundational materials. Expect to spend 22-25 hours a week on foundational, building block and GMAT materials over a period of 12-15 weeks. What does a 22-hour study week … Read more


How much gas does it take to power US cars annually? How much gas does each car use? How many cars are on the road? How many miles are driven each year? How many gallons are needed to drive those miles? How many people are driving? When estimating a quantity of this magnitude, it is … Read more


Below are the puzzles on the back of Prepwise business cards. We hope you enjoyed taking a a moment to come up with your estimation before clicking through to see ours. These cards were designed by Kate McKeon in an effort to have her students get more comfortable with estimating quantities. Especially when taking a … Read more

Kate McKeon

Hi! Call me Kate. I’m the Chief at Prepwise, responsible for course creation, student engagement and all the “fun” of running a company. We build smarter, stronger Business Leaders. You probably know me from one of your friends. Or frenemies. Or your boss (I’ve been at this a while). With almost 3000 individual tutoring students, … Read more