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  • How long does it take to prepare for GMAT?
    The generic answer is about 100 hours of preparation time. Obviously there are cases when it goes much faster, but also cases where it takes longer. The determining factors of preparation speed are: Math background (do you remember the basics) Ability to think and read in English Speed reading in English Sense of logic Ability to intensely concentrate Endurance Amount of study time available Intellectual interest applied to GMAT Accuracy under time pressure Quality of study materials Time management
  • What is the formula for GMAT success- in the minimum time?
    Get the Official Guide to GMAT and solve practice problems to get familiar with the material. Take a simulation test (for free on, GMAT prep software download). Take the 10-hour crash course that we offer to fill in knowledge gaps. The course includes software package with 15 mock exams. Take as many as possible to get the timing right. Once the mock test results are consistent, take the GMAT.
  • The GMAT introduced the Focus edition - what are the changes?
    Changes announced to GMAT format: In 2024 the format of the GMAT will be adapted. The new structure is below. It resembles the present day Executive Assessment (EA). Quantitative Reasoning: 21 questions, 45 minutes (no data sufficiency) Verbal Reasoning: 23 questions, 45 minutes (no sentence correction) Data Insights: 20 questions, 45 minutes (mix of IR and data sufficiency)
  • I wish to apply to schools that don't require GMAT, can you help me?
    Yes, we are well aware that there are top programs that do not require GMAT. We have relationships to admissions staff and insider knowledge on how to get around GMAT. We have assisted many students get admitted to their dream schools-- without GMAT.
  • Can you help with tests besides GMAT?
    We offer instruction for GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, LSAT, and others. We also prepare candidates for psychometric tests for tech and consulting interviews. Some schools (ESADE, IE, St Gallen, Frankfurt School) offer their own tests. We can prepare these tests as well.
  • Can I get into a good school without GMAT or with a bad score?
    Yes. The top-ranked US school will not waive GMAT, but there are some very good European ones that have non-GMAT options (MBA: IE, St Gallen). The general pattern is the more renown the school, the higher the GMAT average. The alternative to GMAT is GRE. For native speakers who are a weaker in math, this is a good option. I wrote a blog about this topic. The math is a bit easier, but the verbal will challenge anyone, especially the non-native. For Master’s applicants, I have a list of non-GMAT options available on request with some very attractive options.
  • What is the weight of GMAT on an application?
    The schools will tell you About 20-30%-- but it's the first hurdle. Without a good score, it's doubtful that your application will be read. The other factors are: your CV and accomplishments at work, your academic background, your personal story, your recommendations, leadership experience. Of these criteria, the essay is the most important. Here you state your case and explain the role of the MBA and cast your professional vision.
  • Is it true that women have an advantage in admissions?
    Women have an advantage. Business schools are at about a 70/30 male female ration right now and they are desperately trying to close the gap. We have successfully won scholarships for many of our female applicants, some of whom thought they would never be accepted. See “success stories” for some examples. Any other claim to diversity, including diversity of thought, is a helpful differentiator.
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