About 2 years ago, one of our L.A. Instructors, Mike Kim, suggested that we provide a math curriculum for students who want a refresher on fundamental math topics (e.g. fractions, algebra, etc.). We thought it was a fantastic idea. Being an extraordinarily productive guy, Mike went on to author the Foundations of GMAT Math Workshops I and II which take place online (it turns out there are too many fundamental math topics to teach in one sitting).
Now, the Foundations of Math Workshops will be available for free to any Manhattan GMAT course student. If you are a course student, you can simply go to the website and add the Foundations workshops to your account. You will immediately receive access to dozens of practice problems in your student center as well as class recordings, and you can attend the next scheduled Foundations workshops live.
For non-students, the Foundations of Math Workshops will each be available for only $95. Additionally, if you end up signing up for a course after taking the Workshops, we’ll credit you whatever you spent on the workshops, so they’ll essentially wind up being free for you too.
Remember, these workshops review foundational math topics such as algebra, basic geometry, fractions, etc. They’re very useful if you need a refresher because you haven’t seen the math in a long while, but if you’re comfortable with the math already you can feel free to go straight to the Official Guides, Strategy Guides, etc.
P.S. The Foundations of GMAT Math Book is due out this Fall, as Mike’s original idea is taking multiple forms to reach as many people as possible.
Clear Admit did a recent profile on Manhattan GMAT on its blog as part of its series on GMAT prep companies. The profile had some good info about MGMAT’s upcoming offerings that really ought to appear in this space. 🙂
We’ve received word through the grapevine that GMAC is shortening all break periods during the test by a total of 15 minutes, effective July 17th. This change has yet to be confirmed – we’ll update this blog post as soon as we receive official confirmation.
The primary change for students is that breaks between sections will be 8 minutes each instead of 10 minutes. Those 2 minutes can be significant, as most people go to the bathroom between sections. So it’s something to be aware of.
The other 11 minutes come from the time allocated to read Instructions, fill out background info, and decide whether to see your score.
However, none of the allotted times for GMAT Content areas will be affected (i.e. 2 30-minute essays, 75 minutes for Quantitative and 75 minutes for Verbal).
Why is GMAC making this change? Hard to say. It could be that shortening the total appointment time by 15 minutes would allow more appointments at the margins. Or it could be an added security measure so that people have less time to do anything non-test related during break periods. Whatever the rationale, a stressful experience just got a little bit more intense.
Among the many topics of discussion at the Manhattan GMAT Instructor Convocation was what happens to the 11th Edition of the Official Guide now that it’s about to leave print. Here at Manhattan GMAT, we have something of a library of the various editions of the OG, starting with the 4th Edition or so (our copy of that one is pretty tattered).
Most students automatically gravitate toward the 12th Edition of the Official Guide for GMAT Review as soon as they hear about it, because, well, the newer the better.
But the fact that the 12th Edition is one-third new questions also means that the 11th Edition has several hundred other fairly representative problems of recent vintage for the thorough student to pore through. So if you’ve got Big Orange lying around, don’t punish yourself for having an earlier edition. Instead, praise yourself for picking up what could soon be a Collector’s Item.
The 3rd Annual Manhattan GMAT Instructor Convocation took place this past weekend. Dozens of Instructors came from across the country (and Canada) to mingle and share best practices with some of the brightest teaching minds anywhere.
The topic of the afternoon was how to deal with students whose issues are not primarily content-related (i.e. understanding GMAT-tested concepts), but rather issues surrounding the test-taking experience (e.g. stress management). Some very interesting themes came out of the Convocation – we’re going to be compiling some of these ideas to help our Instructors coach students moving forward. Some good suggestions came up for us incorporate into our upcoming books. We’re also looking at putting together a series of essays that may be helpful directly to students as well. An essay will likely appear in this space.
The Convocation was then followed by a massive Company dinner and a party at the CEO’s apartment, so it wasn’t all work and no play. Perhaps there will be more pictures to come . . . 🙂
We’re lucky here at Manhattan GMAT to be part of a thriving community of people who are headed toward business school – our website gets tens of thousands of visits each month. So we decided to try and get some insight as to what our students were thinking in terms of their professional aspirations and motivations for applying to MBA programs.
We conducted a survey, which students responded to in order to procrastinate, contribute to collective human knowledge, or win the amazon.com gift certificate we gave away to one lucky winner (Congrats to you!). After we compiled hundreds of responses, we put together a press release with the results. Some of the findings were a bit surprising, in that most of our respondents were secure in their jobs and not, for example, pursuing an MBA because of some job dislocation. Others were in keeping with you what you read in the press (fewer aspiring bankers and consultants than in years past). We’ll let you read for yourself if you’re curious.
Manhattan GMAT is proud to host the 1st day of the 2009 AIGAC Conference (the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants) on June 17th. Admissions officers from Haas (Berkeley), Tuck (Dartmouth), Yale, Michigan, and Darden (Virginia) will all be participating, with presentations from officers from NYU and Columbia during the conference as well.
Though we’re obviously a test prep company, we know that the larger admissions process is of acute interest to many of our students. Hopefully we’ll pick up a few tidbits to pass along.
Application season is starting to heat up again! For those of you just getting started, here’s an overview of “what’s what” with the GMAT.
What Is The GMAT?
The Graduate Management Admissions Test is a standardized test that many English-speaking business schools require applicants to take. The test is called a CAT, or Computer Adaptive Test, both because it is administered on a computer and because the test actually changes based upon how we answer the questions. The computer chooses what test questions to give us based upon our performance up until that point in the test. In a sense, we all take a different test, because the specific mix of questions any one person sees is based on that person’s performance during the test.
To register for the test or learn more information straight from the testwriters, go to www.mba.com.
The front page of today’s New York Times included a feature article about TEP, the innovative charter school founded by Zeke Vanderhoek. Zeke also founded Manhattan GMAT and served as CEO until the end of 2006.
Believe it or not, this is Zeke and TEP’s 2nd time on the front page of the Times. If you missed it, here’s a link to the 1st article.
TEP is doing to public education what Manhattan GMAT has done to test prep – demonstrating that if you pay more and select the best, the results speak for themselves. Congratulations to Zeke and TEP! If this article is any indication, the world is watching!
GMAC has released a bit more information about their research process for the Next Generation GMAT, slated to launch in 2013. (See this story on GMAC’s web site.) Here’s the nutshell:
GMAC is currently researching what skills the Next Generation GMAT will test. An advisory group made up of representatives from 9 major business schools in the US and Europe has been meeting to review the results of several studies conducted by GMAC and to debate the skills that the GMAT should test. (See this page for a summary of the advisory group’s activities.)
GMAC has not yet finalized what the pool of skills will be, nor has it determined the format of the questions or even the scoring scale that will be used. The Next Generation GMAT may even be given in additional languages besides English! (See the FAQ for more.) All we know for now is that the new test is expected to launch in 2013.
As we said when this info first came to light, the Next Generation GMAT is so far in the future that nobody needs to worry about it right now (except, of course, for all of us here at ManhattanGMAT!). If you are curious, though, check out the above links for the word straight from GMAC’s lips.