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  • Graduate School Admissions in the Headlines: The Why It’s Worth It Edition

    graduation-cake-radualionte-funnyHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the graduate school admissions process and graduate education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    Many aspiring graduate school students consider a master’s degree a necessity for scoring a plum job. But in light of rising debt, how is someone to know which degrees are worth the expense? (MarketWatch.com)

    And speaking of investments…in the United States and throughout the world, an important debate is taking place regarding the costs and benefits of a graduate degree. Read more ››

  • Law School Admissions in the Headlines: The Rebounding Number of LSAT Takers

    law school newsHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the law school admissions process and legal education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    Here’s something that has not happened since 2010: the number of LSAT takers is on an upward trajectory! Could that mean a rebound in law school applications too? (The Wall Street Journal)

    The job outlook for new lawyers is nothing to do cartwheels about, but it’s clear that the free-fall has stopped.   Read more ››

  • The First GRE Prep Course eBook for Kindle

    amazon-1Great news for Kaplan students: we’ve collaborated with Amazon to bring the first GRE prep course ebook directly to students enrolled in Kaplan courses using the Kindle reading apps and Kindle Fire tablets. This makes our GRE course the first Kindle-compatible Kaplan course available for aspiring graduate school students. Kaplan GRE students will have the ability to study across multiple devices—Kindle Fire and Android tablets, iPads, PCs and Macs—and take advantage of features such as note taking, highlighting, tracking progress, word look up, searching and syncing. Read more ››

  • 4 Reasons to Take a Free Kaplan GMAT Practice Test

    GMAT Practice TestWhy should you encourage your advisees to sign up for one of the upcoming Free Online GMAT Practice Tests that Kaplan offers? There are a number of reasons, but here are some of the most important.

    1. Students need GMAT stamina training:

    It’s tough to sit still for hours and focus on Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal tasks. Students can begin their stamina training by trying a GMAT Practice Test to see how it feels to be planted in a chair for a stretch of time with nothing but their critical thinking skills and math formulas to defend them. Read more ››

  • Business School Admissions in the Headlines: The Waiting for the Right One Edition

    10454504-columbus-mba-admissions-consulting2Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the business school admissions process and MBA landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    There’s a new phenomenon among graduating MBA students – turning down a good, safe job offer in hopes of getting a better one. But is waiting it out the best option? What are the risks? Having prospective employers fight over you isn’t necessarily a bad situation to be in! (The Wall Street Journal)

    What do MBA recruiters want in prospective employees? Read more ››

  • Studying for the GRE – Are Your Students Using the Right Habits?

    gre studyingOne of the interesting things I’ve discovered as a GRE instructor is that many students have little or no plan when it comes to studying for the GRE. While most students will set occasional timing goals for themselves – things like “I’ll try to study for an hour later tonight” or “if I have time, I’ll take a practice test this weekend” – what they fail to realize is that those aren’t plans; those are whims. Read more ››

  • Helping Prevent The Most Common Law School Application Errors

    richards_smallA week ago, we played host to Anne Richard, Senior Dean of Admissions for University of Virginia, School of Law on our monthly talk show The 180 Live!  We asked her what the biggest law school application mistakes are, and she actually brought real samples from actual applications to share with us.  We also asked our student audience  our question of the night on Facebook and Twitter: to identify what they thought the most common/biggest mistake admissions offices see on law school applications!   Read more ››

  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The Take the Current MCAT Before It’s Too Late Edition

    MCAT newsHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the medical school admissions process and medical education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    Good news for pre-med students concerned about a lack of MCAT seats before the test changes in Spring 2015: the maker of the exam (the Association of American Medical Colleges) has added October and November test dates in 2014, as well as testing dates in January 2015. (The Student Doctor Network)

    Talk about fierce competition. Read more ››

  • Graduate School Admissions in the Headlines: “The Rankings Are Here! The Rankings are Here!” Edition

    gre rankingsHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the graduate school admissions process and graduate school education from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    ICYMI: Here are U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings for graduate schools.  (U.S. News & World Report)

    What’s Kaplan Test Prep’s take on the rankings? We say whether a school ranks 16th or 24th won’t matter in the long run.  Ultimately, applicants should seek programs that are the best overall ‘fit’ for their academic, professional, financial, and lifestyle goals and needs. Read more ››

  • Match Day Leaves Most Medical Students Jumping for Joy

    20131004_165754Last week’s Match Day saw many celebrations throughout the country as 4th year medical students learned where they’ll be spending their residency years. A quick glance at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on Friday saw countless photos of students laughing, jumping for joy, and even a handful of proposals as long-awaited envelopes were opened.

    The National Residency Matching Process, more commonly known simply as “the Match”, is a process that combines feelings of excitement and trepidation in much the same way as the medical school application process. Read more ››

  • GMAC Creates Wonderful Infographics

    gmat infographicThe Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) collects tremendous amounts of data then publishes much of it and makes it available to everyone. If you have not already done so or have not done so in a while, go to GMAC’s website and have a look at the Market Intelligence & Research tab.

    The big headings you’ll find there are GMAT Profile Data & Trends, Research & Survey Results, and Validate Admissions Criteria. Click through the featured box above and beneath each of the aforementioned headings. Read more ››

  • When is the right time to go to grad school?

    iStock_000003401233XSmallThat’s an important question that prospective graduate students should ask themselves, for many reasons. I suspect that many students today view going to grad school as a given, a step that they will inevitably take, often immediately after completing their undergrad degrees. There is the belief (not entirely unfounded) that to advance in one’s career, one must possess an advanced degree. I found myself being subjected to these pressures as I approached the end of college; family members and friends alike suggested I go to law school or business school or grad school. Read more ››

  • US News & World Report 2014 MBA Rankings

    whartonBest business school rankings are always big news, but it is rare they come with much in the way of surprises, especially in the top 10.  For example, Harvard and Stanford have tied for the #1 spot for the fourth time in six years—and for the years they didn’t tie it was a 1-2 split.

    Yet, there is at least something different to come out of this year’s top spot: it’s a three-way tie this time. Read more ››

  • Law School Admissions in the Headlines: The Rankings Are Here! Edition

    law school rankingsHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the law school admissions process and legal education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    For many in the legal education community, the day the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings come out is like the day the Oscar nominations are announced. Check out this infographic that illustrates which law schools’ graduates have the highest employment rate and median starting salaries – two key stats applicants look at in the rankings. Read more ››

  • Help Your Students with GMAT Time Management: When to Guess

    StopwatchGuessing on the GMAT can be a painful decision, especially for advanced test takers. On the GMAT, test takers should minimize the amount of guessing that they do, but having a guessing strategy in place for certain situations is important. A guessing strategy is more important in the Quantitative section because most test takers have a more difficult time finishing that section. However, it is also important not to lose track of time on the Verbal section. Read more ››

  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The Rankings Edition

    2433943Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the medical school admissions process and medical education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    The rankings are here! The rankings are here! U.S. News & World Report is out with their 2015 rankings. Love them or hate them, you know you’ll get questions on them.  Spoiler alert: Harvard is still number one. To the list! (The Huffington Post)

    If Broadway doesn’t work out, there’s always hope. Read more ››

  • You’re Never too Young to Prep for Med School

    convapp_icon-300x300This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the AMSA National Convention in New Orleans, and am happy to report that it was a very successful conference. It was great to see so many premeds actively engaged in developing themselves into better people, better applicants, and better future physicians. Which got me thinking about seizing the opportunities that are presented to us. On my flight to New Orleans, as I usually do on cross country treks, I opened my laptop to get some work done and to put some final details on my presentation for the conference.

    Read more ››

  • Understanding the GMAT

    the gmatWe all know that the GMAT is a critical aspect of the process of applying to business school. However, understanding why the test is used and how it functions within an application package are lesser known. Understanding the how-and-why of the GMAT is important because it allows us to frame the exam properly. As such, the ability to provide thoughtful, insightful answers to “Why do I have to take the GMAT?” or “Is my GMAT score really that important?” will help advisees view the test from the proper perspective and respect it enough to thoroughly prepare for it on its own terms. Read more ››

  • Business School Admissions in the Headlines: The Hooray for Hollywood Edition

    GMAT newsHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the business school admissions process and MBA landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    Neither business school students nor their professors are immune from the tantalizing bright lights of Tinsel Town and show business. In fact, a career in the industry could be lucrative for them. (The Financial Times)

    Do the grades an aspiring MBA achieves in business school really affect their chances of landing a job? Read more ››

  • Great News for Law Schools as the Legal Career Sector Rebounds

    There is a lot of great law school news to share with your advisees this week; as the legal career sector rebounds from the recession and law schools/the ABA start to adjust their goals, curricula, and other admissions and experiential opportunities in response to very local critics both inside and outside the legal education field, your students can start looking onward and upward with significantly more confidence.  Let’s break it down:

    Job Offer Rates for Summer Associates Almost to Pre-Recession Level

    As your advisees have probably heard, it is a long accepted truth in law school circles that summer associate positions are the biggest “in” to great job offers, but in more recent, post-financial crisis times, that fact has not been backed up by actual job offer rates.  Read more ››