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  • Law School Admissions in the Headlines: The SCOTUS Justice Sounds Off Edition

    scaliaHere 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…

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (never a shy individual) sounds off about what law schools are doing wrong. Hint: they cost too much and teach too little. (The Wall Street Journal)

    And speaking of the Supreme Court…which law schools do you think have  produced the most future justices? Read more ››

  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The New MCAT Edition

    KC Chiefs Football ClubHere 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…

    With the approaching launch of a new MCAT designed to better prepare tomorrow’s doctors for a changing medical environment, a new Kaplan Test Prep survey of nearly 500 pre-med students finds that aspiring doctors have definite opinions about what their future professional selves should know. (Graduate Guide)

    Do medical school students have a sense of entitlement when it comes to their future employment prospects?   Read more ››

  • Business School Admissions in the Headlines: The Diversity Issue

    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…

    If you’re a prospective business school student who also happens to be LGBT, it may make sense to go loud and proud in your applications. (U.S. News & World Report)

    Harvard Business School (which isn’t hurting for money) has set a lofty fundraising goal: $1 billion. (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

    New research finds that cheating among business school students is on the rise. Read more ››

  • ETS Reports More Prospective MBA Applicants Taking the GRE

    GMAT vs GREAs you and the students you advise probably know, the minds (if not the hearts) of aspiring business school students have long belonged to the GMAT, which has traditionally been the preferred (if not only) exam required to apply to MBA programs. But in the past decade, that began to change. ETS, the makers of the GRE, began an aggressive push to convince business schools to accept their exam as an alternative to the GMAT. They have been relatively successful in their efforts. Read more ››

  • Law School Admissions in the Headlines: The What Law School Could Teach Colleges Edition

    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…

    Law schools have a lot to teach their students, but also other institutions of higher learning, particularly when it comes to slashing tuition, as some have recently done. It’s called supply and demand. (TIME)

    Word to the wise: law school applicants shouldn’t take their anger about getting rejected from a law school to social media. Read more ››

  • When Is the Right Time to Take the GRE?

    iStock_000003401233XSmallThose who prepare to take the GRE often wonder if there is either an optimal year of school or time of year to take the test. While there is no one answer that will perfectly fit each person’s specific situation, potential test-takers should keep the following in mind:

    Scores are Good for Five Years

    Some people suggest that the optimal time to take the GRE is during a student’s first year of college. The argument goes something like this: since the GRE is so similar to the SAT, and because you’ve recently taken the SAT, it’s better to just take the GRE while those basic math and vocabulary skills are still sharp in your mind. Read more ››
  • 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 ››