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  • Business School Admissions in the Headlines: The Diversity Issue

    Here 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

    As 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 ››

  • 4 Reasons to Take a Free Kaplan GMAT Practice Test

    Why 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

    Here 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 ››

  • US News & World Report 2014 MBA Rankings

    Best 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 ››

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

    Guessing 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 ››

  • Understanding the GMAT

    We 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

    Here 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 ››

  • GMAT Test Takers Can Get a Break on Private Student Loans

    Some are fortunate enough to not have to secure student loans to help pay for graduate school, but most, unfortunately, do need this type of financial assistance. A new rewards program hammered out by GMAC and Discover® Student Loans is designed to reduce the cost of some of those loans.

    Private lenders are lenders turned to only after the federal options have dried up. When comparing the cost of capital via interest rates, federal virtually always beats private. Read more ››

  • 11 Black History Month Scholarships for Your Advisees: February 2014 Deadlines

    In commemoration of Black History Month, African-American students have some very notable scholarship opportunities they might not know about. Some major companies along with well-respected nonprofit organizations are offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship and grant funding. All application deadlines are in February so it is important that students are alerted to these opportunities as soon as possible.

    A comprehensive list of the eleven posted scholarships is available here. Below are six noteworthy entrants for students interested in business and/or interested in bolstering their grad school application packages with additional experience and pedigree. Read more ››