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It seems like there's never enough time to do all the things we want to in life. That can be especially true when it comes to preparing for your standardized test. You're busy: job, family, school, hobbies, etc. And yet, you need to carve out sufficient time to study effectively for your exam. But how?That's exactly the concern submitted by one of our students, Madeline, who wrote: "I am concerned about having enough time to study. I work full time (most weeks, more than 40 hrs a week)...and the math is a lot to take in and relearn.”Sound familiar?In this "mailbag" episode we address Madeline's hang-up and provide practical prep tips for students who fall into one of two categories:You don't have a lot of time to prepare for your standardized test because you're scheduled to take it in just a few weeks (or even days!);Your test date is still a ways off, but your days are super busy and you're not sure where you're going to find the time to fit in adequate studying.In a perfect world, you'd be able to drop everything and devote 100% of your time over the next couple months preparing for your exam. But that's not realistic. Yet, it's still possible to get a great score even if you're limited on study time -- provided you prioritize the right things and structure your study sessions optimally. By the end of this episode, you'll know how.Questions? Comments? Topic suggestions for future episodes? Reach out to us at support@dominatetestprep.com. We'd love to hear from you!SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 33: How to Get Started Again if Something Derails Your PrepEpisode 8: How I Raised My GMAT Score 120 Points, with Matt KunzlerEpisode 52: How to Stay Consistent With Your StudyingA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“If you want something done, ask a busy person.” — Benjamin Franklin
Graduate schools generally have more than one application deadline throughout the year, and when you apply often impacts your likelihood of being admitted. Indeed, it's more important than ever that you apply as early as possible in the admission cycle, according to Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted -- especially given the expected increase in application volume resulting from trends in the current economic landscape.In this episode, Linda elaborates on that thesis as we discuss:The distinction between "rolling admissions" and "rounds" and the approximate application deadlines for each submission period;Why current economic trends (inflation, rising interest rates, impending recession) suggest that applying early (i.e. Round 1) is a good idea this application cycle;The benefits of applying Round 1 even in a "normal" year;Four (4) criteria to consider that will help you determine if you're ready to apply;How long it takes to put together a polished application;Why it's a mistake to rush an application just to meet Round 1 deadlines;Whether it's better to apply in later rounds this year or wait until Round 1 next year;And more!If you've already decided that graduate school is in your immediate future, there's no time to waste when it comes to getting your test score and starting to work on your applications. After listening to this episode and hearing what Linda has to share, you'll understand why. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSFrom the Accepted Blog: “When Should I Plan to Apply to Grad School? NOW!!!”Quiz - Are you ready for an MBA?Quiz - Are you ready for law school?Quiz - Are you ready for an Engineering degree?Quiz - Are you ready for med school?Contact Linda AbrahamPrepare for your standardized test with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 37: When is the Best Time to Take Your Exam?Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda AbrahamEpisode 3: Framework for a Successful Grad School Application, with Linda AbrahamA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” — Benjamin Franklin
Darius Whitted was the first person in his family to go to college. Then, as if that weren't enough, he went on to earn his MBA from the Thomas School of Business at UNC Pembroke, graduating this Spring. Those accomplishments are impressive in their own right, to be sure. But what makes Darius's educational journey even more remarkable is that Darius has been paralyzed since the age of three.In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, Darius shares his inspiring story of overcoming the obstacles that life has thrown at him in pursuit of a brighter future. He believes that he can make a positive difference in the world through business, and there can be little doubt that with his positive attitude and can-do spirit — and his newly-earned MBA degree! — he will do just that.Getting an advanced degree can be challenging. After listening to Darius, hopefully you come away realizing that if he can defy the odds and do it, you can, too. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKS[Article] Learn more about Darius's story: "Graduate Student Overcomes Unbelievable Odds to Degree"Learn more about The University of North Carolina at PembrokeConnect with Darius on LinkedInConnect with Darius on FacebookSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 51: Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag ShemmassianEpisode 43: What Corporate Recruiters are Looking For, with Jemima MakisEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” — Robert A. Heinlein
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recently released the results of its Prospective Students Survey 2022, a tool used to provide graduate business schools with critical insights into the decision-making processes of people currently considering applying to a graduate management education (GME) program. Many of the findings are valuable for applicants as well, as they shed light on current trends in the business school industry and paint a picture of the education landscape students will be navigating over the next few years.To help unpack some of the report's most interesting results, we've invited MBA admissions consultant Barbara Coward, founder of MBA 360 Admissions, to share her perspective. We discuss:The current state of graduate business education in a post-pandemic world;Why 4 out of 5 respondents still see significant value in a business degree;Acknowledged barriers to going back to school;The relative desire for 1-year vs. 2-year MBA programs, and whether U.S. business schools are ever likely to move to a 1-year model;The role of hybrid learning in the future given respondents' strong preferences for in-person learning;Where test-optional policies stand;Triggers for students deciding to go back to school;And more!This year's report is chock-full of interesting data about current trends in the GME space. With Barbara's help, we do a thorough job of distilling some of the most salient insights for you. But if you also want to hear the GMAC's perspective on their own survey, you can attend their webinar on May 18, 2022 where they will further discuss key findings.RESOURCES / LINKSSummary Report: GMAC Prospective Students Survey 2022GMAC Prospective Students Survey 2022 - Deans SummaryGMAC Prospective Students Survey 2022 - InfographicReport: Post-GMA Career AspirationsContact Barbara Coward, founder of MBA 360 AdmissionsContact Brett Ethridge, founder of Dominate Test PrepRegister for complete prep courses for the GMAT, GRE, or Executive AssessmentSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 23: Should You Hire an Admissions Consultant?Episode 28: The Value of an MBAA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” -- Jim Rohn
The Executive Assessment (EA) is different from other standardized tests in a number of important ways. As such, the way you need to prepare for the EA is distinct in several key respects as well. In this episode we highlight those unique aspects of the exam and lay out a game plan for preparing for the Executive Assessment, including:The "EA Success Triad" -- three interrelated components that are integral to studying effectively for the EA;Key differentiators between the Executive Assessment and other standardized tests, and the preparation mindset you should adopt as a result;Which of the three sections of the exam to prioritize with your study time (hint: it's probably not what you think!);Recommended resources for learning the content and test-taking strategies necessary for a high EA score;Go-to sources of EA practice problems and practice tests;And more!If you're applying for an EMBA or MBA and need to take the Executive Assessment, you'll come away from this episode knowing exactly what you need to do to prepare effectively and dominate the EA on test day. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSFree Executive Assessment QuizBuy Official EA Practice Tests and Official EA Practice Questions from the GMACAdditional EA practice via the GMAT Official GuideNon-Standard EA math strategies: "Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid on the Executive Assessment"Complete Executive Assessment Prep Course from Dominate Test PrepContact UsSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 55: Key Differences Between the Executive Assessment and GMATEpisode 35: Understanding the Executive Assessment, with Manish Dharia of the GMACEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Don’t wait for the fear to be gone. That day will never come. Feel the fear — and then do it anyway.”  — Holly Tree Richardson
Love 'em or dread 'em, practice tests are an essential and invaluable part of preparing well for your standardized test. They reveal your strengths and weaknesses, help you hone your time management, get you comfortable with the testing experience, and so much more. Yes, practice tests are important -- but only if you use them correctly. In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, we'll show you how.Joined by special guest Vinay Narang of GMAT Genius, we cover:The role that practice tests should play in your test preparation;How to overcome the fear of taking your first practice test -- and what to expect in terms of results;How many practice tests you should plan to take, and when you should take them;Why there is often variability in your practice test results;What to do immediately after taking a practice test, and how to assess your relative strengths and weaknesses;Why keeping an error log isn't overly helpful, and what to do instead;What it means if your real exam score is lower than your practice test scores;Tips for ensuring that your practice test experience simulates the real test-day experience as much as possible;How to know when you're ready to schedule your official exam;No-no's when taking a practice test (things to avoid);And more!Whether you're just starting your test prep journey and are gearing up to take your first practice test or you've already taken a bunch of practice tests and are wondering what to do next, the insight Vinay shares in this podcast will point you in the right direction. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSOfficial GMAT Practice Tests (2 Free)How to Get the Free GRE Practice Tests from ETSOfficial Executive Assessment Practice TestsLawHub - Official LSAT Practice TestsAll About the GMATContact UsSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 6: Test Mastery Pt.2: Customizing Your Study Plan, with Vinay NarangEpisode 31: Do's and Don'ts for Reviewing Your Practice Test ResultsEpisode 40: Proven Principles of Perfect Practice, with Mike BerginEpisode 15: Overcoming Test Anxiety, with Bara SapirEpisode 11: 9 Ways to Avoid Making Careless ErrorsA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Chance favors the prepared mind.“ — Louis Pasteur
Applying to business school? You'll likely need to take either the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) for admission. The two exams are similar in many ways, as the EA was developed by the same organization that created and administers the GMAT exam. But the EA and GMAT are also very different in several key ways -- and understanding those differences is crucial for you in deciding which exam to prepare for.In this episode we provide a brief history of each test so that you better understand what they are designed to accomplish in the context of MBA / EMBA admissions. We then explain important differences between the Executive Assessment and GMAT in five areas:Who should take each exam based on the type of graduate business program you're applying to;Philosophical differences between the two tests, and what it means in terms of how to prepare and what score to target;The relative importance of the Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT vs. EA, with tips for studying for it;Content differences;Format differences, including how the adaptive algorithm differs for each exam and what it means for you in terms of navigating the sections.As you'll learn, it would be a mistake to simply think of the Executive Assessment as an "easier" version of the GMAT, or as "GMAT Lite" as some have called it. To the contrary, the EA is its own entity designed for a specific type of MBA applicant. By the end of this episode, you'll know whether or not that's you!FREE EXECUTIVE ASSESSMENT QUIZWhat are you in store for on the Executive Assessment? Take our free 6-question EA Quiz to find out!https://www.dominatetestprep.com/what's-on-the-eaRESOURCES / LINKSGMAT vs. EA: Which Exam Should You Take? [YouTube]GMAC Official Site: "How the Executive Assessment is Structured"From mba.com: GMAT Exam StructureComplete Executive Assessment Prep CourseComprehensive GMAT Prep CourseContact Brett Ethridge at Dominate Test PrepSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 35: Understanding the Executive Assessment, with Manish DhariaEpisode 53: LSAT vs. GRE for Law School Admissions, with Dave HallEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College AdmissionsA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Trust that the sacrifices you make today are putting you on the path toward a better tomorrow.” — Brent Fikowski
We've all been there: You're cruising along on your exam, slaying questions, feeling good, and then boom, you're presented with a question that you're not quite sure how to answer. Your mind goes blank. You can't figure out how to make inroads. You're stuck.So what do you do?You follow the 5-step game plan that we lay out in this episode to get unstuck on challenging questions. These tips and strategies won't guarantee that you'll get a right answer; some questions are just plain hard. But employing these methods will at least give you a fighting chance. More than that, they'll keep you in the right frame of mind so that you're able to perform your best on the rest of the exam as well.Oh, and be sure to listen all the way to the end where we share an invaluable way to avoid getting stuck in the first place. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSWatch the complete solution to the sample probability question ("Triangle Inscribed in a Circle") discussed in this episode.Register for one of Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive prep courses.Contact Us.SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 29: How to Answer Questions FasterEpisode 38: 3 Ways to Worry Less for Better Test-Day PerformanceEpisode 6: Test Mastery Part 2 -- Customizing Your Study PlanA DOSE OF MOTIVATION:“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson
The American Bar Association (ABA) made a major ruling earlier this month allowing law schools to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admissions decisions. While this opens the door to a larger potential applicant pool, there are a lot of factors you need to consider when determining whether to take the LSAT or GRE when applying to law school. To dissect this major announcement by the ABA and help you make the best decision possible for which standardized test to take, we're joined in this episode by Dave Hall, expert LSAT instructor and law school admissions guru, as we discuss:Why the ABA's decision even matters given that some law schools have already been accepting the GRE for a number of years;Changes taking place within the law school admissions landscape and the motivation behind this move by the ABA;What law school admissions officers are really looking for in an applicant;Whether the GRE is as predictive of law school success as the LSAT — and if it even matters;The format of the LSAT exam and the core competencies it tests;The format of the GRE exam and the core competencies it tests;Key differences between the two tests, and which type of law school applicant is perfectly suited to take the GRE instead of the LSAT;Why there's still a bias toward the LSAT and what it means for applicants looking to earn scholarships to law school (and other practical reasons some applicants should take the LSAT instead of the GRE);The mindset you should take into preparing for whichever exam you choose (hint: law school is hard);And more!Before beginning to prepare in earnest for either the LSAT or GRE, listen to the perspective Dave brings to this important decision. What he shares may confirm what you're already thinking or prompt you to switch gears and go another direction. Either way, you'll come away from this episode with clarity about your key decision points so that you can make the best choice for you between the LSAT vs. GRE for law school.RESOURCES / LINKSArticle: "ABA Gives Law Schools Go-Ahead to Use GRE"Free LSAT Practice TestsFree GRE Practice TestsRegister for Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive GRE Prep Course, taught by Brett EthridgeRegister for Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive LSAT Prep Course, taught by Dave HallContact UsSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 30: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Law School, with Dave HallEpisode 44: Tangential Benefits of a High Test ScoreEpisode 1: Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized TestA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” — Okakaura Kakuzo
There's no doubt that consistency is crucial when it comes to preparing effectively for your standardized test. Miss even a few days, and it can feel like you're starting all over again when you do get back on track with your studying.But how can you ensure that you're taking consistent daily action?We tackle that head-on in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast as we address the following request from loyal-listener Nina: "If you could please give me a few tips on how I can manage to study everyday as persistence is important (which I lacked and I have come to realize it)...that would be great."If you're struggling with maintaining forward momentum toward your test-day goals, you'll benefit from these five (5) tips for staying consistent with your studying. As your consistency improves, so will your score on test day. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSAt the beginning of this episode we share The Daffodil Principle to highlight the value of consistency. You can read more about it here.As always, visit dominatetestprep.com to register for one of our top-rated prep courses.SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these related episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 1: Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized TestEpisode 8: How I Raised my GMAT Score 120 Points, with Matt KunzlerA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
Achieving the highest levels of education is challenging even under the best of circumstances. But if you’re dealing with a learning disability or other life challenges? Then it can be even harder. Yet, success is possible — even likely — if you adopt the right mindset and take advantage of the opportunities and accommodations afforded to you on your journey.In this episode, hear the inspiring story of Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting, who overcame Tourette Syndrome en route to getting a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. An expert in mental health, Dr. Shemmassian shares valuable insight and first-hand experience to help guide students through the admissions process and succeed in school — and life — while dealing with various conditions. Specifically, in this episode we discuss:Dr. Shemmassian’s own journey from being diagnosed with Tourette’s as a child to success as a pre-med student and ultimately earning his Ph.D. and launching an international consulting firm;Common learning disabilities students deal with, and the important distinction between the condition itself and the impairment it manifests;How impairments can change over time, and what it may mean for you during different phases of your educational and career journey;Accommodations that are available to students with disabilities, both for taking standardized tests and once they get on campus;Tips for how to address your condition — if at all — during the application process;How to handle the desire to “hide,” and where to find the fuel to achieve your goals;Why you shouldn’t be reluctant to take advantage of any accommodations that may be available to you, and a more helpful mindset to adopt with respect to your difference;And more!A learning disability doesn’t have to limit you as you’re pursuing your educational and life goals. Countless people have overcome incredible obstacles to achieve the highest levels of success, and you can, too. Whether you have a learning condition or not, you’ll be inspired by Dr. Shemmassian’s story and learn important keys to unlocking your own potential. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKS[Video] Dr. Shirag Shemmassian shares his story of Living with Tourette SyndromeConnect with Shemmassian Academic ConsultingMeet Ibrahim Hamadtou, the double-amputee Egyptian ping-pong champion who plays with the paddle in his mouthBoost your standardized test score with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 17: Nutrition Hacks for Improved Focus, Memory, and Mental Clarity, with Dr. Barrett DeubertEpisode 3: Framework for a Successful Grad School Application, with Linda AbrahamA DOSE OF MOTIVATION"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  -- John Wooden
Be honest. Do any of these sentiments about standardized tests resonate with you?"Standardized tests are pointless.""I'm so much more than my test score.""I know I'm smart, I'm just not a good test taker.""Studying for this exam is ruining my life.""Can't I show my readiness some other way?"Or, as one person commented on our YouTube channel: "The GRE is stupid!"Whatever your beliefs about the standardized test you're preparing for, at some point you've likely questioned why you have to take it in the first place. In this episode, we address this concern head-on.In addition to sharing several of the most important reasons your target schools require you to take a standardized test for admission, we suggest a more constructive way of thinking about your exam altogether. Having a positive mindset matters. We want to shift your thinking about your test so that you attack it as the opportunity it is. As the great Jim Rohn said, "Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better." Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSIn this episode we reference validity studies demonstrating the usefulness of standardized tests for predicting future success in the classroom. Here are links for several of the most common exams if you'd like to dive deeper.[GRE] Validity Evidence: Predicting Success in Graduate Education[GMAT] Predicting Student Success in Quantitative Masters Programs: A Meta-Analysis[LSAT] Predictive Validity of the LSAT: Summary of 2017, 2018, and 2019 LSAT Correlation Studies[SAT] Validity of the SAT for Predicting First-Year Grades and Retention to the Second YearSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 44: Tangential Benefits of a High Test ScoreEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College AdmissionsEpisode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyA DOSE OF MOTIVATIONGod, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.— Serenity prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr
The MBA degree is often thought of as helping people advance their careers in the corporate world. But is it also beneficial for entrepreneurs? In the case of Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao, co-founders of Flora Colombia, the answer is a resounding yes! In this episode they share their fascinating story of meeting at EDHEC Business School, conceiving the idea of going into business together, and applying lessons from their MBA to the "real world" of running an international e-commerce startup. Specifically, they share:Why they left careers in banking (Daniel) and railroads (Tingting) to travel halfway around the world to attend business school at EDHECThe complementary strengths that drew them together as business partners -- and the spark that shifted their thinking toward entrepreneurship in the first placeThe "hard" and "soft" skills learned during their MBA that have helped them on their entrepreneurial journeyWhether or not business school is really necessary to succeed in businessThe value of the network you develop in business school, and specifically how their EDHEC network has been instrumental for them in launching Flora ColombiaThe #1 biggest mistake they've made so far, and what they learned from it to become better business ownersThe importance of the trips abroad that they took to San Francisco and South Africa as part of their MBALooking back, whether they view the time and financial investment pursuing an MBA as worth itAnd more!Whether you're currently and entrepreneur trying to decide if going back to school could help you grow your business, or you're set on getting your MBA and intrigued by the idea of parlaying your degree into launching your own business, we think you'll really benefit from the stories and lessons-learned that Daniel and Tingting share. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSBusinessBecause article: "We Became Serial Entrepreneurs After the EDHEC Business School Global MBA"Flora Colombia - https://www.floracolombia.comConnect with Daniel Bernal on LinkedInConnect with Tingting Miao on LinkedInLearn more about EDHEC Business School - https://www.edhec.edu/enSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonEpisode 22: A Peek Behind the MBA Curtain, with Sam KleinEpisode 45: How to Pay for School Without Going Broke, with Peter LampertA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“People often overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a year.” — Mat Fraser
There's nothing quite like a college campus. Each one is so unique and different -- some in the city, some more rural; some with gothic architecture, some modern; some with a vibrant party scent, others more academic-focused. Like different flavors of ice cream, each campus appeals to different types of people. And that's why it's so important that you visit the campuses of the schools you're planning to apply to see if the particular "flavor" is right for you.In this episode, educational advisor Mary Lanni of Afford College helps you plan your campus visits so that you have the best possible feel for each school before ultimately choosing the one you want to attend. In our conversation Mary shares:Why it's important to actually visit campus rather than relying on marketing materials, websites, or virtual toursThe number of schools you should plan to visitThe relative importance of campus visits for undergraduate vs. grad schoolThe ideal timeline for planning your visitsWhy you should actually plan three (3) visits to each school, the purpose of each, key questions to ask, and things you should do while on campusWhat to do on an overnight or if you have the opportunity to sit in on a classWhat to  pay attention to during your visits and how to de-brief afterwardWhere campus visits factor in to your overall decision of where to attendTips for getting a sense of a school long-distance (if necessary)And more!If you haven't yet started planning your campus visits, now is the time. Even if you've already done an initial tour of prospective schools, what Mary shares in this episode may prompt you to think about planning a follow-up visit. Whether you're still in high school or already out in the workforce thinking about graduate school, a campus visit may be just what you need to ensure that you end up in the best-fit college for you. By the end of this show, you'll know how to maximize that visit. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSDownload a free copy of Afford College's college visits workbook: College Visits from Start to Finish. Note: This guide is normally reserved for paying clients, but Afford College has generously made it available as a bonus for listeners of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast. Please respect their copyright and don't share, distribute, or reproduce this workbook. Thank you!Connect with Mary Lanni at Afford.CollegeBoost your standardized test scores with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda AbrahamEpisode 45: How to Pay for School Without Going Broke, with Peter LampertEpisode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College Admissions, with Amy SeeleyA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Heraclitus
Application essays are an important part of the admissions process for all levels of higher education. Nearly all programs will ask you to write at least one "long" essay on a topic of their choosing. But many schools will also include one or more "short" essay prompts -- either required or optional -- that provide you with an opportunity to share additional bits of information about your candidacy. And don't be fooled! Just because these essays are short, they still require careful consideration and can round out your profile in a favorable way if written effectively. In this episode we've invited MBA admissions consultant Hillary Schubach, founder of Shine MBA Admissions Consulting, to share her expert insight and provide tips on how to tackle these short-form admissions essays. During our in-depth conversation Hillary covers:Statistics revealing just how important essays are compared to other parts of the application (test scores, GPA, recommendations, etc.)The purpose of the short-form essay, and the mindset you should approach it withThe most common types of short essay prompts, with an emphasis on the short-term vs. long-term career goals essayDiscussion of this year's short-essay requirements from the Haas School of Business and Columbia Business SchoolWhat to do if you don't have a clear sense of your immediate post-degree career goalsAnalysis of a short-essay prompt from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with particular focus on nuanced language in the question itself -- and how to address itThe importance of taking a holistic view of your application before deciding which anecdotes to share and what to emphasize in your short-answer responsesSample opening sentences and "hooks" to draw the reader inIdeal essay structureAnd more!Even if you don't have to write the exact essays we discuss here, the tips that Hillary shares will serve you well and can be adapted to any short-answer essays you may have to write in your own applications. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSContact Hillary Schubach at Shine MBA Admissions ConsultingBoost your standardized test scores with Dominate Test Prep's proven prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 7: Storytelling Essentials for Your Application Essays, with Michael NoltemeyerEpisode 18: "I've Been Waitlisted! Now What?" with Hillary SchubachEpisode 3: Framework for a Successful Grad School Application, with Linda AbrahamA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” — Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters
If you've taken the same standardized test multiple times and your score isn't improving appreciably, you might be wondering whether there's still hope for you or if perhaps you've reached your upper limit. That's the question we address in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast in response to Dan, who sent the following e-mail:"After writing the [GMAT] exam 3 times, I am beginning to wonder if the 700 is just wishful thinking. Is it worth trying one more time?"There are circumstances under which it makes sense to keep trying, and others where perhaps you'd be better off moving on with the score you have (or perhaps switching to a different exam altogether). In this episode we answer Dan's question and then share four considerations that provide additional nuance to help you figure out the best way to move forward on your own standardized test journey. Enjoy!Questions? Comments? Reach out to us at: https://www.dominatetestprep.com/pages/contact-usSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 32: Should You Retake Your Exam?Episode 45: How to Pay for School Without Going Broke, with Peter LampertEpisode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 16: Is Harvard Really Worth It? with Jake TaylorA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” — Jim Rohn
Let’s talk about money. Specifically, let’s talk about how you’re going to pay for your college / graduate education. If you’ve decided to go back to school, presumably you’ve determined that the benefits of higher education more than justify the costs. Yet, those costs still need to be paid. But what’s the best way to fund your education expenses? And can you do so without burning through all of your savings or jeopardizing your retirement? To help answer these crucial questions, we’ve invited Peter Lampert, founder of Afford College and author of Pay for College Without Blowing Up Retirement, to share key strategies and insights. In our wide-ranging conversation, Peter shares:The Pros and Cons of using student loans to pay for your educationThe Pros and Cons of using savings to pay for your educationA “better way” to fund your education while not paying full sticker priceThe importance of “fit” in choosing the right school / program for you, and the three types of fit that you need to considerWhere a school’s price should fit into your decision-making of where to attendWhy going to the highest-ranked program doesn’t always lead to the best long-term successWhat schools are looking for in applicants that they’re willing to “buy” with free aid and scholarshipsThe sources of financial aid available to you, and where you should be looking for themThe importance of GPA and standardized test scores in securing free fundingThe fallacy of “reach schools” and “safe schools”And more!There’s no doubt that money plays a role in the decision-making of students and parents. After listening to this episode, you’ll have more clarity around just how much of a role it should play, if at all. As Peter says, you’re looking for the Right School, at the Right Price, with your Retirement Preserved. He’ll show you how.RESOURCES / LINKSGet a copy of Peter’s book, Pay for College Without Blowing Up Retirement. Peter has generously agreed to give away a free copy to the first 10 people who e-mail brett@dominatetestprep.com. Reference this podcast in your e-mail. Recipients must have a U.S. mailing address.Connect with Peter Lampert at Afford.College.Boost your standardized test scores with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep courses.SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 44: Tangential Benefits of a High Test ScoreEpisode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda AbrahamEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” — James W. Frick
You want to do well on your standardized test to get in to your target school/program. That's a given. But a high test score can also benefit you in other ways -- perhaps even helping you to land a high-paying job upon graduation. We talk about that in answering the following "mailbag" question submitted by Braden, who asks:"Is it true that consulting firms ask for your GMAT score during the job interview process? If so, is that a reason to take the GMAT instead of the GRE?"In addition to shedding light on whether or not you're likely to be asked for your test score after you're done with school, we explore a couple other important benefits of a high test score including the possibility of earning scholarships. Regardless of which exam you're studying for, it behooves you to do as well as possible. You'll understand why after listening to this episode. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSPoets&Quants article: "A GMAT Score No Longer a Big Deal for MBB Jobs"Comprehensive online prep courses with Dominate Test PrepSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 43: What Corporate Recruiters are Looking ForEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 30: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Law SchoolEpisode 8: How I Raised My GMAT Score 120 PointsA DOSE OF MOTIVATION"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." -- Mary Engelbreit
While people go back to school for a variety of reasons, in many cases it's to enhance their career prospects with the long-term goal of landing a great job upon graduation. But what goes in to getting that dream job? What are the steps in the hiring process? Should you pursue an internship first? What exactly are potential employers looking for in candidates and what can you do to stand out from your competitors?To help answer these and other questions about the corporate recruiting landscape, we turn to special guest Jemima Makis, Director of Human Resources at Senior Aerospace. With 20+ years of experience in HR and corporate recruiting / hiring, Jemima knows exactly what results in some applicants being hired and others not. During this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss:Different avenues for identifying job openings, and why it's so important that you choose to apply to companies that align with your valuesHow interning at a company can give you a leg up in landing a full-time job down the roadThe importance of having a "wow factor" beyond just meeting the minimum job requirements so that you stand out in a competitive hiring environmentRésumé do's and don'tsWhen it makes sense to submit a cover letter, and what it should includeThe mindset to adopt heading into your first interviewThe value of the school you attend, and what your advanced degree says about you as a potential employeeTraits of new hires that "stick" with the company long-term, and conversely why certain employees don't end up working outWhat to do if you don't get hired for the specific job you're applying forAnd more!Whether you're still on the front end of your academic career, you're nearing graduation, or you're already out in the workforce and looking to land your next great job, the insight Jemima shares in this episode will help you put your best foot forward and dramatically improve your chances of getting hired. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSConnect with Jemima on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jemimaalvarado/Prepare for your standardized test with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep courses: https://www.dominatetestprep.com/storeSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonEpisode 16: Is Harvard Really Worth It? with Jake TaylorEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsA DOSE OF MOTIVATION"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” — e. e. cummings“When the opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” — John Wooden
You've decided that you're going to business school. Congratulations! That's step 1. Now you need to decide which standardized test you're going to take as part of the admissions process, the GMAT or the GRE. While similar in a number of ways, the two exams differ in several key ways, and you want to ensure that you take the one that gives you the best shot at getting a competitive score. This episode compares and contrasts the two tests and gives you important things to consider so that you can make an informed decision. Specifically we discuss:Four (4) key questions that will provide clarity as to whether the GMAT or GRE is a better fit for youKey similarities and differences between the quantitative sections of the GMAT vs. GREKey similarities and differences between the verbal sections of the GMAT vs. GREA fun and enlightening illustration of a common grammar rule tested on Sentence Correction questions on the GMATHow differences between the scoring algorithms on the two tests lead to contrasting ways of navigating the exams, and which one may benefit certain types of test-takersWhether or not you should switch exams if you've already started preparing for one but aren't seeing the results you wantThe power of commitment and the importance of going "all-in" once you decide which exam you're going to takeAnd more!Choosing between the GMAT and GRE is stressful for a lot of MBA applicants, but it doesn't have to be. After listening to this episode you will better understand the two tests, know your key decision points, and have a strong intuition as to whether the GMAT or GRE is the right option for you. Regardless of which one you choose, we're confident that you can get a great score with proper preparation!RESOURCES / LINKSReprint of the Far Side comic discussed in this episodeGMAT vs. GRE: What's the Difference? (Article)GMAT vs. GRE: Which is Right for You? (Video)Free GMAT practice tests from the GMACBlog: How to Get the Free GRE Practice Tests from ETSComplete GMAT and GRE prep courses with Dominate Test PrepHere's the original caption under the Far Side comic: "The class abruptly stopped practicing. Here was an opportunity to not only employ their skills, but also to save the entire town."SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda AbrahamEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonEpisode 22: A Peek Behind the MBA Curtain, with Sam KleinA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” — Kenneth Blanchard
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