The LEGO Approach to Ideal Test Preparation

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Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You've been studying like crazy for your standardized test (whether SAT, ACT, GMAT, or GRE), and you feel like you've brushed up on all of the key concepts that are supposedly tested. But then you go to take your first practice test (or worse, the real thing) and, uh-oh!, you encounter some questions that you simply haven't seen before.

Panic sets in, and you wonder whether all that preparation was for naught.

Now you're confused. What did I miss? Did my tutor / prep course steer me wrong? Do I need to seek out new books that may have some of these "missing" practice questions in them? Will I ever be able to get the score I need?

Truth be told, you probably haven't missed anything. I'm sure your prep course or tutor didn't overlook any major topics, and that book you've been studying from almost certainly includes all of the major content areas you can expect to see on test day.

So what went wrong?

More likely than not, you simply haven't...

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Advanced Quant Tip: Think about what you DON'T want to reveal what you DO

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There's a quote attributed to the famous Renaissance artist Michaelangelo, supposedly in response to a fan who asked Michaelangelo how he was able to sculpt such a masterpiece in "David" out of a formless block of marble, that goes as follows:

"[Sculpting David] is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn't look like David."

Whether that's an actual Michaelangelo quote or not, I like the sentiment -- and it applies perfectly to certain question types that you make encounter on the GMAT or GRE.

The Complement Rule of Probability

You may remember the complement rule of probability that states,

probability (something) = 1 - probability (not something)

In other words, probabilities must sum to 100%, so if the probability of something happening is 60%, for example, then the probability of that thing not happening is 40% (1 - .60 = .40). Pretty straightforward.

Now as I explain in the probability lessons of my GMAT and GRE courses, this formula is particularly helpful on hard...

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Factorials Demystified

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What are factorials?

Factorials are among the more advanced math topics you'll be expected to know on the GMAT or GRE, especially if you're shooting for a high score. They most commonly come up in what I call "counting" questions (the "how many ways...?" questions that involve combinations and permutations), but you may see factorials tested individually as well.

You recognize a factorial by the exclamation point "!" after a number, and that mathematical notation simply tells you to multiply every integer in decreasing order starting with the number before the exclamation point and stopping at one (1). 

For example, 8! (read "eight factorial") = 8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1 = 40,320.

Advanced Factorial Example + Strategy

As you can see, factorials can get pretty big! And in fact, you very rarely actually need to multiply out all of the numbers to solve problems involving factorials on your exam. The numbers can get too large for the built-in calculator on the GRE, and you don't even have...

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3 ways to get a higher score with less study time

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You've no doubt heard the adage that "practice makes perfect." But that's not necessarily true. I prefer the legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi's variation that goes, "Perfect practice makes perfect."

You see, how you practice and prepare for your exam matters. I want to shed some light on that for you so that you're able to maximize your study time. In fact, if you internalize and take action on the three tips I'm going to share with you, you'll be able to get more right answers on test day without having to put in a lot of extra hours. Time is valuable, so why spend more of it preparing for your exam than absolutely necessary?

Okay, let's dive in.

A Tale of Two Candidates

Consider the following two hypothetical students studying for their respective exams.

Candidate A: Studies for 100 hours.

Candidate B: Studies for 80 hours.

Which student do you think is likely to get a higher score?

It's a trick question. On the surface, it seems like Candidate A is the obvious...

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GRE Bootcamp - Register Now! (Sept. 22-23, 2018)

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Texas A&M University - Central Texas has teamed up with Dominate Test Prep to offer an intensive, one-weekend online "bootcamp" course for the GRE September 22-23, 2018.

If your preparation for the GRE could use a pick-me-up -- or if you simply need to get up to speed on the GRE quickly -- then you need to make this class a priority.

During this content-packed workshop we will:

  • Review the highest-yielding content areas for GRE quant, verbal, and AWA
  • Introduce three of the most important non-standard math strategies to help you get more right answers without using the traditional algebra
  • Give you a step-by-step methodology for tackling each of the major question types on the GRE
  • Teach you how to get right answers on Sentence Completion questions even if you don't know what certain words mean
  • Discuss proper time management and introduce crucial time-saving techniques
  • Make sure you master the three major approaches for Quantitative Comparisons
  • Learn how to read passages...
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MBA Festival - Washington, D.C. (Sept. 20, 2018)

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In 2017, 32 of the top 40 ranked business schools participated in CentreCourt. You’ll have a chance to meet them at CentreCourt 2018. This is a free event and space is limited.

CentreCourt's co-founders, two of the world's foremost authorities in business education, have created this MBA Festival with you in mind. Choosing which schools to target requires some effort and some soul searching. Then there's the question everyone is dying to ask: How do I get in? CentreCourt is designed to help you get answers and ask the better questions by providing the highest quality content of any MBA event to date. 

WHAT: CentreCourt 2018 MBA Festival
DATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018
WHERE: Union Station, Washington, D.C.
WHO: View the full agenda and speaker panel HEREhttps://poetsandquants.com/event/2018-centrecourt-mba-festival/washington-dc/

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GRE Probability Workshop (July 24, 2018)

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Understanding probability isn't just important for improving your odds at the Blackjack table in Las Vegas. It's also important if you want a high GRE Quant score, as many of the more challenging questions you'll see on test day are probability-related.

Here's the good news. Almost every probability question you'll encounter on the GRE -- even the most advanced ones -- can be quickly solved using just a few key rules and strategies.

And here's the even better news. I'm going to teach them to you in the free workshop I'm hosting on Tuesday, July 24th at 8:30pm EST (5:30pm Pacific).

WHAT: Learn to Dominate Challenging GRE Probability Questions (Free Webinar)
DATE: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
TIME: 8:30pm Eastern Time U.S. (5:30pm Pacific)
WHO: Brett Ethridge, Lead GRE Instructor, Dominate Test Prep
Register: https://www.dominatetestprep.com/p/probability-webinar-gre-7-24-18

Specifically, here's what I'm going to be covering in this content-packed webinar:

  • Understanding the foundational...
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Live Broadcast with MIT, Yale, and Harvard B-Schools (June 7, 2018)

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For the first time ever, the heads of admission for the top 3 U.S. business schools will be together in one location for a live interactive Q&A session that you won't want to miss!

Hosted by MBA25, this unique live broadcast event features:

  • If you dream of becoming a Harvard, MIT or a Yale student, then this event is something you just must attend;
  • Representatives from the top 3 business schools in the U.S. are getting together to entertain all of your questions during a live Q&A session;
  • You can ask a question no matter where you are on the globe or what device you use, and we will pose it to our guests and hear their answer live;
  • Listen to what Deans and Heads of Admissions from Harvard, MIT, and Yale have to say about the value of business education,  why companies view it as an important asset, what kind of ROI it provides and what a prospective student should do to get admitted.

Your participation in this event is free of charge (pre-registration is...

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A Winning MBA Admissions Strategy for Booth, HAAS, & Kellogg (June 7, 2018)

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Poets&Quants Editor-in-Chief, John A. Byrne, is hosting a series of exclusive MBA admissions webinars with insider advice from Fortuna Admissions' team of senior admissions coaches from top business schools.

In this webinar on Thursday, June 7th at 12:30pm EST, you'll hear from Julie Ferguson, former Chicago Booth Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Sharon Joyce, former Berkeley Haas Associate Director of Admissions, and William Kotas, former Kellogg Director and Kellogg MBA alum.

WHAT: How to Secure Your Place at a Top 10 School (Webinar Series)
DATE: Thursday, June 7, 2018
TIME: 12:30pm Eastern Time U.S.
WHO: Booth, HAAS, & Kellogg
REGISTER: Click HERE

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A Winning MBA Admissions Strategy for HBS, Stanford GSB, & Wharton (June 4, 2018)

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Poets&Quants Editor-in-Chief, John A. Byrne, is hosting a series of exclusive MBA admissions webinars with insider advice from Fortuna Admissions' team of senior admissions coaches from top business schools.

In this webinar on Monday, June 4th at 12:30pm EST, you'll hear from Karla Cohen, former HBS Associate Director, Heidi Hillis, former Stanford GSB MBA Admissions Interviewer, and Judith Silverman Hodara, former Wharton Head of Admissions.

WHAT: How to Secure Your Place at a Top 10 School (Webinar Series)
DATE: Monday, June 4, 2018
TIME: 12:30pm Eastern Time U.S.
WHO: HBS, Stanford GSB, and Wharton
REGISTER: Click HERE

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