Reading Comprehension Strategies for ESL Students [Ep. 13]

gmat gre lsat podcast Dec 24, 2019

Are you struggling with reading comprehension questions on your standardized test?

Often that's the case when you're not reading the passages in the most effective way.

In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, we share three strategies for improving your overall reading proficiency, for reading the passages in a way that sets you up for success on a majority of questions, for quickly and accurately determining the author's primary purpose, and for adopting the right mindset when you're dealing with reading comprehension passages in general.

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The core content for this episode is excerpted from a webinar we recently did for the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While the webinar was geared toward GRE candidates for whom English isn't their native language, the tips and strategies are relevant for all test takers.

When you get to the part about "finding the thesis sentence" and using the "bracketing technique" to focus on Big...

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The Best Way to Improve Your Vocabulary [Ep. 12]

podcast Dec 17, 2019

Is a limited English vocabulary holding you back from getting the verbal score you need on your standardized test? And is there anything you can do about it in the limited amount of time you have between now and test day?

The answer is yes, and we break it all down for you in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast where we give you "The Best Way to Improve Your Vocabulary":

Specifically, we cover:

  • The filter through which you should think about improving your vocabulary, namely how to get more right answers on test day;
  • Why context matters (Hint: words don't exist in a vacuum);
  • The drawback to focusing exclusively on root words and prefixes/suffixes (but there is some benefit, which we explain);
  • What mnemonics are, and how they can help you commit words to long-term memory (with examples);
  • Why there's really no substitute for memorizing a list of "hard" words leading up to test day -- and how to do it effectively;
  • When to study your words for maximum retention;
  • Recommended...
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9 Ways to Avoid Making Careless Errors [Ep. 11]

podcast Dec 04, 2019

Even the highest scorers on standardized tests get questions wrong.

Sometimes you get questions wrong because you simply don't know or remember the underlying content well enough.

Sometimes it's because you didn't employ the proper strategy.

But sometimes you get wrong answers because you make careless errors — and those are the most frustrating because they can be avoided in most cases.

In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, we show you nine (9) ways that you can avoid making careless mistakes on test day, thereby increasing the number of questions you get right and boosting your overall score. Check it out:


This is a long show, so here are some timing benchmarks you can use if you want to jump around or need to come back and pick up where you left off:

0:00 - Introduction

4:43 - Four reasons why you make careless errors in the first place

8:32 - Strategy #1 for avoiding careless errors

13:10 - Strategy #2 for avoiding careless errors

18:11 - Strategy #3...

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Business Education Trends, a GMAT Section Order Fallacy, and CAT Battleship [Ep. 10]

podcast Nov 20, 2019

Several interesting bits of news and insights came out of the recently-held summit at the headquarters of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), makers of the GMAT and Executive Assessment exams, and we were there to get the scoop.

We relate the most relevant takeaways in Episode 10 of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, including:

  • Trends in graduate management education (GME) with an emphasis on the types of people applying and the programs they're applying to;
  • Why now might be the best time in the past decade to apply to business school;
  • The most commonly-chosen section order on the GMAT exam -- but a logical reasoning fallacy that should give you pause before choosing that order yourself;
  • The interplay between the "Practice Effect" and the "Fatigue Effect" that could help you get off to a great start on test day;
  • How computer-adaptive tests like the GMAT really work (hint: think about the popular board game Battleship) and what it means for you in terms of ideal...
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Finding Assumptions Using the "Big 6" Assumption Categories [Ep. 9]

podcast Nov 06, 2019

Brandon Royal, Ace the GMAT author, joins the podcast this week to share his expertise on an important logical reasoning skill that comes into play on numerous standardized tests — identifying assumptions. 

He has categorized logical fallacies into six common assumption categories, and he breaks them down for you in an easy-to-understand way so that you’re better able to tackle reasoning-related questions on your exam.

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Specifically, Brandon covers:

  • The prep strategy of working “buckets of problems,” and why it’s a beneficial way to engrain concept understanding;
  • Classical argument structure vs. classifying problems according to assumption categories, and pros/cons of each approach;
  • Comparison/analogy assumptions, with examples;
  • Cause & effect assumptions, with examples;
  • Representativeness assumptions, with examples
  • Implementation assumptions, with examples
  • How to apply these assumption patterns...
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"How I Raised My GMAT Score 120 Points" -- with Matt Kunzler [Ep. 8]

podcast Oct 30, 2019

Success is often as simple as finding someone who has done what you want to do, and doing what they did. If you want to significantly improve your standardized test score, then, look no further than Matt Kunzler, who recently raised his GMAT score +120 points through a combination of strategic planning, a helpful prep course, and some good 'ole fashioned hard work.

In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, Matt shares his secrets of exactly what he did to get such great results despite not having had a math class in 11 years and only having five weeks to prepare. Listen in:


Specifically, Matt shares:

  • Why he went with the GMAT instead of the GRE
  • How a disastrous first attempt at the GMAT left him wondering whether he'd ever be able to get into business school, and how he overcame that negative thinking
  • The power of reading about topics you're not interested in, and a good practice to start each day
  • How reading sentences out loud was the key to...
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Storytelling Essentials for Your College / Graduate Application Essays [Ep. 7]

podcast Oct 23, 2019

Application essays are a crucial part of the admissions process, and effective essays essentially come down to good storytelling.

Your goal as the protagonist of your own story is to become a hero that admissions officers want to root for, says Michael Noltemeyer, founder of North Star Editing and guest on this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast


During our wide-ranging conversation, Micheal sheds light on just how to become that hero while sharing examples of successful essays from his 10+ years as a professional editor.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • The Japanese concept of Ikigai for finding your life's purpose, and how that's what you're shooting for on your application essays as well;
  • How writing an application essay is like a "choose your own adventure" story in reverse, and how that understanding should influence the aim of your essays;
  • What not to do in your essays (hint: you're probably not as...
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Test Mastery Part 2: Creating a Customized Study Plan [Ep. 6]

podcast Oct 16, 2019

We're all looking for that magic bullet for how to prepare most effectively for our standardized test so that we get maximum results on test day. Last week, in Part 1 of our Test Mastery series, we laid a solid foundation for you by explaining the three essential components of any effective study plan -- the infamous "Success Triad" of test prep -- and how they can help you improve your time management. This week, in Part 2, we're taking it a step further and helping you create a more customized study plan based on your own strengths and weaknesses. Check it out:

We're pleased to be joined in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast by Vinay Narang, founder and Chief Genius at GMAT Genius, as he lends his expertise on this topic. Specifically, we cover:

  • The importance of taking full-length practice tests, and why official tests are the best;
  • How to analyze your practice test results and what they say about where to focus your study efforts;
  • Three (3) fundamental reasons...
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Introducing "The Dominate Test Prep Podcast' - Now Available!

podcast Oct 09, 2019

I've been absolutely dying to share some exciting news with you, and everything is finally ready to let you in on something HUGE that we've been working on here at Dominate Test Prep...

... drum roll please ...

... "The Dominate Test Prep Podcast" is now LIVE and ready for you to start consuming! You can find it anywhere you get your podcasts (search "Dominate Test Prep") or by clicking on this image:

Now I know what you might be thinking: "Wait, I didn't even know that you were working on a podcast!"

That's because I wanted to get all my ducks in a row and make sure I had some killer content published and out there for you to start listening to right away. And now I do. I know you'll get a ton of value from the five episodes that are already live:

  1. Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized Test
  2. 5 Proven Study Habits for a Higher Score on Test Day
  3. Framework for a Successful Grad School Application (with Linda Abraham)
  4. On the New Digital LSAT and a Good Ham...
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Test Mastery Part 1: The Success Triad + Time Management Tips [Ep. 5]

podcast Oct 09, 2019

What does it take to truly master the content tested on your standardized test and get a high score on test day?

It really comes down to three core components:

  1. Content
  2. Strategy
  3. Practice

We call it the "Success Triad" of standardized test preparation, and we break it all down for you in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast. You can listen to it here:


Specifically, you will learn:

  • The three components of the Success Triad and how they work together synergistically to produce mastery for whichever standardized test you're taking;
  • How the Pareto Principle of economics factors in to how you should think about learning the content tested on your exam;
  • The crucial WIBNI mindset for simplifying difficult questions, with an illustrative application example;
  • The concept of "perfect practice" with tips on how to make sure you're getting the most out of your study sessions;
  • How the Success Triad factors in to effective...
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