Feb 27, 2019

Interview season is here for Round 2 MBA applicants, and we thought you'd benefit from these helpful tips from **Stacy Blackman** of Stacy Blackman Consulting about how to answer three of the most common interview questions you're likely to encounter.

Our first piece of advice: don’t go on and on. It’s easy to do when you’ve been asked such an open-ended question, so make sure you practice your response out loud a few times. There’s no need to recite your life story — talking about where you were born, your family, or your childhood is not what they’re looking for here.

We recommend approaching this question as if they’d asked you to walk them through your resume: quickly summarize the highlights of your college years and then move on to your professional career. Explain why you took the roles you did, what your main responsibilities were, and what you enjoyed or took away from each position. If you’ve...

Feb 08, 2019

Earlier this week we hosted a free webinar on *Time Management, Speed Reading, and Anxiety Relief* with special guest trainer Bara Sapir of City Test Prep. If you missed it, the recording is above.

We are pleased to announce that we have worked out and exclusive deal with Bara to offer anyone affiliated with Dominate Test Prep a **$50 discount** on any one of her upcoming online * MindFlow* Speed Reading clinics!

**To learn more and take advantage of this special offer, visit https://citytestprep.com/product/mindflow-workshop/ and enter the following coupon code at checkout: 50discount.**

For the past 13 years, Bara has taught * MindFlow,* a game-changer workshop that teaches participants to read up to 5x faster -- without compromising comprehension. Increased speed and accuracy translates to test-takers gaining more time to answer questions and consistently score higher on the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT, ACT, and MCAT. In fact, Bar's techniques lead to a 13% average score increase in your...

Jan 28, 2019

Would you agree that if you could increase your reading speed, it would help you immensely on whichever standardized test you're taking?

Of course it would.

Reading faster will help you on reading comprehension questions, obviously. It will also help you with your overall time management. Timing issues are one of the top concerns my students have when they first come to me, and reading faster is one of the strategies for improving that.

And even after test day, think about how useful it would be in graduate school to be able to get through the countless pages of text you're expect to read in less time -- and still understand what you're reading!

Fortunately, there are a handful of easy-to-learn techniques that will enable you to increase your reading speed without losing comprehension -- and we're going to teach them to you in a free webinar we're hosting on **Tuesday, February 5th, at 1:00pm Eastern Time U.S. (10am PST).**

Lock in your spot NOW so that you...

Jan 14, 2019

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...

Dec 18, 2018

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.

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...

Dec 12, 2018

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.**

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...

Oct 25, 2018

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.

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...

Sep 14, 2018

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...

Aug 28, 2018

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 HERE: https://poetsandquants.com/event/2018-centrecourt-mba-festival/washington-dc/

Jul 20, 2018

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...