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How to become a GMAT teacher / tutor [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 09:53
Hi everybody,

First of all, I am sorry if I post this message in the wrong sub forum, was not really sure where to post it !

I passed the GMAT a year ago with a score of 780 (Q51,V45) and now I plan maybe to become a part-time GMAT teacher/tutor. I would like maybe some feedbacks from people working for GMAT prep firms :
- Do GMAT prep firms hire mostly full-time teachers or part-time teachers ? (I plan to keep my current job and do this 5-10h /week on the evening and week-end, is that realistic ?)
- How are working most of the teachers ? Is it "physical" course with a class or mostly internet-based ? This is important because I am currently living in London (where there is mostly likely some physical GMAT course taking place) but I might move to a smaller english city it is unlikely there is.
- Are most of the teachers USA-based or all-around the world ?
- How hard is the selection ? On top of having a good GMAT score, what is required of teachers ? Is it require that teachers hold a MBA or is it not necessary ?
- Any specific advice for getting there ?

Thanks a lot for your help !
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Re: How to become a GMAT teacher / tutor [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 10:37
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Hi everybody,

First of all, I am sorry if I post this message in the wrong sub forum, was not really sure where to post it !

I passed the GMAT a year ago with a score of 780 (Q51,V45) and now I plan maybe to become a part-time GMAT teacher/tutor. I would like maybe some feedbacks from people working for GMAT prep firms :
- Do GMAT prep firms hire mostly full-time teachers or part-time teachers ? (I plan to keep my current job and do this 5-10h /week on the evening and week-end, is that realistic ?)
- How are working most of the teachers ? Is it "physical" course with a class or mostly internet-based ? This is important because I am currently living in London (where there is mostly likely some physical GMAT course taking place) but I might move to a smaller english city it is unlikely there is.
- Are most of the teachers USA-based or all-around the world ?
- How hard is the selection ? On top of having a good GMAT score, what is required of teachers ? Is it require that teachers hold a MBA or is it not necessary ?
- Any specific advice for getting there ?

Thanks a lot for your help !

Dear Darmody,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, congratulations on your impressive GMAT performance.

Here's the tricky thing. What does it take to be a good teacher? Well, that's hard to say. Certainly, having expertise in the subject is necessary, but it's not sufficient. There are many folks who know a ton about specific academic fields (math, physics, chemistry, linguistics, etc. ) but are absolutely horrible teachers because they are not effective at communicating what they know in a way that is accessible for others. Without knowing anything about you, I would have no idea about what your talents for teaching might be.

As to your more general questions about the industry. Traditionally, all classes were physical-location, on-site classes --- the older companies (Kaplan, Princeton Review, MGMAT, etc.) all began with that model and still primarily employ it. In our modern interconnected worlds, companies that are 100% web-based (such as Magoosh) are becoming more and more popular, because they are typically cheaper and equally accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Most companies, both web-based and on-site, will hire folks part time: in fact, many times, it's hard to start out with a full-time job at such a company, so the fact that you only want something part-time is good. For the companies that have on-site classes in a physical location, you have to be close that location, but for a web-based company, you could be anywhere in the world. It's not necessary to have an MBA: most GMAT experts don't. I don't have an MBA, but I had twenty years of teaching and tutoring experience before starting to work at Magoosh. If you have never ever done any kind of tutoring or teaching before, you might want to start small, maybe with a few private clients, and build experience before applying with a company. If you charge some very low price (say $10 or $20/hr), then you no doubt will get a few clients who want to work with you, and you can get a sense of how being a tutor feels as well as a sense of how successful you are at it. You would have a much much better chance to land a job with a company if you could approach one, say a year from now, saying, "I have done all this private tutoring, and here are recommendations from my students saying what a wonderful teacher I am." That, combined with a high GMAT score, would open a lot of doors!

Does all this make sense?
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Re: How to become a GMAT teacher / tutor [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 11:25
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Here's the tricky thing. What does it take to be a good teacher? Well, that's hard to say. Certainly, having expertise in the subject is necessary, but it's not sufficient. There are many folks who know a ton about specific academic fields (math, physics, chemistry, linguistics, etc. ) but are absolutely horrible teachers because they are not effective at communicating what they know in a way that is accessible for others. Without knowing anything about you, I would have no idea about what your talents for teaching might be.


Yes I completely agree with you ! I consider my GMAT score more of a prerequisite for being a teacher rather than an absolute proof of my quality as a teacher. I have some teaching experience but little and not-GMAT related so I am kinda asking myself what in my background could convince a firm to hire me besides my GMAT score.


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If you have never ever done any kind of tutoring or teaching before, you might want to start small, maybe with a few private clients, and build experience before applying with a company. If you charge some very low price (say $10 or $20/hr), then you no doubt will get a few clients who want to work with you, and you can get a sense of how being a tutor feels as well as a sense of how successful you are at it.


Yes that would be the ideal thing to do, but I can imagine it is quite hard to find clients on its own. Maybe adds on the internet ? I am not really in connection with a lot of "potential" GMAT test takers. That is why ideally I would like to start with a company so that everything is taken care of and I can focus on teaching.

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yes it does thanks a lot for your answer
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Re: How to become a GMAT teacher / tutor [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 12:50
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Hi Darmody,

All great questions. I think the qualification requirements vary from course to course. Some courses may require a higher degree and some may not.

My suggestion is to take a look at GMAT prep course websites and see if you can find bios of the tutors to see if your qualifications align up. We feature the bios of our tutors here: http://gmat.economist.com/blog/masthead. Also feel free to reach out to test prep companies and see if you can get an informational interview with a tutor or two -- I would bet that there are many who would be happy to share their experiences with you!

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Re: How to become a GMAT teacher / tutor [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 12:55
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Also -- check this thread out if you haven't already:

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Re: How to become a GMAT teacher / tutor [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2014, 21:07
The 99th percentile is possible but you gotta do more than one thing. At the very least, do a structured test prep. All said, hiring a private tutor for one-on-one tutoring is the best way to go.
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