1. Anthony Graybosch, founder, NewEnglandGMAT.webs.com
2. Live online GMAT preparation lessons and preparation advice. Application essay editing.
3. I did my undergrad in mathematics and I'm currently a PhD student in theoretical nuclear physics at the #2 program in nuclear physics in the world. You can guess what math sections of standardized exams look like to me.
SAT 800 math, 690 verbal (99th percentile math and verbal, this was before the SAT gave you a calculator and a latte)
Math Level II - 800, perfect raw score
GRE: 800 math, 700 verbal (99th percentile math and verbal)
GMAT: I took a Princeton-Review administered GMAT in order to get a job as a Princeton Review GMAT instructor. I was told by my boss that I got a perfect score on the mathematics section and 99th percentile on the verbal section. PR had me teach mathematics for them, but I could easily have taught the verbal section, save for sentence correction - at the time I just relied on my 'ear' for good grammar. I have since forced myself to review formal grammar, and had I done that previously my verbal scores would be even higher.
Mental arithmetic acuity - I know 'tricks of the trade' for doing arithmetic really quickly without calculator or paper, and I am happy to teach you those tricks. By making a large class of problems solvable for yourself very quickly you protect your time for where you actually need to ponder a little bit.
Why hire a science/math guy for the verbal section? I still want to be a novelist, and I have read extremely widely, and so while I can't translate the GMAT into Middle English for you I can help you do quite well on the verbal section of the exam, and not just the quantitative section. I have reviewed and can teach the formal grammar relevant to the GMAT - even if you are a native speaker, you don't want to rely on your 'ear' alone! I also teach the tricks I use to do well on verbal sections of standardized exams. The main trick for the GMAT verbal section is simple yet difficult to implement - learn to ignore the nuances the GMAT ignores.
General philosophy - I believe that apparent differences in capacity between people are mainly a result of what they have, and have not, cultivated. You can take anybody off of the street and in eight years beat them into being a perfectly competent physicist. You can get anyone an 800 on the GMAT, too - the main limitation is how much time is available to prepare. You should want to do your best on this exam, but I strongly feel, and advise, that you not sit out an entire admission cycle in order to get the perfect GMAT score, and I strive to prepare students in an efficient manner.
4. I live in Wellesley, MA, and can tutor online wherever you are in the world
5. $90/hour payable via paypal after service. If you are not satisfied with a session, and tell me at the time of service, there is no charge.
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I hear from plenty of students who have taken the GMAT after investing time in inferior resources or, worse, giving a pile of money to a test company, only to get a sub-par GMAT result. Here I will describe the resources I feel can be relied upon, the strategies I like, and my own approach.
Anybody can write a GMAT guide and plenty do. The best of those guides have some real questions from a company sending in 'spies' to take the exams and remember questions. The rest of the questions in the guide will be fake questions written in an attempt to imitate real-GMAT style. The worst of those guides have loads of fake questions that bear little resemblance to the real exams, along with some so-so test taking tips and long-winded reviews.
It is important to realize that it would take at least twice as long to read every GMAT review guide on the market as it will to finish your MBA. We will use real GMAT questions as our primary resource, supplemented by resources carefully chosen by me from the many resources marketed for this exam. It is my hope to limit the amount of reading and review students must undertake by figuring out, via working many problems, what knowledge students are actually missing.
To prepare you for the GMAT’s quantitative section, we will use the 9 old paper GMATs, widely available on the internet, as well as the official GMAT guide, and the resources available free on MBA.com. It is also helpful to read the pithy 99 page math review in the Princeton Review guide, supplementing where necessary with material from the good but overly long
Manhattan GMAT books.
By solving real problems we will quickly figure out what material you have forgotten, or have never seen. I will then give you that material as quickly as possible. I am aware of multiple ways to explain almost all points, and by working one-on-one we will always be able to find a way to look at a particular piece of mathematics that ‘clicks’ with you. You will reach the point where every quantitative question you can be asked reduces to something you are already comfortable with.
I will show you how more than half of all data sufficiency questions reduce to the idea that two lines either intersect at a single point, are two copies of the same line, or are two parallel lines, and how that fact, along with a brief review of high school mathematics, will let you solve many data sufficiency problems with a glance.
The ability to do and check mental arithmetic quickly has always helped me to do very well on standardized mathematics exams. If the sun is shining and I've gotten enough sleep, I can multiply 3-digit numbers by 3-digit numbers in about 15 seconds. Even on a bad day I can multiply two-digit numbers by two-digit numbers in about 5. This is something I have trained myself to do by employing various simple tricks. I can show you these tricks and while you may not want to spend the time to be able to compute as fast as me or faster, you can quickly get to the point where you can do GMAT arithmetic instantly and protect your time for the more difficult questions. I will also show you a trick that enables you to check arithmetic by hand more quickly than if you simply re-did your computation or checked via a complimentary operation.
To prepare you for the GMAT’s verbal section, we will use the Princeton Review’s Verbal workbook, an extremely readable grammar book, ‘Woe is I,’ and the problems in the GMAT 12th edition guide. We will also look at some of the
Manhattan GMAT materials, however while those review materials are sometimes excellent they are too long and do not always offer the best advice. You should also read your favorite authors and look up any words whose definitions you don't recall. This will help you enormously, both by brushing off your vocabulary and by making you able to answer reading comprehension questions more easily.
We will rely primarily on the 12th edition
GMAT Official Guide Book questions for our review for the GMAT’s verbal section. While my explanations of how to solve quantitative problems will usually be better than what is available in
the Official Guide and in the various test companies’ books, it is critical to look at GMAC’s explanations of its answers to its own verbal section questions. We must learn the rules of grammar GMAC cares about, ignore the grammar rules it ignores, and ignore the nuances it ignores when posing reading comprehension questions.
I am happy to help with the writing section of the GMAT by having you write and then allow me to give you feedback on your work. It is important to demonstrate command of the language, to avoid making errors, to reason correctly, and to be able to do all of these things quickly. These skills are best mastered via drill, though certainly having a general GMAT-essay-generating-template is a good idea.
The computer adaptive format is harder than the paper test format. This is good - we start by ignoring the strictures of real testing so that we can figure out, in a low-stress, low-anxiety way, what we need to work on together. You work the old real GMAT questions and find the material you can not solve, or can not solve quickly. We then look at those problems, and the background underneath them, carefully, and you find out that they are either things you've seen before and just needed to be reminded of, or things you can easily learn. You then return to your studies, and when you meet something you can't quite do you move on, confident that when you meet with me again we will together quickly make you understand how to easily solve the problem that temporarily stumped you.
I will show you the relevant 'tricks' for both sections which save you time and which give you a good chance of getting a question right even when you can not solve it head-on.
When you are done with the old paper exams, we will move on to one of the computer adaptive tests, as well as the sample questions, given at MBA.com. We will make sure you can do all of those questions quickly. Then, a week before your exam date, you will take the other real computer adaptive test under worse-than-test-center conditions - you'll give yourself a few minutes less time than the real test allows, and you'll have an annoying distraction in the background. You will find that you still do well.
At that point, you will be ready to sit for the exam - you spend the week leading up to it reviewing in a relaxed fashion and getting lots of sleep, exercise, good food, and fun, and then you take the thing and send me a happy email about how well you did. If you wish I can help you by looking at your B school essays, or we can part happy that you got a good score and picked up some mathematical strength and some other skills as a bonus.
There are structural weaknesses in the exam which I can teach you to exploit, and heuristics I can teach you to give you good odds when guessing. This material is valuable and has its place. But, ultimately, my goal is to teach you to solve problems quickly and cleanly via robust methods that are not easily defeated by slight differences in what you prepared for and what you see on test day.
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