The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

This show is designed to take the guesswork out of preparing for your standardized test and equip you with practical how-to's for getting more right answers on test day, successfully navigating the admissions process, getting accepted to your dream school, and succeeding in the classroom. Our episodes deliver expert advice from the industry's top test prep instructors and admissions consultants as we endeavor to prepare you for success not only on test day, but also in your future profession and life beyond. Oh, and did we mention that we have a lot of fun? You will too, as we embark on this important next chapter of your education together. Thanks for listening!

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July 28, 2022 37 min

It seems like there's never enough time to do all the things we want to in life. That can be especially true when it comes to preparing for your standardized test. You're busy: job, family, school, hobbies, etc. And yet, you need to carve out sufficient time to study effectively for your exam. But how?

That's exactly the concern submitted by one of our students, Madeline, who wrote: "I am concerned about having enoug...

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Graduate schools generally have more than one application deadline throughout the year, and when you apply often impacts your likelihood of being admitted. Indeed, it's more important than ever that you apply as early as possible in the admission cycle, according to Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted -- especially given the expected increase in application volume resulting from trends in the current economic landscape.

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Darius Whitted was the first person in his family to go to college. Then, as if that weren't enough, he went on to earn his MBA from the Thomas School of Business at UNC Pembroke, graduating this Spring. Those accomplishments are impressive in their own right, to be sure. But what makes Darius's educational journey even more remarkable is that Darius has been paralyzed since the age of three.

In this episode of The Dominate ...

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The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recently released the results of its Prospective Students Survey 2022, a tool used to provide graduate business schools with critical insights into the decision-making processes of people currently considering applying to a graduate management education (GME) program. Many of the findings are valuable for applicants as well, as they shed light on current trends in the business school...

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The Executive Assessment (EA) is different from other standardized tests in a number of important ways. As such, the way you need to prepare for the EA is distinct in several key respects as well. In this episode we highlight those unique aspects of the exam and lay out a game plan for preparing for the Executive Assessment, including:

  • The "EA Success Triad" -- three interrelated components that are integral to studying effe...
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    Love 'em or dread 'em, practice tests are an essential and invaluable part of preparing well for your standardized test. They reveal your strengths and weaknesses, help you hone your time management, get you comfortable with the testing experience, and so much more. Yes, practice tests are important -- but only if you use them correctly. In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, we'll show you how.

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    Applying to business school? You'll likely need to take either the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) for admission. The two exams are similar in many ways, as the EA was developed by the same organization that created and administers the GMAT exam. But the EA and GMAT are also very different in several key ways -- and understanding those differences is crucial for you in deciding which exam to prepare for.

    In this episode we pro...

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    We've all been there: You're cruising along on your exam, slaying questions, feeling good, and then boom, you're presented with a question that you're not quite sure how to answer. Your mind goes blank. You can't figure out how to make inroads. You're stuck.

    So what do you do?

    You follow the 5-step game plan that we lay out in this episode to get unstuck on challenging questions. These tips and strategies won&...

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    The American Bar Association (ABA) made a major ruling earlier this month allowing law schools to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admissions decisions. While this opens the door to a larger potential applicant pool, there are a lot of factors you need to consider when determining whether to take the LSAT or GRE when applying to law school.

    To dissect this major announcement by the ABA and help you make the best decision poss...

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    There's no doubt that consistency is crucial when it comes to preparing effectively for your standardized test. Miss even a few days, and it can feel like you're starting all over again when you do get back on track with your studying.

    But how can you ensure that you're taking consistent daily action?

    We tackle that head-on in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast as we address the following req...

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    Achieving the highest levels of education is challenging even under the best of circumstances. But if you’re dealing with a learning disability or other life challenges? Then it can be even harder. Yet, success is possible — even likely — if you adopt the right mindset and take advantage of the opportunities and accommodations afforded to you on your journey.

    In this episode, hear the inspiring story of Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, found...

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    Be honest. Do any of these sentiments about standardized tests resonate with you?

  • "Standardized tests are pointless."
  • "I'm so much more than my test score."
  • "I know I'm smart, I'm just not a good test taker."
  • "Studying for this exam is ruining my life."
  • "Can't I show my readiness some other way?"
  • Or, as one person commented on our YouTube channel: "The GRE is stupid!"
  • Whateve...

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    The MBA degree is often thought of as helping people advance their careers in the corporate world. But is it also beneficial for entrepreneurs? In the case of Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao, co-founders of Flora Colombia, the answer is a resounding yes! In this episode they share their fascinating story of meeting at EDHEC Business School, conceiving the idea of going into business together, and applying lessons from their MBA to ...

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    There's nothing quite like a college campus. Each one is so unique and different -- some in the city, some more rural; some with gothic architecture, some modern; some with a vibrant party scent, others more academic-focused. Like different flavors of ice cream, each campus appeals to different types of people. And that's why it's so important that you visit the campuses of the schools you're planning to apply to se...

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    Application essays are an important part of the admissions process for all levels of higher education. Nearly all programs will ask you to write at least one "long" essay on a topic of their choosing. But many schools will also include one or more "short" essay prompts -- either required or optional -- that provide you with an opportunity to share additional bits of information about your candidacy. And don't be...

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    If you've taken the same standardized test multiple times and your score isn't improving appreciably, you might be wondering whether there's still hope for you or if perhaps you've reached your upper limit. That's the question we address in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast in response to Dan, who sent the following e-mail:

    "After writing the [GMAT] exam 3 times, I am beginning ...

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    Let’s talk about money. Specifically, let’s talk about how you’re going to pay for your college / graduate education. If you’ve decided to go back to school, presumably you’ve determined that the benefits of higher education more than justify the costs. Yet, those costs still need to be paid. But what’s the best way to fund your education expenses? And can you do so without burning through all of your savings or jeopardizing your r...

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    You want to do well on your standardized test to get in to your target school/program. That's a given. But a high test score can also benefit you in other ways -- perhaps even helping you to land a high-paying job upon graduation. We talk about that in answering the following "mailbag" question submitted by Braden, who asks:

    "Is it true that consulting firms ask for your GMAT score during the job interview process? I...

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    While people go back to school for a variety of reasons, in many cases it's to enhance their career prospects with the long-term goal of landing a great job upon graduation. But what goes in to getting that dream job? What are the steps in the hiring process? Should you pursue an internship first? What exactly are potential employers looking for in candidates and what can you do to stand out from your competitors?

    To help answer...

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    April 14, 2021 40 min

    You've decided that you're going to business school. Congratulations! That's step 1. Now you need to decide which standardized test you're going to take as part of the admissions process, the GMAT or the GRE. While similar in a number of ways, the two exams differ in several key ways, and you want to ensure that you take the one that gives you the best shot at getting a competitive score. This episode compares and c...

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