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08
Jul 2019

GMAT Confidence

GMAT Confidence

I’m Mike Diamond Head of instruction. I’m Jaymes Kine one of the lead instructors here. And we’re here to talk to you about some of the questions that we’ve gotten on our fancy social media platforms. Yeah, so first of all thank you guys. We asked for you guys to give us some questions you have asked the questions and I guess kind of talked ourselves into a corner because now we have to answer them. Do you have the answers? I have the answer guide! You know, that’s pretty much, just so you know, that’s always the GMAT instructors trick, is we have the answer guide that’s the only difference. It’s actually totally not the trick, the trick, this is actually a great place to start. Okay!

Prep Materials

What materials to use. But I want to talk especially about the quality materials out there. There’s a wide variety of materials out there. There are a lot of materials, you’ve got a wide variety of quality I think is what you’re saying. Wide variety of quality but even the good materials in terms of the problems often do a great disservice to our clients by saying this is how you do it. Right, you look in the back and you see this especially, it’s more apparent with the quantitative. Yeah. Here’s all the algebra you need to do, right, and so many times it’s not about the answer it’s about thinking about other solution paths and getting around the answer. Yeah, and this is actually something that happens a lot I think, it’s mainly one of the major pitfalls for self-prep.

Is when you’re studying on your own we read through the official guide or whatever books you may have. By the way we recommend always getting the official guide, other books to supplement are great, but at least the official guide. We have our own materials that we would we would recommend obviously, but let’s go to the official guide on the answers there. When people are self-prepping they will go through the official guide then they’ll be reading the official answers which as Mike just said, they start with here’s the algebra problem and work you all the way through every algebraic step.

GMAT Confidence

I don’t know if you guys can tell we haven’t rehearsed and this is actually a GMAT moment. Yeah, we maybe should have rehearsed, you know failing to plan is planning to fail I think is what we say. Yes and no though, but we have all the answers. We don’t need to go over the answers in advance we don’t need a script because we live and breathe the GMAT this is all we do. And in that way this is a strong parallel for the GMAT. When you’re sitting the exam you don’t need to know the answers in advance ABCD whatever. If you have the tools and the knowledge, the experience, the expertise, then the answers are going to flow. And all that I think adds up to GMAT confidence to know you can go into that test and you can take it right.

Now we may be over confident here but it’s something we’re working on right. But being confident when you get to the test is definitely key. And it’s often a characteristic of really high achieving test takers, to be sure our instructors none of them went to the test saying, ” Oh, I’m nervous I’m not going to do well,” and when we take follow-up tests from time to time that’s that’s not a question. And that’s characteristic of just about everyone I’ve met, clients, instructors, whatever that have scored above that 720/730 mark. Yeah, I think irrational confidence is probably my best my best characteristic as a test taker really. That’s your best characteristic overall! Oh, thanks man!

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06
Jul 2019

Quant Versus Verbal

Quant Versus Verbal

It’s time for quant versus verbal. The final showdown. Yeah, oh wait, we have to…

We have to talk about quant and verbal. Right! So quant versus verbal, one of the most common questions we get. Where should I start?

Should I focus more on the quant or the verbal? What do you think Mike?

Quant

It won’t surprise our lovely viewers that it all depends on the person but let’s talk in some generalizations. One thing you might be surprised by, maybe not so surprised to learn, is that a distinct majority of the people we work with come to us for quantitative help versus verbal help.

At least that’s what they state upfront. Many of them end up only getting quant anyhow but a lot of people state that they only need quant and then they end up needing verbal help as well. Once your quant outstrips your verbal you want to bring them up to parity because that’s highly rewarded by the scoring algorithm.

Right! But that said, we talk in fact we talk a lot of shit every day. Yeah mostly. We talk, we read, we write, we live, we’re immersed in a world of language, a verbal world. Where even math professors only math a few hours a day. Okay yeah there is a verb – to math! This is not a GMAT word but it’s an Apex word because we math frequently. Yes!

Fluency

So the issue there is fluency. If you’re already fluent in English, all the lessons you need to learn are much more easily attainable. Whereas with quantitative concepts even ones you think you know, often there’s more context. So you need a longer time period and more contact density with them in order to absorb all the stuff you need to then be flexible with them the same way you’re likely already flexible with the English language.

Verbal

Right! I think a big part of that is that the verbal section is the verbal section but the math section is math in English. They’re not just equations. They’re not just giving you specific mathematics problems per se. They are giving you math problems wrapped up in words.

Too true, and that goes both ways, there are quantitative problems particularly on the critical reasoning and a lot of times these aren’t: here are some numbers figure it out. Rather, the cost-of-living index is growing more quickly than inflation, more than pensions or something like that. Where you have some sort of abstract inequality buried in a property – they require mathematical reasoning.

And just for all of our other viewers who might not be from Philadelphia. He meant buried in the problem that’s what that was. Buried not buried? Yeah okay. Although, if you are from Philadelphia don’t spit out your water, it’s okay to say buried, but that’s how it goes.

That’s how it goes, so anyway there’s a lot of overlap on the GMAT but especially on the quantitative side, a lot of the difficulty is puzzling out what you need to answer, not doing the equation but you’re saying what that hell is this asking me for?

Non-Native English Speakers

You know and this is something else that we feel like a lot of the other the other outfits, the other test prep factories don’t really do enough, they don’t do a good enough job in my opinion. Emphasizing what many of you may be thinking right now which is verbal help and mathematical help with verbal for non-native English speakers. There are plenty of students who come Apex who are actually very good mathematicians as it were and it’s the English that they need a little bit of help with. Not as it pertains to the verbal section but actually it’s the English on the quant section that’s difficult.

Absolutely, there’s vocabulary, there’s context, but what’s really important here is that native speakers and non-native speakers pick up language differently. Even the way you learned English if you’re a non-native speaker affects how we approach working with you on the verbal. So if you’re a non-English speaker don’t be too concerned that that’s a disadvantage. You know something I’d like to point out to my students quite often is that the GMAT is actually created specifically for native English speakers and a lot of the test itself is meant to trick native English speakers. So coming at it actually from a non-native speaking background can actually help you kind of skip over all of the little traps that are set up for native speakers. So don’t despair, it’s not that you’re at a distinct disadvantage, you just some different work to do to prepare.

Yeah, different advantages, having access to secondary grammars whether it’s your native language or whether you took say, Spanish in high school.

I’m fluent in emoji actually I can tell that from your text messages it’s frankly disturbing.

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Jun 2019

Number Theory Problem Form – Wedding Guest

Number Theory Problem – Wedding Guest

Today we’re going to be looking at what at first seems to be an allocation problem. But on further reflection actually turns out to be a much simpler number theory problem. If we take a look at the problem stem these numbers 143 and 77. They stick out to us and they stick out not just because they don’t seem to have any relative association but also because they’re sort of odd-looking numbers they don’t look like most the numbers were used to seeing. Say 48 or 24 or 36 something easily divisible clearly breakable into factors. Here were given these two disparate numbers and we’re being asked to formulate not what the tables are made up of but how many tables there are.

Solving the Problem

So we look at these two numbers and we examine first the 77 because it’s a simpler lower number. 77 breaks into factors of 7 and 11. This clues us in as to what to look for out of the 143. 143 must have a factor of 7 or 11. And in fact 143 is evenly divisible by 11 and it gives us 13. Which means that there are 11 possible tables that is the maximum number of tables are 11. Each one has 13 people from the bride side and 7 people from the groom’s side. 13 plus 7 there’s 20 people at each table. Times the 11 tables is 220. And we can back check our math, 143 plus 77 is 220. We don’t need to go that far but that might help deliver some comfort to this method. So in reality this is a very creative clever way the GMAT is asking us for a greatest common factor.

Graphical Solution Path

Another way to think about this is that we need an equal number of groups from the bride and groom side. The number of people on the bride’s side doesn’t have to equal the number of people on the groom’s side. We just need them broke in into the same number of equal groups. Graphically, the illustration shows us how a certain number of different sized groups combined into this common table. So 13 and 7 and we have 11 groups of each.

Problem Forming

This is a great problem to problem form. It will give you some additional mental math or common result experience by forcing you to figure out numbers that you can present that at first don’t look like they match but in fact do have a common factor. You’ll notice that if they had given you 16 people and 36 people finding that common factor might be easier.

So as you problem form this try and do it in a way that sort of obscures the common factor. Either try it maybe where they have multiple common factors and you tweak things like what is the greatest number what is the fewest number of tables. Or even do a perspective shift and take a look at say how many guests are represented at each table. Or on the bride’s side or on the groom’s side. Of course there are conceptual shifts to this and you can make this story about anything. Once you control the story or rather the structure of the story this problem becomes very very straightforward.

Hope this helped I look forward to seeing you guys soon.

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Philadelphia GMAT Seminar
Posted on
29
May 2019

GMAT SEMINAR – LOS ANGELES

GMAT SEMINAR - LOS ANGELES

GMAT Seminar in Los Angeles

Receive everything you need to overcome the GMAT in one intensive GMAT filled weekend.

  • Comprehensive GMAT content
  • Includes a Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and Admissions Consulting Workshop.
  • Furthermore, get 6 months access to the Apex online learning platform which includes 5500+ GMAT questions and 5 CATs.

 

Course Descriptions

Verbal Course:

A full day of prep for the verbal section of the GMAT. Providing you with the necessary skills to tackle Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction with elevated techniques.

Quantitative Course:

An entire day of prep for the quantitative section of the GMAT will equip you with higher level solution paths, necessary to tackle both Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency questions.

Full Course:

In addition to both the verbal and quantitative days, the full course also includes Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment prep.

Full Course Plus :

This course gives you access to a personal tutor for 2 hours and comes at a value of $500. You can choose to have a private tutoring session with a 770+ scoring GMAT instructor. Alternatively, you can use this time to work with an experienced Apex admissions consultant.

Day 1: 12pm-6pmDay 2: 9am-6pmDay 3: 9am-6pm
Structure Of The TestQuantitative FundamentalsSentence Correction
AWA – Analytical Writing AssessmentQuantitative Skills & AlgebraReading Comprehension
IR – Integrated ReasoningGeometry & Advanced QuantCritical Reasoning

GMAT Seminar in Los Angeles

We want you to gain the most from your experience with APEX, therefore we offer the following with any sign up to our seminar events:

    • All learning materials from the seminar – our full curriculum
    • 6 months access to APEX’s online GMAT learning platform
    • 5 CATs

Full Course Plus Additional Resource:

    • 2 hours of private GMAT assistance or Admissions Consulting assistance (Valued at $500).

Natalie Mathews

Director of Marketing

P: +1 267 575 7737

E: [email protected]

To arrange a brief complimentary consultation with an instructor before the seminar please feel free to reach out to me. 

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Philadelphia GMAT Seminar
Posted on
09
Nov 2018

APEX’S GMAT SEMINAR LONDON

APEX GMAT SEMINAR - LONDON, UK

GMAT Seminar in London GB

Receive everything you need to overcome the GMAT in one intensive GMAT filled weekend.

  • Comprehensive GMAT content
  • Includes a Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and Admissions Consulting Workshop.
  • Furthermore, get 6 months access to the Apex online learning platform which includes 5500+ GMAT questions and 5 CATs.

 

Course Descriptions

Verbal Course:

A full day of prep for the verbal section of the GMAT. Providing you with the necessary skills to tackle Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction with elevated techniques.

Quantitative Course:

An entire day of prep for the quantitative section of the GMAT will equip you with higher level solution paths, necessary to tackle both Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency questions.

Full Course:

In addition to both the verbal and quantitative days, the full course also includes Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment prep.

Full Course Plus :

This course gives you access to a personal tutor for 2 hours and comes at a value of $500. You can choose to have a private tutoring session with a 770+ scoring GMAT instructor. Alternatively, you can use this time to work with an experienced Apex admissions consultant.

Day 1Day 2Day 3
Strategic Overview points of the seminarQuantitative Skills & AlgebraGeometry & Advanced Quant
Quantitative FundamentalsAdmissions (School Selection & Essays)Admissions (Resumes & Interview Prep)
Critical ReasoningReading ComprehensionSentence Correction
Analytical Writing AssessmentIntegrated Reasoning

GMAT Seminar in London GB

We want you to gain the most from your experience with APEX, therefore we offer the following with any sign up to our seminar events:

    • All learning materials from the seminar – our full curriculum
    • 6 months access to APEX’s online GMAT learning platform
    • 5 CATs

Full Course Plus Additional Resource:

    • 2 hours of private GMAT assistance or Admissions Consulting assistance (Valued at $500).

Natalie Mathews

Director of Marketing

P: +44 (0) 79 4361 2406

E: [email protected]

To arrange a brief complimentary consultation with an instructor before the seminar please feel free to reach out to me. 

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