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What to Expect from a 100 Hour GMAT Prep Course: Score Gains & Study Strategy

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“How long do I need to study to achieve the highest possible GMAT score?”

This is quite possibly the most common question we hear from prospective business school students.

Of course, the temptation is to choose a 25-48 hour GMAT bootcamp; a course you can squeeze in between work, family, and other responsibilities. But if you need a truly comprehensive review, and solid exam strategies, will a weekend or two really be enough?

A quick online search will confirm what some test-takers already know: it takes at least 100 prep hours to achieve a GMAT score of 600 or more.  So what does 100 hours of GMAT training look like, and is there any real proof that studying longer produces higher scores?

In this post, we get to the bottom of both questions by breaking down the structure and curriculum of a 100 hour GMAT prep course (using Quantum’s program as an example). Then, we’ll take a look at some compelling evidence that proves longer prep truly does enhance GMAT performance.

100 Hour GMAT Prep Dives Deep into the 4 Main Content Areas

What is the most significant difference between a shorter GMAT prep course (under 50 hours) and a 100 hour course? Short courses can cover only general strategies and commonly tested topics. By contrast, 100 hours of training allows for a complete review of virtually every question type and topic, plus a wide range of test-taking strategies. Nothing is left to chance. Here’s a  look at what to expect from each 25 hour module of a 100 hour course:

Module 1 – Foundational Math (25hr)

This section focuses on math fundamentals you probably haven’t seen since high school. Students can expect a refresher on key concepts like exponent and root theory, order of operations, lines and angles, and divisibility rules. Then you’ll move on to more challenging concepts and problems in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry—and learn specific strategies for recognizing and approaching a wide selection of foundational math question types.

Module 2 – Intermediate Math (25hr)

This module covers the GMAT’s two main intermediate math topics: data sufficiency and word problems. Many students struggle with data sufficiency because it’s a question format unique to the GMAT. And since 40-50% of all math questions on the exam are related to data sufficiency, much of this module is spent coaching students on the most effective strategies for breaking down and resolving these problems.

Module 3 – Advanced Math (25hr)

The advanced math module delves into statistics, exponents and roots, and integrated reasoning. Statistics is currently the least weighted section of the GMAT, but it’s also the fastest growing. In this section, students learn specialized techniques and tools for tackling permutations and combinations, probability, standard deviation, factorials, and more. Next they cover multiple exponent and root rules, and master some of the most complex and challenging math questions on the entire GMAT. Finally, students are led through the four main integrative reasoning (IR) question types on the exam: table analysis, graphics interpretation, multi-source reasoning, and two-part analysis.

By the end of these 75 hours, you’ve seen, studied, and practiced virtually every math problem the GMAT will throw at you.

Module 4 – Comprehensive Verbal (25hr)

These final 25 hours of prep are spent reviewing and practicing the three main verbal question types on the GMAT: sentence correlation, critical reasoning, and reading comprehension. You’ll learn a standardized technique, process, or approach to each question type, at every level of difficulty. Topics include grammar rules, sentence correction, idioms, and argument theory.

Does Longer GMAT Training = Higher Test Scores?

So it’s clear that a 100 hour GMAT prep course covers a great deal of ground, and in very fine detail. But is there any real proof that studying for longer actually yields a higher GMAT score?  Is there an “ideal” study time for this exam? A few years ago, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) set out to answer this question, and turned up some very compelling data.

In 2014, GMAC surveyed 4,271 GMAT test takers about their study habits and score outcomes.  They found a distinct correlation between longer GMAT training and higher scores. One hundred or more hours of training consistently yielded scores between 600-700+.

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While GMAC emphasizes that each student is unique, and will approach exam prep somewhat differently, it’s hard to ignore the clear link between 100+ study hours and higher scores. To push students over the 100 hour study mark, we often recommend an additional 10 hours of individual tutoring. One-to-one coaching is tremendously helpful for filling any lingering learning gaps and boosting confidence before the exam.

Are you interested in learning more about 100 hour GMAT prep in your area— or need general information about the preparation and test-taking process?

Click here to see a list of free GMAT workshops, mock exams, and information sessions in your area.

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Choosing a Top GMAT Prep Course in Toronto: 5 Key Traits to Look For

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If you’re hoping to gain admission to a top business school, one of the first hurdles you’ll face is the GMAT—a challenge some say is won or lost the moment you decide on a study strategy.

With so many competing GMAT prep courses out there (each making their own claims and promises) it can be very difficult for students to determine which company can be trusted to deliver real results.

Get the most out of your time, effort, and money by selecting a training program that demonstrates key markers of quality and integrity. These are the five traits students should look for to narrow down their options, and find a top GMAT prep course in Toronto.

1. Length: Longer GMAT Courses Cover More, Delve Deeper

Busy students with families or full time jobs may be tempted to choose a short GMAT prep course that promises to “condense” training into 25 to 50 hours. While short programs are undeniably attractive, they are also notorious for taking short cuts and skipping over important test topics.

It may sound daunting, but the ideal length for GMAT prep is over 100 hours. A survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) showed that students who invested an average of 107 hours of GMAT prep scored 600-690 points on the exam. And students who put in an average of 121 hours of prep scored 700 or higher.

Longer GMAT prep programs are simply more comprehensive. They afford students the time required to properly cover foundational, intermediate, and advanced math, as well as comprehensive verbal.

Ultimately, a longer prep course saves students time and money by eliminating the need for additional training or self-study materials. Plus, truly comprehensive training dramatically improves your chances of earning a competitive GMAT score the first time around.

Concerned about the cost of a longer program? Compare test prep company websites for early bird discounts or coupons you can use to reduce enrollment fees. A good program will usually have some kind of price break or promotional special to offer new students.

2. Pre-Course Testing:  Identifying Your Baseline GMAT Score

Pre-course, or “diagnostic” testing is a key trait of effective GMAT training. Students should determine their strengths, weaknesses and overall score at the beginning of the prep course, so instructors can track improvements as training progresses. No trustworthy GMAT program would begin training without first establishing your baseline score.

How much can you expect your score to rise by the end of the prep course? The best companies help students improve their scores by 160-200 points. Don’t forget to inquire about average score gains when speaking with program representatives. Score improvement is a key indicator of quality, and the reason you’re seeking GMAT training in the first place!

3. Resources:  Proven Test Strategies & Quality Practice Materials

In order to achieve a competitive test score, students need reliable, easy-to-use strategies for approaching difficult GMAT questions. They need effective step-by-step procedures to recognize question types and attack them with confidence.

The quality of the strategies you learn during GMAT test prep can make or break your final score. This is especially true for students who have been out of school for some time, have rusty math skills, or are learning English as a second language.

The best companies teach proven procedures for breaking down and solving difficult problems. How do students know these strategies work? Because reliable test prep providers give students detailed manuals and a wide variety of real GMAT questions to practice at home, in between classes. Be sure to ask about what kinds of resources are included in the cost of your chosen program.

4. Reputation: Peer Reviews & Business School Partnerships

Before choosing a prep course, students should check online for feedback from past students. Scan the program’s website for testimonials, look for Google reviews, or investigate the company’s social media channels for descriptions of positive or negative experiences.

It’s also smart to look at whether local business schools are willing to endorse and partner with the program you’re considering. Students looking for a GMAT prep course in Toronto, for example, will want to see partnerships with top business schools, such as the Ted Rogers School of Management (Ryerson University); the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto); and the Schulich School of Business (York University).

5. Flexibility: Free Repeat Courses to Improve Your Performance

Let’s say you complete a GMAT prep course, but continue to struggle in key areas, or score lower than you expected on the exam.

Will you have to pay for more training, essentially starting from square one? Not if you choose a prep program with a “free course repeat” policy.

Really good GMAT prep programs usually offer free repeats within a certain time frame. For example, after beginning a course, students have up to six months to attend and repeat classes as many times as they would like, free of charge. This is incredibly helpful for students who want to spread their prep over a longer time period, or need to improve their performance on difficult topics.

Free repeats offer better value for your money, and a bit of a “safety net” if you end up needing more support in certain subject areas. Just as importantly, a free repeat policy show you’ve chosen a prep course run by accountable professionals who genuinely care about your success.

Want to know more about your own strengths and weaknesses as a GMAT candidate? Get started with a free GMAT assessment. The assessment is your best first step toward a smarter, more personalized study plan. Click below to see how the process works.

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4 Productive Things to do When You Need a Quick Study Break

Attending graduate school has many benefits that will help you advance your career. But, preparing for an entrance exam can be daunting—the extensive hours required to gather information, read, memorize and practice different strategies, along with anticipation of a quickly approaching test day can be extremely stressful. Adequate preparation is crucial for achieving a high score on any entrance exam. In fact, on average, students spend approximately 600 hours studying for the GMAT. That said, it is imperative to find a study-life balance. Overworking yourself will result in a drop in your brain’s attentional resources.

If you’re finding it difficult to justify study breaks, here are a few ways you can remain productive during your time away from the books.

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Debunking the Top 3 GMAT Myths

There is a large amount of information online surrounding the GMAT. Because of this, it can become difficult for students to differentiate between which information is factual and which is fabricated.

Before you take the GMAT, it’s important to be familiar about all aspects of the exam and how to properly prepare.

Read on to learn the top 3 GMAT myths and why they’re untrue.

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7 Twitter Accounts all MBA Students Should be Following

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A large part of achieving an MBA is keeping up to date with trends and current events in the business world. While there is no shortage of information available online, it’s important to find credible sources who share interesting, relevant and up-to-date content. Twitter is an excellent source of real-time, condensed news. Not only can you find information on current events, but additionally, you can follow the thoughts, ideas and opinions of industry professionals all in one newsfeed.

Below is a list of respected thought leaders in the business industry that MBA students should consider following on Twitter.

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Go to Business School at Home or Abroad?

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Many students are interested in going to business school overseas as a way to see the world while still advancing their futures. That being said, while studying abroad has many admirable benefits, it isn’t for everyone.

Choosing where to achieve your MBA is a big decision that should be made with careful consideration. If you’re trying to decide whether studying abroad is right for you, here are a few important things to consider.

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How to Ace Your MBA Admissions Interview

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Successfully completing the GMAT is something to be proud of! Now that you’ve completed, what’s considered by most, the hardest part to your MBA application, it’s time to start preparing for the next step of the business school application process: entrance interviews.

Being invited for an entrance interview is a great opportunity to separate yourself from other applicants, showcase your dedication, and demonstrate why you’re a good fit for the school. Most importantly, this is your chance to leave a lasting impression on the admissions committee.

If you’re preparing for an MBA admissions interview, follow these tips to make sure you ace it!

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3 Essential Networking Tips to get the Most out of Your MBA

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One of the main reasons students decide to apply to business school is to help them create a strong network and make connections within their chosen field. If you ask MBA students what the most important advantages of business school are, they will most likely have making connections with influential people on their list. In fact, networking is ranked as the third most important reason for achieving an MBA—next to the education itself and an increase in earnings.

With this in mind, it’s clear that being able to make connections is an essential skill you’ll want to perfect while achieving an MBA.

It’s no secret that the face of networking has changed over the years. You simply can not walk into a networking opportunity with a self-serving mindset. Rather, you need to be genuinely interested in learning about the people you meet.

We’ve compiled a list of must-know practices for networking effectively while achieving your MBA.

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How do you know when it’s time to go back to school and achieve an MBA?

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Going to business school to achieve an MBA is not a decision to be taken lightly. Every pro and con must be weighed in order to make this decision – it is your education and career, after all!

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Does your undergraduate degree really matter when applying to MBA programs?

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 A common concern for current students and graduates alike is whether their undergraduate degree matters when applying to MBA programs.

The short answer is no – the type of undergraduate degree you have doesn’t matter, as long you have achieved a bachelor’s degree. Despite the competitive nature of MBA programs, you don’t need to study business or even have a background in business to apply.

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