Yearly Archives: 2007

Posted on December 31, 2007 | Filed in MBA

Yale’s School of Management (SOM) recently made some significant adjustments to its core curriculum. The revised program enables students to take classes organized around constituencies such as customers and employees. Meantime, Yale’s SOM is looking to change its admissions process as a whole and increase the number of international students in its class. The school also announced plans for the construction of a new building. On December 11th a forum was held to discuss these various changes. Attendees were a group of prospective students and BusinessWeek. Bruce DelMonico, the Yale Admissions Director, and two Yale students, Abby Kowaloff and Michael …


Posted on December 19, 2007 | Filed in Career

Difficult people come in the forms of customers, colleagues, subordinates, and supervisors. Difficult people won’t change on their own, and, unfortunately it’s not likely that you will be able to change them. Before you let this this fact depress you, consider these tips for coping:

1.) Try to be as positive as possible. Formulate a strategy. Decide in advance what results you would like to achieve rather than concentrate on negative issues or your bad feelings about the difficult person.

2.) Express your feelings. Don’t bottle up irritation, outrage, annoyance, or feelings of hurt.

3.) Invite others to express how …


Posted on December 18, 2007 | Filed in Career

We are busy preparing for our Year-end Holiday Party today. It’s an exciting time of year when most people are reflecting on the year past and make projections or resolutions for the upcoming one. Many of our readers are located internationally, but this post pertains mostly to the US market.A recent survey conducted by Milwaukee-based global staffing firm Manpower (MAN) found that 12% of companies expect to reduce employment in the three-month period starting in January, while 22% plan to add jobs. Fewer than a quarter of employers expect to add positions in the first quarter of the new year, …


Posted on December 11, 2007 | Filed in Career

During a normal business day, we have countless verbal interactions that we take for granted. But the simplest communication should not be overlooked. The language you incorporate in your business relationships can have a tremendous impact on your success. Well-handled verbal responses strenghten your visibility in the workplace and showcase your upper-management potential. Someone with a high verbal IQ speaks effectively with fluency and flexibility. Having control of your words, using accurate language, and delivering your speeches with confidence all contribute to an overall strong verbal IQ.

Here are a few tips on projecting a positive verbal IQ:

1.) Anticipate …


Posted on December 10, 2007 | Filed in MBA

During the recent two years, many business schools have revamped or retooled the curriculum of their MBA programs . This is designed to better prepare students to manage and thrive on new challenges in an ever-changing global business world through a more profound intellectual experience and more effective training on leadership development. These modifications allow students to customize their MBA programs with a greater selection of electives, an increased number of half-semester core courses, more exchange programs for studying aboard, smaller classes, a closer integration of in-person and online class participation, and more week-long intensive courses.

Deeper, Smaller, Broader

So …


Posted on December 10, 2007 | Filed in GMAT

Our students have often times come to us for special advice on Critical Reasoning as they found it hard to improve their scores on it. Here are a few special tips:

  • There are additional real GMAT tests for sale on in pdf files. It is about $25 for 3 tests.Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension are the two areas that require inherent skill sets and knowledge. There are limited shortcuts. You need to find the best way you can read fast and comprehend accurately.
  • Locate a LSAT book and do the Critical Reasoning problems from there. They are harder than


Posted on November 27, 2007 | Filed in Career, TOEFL

Many of our non-native English speakers will find these tips useful. A mastery of euphemistical expressions can serve you well professionally. These subtle and politically correct phrases are often vague and subject to individual interpretation. They are most useful when you want to avoid being:


Here are some quick examples:

Meaning: With an objective view; without prejudice or bias.
Example: We should use inclusive language in our report so that it addresses to the needs of all parties.

Meaning: Something wrong; An unsatisfactory and unexpected inconsistency.
Example: He is usually …


Posted on November 19, 2007 | Filed in GMAT

Today we would like to take a look at the benefits and limitations of a computer adaptive test. Not that we can persuade the GMAC to bring back the paper test; Rather, we would like you to be acutely aware of the upside and downside of taking such a test in order to best acclimate yourself to the test environment.

In general, a CAT greatly increases the flexibility of test management. The key benefits include:

  • Tests can be taken year around at any registered centers.
  • Unofficial Scores are available immediately, expediting the B-school application process.
  • Tests are individually paced so


Posted on November 15, 2007 | Filed in Career, MBA

Whether you are writing an admissions essay or drafting a report for work, these helpful tips are sure to create polished works:

Simple, Direct, Precise, Alive, Concise, Coherent, Convincing! Those are your targets.

  1. Reduce Sentence Length to establish strong, clear meaning.
  2. Order Words for Emphasis.
    • Put strong words at the beginning and at the end of a sentence.
    • Space out key words. Do NOT repeat a distinctive word unless you intend a specific effect.
    • Put odd and interesting things next to each other. Help the reader learn from contrast.
    • Do not be afraid of using small words. Big words are


Posted on November 14, 2007 | Filed in Admissions, GMAT, MBA

Scores, Percentiles and Their Significance

On the traditional test, all questions were worth equal points. On the GMAT CAT each question is assigned points based on the level of difficulty. There are three factors that determine your final score. The first two factors have the most bearing on your score.

  1. The number of questions you answered correctly.
  2. The difficulty level of each question you answered correctly.
  3. The range of cognitive abilities tested by the questions answered correctly.

We discussed the third factor in our previous edition. In effect, this is measuring how well rounded you are in all areas. An …