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Economist’s GMAT prep course announces its first ever BRIGHTEST MINDS MBA SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

February 20th, 2014

Economist GMAT Tutor, a product from Which MBA? at The Economist Group, announced the launch today of its first ever BRIGHTEST MINDS MBA SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST.

The contest is open to all prospective MBA or EMBA students worldwide. The winner will be the student who scores the highest on The Economist GMAT Tutor simulation test. The simulated GMAT exam utilizes adaptive technology similar to that of the real GMAT, so the difficulty level adjusts according to the test-taker’s ability. The winning student will be awarded a $25,000 scholarship towards tuition to one of the premiere business school sponsors, listed below.

- The Rady School of Management
- UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
- International University Of Monaco
- Melbourne Business School
- Audencia Nantes, School of Management
- CEIBS – China Europe Int’l Business School
- University of Virginia Darden School of Business
- National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School
- HEC Paris MBA
- Indiana University Kelley School of Business
- Yonsei University School of Business (Yonsei Global MBA)
- University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business
- Warwick Business School
- University of Florida MBA Programs
- Grenoble Graduate School of Business
- University of Edinburgh Business School
- The St. Gallen MBA
- Weatherhead School of Management Global MBA
“Many of our readers develop a relationship with The Economist as students and early in their careers because they recognize the increasing importance of a global perspective to business success,” said David Kaye, SVP of Economist Media Businesses, who added, “We are pleased to connect students with schools that can help them take the next step in their careers while offering a few outstanding students financial support towards their goals.”

The contest officially opens February 1, 2014 and will close at 11:59pm EST on April 25, 2014. The winner will be announced on May 15th at the Which MBA? Online Fair. Five runners-up will receive a free GMAT preparation course from Economist GMAT Tutor, worth $550 each.

We now accept Bitcoin payments

November 27th, 2013

CATPrep is now accepting Bitcoin payments

We’re delighted to inform you that we now accept the Bitcoin payment method, in addition to PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Bitcoin is a decentralized P2P currency that enables instant payments. Use this innovative decentralized digital currency as payment for your selected practice tests needs.

Practice Test Registration on Shopify

April 16th, 2013

We’ve recently moved student registration for GRE and GMAT practice tests to our CATPrep Shopify store for ease of use. Visit us at shop.catprep.com and take advantage of our Spring discounts for online practice tests!

Getting an MBA: 5 Points to Consider Before Applying to Business School

November 27th, 2012

When you’re looking to climb the corporate ladder or change careers, a master’s of business administration, or MBA, can be an attractive options. But the decision to pursue this type of education is one you don’t want to make without careful consideration. The degree can be a door-opener, but not always to the extent that prospective students think. Whether the MBA will be worth the time and expense depends on your situation, your goals and the program you choose.

 

Need. Just how useful will an MBA be in your career? The traditional program is designed for students who are several years out of a bachelor’s degree program and have some experience in the work world. The degree should, ideally, lead to a promotion or a better job, along with a significant salary bump. But it’s important to note that these students were typically already on a solid career trajectory and might have achieved these objectives even without the MBA. Career changers can often make the leap from a non-business career, such as teaching or journalism, to the corporate world with an MBA. And would-be entrepreneurs can meet potential business partners or financial backers among their MBA classmates.

 

School choice. Not all MBA programs are created equally. Wall Street investment banks and Fortune 500 companies are well known for taking seriously only MBA graduates whose degrees bear the seal of top programs such as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania or the Kellogg School of Management at the University of Chicago. But not everyone has career goals that require such prestige. To get hired or promoted into some jobs, particularly in government, you may just need to be able to tick off a box that says you have a master’s degree. In that case, a respected local school or even an online program may b sufficient.

 

Finances. Dollars and cents are likely to determine where you pursue an MBA, and even whether such a degree is a viable path for you at all. Tuition and fees for high-end programs can easily reach six figures. Few programs can be completed for less than $15,000. If possible, get your employer to help out with the costs. Before you take on large student loans for an MBA, be sure of your likelihood of obtaining a higher salary upon graduation, one that will allow you to pay off the debts within a few years. Carefully investigate the placement rates and starting salaries for graduates of the program you want to enter.

 

Opportunity cost. There’s more than money to think about when pondering whether an MBA will be worthwhile for you. A full-time program could take a year or two to complete. That’s time when you could have been working, earning money, gaining experience and even getting promoted. Even part-time or online programs entail opportunity costs, as that’s still time you could have been putting into your full-time job, a part-time position or an entrepreneurial venture.

 

Accreditation. MBA programs can have any of several types of accreditation. In the United States, approval from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB, is the gold standard accreditation, and the one that major corporate employers are likely to demand. Another national accreditation, respected but without the same level of prestige as AACSB, is that of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, or ACBSP. Still other schools have accreditation from the national Distance Education and Training Council, and some have no accreditation. Before you start any program, find out what accreditation is required by the organizations where you’d like to work.

 

Obtaining an MBA takes large amounts of time, effort and money. If you decide it’s a degree that will help you achieve your goals, think carefully about where and how to pursue it. Choosing the right school can help you to get the most out of your education and minimize the debt you have to take on to complete it.

 

CATPrep is pleased to publish this guest post by Ranlyn Oakes

Does Graduate School Make the Grade? A Three-Step Test

November 21st, 2012

That back-to-school feeling is in the air, but before you decide to get a graduate degree, there are several important things to consider.  Do you need it?  Do you need it now?  How will you (or someone else) pay for it?

Do you need a graduate degree at all?

Should you work your way up through the ranks, or do you need another degree?  If you want to be a doctor or lawyer, then the answer is obvious.  Of course, the answer is not always so apparent.  Do your research.  Online research is a great place to start, but there is no substitute for talking, one-on-one, with someone who is already doing what you want to do.

Use you school’s alumni network and career center.  Then, find a graduate program that interests you and contact the admissions department.  Ask for referrals to current students who are willing to speak with prospective students.

Do you need it now?

This is a very important, and very personal, question you must ask yourself before jumping into graduate school.  There is never just one path to your chosen destination.  Once you know you need that next degree, take a deep breath and think for a moment before you continue.  In fact, even if you are already in a graduate program, it is never too late to consider this question.

Consider the money, the time, and any debt you already have.  Think about where you will be in your career, and life, when the you finish the degree. If you are not sure about the degree you are considering, don’t be in such a rush.  It’s easy to feel like you need to get all this schooling over with, but slow down.  A year or two spent working in the field might teach you more.  Much more.  In any field, there are sure to be specialties you don’t know about yet and options you have not considered.  Consider finding a job that lets you get paid while you learn more about your chosen field.

How will you (or someone else) pay for it?

Ahh—now we’ve come to it.  The elephant in the room.  Extra degrees often mean you earn more at that first job, but schools usually insist on being paid while you are still a student.  Now what?

Loans work and are often the right answer.  However, take pity on the 35-year-old you will one day be, and think about it first.  Those loans may follow you for a long time.

Is there another way?  The answer, again, is face-to-face contact with people who already have your dream job.  For example, getting an MBA now will let you get a better paying job when you’re done.  However, many employers pay, or help pay, for business training and business degrees.  Get back on that alumni network.  This time, look for people who work in human resources for large companies of all kinds.  They know the programs in their own companies and can give you an idea of who gets trained for free, and why.  You may want to get that entry-level job, prove how valuable you are, and then take advantage of every corporate training program they have in-house, as well as any tuition-assistance programs you can find.  Hint:  bigger corporations have more programs.

So you have answered all three questions!  Did the graduate program you are considering make the grade?  Remember, be sure you are investing your time, talent and money in an education that will get you what you want.  Once you know you need that degree, that you need it now, and how you’re going to pay for it, you can make that investment with confidence.

 

CATPrep is pleased to publish this guest post by Charlotte Andrews

Technical requirements for our Patent Bar practice tests

September 14th, 2012

Our patent bar requires the freely available Java plugin from Oracle. Please ensure you are running the latest version by visiting this page.

After installing any updates offered on that site – please restart and attempt to launch the practice test again.

If that fails to resolve any issues launching our tests – your problem likely stems from some sort of configuration issue in your Internet Explorer browser. The easiest fix for that type of problem is to simply install the freely available Chrome browser from Google by visiting this page.

After you install Chrome, open our patent bar launch page in Chrome by visiting this link and then launch any of the available practice tests – good luck with your preparations!

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Practice Tests

August 1st, 2012

We’ve updated all our GMAT practice tests (including our free GMAT practice test demo) to include the new Integrated Reasoning section. The new IR section is significantly more complex than the other sections on the GMAT and practicing sitting for it with a realistic test is essential for all prospective MBA candidates. As always – we welcome our students’ feedback. Let us know what you think of the updates!

Customer query regarding GMAT scoring

July 24th, 2012

A student recently wrote questioning why his GMAT score was lower  than expected based upon the number of questions he missed in the quantitative section and his sectional scores. We replied with the following explanation.

It’s important to understand that due to the rounding and ten point segmentation the GMAT uses when calculating sectional and total scores from your raw score, the real scoring algorithm commonly produces a slightly different total score for the same pair of sectional scores and vice versa. For example, it is not an error to see one student earn a total GMAT score of 580 paired with a 35 verbal and 35 math and to also see another student earn a total GMAT score of 570 paired with a 35 verbal and 35 math. This is due to the fact that your total GMAT score is not calculated directly from your GMAT section scores. Instead, both your total and sectional GMAT scores are derived from your underlying raw score.

Moreover – the location of your mistakes within the test are critically important in determining your score. A miss near the beginning of a section is a much higher deduction than a miss at the end of the section. This is another reason you can’t easily compare results based solely on “number of missed questions” – I hope that sheds some light on scoring within the GMAT. Best of luck in your preparations!

GRE Score Calculator available now!

May 24th, 2012

By popular demand we’ve just released a GRE score calculator to help you convert old GRE scores to revised GRE scores. Let us know what you think!

Integrated Reasoning – GMAT Revision

March 19th, 2012

GMAC is scheduled to update the GMAT starting June 2012 with an entirely new section called “Integrated Reasoning” – read more about the pending changes here.

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