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Customer Feedback

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

We love helping our students meet their test day goals and really enjoy hearing feedback like the following response to our GRE customer satisfaction survey:

“I ordered two practice tests. One I did very well on, the other not so good. The experience of taking the timed tests helped me prepare for my GRE and I was able to meet my goals on test day.”

Customer Query: Disabled Popups

Friday, December 24th, 2010

A customer recently wrote us with the following: “I downloaded the software necessary for the simulated practice test demo, but it didn’t pop up in a different window.”

We responded by explaining that our practice test software does not need to popup in a new browser window in order to function. We do attempt to launch it in a new window for your convenience, but if the popup does not succeed due to your browser security settings or popup blockers, you will be presented with a page with a direct link to launch our practice test software.

Customer Query: Is your Patent Bar Material current?

Friday, May 11th, 2007

“I just received USPTO approval to take the patent bar exam and am looking for a good exam simulator. Do your answers and explanations reflect the changes in revision 4?”

-Nika T.

Hi Nika,
Yes, our answers and explanations are current with MPEP edition 8 revision 4 (the current revision used for the USPTO exam). We even offer some great MPEP study aids for revision 4 including quick search and a downloadable single-file version of the MPEP. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Rick Jones

GMAT Software Supports Candidates with Disabilities

Thursday, September 9th, 2004
New Software Aids GMAT Candidates with Disabilities

GMAT candidates who qualify for nonstandard testing options under the disability guidelines of the Graduate Management Admission Council now have the opportunity to practice under realistic conditions using the latest release of CAT Prep’s popular GMAT Simulator software.

September 9, 2004 — CAT Prep, an online educational software and services provider, today announced the immediate availability of the first GMAT simulator to provide authentic support for students with disabilities. This new version of CAT Prep’s simulator offers prospective business school candidates the ability to practice with the same nonstandard configuration options available to them when they sit for the actual GMAT.

“The Graduate Management Admission Council makes several accommodations available to test takers with documented disabilities, but until now, there have been no study-aids available to recreate these nonstandard accommodations. Candidates with disabilities have not had the opportunity to practice for the computer-adaptive GMAT under realistic conditions,” said Project Manager, Cindy Anderson. “CAT Prep is proud to be the first to introduce an authentic GMAT experience for the thousands of GMAT students with dyslexia, ADHD, physical impairments, or learning disabilities who qualify for special accommodations under GMAC’s guidelines.”

This latest release of the CAT Prep GMAT Simulator also accounts for the rule change of July 1, 2004 that specifies test takers who have been approved for extended testing time due to qualifying disabilities will be accommodated on a section-by-section basis when they sit for the GMAT. To support this change in GMAT Disability Services’ guidelines, the simulator allows qualifying candidates to adjust the time allotted for each section of the GMAT based on the nature of their disability.

The new version of the popular GMAT simulation software is available to students and instructors worldwide and allows non-disabled and disabled GMAT candidates to practice sitting for the GMAT under the same conditions they will experience when they sit for the actual exam.

More information and access to the simulator software is available on the GMAT Simulator Homepage. Instructors, tutors, or other third-party resellers interested in incorporating the software into their course offerings should visit the GMAT Service Providers Homepage for more details.

Announcing Patent Bar Exam Simulation Software

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

We are proud to announce the release of our USPTO Registration Exam Simulator:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office replaced the traditional semi-annual paper-based Registration Exam (Patent Bar) with a computerized year-round offering in the summer of 2004. Upstart Raising provides an emulation of the USPTO patent bar testing software as an aid to prospective registration examinees who wish to practice for the patent bar under the most realistic conditions available outside of the actual exam. Our software mirrors the basic functionality and navigational controls of the new patent bar testing software and combines this authentic recreation with actual USPTO test questions to provide a completely realistic testing environment.

All of our patent bar exams have been updated to reflect the changes to the law and the rules brought about by the American Inventor’s Protection Act of 1999. Our software grades each completed test session and provides the correct answers alongside explanations for each question. Additionally, each completed test session is saved and made accessible for review at any time. Instructors, tutors, and their students can easily take advantage of this feature to simultaneously review completed test sessions in distributed classroom environments or traditional settings.

You can download or read more about our Patent Bar Simulator here.

Release of Searchable MPEP

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

PDF icon Upstart Raising provides searchable copies of both revisions of edition 8 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure as a service to the legal community, prospective USPTO registration examinees, and our Patent Bar Simulator software customers.

The new computer-delivered USPTO registration exam is proctored at locations with access to a copy of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) that can be searched for specific text in its entirety. The free electronic copies of the MPEP available on our searchable MPEP download page facilitate a similar search both through the Adobe Acrobat Reader search function and the Quick MPEP page search available within the Upstart Raising Patent Bar site.

NASD Continuing Education Program Firm Element Compliance

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

NASD Continuing Education Program:

The NASD mandated continuing education for all of its registered representatives in 1996. As part of the Firm Element component of this mandated continuing education requirement, each securities firm must develop and administer an ongoing continuing education program to keep it’s employees up-to-date on both job related and product related topics. This NASD section of Upstart Raising provides services which help fulfill the Firm element requirement of the CEP for individuals and entire companies.

Press Release: GMAT Simulator Software Upgrade

Friday, May 14th, 2004

Upstart Raising’s new GMAT practice simulator provides a pool of over 300 questions, from the quantitative, verbal, and AWA sections of the GMAT exam. The simulator features performance-based question selection algorithms, an accurate scoring engine, and runs in any Java-capable internet browser.

May 14, 2004 – Upstart Raising, an online educational software and services provider, today announced the immediate availability of its new GMAT Simulator. Upstart’s simulator raises the bar for realistic reproductions of the computer adaptive Graduate Management Admission Test by featuring exclusive performance-based question selection algorithms that accurately simulate the real computer-based GMAT exam by selecting each subsequent question from a pool of questions of varying difficulty based on the current performance of the test-taker.

The new simulator distinguishes itself further by including over 300 questions encompassing the quantitative, verbal, and Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) sections of the GMAT exam. The simulator’s user-interface was designed to closely resemble the true GMAT “look and feel” by replicating the controls and interface of the real exam using platform independent Java technology which enables the Simulator to run on any computer platform that supports Java-based browsers.

“Our simulator targets prospective business school candidates who have already completed their individual review regimens,” said Cindy Anderson, project manager, and project lead for the Upstart Raising GMAT Simulator. “Most of our customers are seeking a comprehensive simulation of the GMAT that enables them to practice their test-taking strategies and techniques in an realistic environment. By providing feedback for various strategies and time-management techniques, our Simulator helps our customers achieve their maximum possible score when it matters most…the day they sit for the real exam.”

For a comprehensive list of features or to download a free version of the Simulator please visit the Upstart Raising GMAT Simulator HomePage

Business Schools & the MBA

Friday, April 30th, 2004

We have just published the report “Business Schools & the MBA” in our educational reports section. This new report contains tips and advice for business school candidates who are considering the application process and also includes links to several GMAT preparation resources.

Initial release: GMAT Preparation Simulator

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

Upstart Raising has announced the initial release of the Upstart Raising GMAT Preparation Simulator. Project manager Cindy Anderson’s writeup of her custom built simulator has been published to coincide with the initial launch of the simulation software. In it, she describes her motivations for developing the software and provides detailed examples of how the software offers a better emulation of the actual GMAT experience than any other product available.