Articles tagged with Graduate School Admissions

3 Ways to Enhance Your Graduate School Application

3 Ways to Enhance Your Graduate School Application

When you apply to graduate school, think of your application as your first encounter with someone whom you admire. You want to make a positive first impression. While the application may seem two-dimensional, its different parts provide ample opportunities through which you can highlight your strengths. As you compile your essays, recommendations, transcripts, and resume, check out these three ways to creatively enhance your graduate school application. 1. Draw on your unique background and experiences When you write your essays and resume, reflect on what makes you unique. Think about the clubs in which you have participated and the leaders ... Read More About 3 Ways to Enhance Your Graduate School Application

How Important are Unscored Essays?

How Important are Unscored Essays?

Preparing and sitting for a standardized test is often a stressful process. Students devote a considerable amount of time to pouring over questions and their answers, hoping to earn as high a score as possible in order to obtain entry to the school of their choice. Certain exams include an unscored essay, and it can be difficult to prioritize this portion of the test when it does not receive a result. However, there are several reasons to do your best on an unscored essay—after all, it is an important part of the exam despite it not affecting your score. While unscored essays are not reflected in your test results, schools receive a cop ... Read More About How Important are Unscored Essays?

A College Student's Guide to Applying to Grad School

A College Student's Guide to Applying to Grad School

For some college students, the eventual completion of their four-year degree signifies not a sigh of relief or an entry-level position with a company, but instead more school! For these individuals, applying to an advanced degree program contains its own unique set of challenges and expectations. If you are one of these students, here are three tips to help you along your path to graduate school.  1. Examine your decision to attend graduate school – then examine it again Pursuing a graduate degree upon completion of your Bachelor’s is not an inherently poor choice. It is, however, a decision that can prompt a surprising numb ... Read More About A College Student's Guide to Applying to Grad School

Writing a Statement of Purpose

Writing a Statement of Purpose

Graduate school applications require a statement of purpose. A statement of purpose is similar to an undergraduate personal statement, but it is typically more succinct and specific in its focus. Each university maintains its own format. However, in all cases, the statement of purpose is an applicant’s opportunity to detail his or her case for admission. Prospective schools seek a narrative that explains how your experiences shaped your motivation for pursuing this degree and program, how those experiences prepared you for success, and what your long-term goals are both within the program and after graduation. The key to this process is ... Read More About Writing a Statement of Purpose

How is the GRE Scored?

How is the GRE Scored?

In 2011, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) revised the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) exam. In addition to modifying the test structure and the types of questions utilized, the scoring scale was also revised. Previously, test-takers received marks between 200-800 on the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections and between 0-6 on the Analytical Writing component. While Analytical Writing remains the same, the new system is as follows:  Quantitative Reasoning: 130-170, one-point increments Verbal Reasoning: 130-170, one-point increments Analytical Writing: 0-6, 0.5-point increments On both the Quantitative Reasoning ... Read More About How is the GRE Scored?

How Important is GRE Prep?

How Important is GRE Prep?

For graduate school applicants, the GRE looms as large as the SAT does for high school students, but each institution (and grad school program) has its own criteria for comparing results. Some institutions look for an overall good score while others put more weight on one specific section of the exam. Some programs will accept just about any GRE score; other programs do not require the test at all (though those programs are in the minority). With such a wide range of GRE requirements out there, just how important is GRE prep? GRE prep, and the great score it can help achieve, is very important to the chances of gaining acceptance to the ... Read More About How Important is GRE Prep?

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Betsy Massar

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Betsy Massar

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Betsy Massar has been helping MBA candidates with their business school applications since she was a second-year student at Harvard Business School. She founded her consulting business, Master Admissions, in 2008 and also serves as a resumé and writing coach at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Betsy has been quoted vastly throughout the media in publications such as Forbes, Fox Business News, and Poets & Quants. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete the application for an MBA ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Betsy Massar

How to Get Your Letter of Recommendation for Medical School

How to Get Your Letter of Recommendation for Medical School

The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. If you haven’t yet had a chance, please take a look at my last two Varsity Tutors blog entries (Part 1 and Part 2 here) on writing a medical school personal statement. Today’s topic will be letters of recommendation (LORs), a part of your application you should get moving on immediately if you haven't already. Having read many LORs as a Harvard Assistant Residency Director, I can tell you that these lett ... Read More About How to Get Your Letter of Recommendation for Medical School

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Linda Abraham

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Linda Abraham

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Linda Abraham is the president and founder of Accepted.com, an admissions advising and editing service for MBA applicants. She is also the co-founder and former president of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants as well as the co-author of MBA Admissions for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools. Linda has been featured in many prestigious media outlets such as The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and more.  VT: How much time should be set aside to adequatel ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Linda Abraham

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jared Barlow

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jared Barlow

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Jared Barlow is currently the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has worked in higher education for several years and has frequently provided one-on-one advising and counseling to students. Jared holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Spanish, and Information Systems, as well as a Master’s in Education. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete the application for an MBA program? Jared: ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jared Barlow

How to Prepare for Your Business School Application Early

How to Prepare for Your Business School Application Early

The following piece was written by Paul Bodine. Paul has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the author of the best-selling admissions guide, Great Applications for Business School. He currently runs his own firm, Paul Bodine Admissions Consulting. Harvard and Stanford won't releases their essay questions until May, and most other schools won't follow suit until the summer. But that doesn't mean you have to sit on your hands until then. There's plenty you can do now to ensure that the MBA applications you submit this fall are the best they can be. Most obviously, there's the GMAT. If you haven't taken it, plan to d ... Read More About How to Prepare for Your Business School Application Early

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Liza Thompson

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Liza Thompson

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Liza Thompson has advised medical school applicants for the past 20 years. As the former director of the Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs, she has managed admissions processes, the premedical curriculum, MCAT prep, and the medical school application process. While at Johns Hopkins, she also served on the Premedical Education Committee. Liza has developed a great deal of expertise in premedical advising and regularly shares it with applicants through her firm, Thompson Advising. VT: How mu ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Liza Thompson

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Tony Shan

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Tony Shan

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Tony Shan earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and has had a strong passion for MBA admissions ever since. During his time at Kellogg, Tony was given the role of Student Liaison to the Office of Admissions, where he spent a great deal of time managing student involvement in admissions and helping students successfully pursue their MBA’s. He is now an admissions consultant for Admissionado, working with business school applicants all over the world.   VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prep ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Tony Shan

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. At first glance, medical school admissions might seem a far cry from the subjects of reality television confessionals. The players are stalwart, steady characters who live restrained lives and channel their passions with extreme discipline. Yet the admissions game is arguably one where the drama is real, the intensity is palpable, and the stakes are high. There are winners and losers, with thin margins separating one group fro ... Read More About How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Ann Levine

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Ann Levine

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Law School Expert, Ann Levine was the Director of Admissions for both Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and California Western School of Law in San Diego. She is the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, which is the best-selling law school admissions guide on Amazon, and has helped approximately 2,000 law applicants since the start of her firm back in 2004.  VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete a Law School application? Ann: Mo ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Ann Levine

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Dan Bauer

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Dan Bauer

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Having founded his admissions consulting firm, The MBA Exchange, in 1996 after serving as an admissions interviewer for his alma mater Harvard Business School, Dan Bauer and his firm have helped over 3,000 individuals gain acceptance from the world’s most selective MBA programs. Read on for the valuable advice he has to offer about the business school admissions process. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete the application for an MBA program? Dan: Depending on the candidacy, this can take any ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Dan Bauer

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Jens K.

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Jens K.

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Jens K. holds a graduate degree from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from NYU Law. Since then, he has worked for international law firms in both New York and China and has taught law as an adjunct professor as well. He is the co-founder of Advantas Group, an international team of admissions experts who help students worldwide get into the graduate programs of their choice. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete a Law School application? Jens: It depends. An applicant with high grades, a st ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Jens K.

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Paul Bodine

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Paul Bodine

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. One of the most experienced admissions consultants in the country, Paul Bodine has been helping students with their university applications since 1997. Specifically an expert in the MBA admissions process, Paul has led applicants to many prestigious programs such as the Wharton School, Kellogg School of Management, New York University, and more. He is the author of the best-selling admissions guide, Great Applications for Business School, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequ ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Paul Bodine

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Michelle Finkel

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Michelle Finkel

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Dr. Michelle Finkel is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. Upon completing her residency at Harvard, she moved up as a faculty member and eventaully became the Assistant Residency Director for Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency where she interviewed many applicants and reviewed countless applications, personal statements, and resumés. Dr. Finkel is currently a board-certified Emergency Physician and the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. VT: What is the single most important thing applican ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Michelle Finkel

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Cliff Sarkin

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Cliff Sarkin

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Cliff Sarkin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has been an application advisor for hundreds of students. Having been a Summer Associate at two top-tier law firms in Washington D.C. and a frequent participant of many law school admisisons panels and events, Cliff has used his knowledge to help many aspiring law students get into some of the most prestigious law schools in the country. He provides consulting services through his successful firm, Law School Advising. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and c ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Cliff Sarkin

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: David Petersam

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: David Petersam

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. A graduate of The University of Chicago MBA program, David Petersam is well-known for his knowledge of MBA admissions. His expertise is drawn from his experience in The University of Chicago MBA admissions office, where he contributed to numerous admissions committee decisions. David is now the founder and President of AdmissionsConsultants, Inc., a service he started back in 1996 directed toward helping MBA applicants gain acceptance into the world’s top business schools. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: David Petersam

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Carleen Eaton

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Carleen Eaton

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Dr. Carleen Eaton is a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine with nine years of experience in admissions advising. She has helped hundreds of medical school applicants get into their desired programs over the years and has frequently been a guest speaker at various colleges and universities on the subject. Dr. Eaton is the founder of PreHealthAdvising.com, an admissions consulting firm dedicated to assisting students in the medical school application process. She is currently working on her book, Getting into Medical School For Dummies, ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Carleen Eaton

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jeremy C. Wilson

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jeremy C. Wilson

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Jeremy C. Wilson received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management as well as his JD from the Northwestern Law School. He currently runs his own MBA blog which has been noted to be one of the top-ranked blogs in the MBA world. Jeremy recently kicked off a segment on his blog called #AskJeremy, where readers can submit questions on anything related to education/admissions. The insights Jeremy shares are rooted from his experience on the admissions boards for Northwestern University’s JD and MBA programs, where he interviewed nume ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jeremy C. Wilson

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Hamada Z.

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Hamada Z.

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. He has offered Law School admissions advice before, but now Hamada Z. is discussing Business School. Hamada is the co-founder of Write Track Admissions, a global admissions consulting service. He has counseled hundreds and hundreds of students all over the world and is currently leading the international expansion of Write Track Admissions. Hamada received his law degree from The University of California-Berkeley and his Master’s in International Relations from The University of Cambridge. Being highly knowledgeable in all areas of a ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Hamada Z.

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Graham Richmond

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Graham Richmond

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. As he pursued his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Graham Richmond participated as a student admissions officer where he read hundreds of applications. After graduating from the program, Graham returned to the Wharton Admissions Committee and contributed to the redesigning of the school’s admissions process while representing the program at conferences internationally as well. Graham eventually left and co-founded Clear Admit, an MBA Admissions Consulting service, where he has assisted thousands of student ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Graham Richmond

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Mike Frazier

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Mike Frazier

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Dr. Mike Frazier is a member of the MedSchoolCoach team and the founder of Medical School Insider, a website he created to help aspiring medical students through the admissions process. He is a former member of the UCLA Medical School Admissions Committee and the author of his own eBooks, such as, Succeeding in Medical School: How I Landed My Top Choice Residency. A graduate of the UCLA medical school as well, Dr. Frazier has a clear and knowledgeable view of how to master the medical school application. VT: How much time should be set as ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Mike Frazier

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Chioma Isiadinso

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Chioma Isiadinso

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Chioma Isiadinso is a former Harvard Business School Admissions Board member as well as the former Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the CEO of EXPARTUS, a worldwide MBA admissions consulting service, and has also written a book of insights on the MBA admissions process called The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete the application for an MBA program?   Chioma: Ideally you want to start to seriously think of the ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Chioma Isiadinso

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Hamada Z.

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Hamada Z.

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Hamada Z. is the co-founder of Write Track Admissions, a global admissions consulting service. He has counseled hundreds and hundreds of students all over the world and is currently leading the international expansion of Write Track Admissions. Hamada received his law degree from The University of California-Berkeley and his Master’s in International Relations from The University of Cambridge. Being highly knowledgeable in all areas of admissions, Hamada has advice to offer for students going down any path – see his Law School ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Hamada Z.

How to Study for the Writing Section of the GRE

How to Study for the Writing Section of the GRE

Writing sections of standardized tests are perhaps the most difficult to prepare for, only because you never know exactly what you are going to be asked. Granted, you don’t know specifically what math problems or English questions you’ll have to answer either, but at least you can study the basic concepts. When it comes to writing an essay, you can only prepare so much – but there are ways to prepare, and it all begins with getting an understanding of what type of writing test you are facing. On the GRE, the writing section is formally referred to as the Analytical Writing section. As you could easily assume, this is because ... Read More About How to Study for the Writing Section of the GRE

How to Study for the Verbal Reasoning Section of the GRE

How to Study for the Verbal Reasoning Section of the GRE

The Verbal section of the GRE is actually quite simple in terms of what to expect. When you first take a look at a set of practice questions, you’ll most likely be reminded of elementary school English tests because of the high volume of fill-in-the-blanks. Yes, a big part of the section is choosing which words will fill in the blanks of sentences most logically. Sounds easy, but it actually requires more preparation than you’d think. The reason for this is that the options of words given to you are not going to be every-day vocabulary. Most of them won’t even be close to every-day vocabulary. This section is going to throw ... Read More About How to Study for the Verbal Reasoning Section of the GRE

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jeremy Shinewald

Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jeremy Shinewald

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. He gave us some brilliant Law School admissions advice, but now he is back with information on his primary area of expertise. Founder of the elite mbaMission consulting service, Jeremy Shinewald is one of the most highly recognized experts on the MBA admissions process.  A graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he also served as an admissions interviewer, Jeremy has provided his services to MBA applicants all over the world. He has been quoted in major media outlets including the Wall Street Jo ... Read More About Ask an MBA Admissions Expert: Jeremy Shinewald

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Jessica Freedman

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Jessica Freedman

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Dr. Jessica Freedman has not only written three best-selling books on the Medical School admissions process, she is the founder of her own consulting firm. Having previously served on the Medical School Admissions committee for The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Dr. Freedman has closely assisted many residents and medical students through the admissions process with great success. She has received several honors including numerous awards for her mentorship at Mount Sinai and is extremely well-recognized for her expertise in th ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Jessica Freedman

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Jeremy Shinewald

Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Jeremy Shinewald

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Founder of the prestigious Law School admissions consulting firm, jdMission, Jeremy Shinewald has led countless students to acceptance into the most selective law schools.  Also the founder of mbaMission, an elite MBA admissions consulting firm, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, Jeremy is truly one of the most notable experts in the admissions field.  He graduated from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he also served a ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Jeremy Shinewald

How to Prepare for the GRE

How to Prepare for the GRE

One of the many pressures of attempting to get into grad school is scoring well on the GRE.  A very quirky test, it can be quite intimidating when you first start reading up on it, but the structure is actually quite simple.  There are six sections total, but only three broad skill areas that will be covered – analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.  Now, it should not be underestimated how broad these areas really are.  In studying for this exam, you will need to go back and re-learn a ton of information you may or may not have looked at since high school.  But what makes the structure ... Read More About How to Prepare for the GRE

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Sahil Mehta

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Sahil Mehta

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Having been accepted to three of the top ten medical schools in the country as well as being the founder of a prominent Medical School application consulting service, Dr. Sahil Mehta truly knows all the ins and outs of the Medical School Admissions world.  Previously, he has served as an interviewer on admissions committees for both Columbia University and the University of Chicago.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University and then went on to attend the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  Dr. Me ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Dr. Sahil Mehta

Ask an Admissions Expert: Stacy Blackman

Ask an Admissions Expert: Stacy Blackman

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. With her own MBA private consulting firm as well as experience on the admissions committees for both the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stacy Blackman has helped thousands of students master the application process for the world’s most selective MBA programs.  Read on for the incredibly valuable advice she has to offer about the business school admissions process. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and comple ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Stacy Blackman

How To Write A Resume For Grad School Applications

How To Write A Resume For Grad School Applications

You may be asked to submit a resume or a Curriculum Vitae (CV), depending on the type of program you’re applying for. Typically, CVs demonstrate your academic credentials like research/awards earned, and resumes emphasize your professional experience, although there is a tremendous amount of overlap. Generally, PhD and academic-based programs require CVs, and other grad programs ask for resumes. If you want to be a teacher, you’ll write a CV, and if you want work professionally, you’ll write a resume. But, make sure you know exactly which one you’re supposed to write. Contact your school if necessary. An error will lik ... Read More About How To Write A Resume For Grad School Applications

How To Improve Your GMAT Essay

How To Improve Your GMAT Essay

The GMAT has one 30-minute essay: the Analysis of an Argument prompt. It has a pretty basic formula, and yes, we’re going to walk you right through it. Instead of arguing your belief, you will actually critique another author’s point. However, this essay still requires the classic, 5-paragraph setup. In the first paragraph, you’ll need to take a stance that the author’s argument is either logical or illogical. Next, you will use 3-4 paragraphs of points to confirm your stance. Finally, you’ll put together a strong conclusion to sum it all up. Example prompt:The Awesome Energy Riders have become an extremely popu ... Read More About How To Improve Your GMAT Essay

How To Improve Your Issue Analysis Writing

How To Improve Your Issue Analysis Writing

UPDATE: Some of this article's advice is now outdated due to changes in the GMAT. An updated article on the exam can be found here.Although the "Analysis Of An Issue" is specific to the GMAT, the essay writing tips below will help you on any standardized essay writing prompt. This is the first of two writing prompts, and you will have 30 minutes to complete your essay.  You will be given an issue – typically a business-related or general interest topic – and you have to argue for or against it.  Graders are really looking for your typical 5-paragraph essay with an intro that states your opinion, 3-4 paragraphs of example ... Read More About How To Improve Your Issue Analysis Writing

How To Increase Your GMAT Analytical Writing Score

How To Increase Your GMAT Analytical Writing Score

UPDATE: Some of this article's advice is now outdated due to changes in the GMAT. An updated article on the exam can be found here.The Analytical Writing section is the dark horse of the GMAT. Often ignored and rarely prepared for, the Analytical Writing section slides behind the curtain of the Quantitative and Verbal Sections. However, it can dramatically improve your chances of acceptance, and some schools even place minimum Analytical Writing score requirements. The following tips can make it easier for you to grasp what a solid essay is and the thought behind it. But, working with a GMAT Writing Tutor can help you take your essay to the n ... Read More About How To Increase Your GMAT Analytical Writing Score

How To Boost Your Verbal Score On The GMAT

How To Boost Your Verbal Score On The GMAT

The Verbal Section is the hardest section of the GMAT, according to most test-takers. And if you really want to improve your overall score, you’re going to have to take it on and master its techniques. The following tips can give you a solid understanding of how to improve your verbal score, but to truly to ace this section, you will need more help. A private Varsity Tutors tutor will help you convert the following tips into tangible results for improving your GMAT Verbal score. See more from Varsity Tutors on how to boost your combined GMAT score. Focus on verbal: The GMAT is just way too big to take it all on at once, although studi ... Read More About How To Boost Your Verbal Score On The GMAT

Best Classes For Grad School Admissions

Best Classes For Grad School Admissions

The classes you take outweigh the grades you earn in them – or at least that’s the case at most grad schools. Grad schools want to see that you challenged yourself academically, instead of just padding your GPA. While most schools still require a strong GPA to be accepted, they pay very close attention to the classes you took. For example, an A in a cooking class like “Cuisine 101” can actually hurt your chances of being accepted, and a B (or even a B-) in an Advanced Chemistry class can improve your chances, especially if you’re applying to a science program. But, ultimately if you can earn an A in your Advanced ... Read More About Best Classes For Grad School Admissions

How Graduate Schools Analyze Applications

How Graduate Schools Analyze Applications

Graduate schools receive more applications than you could ever imagine. That’s no secret to anyone. So, grad school admissions committees (comprised of counselors, professors and sometimes even students) use a systematic process for filtering applications. When admissions committees see your application, they are trying to answer one question: will this student be successful here and in his/her career? This is the filter most grad schools drag applications through: 1. GPA/GRE screening: Typically, grad schools place a stronger emphasis on research and practical experience than test scores, assuming they are a better predictor of futur ... Read More About How Graduate Schools Analyze Applications

How To Interview For Graduate School Admissions

How To Interview For Graduate School Admissions

First of all: congratulations because you have passed nearly every round of the application process, and your prospective school is ready to admit you. Now, you just have to ace your interview. Our tutors who have been through the process before can help you.  Basics: You may interview with an admissions committee group (comprised of faculty members, admissions counselors or even students), or individually with any of those. Most interviews will be in-person, but some may be over-the-phone. Typically, interviews are 30-60 minutes, but some schools will invite students for weekend-long events, full with multiple interviews and meet-a ... Read More About How To Interview For Graduate School Admissions

Why Research Experience Is Important For Grad School Apps

Why Research Experience Is Important For Grad School Apps

GRE scores, GPA, transcripts, letters of recommendation, quality of undergrad school, admission essay / personal statement, research, and even where you live can all impact your admission chances. Some of those factors are completely beyond your control and others are somewhat controllable. But, there is one factor that can greatly improve your chances of being accepted, and you can completely control it. That factor is research experience. Research experience is not required to apply to graduate school. But, it has become increasingly more popular, to the point where if you don’t have a project, it hurts your chances. Research c ... Read More About Why Research Experience Is Important For Grad School Apps

How To Write An Application Essay For Grad School

How To Write An Application Essay For Grad School

Some schools may require a succinct personal statement – a couple paragraphs about who you are as a student. But, other schools/programs may require multiple admissions essays, typically between 500-1,000 words. Possible prompts include: career plans, academic interests, research experiences, academic objectives, clinical and field experience, academic achievements and personal experience. But, ultimately, what grad schools really want to know is if you will be successful. Follow these steps to prove that:  Establish a clear purpose: What do you want to do? Do you want to find the cure for cancer or help small children overcome ps ... Read More About How To Write An Application Essay For Grad School

How To Prepare For GRE Subject Tests

How To Prepare For GRE Subject Tests

The sooner you figure out exactly what it is you want to do, the better. Then, you can start marketing yourself as a budding chemist (for example). And that is exactly how to perk up a grad school admissions counselor. Graduate schools don’t want students who are still trying to figure out what they want to do. They want students who are set on a field, and are now doing everything they can to get there. There’s one simple way to show you’re one of those students: take a GRE subject test. A GRE subject test measures your knowledge/analytical thinking skills in a specific field and is much more specialized than the standard ... Read More About How To Prepare For GRE Subject Tests

Improving Your Graduate School Application

Improving Your Graduate School Application

On your application, great test scores and grades speak for themselves, and everyone knows how important those are. But, there are a lot of other factors that can boost your application and ultimately your chances for acceptance. Most grad schools require a transcript, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and admissions essay(s). Make sure you include all these components, or you may be automatically rejected. Transcripts: It’s not all about your GPA. Grad schools want to see a challenging undergrad curriculum. So, if you earn a 4.0 with a bunch of easy classes like “The History of the Alphabet 101,” you will rank lower t ... Read More About Improving Your Graduate School Application

How To Improve Your GRE Score

How To Improve Your GRE Score

Update: Some of this article's advice is now outdated due to changes in the GRE. A more recent article on the exam can be found here.First things first: the GRE is for graduate schools, but not for MBA programs (that requires the GMAT); however, some business schools may accept it. Background: The GRE is a computer-based test that generates questions based on your previous answers. If you continue to correctly answer questions, they will get harder. The test has three sections: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing. The test was updated in August 2011 to more accurately reflect the current thinking skills needed in g ... Read More About How To Improve Your GRE Score

Why Advanced Degrees Are Becoming More Popular

Why Advanced Degrees Are Becoming More Popular

Employers have raised their standards to the point where many now require a master’s degree instead of a bachelor’s degree, according to an article in the New York Times. Employers can be very selective in whom they hire as the unemployment rate rises. Combine that with the fact that a higher percentage of people now have bachelor’s degrees than they did 10 years ago, and careers are just looking bleak for recent college graduates. The master’s is now the fastest growing degree, as 657,000 were awarded in 2009, twice as many since the 1980s. The rate has skyrocketed in the past few years as many with bachelor degrees ... Read More About Why Advanced Degrees Are Becoming More Popular

The Value Of A Masters Degree

The Value Of A Masters Degree

A Master’s degree traditionally carries an honorable, intelligent and prestigious clout; however, the value of this clout is a moot point.             To some, a Master’s degree is a sign of intellectual superiority, but to others it could simply be a framed piece of paper that needs to be dusted regularly. There are many pros and cons to pursuing a Master’s degree, and it would be wise for students to make the decision of whether they will pursue one early.  As the economy plummets, the interest in graduate programs increases.        ... Read More About The Value Of A Masters Degree