Onsite GMAT Class: GMAT Prep Classes
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Okay, we hear you asking yourself, "Do I really have to go back to
school just to prepare to go back to school?" And we agree it sounds not
only bizarre, but also downright painful. But hey, no pain, no gain. You
only get one shot as Stanford' s Graduate School of Business, so how
badly do you want it?
Personalized feedback - A good training center will help you
understand where your individual strengths and weaknesses are and how
you can work to improve to get the score you want to go to the school of
your choice. Get the picture?
More than one explanation - A good GMAT prep class will make
certain you understand key concepts and strategies by explaining them in
different ways, and by reinforcing them at different times. This variety
and repetition is a key part of the learning process, and explains why
centers routinely post better results than mere training books.
Methods and strategies - The established centers have over the
years acquire vast stores of GMAT "secrets" that will help you
understand the test and use appropriate strategies and methods to gain a
higher score. In fact, it is these "knowledge assets" that have made
companies such as Kaplan so successful.
Proprietary material - Along with the methods, a good center
will provide more practice tests and questions than you will likely have
time for. Furthermore, they should offer sophisticated CD ROM and
computer training facilities. Don't underestimate the value of a few
extra practice tests!
Motivation - Quality training is as much about motivation as
about knowledge or strategies. A good center can provide the kind of
atmosphere and personal support you might need to get the most out of
Variable quality - The rising popularity of the MBA has led to
a number of new entrants in the field of test preparation. Some of these
companies haven't the resources or experience to offer substantial study
materials or a truly well-conceived course taught by trained teachers.
In fact, some do little more than talk students through an off-the-shelf
test prep book. So check carefully. Does the center have its own
materials? How experienced are the teachers? A quality center will have
nothing to hide!
Commitment required - No matter how good the course or the
instructor, only you can take the actual test. And so if you're going to
get your money's worth from a center, you must be prepared to open up
your schedule, go to class, and yes, even do your homework. If you
simply don't have the time or energy, a training center might not be for