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Win Guided tour to top MBA bschools and free GMAT prep courses

BeatTheGMAT is launching MEGA-MEGA giveaway challenge. (they call it 1 lacs dollar challenge! You can find more information from the official source
Here’s simple steps to follow:

  1. Login to Beat The GMAT via Facebook. Be sure to click the “Login with Facebook” button on the login page
  2. Click the “Pre-Register” button. When the window opens, make sure to click “Publish” to share with your friends

The Grand Prize is a 1 week, all expense-paid tour of 5 elite business schools – Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB, Haas and one US school of your choice.  Beat The GMAT will pay for everything, including flights from anywhere in the world.
For queries, comment on news announcement page of 100k challenge. Spread the word. & All the best for the contest.

Virtual all-day online conference for MBA aspirants: hosted by beatthegmat.com

Beat The GMAT is hosting a full-day free conference for “beating GMAT & Beyond” on 7th July, Wednesday.
This conference will be streaming in real-time. And you can attend it virtually from anywhere, online.   You can ask questions to the speakers live by tweeting your questions with the #beatthegmat hashtag.
I’m not sure whether they’d broadcast it and live-stream it online (via webcam?) but I think they should.
Shout out to all those living in San Francisco/bay area especially near San Mateo, you can attend the conference in person, it’s free seminars, free consulting/advice, free opportunity to network & make new friends & of course free lunch. So dont miss this event. Click here to RSVP and attend the conference in person.
The event is arranged in progressive order, first you’ve GMAT prep tip and tricks, GMAT strategies, then applying to b-schools strategy covering most important aspect ie. ‘admission essays’. Then in afternoon, a story of a successful applicant and finally a glimpse of how it feels to be an MBA alum. All in one day free of cost! it’s a complete package that only a foolish can miss.

Here’s the detailed all day agenda for the conference:

July 7, 2010 (All timing mentioned are PST Pacific standard time)

Welcome & Introduction to the Conference
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Speakers: Eric Bahn, Beat The GMAT; Hansoo Lee, Magoosh.com
GMAT Seminar: Brent’s Favorite Tips and Tricks for the GMAT
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Speaker: Brent Hanneson, Leap Education
The Art of a Gripping MBA Goals Essay
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Speaker: Cindy Tokumitsu, Accepted.com
Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

How I Got Accepted – Q&A with Class of 2012 MBA Admits
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Speakers: Cara Delzer, Stanford GSB; Charles Shieh, MIT Sloan
Two Critical Steps to Admissions Success: Approaching Essays and Conducting Effective School Research
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Speaker: Stacey Oyler, Clear Admit
From HBS to Yelp.com – My Career Since B-School
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Speakers: Wendy Lim, HBS Class of 2006
Closing Comments
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Speakers: Eric Bahn, Hansoo Lee

Scholarship for GMAT prep and fees, by BeatTheGMAT.

Albeit bit late in posting this information about the on-going scholarship for GMAT studies and fees by BeatTheGMAT.com, I am glad that I could get time to publish it before its last date.
Just last few days remain of famous, annual Beat The GMAT scholarship. Submit it before 20th May.
You’ve two essay questions as usual
1.> why do you deserve this scholarship (500 words)
2.> Why do you want to go to the Business school (300 words)
and an optional essay
3.> Are there any special circumstances you want us to consider?
Everything is same like earlier scholarships, except prizes, sponsors & the juries. This time around there’ll be NO first or second rank winner but general six winners. As all prizes are more or less has equal value. Prizes include full GMAT registration fees ($250) & a full fledged coaching from one of six sponsors, based on the choice of the applicant.
Sponsors are: Grockit, Kaplan, Knewton, Manhattan GMAT, Princeton Review & Veritas Prep.
Winners will get GMAT registration voucher worth $250. Yes, so all you guys wondering how to avail GMAT coupons or GMAT vouchers, here’s your chance- apply for GMAT scholarship and get it free from BeatTheGMAT!
What are you waiting for?
Submit your Scholarship application before the due date.(20th May 2010)

Have GMAT queries? Ask on forums, get prizes

Participate on forums and get prizes worth thousands of dollars! Yes, you heard it right,  (when I say forums, it got to be BTG) Beat The GMAT has launched the GGG, Giant GMAT Giveaway (that’s what they’re calling it) and top participants on the Beat the gmat forums during next one month, will get a chance to win mega prizes sponsored by GMAT coaching institutes such as ManhattanGMAT, Veritas, Grockit, Knewton, Kaplan etc. So what are you waiting for? start participating on forums, ask question, solve problems, answer queries climb up the ladder-leaderboard & get listed!!
For more details visit the official announcement, & if you’ve further questions, please divert them to the forums. Thank you.

what's going on in my mind?

Current status? long time no see! yeah! I’ve made lots of ‘status update’ kind of posts after hibernating for months. But I guess it’s better than not posting at all, right?
So What’s going on in my mind? What’s up?
Well nothing much, I am kind of celebrating vacation/break in the Exceptional Villas. I was out for my cousin’s wedding & was at his place before the wedding for ~10 days after wedding there was a family get-together for 3 days at my native place. Therefore I was offline (without internet) for more than two weeks, although I was checking my mails on my mobile :P.
I have some business in New Delhi in coming weeks & I am planning to go for skiing at Himachal Pradesh & I’m (kind of) researching about it… so if you’re familiar with HP or been there-done skiing, ping me or feel free to comment below. While more thinking of it, I though why not take a 7-14 day full-fledge skiing course! I dont know whether I can afford that option or not (time wise & money wise… will see) but I’d at least do skiing this time for sure. I’ve been cancelling delaying it forever & now I dont think I’d let it go.
One more update, I’ve left BeatTheGMAT gang, yeah it’s sad thinking that I wont be there on btg with Eric & team but life goes on & we got to move on, right? (I guess I’ll have to edit my “about blog” am not associated with any GMAT study/ preparation forum any more.)  I’m currently working on an exciting startup & it’s gonna be real (yeah, you guessed it right it’s not some dotcom!) So stay tuned you’ll soon hear more about it. 2010 is going to be exciting.

Updates, I'm alive

I haven’t updated you guys since long, I know. But I want to let you k now that I’m online, active & alive. Just that blogging is too time consuming in this jet-age. so I more often do micro-blogging rather than updating this blog. As you can notice on this site itself you can follow my tweets and connect me via facebook.
That doesn’t mean that end of this blog or website, but I’d add posts here when I have something significant to say. In fact I’m in the process of adding many static pages to blog. Notice resources, & GMAT books recommendation pages? they are in html, I’ll add them in this blog and also, many other resourceful webpages in pipeline.
On personal front: We’ve got new puppy (male dog). He’s cute & looks just like fantya, the dog we had 10-15 years back. I named him twitter. For naming actually I used the social media. Asked this question on Gtalk status, orkut etc & got tons of responses….(Ah now I feels like Chris Pirillo 😛 ). My cousin suggested that name & I really liked it. So I’m not acting like a zombie anymore. yep check profile page to know my current hobby/habits/interests 😉
On Amrute’s website front: I’ve just renewed my domain to year 2012. So we dont have to bother much about those issues now.  Also I just had shoutout at Amrute orkut community to invite amrute to this website. So I expect some signups as well. 🙂
On beat the GMAT front: yes, Eric & David are fine tuning the website & new revamped website will be open by this weekend, 15 Nov. For time being you can check getting started at Beat the GMAT page.
~Enjoy~

Download free GMAT 1000 series documents.

1000 series documents for verbal studies, are free study materials with literally tons of practise problems.
The documents were made by ScoreTop.com, the premium online GMAT forums that is now sued by GMAC.  If you’re curious about “When, why and how GMAC banned it?” you should visit scoretop.com site itself. It is history now and people, especially other GMAT forum administrators learned the lesson from the case. We at Beat The GMAT been following story. This thread cautioning users not to post Scoretop material or even visit the site will shed more light on the matter.
History apart there’s no doubt that 1000 series document used to be popular among GMAT students. I receive several requests for these documents each month, so I’m making these available to all fellow MBA aspirants. According to the source, these documents are actually the compilation of GMAT type questions, taken from several sources, including OG, official guides for GMAT review, which has retired, real GMAT  questions. The Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension (CR & RC) sets have questions borrowed from LSAT & GRE as well, making it very huge list of problems.
Did you know that 1000 RC doc has 3000 problems not 1000!! Follow my 1000 SC/ series related articles and you’ll find more info about these also you’ll notice that I do not actually recommend these materials. Nevertheless, they’re good if you dont wanna spend any money and want loads of practise problems.
Check following posts to download respective files.

Note: I do not encourage you to use live GMAT questions for you GMAT preparation. (Live questions are those which are recently tested in GMAT exam, which are still float on GMAT question bank. ) I’ve removed password protection from these files. Now they are easy to download. Enjoy!

Beat The GMAT changing its skin

A big change is about to be seen at Beat The GMAT website, that’s what the founder announced yesterday. Change in which manner and to what extend is still a suspense for everyone as the announcement doesnt reveal much as what to expect. Though I’m not among everyone because I got a mail from BTG to sneak peek the new Beat The GMAT site.
According to Eric, it’s a major, major, MAJOR change for BTG. And I can sense that this change and transition means a lot to him. As a part of BTG team, we’re looking forward to this transition.
Apparently all other online GMAT forums seem to have changed their skin recently! Changes in fonts, colors, background, the width of website, navigation bar (the top bar you usually see at any website) and overall UI (User Interface).
Check out :

  • Pagalguy.com (the portal as well as forums)
  • GMAT Club (Home page changed but not forums)
  • Score Chase (still as confusing as earlier but changed UI for sure 😉 )
  • And there are some more MBA admission related websites who’ve made changes in UIs

 They all have changed, but I’d say, it’s a minor change, just a little bit changes in UI, that’s it. But when I talk about Beat The GMAT it’s a big change! yeah as founder said, it’s a major major MAJOR change.
So, what’s this change is all about?
Continue reading

beating GMAT & beyond to JLTB

If you’re a regular visitor or even visited this blog in past at least once/twice, you’d notice that I have changed my blog’s name from Beating GMAT & beyond.
As you might know this blog is inspiration from Beat The GMAT blog & I liked its title too, infact it was the title of that  blog that attracted me on the first look! Sigh!! it’s 2005 I am talking about! & when I thought of making a GMAT related blog I want something similar name yet I wanted to address beyond GMAT topics as well. Hence the name 🙂
Now you can guess where we’re heading… yeah since I moved this blog from blogger to wordpress (& my personal domain/website.) I’ve made it clear that this blog is not gonna be ‘only GMAT specific’ but I’d add some other stuffs along with my personal updates.
“Johny Learns to Blog” was my signature (yeah MLTR is my fav. you have problem? 😉 ) in one of the online forums later I must have changed it as I dont remember now where I’d used that line.
Now I’m in dilemma as should I use my real name? instead of Johny? It’ll be then “Pranav Learns To Blog” hows that sound?
leave a comment & tell me. Is JLTB is OK or should it be PLTB?

GMAT promo codes, voucher. Whats the fuss?

There’s been a lot of discussion going on about GMAT vouchers & promotional codes. And everyone seems to be clueless as no one exactly knows what’s this all about, neither they’re getting proper information from internet. But if it’s on official GMAT website then codes has to be there (somewhere floating around or only for some exclusive bunch of people). The reason for lack of information around the world wide web is this is a recent phenomena. It was not present earlier. Hence the post. 🙂

What is GMAT promotional & voucher code? where can I get it? How can I get it?

While registering a GMAT date at MBA.com when you check payment options you’d find two boxes at the bottom of the screen appear for GMAT promotional code & GMAT voucher.
1.] GMAT voucher can be obtained from your university’s financial aid office. You need to express your financial need & provide relevant documents to support what you claim. It’s your finacial aid office decides whether to avail the voucher to you or not.
GMAT voucher code is available & valid for selected nations or regions. (I’m not sure whether it’s available outside United States…)
2.] Secondly about GMAT promo code (promotional codes) these are nowhere to be seen. In my theory, if a certain company has partnered with GMAC to offer GMAT promotional code or discount, it should promote the promotional codes well; it should advertise the promotional codes in order to leverage the benefits of the partnership (or whatever.) So, to conclude I dont think there are any promotional codes out there (you do study Critical reasoning, dont you 😉 ). It’s may be the feature added (by web designer) they never used. (I vaguely remember that Kaplan might have such promo codes for their GMAT classes.)
But it’s a great feature to introduce. If GMAC hasn’t thought of use it yet, they should seriously think about it.

We, at Beat The GMAT, perhaps can use this promo codes for GMAT scholarship winners. I think it’s lot more safer, convenient and direct option to offer GMAT exam fees to winners than giving them ‘e-cash’ through paypal.

PS: I’ve figured out way to avail the GMAT voucher!