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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

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,
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,
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 – 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

New section in GMAT -effective from June 2012

GMAT is introducing a new 30 minutes section named “integrated learning”, removing one of existing AWA section.
A video below provides a sneak peek from GMAC, the makers of the GMAT. The changes will be effective from June 2012.
If you want further updates, follow the @officialGMAT on twitter or the look for buzz-word #nextgengmat
The news was expected since GMAC made announcement in the conference last year about probable changes in GMAT by 2012. More analysis about the changes later… or maybe I’ll leave it for other bloggers/ GMAT companies.

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, 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.

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, 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 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!

800 GMAT by Kaplan is now Kaplan GMAT advanced 2009.

When I was preparing for GMAT back in 2005 I used to refer books from the library. I could not afford Official guide (yes, it was expensive!) also OG was not popular in India then (?). Talking about India, the only foreign brands which were/are popular here were Kaplan and Barons. And whenever I used to check for Kaplan’s GMAT 800 book, it was unavailable. Strangely, I checked 2-3 public libraries and most booked/engaged book among GMAT test prep books was Kaplan’s 800 GMAT !

Of course it was students’ favourite book! (& mine as well) FYI, that was the first book I purchased for GMAT preparation. It has magical number ‘800’ and a note that says that it’s meant for highly studious and those who want to excel their score to 99th %tile. Oh yeah! so even if you’re not that scholar, by buying this book you feel like you belong to that league. That’s the typical mentality & I was no exception. But I had already done quite a lot of research about GMAT test prep books and Kaplan 800 GMAT was the right choice for me.

Anyways, coming back to the news, as you already might have guessed by reading the title, Kaplan’s 800 GMAT is no more available in stores and it is replaced by new book GMAT advanced. So if you’re currently preparing for GMAT and already have GMAT 800 book, dont buy Kaplan’s GMAT advanced, because content wise both are almost same. To investigate, I checked Kaplan’s store on their website where the book was not available, I was suspicious because I could still locate GMAT 800 in Amazon with really unrealistic price!

Finally this confirmed by the Kaplan representative from GMAT online forums, that both books are same.