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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.

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!

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.

windows 7 here to stay [part: II]

I just made a ^fanboy^ post about Windows 7 with their advertisement’s tagline that windows 7 was my idea. Certainly it was my idea and it’s exciting to  see that idea come to life.
I used windows 7 beta version and then I again used windows 7 RC version which not going to expire sooner.  And I’m pleased with the progress. I can discuss what’s new in windows 7 & which features impressive, but I know there’s already thousands of pages written about it. So I’d simply suggest you to visit windows website. I heard that windows 7 breaks the pre-order volume records of harry potter’s 7th book at Amazon. So, yes we have been waiting for this operating system since long…. since we fed up with windows XP, and sorry windows vista was disaster. I’m so glad that I never bought it and/or installed it on my PC.
Incidentally if I look at my OS upgrades trend, I’ve skipped windows operating systems and used alternate upgrades.
Since the beginning I used:

  • windows 3.1 (Oh yeah I remember my early school days 😀 )
  • windows 95 never used it, & never heard of it 😛
  • Windows 98 used for looooooooong time on my own PC as well as on others
  • Windows 2000 I know whats coming in your mind winMe> doesn’t qualify to be listed 😉
  • windows XP yes, always. & still will. on netbook maybe.
  • windows Vista I specifically bought a new laptop which doesnt come the vista pre-installed.
  • windows 7 I’m using it RC version. & I’m pretty much happy with it.

I see the same opinion shared on a tech/web forum where people more than 70% people voted said Vista sucks and they’ve been waiting for newer, better/another OS (now windows 7) from windows. Do you have a choice? of course not, well unless, if you can play around with linux…
But I know windows 7 is here to stay, I’m not saying this because it’s newly launched, I could have said this for vista couple of years back. I’m saying it because I’ve used it. And I’m looking forward to it.

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

GMAT 1000 SC wrong answers list.

If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning you might know that I researched a lot on 1000sc document. & I’ve talked enough about 1000SC docs.
I had taken some initiative on a GMAT forum for collecting data of all wrong answers in this document. & I had talked about it earlier in my blog. If you’re not aware, 1000SC doc, a free GMAT questions set from scoretop.com, containing one thousand sentence correction problems have some wrong answers. Some questions are ambigious or not as clear as they should be or in other word ‘they are not of ^GMAT type^’ Therefore it was need of an hour to initiate such project. My project did not pick up but I am glad that scoot a member of TestMagic forum initiated this project again & fortunately it’s running good.
Now to bring it on spotlight I am making this post: yeah! it’s worth writing an exclusive blog entry for this: So, dear visitors preparing for GMAT test & using 1000 SC doc. check out the List of incorrect answers in 1000 SC thread. It’ll save lot of your time & stress, if you know already which questions has wrong OAs.

GMAT lessons online free by Kaplan for BTG members

Hello dear GMAT students,
There’s announcement for all Beat The GMAT members out there who’re preparing for the test.
Kaplan is conducting live-online lecture session & if you’re a member of Beat The GMAT forums you’ll get the free pass for first lecture series of their online course. I think it’s  an introductory lecture, an overview of GMAT but will cover many fundamental yet important topics like how to make schedule  or GMAT’s structure & scoring pattern.
There’re three different time slots for your convenience check out the page for more details. (& you can post a reply on the forums for any query or further details)
The event will be live one on 2nd Feb andother two on 4th Feb. all three are kept in different time slots.
But there’s one necessary condition: you have to be the member of BeatTheGMAT forums. I know most of my readers are already members of that forum but just in case if you’re not register to the forums for free

Pagalguy Case study

For all those fans of pagalguy.com it’s a moment of pride.
Being the prospective MBA students, I hope you all know what business case study means. (& what it meant to be the case study itself 😉 ) Definitely a proud moment as I consider myself once associated with pagalguy forums…
I heard last year that IIM Banglore is making a case study on Pagalguy.com. but it was not made open to public. Now it’s available & you can read who document here: http://www.iimb.ernet.in/~gprabhu/pgcase.pdf
There’re a lot of take aways from this document a lot to learn for any dot com startups or those who want to build a social networking sites etc. Although I already knew alot about it, as I’ve been watching the site closely since years, there’s great analysis and data in there. worth reading.
For those new to this site & pg, I’m tempted to write more about this company and its founder Allwin Agnel. So I’m just gonna copy-paste the stuff I wrote about him sometime back…

Allwin Agnel is one of the most dynamic entrepreneurs I have ever seen. His innovativeness on launching an online forum at the time when such technology was not much known to the audience & his creativity of constantly adding new features/tools to the portal & forums, Pagalguy.com, made it one of the MOST INFLUENCIAL websites for MBA aspirants. It’s not just a forum; it’s more of a community which go beyond online sharing of knowledge. I personally, made (a lot) more social contacts via pagalguy forums than all other social networking sites combined. And without selling any product to its members, he made a business model which is generating revenue & positive cash flow. (Something which web2.0 founders stuck to figure out). He’s an excellent motivator and a role model. Despite the fact that handsome jobs are raining in India, I am astonished to see, how successfully he created a great team at Inzane Labs and attracted more talented HR. It’s always a dream to work with him.