Category Archives: GMAT

January 22, 2015

Six Questions Grad School Prospects Should Ask Themselves

In a US News article, six questions were presented for graduate school prospects to ask themselves when visiting and interviewing at potential colleges. The questions within the US News article are centered around the initial impression that the prospect had from the admissions office. Many times how one is treated as an applicant can be indicative of how the individual will be treated as a student. Listed below are the six questions that US News challenged grad school applicants to ask themselves.

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1. Did the admissions staff seem to care?

First impressions are everything. Showing potential students that you and your admissions staff care about the applicant and their individual situation is important. AMP, one of the most customized graduate application systems, is one way to help your office stay focused on giving prospective applicants an effective experience.

2. How professional and informed was the staff?

To be a professional and informed staff member, the staff needs to have a good overall understanding of the type of upcoming class and applicant that they want their school to have. An enrollment management system can keep staff informed on the applicant’s background, grades, history, interests, scheduled visits and more within one secure place, so that staff can effectively evaluate applicants for the best possible class.

3. How did the admissions staff behave during the campus visit, event, or fair?

The US News article also continues to ask , ”If you visited the campus, was your visit confirmed with you in advance? If you sent an RSVP, did you get a friendly reminder?” Admissions staff should be knowledgeable about the applicant’s situation during any encounter with the prospective applicant.

 AMP’s system takes care of notifying and informing faculty and applicants of their upcoming meetings and appointments. Instead of worrying if every faculty member or applicant knows when and where to be, the top administrators can focus on the applicant.

4. How long did it take to get someone on the phone or receive E-mail response?

Communication and staying engaged is key with prospective applicants. With many applicants and  faculty members, it’s hard to keep track of all of the communication going on between. AMP can help your staff organize the communications in one place. Keeping track of every communication with each student allows your staff to see which students have been helped and contacted.

5. How was admissions information presented on the website?

Applicants want to find information quickly and easily. Within AMP‘s enrollment management system, every bit of information can be micromanaged to ensure that your applicants are getting everything they need to know. AMP gives your staff the opportunity to edit every page that the applicants see in their portal, all the way down to the specific stage of the application process they’re in. This ensures that the applicant has all the information that they may need, which will help to further streamline and simplify the admissions process for both the admissions staff and the applicant.

6. What was the online application procedure like?

The actual application is a sensitive and important part of the application process. This is where your admissions office has a chance to see behind just the GPAs and academic scores, and to look at applicant’s experiences and thoughts on important matters. Easy access to a student’s information, letters of recommendation, and transcripts help to simplify the process for admissions staff. By keeping all of the application materials in one place, and integrating with third parties, like, AMCAS, CAS, and TMDSAS, the admissions staff can better evaluate applicants.

For the admissions and recruitment office, their goal is to have their school stand out to applicants. With detailed and complicated admissions processes for graduate schools, admissions offices frequently struggle to make enough time in the day to complete everything on their to-do lists. Utilizing an enrollment management system, like AMP, can simplify the admissions process and help admission staff members prepare for the next hectic, but exciting, admission season.

How does your school currently prepare for the admissions season?

February 23, 2012

GMAT Essentials You Need to Know

The Graduate Management Admission Council has revised their GMAT, so that it will go into effect by June 5, 2012.  I am sure many of you are familiar with the new Integrated Reasoning section that they are adding to the GMAT.  They have added this section in order to better test applicants on their reaction to real-world challenges that they face every day in today’s business environment.  The Official GMAT Website has an informative section about the new GMAT, along with videos, and the five things that you absolutely need to know.  They are listed below, along with some additional details that may be useful for you.

5 Things You Need to Know About the GMAT this June

1. Integrated Reasoning is a 30-minute section of 12 questions with a separate score.

Each prompt that the test taker is given will be a set-up for multiple questions.  If it is a narrative prompt, it will be no longer than 300 words.  Once given the prompt, the student must answer one question before going onto the next question, even if they are both regarding the same prompt.  They are also not allowed to go back to any questions once it is answered.  The prompt is made so that the questions are independent of one another so that the student doesn’t need to know one answer in order to know the next answer, which is a bonus for the student.

2. Features four new question types that let you showcase your data-handling skills.

 The question types will be one of four different formats: a graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning. Exact formats and examples are discussed further on the GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning section, however below are overview descriptions with links to examples questions from the GMAT website.

Graphic Interpretation – Analyze the graph, and then decide which answer would make the proceeding statements accurate.

Two-Part Analysis – Solve a problem of a two-part solution by selecting two answers, one from each column.

Table Analysis – Use the table to determine whether certain statements are accurate.  The student may sort the table to organize the data in order to determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing answers.

Multi-Source Reasoning –The test taker must decide which statement is true after reviewing the information.

3. Integrated Reasoning replaces the AWA Analysis of an Issue essay.

In a survey of 740 management faculty worldwide, the skills being tested by the Integrated Reasoning section were identified as important for today’s incoming students. It gives the student the ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats and utilize skills that they need to succeed in a data-rich world.

4. Only one essay question. Quantitative and Verbal sections remain the same & so does the total score schools use.

The Analytical Writing Assessment will be streamlined from two 30-minute essays to one Analysis of an Argument essay. Right after this essay question, the Integrated Reasoning section will begin.

5. No change to the length of the exam.

It will remain a three hour and thirty minute exam, but that does not mean that the student will be able to slide by studying the same amount.  There will be more sections on the exam, so the student is most likely going to have to tack on extra hours in order to prepare for the GMAT section.

It should be noted that the Integrated Reasoning section will not be offered separately.  If you have already taken the GMAT exam but want to have an Integrated Reasoning score, you will have to retake the entire exam.

There have been some different opinions about this decision, but none that seem as controversial as the change to the upcoming 2015 MCAT from the Association of American Medical Colleges.  This is the first time the GMAT has been revised in over a decade since the change to a computer adaptive format in 1997.  I think that the GMAC should keep revising the test every so many years to keep up with the changes in practices and tools from today’s business environment. However, I do agree that it must be stressful on the test takers to prepare for a new addition to the exam, especially when they may be working a full-time job.  What do you think of adding sections to the GMAT or any other graduate test?