The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep

This show is designed to take the guesswork out of preparing for your standardized test and equip you with practical how-to's for getting more right answers on test day, successfully navigating the admissions process, getting accepted to your dream school, and succeeding in the classroom. Our episodes deliver expert advice from the industry's top test prep instructors and admissions consultants as we endeavor to prepare you for success not only on test day, but also in your future profession and life beyond. Oh, and did we mention that we have a lot of fun? You will too, as we embark on this important next chapter of your education together. Thanks for listening! read less
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69. Psychometrics of the GMAT Focus Edition
Jan 22 2024
69. Psychometrics of the GMAT Focus Edition
On February 1, 2024, the “old” GMAT is going away and the new GMAT Focus Edition is the version of the business school entrance exam that MBA hopefuls will take as part of the admission process moving forward. In this episode we take a deep-dive look a the new GMAT exam from a psychometric standpoint, meaning the intellectual abilities and skills GMAT Focus tests and the psychological traits built into the makeup of the exam. Specifically, we analyze the GMAT Focus Edition on five fronts:Why the changing business school landscape necessitated a rethinking of the GMAT exam and how the GMAC meets the needs of business schools with GMAT FocusHow the GMAC ensured the validity and reliability of the GMAT Focus Edition despite reducing the number of questionsKey differences between the GMAT Focus Edition and the legacy GMAT that renders GMAT Focus a very different test (note: it’s not just a shorter GMAT)Understanding the new GMAT Focus scoring algorithm and how to compare scores to the old GMATThe new Review & Edit feature of GMAT Focus and how to maximize it from a test-taking standpoint (hint: be very careful about changing your answers!)While we geek out a bit when talking about certain features of the GMAT Focus Edition, we always bring it back to what it means for you as a test-taker in terms of being able to get more right answers on test day. If you’re planning to take GMAT Focus, you’ll have a much better understanding of what you’re in store for after listening to this episode. If you’re an MBA admissions officer or consultant, you’ll have a better feel for what the GMAT Focus Edition measures, how it compares to the old GMAT, and how to think about a student’s score when evaluating their application.RESOURCES / LINKSArticle: "Equating GMAT Focus vs GMAT Scoring Scales"Take the guesswork out of preparing for the GMAT Focus Edition with the industry's top-rated Complete GMAT Focus Prep Course (fully updated and specifically designed for the GMAT Focus Edition)SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 65: Initial Thoughts on the New GMAT Focus Edition, with Barbara CowardEpisode 50: What Good are Standardized Tests Anyway?Episode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” — Muhammad AliConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
68. Demystifying the New Digital SAT, with Mike Bergin
Nov 20 2023
68. Demystifying the New Digital SAT, with Mike Bergin
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the granddaddy of all standardized tests, is finally joining the digital age. International students have already been able to take the SAT on a computer; as of March 2024, the new Digital SAT will permanently replace pencil-and-paper exams worldwide. The SAT is evolving — and that's a good thing says Mike Bergin, President & Owner of Chariot Learning. Mike joins this episode to help us prepare for this brave new world of college admissions testing. We discuss:Why the SAT has finally decided to go digital, and what it means for you as a test takerLogistics of the online exam, including devices you're allowed to use and software you'll need to install before test dayThe new section-adaptive scoring algorithm, how it differs from the current linear paper test, and test-taking strategies to maximize the new section flowSubstantive differences between the Digital SAT and the legacy SAT, especially with regard to reading comprehension passages and the reintroduction of vocabularyRecommended resources for preparing for the Digital SATAnd more!The only constant in life is change, as they say. But change doesn't have to be scary. Indeed, once you fully understand how the new Digital SAT works and what you're in store for on test day, you can fully embrace this change and dominate your performance on test day. After learning from Mike in this episode, you'll be able to do just that.RESOURCES / LINKSFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Digital SAT from the official College Board SAT siteFree SAT Prep from Khan AcademyPersonalized SAT Prep with Mike Bergin via Chariot LearningConnect with Mike Bergin on LinkedInEssential SAT Math Strategies - video course from Dominate Test PrepSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 40: Proven Principles of Perfect Practice, with Mike BerginEpisode 67: What to Look for in a Tutor, with Mark SkoskiewiczEpisode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College Admissions, with Amy SeeleyEpisode 48: Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary LanniA DOSE OF MOTIVATION"Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits…. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits…. You get what you repeat." — James ClearConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
67. What to Look for in a Tutor, with Mark Skoskiewicz
Jun 1 2023
67. What to Look for in a Tutor, with Mark Skoskiewicz
There are a number of ways to prepare for your standardized test, one of which is to hire a tutor. Is going the tutoring route right for you? If so, how can you choose a tutor that’s the best fit for your particular learning style?In this episode we explore key aspects of effective tutoring with MyGuru founder Mark Skoskiewicz. Specifically, we discuss:The type of student tutoring is ideally suited forThe type of student who might be better off with a course, self-study, or another form of test prepCharacteristics of an effective tutorThe roles and responsibilities of the student to get the most out of tutoringThe true value of a tutor (hint: it’s not their hourly rate)The benefits of online vs. in-person tutoringFour questions you should ask when vetting a tutorAnd more!Whether you already know you want to work with a tutor or you’re still in the early stages of preparing for your exam, Mark’s perspective on what it takes to succeed on a high-stakes test will serve you well as you decide on the best approach to your prep.RESOURCES / LINKSPeak Performance, by Brad Stulberg and Steve MagnessLearn more about MyGuru's tutoring optionsDominate your test with the help of our industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 56: How to Use Practice Tests (and What to Avoid), with Vinay NarangEpisode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 5: Test Mastery Part 1: The Success Triad + Time Management TipsA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert EinsteinConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
66. My MBA Journey as a Mother and International Student, with Yurany Hernandez
Apr 25 2023
66. My MBA Journey as a Mother and International Student, with Yurany Hernandez
Getting an MBA is challenging under the best of circumstances. When you’re a mother of two, that adds an extra layer of complexity. And if you choose a business school in another country where classes are conducted in your non-native language? Well, some would say you’re a glutton for punishment! But that’s exactly the path that Yurany Hernandez chose — and she has found the experience to be incredibly rewarding. Yurany, who hails from Colombia and is finishing up her degree at NYU Stern School of Business, share’s her story including practical strategies for other mothers and international students trying to juggle the demands of business school in pursuit of their dreams. As Yurany says, “If I can do it, anyone can do it!”RESOURCES / LINKSConnect with Yurany Hernandez on LinkedInDominate your test with the help of our industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 22: A Peek Behind the MBA Curtain, with Sam KleinEpisode 8: How I Raised My GMAT Score 120 Points, with Matt KunzlerEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Regret hurts more than failure ever will.” — Elizabeth RiderConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
65. Initial Thoughts on the New GMAT Focus Edition, with Barbara Coward
Mar 12 2023
65. Initial Thoughts on the New GMAT Focus Edition, with Barbara Coward
Big changes are coming to the main standardized test you need to take when applying for an MBA, and we're here to break it down for you. Specifically, the GMAC announced that it will be replacing the GMAT, which has been the gold standard exam for students pursuing an advanced business degree for nearly 70 years, with a new version of the test called the GMAT Focus Edition. We're joined in this episode by Barbara Coward, founder of MBA 360 Admissions, to dissect this monumental news. Specifically, we discuss:Why nowWhat's on the new exam, and how it differs from the current GMATWhy a shorter exam doesn't necessarily mean an easier examThe timeline for the rollout of the new GMAT Focus EditionThe mindset of admissions officers, and how this new version may better help them assess the best candidates for their programsWhat this change suggests about the future landscape of business educationWhat MBA candidates can be doing now if they think they'll be taking the new version of the GMATAnd more!As we learn more about the specific details of the exam, we'll update you here on the podcast and via e-mail as well. You can opt-in for those updates HERE.RESOURCES / LINKSBe the first to know! Sign up for timely updates about the new GMAT Focus Edition exam, straight to your inbox.Connect with Barbara Coward of MBA 360 Admissions for a complimentary 15-minute consultation.Prepare for your standardized test — including the GMAT Focus Edition — with one of Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive prep courses.SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 1: Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized TestEpisode 57: How to Prepare for the Executive AssessmentEpisode 61: Priorities if You're Short on Study TimeEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Change is the only constant in life.” — HeraclitusConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
64. The Secret to Growing Past a Prep Plateau
Jan 25 2023
64. The Secret to Growing Past a Prep Plateau
It's common to hit a plateau as you're preparing for your standardized test. Your momentum stalls, your practice test scores stop going up, and no matter how much you keep studying, you don't seem to be making any progress. The key to getting un-stuck so that you can get off your prep plateau and continue growing toward your goals lies in the "Growth Formula" as laid out by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness in Peak Performance. In this episode we dissect their formula and reveal what may just be the secret ingredient for you to achieve the breakthrough you're looking for. Incidentally, the components of the Growth Formula will help you achieve excellence in all areas of your life to which you apply them. Even if you haven't [yet] hit a plateau as you're studying for your exam, the concepts and studies discussed here will help you optimize your preparation so that you can experience peak performance on test day.RESOURCES / LINKSPeak Performance, by Brad Stulberg and Steve MagnessComprehensive prep courses for the GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, and LSATSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 17: Nutrition Hacks for Improved Focus, Memory, and Mental Clarity, with Dr. Barrett DeubertEpisode 33: How to Get Started Again if Something Derails Your PrepEpisode 40: Proven Principles of Perfect Practice, with Mike BerginA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“The process of setting a goal on the outer boundaries of what we think is possible, and then systematically pursuing it, is one of the most fulfilling parts about being human.” — Brad StulbergConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
62. How to Read Faster Without Sacrificing Comprehension, with Bara Sapir
Aug 29 2022
62. How to Read Faster Without Sacrificing Comprehension, with Bara Sapir
Performing well on your standardized test becomes a whole lot easier if you can read faster while retaining more of what you read. As guest Bara Sapir, developer of the MindFlow Speed Reading Program, explains, that's a skill that can be developed with improved technique and practice — and by letting go of some of the common "bad" reading habits that you've likely developed to this point in your academic journey.If you're eager to get a leg up on the reading comprehension portion of your exam — or even to just read faster at work or for pleasure — learn from Bara as she shares:How reading is a skill that can be learned and improved, no matter your current ability;The bad reading habits of "fixation" and "subvocalization" and how to fix them;How many words per minute (wpm) you're likely currently reading, and how many wpm you need to shoot for on test day;Why getting lost in the details on a reading passage is slowing you down, and why it's not necessary for getting right answers anyway;The "finger technique" for getting your eyes to scan words more fluidly;How your brain will eventually catch up with your eyes as you train them to read more quickly;Reading tips for non-native English speakers;External factors (sleep, diet, etc.) that can influence your focus — and thus comprehension — while reading;And more!Contrary to common wisdom, improving your reading speed and comprehension is something you can do in a relatively short amount of time, provided you put in the time to learn the necessary skills and practice their implementation. Running out of time on the reading portion of your test doesn't have to be an issue for you any longer. Learn how to fix it in this episode.RESOURCES / LINKSTake MindFlow's free speed reading test: https://app.mindflowspeedreading.com/free/speed-readLearn more about the MindFlow Speed Reading Program and register: https://mindflowspeedreading.com.Comprehensive prep courses for the GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, LSAT and SATSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 39: What Should I Be Reading?Episode 13: Reading Comprehension Strategies for ESL Students (and Everyone Else!)Episode 15: Overcoming Test Anxiety, with Bara SapirA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” — ConfuciusConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
61. Priorities if You're Short on Study Time [Mailbag]
Jul 28 2022
61. Priorities if You're Short on Study Time [Mailbag]
It seems like there's never enough time to do all the things we want to in life. That can be especially true when it comes to preparing for your standardized test. You're busy: job, family, school, hobbies, etc. And yet, you need to carve out sufficient time to study effectively for your exam. But how?That's exactly the concern submitted by one of our students, Madeline, who wrote: "I am concerned about having enough time to study. I work full time (most weeks, more than 40 hrs a week)...and the math is a lot to take in and relearn.”Sound familiar?In this "mailbag" episode we address Madeline's hang-up and provide practical prep tips for students who fall into one of two categories:You don't have a lot of time to prepare for your standardized test because you're scheduled to take it in just a few weeks (or even days!);Your test date is still a ways off, but your days are super busy and you're not sure where you're going to find the time to fit in adequate studying.In a perfect world, you'd be able to drop everything and devote 100% of your time over the next couple months preparing for your exam. But that's not realistic. Yet, it's still possible to get a great score even if you're limited on study time -- provided you prioritize the right things and structure your study sessions optimally. By the end of this episode, you'll know how.Questions? Comments? Topic suggestions for future episodes? Reach out to us at support@dominatetestprep.com. We'd love to hear from you!SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 33: How to Get Started Again if Something Derails Your PrepEpisode 8: How I Raised My GMAT Score 120 Points, with Matt KunzlerEpisode 52: How to Stay Consistent With Your StudyingA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“If you want something done, ask a busy person.” — Benjamin FranklinConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
60. Why You Should Apply Round 1, with Linda Abraham
Jun 28 2022
60. Why You Should Apply Round 1, with Linda Abraham
Graduate schools generally have more than one application deadline throughout the year, and when you apply often impacts your likelihood of being admitted. Indeed, it's more important than ever that you apply as early as possible in the admission cycle, according to Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted -- especially given the expected increase in application volume resulting from trends in the current economic landscape.In this episode, Linda elaborates on that thesis as we discuss:The distinction between "rolling admissions" and "rounds" and the approximate application deadlines for each submission period;Why current economic trends (inflation, rising interest rates, impending recession) suggest that applying early (i.e. Round 1) is a good idea this application cycle;The benefits of applying Round 1 even in a "normal" year;Four (4) criteria to consider that will help you determine if you're ready to apply;How long it takes to put together a polished application;Why it's a mistake to rush an application just to meet Round 1 deadlines;Whether it's better to apply in later rounds this year or wait until Round 1 next year;And more!If you've already decided that graduate school is in your immediate future, there's no time to waste when it comes to getting your test score and starting to work on your applications. After listening to this episode and hearing what Linda has to share, you'll understand why. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSFrom the Accepted Blog: “When Should I Plan to Apply to Grad School? NOW!!!”Quiz - Are you ready for an MBA?Quiz - Are you ready for law school?Quiz - Are you ready for an Engineering degree?Quiz - Are you ready for med school?Contact Linda AbrahamPrepare for your standardized test with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 37: When is the Best Time to Take Your Exam?Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda AbrahamEpisode 3: Framework for a Successful Grad School Application, with Linda AbrahamA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” — Benjamin FranklinConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
59. Overcoming the Odds to Earn an MBA, with Darius Whitted
May 26 2022
59. Overcoming the Odds to Earn an MBA, with Darius Whitted
Darius Whitted was the first person in his family to go to college. Then, as if that weren't enough, he went on to earn his MBA from the Thomas School of Business at UNC Pembroke, graduating this Spring. Those accomplishments are impressive in their own right, to be sure. But what makes Darius's educational journey even more remarkable is that Darius has been paralyzed since the age of three.In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, Darius shares his inspiring story of overcoming the obstacles that life has thrown at him in pursuit of a brighter future. He believes that he can make a positive difference in the world through business, and there can be little doubt that with his positive attitude and can-do spirit — and his newly-earned MBA degree! — he will do just that.Getting an advanced degree can be challenging. After listening to Darius, hopefully you come away realizing that if he can defy the odds and do it, you can, too. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKS[Article] Learn more about Darius's story: "Graduate Student Overcomes Unbelievable Odds to Degree"Learn more about The University of North Carolina at PembrokeConnect with Darius on LinkedInConnect with Darius on FacebookSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 51: Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag ShemmassianEpisode 43: What Corporate Recruiters are Looking For, with Jemima MakisEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” — Robert A. HeinleinConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
58. Current Trends in Graduate Business Education, with Barbara Coward
May 13 2022
58. Current Trends in Graduate Business Education, with Barbara Coward
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recently released the results of its Prospective Students Survey 2022, a tool used to provide graduate business schools with critical insights into the decision-making processes of people currently considering applying to a graduate management education (GME) program. Many of the findings are valuable for applicants as well, as they shed light on current trends in the business school industry and paint a picture of the education landscape students will be navigating over the next few years.To help unpack some of the report's most interesting results, we've invited MBA admissions consultant Barbara Coward, founder of MBA 360 Admissions, to share her perspective. We discuss:The current state of graduate business education in a post-pandemic world;Why 4 out of 5 respondents still see significant value in a business degree;Acknowledged barriers to going back to school;The relative desire for 1-year vs. 2-year MBA programs, and whether U.S. business schools are ever likely to move to a 1-year model;The role of hybrid learning in the future given respondents' strong preferences for in-person learning;Where test-optional policies stand;Triggers for students deciding to go back to school;And more!This year's report is chock-full of interesting data about current trends in the GME space. With Barbara's help, we do a thorough job of distilling some of the most salient insights for you. But if you also want to hear the GMAC's perspective on their own survey, you can attend their webinar on May 18, 2022 where they will further discuss key findings.RESOURCES / LINKSSummary Report: GMAC Prospective Students Survey 2022GMAC Prospective Students Survey 2022 - Deans SummaryGMAC Prospective Students Survey 2022 - InfographicReport: Post-GMA Career AspirationsContact Barbara Coward, founder of MBA 360 AdmissionsContact Brett Ethridge, founder of Dominate Test PrepRegister for complete prep courses for the GMAT, GRE, or Executive AssessmentSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 23: Connect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
57. How to Prepare for the Executive Assessment
Apr 28 2022
57. How to Prepare for the Executive Assessment
The Executive Assessment (EA) is different from other standardized tests in a number of important ways. As such, the way you need to prepare for the EA is distinct in several key respects as well. In this episode we highlight those unique aspects of the exam and lay out a game plan for preparing for the Executive Assessment, including:The "EA Success Triad" -- three interrelated components that are integral to studying effectively for the EA;Key differentiators between the Executive Assessment and other standardized tests, and the preparation mindset you should adopt as a result;Which of the three sections of the exam to prioritize with your study time (hint: it's probably not what you think!);Recommended resources for learning the content and test-taking strategies necessary for a high EA score;Go-to sources of EA practice problems and practice tests;And more!If you're applying for an EMBA or MBA and need to take the Executive Assessment, you'll come away from this episode knowing exactly what you need to do to prepare effectively and dominate the EA on test day. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSFree Executive Assessment QuizBuy Official EA Practice Tests and Official EA Practice Questions from the GMACAdditional EA practice via the GMAT Official GuideNon-Standard EA math strategies: "Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid on the Executive Assessment"Complete Executive Assessment Prep Course from Dominate Test PrepContact UsSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 55: Key Differences Between the Executive Assessment and GMATEpisode 35: Understanding the Executive Assessment, with Manish Dharia of the GMACEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“Don’t wait for the fear to be gone. That day will never come. Feel the fear — and then do it anyway.”  — Holly Tree RichardsonConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
56. How to Use Practice Tests (and What to Avoid), with Vinay Narang
Mar 8 2022
56. How to Use Practice Tests (and What to Avoid), with Vinay Narang
Love 'em or dread 'em, practice tests are an essential and invaluable part of preparing well for your standardized test. They reveal your strengths and weaknesses, help you hone your time management, get you comfortable with the testing experience, and so much more. Yes, practice tests are important -- but only if you use them correctly. In this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, we'll show you how.Joined by special guest Vinay Narang of GMAT Genius, we cover:The role that practice tests should play in your test preparation;How to overcome the fear of taking your first practice test -- and what to expect in terms of results;How many practice tests you should plan to take, and when you should take them;Why there is often variability in your practice test results;What to do immediately after taking a practice test, and how to assess your relative strengths and weaknesses;Why keeping an error log isn't overly helpful, and what to do instead;What it means if your real exam score is lower than your practice test scores;Tips for ensuring that your practice test experience simulates the real test-day experience as much as possible;How to know when you're ready to schedule your official exam;No-no's when taking a practice test (things to avoid);And more!Whether you're just starting your test prep journey and are gearing up to take your first practice test or you've already taken a bunch of practice tests and are wondering what to do next, the insight Vinay shares in this podcast will point you in the right direction. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSOfficial GMAT Practice Tests (2 Free)How to Get the Free GRE Practice Tests from ETSOfficial Executive Assessment Practice TestsLawHub - Official LSAT Practice TestsAll About the GMATContact UsSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 6: Test Mastery Pt.2: Customizing Your Study Plan, with Vinay NarangEpisode 31: Do's and Don'ts for Reviewing Your Practice Test ResultsEpisode 40: Proven Principles of Perfect Practice, with Mike BerginEpisode 15: Overcoming Test Anxiety, with Bara SapirEpisode 11: Connect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
55. Key Differences Between the Executive Assessment and GMAT
Feb 22 2022
55. Key Differences Between the Executive Assessment and GMAT
Applying to business school? You'll likely need to take either the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) for admission. The two exams are similar in many ways, as the EA was developed by the same organization that created and administers the GMAT exam. But the EA and GMAT are also very different in several key ways -- and understanding those differences is crucial for you in deciding which exam to prepare for.In this episode we provide a brief history of each test so that you better understand what they are designed to accomplish in the context of MBA / EMBA admissions. We then explain important differences between the Executive Assessment and GMAT in five areas:Who should take each exam based on the type of graduate business program you're applying to;Philosophical differences between the two tests, and what it means in terms of how to prepare and what score to target;The relative importance of the Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT vs. EA, with tips for studying for it;Content differences;Format differences, including how the adaptive algorithm differs for each exam and what it means for you in terms of navigating the sections.As you'll learn, it would be a mistake to simply think of the Executive Assessment as an "easier" version of the GMAT, or as "GMAT Lite" as some have called it. To the contrary, the EA is its own entity designed for a specific type of MBA applicant. By the end of this episode, you'll know whether or not that's you!FREE EXECUTIVE ASSESSMENT QUIZWhat are you in store for on the Executive Assessment? Take our free 6-question EA Quiz to find out!https://www.dominatetestprep.com/what's-on-the-eaRESOURCES / LINKSGMAT vs. EA: Which Exam Should You Take? [YouTube]GMAC Official Site: "How the Executive Assessment is Structured"From mba.com: GMAT Exam StructureComplete Executive Assessment Prep CourseComprehensive GMAT Prep CourseContact Brett Ethridge at Dominate Test PrepSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 35: Understanding the Executive Assessment, with Manish DhariaEpisode 53: LSAT vs. GRE for Law School Admissions, with Dave HallEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 41: Connect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
54. What to Do if You Get Stuck on a Question [Mailbag]
Jan 31 2022
54. What to Do if You Get Stuck on a Question [Mailbag]
We've all been there: You're cruising along on your exam, slaying questions, feeling good, and then boom, you're presented with a question that you're not quite sure how to answer. Your mind goes blank. You can't figure out how to make inroads. You're stuck.So what do you do?You follow the 5-step game plan that we lay out in this episode to get unstuck on challenging questions. These tips and strategies won't guarantee that you'll get a right answer; some questions are just plain hard. But employing these methods will at least give you a fighting chance. More than that, they'll keep you in the right frame of mind so that you're able to perform your best on the rest of the exam as well.Oh, and be sure to listen all the way to the end where we share an invaluable way to avoid getting stuck in the first place. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSWatch the complete solution to the sample probability question ("Triangle Inscribed in a Circle") discussed in this episode.Register for one of Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive prep courses.Contact Us.SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 29: How to Answer Questions FasterEpisode 38: 3 Ways to Worry Less for Better Test-Day PerformanceEpisode 6: Test Mastery Part 2 -- Customizing Your Study PlanA DOSE OF MOTIVATION:“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike TysonConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
53. LSAT vs. GRE for Law School Admissions, with Dave Hall
Dec 17 2021
53. LSAT vs. GRE for Law School Admissions, with Dave Hall
The American Bar Association (ABA) made a major ruling earlier this month allowing law schools to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admissions decisions. While this opens the door to a larger potential applicant pool, there are a lot of factors you need to consider when determining whether to take the LSAT or GRE when applying to law school. To dissect this major announcement by the ABA and help you make the best decision possible for which standardized test to take, we're joined in this episode by Dave Hall, expert LSAT instructor and law school admissions guru, as we discuss:Why the ABA's decision even matters given that some law schools have already been accepting the GRE for a number of years;Changes taking place within the law school admissions landscape and the motivation behind this move by the ABA;What law school admissions officers are really looking for in an applicant;Whether the GRE is as predictive of law school success as the LSAT — and if it even matters;The format of the LSAT exam and the core competencies it tests;The format of the GRE exam and the core competencies it tests;Key differences between the two tests, and which type of law school applicant is perfectly suited to take the GRE instead of the LSAT;Why there's still a bias toward the LSAT and what it means for applicants looking to earn scholarships to law school (and other practical reasons some applicants should take the LSAT instead of the GRE);The mindset you should take into preparing for whichever exam you choose (hint: law school is hard);And more!Before beginning to prepare in earnest for either the LSAT or GRE, listen to the perspective Dave brings to this important decision. What he shares may confirm what you're already thinking or prompt you to switch gears and go another direction. Either way, you'll come away from this episode with clarity about your key decision points so that you can make the best choice for you between the LSAT vs. GRE for law school.RESOURCES / LINKSArticle: "ABA Gives Law Schools Go-Ahead to Use GRE"Free LSAT Practice TestsFree GRE Practice TestsRegister for Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive GRE Prep Course, taught by Brett EthridgeRegister for Dominate Test Prep's comprehensive LSAT Prep Course, taught by Dave HallContact UsSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 30: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Law School, with Dave HallEpisode 44: Connect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
52. 5 Tips for Staying Consistent with your Studying [Mailbag]
Nov 18 2021
52. 5 Tips for Staying Consistent with your Studying [Mailbag]
There's no doubt that consistency is crucial when it comes to preparing effectively for your standardized test. Miss even a few days, and it can feel like you're starting all over again when you do get back on track with your studying.But how can you ensure that you're taking consistent daily action?We tackle that head-on in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast as we address the following request from loyal-listener Nina: "If you could please give me a few tips on how I can manage to study everyday as persistence is important (which I lacked and I have come to realize it)...that would be great."If you're struggling with maintaining forward momentum toward your test-day goals, you'll benefit from these five (5) tips for staying consistent with your studying. As your consistency improves, so will your score on test day. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSAt the beginning of this episode we share The Daffodil Principle to highlight the value of consistency. You can read more about it here.As always, visit dominatetestprep.com to register for one of our top-rated prep courses.SIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these related episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 1: Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized TestEpisode 8: How I Raised my GMAT Score 120 Points, with Matt KunzlerA DOSE OF MOTIVATION“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — ConfuciusConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
51. Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian
Oct 14 2021
51. Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian
Achieving the highest levels of education is challenging even under the best of circumstances. But if you’re dealing with a learning disability or other life challenges? Then it can be even harder. Yet, success is possible — even likely — if you adopt the right mindset and take advantage of the opportunities and accommodations afforded to you on your journey.In this episode, hear the inspiring story of Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting, who overcame Tourette Syndrome en route to getting a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. An expert in mental health, Dr. Shemmassian shares valuable insight and first-hand experience to help guide students through the admissions process and succeed in school — and life — while dealing with various conditions. Specifically, in this episode we discuss:Dr. Shemmassian’s own journey from being diagnosed with Tourette’s as a child to success as a pre-med student and ultimately earning his Ph.D. and launching an international consulting firm;Common learning disabilities students deal with, and the important distinction between the condition itself and the impairment it manifests;How impairments can change over time, and what it may mean for you during different phases of your educational and career journey;Accommodations that are available to students with disabilities, both for taking standardized tests and once they get on campus;Tips for how to address your condition — if at all — during the application process;How to handle the desire to “hide,” and where to find the fuel to achieve your goals;Why you shouldn’t be reluctant to take advantage of any accommodations that may be available to you, and a more helpful mindset to adopt with respect to your difference;And more!A learning disability doesn’t have to limit you as you’re pursuing your educational and life goals. Countless people have overcome incredible obstacles to achieve the highest levels of success, and you can, too. Whether you have a learning condition or not, you’ll be inspired by Dr. Shemmassian’s story and learn important keys to unlocking your own potential. Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKS[Video] Dr. Shirag Shemmassian shares his story of Living with Tourette SyndromeConnect with Shemmassian Academic ConsultingMeet Ibrahim Hamadtou, the double-amputee Egyptian ping-pong champion who plays with the paddle in his mouthBoost your standardized test score with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep coursesSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 17: Nutrition Hacks for Improved Focus, Memory, and Mental Clarity, with DrConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.
50. What Good Are Standardized Tests Anyway? [Mailbag]
Sep 22 2021
50. What Good Are Standardized Tests Anyway? [Mailbag]
Be honest. Do any of these sentiments about standardized tests resonate with you?"Standardized tests are pointless.""I'm so much more than my test score.""I know I'm smart, I'm just not a good test taker.""Studying for this exam is ruining my life.""Can't I show my readiness some other way?"Or, as one person commented on our YouTube channel: "The GRE is stupid!"Whatever your beliefs about the standardized test you're preparing for, at some point you've likely questioned why you have to take it in the first place. In this episode, we address this concern head-on.In addition to sharing several of the most important reasons your target schools require you to take a standardized test for admission, we suggest a more constructive way of thinking about your exam altogether. Having a positive mindset matters. We want to shift your thinking about your test so that you attack it as the opportunity it is. As the great Jim Rohn said, "Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better." Enjoy!RESOURCES / LINKSIn this episode we reference validity studies demonstrating the usefulness of standardized tests for predicting future success in the classroom. Here are links for several of the most common exams if you'd like to dive deeper.[GRE] Validity Evidence: Predicting Success in Graduate Education[GMAT] Predicting Student Success in Quantitative Masters Programs: A Meta-Analysis[LSAT] Predictive Validity of the LSAT: Summary of 2017, 2018, and 2019 LSAT Correlation Studies[SAT] Validity of the SAT for Predicting First-Year Grades and Retention to the Second YearSIMILAR EPISODESIf you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:Episode 44: Tangential Benefits of a High Test ScoreEpisode 42: GMAT vs. GRE for MBA AdmissionsEpisode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College AdmissionsEpisode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyA DOSE OF MOTIVATIONGod, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.— Serenity prayer, by Reinhold NiebuhrConnect with Us Get more free content on the DTP YouTube Channel Register for a comprehensive prep course (GMAT Focus, Executive Assessment, GRE, LSAT)Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Questions? Comments? Email us at support@dominatetestprep.com.