Now that BlackBerry App World is now available in the UAE, this is a great time to prepare for the GMAT mobily. Check out some of the best apps available on the web and learn how you should integrate them into your preparation.
Official GMAT App
Official GMAT Mobile App for iPhone and iPad
The makers of the GMAT have put together this app to help you with your studying and is easily available for download from the Mac App Store. This app is a best buy for students that have not bought the Official Guide to the GMAT, 12th edition. Be sure to buy the additional bundles because you'll go through 50 questions quite quickly. If you have purchased the OG, you will see the same problems contained in the OG, so you don't need to buy this one.
Price: $4.99 (AED 18) for a starter pack of 50 questions, $9.99 (AED 37) for additional 250 question bundles
Math for GMAT App
Math for GMAT for BlackBerry
The number of GMAT BlackBerry apps available is limited, but we managed to find this gem. This app has more than 1,000 math questions to help your studying. While they aren't great reproductions of GMAT questions, these questions are perfect for students who need more foundation in the wide number of mathematical categories the GMAT tests.
Price: $9.99 (AED 37)
Veritas Prep App
Veritas Prep App for iPhone and iPad
Not to be outdone, Veritas Prep also has launched its own app. The app offers timed and untimed practice on specific question types for targeted practice as well as an exam format that allows you to work on assorted questions. There are a number of benefits to downloading this app. First, you get access to proprietary Veritas questions that are only available if you take the course. Students scoring in the 650-700 range will find these problems challenging (unlike many of the OG questions). Second, it's free--a great value for those students who haven't been recession proof. Third, there is also an MBA admissions predictor that can help your refine your business school shortlist. The only downside? No version for BlackBerry.
Crimson Oak Academy GMAT App
Crimson Oak Academy GMAT App for BlackBerry
This app offers a reasonable number of questions for BlackBerry users. We haven't tested it, so email us with your feedback.
Download from http://crimsonoakacademy.com/apps/GMAT_for_blackberry
GMAT ToolKit App
GMAT ToolKit for iPhone and iPad
This app is one of the best selling in the Mac App Store and for good reason. The GMAT Club's ToolKit offers questions from different test prep companies including the Princeton Review, Knewton, and Veritas Prep. There are flashcards for memorizing certain concepts (this is especially helpful for learning geometry formulas). You can also collate your digital books and materials though one user interface. Although the price is a bit high for an app, it may very well be worth it.
Price: $19.99 (updated June 26th: This app now costs $24.99! AED 92)
330 GMAT Math Questions App
330 GMAT Math Questions for iPhone and iPad
Although not provided by a reputable test prep company, these questions from TotalTestPrep are plentiful and cheap enough to be worth picking up. High scorers will notice that they have seen a lot of the questions in a few variations before. However, getting this problem set is better than buying another book you may not use.
Price: $0.99 (AED 4)
Beat the GMAT Flashcards App
Beat the GMAT Flashcards for iPhone and iPad
This free app is totally worth the money you spend on it. It provides about 300 extra practice test questions for you to work. Use these after you have gone through the OG and done other studying because Beat the GMAT questions aren't the best reflections of the actual GMAT.
TestSoup Flashcards for BlackBerry
We're not a huge fan of flashcards (in order to improve your critical thinking, you need to see new problems that test the same concepts in different ways) but the TestSoup Flashcards may be helpful for GMAT students addicted to their BlackBerries. Visit the main site for more info: http://www.testsoup.com/test/4/
How to Use Apps in Your Studying
Apps are helpful for giving you additional practice on the go. Do a few problems while on the Metro, waiting for a meeting to begin, or pretending to be working. Apps are in addition to your regular studying, not instead of your regular studying. Buy the Official Guide, contact APPLY ME for private GMAT tutoring, and stay in the GMAT mindset with these mobile apps.
Columbia essays are out!
Columbia Business School essays have just been released for the next application cycle.
Our tip: Decide on your MBA specialization prior to writing your essays to ensure that you stay focused on how you are a good fit for the program.
* Short Answer Question: What is your post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)
1. Considering your post-MBA and long term professional goals, why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Additionally, why is Columbia Business School a good fit for you? (750 words maximum)
2. Describe a life experience that has shaped you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (500 words maximum)
3. For the third essay, please choose one of the following three options:
Option A: The annual A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition is a student initiative managed and run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). The competition encourages Columbia MBA students to explore creative, entrepreneurial ideas that are sufficiently ambitious in scope and scale to be considered "outrageous." Students explore these ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal. Develop your own outrageous business idea. In essay form, compose your elevator pitch. (250 words maximum)
Option B: Columbia deeply values its vibrant student community, the building of which begins at orientation when admitted students are assigned to clusters of 65 to 70 fellow students who take most of the first-year core classes together. During the first weeks of school, each cluster selects a cluster chair. Further strengthening the student community are the more than 100 active student organizations at Columbia Business School, ranging from cultural to professional to community service-oriented. Leadership positions within clusters and clubs offer hands-on management and networking opportunities for students as they interact with fellow students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and practitioners. You are running for either cluster chair or a club leadership position of your choosing. Compose your campaign speech. (250 words maximum)
Option C: Founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program at Columbia Business School integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include more than a dozen experts in areas ranging from media and investment banking to private equity and management. A hallmark of the program is one-on-one counseling sessions in which executives advise students about their prospective career choices. Select one of the current executives in residence with whom your would like to meet during your time at Columbia. Explain your selection and tell us how you would best utilize your half hour one-on-one session. (250 words maximum)
January 2012 Entry: October 5, 2011
August 2012 Entry: April 11, 2012 (October 5th for Early Decision)
Need help with your Columbia essays? Have your essays reviewed by our American editors. Apply with your best essays after brainstorming sessions. essay editing, and revision discussions for only AED 1,100! Read more about our essay editing services or email us for more info.
HBS essays are out!
Harvard Business School essays and deadlines have just been released for the next application cycle.
Our tip: Apply in Round 1 to maximize your chances of getting accepted.
1. Tell us about three of your accomplishments. (600 words)
2. Tell us three setbacks you have faced. (600 words)
3. Why do you want an MBA? (400 words)
4. Answer a question you wish we'd asked. (400 words)
Round 1: Monday, October 3, 2011
Round 2: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Round 3: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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SAT test dates in Dubai for the next cycle are finally out! Plan your preparation accordingly.
* October 1, 2011
* November 5, 2011
* December 3, 2011
* January 28, 2012
* May 5, 2012
* June 2, 2012
Important information for international registration deadlines that applies to students in Dubai:
* International registration must be completed by 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time (about 8 hours behind Dubai).
* There is no late registration for international testing.
* The SAT is not offered in March outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories.
For more information, visit the College Board website. Contact APPLY ME to reserve your space in private tutoring for the October 1st exam. We'll start in the middle of August so contact us during the beginning of August.
Here's a question we are asked frequently:
How do I register to take the GMAT in Dubai?
To create an account and register for the GMAT in Dubai:
Keep in mind:
Testing is offered at two locations in Dubai: New Horizons in Bur Dubai and Society of Engineers in Deira.
New Horizons Learning Center in Bur Dubai
The Business Center Building, 2nd Floor, Office 201
Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Waleed S (Bank S)
Opposite Burjuman Mall
Test Center Directions: On Bank Street (Khalid Bin Waleed Street), the first building on the right side after new train roundabout directly coming from Al-Maktom Bridge, opposite Burjuman Centre. Near Burjuman Metro Station.
Society of Engineers in Deira
Society of Engineers UAE Bldg.
Al Wuheida St. Street 46
Al Mamzar, Deira
Beside Automobile & Touring Club or opposite Mamzar Bowling Center
Test Center Directions: If you are coming from Sheikh Zayed Road, take Garhoud Bridge towards Sharjah and when you reach Al Mulla Plaza signal you have to turn left (towards Al Mamzar or Al Wuheida). From there, go 1st signal, right (You will see Dubai Islamic Bank on your right side before the first signal.). On that street, you will see Aluminium & Glass-Rounded Building on your left side – that is SOE.
If you are coming from Sharjah, take Dubai-Sharjah Road towards Al Mulla Plaza. When you reach Al Mulla Plaza Signal, you have to turn right (towards Al Mamzar or Al Wuheida). From there, go 1st signal, right (You will see Dubai Islamic Bank at your Right Side before the first signal.). On that Street you will see Aluminium & Glass-Rounded Building on your Left side – that is SOE.
Be sure to book your test in advance because spots can fill quickly. You'll get an unofficial score as soon as you complete the test, but you'll have to wait one month to take it again.
If you just want to check the available test dates and appointments without registering, click here.
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