College Board has just released a new printable SAT calendar for the upcoming 2011-2012 test dates. Click the picture below to download. I know what's going on my wall...make sure it's on yours!
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This post has been updated. Click here for the latest information on how to register for the GED in Dubai.
Here's a question we are asked frequently:
How do I register to take the GED in Dubai?
You have two options for registering for the GED in Dubai: online and in person.
1. Go to http://securereg3.prometric.com/.
2. Under Step 1: Select your testing program menu, select 'GED - General Educational Development'.
3. Under Step 2: Select your region, select 'UNITED ARAB EMIRATES' for country. Click next.
4. Click Schedule Your Exam.
5. Read the information and click next.
6. Read the Policy Notice, select 'I Agree' and click next.
7. Select your exam. If this is your first time taking the GED, you
8. Find the Knowledge Village test site by entering 'dubai, uae' in the search bar. Click 'Schedule an Exam.'
9. Click one of the options to search for an appointment during the month you want to take the exam.
10. Select a date and the available time.
11. Enter all of your information into the required fields. Your GED ID is: DDMMYYCCC. DDMMYY is your six digit birth date while CCC is the three digit code of the country where you are taking the test. The code for the UAE is 591. Keep your GED ID because you will need it to register for future tests!
12. Enter your credit card information to pay for the exam.
13. Review and confirm your appointment.
14. Be sure to print your confirmation and directions if you need them (although you will receive an email with the same information.
15. Don't forget your passport on test day!
Note: You cannot take the GED online. Do not visit or pay to take the GED on websites that promise online exams. These are scams.
In Person Registration
1. Visit Amideast in Knowledge Village, Block 2B, Office G-01B.
2. Complete the forms in the office. Be sure to bring your passport and cash.
3. Schedule your test appointment. If you register in person, you must wait 5 weeks until your test. If you register online, you can take the test within 2 weeks based on availability.
Please note that we no longer offer GED preparation.
Stanford essays are out!
Stanford Business School essays and deadlines have just been released for the next application cycle.
Our tip: Follow the recommended word maximums and get close to the maximum word count without going over.
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,800 words.
1. What matters most to you, and why? (750 words maximum)
2. What do you want to do--REALLY--and why Stanford? (450 words maximum)
3. Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years. (300 words maximum each)
Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
Option C: Tell us a about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative.
Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined or established.
Round 1: Ocotber 12, 2011
Round 2: January 11, 2012
Round 3: April 4, 2012
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School will be out soon in Dubai, so it's time for you to start planning your summer school visits. If you happen to be visiting the United States, we recommend that you visit a couple of Ivy League universities to see the best the U.S. has to offer in education. Originally, the term "Ivy League" applied to the athletic division these colleges and universities sports teams competed in, but for many years Ivy League universities have been widely regarded as the top and most competitive universities in the U.S.
Here is a list of Ivy League colleges and universities in alphabetical order. Click on the links to jump start your college research.
Other "Ivy League equivalents"--schools that are not technically in the Ivy League but are considered to provide a similar standard of education include:
Although Ivy League schools are stretch schools for everyone (meaning the application process is so competitive), they are worth visiting because they are considered the best America has to offer. If you intend to visit one of these unis, be sure to attend the official information session and campus tour.
In an earlier post, we reviewed GMAT apps that can be useful in your studying. We found more and more apps popping up on the web during our search, so we felt it would also be helpful to tell you which ones aren't worth buying or downloading. Keep in mind that even well reviewed apps can be of limited use depending on your situation. All of the comments below are strictly our opinions based on extensive experience teaching the GMAT and analyzing actual GMAT questions to become more effective tutors.
Kaplan GMAT Flashcards
Although Kaplan is a very reputable test prep company, this app is a bit of a letdown. The app provides questions like "What is a participle?" that won't really help you identify a participle on the sentence correction questions. No actual practice questions are included in the flashcards and, after a few rounds, the flashcards won't be helpful anymore. Anyone who has already started their studying will find this app too basic to be useful.
GMAT Connect by Watermelon Express
This app is produced by a startup company that has been profiled by BusinessWeek since it was started while it's founders were completing their MBAs. Although the app seems to have a lot of features, we're skeptical about the authenticity of the actual questions. Writing good GMAT questions that simulate those you will see on the actual test takes analysis. Leading test prep companies, such as the Princeton Review, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on researching techniques and developing the most authentic test questions available. We just don't think a startup would have thoroughly analyzed and created questions that will help you improve your GMAT score. More practice isn't necessarily better.
GRE and GMAT Vocabulary Builder
Vocabulary is extremely unimportant on the verbal section of the GMAT. Two-thirds of your questions will be based on logical reasoning rather than word knowledge. The other questions are grammar based. While increasing your vocabulary is always a good idea, don't waste study time with it.
Other Apps to Avoid Because They Don't Come from Reputable Test Prep Companies
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