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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!

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!

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United States

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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!

Language:

English

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720-251-3936


Episodes

51. Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian

10/14/2021
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...

Duration:00:42:03

50. What Good Are Standardized Tests Anyway? [Mailbag]

9/22/2021
Be honest. Do any of these sentiments about standardized tests resonate with you? 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...

Duration:00:26:36

49. Entrepreneurship and the MBA, with Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao

8/24/2021
The MBA degree is often thought of as helping people advance their careers in the corporate world. But is it also beneficial for entrepreneurs? In the case of Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao, co-founders of Flora Colombia, the answer is a resounding yes! In this episode they share their fascinating story of meeting at EDHEC Business School, conceiving the idea of going into business together, and applying lessons from their MBA to the "real world" of running an international e-commerce...

Duration:00:43:10

48. Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary Lanni

8/3/2021
There's nothing quite like a college campus. Each one is so unique and different -- some in the city, some more rural; some with gothic architecture, some modern; some with a vibrant party scent, others more academic-focused. Like different flavors of ice cream, each campus appeals to different types of people. And that's why it's so important that you visit the campuses of the schools you're planning to apply to see if the particular "flavor" is right for you. In this episode, educational...

Duration:00:33:49

47. How to Tackle Short-Answer Application Essays, with Hillary Schubach

7/20/2021
Application essays are an important part of the admissions process for all levels of higher education. Nearly all programs will ask you to write at least one "long" essay on a topic of their choosing. But many schools will also include one or more "short" essay prompts -- either required or optional -- that provide you with an opportunity to share additional bits of information about your candidacy. And don't be fooled! Just because these essays are short, they still require careful...

Duration:00:48:02

46. Is it Time to Throw in the Towel? [Mailbag]

7/7/2021
If you've taken the same standardized test multiple times and your score isn't improving appreciably, you might be wondering whether there's still hope for you or if perhaps you've reached your upper limit. That's the question we address in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast in response to Dan, who sent the following e-mail: "After writing the [GMAT] exam 3 times, I am beginning to wonder if the 700 is just wishful thinking. Is it worth trying one more time?" There...

Duration:00:26:05

45. How to Pay for School Without Going Broke, with Peter Lampert

6/8/2021
Let’s talk about money. Specifically, let’s talk about how you’re going to pay for your college / graduate education. If you’ve decided to go back to school, presumably you’ve determined that the benefits of higher education more than justify the costs. Yet, those costs still need to be paid. But what’s the best way to fund your education expenses? And can you do so without burning through all of your savings or jeopardizing your retirement? To help answer these crucial questions, we’ve...

Duration:00:46:33

44. Tangential Benefits of a High Test Score [Mailbag]

5/24/2021
You want to do well on your standardized test to get in to your target school/program. That's a given. But a high test score can also benefit you in other ways -- perhaps even helping you to land a high-paying job upon graduation. We talk about that in answering the following "mailbag" question submitted by Braden, who asks: "Is it true that consulting firms ask for your GMAT score during the job interview process? If so, is that a reason to take the GMAT instead of the GRE?" In addition...

Duration:00:19:54

43. What Corporate Recruiters are Looking For, with Jemima Makis

5/3/2021
While people go back to school for a variety of reasons, in many cases it's to enhance their career prospects with the long-term goal of landing a great job upon graduation. But what goes in to getting that dream job? What are the steps in the hiring process? Should you pursue an internship first? What exactly are potential employers looking for in candidates and what can you do to stand out from your competitors? To help answer these and other questions about the corporate recruiting...

Duration:00:46:41

42. GMAT vs. GRE for MBA Admissions

4/14/2021
You've decided that you're going to business school. Congratulations! That's step 1. Now you need to decide which standardized test you're going to take as part of the admissions process, the GMAT or the GRE. While similar in a number of ways, the two exams differ in several key ways, and you want to ensure that you take the one that gives you the best shot at getting a competitive score. This episode compares and contrasts the two tests and gives you important things to consider so that you...

Duration:00:40:03

41. SAT vs. ACT for College Admissions, with Amy Seeley

3/18/2021
You have a decision to make when choosing which standardized test to take when applying to college. Should you take the SAT or the ACT? To help you make the most informed decision possible, we've invited Amy Seeley, founder of Seeley Test Pros, to discuss the key differences between the two exams and to overall help you choose the one that's best for you. In this episode you'll hear us discuss: If you're a freshman or sophomore in high school and you're still unsure about whether to take...

Duration:00:42:40

40. Proven Principles of Perfect Practice, with Mike Bergin

3/2/2021
The great American football coach Vince Lombardi famously said, "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect." When it comes to preparing for your standardized test, practice is obviously an important component of your ultimate success. But how you practice matters. So what are the components of "perfect" practice and what should you be doing to ensure that your practice sessions are as effective as possible and will translate to a high score on test day? To help shed...

Duration:00:40:15

39. What Should I Be Reading? [Mailbag]

2/16/2021
The better you are at reading, the better you'll do on your standardized test. And the more you read, the better you'll get at reading. But what should you be reading? That's the question we seek to answer in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, in response to the following e-mail we recently received from one of our listeners: "I want to start reading and I bought Pride and Prejudice and OMG!!!!!!!!!! It is the most boring book I ever read, so I stop. Do you have any...

Duration:00:21:51

38. 3 Ways to Worry Less for Better Test-Day Performance

1/21/2021
Worry is a natural human emotion. But it doesn't serve you well when preparing for your standardized test and it doesn't have to be your story on test day. Doing well on your exam involves winning what we call the inner game of testing, and learning to control your anxiety so that you can perform with calm, equanimity, and confidence is a huge part of getting a high score. In this episode of the Dominate Test Prep Podcast we examine the concept of worry and share three proven ways that you...

Duration:00:28:44

37. When is the Best Time to Take Your Exam?

1/5/2021
Determining when to take your standardized test shouldn't be an arbitrary decision. But while there are a number of important factors to consider, it turns out that there is an ideal time to prepare for and take your exam -- and this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast will lay it all out for you. Specifically, we discuss four key considerations that apply to test takers for all standardized tests. We then drill down and walk through a specific example showing how you can work...

Duration:00:29:34

36. Logical Fallacies from the Mouth of an 8-Year-Old

12/22/2020
Sometimes the best way to learn something is to strip it down to its most basic elements. That's exactly what we've done in this episode to help you better understand logical arguments, key to getting a high score on many standardized tests. Host Brett Ethridge shares several revealing -- and funny! -- arguments that his 8-year-old son has made to tease out some common reasoning fallacies and help you more easily identify an argument's underlying assumption(s). After unpacking key learnings...

Duration:00:36:30

35. Understanding the Executive Assessment, with Manish Dharia (GMAC)

12/7/2020
The Executive Assessment (EA) is an exam used by a growing number of top business schools around the world for admission to a variety of MBA and graduate business programs. As it has gained traction and become a viable alternative to the GMAT during the application process in some cases, inquiring minds want to know: What is the Executive Assessment all about, how is it used during the application process, and what's the best way to prepare for it? To help answer these questions -- and more...

Duration:00:41:55

34. How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda Abraham

11/10/2020
One of the first and most important decisions you need to make on your higher education journey is determining which schools and programs to apply to. Once you figure that out, much of the rest of the application process starts to fall into place. Yet, deciding where to apply isn't always straightforward. There are a lot of factors to consider. To help shed light on this important topic, we are joined in this episode by Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted, who shares anecdotes, insight, and...

Duration:00:43:03

33. How to Get Started Again if Something Derails Your Prep [Mailbag]

11/2/2020
Life happens. No matter how hard you try to stay consistent with your test preparation, sometimes you get sidetracked and need to figure out how to get going again. Indeed, that's the question at the heart of this week's Mailbag Monday episode, as submitted by Jayant: "What do I do if something derails my prep? How do I reset and get started again?" In this episode I share a 5-part plan to help you get back on track -- and stay on track -- so that you can put your exam in the rearview...

Duration:00:14:54

32. Should You Retake Your Exam?

10/13/2020
You've invested time, effort, and money preparing for and taking your standardized test, and unfortunately the first attempt didn't quite go as planned. So, what now? Should you retake it? Or just apply with the score you have? The answer to those questions isn't quite as straightforward as it may seem. Even if you were assured of improving the next time around, a higher score may not be necessary to get you accepted to your target program(s). There's a lot to consider when thinking about...

Duration:00:26:30