The GMAT is a test you can prepare for. It is not an intelligence test. With the GMAT, more than with any other standardized test, having a clear and targeted strategy for your preparation will help you get a high score, while also allowing you to juggle your other priorities. If you’re applying to business school, you probably have a lot on your plate, and need your test preparation to be effective and efficient.
You might be wondering why we’re so confident the GMAT can be mastered. The reason is simple: Because question types recur frequently, knowing instantly which methodologies to apply to each type of question dramatically improves scores. In essence, it allows you to know at a glance what the test is looking for. Your success on the GMAT depends on your ability to:
- Master content and recognize question types
- Strategically leverage the best materials for your specific needs
- Adopt a data-driven approach to diagnostic assessment
Our tutors are experts at guiding students through these challenges. We also understand the make-or-break importance of the GMAT and we're dedicated to helping you beat the exam. Before you even meet with your tutor, we assess your strengths and weaknesses on a diagnostic exam. Based on your results, your tutor will construct a customized syllabus in advance of your first session. Please view a sample syllabus that describes our 16 session Comprehensive Package. While your syllabus will be tailored to your unique needs, this roadmap provides a detailed example of how a Cambridge Coaching tutor will work to customize and structure your tutoring.
Here are just some of the advantages of working with Cambridge Coaching:
Even though the GMAT is a cornerstone of the business school admissions process, most of our students maintain busy work schedules or course loads while they prepare. Our tutors can help you fit studying into your life. We are strategic interpreters of testing data, as well as efficient and effective teachers. We emphasize a highly structured and systematic study process—not merely doing more problems—as the best path to a higher score.
2The Best-Compensated Tutors
Unlike other companies, we place a heavy emphasis on our tutors' pay and their professional development as teachers. As far as we are aware, our tutors earn the the greatest share of company revenue of any tutors in the industry, which means the majority of your fee goes to your tutor. Although it seems like common sense that tutors are the most important part of a tutoring organization, most companies shortchange their tutors in order to reap greater profits. We consider our tutors to be our most important investment, and we have found that caring about them allows us to hire and retain the very best.
National companies develop general curricula aimed at a broad population, the so called "average students." They do not tailor their curricula based on your needs because customization is expensive and time-consuming. We believe that a tailored program is a basic prerequisite for any effective tutoring relationship, particularly with GMAT students who are often juggling multiple priorities. We build each tutoring relationship around a unique student and we only work with students on a one-on-one basis. We typically meet with students once or twice per week for 90 minutes per session. Between each meeting, we scrutinize student progress section-by-section and problem-by-problem.
Our programs are intensive, but we've found that they actually minimize the stress of taking the GMAT. During the course of a Comprehensive Package, our students see between 1000 and 2000 questions, take no fewer than 6 practice exams, and study between 60 to 80 hours. We make sure that our students have raised their scores and maintained them before taking the official GMAT. It isn't a coincidence that our students consistently achieve outstanding results.
5Official Practice Material
There is a tremendous amount of quality preparation material available for the GMAT: official tests and question banks distributed by GMAC, the company that writes the test, and representative secondary material written by boutique and large firms.
We rely on the series of previously administered exams distributed by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the Official Guides, and the GMAC PowerPrep software. We supplement official material with an evolving list of the secondary sources and computer adaptive tools that we view to be the best means of mastering particular methodologies. Your syllabus will include homework, practice exams, and in-session drills derived from all of these resources. Because we don’t make money from selling proprietary materials, we prefer to cherry-pick the best materials from as many sources as possible.