Dave is the Faculty Manager @ Knewton, and our top teacher in GMAT, LSAT, and SAT prep. As I recall, there were four categories of hand-raisers in my high school: 1. The Eager Beaver: “I’ve never met a question that I’m not totally psyched to answer!” 2. The Kool Kat: “I’m smart, but please don’t tell that to my friends. I’d lose all my street kred.” 3. The Anti-Brita: “They call me tap water, because… Read more
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This post comes from Amy McDowell. Last week, I was invited to participate at Google’s 2nd Annual Spring Training summit as a guest panelist for Knewton. Knewton must be doing something right—as our VP of Online Marketing, I was asked to provide insight and commentary on the changing digital marketing landscape. So, what is this Google Spring Training summit, you ask? Fortunately for this endomorphic marketer, there was no physical exertion or hand-eye coordination involved…. Read more
Emily Holleman is a Content Developer at Knewton, where she helps students with their SAT prep. She also gives great advice about getting into college. Surviving the college interview Many colleges don’t require an interview, but it’s generally a good idea to have one if you can manage it. For one thing, it gives you a chance to talk to a representative of the college, usually an admissions officer or an alumnus, in person. Your… Read more
The San Francisco Bay Area has more VC firms and dollars invested than all East Coast cities combined. But the NY scene has recently been getting uppity. Chris Dixon wrote a story, the NY Times wrote a story, now Silicon Alley Insider. I tweeted that it was all embarrassing provincialism. So who’s right? Both cities attract the very best and brightest. But NYC has 20 times more. The best programmers and internet entrepreneurs are in… Read more
James Boo is a top teacher at Knewton, helping students with their SAT preparation. It’s easy to forget that the college experience goes far beyond the classroom. Your undergraduate years will not only give you the academic tools you need to succeed, they are a stage for personal and professional growth. When you get the chance to visit a school you could end up attending for the next 4-5 years, treat it as a place… Read more
This post is from Linda Abraham, founder and president of Accepted.com. — On Twitter, I frequently see tweets lamenting the difficulty inherent in writing MBA application essays. It’s true–they are a pain, especially if you are the kind of person who does not like self-reflection or self-expression. I feel your pain. I have analyzed the essential components of a strong MBA application essay. Basically, the adcoms want a map of where you’ve been, where you… Read more
Possibly the most useless word tested on the SAT.
This post comes to us from our friends at CollegeEssayOrganizer. A recent study by Public Agenda has shown that most people who graduated from high school in the last dozen years thought their guidance counselor was unable to provide useful advice on their college decision, with a large percentage feeling that the help offered was impersonal. Also cited in the study was the sobering statistic that the American School Counselor Association considers a student to… Read more
Emily Holleman is a Content Developer at Knewton, where she helps students take a deep breath during their SAT prep classes. You’ve done all you can to prepare for the SAT. You’ve taken a course, you’ve studied hard, you’ve done some practice tests, the whole shebang — and yet, you here you are on the test itself and… you’re almost out of time on a section. Here’s what to do: 1. Take a deep breath…. Read more
Prime Factorization: My single favorite topic on the GMAT. It’s not even a contest.
My passionate (some would say evangelical!) advocacy of prime factorization results not only from my finding prime numbers so inherently fascinating in and of themselves, but also from the plain and simple truth that prime factorization proves surprisingly useful on questions on which prime numbers aren’t even mentioned.
For example, any time you’re given a question asking about multiples and factors, you can bet that prime factorization will help you get to the answer quicker.
Case in point — this Data Sufficiency question from the Official GMAT Guide: