Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Other stuff, not necessarily related to MBA admissions nor GMAT.

anybody want to work as a GMAT support coach?


I know that this is an unlikely place to see a GMAT job posting, but I’m a big fan of the hiring organization, and… well, you never know who might stumble across this blog post.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is one of my favorite MBA-related organizations, and they’re looking for somebody to help their annual cohort of 270+ fellows connect with the best GMAT test-prep resources. See below for the full GMAT Support Coach job posting, or click here to go straight to the MLT website.

If you have questions about MLT, feel free to send me an email, and I’ll put you in touch with one of my favorite GMAT students who have been successful MLT fellows.


The Organization

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is the premier career development institution that equips high potential African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans with the key ingredients—skills, coaching and door-opening relationships—that unlock their potential.  By cracking the code on career potential, MLT is developing the next generation of minority leaders for the corporate and non-profit sectors, who will in turn have transformational impact on our communities.   MLT delivers programming that puts minorities on the fast-track to success at every stage of their careers: from College through MBA and the Executive levels.

In partnership with 100 top-tier corporations such as Citi, Google, Deloitte, and PepsiCo, along with 30 top business schools, MLT has achieved breakthrough results; MLT has been featured on the cover of Fortune and in CNN’s Black In America 2.

Position Description

One of MLT’s flagship programs, “MBA Prep,” is expanding its offering to include coaching and expert guidance for high-potential young professionals to achieve strong results on the GMAT.

MLT is seeking an inaugural coach for this program who will provide participants with advice about the right type of GMAT prep for each participant’s unique needs and act as an accountability partner in an effort to maximize the participants’ performance on the GMAT. In this unique program, the coach will not be tutoring GMAT students directly, but rather will help participants select and leverage resources and a strong support network to achieve stellar results. The coach will help frame the initial cohort and provide insights about year 1 learnings, with the ultimate goal of honing and scaling this offering the following year. The role will start in January 2017 and the program runs from May 2017 through January 2018.

This is a great opportunity for someone with proven results in tutoring students to beat the GMAT; experience generating insights/learnings as a result of launching a new offering; a deep affinity for coaching and mentoring young professionals; and a passion for MLT’s mission. The preferred location for the coach will be DC (in the proximity of the MLT DC office), but remote candidates will be considered for the role. The role reports to the Director of the MBA Prep program.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coach and guide MLT participants through a multi-month program designed to prepare them for each aspect of the GMAT
  • Provide guidance on the types of support and resources that are best suited to the participant’s profile
  • Hold participants accountable to individual and group activities and commitments in pursuit of goals
  • Track and report on progress against individual and collective objectives, success measures, and outcomes at the individual and cohort level
  • Stay abreast of the test prep ecosystem (e.g. test prep providers, techniques, and schools of thought about prep) as well as the socio-emotional component of the experience (e.g. new behavior adoption, positive visualization, etc.)
  • Develop and manage relationships with recommended test prep and tutor services providers
  • Read and evaluate applications for the GMAT Support program

Competencies, Experience, and Qualifications

  • BA or equivalent degree required, plus 5 years of post-college experience
  • 700 GMAT score, taken within the last 3 years
  • 2+ years of teaching GMAT prep and tutoring experience with a national test prep provider and/or formal tutoring GMAT component subject matter for 50+ students; proven success coaching students to improve scores in foundational math and with overall score of <500
  • Coaching or advising experience at the college or professional level; we are seeking an empathetic coach who is also comfortable providing constructive feedback and holding participants accountable

To apply: Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to ASAP; include GMAT Support Coach in the subject line.

tell your partner to take the GMAT

During a break in my GMAT tutoring festivities today, I felt like reading some MBA applicant blogs, and I stumbled upon a blog written by the wife of a Booth MBA student. And now I’m incredibly jealous.

Let me explain: I came to NYC last summer because my girlfriend was starting law school in White Plains, about 45 minutes north of NYC. I now consider myself a law school widow. If I’m lucky, Amber will pull her nose out of the law textbooks once or twice a week. The rest of the time, she spends a solid 12-16 hours per day either in class, applying for internships, or studying. Not fun.

One of my good friends even suggested that I adopt a “stunt double” girlfriend for the next three years. There would be no conjugal rights involved, but I at least would have a reliable date on the weekends. My friend even found a suitable, willing, recently-divorced faux girlfriend for me… but she moved out of NYC before we started faux-dating.

Anyway, I got a big kick out of reading Elizabeth Dark’s b-school partner blog–she actually seems to see her husband more than she did before b-school. Quite the opposite of law school partner life. Case in point: Amber allowed me to take her out on Valentine’s Day, but we had to spend the entire afternoon and part of the evening in coffeehouses so that she could study.

I know that plenty of people (my girlfriend included) give some thought to both business school and law school before settling on one or the other. If you’re in doubt, take the GMAT and go to business school. And if your wife/husband/bf/gf is thinking about taking the LSAT, do whatever you have to do to make him/her take the GMAT instead. You’ll spend far fewer lonely nights crying your eyes out because you miss your partner.

OK, I’m completely kidding about that last part. But seriously, b-school doesn’t have to be torturous for your partner. So if you’re on the fence, hire a GMAT tutor and get to work.

a hearty congratulations

It always feels a little bit like Christmas morning when my students start receiving acceptance letters, and MBA “admit season” is my favorite time of year–at least when the news is good. I work with a lot of great people who work like crazy to achieve their goals, and watching them succeed is one of the best parts of my job as a GMAT tutor.

I’ve heard some great news from some very deserving people already this season, but one stands out, even though I did relatively little to help his candidacy. My friend Hari (please visit his blog if you haven’t already) probably put in more hours of research, studying, and writing than anybody I’ve ever seen. He did everything humanly possible to achieve his MBA goals, but still received a disappointing (and incomprehensible) string of rejections a few months ago.

Well, Hari finally got the admit that he so richly deserved, and he’s headed to IESE in Spain this fall–one of the world’s best business schools, and one of Hari’s top choices.

Congratulations, my friend. You absolutely earned this.

fun with search engine queries

We’re getting into the heart of MBA admissions season, which means that I’ve been running around like a madman these past couple of weeks. Several graduates of the Ninja GMAT program are now focusing every ounce of their spare energy on application essays, so most of my non-tutoring time has been occupied with application essay editing. No time for GMAT blogging, really.

That said, I have several half-finished posts in the works. A full breakdown of the 2nd edition of the Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review might be coming soon (there are only 74 new questions–they ripped us off!), along with a lecture about why you really shouldn’t stress about 1st-round MBA deadlines. This is the time of year when people start to lose their heads, and I’ll do my best to encourage some rationality and calmness.

But for now, I’m a little bit tired after an insane couple of weeks, and I feel like writing a nice, frivolous post that has nothing to do with the life of a GMAT tutor in NYC. So here comes nothing particularly useful. You’ve been warned.

Thanks to the miracles of WordPress, I can access a list of all search engine queries that lead people to my little GMAT tutoring site. And some of them are pretty funny. Here is a random sampling of my favorite queries, along with some completely unnecessary, non-GMAT-related responses:

query: “gmat tutor in new york, $20”
response: Good luck with that, buddy. Funny, I think they found my website because I said something about other companies’ tutoring rates exceeding $200 per hour. Google forgot a zero?

query: “what are my shortcomings”
response: I have no idea, but I can tell you about my shortcomings if you want. First, I’m not a perfect GMAT tutor all the time. There. I said it. And sometimes, I leave just a little bit of orange juice in the carton in the fridge.

query: “gmat essays who cares”
response: Nobody, really, unless you really embarrass yourself; get something above a 4.0, and you’ll be fine.

query: “gmat real illegal questions”
response: *gulp*

And a few more, without my dumb responses:
“many dumb mistakes gmat math”
“an essay about nyc”
“worried about gmat”
“gmat gifts”
“gmat is expensive”

And my personal favorite, which led several different users to my site: “gmat is hard.”

snarky Yale college advice, 1975 edition

This has absolutely nothing to do with the GMAT, MBA admissions, or GMAT tutoring. Just warning you.

I was wandering around NYC with some visiting friends this weekend, and we decided that it would be fun to take them to Strand Bookstore, which is one of my favorite places in New York. Eighteen miles of books (supposedly), many of which are piled on sidewalk carts for $1 each. If you’re from somewhere else and you come to NYC, the store is worth a visit.

My bizarre little $1 treasure for today was tattered paperback copy of The Insiders’ Guide to the Colleges, written by The Yale Daily News in 1975, long before college rankings became such a huge national obsession. I was curious to see how top schools were perceived more than three decades ago.

I’m not sure that I learned all that much, but I had a good laugh. The writers are snobby and snarky, and definitely have some Ivy League bias.

I reflexively opened to their commentary on Stanford, my alma mater: “There is a certain trendiness in the air which often stifles any serious attempt to approach an academic problem. The school’s California provincialism can be extremely irritating.

“One manifestation of the student body’s provincialism is their penchant for calling the school ‘the Harvard and Yale of the West,’ or even for terming Harvard and Yale ‘the Stanfords of the East.’ The analogies simply aren’t true.

“…There are also a huge number of students who only care about getting good grades… and another, almost equally large percentage who aren’t really interested in doing anything…. If you want the best education (and the most heterogeneous student body) available anywhere in the country, look to the Ivies.”

Lest they be accused of east-coast bias, the goofballs who wrote this book crapped all over plenty of other schools. In their commentary on Tufts, they said this: “Everybody knows, of course, that it is the goal of most high school students in the Northeast to go to college in Boston. That way you can get a lot of hippie, loose-moraled girls if you are a guy, or a lot of radical committed free guys if you are a girl… and you can get a good deal of dope to tide you over the bad times.”

Fordham: “Fordham University is a Roman Catholic institution, and therein lies its problem.” (!!)

Davidson: “The fact is, many of the students have never been north of the Mason-Dixon line, and occasionally those in the administration and faculty act as if they haven’t either–and what’s more, they don’t care.”

Harvard: “The college atmosphere sometimes seems to ruin those personalities that weren’t warped to begin with.”

Columbia: “…Columbia is unbeatable. But the decision whether to take that beating should be made very carefully.”

Hilarious, right? Of course, the Yale dorks who wrote the book included a glowing four-page review of Yale itself. Not exactly an unbiased piece of writing, but highly entertaining. I’d love to see somebody write a similar book about MBA programs now–can you imagine the lawsuits?