What a weekend this will be! (Author’s note: you’re looking at about a paragraph of pure football content; not a fan? You can probably skip a paragraph and just pick up the GMAT tips, but trust me when I say that this paragraph is going somewhere). Perhaps the Ali-Frazier of the current era will take place tomorrow evening in Tuscaloosa, with #1 Alabama taking on #7 Florida.
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If it’s the autumn of an even-numbered year, change is in the air, or at least in the hot air of the politicians seeking election in November. Noting, evidently, that most people are unhappy, politicians repeat the word change more than any other (with the exception of John McCain, who in 2008 used the word “Petraeus” slightly more than he used “change”, but it was close!). Browse the political ads and stump speeches on YouTube and you won’t get too specific an idea of what each candidate promises, but, by George, they’ll certainly repeat the word “change” until you want to change the channel.
When Denard Robinson scored a touchdown in the 2-minute drill the clock actually read 2:05*
Human reaction time can’t use a stopwatch fast enough to time Denard Robinson in the 40, so they have to time him in the 50. And his time is still zero.
Chances are that you haven’t used a remainder in years. Remainders in division are pretty much just placeholders for kids who haven’t yet learned about mixed numbers or decimals yet; as soon as you learn what to do with the remainder, you tend to never explicitly touch a remainder again…until you take the GMAT.
You can’t talk about probability without mentioning Las Vegas, and with the football gambling season looming it seems time for a probability-themed post with a gambling lead. As the football season approaches, you may well be placing your futures bets, noting that Alabama is a 9:2 favorite to win the collegiate national championship and that Indianapolis is a 13:2 favorite to win the Super Bowl.
At Veritas Prep we’re big believers in the idea of flexibility. As we discussed in our take on the new version of the GMAT that’s coming in 2012, business schools want to see how well you can think, not how well you can memorize idioms. That’s why our 42-hour GMAT course trains you in the higher-order thinking skills and “mental agility” you need to do well no matter what type of question you face on the real exam.
Admit it: you’re a critical person. When you drive, you criticize the others on the road. When you’re in a long line at a store or DMV, you criticize the way the establishment runs things. When you’re at the airport, you criticize the way that others dress and act. No need to deny it — like anything, being critical is a matter of interpretation as to whether it’s a good or bad thing. Critical person? Bad. Critical thinker? Harvard material. And on the GMAT, it pays to embrace your inner critic.
If you’ve used electricity in your life, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Thomas Edison, and likely pay your electric bills to a company named in his honor. (And if you’re reading this, you’re using an electronic device, so you are familiar with Edison. Q.E.D.) You may not, however, be as familiar with a man perhaps even more responsible for the electricity you’re using to view this blog post: Nikola Tesla.
One of the most compelling dramas in all of sports took place yesterday in the Tour de France, with Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador — the two leaders of the race, which ends Sunday — matching each other’s yeoman efforts pedal-for-pedal up one of the world’s most intimidating mountain roads, the Col de Tourmalet. Through the fog, up grades of over 10%, surrounded by fans waving flags and cowbells, and well ahead of every other rider in the race, the two riders — separated after two weeks and thousands of miles by only eight seconds — put on a battle for the ages.
Now that the World Cup is over and the majority of the world’s population has forgotten again about the Southern Hemisphere, it’s safe to say that most of us are enjoying the middle of summer. Summer is more than just a season between the solstice in June and the equinox in September; it’s a state of mind and a way of life. Close your eyes and just think of “summer” — just the notion of it implies to most of us a sense of happiness, relaxation, and comfort. Take Christmas carols out of the mix and summer is easily the most musically-written-about season of all. Admit it — you have DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” in your head right now!
There are big decisions in life, and then there are BIG DECISIONS. You’ll make some pretty important decisions on the GMAT, so you should want to consider the methodology of how to best make these choices. And few of those BIG DECISIONS can compete with some of those made by one of the world’s most prominent figures of the last century, LBJ.
Admit it — as much fun as the World Cup has been, you’re looking forward to the return of sports in which American superathletes dominate. Landon Donovan’s 91st minute goal to win the pool was great, but nil-nil ties and inferiority to both -guays (Para- and Uru-) isn’t the kind of thing Americans can really get behind.
Unless you live in France, you’ve likely been excited about World Cup action the past two weeks. With upsets galore — including both previous finalists, France and Italy, knocked out in the opening round — and intense drama — perhaps most incredible was Landon Donovan’s 91st minute goal to propel the United States to the elimination round — the 2010 World Cup has demonstrated why it’s widely considered the world’s most beloved sporting event.
It’s mid-June, which brings to mind one of the unsung gems in the catalog that is comedian Adam Carolla’s series of improvised fake movie pitches: when setting the scene for futuristic movies, Carolla has been known to note that “the year is 2055 and 1/2 — it’s mid-June.” It’s subtle, dry, and genius — that eerily-accurate date with the half-year thrown in reeks of the over-the-top Hollywood promotion that Carolla loves to criticize in his monologues, and the reference that half-a-year means that you’re nearing July 1 shows an incredible presence-of-mind and quick wit to slide that in.
By now, you’ve likely seen talked about, and forgotten the events of Wednesday, June 2 in Detroit’s Comerica Park. It was the ultimate in contradictions: pitcher Armando Galarraga one out away from pure perfection — a perfect game, only the 21st in Major League Baseball history — losing his shot at perfection not because he was imperfect, but because umpire Jim Joyce made an obvious mistake. The pitcher was perfect, but the umpire was not, and the perfect game became an imperfect footnote in the annals of baseball history.
In today’s internet and text-message age, outrage spread quickly as fans watched the video replay and saw clear evidence that Joyce had blown the call. As is historically the case, the loudest cries are always “kill the umpire!” — until Joyce did something monumental, something completely surprising, something that arguably made him a more sympathetic character than even Galarraga himself: Joyce admitted he had made a mistake.
One of the most renowned military missions of all time, the Normandy landings took years of planning and coordination to allow the Allied troops the advantages they needed to make landfall against a robust German army. The term D-Day itself was — in all its GMAT-esque form — a variable for the timing of Operation Overlord, the code name for the mission. For security reasons, the date and time of the invasion was a variable for all but the top military officials, so the majority of the armed forces knew the mission would take place on “D-Day at H-hour.”
D-Day has become a fairly common term for GMAT test-takers to note as their “moment of truth” when they finally take the exam. As the Allied nations prepare to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day, the Veritas Prep GMAT Tip of the Week team would like to offer you an outline of what your D-Day will entail:
To become the most famous of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, at least for a short time (no need to worry, Nancy Pelosi — your longer-term celebrity status is assured), is an impressive feat. For Michigan representative Bart Stupak, however, that ascension to celebrity was a painful one — his family received death threats, fellow congressmen hurled verbal insults at him publicly during sessions, etc.
If you’re reading this, then obviously you’re on a computer or smartphone with internet access. And if you have internet access, you’ve been to Google today. If Isaac Newton were alive today, he’d add that as a fourth law of physics: “Every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction, and every internet browser will land on the Google homepage at least once per hour of use.” So, given the laws of internet physics, you already know the news: Today is the 30th anniversary of the iconic video game Pac-Man.
Despite the well-substantiated claims of this self-proclaimed world’s-worst-website, the winner of the worst website prize simply must be Orbitz.com, the least-helpful and most-dishonest website the Internet has seen to date. (Orbitz people, please don’t sue us. Just sue Brian. These opinions are his alone and do not represent those of the company… yada yada yada. — Ed.)
Yesterday, the world economy nearly crumpled, with the Dow losing almost a full thousand points before a late rally to close at “awful” instead of “catastrophic.” Was it the Greek/EU economic crisis? Was it oil speculation related to the Gulf spill? Was it the advertising industry’s fear of LeBron James’ elbow injury?
Red Sox Nation, we hate to even bring that up, but you stand to gain the most out of anyone from the reference. It’s said that you can learn more from a second of pain than from a day of glory. Read on, and let the story of Bill Buckner help you improve on the GMAT.
If you were to chronologically read the story of Bill Buckner’s career, you’d be impressed. He won a National League batting title in 1980 and played in the All-Star game in 1981. He ended his career with over 2,700 hits in a sport for which 3,000 hits grants one immediate immortality. Bill Buckner was a great baseball player, better than 99% of players who ever lived. Yet bloggers feel compelled to apologize to fans of his Boston Red Sox some 20 years after he retired simply for mentioning his name. Why?
Welcome back to Baseball Month in the GMAT Tip of the Week space, in which an intelligent discussion of baseball wouldn’t be complete without coverage of one of the most intelligent comedy sketches of all time: Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine.
Welcome back to Baseball Month at the GMAT Tip of the Week space, where we’re big fans of the Moneyball style of statistical thinking. Moneyball, a book by Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, The Blind Side), follows the somewhat-revolutionary trend in baseball of statistical thinking — small-market teams and their general managers found that certain, “sexy” statistics like home runs and RBIs, were overvalued, and that more effective statistics, like walks and on-base percentage, were not only undervalued, but much more important to team success.
As spring sweeps the northern hemisphere during this first week of April, the beginning of a new season means different things to different people. Barbecues, flowers, the end of the school year, the beginning of the golf season… With baseball’s Opening Day taking place this weekend, spring means that April will be Baseball Month in the GMAT Tip of the Week space, and the beginning of that exciting season has no better place to start than… the beginning.
Welcome back to Hip Hop Month on the Veritas Prep blog, where it just wouldn’t be right for a West Coast blogger to mention Biggie without also highlighting the contributions of Tupac Shakur. A visionary in the world of rap, Tupac not only blended the realms of true-art poetry with self-promotional glitz and glamour and became a pioneer in the crossover from dance (he started as a backup dancer with Digital Underground) to rap to film (his starring roles included Juice and Poetic Justice), he also foreshadowed the text-message abbreviation craze by spelling his name 2Pac and titling songs with U in place of “you,” C in place of “see,” etc.
It’s Hip Hop Month on the Veritas Prep blog, and no discussion of contemporary rap would be complete without mention of Eminem, the controversial emcee who has earned Grammy award and platinum records at nearly the same pace as he has earned criticism and backlash for his honest, edgy lyrics and demeanor.
Welcome back to Hip Hop Month in the GMAT Tip of the Week corner. One of the most underrated themes that one can find in 90s rap lyrics is the often-laughable unintentional use of cause-and-effect that rappers draw in their songs, using “(be)cause” as a connector of ideas with hilarious results. Take a line from the refrain of one of Biggie’s biggest hits, Big Poppa:
Welcome to Hip Hop Month in the GMAT Tip of the Week space on the Veritas Prep blog. Now that we’re a full decade removed from the entire span of the 90s, “classic hip hop” is a viable genre and discussion topic, and in this space we’ll analyze some of the highlights of 90s rap and, more importantly, how these topics can help you succeed on the G-to-the-MAT.
As we enter the final weekend of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, plenty of drama remains. Will Canada clinch the ice hockey gold medal on its home ice? Will it do so against the rival Americans? Will Lindsey Vonn withstand the pain of another injury – this time a broken finger to go with her badly bruised shin — to add another medal to her haul? Will Bob Costas ever look older than 29? Will Bode Miller summon the magic one more time to erase his Torino disappointment with an unexpected (or perhaps just delayed… we expected this from him in 2006) display of overall alpine mastery?
If you’re watching the Winter Olympics, you’re likely amazed at the body control of moguls skiers, the grace of figure skaters, and the creativity of aerial skiers and snowboarders. You might also, however, find yourself becoming particularly critical of those around you, a byproduct of listening to Olympic announcers describing the mistakes made by these all-world athletes:
As Biggie would have said, “It was all a dream…” for Pierre de Coubertin. The youth of the world, representing dozens of nations and all sorts of backgrounds, coming together in the spirit of competition to fulfill lifelong dreams. While he could have been dreaming about the GMAT, his project was the Olympic Games, which begin the latest installment of the Winter Olympics tonight in Vancouver. Much like the GMAT, these Olympics feature the best from around the world, all of whom have put in extensive preparation for this shot to prove to the world and to themselves that they belong, and that they can excel.
Le Blanc is widely credited with having invented the concept of standardized parts in manufacturing. A gunsmith in the 1700s, his idea was to standardize each component of a gun, so that when one part broke, it could easily be replaced by another instead of needing to be individually repaired by a blacksmith or replaced by another gun entirely.
It seems so simple, but Jeopardy! has built an empire out of giving “answers” as clues and requiring its contestants to provide the questions. This tiny twist on traditional trivia has created a mass following, which has kept the show as a mainstay of entertainment culture for nearly 50 years. Just mention Jeopardy! in social situations and nearly everyone will have an opinion, either regarding their own strategy, or their household rules for watching:
You’ve probably heard the song “It Never Rains in Southern California”, and the expression “when it rains it pours.” Here in soggy SoCal, we can disprove the first (GMAT tip — be very leery of words like “never”, and “all”), and certainly confirm the second. Naturally, that confirmation of heavy rains for five straight days comes with no sympathy from the rest of the world (the temperatures have still been in the 60s most days, and we’ll be back at the beach in no time), but those outside of New York City can likely empathize with the rain that poured in to the hearts of San Diego Charger fans this past weekend. Their team visibly outplayed the upstart Jets, but went down to defeat because of something as simple as missed field goals, and as frustrating as missed field goals by the NFL’s most accurate kicker.
Ah, January. It seems like, nowadays, if you don’t live directly on a beach, you’re probably inundated with snow, with snowfalls having reached Texas, Louisiana, and other areas of the world where ice shavings typically only appear in margaritas. For those experiencing this winter phenomenon for the first time, allow us to provide a brief education regarding snow:
Raise your hand if you’ve cringed this week as someone wished you a happy “Oh-Ten”, which, though technically correct (the year 2010 has an “oh” in front of the “ten”) is practically wrong (they didn’t as you how “oh-oh-nine” ended up for you). That zero that we’ve been used to including in front of the year for the last decade is officially out. Spread the word!
Admit it… As usual, you’re beginning the New Year this morning (or potentially afternoon) a little groggier than you would have liked, having enjoyed one more celebratory toast than may have been advised, and having stayed up slightly later than “I should watch Dick Clark sign off from Times Square just in case this is the last time” really warranted. Don’t most of us take January 1 as a day to ease in to our New Year’s Resolutions? Or, maybe more accurately, don’t most of us take a look in the mirror on January 1 (after all, the aspirin is in the mirrored medicine cabinet) and determine that “I need to do something about my life,” and use that as the initiative for our New Year’s Resolutions?
However you arrive at them, if you’re serious about applying to business school this year, your resolutions should include an initiative to start your GMAT preparation this month. Over the past seven years of teaching the GMAT, your author has found that his January students: