Founder of Test Prep Says Admissions Tests Are The Right Answer
CHICAGO, IL / ACCESSWIRE / December 9, 2021 / In a bold move last May that threatened to pull the rug out from standardized testing, the entire University of California system moved to no longer consider SAT/ACT exams for admissions or scholarships. This nullification is based on the notion that standardized testing is at its core discriminatory and racist.
Alex Levinger, the founder of GMAT Attack, a coaching service for the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT exams that are required for graduate schools, says, "these biases towards standardized testing are quite unfounded at best, and may penalize those who would profit the most from testing." Every year thousands of students apply to top-tier graduate schools. The majority have graduated from reputable undergraduate state schools. They often have impressive work experience to buttress their applications. Still, overall, they are outmatched by Ivy League college graduates who also would love to receive a graduate degree from a top-tier school.
Levinger says, "the GMAT score is considered the best way to level the playing field. Everyone regardless of income level, undergraduate GPA or work experience can hit the crucial objective of scoring highly on the applicable standardized test."
Levinger notes that his GMAT score ultimately led to his scholarship at the University of Southern California - Marshall. "I wasn't the ideal business school applicant, but I knew how to study and think critically." Harnessing these skills, he scored a 770 (99.9th percentile), which led to acceptance at all four business schools he applied to, and finally, to the scholarship that saved him around $80,000 in tuition costs. The vast majority of students don't give enough attention to their standardized test score. Levinger says, "it's because they believe in some damaging myths."
Myth 1? The graduate admissions test is more of a formality than a determining factor in admissions decisions.
In a survey of graduate business school admissions councils, admissions personnel conceded that the GMAT score accounted for 22% of the weight given to applicants - more weight than the undergraduate college and GPA, personal essays, or even previous employers.
Myth 2? The chances of seeing real improvement on an admissions test are pretty slim.
Levinger says, "people don't realize just how easy it is to make incremental yet sizable improvements in these exams. With the right preparation, it's not uncommon for someone currently at a 580 score (46th percentile) on the GMAT to end up with a 700 (88th percentile)."
Levinger developed GMAT Attack's 5-step approach, which helps students plan a customized schedule and monitor their academic growth. He says, "I take the guesswork out of studying for the GMAT. I offer a tested method for getting real results out of GMAT studying, allowing people to relax, trust my system, and know that they'll be able to send their next GMAT results to their dream schools."
He adds, "the competition is greater every year, but with preparation and good study habits, any student has a chance. I meet a lot of dedicated, resourceful minds who just need a plan and a guide and they are on the way to success."
ABOUT GMAT ATTACK
GMAT Attack has been at the forefront of the educational revolution since 2018, bringing online individual and group training to the graduate test prep world. Alex Levinger is the founder of GMAT Attack, an online coaching enterprise that utilizes the AHFAR method to train adults in the graduate prep exams. He holds a Bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from USC - Marshall. For more information, visit GMAT Attack's Instagram and Facebook. For additional information, visit www.gmatattack.com.
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