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GMAC Debuts Integrated Reasoning Prep Tool

The Graduate Management Admission Council has announced the debut of a new web-based resource to help applicants prepare for the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT. The Official GMAT Integrated Reasoning Prep Tool is a …

The Graduate Management Admission Council has announced the debut of a new web-based resource to help applicants prepare for the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT.

The Official GMAT Integrated Reasoning Prep Tool is a set of 48 items and answer explanations, and it’s the only dedicated Integrated Reasoning prep tool available that contains retired IR items.

Users may customize question sets by difficulty and type of question, easy to hard or random, and may choose exam or study modes. The tool contains timers that track time spent per question as well as total time.

It also provides multiple reporting options, which focus on time management, session history, and question history. Benchmarking features show what percentage of GMAT examinees, by IR score, got each individual item correct.

“We developed Integrated Reasoning as a way to measure ‘big data’ skills, the ability to evaluate and synthesize information presented in multiple formats,” says Ashok Sarathy, GMAC’s vice president for product management.

“The Official GMAT Integrated Reasoning Prep Tool offers a valuable opportunity for test takers to prepare to do their best on the GMAT exam to showcase important skills that business schools and global employers are seeking today,” Sarathy adds.

The Official GMAT Integrated Reasoning Prep Tool is priced at $19.99 and is available at mba.com. Purchasers will have access to the web-based tool for six months for unlimited practice sessions, and the option of purchasing an additional three months for $9.99.

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MBA Survey, Chance at $100 Amazon Gift Card Closes Today

2014 could be a life-changing year for you. You may already know that you’ll be headed to business school in the fall, or you might be planning to start your MBA journey in the coming …

2014 could be a life-changing year for you. You may already know that you’ll be headed to business school in the fall, or you might be planning to start your MBA journey in the coming months. Either way, exciting things lie ahead.

All of us here at Stacy Blackman Consulting want to help make your dreams come true by giving you a shot at a top program. Or at the very least, by putting a $100 Amazon gift card in your pocket!

So, here’s the deal. We’re asking for a favor: please fill out our one-minute survey. We know how precious your time is—you’ll only have to “check the box” in response to nine simple MBA-related questions.

Click now to fill it out for a shot at the $100 Amazon gift card—the survey will close today, Thursday, April 24.

Thanks for your participation,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

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Stanford to Award Africa MBA Fellowships

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship application is now live, and the deadline to apply is June 13, 2014. The Fellowship enables talented African citizens with a passion for making an impact on the continent’s future to …

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship application is now live, and the deadline to apply is June 13, 2014. The Fellowship enables talented African citizens with a passion for making an impact on the continent’s future to pursue an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

What is the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program?
The Fellowship pays for tuition and associated fees for citizens of African countries with financial need. The Fellowship was created to reduce the financial barrier for African citizens to pursue an MBA at Stanford GSB.

Stanford GSB will award up to eight fellowships annually. Within two years of graduation, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to return to Africa to work for at least two years in a role that contributes to the continent’s development.

Promising candidates are encouraged to apply now for the Fellowship. Applicants can find details about the new two-stage application process and timeline on the Stanford GSB website. In the first stage, applicants complete the free Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship pre-application.

Up to 50 finalists will be selected by mid-July 2014 based on financial need, as well as Stanford’s admission criteria of intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.

Finalists then apply for MBA admission (the application will be waived for finalists) to the GSB in Round 1, October 2014. The school plans to enroll up to eight exemplary Stanford Africa Fellows in the MBA Class of 2016.

Why is Stanford GSB providing this fellowship? Africa is at the forefront of significant global economic growth and opportunity. African students provide direct insight into an emerging global economy that will be increasingly powerful in business.

The school hopes that the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship will encourage talented Africans to leverage the Stanford MBA experience to make a big impact in Africa, executing the GSB’s mission to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

For More Details:
Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Webpage 

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Answer Our MBA Survey for a Shot at $100 Amazon Gift Card

2014 could be a life-changing year for you. You may already know that you’ll be headed to business school in the fall, or you might be planning to start your MBA journey in the coming …

2014 could be a life-changing year for you. You may already know that you’ll be headed to business school in the fall, or you might be planning to start your MBA journey in the coming months. Either way, exciting things lie ahead.

All of us here at Stacy Blackman Consulting want to help make your dreams come true by giving you a shot at a top program. Or at the very least, by putting a $100 Amazon gift card in your pocket!

So, here’s the deal. We’re asking for a favor: please fill out our one-minute survey. We know how precious your time is—you’ll only have to “check the box” in response to nine simple MBA-related questions.

Click now to fill it out for a shot at the $100 Amazon gift card—the survey will close on Thursday, April 24.

Thanks for your participation,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

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Yale SOM Deepens Commitment to Entrepreneurship

Yale School of Management will now be better equipped to meet the needs of entrepreneurially-minded students with the launch of a formal Entrepreneurship Program, announced late last week. Dr. Kyle Jensen has been appointed as …

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Yale School of Management will now be better equipped to meet the needs of entrepreneurially-minded students with the launch of a formal Entrepreneurship Program, announced late last week.

Dr. Kyle Jensen has been appointed as the inaugural Shanna and Eric Bass ’05 Director of Entrepreneurial Programs. Jensen, who will design and teach courses in entrepreneurship, as well as coordinate and advance a slate of activities in this area, begins his official duties on July 1st.

Yale SOM has also created two new scholarships for students in each entering MBA class. The merit-based awards will be granted on the basis of demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and future potential as an entrepreneur. In addition, each year Yale SOM will name up to five Entrepreneurial Fellows who, after graduation, will receive two years of loan deferral to enable them to work full-time on a startup.

In the announcement, Yale SOM Dean Edward A. Snyder stressed that the entrepreneurial program build-out will have global dimensions, and said the school is deeply grateful to the donors who have contributed over $7 million to the threshold goal of $12 million for the program build-out.

Snyder says Jensen has exactly the right background for the role, given his experience in tech, healthcare and social sectors, as well as significant academic experience.  Jensen has been working actively with Yale entrepreneurs since 2012, when he joined Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) as a mentor and entrepreneur-in-residence.

James Boyle, YEI’s managing director, adds,“Kyle is an extraordinary person to lead SOM’s entrepreneurial expansion. His unique combination of operating skills and willingness to roll up his sleeves and build the curriculum and the program will greatly augment Yale’s innovation ecosystem.”

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Stanford, Synonymous with Satisfaction

Super salary doesn’t equal satisfaction, Forbes reveals in its latest ranking of the most satisfied MBA graduates. While Tuck School of Business, the Wharton School, and Chicago Booth alumni typically receive paychecks in the $200,000 …

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Super salary doesn’t equal satisfaction, Forbes reveals in its latest ranking of the most satisfied MBA graduates. While Tuck School of Business, the Wharton School, and Chicago Booth alumni typically receive paychecks in the $200,000 range,  Forbes says these graduates gave middling marks on job satisfaction. Stanford Graduate School of Business meanwhile takes the number-one spot for the third year running, and also topped Forbes‘s ROI ranking in 2013.

Forbes surveyed 17,000 grads from the Class of 2008 and heard back from 4,600 last year for its biennial b-school ranking. Their methodology considers satisfaction five years after graduation, when students have had time to reflect on their educational experience and how they compare to other MBAs in the workforce.

Ten 10 Schools with the Most Satisfied Graduates

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  3. Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business
  4. Michigan State Eli Broad College of Business
  5. Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  6. Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
  7. Duke University Fuqua School of Business
  8. Rice Jones Graduate School of Business
  9. Wisconsin School of Business
  10. Chicago Booth School of Business

Both Stanford and second-place UC Berkeley Haas’s top employers are heavy on consulting and tech led by Google, eBay, McKinsey, BCG and Deloitte. Survey respondents appreciated how their schools helped prepare them for entrepreneurship and form global networks they will leverage throughout their careers.

This story appears in the May 5th issue of Forbes, but you can preview the MBA satisfaction rankings by following the link above.

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