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The 5151 Podcast, Episode 4: Decoding (and Leveraging!) the GMAT's Adaptive Scoring Algorithm

Posted 2021-06-03

Brian explains the wacky, adaptive scoring algorithm on the GMAT, where questions at the beginning matter more to your total aka composite score than do questions at the end—especially on Quant, which is heavily front-loaded / lopsided. Errata : I call it the "5051 Podcast" in the first few seconds. Keep Reading

The 5151 Podcast, Episode 3: Why the TTP (Target Test Prep) GMAT Verbal component is Overrated

Posted 2021-06-02

The Target Test Prep online self-study / subscription program is legendary for Quant, but its new Verbal component is not all it's cracked up to be. Keep Reading

The 5151 Podcast, Episode 2: Why GMAT OG Explanations are so Awful

Posted 2021-06-02

You can't trust GMAT Official Guide (OG) explanations, even though the book is the best source of realistic practice questions. Here's why. Keep Reading

The 5151 Podcast, Episode 1: Quant difficulty on the GMAT online vs. the test-center GMAT

Posted 2021-06-01

Brian addresses (and confirms) the widespread rumor that the GMAT online Quant section is wordier and more challenging than its test-center counterpart. Keep Reading

Why do I freely share so much of my test-prep advice and materials?

Posted 2020-11-30

Over the decades, many have asked me why I made the conscious decision to start posting my test-prep techniques and materials on the web for free. "Aren't you afraid your students won't need you anymore?” they say. Well, no, actually, I'm not!
First of all, I post these techniques for the benefit of students who are bright and motivated but perhaps cannot afford to pay for a private tutor. As a product of the public school system myself (kindergarten through senior year of high scho... Keep Reading

McElroy Tutoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates, Changes and Announcements

Posted 2020-09-29

Important updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and its effects on the test prep / admissions landscape. Keep Reading

GMAT Focus Quizzes: Are they worth it?

Posted 2019-11-03

Brian discusses the relative value of the GMAT Focus Quizzes, 24-question adaptive quizzes in Quant that cost $30 each. Keep Reading

The SAT or ACT "Confirming Score" for the PSAT/NMSQT and National Merit Scholarship Competition: what it is, how is it calculated, and the state-by-state semifinalist cutoffs for the Class of 2021.

Posted 2021-01-01

Brian explains the concept of a "confirming score" for the PSAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test competition, and updates the state-by-state semifinalist cutoffs for 2021. Keep Reading

GRE vs. GMAT vs. LSAT: The Ultimate Score Percentile Comparison / Conversion Table (Updated for 2019-20)

Posted 2019-07-22

A handy reference tool to quickly and easily compare score percentiles on the GRE, GMAT and LSAT. Keep Reading

SAT / ACT Percentiles and Score Comparisons / Conversions, Updated for 2019-2020

Posted 2019-10-06

SAT / ACT Percentiles and Score Conversions, updated as of 7/19/19. Keep Reading

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