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Beat The GMAT

The MBA Social Network


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Published 03/20/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Beat The GMAT is a resource for anyone trying to get into a MBA (Master of Business Administration) program. Additionally, Beat The GMAT provides resources for individuals to study and prepare for the GMAT examination, the Graduate Management Admission Test. This network houses countless resources for such people. For example, there are forums where experts and MBA candidates can discuss the process, offer best practices and give encouragement and words of advice. Also, Beat The GMAT hosts the latest articles on all things MBA and GMAT related. Also hosted on the site are a ton of self-study tools and links to popular exam prep resources. The site also displays videos so folks can logon and check out information about MBA student life, listen to lectures given by top MBA admissions personnel or get tips on how to effectively write or ace the GMAT exam. Finally the site hosts GMAT course reviews and GMAT prep resource discounts to help out anyone in the GMAT test taking and applications process for their MBA.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Beat The GMAT is the world's biggest social network for MBA applicants, helping over 2 million people every year. Their mission is "to be the top community that empowers people to learn, share, teach, and support each other throughout the MBA admissions process." The Beat The GMAT team consists of four individuals and a board of advisors of a couple people. The team is led by CEO David Park. It was developed by Eric Bahn, who now serves as the company's Vice President of Products. Eric created the site in his Stanford University dorm room back in 2005. Beat The GMAT has been featured on The Washington Post, Investors.com and New-Startups.com.

What are the differences to other apps?

Beat The GMAT is unique from other college preparation sites in that it is solely focused on the GMAT exam and MBA programs. It saves the SAT, Bar and other kinds of exams for other sites. In addition, Beat The GMAT has been around for a long time (at least in Internet years) and has established a solid user base and community of over 2 million annual users. They also facilitate Beat The GMAT Meet up dates and events to get and keep their community involved, not only online but also in person too. Finally, Beat The GMAT does a good job acquiring unique insights from school and admissions personnel and sharing that information with the community.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Beat The GMAT is simple to use and it contains tons of information. There are some effective advertising links located throughout the site and Beat The GMAT sponsored packages that those who are preparing for the GMAT may want to take into consideration. The ads are at least applicable to the site's focus. The videos and article links are all pretty interesting and very relevant to the topic at hand. The site's homepage does house a ton of information and categories and may seem cluttered or overwhelming to some. To others, it will be a treasure trove of useful information.

How does the registration process work?

Users can register for the Beat The GMAT online community by clicking on the Register link located at the upper-right corner of the homepage. They will be asked to provide their username, email, password and complete a ReCaptcha (enter in two words to make sure the user is human) before accessing the full content of the Beat The GMAT community. Users could also link their Facebook account for faster registration and future logins.

What does it cost to use the application?

Joining the Beat The GMAT community is free. They are supported by advertising revenue and partnerships with various GMAT preparation companies and MBA schools.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Beat The GMAT is very useful for anyone who is in the process or considering applying for an MBA program. It is even more useful for those who are preparing to take the GMAT examination. It is an excellent resource targeted at a very specific market. But for those individuals who it applies to, it is extremely helpful.

  • Dedicated forums to talk about all things GMAT & MBA
  • Self Study resources available for the GMAT exam
  • Lists of GMAT courses
  • Blogs focused on the GMAT


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