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Candidater en Master à l’étranger


Partir à l’étranger au cours de ses études est devenu un quasi rituel pour les jeunes français. Que ce soit dans le cadre des vacances ou de leur cursus, le nombre de départs ne cesse de croître. Chaque année, environ un étudiant français sur trois choisit de faire tout ou partie de ses études à l’étranger.

Il est aujourd’hui possible de partir pour quelques mois ou 1 an, en Erasmus ou pour un Master.


How to avoid retaking the GMAT (Part 1)

Thinking about taking the GMAT, but you want to make sure that you only have to take it once ? Or perhaps, you’ve already taken the GMAT, and it didn’t go so well, so now you want to make sure that you don’t have to take it a third (fourth) time ? If so, here are some tips to help prevent having to take the test another time.


Quality first, Quantity second.more

Scoring 700 on the GMAT

With over 300,000 people taking the GMAT every year, figures suggest that approximately 10% of students manage to receive a score of 700 or higher. For most, this high result feels far from attainable.more

How to start your MBA/Masters program essays

Moving on to the next step!  You've taken the GMAT or GRE or will be soon and now you want to start writing your MBA essays or Masters cover letters. Should you just jump right in and start writing them?  Probably not.  One of the biggest problems that I've encountered with students is that they choose the wrong things to write about and then we have to start one or several essays over from scratch.  So before you start writing your essays make sure that you've spent some time really thinking about your answers so that you highlight the stories that the programs are looking for.more

How to start studying for the GMAT

It’s time. You’ve decided to start studying for the GMAT, but now you realize that there is a ton of information out there and you’re not sure how to get started.  Should you take a GMAT course or should you study on your own?  What books should you get?  How long does it take to study for the GMAT?  This article will answer all of these questions.


Introduction into Data Sufficiency for the GMAT


When you first start studying the math section on the GMAT you'll run up against these weird data sufficiency (DS) questions. Before you start doing these strange problems you need to know their different parts and what they are asking you to do!  

A data sufficiency question looks like this:


If x is less than 3 then what is the value of x ?  <---------- Question stem.  Here they often give you not only the question, but also some information that can help you solve the problem.  more

Differences between the GMAT and the New GRE

Should you prepare for the GMAT or the New GRE now that MBAs accept both exams? This article will help answer some of your questions.  In short though, many (but not all) French people can do better on the GRE than they can on the GMAT in a short amount of time.more

TOEFL iBT : Comment mon score est-il calculé ?

Vous souhaitez améliorer votre score au TOEFL? Commencez par comprendre comment il est calculé et vous pourrez plus facilement identifier vos marges de progression. Malheureusement, la méthode de calcul n’est pas des plus simples, mais en voici les grandes lignes.


TOEFL iBT : Comment se déroulent les épreuves ?

Pour préparer efficacement le TOEFL iBT, mieux vaut savoir exactement ce qui vous attend ! D’autant plus que les épreuves et les modalités d’examen ont fortement évolué ces dernières années. Voici une explication complète du déroulement des épreuves du nouveau TOEFL.


3 bons plans pour préparer le TOEFL à Paris

La plupart des préparations au TOEFL sur Paris préconisent principalement de bachoter les annales, de faire le plus de tests possible et de lire et analyser un maximum de textes de niveau universitaire. Même si cela vous aidera certainement à améliorer votre score, pourquoi ne pas également profiter de ce qu’une grande ville comme Paris a à offrir pour améliorer son anglais ?


TOEFL speaking section tips!

Most students usually find the speaking section to be the MOST challenging part of the TOEFL.

It can be very overwhelming, but if you work on your speaking skills consistently and carefully, studying for this part can also be the most rewarding for your English ability in general. The TOEFL speaking section tests your English in REAL time, and that is why, I believe, this test is such a great investment.




To tests how proficient a student is at communicating in English by using the independent and integrated exercises.


TOEFL reading tips

Read read read.... READ ABOUT EVERYTHING!

Many people look at the reading section of the TOEFL and feel completely overwhelmed. I remember when I first begun teaching the exam, I asked myself, how do I get students engaged or excited about topics that, they may have never encountered, and have little or no interest in?

 For example, perhaps you have a extract on 'dinosaurs' and you find the topic so boring, that you find it very hard to understand what is being asked of you in this section or what is being said.


TOEFL tips

The TOEFL test measures how well you USE English, not just your knowledge of the language. Therefore, TOEFL scores can help you go anywhere in the world! It reflects how the language is really used with integrated tasks that combine more than one skill, just as in real academic settings. In the past English courses have focused on learning about the language (particularly grammar) and a student may receive a top score on a test without being able to communicate effectively. Within a TOEFL course at Vincia Prep, students will understand the importance of communication.more

Do schools accept updated GMAT scores?

If you've already applied to an MBA program you may be wondering if you should take the GMAT again so that you can send an updated (and hopefully better) score.  However, if schools don't accept an updated GMAT score there's no point in retaking the GMAT.   So to answer the question of whether or not schools accept updated GMAT scores I wrote some top schools, scoured the internet, and used the experience that I have gained by helping dozens of students get into MBA programs all over the world.more

GMAT test centers in Paris and France

In 2012 the GMAT testing center in Paris changed locations.  While the testing center used to be located at metro République it is now located outside of Paris.  The new GMAT test center is located at

3-15 rue Henri Rol-Tanguy
5th Floor
93100 Montreuil

If all of the places are taken in Paris you can also take the GMAT in Nantes at the following location

41 Bd des Batignolles
44300 Nantes


Tips for the Quant Section of the GMAT and GRE

So here is an article by a guest GMAT expert, Mark Skoskiewicz, whose company does GMAT tutoring in Chicago, New York, Boston, and Minneapolis.


The quantitative section of the GMAT can be very difficult.more

Integrated Reasoning on the GMAT (updated)

So, the GMAT has a new section.  Every test prep company is trying to tell you it’s important.  That you need to buy their stuff to get ready for it.  However, as of now, (March 21st 2014) the Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT is still not that big of a deal.

Here’s Why:more