Friday, December 24, 2010

GRE with Csquare Learnings

Csquare Learnings invites you to experience GRE -an exam that can help you in your undecided times. Csquare Learnings is now obliged to serve all the GRE aspirants with intense power packed 35 hours of classroom training. You now have the opportunity to be trained by some of the most experienced trainers in INDIA.

Our GRE course gives you:

  • Outstanding Techniques to Master Vocabulary
  • 20 individual (Section) Tests
  • 20 full length Practice test & Discussions
  • 5 full length Online Tests

For just Rs 6,500/-

The managing directors of Admissions are happy to broaden and extend the requirements to give all MBA candidates the option of submitting results either from GRE or GMAT. We at Csquare Learnings are equally delighted to provide GRE Training classes along with GMAT.As more and more business schools look to diversify the candidate pool for their MBA and graduate management programs, they're turning to the GRE General Test. Thus, candidates are now no longer required to take both GMAT and GRE because Harvard and Wharton along with 250 B-Schools across the world now acknowledges that a candidate who has thrived the GRE can thrive their MBA program too. This move will help many candidates who apply for MBA and at the same time looking for many other courses as probable options, admission to which requires clearing GRE.

The decision is consistent with B-Schools ‘s move to find business leaders out of the purview of traditional business schools, that is from consultant firms, college business programs and investment banks. It also establishes that GRE is a credible competitor to GMAT and therefore more business schools are likely to follow suit very soon and allow GRE scores as a credible option for their admission procedures.

To compare GRE with GMAT , click on http://www.csqrl.com/GRE/Index.php

GRE the most widely accepted graduate admissions test that tests the students on their abstract argumentative abilities. The GRE® General Test is accepted for admission to university master's , doctoral degree programs and a rapidly increasing number of MBA programs. What's more, GRE test scores are valid for five years after taking the exam. The GRE is less expensive than other graduate admissions tests used by business schools.

To know more about our GRE classes and Admission services(Selection of colleges, Scholarship essays and Statement of purpose) contact:

Csquare Learnings Pvt ltd-Hyderabad

#204, 2nd Floor,

ABK Olbee Plaza,

Road no1, Banjara Hills,

Opp: Care Hospital,

Hyderabad 500 034. India

Phone: 040 40214545 / 40141147

Infohyd@csqrl.com

http://www.csqrl.com.php

Csquare Learnings Pvt ltd-Bangalore

No. 425, 1st Floor, 80 Feet Road,

VI Block, Koramangala,

Bangalore 560 034. India.

Ph: 91 80 40821001/2

info@csqrl.com

http://www.csqrl.com.php

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sentence Correction e-GMAT | Csquare Learnings

Dear Students,

We at Csquare are focused on how our students benefit galore form changing
technology as we redesign the delivery of GMAT strategies and also make
accountability a key part of the whole process. Csquare Learnings brings to
you an E-learning module for Sentence correction for you to revise and
rewind your thoughts on the Sentence correction rules. Like no other
training form, e-learning promises to provide you complete training
conveniently at off-hours or from home or a time that suits you.

We have launched this product and is available for all our previous and
current students to avail benefits from these free modules. Below is a link,
which will give you access to the pre-recorded Sentence correction classes.
This link will be available free of cost for the next few days only. So
please take advantage of this and we will be grateful to you if you can help
us with your feedback on the same, for us to serve you better.

Our E-learning sessions are developed with individualized self-paced modules
to suit the needs of both slow and quick learners. You can access the
learning resource multiple number of times over days and hence it reduces
stress and increases satisfaction.

We invite you and your friends to be a part of this high resolution
endeavor. Csquare learnings always has and will strive to serve all the GMAT
aspirants in the best possible way. Your support will help us do a better
job. Thank you for your valuable time.

http://www.csqrl.com/E-Product/SC-tip2.php

Thank you!

Friday, December 3, 2010

GMAT e-Learning | Csquare Learnings

Dear Students,

We at Csquare are focused on how our students benefit galore form changing
technology as we redesign the delivery of GMAT strategies and also make
accountability a key part of the whole process. Csquare Learnings brings to
you an E-learning module for Sentence correction for you to revise and
rewind your thoughts on the Sentence correction rules. Like no other
training form, e-learning promises to provide you complete training
conveniently at off-hours or from home or a time that suits you.

We have launched this product and is available for all our previous and
current students to avail benefits from these free modules. Below is a link,
which will give you access to the pre-recorded Sentence correction classes.
This link will be available free of cost for the next few days only. So
please take advantage of this and we will be grateful to you if you can help
us with your feedback on the same, for us to serve you better.

Our E-learning sessions are developed with individualized self-paced modules
to suit the needs of both slow and quick learners. You can access the
learning resource multiple number of times over days and hence it reduces
stress and increases satisfaction.

We invite you and your friends to be a part of this high resolution
endeavor. Csquare learnings always has and will strive to serve all the GMAT
aspirants in the best possible way. Your support will help us do a better
job. Thank you for your valuable time.

http://www.csqrl.com/E-Product/SC-tip1.php

Thank you!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Crack GMAT with Csquare Learnings

Romit Acharya - 680 (Math-46, verbal-37)

Training
Csquare learnings happens to be my only institute where I got a comprehensive coverage in Verbal. Prior to Csqrl, it was more of self study, various forums/groups on Net. I belong to the majority who believes in having many books and resource material. To begin with, it was fine. "The more you practice, the better" was modified and rephrased to " The more study material the better". So, when I got the study material from Csqrl... I wondered whether some 100-150 odd page material will be sufficient.And it turned out to me more than that. I took web-based classes as Csqrl is not in Delhi.So after my office I used to have a 2 hour class via webex. With all the rules and formulas(csqrl special) and brilliant presentation by Rashida - I could see a big improvement in verbal. The rules related to Tenses, 3-point rule, Its test, S-test and the deadly FIRE. The best thing about these rules are.. they are much clear and adaptable than the explanations of OG.

Prepration
This was the sad part for me. It wasn't the 1st attempt I had this score...it took me a while... with a busy work schedule, at times night shift gave me quite a challenge.

Pre- Csquare learnings
I gave GMAT thrice with a best of 560. My initial scores in verbal were 26-28, with stable 50 in quant. Verbal was a huge let down. During this time I used Manhattan, Princeton, Kaplan and 800 series and not to forget 1000series for SC. It was always a "fix" solution while solving these materials rather than having a proper answer. The illusion of having good preparation came due to solving these materials again and again...which made me think that I'm good to go for real exam.

Post- Csquare learnings
It was very hard to believe that the very few pages of booklets along with few photocopy material would be sufficient.But after my 1st class.. I knew it was different study material. I simply completed my assignments in the manner I was asked to... the review sessions helped me a lot to fine tune and adapt to the particular rules Rashida had.I could devote 2-3 hrs on weekdays and 8-9 on weekends for my studies. Took lots of Gmat Prep exams by deleting the logs so that I don't see many repeat questions.I have extensively used OG guides and the Csqrl notes for Verbal.. as I was doing quant on my own... I followed books by Indian authors...on quant analysis.... it was full of shortcuts which I find handy... Though, my final quant doesn't justify my confidence in maths, but I got 4 questions wrong at first place... and from there on it was a catch up. So a 46 is not that bad. A 37 in verbal is a jackpot !!!

Only problem (blessing in disguise rather) with Csqrl is - Not many know about Csqrl. Thanks to my good "google" skills.. and after my 3rd attempt wherein I really wanted help in verbal.. I found Csqrl. I would have saved time had I got to know about it earlier..

Friday, September 24, 2010

GMAT at Home:E-learning by Csquare learnings

Csquare Learnings makes GMAT preparation easy with their New E-Learning Modules..Take a look!

The future is a high-resolution game. Never before has humanity been able to explore the emerging landscape in such detail, to measure the forces of change at such vast scales, and to fill in the details with such fine grain. But this high-resolution grid is not complete. It challenges Csquare to envision and build the future we want. As digital tools create new platforms, we at Csquare are focused on how our students benefit galore form changing technology as we redesign the delivery of GMAT strategies and also make accountability a key part of the whole process.

To talk about our past…In 2005, Csquare began its GMAT journey by helping students achieve their Dream Score through power packed classroom training courses and as we progressed we introduced the online live virtual sessions to help students globally. At this juncture where we celebrate our success and realize the impact that technology can have on our lives, we are proud to introduce E-Learning training sessions that will provide our result oriented strategies fused with flexibility and simplicity.

As the worldwide E-learning industry grows over $48 billion, Csquare ventures into this form of education delivery to ensure its students avail the following benefits-

Like no other training form, e-learning promises to provide you complete training conveniently at off-hours or from home or a time that suits you.

Our E-learning sessions are developed with individualized self-paced modules to suit the needs of both slow and quick learners. You can access the learning resource multiple number of times over days and hence it reduces stress and increases satisfaction.

E-learning also offers interactivity between the learners and the trainers and helps students get their queries answered.

For your confidence levels there are online GMAT assessments and extra tests that can be availed. Students can submit their assignments to their personal trainers who can also view the online reports about students’ performance during the course. This helps students improve their skills in key areas be it Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension et al.

The E-Learning methodology can cater to students with diversified needs and in conjunction help you achieve your Dream score conveniently.

This innovative pedagogical design- first of its kind in the GMAT world, offers you the GMAT concepts, experience of skilled professionals coupled with powers of technology. We invite you and your friends to be a part of this high resolution endeavor.

Please feel free to mail me or call me to know more about this E-learning technology. I will be more than delighted to answer your queries.

(You can drop in a mail to varshaagarwal@csqrl.com)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

GRE OK for an Ivy League MBA |The Times of India

TOI | BANGALORE| 14th Sep 2010: Some premier B-schools worldwide are making things a bit easy for applicants by selectively accepting Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in lieu of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores.

Although it is entirely subjective and depends on respective institutes, Educational Testing Service, which conducts the GRE exam, states on its website that more B-schools are diversifying the candidate pool for their MBA and graduate management programmes. "The GRE General Test is accepted for admission to university masters and doctoral degree programme and a rapidly increasing number of MBA programmes. It's accepted by a fast-growing number of business schools, including some of the top-ranked in the world, such as Harvard, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern and Stanford," the site states.

CSquare Learning trains students for GMAT and its director Rashmi Gowda told TOI that over 330 B-schools globally are accepting GRE scores. "It's advantageous as students can take only one test and then decide to opt for either for MS or MBA," she said. "Students should check which institute accepts GRE scores and for which programmes," she said by way of cautioning the students. Has this helped increase enrolment? "Not really. It will take some time for this to come by," she adds.

A few coaching centres said only some institutes accept GRE scores. "The number is slightly increasing. In some cases, GRE scores are accepted for programmes coupled with science and management. But most still prefer GMAT scores," said Srinivas Sistla, director, Questeducation.

According to ETS, the GRE General Test measures skills which have business school value. "These are the same skills measured by GMAT — verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing. The test doesn't measure knowledge in any specific discipline. However, some questions will be presented in a business context," it stated.

To view the article Online:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/GRE-OK-for-an-Ivy-League-MBA-/articleshow/6550287.cms

Sunday, September 12, 2010

HEC MBA Seminar at Csquare learnings

Csquare Learnings in collaboration with HEC Paris organizes a Seminar on HEC MBA :Training the world leaders of tomorrow”


Venue:

Csquare Learnings Convention Hall
Courtesy : Shilton Royale
9, 100 Feet Road, Koramangala Bangalore - 560 047.
Date : Sept 18, 2010 [Saturday]
Time : 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Contact details: 080-40821000

E-MAIL : info@csqrl.com
WEB : www.csqrl.com




Tuesday, August 10, 2010

“A Tryst with Women Entrepreneurs” – Case study on Csquare Learnings by IIMB

They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going… And that's certainly true of this Woman entrepreneur- Rashmi Gowda :Director of a GMAT Training Centre –CSQUARE Learnings, launched a new business venture - and made brilliant success - despite dire economic forecasts. Proving that if you have a great idea, and the passion to back it up, there’s no time like the present. Rashmi Gowda has converted her area of keen personal interest into a viable enterprise that uniquely serves customers and provides immense personal satisfaction to her.

Get a glimpse into the entrepreneurial journey of Rashmi Gowda, alumni of the Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs (MPWE) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) – a woman with a strong belief in her ideas and the willingness to convert them into sound businesses that make an impact.

It is Indeed an achievement for Csquare Learnings for being Considered a potential case study. The case study will surely inspire more women to create such innovative enterprises. Take a look at page 49 of this link.

http://pothi.com/pothi/preview?pFile=4087#preview-top

Monday, August 2, 2010

ISB Admission Seminar by Ashwin (Csquare Learnings student with GMAT 610)



Csquare Learnings cordially invites you to an ADMISSION SEMINAR!

Trouble viewing? Read it online.

Date- August 8, 2010 (Sunday)

Starting Time- 12.00pm

VENUE-
#204, 2nd Floor,

ABK Olbee Plaza,

Road no1, Banjara Hills,

Opp: Care Hospital,

Hyderabad 500 034. India


Limited Seats. Register your Seat now!!!


Contact details: 040-40141147 / 40214545

Email : infohyd@csqrl.com
www.csqrl.com

Saturday, July 3, 2010

MBA Admission seminar @ Csquare Learnings (GMAT Training Institute)

Admissions Seminar….

Create a Picasso…

Essays are blank canvases that provide candidates with an incredible opportunity to create a Picasso. Good application requires reflection, writing, and rewriting. Looking at the criticality of time, Csqrl is organizing an Admissions seminar with special emphasis on essays.

For more details visit http://www.csqrl.com/Seminars@csqrl/Admissions_Seminar.php



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

GRE as a gateway to B Schools

“ Dear MBA aspirants,

Did you blew up your GMAT ; feel disappointed as you couldn’t apply to TOP Business schools such as Stanford, Harvard, Wharton etc…. ; here is a good news for you: All the TOP Business schools in USA including Harvard, Wharton, ROSS etc are NOW accepting GRE score as alternative to GMAT. Check the link attached and see if your dream school is listed there…

http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/programs/

Wish you Good Luck, “

Csquare Learnings

Hyderabad 040-40214545/40141147

Bangalore 080-40821000/1

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

GMAT Score 710-Sushant Jain (Student of GMAT training Center -Csquare learnings)


"I decided to appear for GMAT sometime in August 2009. Some of my friends suggested that I look up for some good institute for preparing for GMAT. Initially, I thought that I could manage it on my own. So, I started to prepare for it on my own. My job was hectic enough at that time and managing GMAT preparations proved to be quite a challenge and I felt like I was beating around the bush without much progress. I then decided to look for some guidance. I tried to look for institutes in Bangalore through internet and found Csquare right at the top of my search. I looked through various forums and most of them were unanimous in their view that Csquare has the best to offer when it comes to GMAT. Hence, I took the leap of faith and joined Csquare. Right after the first class (on SC), all my doubts melted away and I was sure that I have come to the right place. This feeling got re-enforced more and more as I attended more and more classes.

On the verbal front, the strategies taught in the class for SC worked really well for me. Towards the end of my preparation, I was getting almost all SC questions right within the manageable time and all that was just by blindly following the "GMATically correct" SC rules taught in the class. The strategies offered for RC were also quite unique and if one really followed them, there was little chance of going wrong. I did my best to practice that and I got comfortable with it as the time progressed. On CR, the strategy to classify questions into various types was equally good. However, I somehow paid least attention to practicing CR and that’s what probably led to some dip in my verbal score.

On Quantitative front, I found the strategies taught in the class very helpful in solving the questions quickly and accurately. Specially, with the kind of approach taught to solve DS questions it was really difficult to go wrong there. Quant is not just about solving a question; it is also about solving it quick enough and with least amount of effort and that is what was taught to us in the quant class. The classes were quite focused and dealt with a very good pool of questions. So, quant became friendly by the end of it all.

I ultimately managed to score 710 (Quant - 50, Verbal - 36). I would like to thank Csquare for all the assistance and support. Special thanks to Rashmi and Kirtin for all their help and motivation."

Sushant Jain

GMAT Score(690)---->XLRI (with Csquare Learnings-GMAT Training Center @ Bangalore,Hyderabad and Delhi)

Hi MBA Aspirants,

I wanted to write this mail a long time back since I got a confirmed offer from XLRI Jamshedpur for their 1 year GMP program but just could not find the time. Now that this is due for a long while and I sincerely feel what I am going to write down, I knew I had to do it now.

Just to give you some background about me:

I am an Electronics Engineer by qualification but was in IT when the MBA bug bit me firmly in 2008. I had planned it some years back but got busy with my job. It was my wife, a doctor by profession who gave me the confidence to go with it again and hence I started looking out for GMAT coaching. This got me connected to Csquare Learnings. Before I go any further let me furnish the details of GMAT and colleges I applied to.

GMAT: 630,650,690

Average Acads

Total Work Experience: 6 years 8 months,1 year of entrepreneurship experience

ISB

Great Lakes

XLRI: got an admit to GMP 1 year program

The journey was a satisfying experience overall starting with Maths coaching from Rashmi and English from Kirtin.

I found everyone very dedicated and hard working be it Rashmi, Reddy, Vinita Maam or Kalyan himself. This is the only reason I could keep myself egging on when I faltered badly on my initial 2 attempts at GMAT. They all gave me the confidence and motivation that I can do well. In the end, I could not cross the magical figure of 700 and I was a bit disappointed but then I knew I had given it my all.

I had decided to go for the Admission assistance course and enrolled for the essay writing and mock interview sessions with Vinita Maam. This was the phase during my preparation when I got to know about myself. The document that Vinita Maam gives to know about yourself and your profile is something that gives you an exact picture of what you have done in your personal and professional life. I made one mistake of not allowing Maam to identify the best colleges for me in India itself because I made that decision too late but fortunately I didn't had to pay for it. Essay writing session began with me not knowing what to write and how to write but Maam gave the confidence to go for it and was patient enough to correct it always. In the end her patience and persevering with me paid off and I was able to come up with real good essays which didn't look a possibility before I joined the sessions.By this time I was convinced about the Interview session with Maam and it really did a lot of good towards building up my preparation. The mock interviews were relevant and made my confidence of handling the real college interviews many notches up. By the time I ended my interview, I was completely satisfied and convinced that, Had I not joined the course and didn't have Vinita Maam's guidance I would not have been able to write a good application to various MBA colleges. My wife who was a witness to this journey had the same opinion. It is a pity that I could not meet everyone from CSquare in person, particularly Vinita Maam before joining in XLRI because of unforeseen hospitalisation of my Dad.

Pardon me if I wrote such a big mail and believe me I am not in habit of writing such long mails, but all that I have written is completely true. I am completely convinced that my stint has played a major role in getting me to XLRI and particularly the brain storming sessions with Vinita Maam. Now I know the importance of those sessions and the reason why Maam puts a high value to those sessions.

Thank you all for the support provided to me during my course and bringing me to this platform of MBA. I hope I can justify the confidence shown by all of you at CSquare in me.

Regards

Giri Shankar

XLRI GMP 2010-2011

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

ISB student from Csquare Learnings(GMAT Training Institute)-Ashwin Krishna

Ashwin Krishna ISB Co 2011

I found that GMAT preparation is a different ballgame and I didn’t want to join yet-another-institute who specializes in CAT coaching and “claims” to provide mentoring for GMAT!

I did a lot of research on institutes who are catering GMAT coaching. As a reality check I visited Csquare, Jamboree and TIME. Unarguably, the energy level, which I saw in Csquare was indomitable. I loved the passion in Rashmi, the way she answered my questions and the way she directed me for my GMAT dream. I was a lost kid not knowing my way forward for cracking GMAT. Rashmi’s mentoring was indeed a “ray of hope” for me. I went ahead with the intuition of “First impression is best impression” and I am happy to say that taking up Csqaure is one of the best decisions of my life.

Moreover, I got an amazing feedback from Csquare alumni – Niara Ahmed ( who is student at ISB Co 2010 and Amit. )

Thus, being a rational human being I cherry picked Csquare among the mediocre rest!

Csquare is Certainly the master in GMAT Preparation.

Sometime during august 2009: My entrepreneurial journey needed a big leap and MBA was the best way forward. I spent 4 full years to decide about my GMAT journey. I was exhausted… Csquare was the booster, which empowered my entrepreneurial journey by helping me to tame the GMAT bull.

Empowering GMAT dreams

§ Right from Day 1 when I met Rashmi, there was lots of “positive energy” around. I strongly feel this seeded confidence in me to crack GMAT.

§ The strong foundations laid in the class helped me to understand the basics and mend my mistakes.

§ The repeated, exhaustive practice tests empowered me to get rid of “fear of committing silly mistakes in objective-type exam”.

§ The techniques taught were undoubtedly simple, whacky and effective. Unarguably, these techniques helped me to optimize time in GMAT.

§ There was string focus on “Individual development”. It was indeed great to be in a small batch of 10.

§ Test Taking Strategies made me to think and perceive GMAT is ridiculously easy.

Empowering Admissions dreams

§ Hours of 1-1 classes on admissions was impeccable. Those sessions not only gave me a headstart to applications process but also guided me to the right path for ISB. Even though I had a great profile, I wasn’t clear how to sell my USP. Vinitha & her admissions team at Csquare did a commendable job by analyzing my profile and mentoring me at every stage till I landed at ISB.

Empowering my Life

§ The eclectic Csquare students and the “GMAT ecosystem” at Csquare indeed brought a new “me” in me.

§ I have not only made some of the best friends of life through Csquare but also carry the same positive energy, which I have evidently seen in whole of Csquare family!


I am strongly inclined to giving back to the system. I will spend substantial amount of time in sharing my knowledge about essay writing and admissions to Csquare students. My extensive knowledge of essays and admissions that I gained through Csquare Admissions team, will be put to best use in Csquare! I will be more than happy to give sessions on “How to get into ISB”.

Before I finish my stint in ISB, I will write a research report on “Market potential for GMAT coaching in India”, which will be exclusively presented for Csquare. I feel it’s a nice way to say “thank you” for folks who helped me realize my dream of “cracking GMAT conundrum”.

I would like to be a good-will ambassador of Csquare and help in all fronts for marketing Csquare.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Csquare Learnings welcome's all the woman MBA aspirants!!!

Today our women have a great part to play in the progress of humanity. The role of women in society is a measuring rod and true index of its civilization and cultural attainment. Thus their education plays a pivotal role in the society leading to participation of women in various fields of work. In the modern era various top B schools offer the best and the most flexible programs to intelligent, business-savvy women by supporting female faculty, by sponsoring the course fees, and encouraging the development of social and professional organizations that cater to female student interests. These endeavors have led to an increase in the percentage of female candidates which averages at 35% for the top 15 B Schools. However this figure still remains low.

We at Csquare want to reach out to as many women as possible and foster their growth in the MBA world. Hence we are proud to announce that we offer special GMAT course preparation discounts of 20%to women candidates and help them connect to women centered B schools such as HEC- Paris, Stanford to name a few. This is an endeavor not only to help the women but also contribute towards the society and its growth. We hope that our efforts will promote many more female candidates to make the best use of the opportunities and encourage them to pursue their Dreams.

Hurry up and reach your dreams ! What more you are waiting for???

Offer valid till this month end.

Regards

Csquare Learnings Team

Thursday, April 15, 2010

7 CSQRL students at ISB, Hyderabad PGP (2010-2011)

7 CSQRL students at ISB, Hyderabad PGP (2010-2011)

Today, excellence has its own shine for the 7 ISB admits, who were not aware that a major transformation was under way until they were well into it. We at Csquare made them work with vision, strategy belief and persistence. After getting admits, other students heard them saying, “Look, it just wasn’t that complicated! Once we understood the concept, we just moved straight ahead and the journey brought us to ISB”. Aristotle rightly said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” We agree, excellence at Csquare is not an act but a habit. Take a look..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTqR3YwxzZ0

Friday, March 26, 2010

GMAT SCORES OVER CAT

GMAT SCORES OVER CAT

Number Of Aspirants Shoots Up As GMAT Gives International Exposure; Process Better Organized

TOI| Bangalore

March 26: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is gaining ground among students with numbers shooting up sharply over a five-year span and fairly significantly over a one-year period.

According to Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the total number of Indian GMAT test takers has increased to 32,000 in 2009 from 25,000 in 2008. The number is high compared to the number of test takers in 2005 which was only 13,000. Candidates whom The Times of India spoke to said taking GMAT provides an opportunity to study in colleges abroad as they accept GMAT score. Also, many feel that the GMAT process is more organized.

Raveena Gupta, a software engineer, expressed her unhappiness over CAT 2009 computer-based test. Terming it an “unfair process”, she said there was no uniformity in papers unlike previous years. “Some students got easy papers while others tough ones. The entire process was not carried off well,” she said.

GMAT , an universal test, is more organized. I am seriously thinking of taking GMAT. It’s more of application-based test unlike CAT where emphasis is more on mathematical part,” she added.

For Raghavendra D, an engineer, CAT 2009 was one of the reasons for his switch over to GMAT. “CAT 2009 was unpredictable. The problem with its format is that at initial level it’s highly score-based and only at the interview time weightages are given to other areas,” he said.

Raghavendra who got a seat in Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, said with his work experience it might be difficult for IIMs to get him a placement. “I have nearly six years of work experience. I have got some reviews from my friends in IIMs who said it might be difficult to get a suitable role for a person with over five years’ experience. I might feel out of place among the peer group,” he added.

But for Apratin Mukherjee, working in IT industry, it’s the international exposure that matters. “I wrote CAT 2009 and it was ok. However, I always wanted to go abroad and study. Hence, I am looking at GMAT,” he said.

Rashmi Gowda, director, Csquare Learnings, a Bangalore-based GMAT training institute, said with majority of IIMs shifting their focus from CAT and giving more importance to work experience and leadership potential, there is more focus on GMAT. “Many B-schools are now considering GMAT an alternative score in lieu of CAT,” she said.

Rashmi said once taken, the GMAT score is valid for five years, which means a student, can decide to study MBA anytime within five years. “Also programmes like MS in Management from London Business School have specially been designed for management aspirants with no work experience. Hence, the young management aspirants who wish to seek international exposure in addition to seeking just a degree, now have more options beyond CAT and IIMs,” she explained.

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=TOIBG/2010/03/26&PageLabel=4&EntityId=Ar00400&ViewMode=HTML&GZ=T

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Seven ISB Admits from CSQUARE Learnings

Congratulations.........

Csquare Learnings takes this opportunity to Congratulate all the seven admits to ISB this year (the names are mentioned below). We know all of you were waiting for this moment since a long time and we are thrilled to see your DREAMS come true. We are proud of all the seven students of Csquare who have accomplished their goal and made it to ISB. It is indeed an invigorating moment for Csquare to have all of you as our alumni.

This journey to success has not been a cake walk for all of you right from searching the Best institute for GMAT to clearing the interview. We can recall the days with some of you when you prepared day and night for GMAT and went through all the brain storming sessions to draft essays, and at the end must say IT HAS ALL PAID OFF!! This truly shows that hard work and dedication can lead you to your DREAMS. Time and again all you have showed the zeal and motivation to make it into a Big Bschool of your choice and finally here it is-Indian School of Business!!

Once again we have proved that at Csquare we strive not only to teach our students just the strategies or subjective concepts but also streamline the thought process to get a super score in GMAT and finally get admission into the DREAM College.

Finally heartiest congratulations to all the ISB admits for the splendid performance so far. Csquare wishes the ISB admits All the Best for future and continuous success and May you be bestowed with many such enlivening moments.


The ISB admits for 2010-2011 from CSQRL are-

Kavita Singh

Ashwin Krishna

Vijay Kumar

Surabhi Sawant

Subhadip Majumder

Raghavendra

Varun Rai Bansal

Friday, January 29, 2010

Csquare Learnings-Student Feedback-GMAT Score 730

Ashok Verma-730

My journey of GMAT preparation started last year when I had these Official guides lying all around in my bedroom. Initially I knew I can crack GMAT on my own and with this mind set I started my preparation. I prepared for a month and like a typical test taker went on to take a couple of tests to analyze my performance. I faired bad and ended up with 500s. At this point of time I realized that GMAT is not just about practice and patience but the strategies to crack the exam also matters a lot.  


I searched for a couple of GMAT training institutes and zeroed on Csquare because of the level of knowledge they had about GMAT compared to other institutes and I must say I didn’t take a wrong decision ;)

My initial months of Classroom sessions were an eye opener wherein I NOT ONLY learnt the right strategies to crack this monstrous GMAT BUT ALSO (correct usage of idioms:) ) learnt the right perspective you need to have while writing this exam that can only be taught at Csquare. I really owe a lot to my trainer, Varsha, for the efforts that she has put in right from explaining the strategies again n again to sitting down with students individually to improve their score. I must say if it was not for the impositions that I got I would have not improved on my CR and DS. Once I started taking the prep tests I could see my confidence levels raise. I saw a 610 on my prep test and that’s when I knew I have to work harder. On an average I gave about 7-8 hours of study and took a break from work 10 days before the exam. The motivation that I always received from Varsha was commendable that pushed me to perform better and stretch that extra mile to get a 700+.

On the D-day I knew this was DO or DIE for me but didn’t let my emotions dictate my exam. Math was comfortably completed and as per I remember I skipped about a couple of questions that seemed weird to me. Somewhere or the other I knew Math was not very bad. Now I have to keep my cool on Verbal. Well verbal was little tougher than my practice tests but nevertheless I managed to finish it on time. I swear guys those few minutes after submitting the test and before getting the final score was the longest moment of my life (no exaggeration). I am elated to receive a 730!! Yes I had done it and that’s why I said I did not take a wrong decision to Join Csquare.

Lastly wana say I really believe this exam is lot about patience and endurance. Everyone needs to practice as much as possible to achieve their dream score and ofcourse follow all the CSQRL strategies. Thanks to Varsha and her team for making it possible for me.


Cheers to all....and Besto!!



Ashok Verma

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Csquare Learnings-Student Feedback-GMAT Score 710

Coen de Heus-GMAT Score 710

Hereby my feedback:


My reason for coming to India has always been to improve my resume to get into a business school. During my period here I started realizing that my achievements so far were very close to getting me in, and actually I started thinking about scholarships. Research concluded that a 700+ score would get me close to earning such a scholarship. What complicated my study though was the full-time work schedule at my job. Thus I decided that I needed help. CSquare felt good, thus I stuck with them.

At the intake I already scored a 650 on the prep test. As a near native English speaker I had a major advantage, RC and CR where near perfect. However as a near-native, I never thought about grammar rules, thus my SC was terrible. Obviously my math could use some help too. We decided that 3 classes per week, 2 hours per class, for 1 month, and another month preparation should get me where I want.

The next period was very difficult, 2 hours class before work, 8 hours work, and some more 2 hours of homework each day. However having a goal is extremely useful here. Make sure that you know why you want to do this. If you lose focus (which will happen multiple times in two months) try to imagine or visualize where you want to go.

Study-wise I did nothing special. Even more so, I tried to focus on the basics. All the math you have probably seen before, and while GMAT may ask some difficult concepts, 90% will be on the basics. Besides if you understand these, you can derive the right calculations yourself often.

To make the essay part easier, see if you can learn to type blindly. This way you can check your spelling and grammar while you are typing. I earned myself some 8 minutes extra rest for both Analysis of Issue and Analysis of Argument. I am sure this mental rest helped my math score tremedously.

I was able to improve much on the verbal and scored a 37. Personally I only used the framework for RC and CR (Only F not IRE) as I was already quite good at these. The framework did however relieve my mind a bit, which is crucial after three and a half hours.

So I ended up with a Q:50, V:37 and Total:710, still waiting for the AWA. I cannot imagine a score less than a 5.0 though. Hope this helps future students.

Good Luck Coen de Heus