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1 An Overview of the GMAT ® and LSAT ® Joanna Graham and Jeannette File-Lamb Joanna Graham and Jeannette File-Lamb

2 The GMAT® Exam Joanna Graham Associate Director, GMAT® Program educationUSA Advisor Training September 28 – October 2, 2009

3 Agenda Who is GMAC ® ? What is the GMAT ® ? What might a student ask? How do I prepare for the test? Whats new? What can GMAC ® do for me?

4 Who is GMAC®? A U.S. based non-profit organization GMAT ® Test Sponsor Partners with Pearson VUE and ACT Champions of GME

5 Global Access to the GMAT ®

6 GMAT ® Quick FAQs What is the GMAT ® ? What does the GMAT ® measure? What do GMAT ® scores mean? Does the AWA score affect the Total Score? How do I register for an appointment? Where is my closest testing center? How much does the GMAT ® cost?

7 What might a student ask? What does a normal GME candidate look like? How do I find information about GME programs? Im interested in a program that doesnt require GMAT ® scores. www.mba.com

8 How do I Prepare for the test? Candidates should be familiar with the test Best preparation is practicing actual test –Familiarity with item types and testing conditions Cannot use tricks to improve score

9 How do I Prepare for the test? GMATPrep ® Official Guides for GMAT ® Review –12 th Edition –Quantitative Review –Verbal Review GMAT® Paper Tests MBA Survival Kit GMATFocus GMAT® Write! MYAccess!

10 Whats New?

11 2007-08 GMAT ® Volumes by Region Region % of Volume 2007 % of Volume 2008 Africa0.9%1.1% Asia11.0%13.1% Australia and the Pacific0.4% Canada3.2%3.3% Central Asia6.6%8.2% Eastern Europe0.8%1.0% Mexico, Caribbean & Latin America 1.6%1.8% Middle East3.3%3.2% United States65.4%60.1% Western Europe6.8%7.1%

12 2007-08 GMAT ® Volumes by Region Part II: Without the US Region % of Volume 2007 % of Volume 2008 Africa2.7% Asia31.8%33.5% Australia and the Pacific1.0% Canada9.2%8.5% Central Asia19.1%20.1% Eastern Europe2.3%2.6% Mexico, Caribbean & Latin America 4.8%4.7% Middle East9.4%8.2% Western Europe19.7%18.0%

13 Palm Vein Reader

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15 What Can GMAC® do for Me? GMAT ® Information Bulletin The Official Guide for GMAT ® Review GMAT ® Data –www.gmac.comwww.gmac.com –Profile of GMAT ® Candidates –Trends by Geographic Region Study Contact with GME programs

16 GMAT® Information Bulletin for 2009

17 mba.com

18 Questions? Joanna Graham Associate Director, GMAT® Program Graduate Management Admission Council jgraham@gmac.com +1-703-245-0604

19 19 Legal Education in the United States Jeannette File-Lamb Director of International Initiatives Law School Admission Council 2009 Western Hemisphere educationUSA Adviser Training Program September 28- October 2, 2009

20 20 Agenda Who is LSAC? Why pursue legal education in the U.S.? What is the process? What are the test volumes and locations? What is the test format? What resources are available?

21 21 Law School Admission Council 210 member law schools in US, Canada and Australia (Melbourne) Not-for-profit Services include: Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Test Preparation Material Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) J.D. Credential Assembly Service (JD-CAS)

22 22 Why Pursue Legal Education in the United States? Helpful to become a judge If workers assigned in the U.S. or working with a U.S. company, important to know U.S. law Enhance credentials (after First Degree) To Teach Specific target areas, for example: Intellectual Property Rights, Information Technology, Environmental Issues

23 23 Juris Doctor (J.D.) & LL.M. Degrees Juris Doctor: follows Undergraduate Degree To practice must typically also pass Bar Examinations & Character and Fitness Review LL.M. Degree Typically follows J.D. or international law degree One year, specialized program

24 24 Admission Process (J.D. & LL.M.) Undergraduate Degree LSAT (not typically required for LL.M.) Personal Statement References TOEFL if needed LSDAS and JD-CAS Limited Financial Aid

25 25 J.D. Credential Assembly Service (JD-CAS) Centralized credential authentication and evaluation (AACRAO) Access to online applications Copies of transcripts Letters of recommendation Other Law School Data Assembly Services (LSDAS)

26 26 LSAT Volumes 2008-09 (by test center) United States 138,000 Canada 10,000 Other International 3,000 Korea, Australia, China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Taiwan Source: qryCountryTestTaken0809_4

27 27 Non-US Citizens applying to ABA Law Schools for 2008-09 Of the 3,843 applications: Canada838 Mexico84 Korea460Colombia54 China339Brazil52 India140Venezuela33 UK118Peru27 Jamaica100Argentina23 Sources:qryForeignStudentsApplyingforJD_LLM_08_09_only Citizenship,andCitizenship2

28 28 Feedback from Admission Officers Application review process takes longer Undergraduate Degree in field of law not required Strong writing capability extremely important English language proficiency

29 29 LSAT: Purpose & Format Provide a standard measure of the acquired reasoning and reading skills of law school applicants Format Paper and pencil 3 ½ hours long Five multiple-choice sections & an un-scored writing sample Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning

30 30 LSAT Scores & Test Dates Scores Range from 120 -180 (about 150 is average) No pass/fail score No penalty for guessing Test Dates June, October, December Exact time & date may vary by country or region

31 31 LSAT Test Centers Currently available in 60 countries Expanding availability of testing Recruiting for qualified centers and staff to administer LSAT Print deadline of December 1 Interested?

32 32 Hard-copy resources Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools LSAC Test Preparation Publications (available to advising offices at 50% discount for re-sale) Law School Admission Reference Manual for Law School Administrators and Prelaw Advisors

33 33 Online Resources LSAC: www.LSAC.org & www.LSACnet.orgwww.LSAC.orgwww.LSACnet.org ABA: www.ABAnet.org/legaled/home.htmlwww.ABAnet.org/legaled/home.html National Conference of Bar Examiners: www.NCBEx.org www.NCBEx.org Association of American Law Schools: www.AALS.org www.AALS.org

34 34 My Contact Information Jeannette File-Lamb Director of International Initiatives Law School Admission Council 662 Penn Street Newtown, PA 18940 USA Jfile-lamb@LSAC.org Phone: +1.215.968.1372


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