One of the most grueling parts of applying to a highly selective business school is the prep work you have to do to achieve a 700-plus GMAT score. But now a leading provider of GMAT tutors is putting a new spin on prep. Noodle Pros is planning a five-day mountain retreat at a five-star luxury resort in Vail, Colorado, where you can cram for your prep.
At a cost of $6,000, the GMAT retreat will provide some 24 hours of one-on-one tutoring and class time, plus two full-length practice tests, sponsored dinners, a wine tasting, rafting trip, and a keynote from a former acting admissions director at Wharton. The event—to be held in late July and early August—will certainly put would-be test takers through the paces. Sessions will start at 8:30 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.
“The equivalent number of hours with one of our super tutors would be about $10,000,” says Neill Seltzer, CEO of Noodle Pros. “I am only going to staff it with superstars, people who have been tutoring for at at least seven years.” Seltzer is promising a five-to-one ratio of students to tutors, with a capacity for 50 students.
SUPER TUTOR DAN EDMONDS WILL BE AT THE RETREAT
Among the pros in attendance will be Dan Edmonds, who has been tutoring test-taking students for 25 years. A $500 an hour tutor, Edmonds has scored a perfect 800 on the GMAT three times, causing GMAC to ban him from taking the test any more times. Edmonds has led in-house GMAT courses at Goldman Sachs, and his students have earned MBAs at Harvard, Wharton, Tuck, Kellogg, Stanford, Columbia, and many other top programs.
“This is for high scorers,” adds Seltzer. “Unless you are at least a 550, then it’s probably not for you.”
While the first iteration of the retreat is for GMAT test takers, future events are likely to also include the GRE, says Seltzer. For those who register by May 15th, there’s a $500 discount.
The cram sessions will be held at Hotel Talisa, Vail, a resort and spa with sweeping mountain and creek views that used to be called the Vail Cascade.
Noodle Pros, created nine years ago by the former founder of The Princeton Review John Katzman, now boasts 122 tutors in 22 states and four countries.