The word dojo comes from the Japanese. Traditionally a place to study Karate, a dojo has come to refer to the Japanese style of learning, one rooted in training, not lecturing. Bibliography-style courses are still the norm in the test-prep industry. So you have found one of the few schools that trains GMAT like a martial art.
Who we are
We are teacher-owned and test-focused. We do R&D. We are top-scoring, active test-takers. We are long-time teachers and love it. Gmat Dojos are owned and managed by their senior teachers, who are required to show official GMAT scores in the top 1 percent, plus at least 5 years of outside teaching experience. We are not yet known for our aggressive sales teams. We are not yet spending thousands of euros on Google. Our test-focus adds up to a more powerful training program, delivered faster and more clearly by the day.
The Dojo Method
Doing is the optimal way to train for a computer adaptive test. What is a computer adaptive test? In a sense, a C.A.T. is an early form of Artificial Intelligence. It's a prototype, like Big Blue. The IBM supercomputer can choose, based on its memory of thousands of famous games, the best move for any given arrangement on the board, Likewise, today's GMAT has a database of tens of thousands of questions, at all levels of difficulty. Therefore, no two sessions of the test are alike, and each is individually crafted in response to your skillset and mindset on that very day. And thus, the GMAT is more surprising and aggressive than any test I took at university. Though I studied Pure Mathematics at one of the premier universities in the Western world, I was shockingly unprepared for my first C.A.T.
Training vs Lecturing
Sadly, preparation for the GMAT still follows the university model: students still read books; teachers still talk from PowerPoint; and the paradigm is still Data Transmission - as if there were a static collection of facts that might add up to a great GMAT score. Of course, there is static set of facts, and people need to know it. But knowing it amounts to a score of only about 450. That's the limit of the Data Transmission model, and the point where the Dojo paradigm becomes essential. The Dojo idea is that high scores require great technique + lots of practice. And training is much more effective in the company of a good trainer. It is not usually possible to train from a book or a lecture. Practice. Debate. Defeat. Advice. These are the critical ingredients that combine to make a fast, effective training experience.
Omer trains our GMAT teachers in Amsterdam. His claim to fame is a 780 GMAT score. A graduate of UC Berkeley Mathematics, he has taught GMAT, GRE and SAT for numerous agencies, including Kaplan Test Prep, Kidum GMAT, GMAX, Manhattan Elite Prep, and Manhattan Review. He also served as academic director of the MBA Center in Tel Aviv. Find him on LinkedIn.