MBA Admissions Consulting and TOEFL & GMAT Prep Center
is to provide tailored training, prep, and insight to equip business-minded students who are vying for a spot in the top MBA B-schools, in a highly competitive market, with the necessary infrastructure to have the best possible chance at
is based on understanding and deciphering Brazilian students' academic and professional background and addressing their needs to excel on standardized testing and in the most challenging MBA admissions processes. Our 18-year track record has enabled us to develop an
The leading center for the Brazilian community
Operating since 1996, Philadelphia Consulting has successfully placed
over 1,500 students in the top 15 MBA schools
in the United States and Europe.
Philadelphia Consulting has administered courses to over 2.000 students, offering what we believe to be the best curriculum to maximize students’ abilities to take the TOEFL and GMAT tests. After an initial period of two and a half years of extensive research into the Brazilian
cognitive educational development
and on the basis of his dissertation on critical reasoning development, published in the periodical Home School Research (July/95), and filed in the American Educational Department/ERIC database, Professor Paulo César and his wife Neusa have devised comprehensive TOEFL and GMAT programs to build test content knowledge, develop reasoning, foster concentration, and consolidate strategy and performance.
Advising students in their academic pursuit and
has been a major component of the American Educational System. Several university courses and even majors are devoted entirely to this subject. Professor Paulo César has both studied this discipline during his doctoral program and worked directly with advising at the Bob Jones Testing Center Department, both in the USA, where he lived for 8 years. Having directly worked with MBA Admissions for the last 15 years, and member of the AIGAC (http://aigac.org/), international association that defines and promotes excellence in serving applicants, Professor Paulo Cesar has developed a
to guide and maximize the process of admissions of Brazilians, which has rendered him a track record of over 1500 approvals into the top schools, including 42 admissions at Stanford, 82 admissions at Harvard, 107 admissions at Chicago, 111 admissions at Wharton, 121 admissions at Kellogg, etc.
Steps to Success
It begins with
All of our work starts with fully understanding the academic and professional experience of the candidate, discussing
, future plans and investments, and aligning all expectations to realistic goals and academic program. Further information on our
GMAT and TOEFL preparatory courses
as well as
MBA Admissions and Application services
can be obtained directly from our personnel by calling the school.
One year from now, you will wish you had started today
Excellence in Admissions Consulting
Dr. Paulo César Moraes Oliveira
Founder Head MBA Admissions Consultant He earned his Doctorate of Education from Bob Jones University. His doctoral program culminated with in-depth studies on Critical Reasoning Development, involving analyses of several achievement tests while writing his dissertation. After earning his degree, he worked as an education consultant at the BJU Testing Services, administering tests and advising students in their educational development. In Brazil, Dr. Paulo Oliveira has had extensive experience in advising students in the application process for international universities as well as in training students to master the English language both for admission tests and academic purposes.
Neusa M.S. Moraes Oliveira, M.Sc.
Chief Foundational Professor MBA Admissions Consultant She obtained her Bachelor’s of English and Classical Greek from Grace College and her Master’s of Science in Educational Human Resources from Bob Jones University, both in the United States. In Brazil, Neusa did postgraduate work both in Linguistics Applied to the Teaching of English as a Second Language at PUC, and in Business Administration at FGV. She also earned her Official Translator title in 2000. Her advising and English teaching activities began in 1995. Neusa's passion for grammar and for the English language has been her main inspiration to help students improve their performance on proficiency tests, as well as to impact them to become more efficient users of the English language for life. She is responsible for Philadelphia Consulting's teaching methodology.
Host of the MBA Wire | TOEFL Teacher | Editor | Admissions Interview Coach A native English speaker raised in Los Angeles, CA, he is a full-time professional translator/interpreter and is specialized in Psychology at San Diego Mesa College and Accounting at PUC-SP. He has extensive working experience in various industries, including automotive, real estate, textile manufacturing, management, marketing and global shipping services. Today, he is the creator and host of the MBA Wire, a free podcast for candidates on their MBA journeys, head teacher of the TOEFL Foundational Course, an Admissions Interview Coach and Editor/Reviser at Philadelphia Consulting.
The Man in the Arena
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena
, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but
who does actually
strive to do the deeds
; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst,
if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
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The MBA Wire
Listen as Paulo Cesar provides valuable insights into the MBA Application Process and things you need to know before you start on your journey. Find out more on the MBA Wire www.thembawire.com
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With tailored content and years of know-how, we bring you a fully customized experience to your MBA application.
Watch this video on what to expect from the GMAT with Professor Paulo César (above)
Here's an introduction to what you need to know for the TOEFL with Professor Mateo Chang
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We need to know the exact starting point of each student to delineate a plan of study. After the diagnostic tests are taken, Professor Paulo César or Neusa will provide full feedback to guide each student accordingly. We have experienced that
the student thoroughly from the beginning is
decisive to establish
realistic goals, timeframe and provide effective coaching.
TOEFL and GMAT Prep
Upon the diagnostic result, students will be placed in one of the three levels of our program • PRE-TOEFL Preparation Course - from 1 to 3-month program • TOEFL Foundational Course - 2-month program • GMAT Advanced Course - from 4 to 4½-month program. Our programs are developed for group classes in which students have all been tested and present the level required to develop well through the curriculum. Our class dynamics fosters the learning process by
addressing students’ needs
specifically and generally. It is worth noting that in the case of the GMAT, our program encompasses the preparation of the verbal (English) part of the test only. After the diagnostic test, which is a complete test, including math, we refer students who need further math training to math professors. In the past 9 years, we have worked with the best math professors in the market with
over 15 years of experience
and with top updated material. For those who are joining the group program, classes meet once a week, for three hours, either on weekdays or on Saturdays; the homework load involved in this endevor is of approximately 8 hours a week. Class size has on average 12 students for the GMAT and 6 students for the TOEFL. TOEFL We have already updated all of our materials for the NEW GENERATION TOEFL iBT, according to its subtle changes in 2012, and besides offering a comprehensive and solid program to enable students to succeed in the TOEFL, we also launch a solid grammar foundation to enable them to evolve and succeed in the GMAT program subsequently.
We also offer private tutoring for both TOEFL and GMAT. Upon the result of the diagnostic test, a tailored program can be developed, according to the student’s needs.
Enrollment Process and Course Guide
Once the student has taken the diagnostic test and received a full feedback from Professor Paulo César or Neusa, he or she is ready either to enroll in a group or be tutored privately. The student is then properly allocated, signs a formal services contract, and collects the study plan mentioned below.
TOEFL & GMAT
Students will receive, upon enrolling, a comprehensive study plan that will cover class content and homework for each class of the entire program, providing
a full perspective
of the whole course and enabling them to plan accordingly. Our course is composed of three phases, namely: Phase 1: building grammar foundation and strategy expertise – In this phase, students will fully learn test content and how to approach the different types of questions. Performance is practiced from the very beginning and individual development is
. Phase 2: practicing with sections and fine tuning – In this phase, students will practice performance and fully master attack skills and test hurdles. Focus, time management, and reasoning under pressure are abilities trained throughout the entire program and specially addressed here. Phase 3: taking computer mock tests – Students will take a battery of complete tests, training for the final day. Performance is adjusted, leveraged and consolidated for the final performance.
Progression is tracked
carefully and test date is set individually.
We believe that the two parts of GMAT, Verbal and Quantitative can best be maximized by being administered by experts. To that end, instead of developing our own math program, we work in partnership with the best math professors in the market. Our
is totally aligned with those offered by them, and we all keep in constant contact to be sure we are maximizing students’ potential in both fronts. We have had tremendous synergy with the following professors who have guaranteed, along with our thorough verbal preparation, phenomenal scores on the GMAT by providing trainings that suit the individual needs of the students: Professor Julio Caro Professor Luciana Chamie Professor Fabio Skilnik Professor Nelson Pires These professors render math classes in their own offices. Their contact can be obtained by calling the center.
Coaching and Advising
The performance of the students will be
monitored every class
, concerning the amount of homework covered during the week. Students will also be taking assessment tests almost every class, so as to allow close and individualized follow-up on their progress. Throughout the program, the teacher will be advising them about strategies and performance maximization,
every one into reaching his or her full learning potential. The
results are highly predictable
, since we monitor every step of the program and make adjustments when necessary.
During the GMAT Preparation Course, Professor Paulo César will administer two workshops that are held on Saturdays, namely: • Reading Comprehension Workshop • Critical Reasoning Workshop These workshops will focus on
the students to fully command these areas of the test by placing them on highly pressured environments.
Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
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