|Case Study: MBA in U.S.A.
Taking the tests
The top schools require applicants to
be good at everything they do. So, they expect them to have good scores.
I was told a 720+ is a bare minimum in the GMAT if I'm targeting the top-10 schools. I set
my self a target of 760, and got a 740. I made sure that no school rejected me for a low
GMAT. I know now that a high GMAT cannot get one an admission on its own. But a low GMAT
can get one a reject on its own.
I started my GMAT preparation by taking a practice test. I analysed my performance and I
identified topics which made me feel uncomfortable.
The books I used
included Kaplan, Princeton, Arco and of course, the official GMAT
guide. I did practice tests of all the above and the Crack-GMAT
practice tests that were available on the net.
I spent two and a half months, studying about four hours every day after office. I kept
the Saturdays and Sundays to analyze my progress and identify weak areas. The math section
was easy for me. I had to work harder for the the verbal and comprehension sections and
practice was the key in these sections.
I attribute my score to all the analysis I carried out about where I need to put that
extra effort. If you are targeting 650, you don't need to do much, just study the
material with you and go for the test.
But for a 750, you need to really take care of the
finer points. This requires identifying areas where you are likely to make a mistake and
brushing every single concept in that topic.
TOEFL was easier. Frankly, I didn't spend too much time on it. Picked up the Barron's
guide and a CD that a friend handed over to me.
Next > Selecting Schools
Study: International student getting an admission into Wharton
Business School, one of the top business schools in the world. The study
discusses the process as well as the important application issues for
the business school admission process.
(This story is meant to describe the MBA
admission process in the U.S. The name of the person, and some facts have been changed to
conceal the identity of the person. The story must be considered fictitious.)