I am NOT a math person. I've spent the last five years in corporate communications. I've always dreamed of "going back to school" but frankly, felt an advanced PR or communications degree would be a complete waste of time since it would essential teach the same skills and techniques I use everyday. I think an MBA is the right choice for me.
I went to a small state school for undergrad, scraped by with a 3.25 despite nearly flunking out the first two years (read BEER). Unfortunately, that was when I attempted my business and math courses (
) I have, as I mentioned, about five years exp +plus great recommendations and lots of community involvement. My work history would bring a lot of diversity to a classroom.
Anyway, while I fantasize about going to an elite school, that wasn't my original goal (am I selling myself short??). There is another state university near my home that is acredited by the AASCB (or whatever it is exactly) and I could save a bundle, not relocate my husband or quit my job.
Here's the catch. I have a month. Application deadline is April 1. I was told they could use the instant score to get my application moving as long as the official scores arrive by April 30. Up until about a week ago, I had not even cracked a GMAT book. I haven't studyed any verbal yet, since that's my strength and want to get my score above a 600 and then improve verbal.
I did 1 1/2 Kaplan
practice tests (I did one verbal, two maths and used my original verbal score to compute my "practice test score"). The first one was a 520. The last one was a 560. I haven't yet reviewed the answers mainly because I noticed Kaplan
repeats questions a lot and I might do one more Kaplan
test before I move on to another resource.
Okay, finally my questions (told you I'm a word person):
1. I did the final score simulator and based on my 560 it said I had a 690. That doesn't seem right. Based on my tests so far, do I have a shot in . . .you know where . . . of breaking 600 or better (dare I dream) on the real thing by the end of March?
2. What's the best way to quickly re-teach myself all the math I never learned in high school? I got the GMAT Math Workout book from the library and like the format, despite the errors and it seems to help, but is there a better resource?
3. Verbal. According to Kaplan
, I tested in the 78th percentile (
). Big disappointment, but this was without even looking at the verbal chapters and study guides. Considering I have a writing background and was an English minor in college, should I give too much time to improving my score?
4. And, am I selling myself short? Applying to the elite schools is expensive, but if I honestly think I could get in, I'd hate to live the next decades of my life wondering what could of been. Then again, we just moved cross-country two years ago. I don't know if we could do it again.
Sorry, its so long. I know a no-no for a first time guest. But I really needed some encouragement. Plus, it just felt good to get it all out there.