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GMAT Preparation: How to master the Art of Guessing

The GMAT syllabus can appear to be vast and scary. So preparing for the GMAT test involves more than just knowing every GMAT verbal and quantiative concept perfectly. Knowing how to guess intelligently on difficult GMAT questions can save you time and get you some good scores too.

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New post 09 May 2012, 10:11
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Hello Sameer,

Yogagirl, accept my (Surya)namaskar!

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GMAT: 650 Q48, V32
Female, 35 Years old
Citizenship: India, Living in US since 2003
Work Experience: 12 Years in Semiconductor and Automotive Industry.
Job Profiles: Software Engineer, Supplier and Sub-contract Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager.

I want to pursue a 1-year Full time MBA. The goal is to climb the corporate ladder.
I'm afraid, that's not enough of a rationale for the top schools, as it is too generic. We gotta get more specific here.

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Iam interested in IMD, INSEAD and the 1 year program at Kellogg. Please evaluate my profile.
IMD is fine, but INSEAD and Kellogg might be too much of a stretch.

You might want to consider other European programs where you are deviating too much from the average class profile.

The immediate knee-jerk response (ignoring the standard "can the GMAT score be higher?") from bschools when they see such a profile is..."Why not an Executive MBA? The ladder climbing, rock-climbing, rappelling and other non-yogic pursuits can happen there as well."

Do you have an answer for that? If you do, fantastic. If not, then time for some introspection.
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Careers in Business Academia: Research, teaching and consulting jobs

Academic jobs are usually associated with teaching and research. Beyond this, the level of awareness is limited, specially for those seeking a ‘business focussed’ career.

Hari Raghavachari (an IMD Switzerland MBA alumnus) thinks there’s more to academic careers than meets the eye. In this 2-part series, he tries to provide additional insights into the world of teaching, administration, consulting and research jobs, but with a business focus...Read More
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Careers in Business Academia: How to get research and academic jobs

Academic jobs in business pay well, in fact, much better than ‘regular’ academic jobs in other (non-business) fields. But it’s a tough and long road to get there.

IMD Switzerland MBA grad Hari Raghavachari wraps up the 2-part series on academic careers by talking about how you get get the skills and qualifications needed for academic jobs...Read More
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How GMAT Critical Reasoning is structured

In the GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) questions, identifying the structured of the paragraph is the first and the most important thing to do.

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GMAT Preparation: Logical Flaws In GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions

GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) questions can be tough nuts to crack in the GMAT Verbal section. The GMAT preparation series on MBA Crystal Ball, written by the GMAT teachers at GoGMAT, continues with some tips on finding logical flaws in the Critical Reasoning questions with samples to explain the underlying concept...Read More
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Best Entrepreneurship MBA Programs in the top business schools

Entrepreneurship ranks high on the careers list of ambitious folks who want the flexibility and the freedom of managing their own business ventures. Managing a startup is the best way to pool in all the knowledge picked up in a top Bschool. In this guest post for MBA Crystal Ball, Nupur Gupta covers the best MBA programs for entrepreneurs and the excellent resources they offer. There’s a lot of information in there (including useful links for further reading), so bookmark the page and digest the data slowly...Read More
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GMAT Preparation: GMAT Verbal reading vs everyday reading

GMAT verbal questions involve English. And you’ve been reading books, magazines and newspapers in English since you were a child. But is that sufficient to assume that all that reading has made you an expert at GMAT English? The GoGMAT verbal experts, in their GMAT preparation series for MBA Crystal Ball, explain why the two are different and how you can approach it to get into the GMAT club of 700+ scorers...Read More
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Mays Business School Texas A&M University with scholarship

Mays business school is the Best value for money school in the US (and 4th in the world) according to Financial Times 2012 MBA rankings. FT also gives it a thumbs up for other aspects such as ‘Salary Percentage Increase’ (2nd in US), ‘Employment at Three Months’ (7th in US) and ‘Aims Achieved’ (6th in US).

The Mays MBA program has a strong technology management concentration and ties with the industry which translates to the strong placement statistics.
These were a few reasons why Samim Riaz chose the Mays MBA program at Texas A&M University (TAMU)...Read More
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GMAT Preparation: GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) – Necessary vs Sufficient

GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) questions test the test-takers ability to read complex (sometimes intentionally tricky) paragraphs and derive rational conclusions from it. In this post we take on another topic from the GMAT verbal syllabus that non-English speakers often find confusing. And yup, do expect sample GMAT questions to test out your newly gained knowledge...Read More
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Management Consulting 101: Introduction – What is consulting?

Management consultant Amit (better known as MBA Dropout on MBA Crystal Ball) has been addressing queries on this blog as well as on our careers discussion forum, from folks interested in getting management consulting jobs.

We’ve had a few one-off posts and a mini-series on consulting careers earlier. But we weren’t able to cover a lot of ground earlier in those short posts. So Amit has offered to help out by starting this guest series to throw some light on the Management Consulting industry...Read More
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GMAT Sentence Correction (SC): Most Common Modification Errors

GMAT Sentence Correction (SC) questions can seem difficult for non-native English speakers. But with the right practice, they are the easiest to fix to get a high GMAT score. the GoGMAT test preparation series on MBA Crystal Ball moves on to a dreaded topic on the GMAT verbal syllabus. With the examples used you’ll find it easier to understand GMAT SC questions...Read More
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Best Entrepreneurship MBA - Resouces and successful alumni startups

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GMAT Quantitative Section Preparation: Math Overview

GMAT Quantitative questions are normally considered to be easier than their GMAT verbal cousins. Most applicants from an engineering background score high on the GMAT quant section. But just because they are the low-hanging fruits, doesn’t mean you can take them lightly as a higher GMAT score would require you to crack difficult GMAT quantitative questions.

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Management Consulting 101: Types of consulting

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GMAT Sentence Correction Preparation: Comparison and Parallelism

GMAT Sentence Correction is a toughie. During GMAT preparation, you think you’ve nailed the verbal fundamentals, you get down to tackling the tough SC questions and realize you aren’t there yet.

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Profile Evaluation, Please?

Nationality: Indian
Age:21
Gender:Female
Languages known - English, Spanish,Bengali and Hindi

Education:
Class 10:80%
Class 12:90%
College:Bachelor's In Commerce(Honours){from the top college in my country}, Specialization-Marketing, CGPA:6.69

My dissertation was published by my college and ranked first with 96%

Leadership Roles
I was on the executive college commerce committee/ Commerce student council, core team member of the college journal and an AIESEC-er(L-Cong Logistics head of 2009)

Work Experience
Through out college I worked part time in a finance firm and upon graduation I continue to work in the same finance firm. I now lead a team of 10. I have mainly worked in auditing .The clients I have handled include regional banks,a retail giant and a major telecom company.

I also own and run my own spa and salon.

I have also collaborated with a Seychelles company to import,bottle,manufacture and sell a beauty and Cosmetics line of products.(We start production in August!)

Extra Curricular:
I have won national level debates,inter college(state and national) management events, drama and essay competitions. I have certificates in Indian classical music.

Social Service:
I have been involved with 2 local NGOs; one that helps orphans and street children and the other forms a support system for the victims of domestic violence. I was active in my school social service club too.


I am yet to take my GMAT. However, I am scoring at the moment in the 710-740 range in my mocks. I plan to take it on July21st.

My concerns are-
1. My work experience duration. I am hoping the quality of my work experience and my entrepreneurship skills can help compensate.
2. Age

My goals-
Major in marketing and get into the fashion industry ( fashion marketing)

Schools I am hoping for-
Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Booth, NYU(stern), MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Harvard( Far fetched dream). Or any other that you would suggest.
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GMAT Maths Data Sufficiency Questions: Systems of Equations

GMAT Data Sufficiency questions in the GMAT quantitative (Maths) section need an indepth understanding of how equations work. In this post, we explain how to tackle Data Sufficiency questions that involve systems of equations...Read More
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NUS Singapore MBA and 4 other admits for Indian IT Engineer Male

The NUS Singapore 1 year MBA program gets a lot of applications from Indian IT Male Engineers, just like all the other top bschools. Being closer to India and being more affordable than the US programs means that it gets more than its fair share of such profiles.

Rohit Jaggi was one of the hopeful applicants to NUS Singapore and several other top bschools. He got admits from 5 of the 8 schools he applied to – one offered a mouth-watering MBA scholarship. Quite an accomplishment!

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Profile Evaluation, Please?

Nationality: Indian, Age:21 , Gender:Female
Languages known - English, Spanish,Bengali and Hindi

You win the crown for being the youngest applicant on this thread.

Warning: I might have more questions for you than answers in this post.

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College:Bachelor's In Commerce(Honours){from the top college in my country}, Specialization-Marketing, CGPA:6.69
My dissertation was published by my college and ranked first with 96%

Where does that place you in the class ranking? Top 5, 10, 20 in a batch of ...?

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I was on the executive college commerce committee/ Commerce student council, core team member of the college journal and an AIESEC-er(L-Cong Logistics head of 2009)

What did you do in that role?

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Through out college I worked part time in a finance firm and upon graduation I continue to work in the same finance firm. I now lead a team of 10. I have mainly worked in auditing .The clients I have handled include regional banks,a retail giant and a major telecom company.

This is unusual except for mandatory course requirements such as an articleship. How many hours did you work in the part-time role and for how many months/years?

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I also own and run my own spa and salon.

For how long? How did you manage this along with your work commitments? I'm guessing this is not on a full-time basis and you have a manager + staff to take care of this. Right?

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I have also collaborated with a Seychelles company to import,bottle,manufacture and sell a beauty and Cosmetics line of products.(We start production in August!)

Getting more interesting now, as this would take your entrepreneurial accomplishments to a different level. Not now, but in a few months after you get the business plan off the ground and get into execution mode.

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I am yet to take my GMAT. However, I am scoring at the moment in the 710-740 range in my mocks. I plan to take it on July21st.

That's be more or less around the median range for the schools you've listed.

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My concerns are-
1. My work experience duration. I am hoping the quality of my work experience and my entrepreneurship skills can help compensate.
2. Age

The multiple hats you've worn does make your profile a little different from the others. But with the data you've shared, the quality of work-ex is tough to judge. the questions I've listed earlier would be the starting point to start digging deeper.

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Major in marketing and get into the fashion industry ( fashion marketing)

How does this connect with your professional or entrepreneurial work so far?

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Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Booth, NYU(stern), MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Harvard( Far fetched dream). Or any other that you would suggest.

I'd have ideally suggesting waiting and building your profile for atleast a year or 2 more. By that time your international venture would've taken better shape and you'd have more success stories to talk about.

Is that an option or have you made up your mind to apply this year?
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