Hey everyone I have 4 questions, feel free to answer any or none:
1) how long on average do you need for prep (months, years)
2) which are must on textbooks
3) Can you combine different Q and V scores like SAT
4) is MBA in Statistics offered a lot of places?
I know its a lot of questions but i figure someone will help. thanks
1) Prep depends on the person. I found it helpful to get the 2 free MBA tests from mba.com and take one of them right away. I hadn't studied yet, and it definitely helped me know what prep I should focus on and what parts I didn't need to work on as much. After that, you should have a better idea of how much time you'll need. Some people only need a couple weeks, some want 6 months. I've seen a lot of 2-4 months. Of course, it also depends on how much time you can spend each day practicing questions from the Official GMAT guide.
2) As mentioned above and I've sure you've seen, the Official GMAT guide is a must. It has hundreds of questions from previous tests. I used 2 others, but not nearly as much as that one. The second one I used was NOVA's GMAT guide. It has mixed reviews, but if you read it, you'll see the people who loved it used it for math, and the people who hated it tried to use it for verbal also. I needed to work more on math than verbal, so that's all I used this book for. It was great. They have a website you can go to and sign up, and then they send a question every day to you email. I found that especially helpful because it kept me in the right mindset by giving me something to practice every day. The third book I used was the Princeton Review
's Cracking the GMAT
. I didn't use it at all for the practice questions, but it has a lot of helpful strategy hints.
3) Yes, I've heard they combine you're highest verbal and your highest quantitative to give you your best overall score.
4) ??? I suggest posting that in the MBA application process forum.
Hope this helps.