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Re: GMAT Experience Posts Template [#permalink]
22 Aug 2014, 03:52
Since this website emailed me wanting me to share my GMAT experience, I will. Back in 2010, I took the GMAT so I could apply to MBA programs. I paid the $250 fee (at least that's what the fee was when I took it), and received my test date along with a couple of practice GMATs which were supposed to be retired versions of the GMAT. I went through the practice exam scoring a 760. On the day of my actual exam, I showed up for the test at 7 am, and ended up getting a 610. I was a bit surprised at the difference in scores between the practice and actual exam, but didn't really care. I only needed a 450 or 500 to get into the program I wanted to attend, so I basically slept through the test. I think that for not having really put much effort into the test or the prep, a 610 is pretty good. I wasn't shooting for Ivy league here.
Anyway, I subsequently completed my MBA, graduating in August 2012 (from Eastern Washington University if you were wondering). However, the job market at that time in my area was basically on life support. So I made the decision to enroll in a Master of Accounting program. Part of it was my fault for getting an MBA immediately after undergrad and being a career changer with no related experience (I was a construction foreman until the market crashed in 2007, at which point I went back to school), and part of it was that the school I went to did not really offer much in the way of career placement and networking assistance. At least with this MAcc program, I would be introduced with major accounting firms who recruit fresh grads off campus every year, so it basically came down to one of two choices: either sit there and flounder under a bunch of student debt without a viable way to repay it, or do a couple more years of school and be all but guaranteed a job in a growing field. Easy choice for me. As it stands,I am set to graduate this coming December (2014).
I suppose this begs the question of what I am doing on this website. A few weeks ago, I came across a question someone had posted regarding an MBA, and I wanted to comment on it and give my two cents. Doing so required that I register with the GMAT club. So I did, and then the GMAT club emailed me wanting my GMAT story. So here I am and here it is.