i just got back from the test in southern california. i picked up a GMAT book for the first time 6 weeks ago. i've been trying to studying 1-2 hours per day at night after work and 3-4 hours on weekends. i used OG11
, OG verbal
, OG quant
, kaplan verbal
math, princeton review overall, manhattan gmat sentence correction
and of course gmatprep and powerprep.
AWA was ok. first question was something about employees of not-for-profit corporations being more motivated than employees of for-profit corporations. second question was about moving up professionally at the expense of a private life.
anyway, i think my AWA was ok. we'll see in 3 weeks but i'm hoping for a 5.
usually my math scores range from 48-51 on my practice tests. i used to always finish my practice tests with about 5 minutes to spare so i've been taking the time to recheck my work, etc. but these days that has backfired and i've been running out of time. i ran low on time so i had to start rushing at the end. i think i had like 7 minutes left for the last 5 questions and i found myself looking at the clock a lot and finding that i'm below pace.
my verbal scores range from 38-42 on my practice test. i used to finish 10-15 minutes early so i've been taking this a lot slower. i finished with about 4 minutes left and towards the end i was really taking my time to read and re-read and re-read, etc.
my goal was to have 700+. my practice tests ranged from 660-730 but usually i kind of rushed a bit on my practice tests. if i scored under 700, i was going to retake. i figured if everything goes well, i would get like a Q50/V42 (like 750).
oh well, in the end a Q48, V42. the 48 on Q was on par with the lowest i would ever score but the 42 was on par with the highest and total is 730 so i'm happy.
Q48 / 85
V42 / 95
Overall 730 / 96
(UPDATE AWA SCORE 6.0)
i'm an older guy (34) applying to executive MBA programs. my undergrad GPA from 10+ years ago was a low 2.5 from UC Berkeley.
1) UCLA EMBA
2) USC EMBA
3) Wharton West EMBA (in San Francisco)
4) INSEAD (full time 1 year)
5) maybe kellogg, maybe London Business School, etc.