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My first GMAT [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2013, 04:57
The reason I say first is a common reason for GMAT takers as I understand it...

My first step in preparation was to take a sample test from GMAC before preparation to see where my starting point was. I scored a 530 on this exam and began reviewing the Official GMAT Review book in April. I studied the book, cover to cover and took the other sample exam, receiving a 570. I felt this was insufficient and my results showed that I was lacking in most Quant and Sentence Correction, but scored very high in Critical reasoning. With this in mind, I purchased Magoosh software. I watched every video available, read the idiom PDF, and reviewed all of the problems except for critical reasoning. After this I scheduled the Exam. In the weeks between completion of Magoosh and the actual test date I worked through hundreds of Quant problems in the GMAT Club forums and took several more free sample tests from Manhattan, Kaplan, and GMAC with scores ranging from low to mid 600's and was expecting a 620 minimum.

Test day I felt fine during the exam, yet I scored a 570. Of course I was disappointed in this score. Both my Quant and Verbal sections were inadequate in my opinion, scoring in the 46th percentile in Q, and 55th in V. I attribute the low Q score to the fact that I haven't taken a math course in over 17 years, but I scored much higher in V on all of my sample tests, even the very first one.

My desire is to enroll in an EMBA program. I am looking at Duke, UNC and UVA in that order. I realize that EMBA programs do not have the same requirements as a full-time MBA. Does anyone have experience, specifically with EMBA programs, regarding the importance of the GMAT score? I have eight years managerial experience, and 17 years of employment history and I believe that I can write a compelling personal statement in my application. I expect that I will want to retake the exam, but would much rather get the ball rolling sooner if it is feasible that I can gain acceptance into a program now. I am considering the purchase of programs such as Knewton, or even Kaplan in-person training. Thoughts?
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Re: My first GMAT [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2013, 05:21
Most EMBA programs don't require GMAT and those who require might waive depending on your experience and recommendations. Especially your job function (Senior Manager/Director/Entrepreneur) and the employer brand (fortune 100, self-founded) has significant weightage on your chances of admission. Also for schools that require GMAT, the average GMAT is much lower than a full-time MBA.

Please check out this article on PoetsandQuants --> http://poetsandquantsforexecs.com/2013/ ... -programs/

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Re: My first GMAT [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2013, 11:16
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I agree. For EMBA everybody understands your job is the priority.
Also, EMBA is a more commercial product (not in the bad sense of it) but in the sense that it is highly competitive between the schools and the 40+ year old execs are not quite the typical students, so these programs are treated differently than the Full-Time, and even the Part-Time MBA programs.

It is not unusual to see Full time have 700 average GMAT, Part time with 650, and EMBA with 600 as the average GMAT score. Though most schools will NOT release their EMBA average GMAT scores for that reason (I just checked US News and they got zilch)
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Re: My first GMAT   [#permalink] 08 Aug 2013, 11:16
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