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?