My journey began in 2009 right after I graduated undergrad (Texas A&M BBA in Marketing). At the time, nobody was hiring and many recruiters were only looking for accounting or supply chain. Quite a few reps said they weren't even taking resumes at our own campus career fair. Graduation came and I was still out of a job. I had entertained the thought of pursuing an MS in Supply Chain because the concentration was in demand and Dallas, TX is a logistics hub for many companies. I really didn't prepare very well and took the GMAT 2 weeks after graduating. I studied for about 5-6 hours a day after graduating and we all know where this would go.
On my GMATPrep CATs, I scored a 590 on the 1st exam and a 550 on the second. I needed a 600 to get into my school of choice. I really underestimated the exam and did very poorly. I scored a 530 (37Q/26V).
I was devastated, but not really surprised. I really did not prepare well and I really wasn't aiming too high. My only practice was going through the OG and doing some practice problems online. I was so depressed by the GMAT that I didn't think about taking it again. Instead, I took a few months off and concentrated on finding a job. Eventually, I did some more research on graduate programs and found that University of Texas at Dallas had a pretty good business program and accepted the GRE. I studied for about 2 months a few hours a day and scored a 1270 (750Q/520V) on the GRE. I applied and was accepted to their MS in Supply Chain program for their Fall 2010 semester.
In the months I was waiting to begin classes, I finally landed a full time job. I decided to pass up grad school for the time being and moved to Washington DC for a job in acquisitions/procurement. One of the benefits my agency provides is $6k in tuition assistance for 3 years. I began to research the graduate programs in the area and there are quite a few ranked programs in the DC area.
Maryland also offered a MS in Supply Chain, but their tuition was way too high for me; It was about the same as an MBA. Because Maryland is the only school that provides a MS in Supply Chain, I decided to pursue an MBA. Johns Hopkins, American, and George Washington all accept the GRE, however, all have tuition in the $60k range.
Virginia Tech is my target school because it offers a nationally known name and the tuition is much more affordable ($18k after my $18k in tuition assistance). Because I would like to stay at my current job/field, a big name MBA really isn't needed. Virginia Tech is looking for a minimum 600 GMAT for their part time program and they say their average is 620.
I've been studying for about a month and a half for 2 hours a day and have made some real progress. I took the free MGMAT and scored a 640 (44Q/34V). That was way beyond what I expected and it had me feeling very confident. I took a Kaplan
CAT a week ago and scored a 630 (39Q/40V). 2 days ago, I took another MGMAT and scored a 680 (44Q/38V)!
I was so scared of the GMAT because of how bad I did my first time around, but I'm feeling super confident right now after my practice CATs. I need 600, but I'm going to aim for 700 now. I still need to improve some of my math fundamentals (MGMAT guides
) and my sentence corrections. If I get a 700, I'll apply to Georgetown for next Fall.
Test Date: May 13, 2011.
Here are my vitals:
24 years old
3.542 GPA from Texas A&M
1.5 years of experience