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Hello everyone. After "lurking" for a little bit, and not following through with proper study habits, I am finally asking for help. First, I would like to mention that I am not your typical GMAT test taker. I am not in the 25 - 31 age category, and have had more than 20 years work experience and trying to get into B-School for career purposes. I just turned 49 this summer. I did take the GMAT test this Sept, and scored 540. I was very disappointed and blamed myself for not giving it a good effort. After reading many excellent, and inspirational posts, I realized how much dedication is required for someone in my position (meaning teenage kids, work, family, etc..) to be able to score high. Fortunately I am not competing for any top schools, and I know I can do MUCH better than this. So, should I retake the GMAT? I am waiting on the response from the school in the next few weeks, and want to be prepared in case I am rejected based on my low score. The director of admissions stated that my other qualifications will be considered, and that GMAT is only part of it. But I am not sure that is the case in reality. I apologize for this rather long winded first post. Any advice and help for an older student like me would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
P.S.: My user name is intentionally coined to keep myself motivated.
GMAT score only plays one part in the admission process. If you have a wealth of experience (especially at the management level), it might more than make up for a low GMAT score.
Since there's an unknown element as to whether the school might actually admit you to the program, there's no harm starting a bit of GMAT preparation now - just in case...
Nothing that you have a family, you might need to do a balancing trick between prep and family commitments. Talk to your wife and maybe your kids about this. Let them know that you will be occupied a little while for the next month or so. There are several test-takers here who have a family just like yours but they made it too. For my case, I took to studying at late nights after my wife has gone to bed and slug it out for a month before settling into an alternate day pattern.
For starters, you might want to see which area you need to brush up on. It will make prep easier to spend time on things you are weak, and less time on things you are good at.
I really respect the fact that you are eager to try for something better, despite your 20+ years work experience and your age. Good luck to your journey and be positive. Should you try hard, you'll definetely accomplish your target.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...