I am surfing frequently on this intresting forum recently, but with a little participation to the discussions.
I want to share with you my short GMAT experience, and ask for your precious advices.
Actually, after some interrupted months of preparation to the GMAT, I decided to pass the test. I've done that yesterday. My decision to take the test was basically based more on my agenda than on my readiness to pass the test, as the coming 3-4 weeks I'am awsomely overloaded (business trips, client visits...).
My interrupted prepation was as follows taking into account that I'm not-native english speaker and arabic&french educated:
-One year ago I've began with GMAT from zero, I worked for 2-3 months with the OG12
and the big book of KAPLAN
. I've solved the online tests of KAPLAN
and got high scores: 720-740 the tests were pretty easy and uncomparable to the GMAT prep tests. After that I changed my work and relocated for another country which obliges me cut my preparation.
- 4-5 months after, I studied during 2 months the Manahtan books (SC, CR, Number prop, Word trans) and Powerscore CR
bible without taking any online test. Similarly, obliged by work to cut my preparation for 2-3 months.
-Finally, these past two months I was pretty focused on the preparation (2-3hr/day). I have gone through all the books again and solved the two Verbal and QUant official guides, and passed 4 MGMAT tests scoring in this order 650-660-670-680 and passed the two GMAT preps scoring 660 and 670 with 50Quant on both but was on both unfortunately obliged to interrupt the verbal session to answer a phone call for around 8-10mn and to resume after...
I've took the decision then to pass the test knowing that my performance can be more improved, but obliged by my agenda no other choice.
The day D, my test was on 13h00; I passed some long hours waiting 13h00 to arrive. I arrived to test center, it was like 2 poor rooms non isolated acoustically, windows opened, 4 persons in each room that don't begin their tests at the same time (which means while you are doing your exam someone come with the supervisor to begin his exam... not really fun)...
In the Math I've lost some 5mn on each of two questions and the worst id that I discovered direcly after confirming my answer that I answered wrongly, something that harm a bit the morale. To end with a Q47.
In the verbal session, as usual I take my time at the beginning and rush at the end, I answered my last three questions in 15sec to not have the test ending wth questions not answered. Having a V33.
A poor 650 Overal
Now, the problem is that I was aiming the european top MBAs within the top 10 (Insead, oxford, IMD, IE), but with such a score I think that I am severely harmed.
-For INSEAD I think it is out of question to be accepted with such a score
-For IMD and Oxford SAID, I don't know if it could be feasible or not, your feedback is the most welcomed.
-For IE it should be feasible I think, I am hearing that they're not so influenced by GMAT scores... But anyhow, I'm not so convinced by the IE, I feel that their ranking is a bit exaggerated, It's my own feeling, I don't know if I'm right or not... Maybe you have more info than me about this MBA prog thank for advising.My profile is like this:
Engineering diploma from the Middle East, Master & Phd in Engineering from a high ranked school in France, 3 years of experience in a multinational in France, 1.5 years of project management experience in Africa (>10M$ projets). +650 GMAT.I have two choices now:
- I apply taking into account that it is risky
- I retake the test although it is gonna be a hard task for me to prepare again, I am feeling suffocated by the GMAT preparationGrateful to have your advices and feedbacks me Guys
Hope I was not too long and hope my experience coud be useful