I am currently an undergrad and I have recently decided to take a serious look into Stern as my post graduate route.
I plan on taking the GMAT (as opposed to the GRE) but I am very bad at Math. I actually have not taken Math since High School which I know sounds really bad. I have never taken anything above algebra actually. At my school there are two math or math-like core requirements under the category of "Quantitative". For this requirement I took Logic, and for the 2nd class I will be taking a 300-level Research course. Of course most of the classes that fulfill this specific core requirement are actual Math courses, but I found the two that were not math and decided to take those instead. I've thought about taking Math classes to brush up and at least get to Calculus for my own enrichment but I dont want to risk my GPA. I would also have to take a lot of pre-req math courses to get to that level since I have not had any college level Math and I dont have the time. I am a double major AND double minor who has taken 2 years off school already so....yea.
Anyway, I am a pretty dedicated person and since the time for me to apply to the Stern MBA program would not be until Fall 2014 or maybe even Fall 2015 I've decided there is no harm in starting the GMAT studying now. Especially because of my low math skills. This would also allow me to take it a few times if needed.
I was just wondering if any one already admitted to the MBA program who has been in this situation or know someone who has, could give me any studying tips? While this exam may be easy for some, I know this type of material does not come natural for everyone. If you struggled with the GMAT and still made in into the Stern MBA program I would love to hear your story. I have heard of people scoring in the 500s and then studying their a$$es off to come back and score in the mid 700s. I plan on buying the entire Manhattan GMAT
prep package which runs a few hundred dollars. Do you think this would be helpful? It seems to be the go-to source for the GMAT. I was thinking with this I could gauge how much work I need and take my questions to a tutor here at my school. With over a year of studying there is no reason why I should do badly on the exam.
It is a little intimidating going into this with a pool of Finance majors and what not but when I am dedicated I am dedicated and failure is no option. I dont mind putting the time and money into this but first I need to know I am going about it the best way.
Thank you for any responses in advance!!
Sorry if this post is out of place. I figured this would be the best possible venue.
Hey Threeeyedraven! Let's see. I was in a different position than you in that I was 6 years out of college when I started studying for the GMAT and hadn't taken math since Calculus (which I got a C in) freshman year. I definitely struggled with the math. I found the
materials to be very helpful, I liked them the best of all the material I used (other than the Official Guide which is essential once you start doing a lot of practice problems). Just make sure to pinpoint which types of problems you have troubles with and from there work on those until you are more comfortable. I had a really low GPA so I actually took a summer college course called Math for Business and Economics. Unfortunately I took the class AFTER I took the GMAT. I realized while taking the class that a lot of the material we learned in the class would have really helped me with math on the GMAT. So if you really are feeling out of touch with math you might want to look into a class. The math on the GMAT is pretty much all Algebra/Geometry level stuff. Calculus wouldn't help you with the GMAT, but be aware that some business schools require you to take Calculus before matriculation (don't think Stern has this though). Hope that's somewhat helpful!