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Manager
Joined: 30 Jun 2007
Posts: 199
Location: United States (PA)
Concentration: Operations, Statistics
Schools: Ross (Michigan) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V39
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WE: Accounting (Manufacturing)
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20 Sep 2007, 17:23
Hey everyone I have 4 questions, feel free to answer any or none:

1) how long on average do you need for prep (months, years)

2) which are must on textbooks

3) Can you combine different Q and V scores like SAT

4) is MBA in Statistics offered a lot of places?

I know its a lot of questions but i figure someone will help. thanks
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21 Sep 2007, 13:16
explorer21 wrote:
Hey everyone I have 4 questions, feel free to answer any or none:

1) how long on average do you need for prep (months, years)

2) which are must on textbooks

3) Can you combine different Q and V scores like SAT

4) is MBA in Statistics offered a lot of places?

I know its a lot of questions but i figure someone will help. thanks

explorer,

1) Prep depends on the person. I found it helpful to get the 2 free MBA tests from mba.com and take one of them right away. I hadn't studied yet, and it definitely helped me know what prep I should focus on and what parts I didn't need to work on as much. After that, you should have a better idea of how much time you'll need. Some people only need a couple weeks, some want 6 months. I've seen a lot of 2-4 months. Of course, it also depends on how much time you can spend each day practicing questions from the Official GMAT guide.

2) As mentioned above and I've sure you've seen, the Official GMAT guide is a must. It has hundreds of questions from previous tests. I used 2 others, but not nearly as much as that one. The second one I used was NOVA's GMAT guide. It has mixed reviews, but if you read it, you'll see the people who loved it used it for math, and the people who hated it tried to use it for verbal also. I needed to work more on math than verbal, so that's all I used this book for. It was great. They have a website you can go to and sign up, and then they send a question every day to you email. I found that especially helpful because it kept me in the right mindset by giving me something to practice every day. The third book I used was the Princeton Review's Cracking the GMAT. I didn't use it at all for the practice questions, but it has a lot of helpful strategy hints.

3) Yes, I've heard they combine you're highest verbal and your highest quantitative to give you your best overall score.

4) ??? I suggest posting that in the MBA application process forum.

Hope this helps.
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22 Sep 2007, 12:16
1) Definitely not years! A few months is usually sufficient for most people. From the advice I read here, work on practice questions on weeknights and do a full test on weekends, with plenty of time to review what you did right or wrong. Focus on weak areas for a good 20-30 minutes at a time (for each question type), or at least until you pick up the patterns in your errors. Take at least 4 practice tests.

2) My musts are Official Guide (11th edition), GMATPrep tests, and Princeton Review, Cracking the GMAT. I agree that it's great for strategies. The tests are also good. They come with answer explanations, which the GMATPrep (official tests) inexplicably (haha) do not.

3) I have never heard of a single school that takes your highest from each section. Would love to know which ones if they do.

4) I would imagine that many strong b-schools offer an MBA in statistics, although I would think if that's really your focus, an MS in statistics would do you better. Well, actually I guess it depends on whether you want to be in management or really work with the numbers. My brother-in-law has the MS and is a total number jockey, in a good way!
22 Sep 2007, 12:16
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