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GMAT 630 was good enough...30 years ago

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UT AUSTIN MBA’90, GPA 3.41, GMAT 630

OMG, players! In the last 30 years, the GMAT has gotten crazy weird (palm vein print), uber difficult (CAT), and needlessly expensive ($!)...The ONLY MBA entrance test for the ENTIRE world..? Really? What about the GRE?...Anyway... In 1986, I bought a Chihuahua-killing GMAT prep book, studied for 6 weeks, and took the exam. Done! No stress like I read (and feel) on this forum. I applied via the Consortium, but did not qualify for a scholarship. :( Now, my kid, born in Austin while I was at university, wants to earn his MBA. His bonafides: Tier 2 college, BS PoliSci 2013, GPA 3.4. Harvard Summer Program 2013, GPA 4.0. Marketing intern at a software company. Has taken 6 business classes at undergrad level. My son will use Manhattan Prep, as suggested by his university mentor. To become his in-house tutor, I will prep with the 30-day EMPOWER kit. I agree with EMPOWER’s stress of pattern recognition and use of shortcuts. After all, the GMAT, and a large part of the MBA program, are all about pattern recognition and succinct communication.

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1. Because I am a Longhorn alumnus, my son is a “shoo-in” at McCombs.
2. I am not a “helicopter” parent!
3. A 3 kg book exerts a harmless force of 3N.
4. The journey from GMAT, through MBA, to a business career is not a stochastic event.
5. An investment of $50K/year * 2 years = $10^5 first year salary.
6. The GMAT violates anti-trust laws.
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Hi RigelKent,

You've described an approach to the GMAT that I don't think I've seen before (in this context): working through a particular GMAT Product/Course with the intent as serving as a potential information source for another person. While that plan might be beneficial, I can see a few potential shortcomings in this approach:

1) Your expertise(s), strengths and weaknesses are not necessarily the same as your son's, so the 'takeaways' that you pull from the EMPOWERgmat Course may be more/less useful to your son than they might be for you. In that same way, you might not properly emphasize the proper Tactics, patterns, etc. that your son might need.
2) Most of our Clients hit their 'peak' scores after 3 months of consistent, guided study - but your goal isn't to score at a high level on the GMAT, so there's some question as to how well your plan (and its limited timeframe) will "work."
3) It's unclear how well you'll be able to replicate the lessons, style, advice, etc. that the Course presents. Depending on your son's Score Goal, those potential inconsistencies could impact how well he improves (and how quickly).

There's certainly no harm in attempting what you're thinking about, but it strikes me as having the potential to be inefficient. If you - or your Son - have any questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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Hi Rich, Thanks for the insight. My son will do his own thing. I want to prep and take as many practice exams as I can stand. I'll be there for him and provide a second point-of-view. I am retired, so this is going to be fun. The competition might spur him to better my score.
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Hi RigelKent,

I'm really curious to hear how all of this turns out, so I hope that you'll post some follow-ups (and your son should certainly set up an Account here so that he can post questions as well).

As an aside, it's important to remember that taking lots of CATs will NOT make you a better Test Taker. A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to put in the necessary practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. As such, you really shouldn't take more than 1 FULL CAT per week.

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