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Dear All, Thank you for visiting this topic and posting your replies. I gaved my GMAT earlier, and got a 510. Obviously, as mentioned by majority of the people on this site, i got disheartened, thought i couldnt do it so simple quit it. However, recently i have gotten motivated again to do the GMAT and give it my best approx 1 hr on weekdays and approx 3-4 hrs on the weekends. My aim is to reach the 720-740 mark. I have read through a few of the threads on this website and felt manhattan was the best bet, i have purchased first two of the manhattan strategy 8 books and have given myself till May/June to give the exam. Firstly, i want to know your comments on my strategy i.e. read the books thoroughly, understand the concepts, do the questions from OG and then start doing the actual tests, plan to do around 8-10 tests, with revision after each test. Please feel free to correct me if im wrong, and do note that i will be asking for an idiots guide to guide me through the MBA process right from the GMAT to school selections and then apps/essays. Would be extremely grateful for all your help and advise.
Btw for Schools my choices in terms of preferences are listed 1) Cornell 2) Columbia 3)NYU 4)Northwestern 5)PENN 6)Duke 7)Darthmouth 8)Insead 9)HAAS 10)Chicago
You have a fairly good strategy but when you get down to implementation, I will encourage you to do regular checks to monitor your progress. Also do not fall into the GMAT score trap, where you are too focused on the score and loose track of your overall MBA aspirations.
Monitor your progress: Depending on your plan you can monitor, are you completing the topics on time, are you taking your test regularly , are you analysing your results thoroughly and identifying corrective actions. Essentially instill discipline to your strategy implementation.
Overall MBA aspirations: GMAT score is only one of the components of a b-school application, the schools are also looking for you to demonstrate your achievements, personal attributes, leadership skills and career goals. Selecting the right schools to match your post MBA aspirations is also very important and candidates often undermine the importance of these components.
Hi Maria, thanks alot for the time your putting in on the replies, am really grateful. Unfortunately i had a very average undergrad gpa 2.7, so i have to rely alot on the gmat, i have approx 5 yrs of corporate/retail banking experience-cross border two geographies with a triple A rated international bank and across various segments/products/roles.
Re: Help on Business Schools
03 Mar 2011, 05:25