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# Learning Disability in Math-Am I screwed?

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28 Jan 2018, 10:37
I am interested in pursuing an MBA program and I am aware that a good MBA score plays a very important factor in the admissions process.

I suffer from a severe diagnosed disability in math, which has plagued me throughout my academic career.

Testing wise I tend to get rock bottom quant scores and sky high scores on things like verbal and writing.

I was wondering if there is anyway for someone like me to do well on the GMAT? As aside from quantitative matters my application is pretty strong for most high ranking MBA programs.

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28 Jan 2018, 14:23
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Hi Londinium,

To start, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Whatever 'issues' you might have with math, you will need to train to overcome them though. Thankfully, most of the 'math work' that you'll have to do on Test Day is limited to basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. You'll need to learn all of the necessary formulas and rules - and you'll have to learn patterns and Tactics - but again, all of this is defined and predictable.

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) When you refer to a 'severe diagnosed disability in math', are you talking about an actual medical diagnosis or that you've never really developed math 'skills'?

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Updated on: 28 Jan 2018, 16:16
1) might sound cliche but the best score I can possibly achieve.
2) I am currently in a full time masters program (non-business related) right now. So most likely not until NOV-DEC at the earliest.
3) still trying to work that out. I guess in theory I could apply in Spring 19 but most likely not until 2020.
4) I am referring to an actual medical diagnosis.

Sorry if these answers aren’t direct. As I am still deciding on my timeline. As I think I might need 1-2 years of more actual paid work experience once I finish my current masters. However, both academically and professionally I’ve concluded an MBA is the next best step for me.

Originally posted by Londinium on 28 Jan 2018, 15:50.
Last edited by Londinium on 28 Jan 2018, 16:16, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Jan 2018, 16:11
Hi Londinium,

Thinking about your GMAT study plans and application plans in advance is a good idea. By doing so, you can approach this process without facing the pressure of an external deadline. I would agree that finishing your current Masters Program before starting your GMAT studies is also a smart choice. Many Business Schools expect their applicants to have a certain amount of quality Work Experience before they apply, so you should certainly consider that when deciding when to apply.

At some point, you should also consider the types of Schools/Programs that you might want to apply to. Once you have that list, you'll be better able to define the type of GMAT Score that would be considered 'competitive' (instead of the rather vague goal of scoring "as high as possible"). Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so you should make sure that you have that free time available for your studies (whenever you choose to begin).

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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28 Jan 2018, 19:32
Londinium wrote:
I am interested in pursuing an MBA program and I am aware that a good MBA score plays a very important factor in the admissions process.

I suffer from a severe diagnosed disability in math, which has plagued me throughout my academic career.

Testing wise I tend to get rock bottom quant scores and sky high scores on things like verbal and writing.

I was wondering if there is anyway for someone like me to do well on the GMAT? As aside from quantitative matters my application is pretty strong for most high ranking MBA programs.

The GMAT does try to ensure equal access for people with disabilities. Take a look at this document. The process appears to be quite lengthy, so it'd be good to start early if you plan to request accommodations.

Also, keep in mind that a low quant score does not automatically mean that the total GMAT score will be low. For example, a combination of 10-15% (percentile) in quant and 99% in verbal will result in a total GMAT score of around 600. If you can show your target schools that you've taken other steps to improve your quantitative skills, you could be in with a good chance.

Finally, I think it'd be a good idea for you to prep a bit and then take one of the GMATPrep practice tests. That will help you understand just how tough the GMAT is (or isn't).
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29 Jan 2018, 03:20
Thank you for the info,

I will look into it.

So in theory I can bomb the quant but still get a decent score if I do well on the verbal?

I guess if I study hard on the quant section and bring it up then even a 700 shouldn't be out of reach?

Just curious how does the IR and AWA factor into the admissions process? Do B-Schools consider those sections as well? Because I heard they didn't?
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30 Jan 2018, 07:09
Londinium wrote:
Thank you for the info,

I will look into it.

So in theory I can bomb the quant but still get a decent score if I do well on the verbal?

I guess if I study hard on the quant section and bring it up then even a 700 shouldn't be out of reach?

Just curious how does the IR and AWA factor into the admissions process? Do B-Schools consider those sections as well? Because I heard they didn't?
You should be able to get a 700 with a Q37-38 (34-36%) and a very high verbal score (V47-48, 99+%).

AWA isn't very important, but the importance of IR has been going up. I'm sure it's different for different schools, but you should not ignore it.
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04 Feb 2018, 14:18
I'd recommend looking into testing accommodations as soon as possible.

That doesn't necessarily mean getting extra time, although that's the most common accommodation that people get. You may be allowed to take the test over two consecutive days instead of all in one sitting, or you may even be able to have a person (or software) read the problems out loud to you (possibly useful if you have dyscalculia). Exactly what form your accommodations take will depend on your diagnosis and what you and the GMAC are able to agree on.

Be aggressive about it! The point isn't to give you an advantage, the point is to make sure that the test fairly measures your abilities. The GMAC tries to write a test that will fairly measure most peoples' abilities, but it obviously just isn't a good or valid test for some of us.
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