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January 04, 2017
dailydose

Joined: Sep 17, 2015

Posts: 25

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Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

MIT Sloan: Underrated Option for Career Switchers

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This review is for Sloan (MIT)

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2018

Experience during the program

Two things have made my experience at Sloan great: 1) the fantastic culture embodied by the student community and 2) the variety of interests and expertise available at MIT.

Students here take their learning seriously but don't take themselves too seriously. You will find that there are few if any "hidden agendas" when it comes to collaboration and group work. People are genuinely interested in your personal experiences and look to learn from their peers.

Additionally, there's a lot of cool stuff happening at MIT. I don't think this needs much explanation. What's even better is that there's a constant push to commercialize all this cool shit, so the entrepreneurship environment is hopping and there's a lot of seed money to be spent with very low hurdles for grants.

About professors, classes and curriculum

1-term core, which will be repetitive for those who have a business undergraduate but overall, a necessary step to get everyone equipped with the same basic toolkit. I can't imagine having to go through a 1-year core when the entire program is only 2 years.


Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (4.0)
Classmates rating (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity
Culture & Student Support
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting
Entrepreneurship
Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Brand/Ranking
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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January 04, 2017
dailydose

Joined: Sep 17, 2015

Posts: 25

Kudos: 5

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

Manhattan Quant harder than actual GMAT

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I found that the Manhattan CATs were great practice material and that the online platform + tools were great at analyzing your performance and identifying key areas for improvement. One issue I did find was that the quant material in the Manhattan CATs were much more difficult that the official GMAT algorithms. It's not necessary a bad thing - just make sure to do the official tests as well before convincing yourself that you'll never break 700. To put in perspective, my official score was much higher than any of my practice CATs, and was mainly skewed by the difference in quant score.

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January 04, 2017
dailydose

Joined: Sep 17, 2015

Posts: 25

Kudos: 5

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

Bring your own earplugs

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The center itself is very professional, front desk was very nice and it does have lockers for you to store your belongings. It's also very easy to access as it's right beside the subway.

My biggest issue with this test center was that the earmuffs they provide are very rigid and are extremely uncomfortable. On top of that, the keyboards they use are very old and they are mechanical - so your neighbours will create a lot of additional noise. My keyboard was also not the greatest and kept dropping characters, which really impacted my writing speed for the essay.

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January 05, 2017
dailydose

Joined: Sep 17, 2015

Posts: 25

Kudos: 5

Verified score:
730 Q48 V41

The only prep material you need

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Improvement 40 Points

Course Manhattan Prep GMAT MGMAT Self-Study Toolkit

Location Online

The Manhattan GMAT prep set was the only resource I used to study for my GMAT. The discrete guides were a great way to really focus on your weaknesses. In general, you want to avoid spending too much time on things that are already strong on so I truthfully read about half the books in depth and skimmed the other half.

Additionally, the practice pad was instrumental in getting my score squarely above 700. I would attribute a good 20 points to proper pad management - setting it up ahead of time and using it to help manage time.

Additionally, the teaching content of the guides were great - the GMAT is a game and the MGMAT materials treats it as such - it gives you the strategies and trains you to know how to play the game. You don't need to genuinely understand or know the content intimately to ace the GMAT - you need to know how to play the game.

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