What have you been told about applying to business school? With the advent of chat rooms, blogs and forums, armchair “experts” often unintentionally propagate MBA admissions myths, which can linger and undermine an applicant’s confidence. Some applicants are led to believe that schools want a specific “type” of candidate and expect certain GMAT scores and GPAs, for example. Others are led to believe that they need to know alumni from their target schools and/or get a letter of reference from the CEO of their firm in order to get in. In this weekly series, mbaMission debunks these and other myths and strives to take the anxiety out of the admissions process.
Many MBA admissions officers will tell candidates that if they can complete their applications and submit them in Round 1, then they should do so. Most programs will also tell candidates that they should try to avoid Round 3, because the majority of the places in their classes will have been filled by then. So, what does that say about Round 2? Read more
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In our previous article, we divided the logical errors that test-takers make on Data Sufficiency questions into two types:
Type 1: You thought that something was sufficient, but it was actually insufficient.
Type 2: You thought that something was insufficient, but it was actually sufficient.
We already covered the most common reasons for Type 1 errors to occur and a few good ways to avoid them; now, let’s cover Type 2 errors. Read more
In the first part of this series, we talked about how to analyze your strengths and weaknesses and in which categories of “low hanging fruit” to concentrate your studies.
We left off talking about timing; let’s talk about how to make better decisions as you take the test. Read more
Most second-round deadlines are in early January, so around now, a lot of people are asking me how to eke out the last 30 to 80 points they need to reach their goal.
Let’s talk about what to do to try to lift your score that last bit in the final 2 months of your study.
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Stacey told Business Insider that there are only two circumstances in which a prospective b-school student would spurn the GMAT for the GRE: Read more
They found the course to be so informative that they published a nifty piece featuring a decision tree for prospective b-school students grappling with the age-old (or 2-years old, as it were) GMAT vs. GRE quandary; check it out below! Read more
If you’re going to do a great job on the GMAT, then you’ve got to know how to Test Cases. This strategy will help you on countless quant problems.
This technique is especially useful for Data Sufficiency problems, but you can also use it on some Problem Solving problems, like the GMATPrep® problem below. Give yourself about 2 minutes. Go!
* “For which of the following functions f is f(x) = f(1 – x) for all x?
|(A)||f(x) = 1 – x|
|(B)||f(x) = 1 – x2|
|(C)||f(x) = x2 – (1 – x)2|
|(D)||f(x) = x2(1 – x)2|
|(E)||f(x) = x / (1 – x)”|
Testing Cases is mostly what it sounds like: you will test various possible scenarios in order to narrow down the answer choices until you get to the one right answer. What’s the common characteristic that signals you can use this technique on problem solving?
The most common language will be something like “Which of the following must be true?” (or “could be true”).
The above problem doesn’t have that language, but it does have a variation: you need to find the answer choice for which the given equation is true “for all x,” which is the equivalent of asking for which answer choice the given equation is always, or must be, true.
Lately, we’ve been talking about how to decide which test to take, as well as what to do if you decide to stick with the GMAT. What if you decide to switch from the GMAT to the GRE? That’s what we’ll tackle today! (Next time, we’ll talk about what to do if you want to switch from the GRE to the GMAT.)
How do I study?
The overall way that you want to study doesn’t actually change that much; rather, you’ll just need to change what you are studying, as discussed later in this article.
First, you’ll need to determine whether the way that you’ve already been studying is actually the optimal way. If not, then you’ll need to make some changes, regardless of whether you stick with the GMAT or switch to the GRE.
The GMAT and the GRE are both executive reasoning tests; that is, the test makers want to know how you think and make decisions. You of course need to know content (certain facts, rules, formulas) in order to do well on either test, but that level of study is not enough; you also need to lift yourself to a second level of understanding that allows you to think your way through these sometimes bizarrely-worded problems as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Follow the two links I put in the last paragraph. Take some time to just think about the concepts presented there. Has this been your approach to studying so far? If so, great. Keep thinking and working in that way.
If not, however, recognize that you’re going to need to start studying with this new mindset, regardless of whether you take the GMAT or the GRE.
What are my strengths and weaknesses?
Any time you’re developing or revising a study plan, you’ll want to put together a solid analysis of your strengths and weaknesses.
If you have been studying for the GMAT for a while, then you should have some practice CAT data. (If not, or if it has been more than 6 weeks since you last took a CAT, then you’ll need to take one to get the data. Make sure to take the test under official conditions, including the essay and IR sections, length of breaks, and so on.)
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The round two deadlines for business schools are right around the corner, which means that we start hearing from students who are planning to apply during round two but are worried because they haven’t quite hit their target GMAT score. Sound like you? Use the chart below to check the deadlines for the top 25 business schools, and evaluate whether you have enough time to prep and retake the official exam.
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|School||Round 2 Deadline|
|Harvard University||Monday, January 05, 2015|
|Stanford University||Wednesday, January 07, 2015|
|University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)||Sunday, January 05, 2014|
|University of Chicago (Booth)||Tuesday, January 06, 2015|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)||Thursday, January 08, 2015|
|Northwestern University (Kellogg)||Wednesday, January 07, 2015|
|University of California–Berkeley (Haas)||Wednesday, January 07, 2015|
|Columbia University||Final Application Deadline: April 09, 2015|
|Dartmouth College (Tuck)||Tuesday, January 06, 2015|
|New York University (Stern)||Saturday, November 15, 2014|
|University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)||Saturday, March 14, 2014|
|University of Virginia (Darden)||Wednesday, January 07, 2015|
|Yale University||Thursday, January 08, 2015|
|Duke University (Fuqua)||Monday, January 05, 2015|
|University of Texas–Austin (McCombs)||Tuesday, January 06, 2015|
|University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)||Wednesday, January 07, 2015|
|Cornell University (Johnson)||Wednesday, January 07, 2015|
|Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)||Sunday, January 04, 2015|
|University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flager)||Friday, December 12, 2014|
|Emory University (Goizueta)||Friday, November 14, 2014|
|Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley)||Sunday, March 01, 2015|
|Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)||Saturday, November 15, 2014|
|Georgetown University (McDonough)||Monday, January 05, 2015|
|University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)||Monday, January 12, 2015|
|University of Washington (Foster)||Saturday, November 15, 2014|