Student Case

GMAT 730 (Q48 V41, IR 5, AWA 5.5) – Planning for INSEAD or top American MBAs

“…Let me clear one thing up for you right away, bringing your quant score up is NOT likely to improve your overall score. Period.

If you want to get your overall score up, you must improve verbal. Since you said Verbal has been pretty steady at 41, it may take you more effort than you really want to expend. As the saying goes, what you did to get here, won’t get you there.

It is certainly possible, but it may take a lot more work than you expect.”

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

With 10 weeks before Round 1 applications drop, you'd better be finishing your GMAT prep if you are MBA bound. If you still haven't nailed the test, you have 3-4 weeks left before either panic or push to round 2 becomes your reality .. unless of course you are naturally gifted with tests such as the GMAT.

If you are in the final days of prep, do you have a plan for when everything goes wrong on test day? Sound silly? I've had students get locked out of the building mid-test, locked into (INTO!!) a public restroom, lose the mid-test sandwich and even be verbally attacked by a fellow test taker during the test.

It's super rare to have a problem of that magnitude - thank heavens, you have enough to deal with - but you should be ready with backup plans and a strong way to calm yourself in case of extra drama. If you think it through in advance, there's no need to panic when disaster strikes. Prepare wisely. While you're at it, see my response on a student's question about re-taking the GMAT.

GMAT Material


"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face" - Mike Tyson

Application tip

"How to Get Your Machines in Order" by Kate. Before getting into Business School, it will save you a lot of trouble getting organized now rather than later. Clean out those computer files. You'll be glad you did.

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Working at Home

Work-at-home opportunities are incredible these days, providing men and women the chance to make cash and begin an exciting career from the comfort and security of their home. If you’re one of those people ready for work-at-home success, the 12 following strategies are designed to help you stay focused on the prize. How can you focus during your at-home job? Generally, the expectation of a person working from home is that they are delivering certain products on a certain schedule and that they’re available for some meetings.

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