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« on: September 27, 2009, 08:01:46 PM »

Any of you guys who have taken the GMAT have any good advice for prep work?

Ive been thinking about taking it here in the next couple months maybe december or january.

How long should I set aside to study before I take the test?

any good courses or just grab a prep book and do that?

thanks for the input and advice

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009, 08:27:11 PM »

honestly it depends on you ad how you learn.  I have a friend that can pick up a prep book and do well, another guy might need more of a classroom tutor program.  I would probably take a good 2 months and then take it.  Focus on your weaknesses and try to find sample GMAT tests online.  I think most people score between 400-600.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009, 08:38:37 PM »

honestly it depends on you ad how you learn.  I have a friend that can pick up a prep book and do well, another guy might need more of a classroom tutor program.  I would probably take a good 2 months and then take it.  Focus on your weaknesses and try to find sample GMAT tests online.  I think most people score between 400-600.
I dont really like to read but I seem to be able get alot of learning done from simply reading Id rather take a class but I dont really have time right now. I bought a Kaplan prep book with a sample test, damn I was hoping to try and take it like end of december but I probably wont get much studying done until the end of this semester so maybe jan would be a better choice.

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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 09:20:34 AM »

i took it in 2005.  i got the GMAT prep book from my public library and skimmed it a bit.  most of the verbal stuff, you either knew it or you didn't.  Harder to study for that.  But the math part, it helped to be able to review the basic rules.

Also read a lot about the rules of the test - when to guess, when to leave blank, how to play the percentages, etc.  It was so long ago that I don't remember the test, but I remember I finished every part with plenty of time to spare and scored well enough to get into grad school with no worries.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009, 07:26:16 PM »

Any of you guys who have taken the GMAT have any good advice for prep work?

Ive been thinking about taking it here in the next couple months maybe december or january.

How long should I set aside to study before I take the test?

any good courses or just grab a prep book and do that?

thanks for the input and advice

Tony


Have you checked the admission requirements of the school you want to attend?  I'm going back for my masters (graduated about 15 yrs ago) and the majority of schools didn't require any testing if your GPA is high enough.  So, I didn't take any tests and was accepted.  You may not even have to bother.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009, 08:19:09 PM »


Have you checked the admission requirements of the school you want to attend?  I'm going back for my masters (graduated about 15 yrs ago) and the majority of schools didn't require any testing if your GPA is high enough.  So, I didn't take any tests and was accepted.  You may not even have to bother.
hmmmmmm I will definitly check into that shit b/c that would be super nice i have a pretty good GPA so that would be one less thing i have to study for.

thanks skip

Ive also been thinking about taking the LSAT just to keep my options open anybody got any advice for that test?

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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 12:50:14 AM »

Is this a good time to be entering law?  I don't know the answer.  Anyone here know?


An MBA will always be valuable, but does it still hold the value it did 15 years ago?  Again, i dont know.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009, 08:58:38 AM »

Is this a good time to be entering law?  I don't know the answer.  Anyone here know?


An MBA will always be valuable, but does it still hold the value it did 15 years ago?  Again, i dont know.
I probably wouldnt be able to get into law or grad school until next fall as it stands i mean study for the gmats
during december and take them i miss the spring semester so I figured why not just take the LSAT's just to keep my options open no harm in it right?

I dont think right now is the a good time for anything other then experience as my recent job hunts indicate  Embarrassed Lips sealed Undecided lol

you need a mba or 5 yrs experience to be considered for entry level positions in alot of cases right now. I tried to get an internship at an energy company a few months back even told them Id work for free b/c i just wanted the experience and still nothing.  Undecided jack asses if i ever get to the point of owning my own energy company im gonna run their company into the ground  Grin just joking.

good question though which one would you benefit more from mba/law? I also take my personal satisfaction into account I think law maybe more personally satisfying to me even if its more work but I think if i got the type of position i want by obtaining my mba i may not get as much satisfaction out of my job but definitly more satisfaction out of what that job allows me to do.

to much to think about  Lips sealed
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009, 01:47:23 PM »

Some schools have a combined MBA/JD.  I always wished I had gotten that.  The MBA was relatively easy, to be honest. 

personally, if I had to do it over again, I'd probably stick with the MBA.  You can work in many, many areas with the skills and thought processes you learn.  I don't konw that a JD offers that many possibilities outside of law.

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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2009, 08:02:09 AM »

Some schools have a combined MBA/JD.  I always wished I had gotten that.  The MBA was relatively easy, to be honest. 

personally, if I had to do it over again, I'd probably stick with the MBA.  You can work in many, many areas with the skills and thought processes you learn.  I don't konw that a JD offers that many possibilities outside of law.


actully a really good idea now that i think about it i believe the school i am thinking about getting my MBA from does offer a duel program.

Ya i agree with the usefulness of the MBA in different areas and ya I really dont know much use for a JD outside of law either.
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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2009, 01:46:16 PM »

Keep in mind I'm not a lawyer, just going by what others have told me.  But, a woman I used to know who was in law school said that getting a job after law school was a matter of placement in your class and interniships.  If you were in the top percentile of your class, you got good internships and got a good high paying job when you graduated.  Those on the bottom did not fair very well.

The profession might be crowded too.  There's tons of law schools and they seem to be turning out lawyers a dime a dozen.  Years ago there was a cashier at JC Penny's who had graduated law school but couldn't find a job so she was working there.

Tough call no matter what you choose.
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2009, 12:23:33 AM »

For most people the score on the GMAT is not a reflection of their skills or intelligence, but of the number of practice exams they have done. So try buy/borrow/download/whatever as many practice exams you can find - the newer the better as they keep on changing the format of the test and today's test might look different from the ones they had in the Nineties...

In terms of MBA yes or no, I would spend do a thorough analysis of what you want to do as a career and then find the school that has the program that offers the most suitable program.

The MBA programs have evolved a lot and it is not a one size fits all - there are programs directed at people who want to start their own business, at people who want to work with numbers, at people who want to work with people, at people who want more of a marketing angle, at people who want to be problem solvers - you name it, some school will offer it.

So the best strategy is to have or develop a clear idea of what you want and then apply with the schools that can help you achieve this. It also increases your chances of admittance a lot, if your application letters and essays show them what your thought process was in selecting their school.

Also look at other graduate programs. Maybe a Masters in Financial Mathematics or Masters in Finance could be better suited than a MBA if you want to go into that field.

The corporate environment has changed. Companies are not looking for as many generalists as they used to, but they always need specialists.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2009, 12:33:30 AM »

Just did that GMAT shit last year.... people who "avoid" math and basic logics tend to do very poor.. ironically it's usually people who seem to go into "business Administration"...

The program I'm enrolled is tailored toward people in the high tech / engineering sector with a Master's degree in science or more.

The Stats are:

•Average Age - 31.6 years
•Average GMAT - 582
•Average GPA - 3.60
•Average Work Experience - 8.7 years
•Percentage of Female Students Admitted - 21%

I'm the muscle kid on the block who posts on getbig in class but still gets ownage level grades... go figure....

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