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Old 20th November 2008, 01:40   #46
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But I am not too worried, because I don't think I have any plans of doing MBA for next 3 years. So I will be giving GMAT again after 3-4 years or so.
careful, all scores in past 5 years are reported to the school when u send them.
EDIT: that's why they give you an option to cancel the score even after completing the test, before seeing the score.

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1. What do I take to test center?
nothing, may be some water and food to eat between the tests. they are right, all stationary is provided, as much as you need.

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2. Even if I am going to apply to a B.School earliest after 2-2.5 years, will giving my score to 5 b-schools of my choice help right now?
your call. even if you take it again, this score will also be sent. if you plan to use this score, normally schools retain it for 2 years AFAIK.

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3. Does the Essay come up first or last?
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4. Do I get a score receipt or printout like thingy also?
yes, only the essay evaluation is sent after 2 weeks.

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depends on what you know
EDIT: if you get a good score, and register with GMAC to allow schools to contact you, you can get offers like fee waivers ( anywhere between 75~200). I have received fee waivers from three schools in US.

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As of now I will send my scores to the IIMs only. No plan of MBA abroad as of now.
So if I don't send in scores to a particular school, but after 2 years decide to apply to that school, whats the procedure?
Moreover lets say I don't send score to a school, and given GMAT after 3 years again, and then send score to that school, will this score still be sent to that school?
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As of now I will send my scores to the IIMs only. No plan of MBA abroad as of now.
So if I don't send in scores to a particular school, but after 2 years decide to apply to that school, whats the procedure?
Moreover lets say I don't send score to a school, and given GMAT after 3 years again, and then send score to that school, will this score still be sent to that school?
yes, every valid score (test taken in last 5 years) is reported to the school at the time you request to send it.

And I think not all IIMs accept GMAT, and even those who do, are for executive MBAs.
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At this stage of my career, the only MBA which makes sense is Executive MBA
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Old 20th November 2008, 22:40   #50
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I don't know about India, but in US executive MBAs cater to high profile executives who need continuing education on their resume (avg experience in most schools is 10-13 yrs). They are given extravagant facilities, of course in return for a hefty fee, and I doubt if the academic energy level is really that high.

Unless you meant Part time MBA, which is still better.
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Best of luck, Tanveer. Hope you score a 800!!
You could try ISB. They accept GMAT scores.


I'll start preparing for the GMAT next month, after my semester exams are over.
Being in college, I feel that its the best time to take the exam, because I feel that I may not be able to devote time for the preparation, once I start working.
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Old 21st November 2008, 01:19   #52
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I meant the 1 year MBA from IIMs. Minimum experience required is around 7 years.
After 3 years my work ex will be 10 years plus, so hopefully a not so high GMAT score should suffice
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5. Anything else I need to know
How many full-length mock tests have you done? It is the most important factor, according to me. Do more full-lenght mock tests without breaks.

Beyond all that questions testing your skills, I believe GMAT really tests one's ability to stay focused till the end. That is roughtly 4 hrs away. Comes only with practice

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Just one till now.
Got 535, but the software said my actual score should be 100 points more as their test is more difficult.
I have prepared for a total of around 3-4 hours till date + 1 mock test.
Based on the mock test, it told me that off all the people who have tested I am better than 78% in verbal, and better than 58% in quant.
Saturday will be "The day" when I put in around 7-8 hours of crash study, and then hope for the best on Sunday
I guess of I cross 600, I should consider myself very lucky!
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Just one till now.! I have prepared for a total of around 3-4 hours till date + 1 mock test.
Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!

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Got 535, .
Kaplan? Then it is a neat score

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I guess of I cross 600, I should consider myself very lucky
Stay focused throughout the test like a monk. Good luck
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Gave the GMAT today, and scored 700. Guess thats not bad with 4 hours of practice tests, and 4 hours of preparation .
I wan't really expecting anything more than this.
So with 9-10 years work ex in American MNCs, do I stand some chance for IIM-A 1 year?
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you mean you took gmat

well, one part of your app is decent, that's a good score.

now need to work on others. the typical response (at times with a cunning smile) is that they take a holistic approach to the overall application, GMAT is just one part of it.
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Well application is atleast 3 years away. So I guess I can relax now
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Gave the GMAT today, and scored 700. Guess thats not bad with 4 hours of practice tests, and 4 hours of preparation .
In the age of recessions, that is a spectacular Return on Investment cheers:

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So with 9-10 years work ex in American MNCs, do I stand some chance for IIM-A 1 year?
Well well, depends on many factors. I would rather ask, with that kind of experience, why would you want to go to IIM-A xPGP?

Anyway, you've got enough time to think. For the time being, enjoy the fruits of your hard work. 8 hours is too much ask, huh?
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In my field(VLSI related), you hit a sort of engineering glass ceiling at around 10-12 years of experience. After that if you want to really move ahead on the management ladder, a MBA is necessary. That stage is still 4 years away for me, and since GMAT is valid for atleast 3 years(IIMs do not accept scores older than 3 years), I think I will apply couple of years from now.
Hopefully by then the economic circus would have ended, and things would start looking stable.
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