Big data analytics is now an essential management skill. According to a forecast by McKinsey & Company, the management consultancy, the US will this year experience a shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts who can use big data to make effective decisions. The concept has become a key part of the leading business school’s […]
By Harvard Business School for HBS Alumni In this special First Five Years post, four alumni recently named to the Forbes 2019 “30 Under 30” list—Akash Pradhan (MBA 2017), Kiran Gandhi (MBA 2015), Anthony Tucker (MBA 2017), and Anish Pathipati (MBA 2016)—talk careers, HBS, and why you need to “put yourself out there.” How did you find out […]
Kelly gets to talk to renowned scholar Amy Edmondson about her new book The Fearless Organization. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3580823/amy-edmonson-on-getting-to-yes-and_2018-12-28-173323.64kmono.mp3
Listen, this is going to be a sales pitch. But, I only recommend one GMAT program. And I recommend it because I truly believe it is the best. I want you to be able to benefit from my experience, where I spent 10 weeks and $1600 on another program that left me 70 points short of my goal, so Yes, I want you to try the program that helped me get into HBS…
One problem with most GMAT prep courses out there is they don’t adapt to you, the test taker. They force you to spend the same amount of time on the things you already know and the things you are just learning. Already, mastered Geometry?…Too bad, plan on giving them ten hours of your life understanding the differences between triangles and squares. Need to work on Reading Comprehension?…Not until you work through all your Sentence Correction! …and by the way…does it really make sense to study for a computer adaptive test using a printed set of books and worksheets? I don’t think so.
Ok, maybe they aren’t so bad, but personally, I found a ton of value in identifying my strengths and improving my weaknesses.
Hence, reason #1 I recommend The Economist: GMAT Tutor: Their advanced learning technology adapts to your strengths and weaknesses so you can focus on what you need to know.
Your GMAT prep has to go with you. In order to get the 100 hours of prep that I recommend, you will need to be able to study anywhere. Bus, train, or while you bottle feed your newborn, you need a program that minimizes the life disruption by utilizing your downtime.
Hence, Reason #2: You can take The Economist with you anywhere with seamlessly integrated Android and iOS apps.
The technology from The Economist GMAT Tutor is great, but ultimately it isn’t good enough. You shouldn’t trust a computer to be the only grader on your AWA practice exams and you are not going to maximize your score if you don’t develop a test day strategy. You are going to need a human for both of these things.
Reason #3: The Economist GMAT Tutor offers excellent live support and every plan includes one-on-one tutoring.
Finally, who am I again? Why should you listen to me? You need some reassurance that if you spend this kind of money and do the work, you are going to get what you pay for.
Reason #4: The Economist GMAT Tutor has the best guarantee I have seen (up to 70 points improvement or your money back) and you can try it yourself risk-free for 7 days. There is your reassurance.
If you are on this blog, chances are you are looking to attend a primarily English-language business school. Also, chances are English is your second or third language and we all know English is not an easy language. Is this causing some anxiety? Don’t fear…
Verbal and Written Participation in MBA Programs:
Not all English programs are going to feel the same to a non-native speaker. It comes down to how you are going to be graded. Heavy case-based programs like my alma-mater, HBS or University of Virgina’s Darden, are going to derive 50% of your grade from your verbal participation in the case discussions. Of course, nearly every program is going to have some case-based classes, but these two programs contain greater than 80% cased-based classes. That might feel like a lot if you are struggling to keep up. Discussions can move very quickly, and if you are still translating English into your native language in your head, the discussion will likely have moved on by the time you formulate a response. This can really hurt your ability to participate and lead to low grades and dissatisfaction.
The other 50% of your grade at HBS is going to come from written case analysis. Generally, this is less of a problem for most people because instructors provide ample time for you to formulate a thoughtful response.
Business schools will adapt their admission practices to meet the needs of their program, but most business schools do offer a minimum TOEFL (or similar score) requirement.
The English language part of the admissions process doesn’t end with you meeting the minimum requirement. Your communication and English skills will be assessed throughout the admissions process: as your writing skills will be evaluated in your essays, your verbal communication will be tested in the interview, and the verbal section of the GMAT will test your reading comprehension.
Most schools will wave TOEFL requirements for anyone who attended an undergraduate university taught entirely in English. If you did not attend such a program, you should make sure you get that minimum score or score near the median (if a minimum score isn’t supplied).
There are plenty of online and printed resources for prepping for the GMAT, below you will find some links to some highly rated resources:
Alternatively, if you don’t want to limit your studying to cramming for the TOEFL or just want to brush up on your English skills before heading off to school, check out some of the advanced offerings from services like Babbel.
Hope this helps and Good Luck!
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
Inspired me to start my own micro-business.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Real leaders perform best under pressure.
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by
Mandatory reading for anyone starting a new business relationship.
The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton Christensen
Clay is HBS royalty and The Innovator’s Solution is his most practical guide for business managers.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Know when to stop losses (i.e. Don’t chase bad money with good money).
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Easily my favorite business book of all time. Once got me out of a speeding ticket.
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MBA Career Stories MBA Career Stories was written in co-operation by 33 MBA´s from around the world as a networking and marketing project, in order to develop intercultural communication. The purpose of the publication is to serve as a guidance to people who consider pursuing an MBA, and as a general career/life guide. My story: […]
This is a life changing experience, one of those that turn people into who they were supposed to be. This will be more than an MBA, but only if you let it. Only if you’re willing to put in the effort, if you’re willing to try new things and do what you normally wouldn’t. I’m […]
Akshar Awalgaonkar (EMBA 2020) reviews the questions and decisions that led him to pursue a mid-career MBA and provides advice for others considering the same.