Resources for GMAT Preparation and MBA Admissions
Austin GMAT Review offers the best GMAT prep course in Central Texas. Our goal for you, our student, is to not only achieve your best possible GMAT score, but also win admission into the business school of your choice. Here we offer information and news for prospective GMAT test-takers and MBA candidates.
By Ajay Amar, Ph.D., Apr 30 2019 09:51PM
When my student Lanette came to my GMAT course, she had been out of school for almost 20 years. Having extensive bookkeeping experience, Lanette hoped to be accepted to the top-ranked Masters in Public Accounting (MPA) program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas - Austin. However, she hadn’t had a math class since college. Lanette hadn’t taken a practice GMAT exam (“out of fear,” she said), but she guessed that her score would be about 450. She had just two months to prepare for the GMAT in time for the school’s application deadline, so yes, she was serious.
Today, Lanette holds an MPA from McCombs, is a CPA, and is a successful tax accountant. How did she get the GMAT score that launched her on a major career transition?
By Ajay Amar, Ph.D., May 12 2015 01:00PM
I come from a career in science and technology. Yet I believe that the highest quality education – GMAT preparation being no exception – is found in an ancient method dating back to Socrates: the classical, in-person, professor-explaining-right-to-you classroom.
Technology is a beautiful thing, and like the GMAT itself, which is a computer adaptive test, GMAT prep can be positively enhanced by technological advances. For example, GMAC’s test-prep software provides you with hundreds of questions almost instantly. If it’s been a long time since you have worked with math, I recommend watching Khan Academy videos to brush up on foundational topics.
The modern classroom is no longer equipped with chalkboards and No. 2 pencils. Yet one educational tradition is still fresh: the ideal setting for optimized learning is one in which teacher and student are fully present, the teacher focused on conveying both knowledge and illumination to the student, the student focused on understanding.
Here are six reasons why, in the end, online GMAT prep is not as effective as classroom preparation in getting you ready for the exam.
By Ajay Amar, Ph.D., Apr 16 2014 03:03PM
When it comes to GMAT prep, remember these words: "All things come to those who wait, but when they come they're out of date." Tempting as it may be to put off preparing for your GMAT indefinitely, starting early can give you a significant edge in your MBA applications. Ideally, you should start GMAT preparation about three months before you plan to take the exam, and at least 6-8 months before your first MBA application deadlines.
The difference between someone who achieves a higher GMAT score and someone who underperforms is often the quality of the GMAT preparation ... and time. Please, give yourself time. Here are seven excellent reasons to just go ahead and start.
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