Out of Test-Taking Mode!

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Out of Test-Taking Mode!

by kargdt » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:50 pm
I will likely register to take the GMAT this summer. I have a gap of time that allows me a prime opportunity to study. That said, I am somewhat apprehensive about taking a standardized test since I have not taken an extensive exam for about four years. Also, I haven't taken a standardized test since 2002 (my SAT) 9 years ago.

I intend on using Kaplan to boost my chances for success for getting into a top MBA program as I have had a few years of professional experience under my belt. Could you give me some insight into others' experiences with this issue or if it will lead to better/worse success since I have been out of test taking mode for a while? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by therealtomrose » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:47 am
Your situation is not strange AT ALL. In fact, you are the prototype GMAT student. Most people applying to business school have 4/5 years of professional experience and haven't taken a test for that same time. Also, they mostly haven't taken a standardized test since the SAT about 9 years earlier.

It's uncanny, how close you are to what I would describe as the exact average student.

Start by taking a practice test. It'll help you to get your feet wet. Your score will be terrible. Don't let that worry you. It's all uphill from here. You can take a free practice test at ManhattanGMAT.com or at www.mba.com.

I personally think that if you can afford it, taking a prep course is the way to go. Can you go without one? Sure, but it'll take you twice the effort. I recommend ManhattanGMAT's courses (NB I'm biased.)

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