Posts Tagged ‘MBA Admissions Advice’
I’ve always liked the idea of holding an MBA but I didn’t start out in business so it only emerged as a reality for me in the last couple of years. I completed a biology degree at the University of Victoria in 2006 and thought I would follow my classmates in to research or medicine. That thought was short-lived, however, and within a week of writing my final exams I packed my bags and moved to Whistler. Read the rest of this entry »
Why take a one-year MBA over a two-year or part-time program?
How will a one-year MBA help me gain success with my career goals?
These are all some of the most commonly asked question by students who are considering taking a condensed one-year MBA program over a more traditional program that lasts two years or longer.
There is a full gamut of MBA program choices in North America and Internationally. It’s important to evaluate a number of programs, especially with regard to their length and intensity, to find the one that best suits your profile and personal needs as a student. Read the rest of this entry »
The admission’s department at SFU’s Segal School of Graduate Business calls it “recruiting”, but I call it helping out someone in the same position as I was once in – looking for a great Business School to take an MBA. If you’ve decided to take your MBA, Graduate Business school selection can seem like one of the most challenging and complicated choices to make. Luckily, Graduate Business schools (especially Canadian MBA schools) provide multiple opportunities annually to develop a better understanding of the school and what it offers on a closer, more personal level. At SFU Graduate Business School, located in the Segal Graduate school (The old Bank of Montreal building) in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the staff and faculty make a concerted effort to give prospective students the information they need to make the choice about which business school to attend. Read the rest of this entry »
As you read this post in preparation for the GMAT, you’re likely more nervous about one section over the other. This is totally normal, some people are really good at GMAT math, and others at GMAT verbal. Interestingly, and this is backed-up by the makers of the GMAT test, the verbal section has more weight attached to it than the math section. Read on to learn a bit about the explanation behind this, and how you can benefit from the knowledge. Read the rest of this entry »
The goal of this post is to become the one-stop, definitive guide for every single free online GMAT test that exists on the web. We will include tests for download, online, and section-specific practice tests for all your GMAT dry-run needs. If you know of a free test somewhere on the web that we have missed, please enter the address into the comment section and we will immediately update. Also, if you find a broken link, or have any comments whatsoever about any of the tests on this page, please let us know about them in the comments and we’ll respond appropriately. Please make sure you follow the advice written in the CAT Best Practices post; never do a practice exam less than 24 hours before your real exam. To read all of our other posts on the GMAT experience, studying, and what bschools look for, read the GMAT and MBA Admissions archive page. Read more for 10+ links to free GMAT practice tests: Read the rest of this entry »
The length of this post in no way reflects the amount of research put into the topic. For the past week I’ve made it my quest to seek out the best GMAT prep book that exists. As you know, if you want to attend any business school, you will need to take the GMAT (SFU’s Graduate Business Diploma course is one exception). Your GMAT score is an important factor in determining how likely you are to be admitted into the graduate business program of your choice.
There are many GMAT prep books and study guides currently available to help you prepare for the test. Make sure you check out the other posts in our “Tips for Applying” section for other GMAT tips and lots of ideas to help you with your application to SFU’s Graduate Business programs, or any other MBA program out there including application tuning, essay writing, references, and interviewing. We here at A Few Good Minds think that our advice is pretty universal.
In the end, I couldn’t choose just one GMAT prep book, so I took a poll and found the top 3. Check them out here: Read the rest of this entry »
Now that you’re well versed on the ins and outs of the computer adaptive exam, and you’ve read Dave’s (SFU MBA ’11) harrowing GMAT tale, the only thing left with regard to the Computer Adaptive Test is a condensed list of best practices. This advice is specific to the strategies that you can use on test day. For tips and advice around studying, the best prep books, locating online practice tests, etc, be sure to take a look at our more general GMAT area. Also, this post gives more functional advice for test-day, which will always lessen stress levels. That said, sometimes it’s necessary to dig deep and find some mental focus to get through tough tests. The post on beating MBA Stress might be a good one to read for some tips on how to relax before the test. Read the rest of this entry »
This is the second part of a three part series on the CAT. This post goes into technical detail about the inner workings of the unique test. The other two parts include a description of the Computer Adaptive Test Experience and a section about tips and tricks to help you feel comfortable with the Computer Adaptive Test. My sources include the GMAC website, as well as several SFU MBA students who scored an average 727.5 between the eight of them. This group also wrote up an article on the best GMAT Study and Prep Guides.
The CAT format for the GMAT exam is still relatively new, which means that many potential GMAT test takers still don’t know that the entire GMAT exam is done on a computer. The brains at GMAC have done this in order to create a test which has both increased accuracy and validity over a traditional pencil and paper exam. This makes university admissions departments rely very heavily on the GMAT, maybe moreso than they should. One nice thing about SFU’s Grad Business admissions team is that they look at the entire student and not just at their GMAT score. Lets start by making a list of the more unknown CAT facts. Read the rest of this entry »
So you’ve decided to write the GMAT. Now what? Congratulations, because you’re in the right place. This is a step-by-step guide detailing everything you need to know to successfully take the first step on your path to your MBA.
The first thing you’re going to have to do is visit the GMAT website and use their registration system to make an appointment to write the exam at a testing centre near you. The second thing you’re going to have to do is pay for it: $250 USD. The third thing you have to do is by far the most difficult: show up at the testing centre and actually write the exam. Read the rest of this entry »