Category: MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth (page 2 of 5)

The Benefits of MBA Test Prep

Once you’ve done your research on the format and content of the GMAT and GRE tests, you’re ready to settle on which one you want to take and start your preparation.

If you still need a review of each test to help you navigate the details, see our previous post examining both test options.

Test preparation is critical. The tests are rigorous, but your prep has the advantage of getting you in the right mindset for entering a top MBA program– where the exams and workload will be just as challenging, if not more so.

Prep tools include books that take you through the format of the test and offer practice exams, as well as formal prep classes (in person or online) and tutoring that can cost hundreds of dollars. Going with a more affordable option can work for some candidates.

“If you did well on the SAT or if you have a rigorous math background, you might be able to prepare on your own.”

– Jamie Nelson, an instructor with Manhattan Prep, which offers test prep classes in Dallas, Houston and Austin.

Here are some top prep tips from students and test prep instructors:

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Prepare for Your MBA Journey in the New Year

The final days of 2017 are here! Please note important MBA admissions dates below so you can stay ahead of events & application deadlines in the new year.

Holiday Hours

The McCombs School of Business will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please contact us with any questions you anticipate before we close, as we will not be available during winter break.


Texas Full-Time MBA Announcements

MBA Student Coffee Chats | December 19 – January 6

Texas MBA students will be hosting coffees in cities across the U.S. and other countries to meet you for a casual conversation about life as an MBA student. We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know our program firsthand and ask any questions you have about the admissions process. Register now for a chat near you.

Round 2 Application Deadline | January 9

Apply to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program by the January 9th deadline to receive your decision before April.


Texas Working Professional MBA Announcements

Multi-Program Information Sessions | January 9-17

We will be hosting information sessions in AustinHoustonDallas, and San Antonio in January. Register to meet us and learn more about our academic structure, student culture, and what sets us apart from other programs.

Round 2 Application Deadline- Dallas, Houston, Executive Austin | January 30

Start or submit your application by the January 30th deadline to receive your decision in early March.

The 2018-2019 Evening MBA Application

Review the deadlines and process for next year’s application. Mark your calendar for important dates and plan to start or submit your application by the March 27th Round 1 deadline.


Happy Holidays from Texas MBA Admissions!

Examining Your MBA Application Test Options

It can be the most stressful part of an MBA application-– the requirement to take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

At McCombs, the Admissions Committee does not waive this requirement for any of our Working Professional MBA programs (Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, or the Austin Evening programs) or for our Full-Time program.

So your first question will be: Which test do I take?

Like coffee vs. tea, or vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, the choice is entirely yours. We have no preference, though more of our students end up choosing the GMAT because it is designed to prepare candidates specifically for business school. And some professions, like consulting and investment banking, do prefer that you have a GMAT score to report. (We’ll have more on this in a future blog post.)

While both tests have quantitative and verbal sections, they have noticeable differences. We encourage you to do your research and take practice tests to learn each test’s points of emphasis, and how they are scored.

Here are some key differences between the GMAT and GRE:

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How to Totally Crush Your Texas MBA Interview

From the Texas MBA Admissions Committee:

So, you’ve submitted your application and after waiting anxiously for further news, you’ve received that coveted interview invitation. First of all, take time to feel excited to have made it to this stage of the process!

Some questions might start popping in your head. What interview format options are there? What sort of questions will I be asked and who conducts the interview? How do I prepare for the interview?

Like anything else, your MBA interview invitation is an opportunity. While some applicants may look forward to it, others may not exactly enjoy the anxiety. If you are a member of the latter group, look at it this way: The interview affords one of the only formal opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process. Seize it. This interview can be just the thing the Admissions Committee needs to stitch together the rest of your application elements.

Different schools have different interview processes. It’s important to be familiar with how the Texas MBA Program runs its interview operations.

Most Importantly: Be sure to read all confirmation emails and instructions very carefully. Depending on the MBA program you are interviewing for (Full-Time , Working Professional or Executive), there may be various formats, booking procedures, or location & parking information provided.

Generally speaking, our interview structure is this:

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Insider Tips for Submitting Your MBA Application

If you have reviewed the Texas MBA admissions process, you are familiar with the basic steps to applying. Here are some of the steps we’ve highlighted recently:

Of course, the above list does not cover everything. Each application is unique, and you may have a special situation or questions specific to your career goals. Our MBA admissions team has put together some of the questions we most frequently encounter below. We hope this will provide further clarity for you as you complete your application. But please feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions.

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