This MBA Insider info comes from the Texas McCombs MBA Admissions Team.
We know you want to put forth the best application you can when you apply to any Texas McCombs MBA program. And we’ve covered many components of the application in the past, including the resume, letter of recommendation, essays, and test scores (as well as some tips for interviewing if you are selected). But some components of the application that might be viewed as procedural are just as important, and if not addressed properly, they can delay processing, which can in turn delay your decision.
When you apply to a Texas McCombs MBA program, you’re actually applying to two separate entities at the same time. One is the McCombs School of Business; the other is the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin (which we’ll call GIAC, for the Graduate and International Admissions Center).
Three key components of the application are required by GIAC before it will be considered complete, and GIAC does not allow McCombs to issue a decision until these three elements are completed.
This is the final installment in a series of posts on GMAT/GRE testing. We encourage you to review previous posts, if you have not already. This content was written by Dave Jackson, Senior Admissions Officer, Dallas/Fort Worth MBA.
The Texas MBA Admissions Committee recognizes that you might be putting a lot of pressure on yourself to achieve a high test score. After all, you’re competitive and driven enough to want to pursue an MBA! It’s important to remember that your test score is only one piece of your story, and it’s considered in the context of your overall application. We review your scores with the knowledge that a test is only one day in your life, and your academic and work history span many years.
Nevertheless, the test is an important component in evaluating your application.
“Quantitative test scores, in particular, have proven to be predictive of success in an MBA program, and taking the GMAT or GRE gets you back into the practice of preparing for exams. The preparation you put into the test sets you up for the mindset you’ll have to bring to your MBA– setting aside time to study on a nightly basis and working your way through problems analytically.”
– Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional MBA Admissions at Texas McCombs
This is the third in a series of posts on GMAT/GRE testing. We encourage you to review previous posts, if you have not already. This content was written by Dave Jackson, Senior Admissions Officer, Dallas/Fort Worth MBA.
Before you make a final decision on which test to take, it’s best to research some of your target companies or industries and determine two things:
- The extent to which they evaluate a test score in reviewing job candidates.
- Whether they have a preference for one of the tests. At McCombs, we have found that most consulting and investment banking firms do look at the candidate’s score, and both industries historically have favored the GMAT.
Regardless of which test you take, you should consider it as another opportunity to not only impress the Admissions Committee, but also potential employers.
This is the second in a series of posts on GMAT/GRE testing. We encourage you to review all posts. This content was written by Dave Jackson, Senior Admissions Officer, Dallas/Fort Worth MBA.
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:
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.
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.
Texas Working Professional MBA Announcements
Multi-Program Information Sessions | January 9-17
We will be hosting information sessions in Austin, Houston, Dallas, 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!