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:
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:
McCombs recently held our annual International Night! For the past 14 years, International Night, hosted by IMBASA (International MBA Student Association) & the MBA+ Leadership Program, has been the largest MBA event of the year, attracting 1000+ attendees.
Texas MBAs from all over the world shared their culture with their classmates through food, dancing, traditional games, and entertainment. Texas MBA students, staff, alumni, and their families took a break from their academic rigors to rediscover the diversity of McCombs.
The Texas MBA Program at the McCombs School of Business is located right in the middle of America’s most innovative city. As a top entrepreneurial MBA program, Texas MBA can offer many unique resources to prepare students for new business ventures. One of the best resources for aspiring entrepreneurs at McCombs is Texas Venture Labs.
Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) is an initiative to accelerate startups in taking their innovations to market and help entrepreneurs become leaders in business. As a Texas MBA, you’ll have access to the many resources that TVL has to offer! From pairing up with local startups for a semester-long consulting project, to having the opportunity to compete in the annual Investment Competition, TVL will help you build the skills you need to turn your idea into a success story.
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: