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MBA. Part3. Preparation for the tests

Basically there two tests – GMAT and TOEFL. There is nothing hard with the TOEFL. Just buy the official guide. Crack it and you are ready. GMAT is another pair of shoes! Allocate at least 6 months to get ready. Although my advice not less then 12! I heard some crazy stories that it took some people two years to pass the test. I could not believe that. I was sure I was smart enough to pass it in three months. I was so wrong!!! Yes, it’s too complicated. GMAT will take a lot of time and efforts. GMAT is hell! It will swallow you. It will destroy your free time completely. Just be ready to devote much efforts to it. My list of important things to do to get ready for the GMAT prep:
1) sign up for GMAT basics course in your city – this will give you a basic idea of what this is. Usually such courses are 4-8 week long. I went to MBA Strategy courses in Kiev http://www.mbastrategy.ua They are excellent experts in preparation and admission consulting. If you are in Ukraine or Russia, I highly recommend to call these guys.
2) after you pass the group course, you will understand your weaknesses. The next step would be to work individually. Buy the full set of official guide books – latest edition. I also bought Kaplan books and used Manhattan GMAT – 8 books set. Read the books and do the assignments. My weak point was critical reasoning. That’s why I also read GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible.
3) if you have some troubles with understanding some concepts while you do the individual study plan, you should take the Skype-classes with a consultant and address the questions
4) sign up for online service like GoGMAT. Download an iOS app with a thousand prep questions and answer explanations. Online platform is a very good option to track your success.

There is no single answer to the question of what’s the best way to beat GMAT. The test was designed by very smart people. The test is changing and constantly evolving. You should start the journey and find your own way to pass it. You need a lot of patience and do not give up!

MBA experience. Part 1. Idea and preparation

What is all this hassle about? Do you need an MBA? When do you need an MBA? Which country, school, and many, many more questions one will ask. I myself went throughout this journey. It took me more than two years to complete: 1 year of preparations and 1 year of full-time program. My recommendation is certainly yes! Its worth the shot. No matter the school, no matter the country, you should go for it. I will recall my personal experience and share my story. I decided to split this into several separate posts.

The first one will be the initiation – how I came to that crazy idea. My story is a long one. To cut the long story shot, I once got bored at my previous job. Not that I am a lazy bone, but my boss decided to go out of real estate development business, sell his assets and disappear(a very common approach and way of thinking in Ukraine and many other ex-Soviet countries). My beloved wife Hanna first recommended, then insisted that I go and study further. The same happened when I was finishing my BBA – I was so busy with my business that it took me 7 years to graduate, unlike my group mates, who graduated 3 years before me. And my wife was the driver in this decision. Same with an MBA – Hanna told me to try my luck with local schools in Ukraine. I made a research, talked to many people and then suddenly a crazy idea appeared – I decided to quit my job and go abroad.

I surely kept that decision in secret from everyone. Just my wife was aware of it as she observed me spending hours studying and cracking GMAT. GMAT was a nightmare! I could not even imagine how weird and strange this could be. I downloaded tons of tests, books, prep materials. I signed up for GMAT courses. I bought latest edition of Manhattan prep and Kaplan books. I even had an iPhone app with more than a 1000 questions. My best advice would be – schedule at least 6 months just for GMAT. I didn’t have that time. I was torn between my job, my family, a lot of problems and a bright idea to get an MBA. Not the best combination, frankly speaking. Anyway, I took GMAT three time – once every month(the first test after 6 weeks of prep, which was vey stupid idea). After got tired of GMAT after 3rd attempt. My best score was 630 and couldn’t proceed further with preparation. I decided to stop and move further.

In my next post I will explore the issue of business school research, essay writing and many more.