I read this week with pleasure about two GMAT successes: Carl Incognito in Here Comes the Sun reports that he earned at 770! He provides some good test taking tips too. Similarly Target: MBA admit for fall 2012 reveals that he landed a 760 in My GMAT Experience !!! Congrats to both of you.
However, many of you out there are now working hard on your GMAT preparations. I am hoping that the experience of Target:MBA and Carl Incognito gives you inspiration or at least a vision of the light at the end of the tunnel.
Both Carl and Target:MBA want to take a break. in Carl’s words, “I’m off to go enjoy me some sunshine.” Sound good to me. Great next move. Please catch a few rays on my behalf, as well on behalf of those still slaving away in the GMAT salt mines.
What should they do when they leave the beach? How should they use their time given that they aced their GMATs?
Here are a few suggestions:
- If they haven’t already narrowed their school choices, now is the time. They might be tempted to simply choose the top X given their glorious GMATs. First of all, Carl and Target:MBA, look at that shiny number in the context of your overall application. It is definitely an awesome asset; it does not guarantee acceptance. Choose your schools based on your MBA goals, overall competitiveness, and personal preferences.
- Nail your resume. It is unlikely to change much before you submit, especially if you are aiming for round 1.
- Ask potential recommenders if they are comfortable writing a positive letter of recommendation for you. Prepare material that will help them write the letter, especially if they are not familiar with your target schools or the MBA admissions process. Give them a time frame for writing and submitting the letter. Set appropriate expectations in terms of your needs. If anyone hesitates, move on to the next possibility. Ask only people who know you well and can comment on your professional attributes.
- Start thinking about possible essay topics. The first schools have posted their questions. Consequently we have started posting our tip posts and will add continually add to our 2012 MBA Application Advice page/RSS feed.
- Explore resources offered at Accepted.com, starting with:
By Linda Abraham
Photo of seagulls at the beach by bterrycompton