San Francisco’s Millennium Tower was hailed as one of Worth magazine’s top 10 residential buildings in the world. It earned nine engineering and architectural awards, from everyone from the American Society of Civil Engineers to California Construction magazine. The condominiums in this luxury building were among the most expensive and coveted – bought by the likes of venture capitalist Tom Perkins and former pro-footballer Joe Montana. Built in a zone 4 seismic area prone to earthquakes, the construction plans were independently reviewed and approved by a structural engineering professor at University of California, Berkeley.
But… Its Foundation Wasn’t Sound
Would it surprise you to hear that the structural audit did not include a soil study to assess the foundation where the building was being constructed? Now the Millennium Tower has been shown to be sinking – it has already sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since being completed just 10 years ago – questions about the foundation of the building are, of course, on everyone’s mind.
Why Are We Telling You This?
While no one buys a condo because of its strong foundations, everyone wants their condo’s foundations grounded in bedrock to ensure long-term stability. Where else is the very foundation an important aspect to examine? In MBA applicants! Many applicants have won awards for their leadership and have proven impact, but it is still critical to check their analytical and quant skills to prove that they will not sink under the weight of a rigorous MBA program.
Understanding How to Strengthen Your MBA Foundation
MBA programs are academically demanding – from statistical analytics to stochastic modeling, and the GMAT has proven itself an accurate measure of applicants’ ability to analyze and synthesize data, evaluate arguments, and understand and solve quantitative problems – the foundation stones of the top MBA programs. The GMAT is a test created by business schools for business schools. GMAT scores demonstrate a higher correlation with student performance in MBA programs than undergraduate grades do. Following that argument, it may well be that preparing for the GMAT effectively – and as a result increasing your GMAT score – will not just boost your chances of admission, but also build the groundwork for your long-term success in the program.
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