I was on vacation for 3 weeks, spanning between late August and early September 2010 and spent not enjoying or sightseeing but intensely preparing for GMAT. It’s too late that I missed the MBA boat and thought EMBA speed jet could bring some cheer to be back on school and learn the business from peers and successful leaders.
My dream of business school ended with dismal score of 500+ in GMAT albeit preparing intensely for the 3 weeks. Also took a course in gmat-zone, local “beat the gmat” training institute. Well the tutors are great but my verbal was damn poor. Individual prep classes didn’t workout either. So I’m back to square one to achieve all that I could without an MBA. The benefit I got out of this intense prep is to simulate my brain whereas quant and verbal questions gave a perspective of where I stand after all these 17 years from school competitive exams. On prep materials out there for GMAT, Kaplan is great, Manhattan’s is simply superb and Princeton is good. I wonder the kids who score 700+ percentile and the hard work that goes behind is amazing.
I targeted INSEAD EMBA and did a funny thing, did all my application, kind of reverse order, started doing application material: 7 essays, 1 essay for scholarship and it was good to evaluate myself where I stand professionally: achievements, weaknesses and strengths. Made the application to INSEAD with the assumption that my score would surpass 600 and even requested for a week’s time beyond application deadline but alas all went into flames with my lackadaisical performance.
What will I do if I don’t enter INSEAD is one of the questions that will be my plan B going forward. Let’s see how its pan out in few years to come?!?