Magazine article Black Enterprise

Acing the Test: What You Need to Know before Applying to Business School

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Acing the Test: What You Need to Know before Applying to Business School

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WITH THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY STALLED and seismic shifts in major industries keeping the unemployment rate at uncomfortably high levels, many consider this the ideal time to return to school. Having an M.B.A. remains one of the most viable inroads to boosting your resume, enhancing existing skills, and sharpening your competitive edge. Applying to business school is the first step, and it can be a daunting task for those who haven't seen a math question in more than 15 years.

The application process for business school is notoriously rigorous and competitive, requiring a substantial amount of time, money, and preparation. The standard application package includes GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores, a major component in the selection process that's used to assess an applicant's ability to succeed academically through verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. Also weighed are transcripts, letters of recommendation, in-person interviews, and personal essays.

David Ingber, faculty manager at Knewton, an online learning company that offers preparation courses for the GMAT and other standardized tests, says, "Business school admissions counselors want to know what your weaknesses are, and how you were able to overcome them."

Ingber suggests the following strategies to make your best showing during the application process:

Strengthen your online status. One of the most dramatic differences Ingber notes is the attention given to a candidate's online presence. …

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