GRE score conversion to GMAT

Written by Sameer Kamat

The number of MBA applicants approaching us with GRE scores is small, but increasing. We wrote another topic on this earlier where we covered the history, programs that accept GRE scores and the cost differential (read it here –> GRE vs GMAT).

In this post, we cover an important aspect that we only touched upon in the earlier post. How to convert GRE score to GMAT? Is there a conversion chart of calculation formula to make life easy for applicants?

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GMAT exam tips: How Thrishnaa thrashed it to get a 770 score

Written by Sameer Kamat

GMAT exam prep tips IndiaWe’ve posted GMAT preparation tips and success stories earlier. But this one was tough, because Thrishnaa wasn’t too keen to share her GMAT prep experience. Not because she wants to keep it a secret (far from it), but more because she is too down-to-earth to realise what she accomplished.
What surprised me was not the score, but the ease with which she managed to crack the GMAT exam. While the IITians and the other quant focussed studs from the top engineering colleges burn the midnight oil to complete all the questions in the GMAT time limit, Thrishnaa did it without breaking much of a sweat…and with 40 minutes to spare!
The answers came naturally. I don’t know what I can share that’ll help others preparing for the GMAT exam,‘ she mentioned very modestly. But she agreed finally.

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GMAT score calculator

Written by Sameer Kamat

What is GMAT score calculator? To understand the concept, let’s backtrack a little. When you are preparing for the GMAT exam, how do you know if you are getting close to your target score? The best way is to try out a few free GMAT practice tests. There are quite a few available in the public domain. When you run out of them, you always have the option of taking up additional tests. There’s a pretty common challenge that you’d face where a GMAT score calculator can come handy.

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MBA application for married couple from India

Written by Sameer Kamat

MBA after marriageWe published an article earlier focusing on the dilemma of an MBA after marriage. In it we talked about what might happen if a husband OR a wife decide to take a sabbatical. Towards the end we promised an even more interesting story of an Indian couple who put in (independent) MBA applications together.
When both, husband AND wife, decide to pursue an MBA together, the challenges increase multifold. All the pieces need to fall into place perfectly – the timing (getting an admit in the same year), the location (being in the same MBA college or at least the same city), the MBA costs (trying to get some financial aid / scholarships).
What makes Ali and Asha’s story (name’s changed) more interesting is the context. Like a typical Bollywood pot-boiler, though there was a passionate love story and an inter-religion angle, but there were no foreign locales. So we worked towards fixing it in the script towards the end.
Disclosure: If you are looking at the pic, scratching your head and saying ‘waaaaw’ with a nasal twang, we’ll clarify that Saif and Kareena have not worked with us for MBA applications…yet (optimism never hurts). The pic is used for representative purposes. But we think our good-looking couple, Ali and Asha, can give the stars a run for their money.

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3 GMAT questions you shouldn’t be asking

Written by Sameer Kamat

If you’ve been in any instructor led class (corporate HR presentations, soft skills program, technical training), at some point of time the master of ceremonies will open up the floor for questions. ‘Go ahead, ask your questions,’ she’ll say. And then add. ‘Don’t feel shy. There are no stupid questions.

Nice way to make the audience feel comfortable. But imagine what would happen if one guy in the class takes that suggestion too seriously and starts asking questions that are very basic, irrelevant or completely wrong?

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ISB Admission with scholarship in third attempt

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

ISB Hyderabad scholarshipsThe topic of average GMAT score for ISB Hyderabad (Indian School of Business) gets discussed a lot. We published an article about an MBA applicant who got into ISB with a low GMAT score of 610.

This time we consider another aspect of GMAT scores i.e. the limited utility of a high GMAT score.
Ritesh had an impressive GMAT score of 760. You’d think such a score would make life easy for any MBA applicant at any of the top b-schools.

Far from it, as Ritesh got rejected twice. So what was it that finally got him an admit and a scholarship from the same bschool that had rejected him twice?

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ISB Hyderabad admission with low GMAT score of 610

Written by Sameer Kamat

Low GMAT score for ISB HyderabadIf you look at the class profile statistics for ISB Hyderabad, you’ll find an average GMAT score that’s among the highest across all international B-schools. No wonder then that folks get enamoured with that one parameter and put all their energies into getting the highest GMAT score possible.
Sudhir Nemani tried twice to crack the GMAT, and ended up with GMAT scores of 600 and 610. As a senior professional in the investment banking industry, he had worked on a wide variety of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) transactions – managing all responsibilities including valuations, business modeling, negotiations, post merger integration and much more. His profile was solid. But the GMAT score was bringing the morale down.

What would you do if you had your eyes set on the Indian School of Business (ISB Hyderabad) and your GMAT score was more than a 100 points below the average GMAT score for ISB?

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IESE Business School MBA in Spain

Written by Sameer Kamat

IESE Business School MBAIESE Business School in Barcelona (Spain) offers an 18 month program that has been ranked high consistently by Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek and the Economist.
After the first year, students get the opportunity of a corporate internship. The IESE Career Services team plays a key role in helping students.

Students also have the option of taking up international elective offerings in USA, Brazil, China or Kenya. For those keen on a longer stay abroad, the International Exchange Program allows students to complete a whole term at another top MBA program.
In this guest post, IESE MBA student Savita Hinger shares her experience.

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Tepper School of Business Carnegie Mellon MBA on your list?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Tepper School of BusinessThe Tepper school of Business attracts many Indian applicants. ‘Don’t they all?’ you might say. Sure they do, but the Tepper MBA is special, because of Carnegie Mellon University. CMU has been an all time favourite with desi techies who’ve been attending CMU for ages in pursuit of a top MS degree and of course for undergrad courses as well. The Tepper School of Business builds upon that legacy.
When folks who’ve not been successful in their earlier attempts approach MBA Crystal Ball for help, just like the candidates, we feel the extra pressure too. We hope applicants see significant value in working with us. And when the admissions journey ends on a good note, it gives us tremendous satisfaction. Ritwik shares one such story and walks us through his emotions as he went through each phase.

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GMAT test day tips for a 700 plus score

Written by Sameer Kamat

The GMAT test day related anxiety starts right from the day you decide to apply to the best business schools. The stress and tension continues to build up during the GMAT preparation phase and ends only when you walk out of the GMAT test center. The day before the GMAT test is usually the worst.
Prashant (@Melodania on Twitter) is an engineer who’s currently working as an IT consultant. He’s a thoroughbred Mumbai lad, a music freak, a reader (not the Adobe Acrobat types). When he’s not playing his bass (guess whether that refers to his voice, his pet fish or his guitar), he’s in the kitchen trying to find a new dish to creatively mess up. In this guest post, he shares his GMAT test day experience along with some advice on managing the stress before & during the GMAT test date.

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