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General Questions

How to select a business school?

Effective selection of business schools and the programmes to which you will apply will determine the outcome of your admission application, as well as your overall educational experience and post-graduate prospects.

The two essential elements on which school selection is based are your short- and long-term career goals and your scores on tests such as the GMAT https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ or GRE https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gre/ . Once you have these two points clear, you can shortlist the schools that best correspond to your goals, profile and potential.

There are many factors to consider during the school selection research. The major ones are location (region, country, city); total budget (tuition, living expenses and other related costs); language of instruction; programme format (full-time, part-time, modular, distance/online); programme duration; programme focus/specialisation; class profile; career services; networking opportunities; alumni placement; international exposure, etc.

Start your research at least a year before you plan to begin your studies. Take every opportunity to meet business school representatives in person or online.

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Profile evaluation – what is it and how does it work?

Having your profile evaluated is the first step in selecting the best MBA or Master’s programmes for you. It helps you answer the following questions:

• Am I currently eligible for graduate studies?
• Should I pursue an MBA or a Master’s programme?
• What kind of MBA programmes should I target in order to achieve my professional goals?
• Which parts of my profile should I improve before applying?

The purpose of a profile evaluation is that an expert provides you with feedback about whether you meet the standards requirements for admission to graduate admission programmes in your desired field of study. Of course, some of the requirements are easy to understand, but others are more complicated – how do you measure leadership potential, what counts as work experience, is your career progression good enough, etc.

The evaluation of your profile is usually undertaken by MBA admissions experts. They will need some preliminary information about you, as presented in a CV, a résumé or a specific form. Brief information about your goals or the schools you are targeting (if you have already started thinking about it) will also be very useful.

There are also Automatic online tools to evaluate your MBA profile. Some business schools also provide feedback on applicants’ profiles, but only focused on matching them to the specific business school.

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How to prepare for the admissions interview?

The admissions interview is an opportunity to convince the admissions committee in person that the programme is a good match for your goals and that you will be a valuable asset to your class. Your performance during the interview will also be taken into consideration if you are applying for a scholarship.

Although the interview usually comes at the end of the application process on invitation from the business school, you should start preparing for it well in advance. Your interview invitation will provide guidelines for the interview day, but it will normally be issued at short notice.

Many applicants work with an admissions coach in order to prepare for the interview, to drill the most commonly asked questions, and to get used to face-to-face presentation, etc.

Interviews take various forms and preparation should be focused depending on the interview format – face-to-face, phone, online, one-to-one, group, assessment day, etc.

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What are the main aspects of a programme that I should look into?

There are many factors to consider when researching schools. The major ones are location (region, country, city); total budget (tuition, living expenses and other related costs); language of instruction; programme format (full-time, part-time, modular, distance/online); programme duration; programme focus/specialisation; class profile; career services; networking opportunities; alumni placement and international exposure, etc.

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Tests: GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS

TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT results expiry dates/validity of scores?

The official scores from the TOEFL https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ and IELTS https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/ielts/ tests are valid for two years. The GMAT https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ scores are valid for five years.

Tips to prepare for the GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ (GMAT) is administered on a computer in certified testing centres. It is a computer-adaptive test which dynamically adapts the difficulty of the questions in order to determine precisely test-takers’ skills.

The test is in English and has four sections – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative. It requires fluency in English, maths, work with graphs and charts, analytical, critical thinking and argumentation skills.

Successful test takers typically invest about 100 hours in study and practice. These are usually spread over several months, but achieving a high score may take longer.

One of the most effective approaches for preparation is to work with professional GMAT instructors https://prepadviser.com/a/marketplace/providers/ either in a group class or via individual tutoring. Online preparation is increasingly available.

Many study guides and various kinds of software to help you prepare are available on the internet. However, guided preparation is recommended for beginners, as well as for people who do not progress as they expected.

Practice tests should be an integral part of your preparation. Full-length timed tests should be undertaken to increase speed and help you to get used to the stress of the real test. Choose practice tests which are computer adaptive and are of realistic difficulty. However, be advised that your actual score may be about 50 points less than what you achieve on practice tests.

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What is the difference between GRE and GMAT?

Both the GRE https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gre/ and the GMAT https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ are tests for admission to post-graduate university degree programmes. The GMAT is used for admission to Master’s degree programmes in business administration (MBA), management, finance, and other related fields. The GRE is used for admission to a much wider variety of Master’s degree programmes, primarily in the USA, but also in other parts of the world. Recently the GRE has been gaining popularity in business schools as an alternative to the GMAT for admission to MBA and other business- and management related programmes.
GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination and is owned by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). There are several types of GRE tests – the most popular being the GRE revised General Test. There are also GRE subject tests in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology
GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is owned by the Graduate Management Admission Council.
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What is the minimum score on the GMAT?

The Analytical Writing Assessment section is scored on a scale of 0 – 6 in half-digit intervals.
The Integrated Reasoning section is scored on a 1 – 8 scale in single-digit intervals
The Quantitative and the Verbal sections are scored on a 0-60 scale separately. The overall total score on the Quantitative and Verbal sections is reported on a 200-800 scale.

The minimum decent GMAT score is considered to be 550. A high score is considered to be over 650.

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Which test to take first - TOEFL or GMAT?

TOEFL https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ and GMAT https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ are both conducted in English, but each has a different purpose. TOEFL is a language proficiency test, checking the level of your reading comprehension, listening comprehension, grammar, writing and speaking skills. GMAT checks the level of your analytical, critical thinking, argumentation skills and requires fluency in English, high school and college maths, work with graphs and charts and written expression.

The GMAT is usually more challenging that the TOEFL test. GMAT preparation takes longer, but the score is valid for longer as well. Successful GMAT test takers invest about 100 hours in study and practice, which can be spread over three or four months. The GMAT score is valid for five years.

The TOEFL may be a challenge if you do not have the necessary level of English-language proficiency. In this case, you should improve your overall English language skills first and only then begin focused preparation for the TOEFL. The TOEFL score is valid for two years.

So, if you are fluent in English, start with your GMAT preparation. If you need to improve your English proficiency, start with TOEFL preparation.

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Tips to prepare for the TOEFL test

The Test of English as a Foreign Language https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ (TOEFL) is one of the most popular English proficiency tests, along with IELTS. Both are used for admission to university programmes that are taught in English. TOEFL checks the level of your reading comprehension, listening comprehension, grammar, writing and speaking skills. These are skills required in each classroom and academic environment.
In order to prepare for the TOEFL you first need to have an advanced level of English- language proficiency. You can build your knowledge and skills via a variety of courses or individual tutoring.
As a second step, you should familiarise yourself with the test format. TOEFL is offered in several formats, but the most popular is the Internet-based test - iBT TOEFL. It is administered in certified testing centres. Test takers sit the test on a computer, including the Speaking part. Even if you are fluent in English, spend some time on mock tests to get used to the timing, directions, working with the software, etc.
There are specialised courses and tutoring which can prepare you for the TOEFL test. Working with professional instructors is usually the most effective way to prepare.
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TOEFL or IELTS: Which English language test should I take?

Both TOEFL https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ and IELTS https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/ielts/ are English-language proficiency tests accepted widely by universities in the application process for admission to MBA and Master’s degree programmes. Most universities accept both tests as alternatives, so you can choose which one to take. Your choice depends on the availability of a test centre in a convenient location for you, as well as on the availability of test dates which meet the application deadlines. Plan about a month for your official score report to reach the selected universities.
Aside from these purely organisational aspects you should also consider which test you would expect to perform at your best. Study the differences in the format. For example, the TOEFL test is administered on a computer, while the IELTS exam is done on paper. The speaking part of the TOEFL exam is also done on a computer where you will record your speech and answers to the questions. On the IELTS, the speaking part is conducted by examiners face-to-face.
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MBA and Masters

Is there an age limit when applying for admission to an MBA?

MBA programmes usually have a requirement for the number of years of full-time professional work experience. They seldom quote requirements in terms of age. There are some MBA programmes which are targeted at fresh college graduate and people with less than two years of experience. The majority of MBA programmes require that applicants have at least two or three years of full-time work experience. Executive MBA programmes require at least five years of work experience and often even managerial experience. As a consequence, the average age of MBA students is between 28 and 30 years, while that of EMBA students is 32 or above.

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Can I study for an MBA if I have a Master’s degree and how soon after graduation can I apply?

To be eligible for admission, MBA applicants should have a first university degree (Bachelor’s or an equivalent) or higher. So, having a Master’s degree is fine for an MBA application. However, you should also have work experience. You can apply for an MBA when you have gained at least two or three years of full-time professional work experience after your first university degree. If you have started your Master’s degree studies immediately after your Bachelor’s degree, then you have to work full-time for two years before you can apply for an MBA.


Scholarships

How can I receive a full scholarship?

Business schools seldom provide full scholarships and they usually cover only the tuition fee. You should make sure that you have the resources to cover your travel and living expenses. There may be other types of financial support – such as graduate assistantships and stipends, provided by the university/business school which you can use to cover some of your living expenses. Combining different sources of funding is usually the most realistic approach to funding your studies.

In order to receive a full scholarship you should first identify universities/business schools which provide full scholarships. You then have to make sure that you meet all the scholarship eligibility requirements. Finally you should compete for this scholarship award by presenting an outstanding application package, including high scores on tests such as the GMAT or GRE and TOEFL https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ or IELTS https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ . Your performance during the admissions interview will also have considerable weight in the final decision for admission and a scholarship.

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How to apply for a scholarship?

Once you have identified those universities/business schools which provide scholarships, check out whether the amount awarded will meet your needs. Check with the university whether you can combine a scholarship with other types of financial aid. Then, carefully check the eligibility requirements and make sure you meet them.

Finally, you should compete for this scholarship award by presenting an outstanding application package, including high scores on tests such as the GMAT https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ or GRE https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gre/ and TOEFL https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/language-tests/toefl/ or IELTS. Your performance during the admissions interview will also have considerable weight in the final decision for admission and a scholarship.

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How to receive financial support?

Universities/business schools may provide various kinds of financial support, such as scholarships, grants, graduate assistantships and stipends.

Each type of financial support has its specific eligibility requirements and conditions to maintain the support during your studies. Select those option which are best for you and for which you are fully eligible.

Financial support from business schools is usually provided on a competitive basis and depends on your merit. You should compete by presenting an outstanding application package, including high scores on tests such as the GMAT https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gmat/ or GRE https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gre/ and TOEFL https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/gre/ or IELTS https://prepadviser.com/take-a-test/ielts/. Your performance during the admissions interview will also have considerable weight in the final decision for admission and a financial support. There may be additional specific requirements required for a financial aid application, such as an additional essay, documents demonstrating financial need, etc.

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