BusinessWeek - Guide to the Best Business Schools by Betsy Gruber

By Betsy Gruber

(Businessweek) A source for locating a very good graduate tuition in company, for these looking an MBA. Compares the head ranked 30 colleges and the head 20 runners-up, protecting no less than seven foreign colleges to think about. good points tips about campus existence, usual admission try rankings, and different insider info. Softcover. DLC: enterprise schools--United States--evaluation.

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They are using GMAT averages as a marketing tool to attract better candidates. Other schools, already assured of their quality reputation, might pay more attention to other parts of your application: work experience, essays, personal interviews, and undergraduate grades. If you feel your score is really too low, however, then retaking the test might be your best plan of action. But that doesn’t mean you should retake it half a dozen times just to raise your score a 21 C H A P T E R Familiarize yourself with the GMAT CAT.

In fact, until BUSINESSWEEK began to rate the schools on customer satisfaction in 1988, most rankings were based on the reputation of the schools and their professors. B-school deans and/or faculty were usually asked to list their top schools in order of personal preference. That meant that a school’s academic prestige and reputation for academic research usually had a great impact on the ratings. Although it’s clear that research is vital both to a school and to American business—and BUSINESSWEEK has added such a measure to its methodology—those surveys didn’t take into account how this knowledge was conveyed to the students.

It depends. If you study well on your own and have a good grasp of the concepts you might find in a store-bought test-preparation book, an $800+ course might not be worth it. But, a Kaplan or Princeton course may be right for some applicants, especially those lacking self-discipline. If you want to review specific subject matter or discuss test-taking strategy, the classes can be valuable. If you’re worried about taking the test on a computer, it will give you familiarity with the format. And if nothing else, paying the steep fee ($895–$1000) inspires applicants to prepare more rigorously.

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