If you want to get a PhD in a business related subject or in a program offered through a business school, you'll probably have to take the GMAT (not the GRE). Here are a few programs and their GMAT average GMAT score:
University of California, Los Angeles: 712
University of Michigan: 732
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: 732
Purdue University: 674
Keep in mind that most PhD programs require at least a 650 on the GMAT.
Related: Less than 700 on the GMAT. Now what?
While some of the usual GMAT advice we give to MBA students applies to you, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind:
1. There are no rounds. While MBA program admissions usually take place over several months and three to four rounds, most PhD programs have one admission deadline in the fall (Oct. - Dec.). So basically, if you miss the deadline, you have to wait a year, not a few months. This fact makes proper planning and scheduling for the GMAT even more important. Plan to start your preparation for the GMAT in the early summer so you'll have at least 2 opportunities to take the GMAT before the deadline.
Related: Your GMAT Study Schedule
2. Start your application BEFORE you take the GMAT. Although there are usually fewer essays required for a PhD program than for an MBA, the application can be much more intense. Your personal statement will be highly scrutinized, your academic/professional CV must be perfect, and a department visit is a must. You can skip some steps if you're applying to 5 or more MBA programs (or submit very similar versions of your documentation), but not if you're applying to a PhD program.
3. Request recommendations early. Since least 1 recommendation must be from a former professor, you should ask for these early (preferably early August). Unlike a typical corporate recommender who is available year round, academic recommenders usually follow the academic calendar: they may be unavailable during the summer or extremely busy around the end of August or beginning of September when the new school year starts. If you ask for a recommendation then, your request will end up in a flooded email inbox. Make the process easy for them and yourself by contacting them in May to discuss the recommendation and their schedules for providing it. If you wait until the October, you're unlikely to get it within a month. Academic recommender's are also unlikely to allow you to write your own recommendation for them to submit (the typical corporate boss "trick" for quick recommendations).
4. The department should know you before the application. Most applicants don't realize that while MBA applications are reviewed by admissions personnel that only review applicants, it is a panel of professors and administrative staff within the business school that review and admit PhD applicants. Moreover, since PhD applicants have research and/or teaching responsibilities, your application will be evaluated through the lens of 1) what research contracts/grants/funding are available for incoming PhD students and 2) which professors need research/teaching assistants. Thus, your research interests and academic profile must match up with what professors are interested in AND what research they have funds to sponsor. It is essential that you research the department and each professor carefully to clearly show that you match an area of interest of a professor. You can start this process with online research but you MUST do a department (not just campus) visit and start a dialogue with different professors. Meet with professors, discuss their interests, do more listening than speaking, sell yourself a little, and make a great (professional) first impression. Once you've started this dialogue with 2 or 3 professors, be sure to email them every other month about something so you can keep the conversation going. Professors and administrative staff reviewing your application should be familiar with your profile before they see your application and GMAT score.
5. The GMAT is a minor part of your application. If you've followed our advice from the Point #4, you're well on your way to getting admitted to the PhD program of your choice. Professors should get to know you and your profile BEFORE they see your application (this process has nothing to do with your GMAT score). If you have made a good impression and the department considers you a good fit for its program, the GMAT really becomes a minor part of your application.
So what are the more important parts? Undergraduate and Masters grade point average (GPA) and proven research. Your GPA should be 3.5 or greater. Every PhD program has GPA requirements and if you couldn't meet them at an undergraduate or Masters level, from the department's perspective, you won't be able to meet them at the PhD level. Besides, you're supposed to be a scholar so your academic work and GPA should reflect that. In addition, you should have some proven research. A published thesis, second investigator credit, a few media articles, anything that demonstrates your ability to write and convince others to read your work. Don't underestimate this important part of being a PhD.
Have an impressive GPA, strong recommendations, and proven research and PhD programs will "work with you" (read: ignore a GMAT score below their average).
We can help you navigate the business school PhD process and improve your GMAT score. Email APPLY ME at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 04 449 7318. We offer private tutoring with American tutors that will boost your score!
The new 2014-2015 Common Application essays are out! If you're not familiar with the Common App, it's an online application system that allows you to apply to more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States using one application. Although you may have to complete supplemental online forms, recommendations, and essays for some universities, the amount of work you have to do is GREATLY reduced.
There is one standard essay that you have to write for the Common App. Make it good because all of your universities will read it. You can get started on this essay even before you're sure about which unis you're going to apply to!
The essay prompts are as follows (maximum word count is 650 words):
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Ever wonder exactly how long you'll have to wait for a break while taking the SAT? College Board publishes and SAT test day schedule but it doesn't tell you how many breaks you get and when. Since we know you want to thoroughly prepare for test day, we just posted the real SAT schedule with breaks.
You get three 5 minute breaks during the SAT. Although a 1 minute stretch break used to be mentioned on the official schedule, most of the students we talked to in Dubai didn't get one.
With only 15 minutes of break time during the 3.5 to 4 hours of testing, you've got to use your breaks wisely. Here's how to get the most out of your break time:
1. Scout the restrooms when you arrive. Most people head for the toilet when the break starts so you want to know where they are so you don't waste precious time standing in line. If you can, go to restrooms a little further away form your classroom because these restrooms are likely to be empty.
2. Bring water. You can't drink during the test and you'd be surprised how thirsty you get while working. Having only a can of Coca-Cola won't really help you because you need a drink that quenches your thirst and is in a resealable bottle in case you don't finish it. Besides, you don't want to be on a sugar high (or crash) during the SAT.
3. Bring a snack or two that you can eat in 5 minutes. We've seen people bring some crazy snacks to the SAT: cold pizza, a big manakeesh, a Big Mac meal from McDonald's. The best snacks are: 1) individually wrapped, 2) able to be eaten in 5 minutes, and 3) brain food. You want healthy snacks that will give you a boost without a sluggish crash later. Here are our top picks:
Now that you know when to break and what to bring, we're sure that your SAT experience will be a little bit easier.
Have a different SAT break experience in Dubai or more tips for other students? Let us know!
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If you're anything like us, you want to know exactly what happens when on SAT test day. We explain some of the procedures in our APPLY ME Guide to the SAT in Dubai, but thought it would also be helpful to put together an actual schedule for you to print and use when you model test day during diagnostic tests.
The following schedule is based on the College Board's What to Expect on Test Day and feedback from our students.
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SAT Test Day Schedule
Caveats (great SAT word!)
Let us know if you've had other SAT schedules or caveats in the comments!
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We've been working hard for the past month to prepare for the new application season! Here are a few of the things we think you should know:
Our website has a new look
Same great content with an updated feel. We've streamlined the main page to make it easier for students and parents to understand exactly what we're about. We reorganized our Admissions Help menu so that people can quickly figure out which services will help them. We've also added new content on each of the pages to offer more about the course or service so you can make an intelligent decision to hire us.
APPLY ME Guide to the SAT in Dubai now available
We started to put together a guide to the SAT within the blog and realized the information was too important to be hidden among blog posts. We have completed the entire guide and created its own pages. Check it out here. Be on the look out for the APPLY ME Guide to the GMAT in Dubai soon.
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We want to make sure you get as much information as possible about test prep and the admissions process so we're adding links to related content within our main pages and blog posts. We've selected the best posts we've written and articles on the internet so you stay well informed.
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