I gave the GMAT in January 2017
My score is 720.
I gave the GMAT in January 2017 after 2 months of study (which was along with my 9 to 6 job). My score is 720. I would spend about 2-3 hours on average daily (some days I wouldn’t be able to study at all) and about 4 hours on the weekends. The main resources I used were the Manhattan guides for the concept building and the official guide for the practice questions. I would advise to go topic by topic for the preparation. As far as the tests are concerned, I took one of the practice tests available on gmat.com in the beginning to see where I stand and what areas do I specifically need to concentrate on. A week before my final test, I took 3 more tests from gmat.com along with Manhattan tests (I won’t recommend taking them unless you have a lot of time on hand since they aren’t very close to the real test).
After giving my GMAT, I applied in 4 schools for MBA that I had already shortlisted before. My shortlisting was based on a number of factors including the ranking, location and the funding opportunities for international students. It took me about 1.5 months to complete my applications to these schools. I focused particularly on writing comprehensive essays, detailing my short and long-term goals in detail. I believe that my key success factor during the whole application process was to choose the schools that I felt were the best fitted to my goals as well as to portray what I am really really passionate about through my essays. Determination to get into a fully funded MBA program in a US school (that was also a natural fit given my goals) and a lot of hard work were my ultimate success drivers.
UMass Amherst MBA with full funding along with stipend through a fellowship
University of Georgia Terry MBA with full funding along with stipend through an assistantship
WashU Olin MBA with $50000 scholarships