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Why doing an MBA is good for entrepreneurs?

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MBA for entrepreneurs

There are several potential advantages to doing an MBA. Aspiring entrepreneurs can help themselves by enrolling in graduate business schools, especially the top programs and learn about the basics of managing a business, finances, marketing, and operations management, and also take electives relevant to interests. An MBA also helps improve strategic-thinking skills, develop leadership abilities, and foster managerial effectiveness. These courses will teach them a way to vet their business ideas and obtain and impress investors. Most programs conjointly supply coaching in leadership and cooperation; skills that are very important to helming any organization. By learning frameworks and foundations of general management, aspiring entrepreneurs will learn a lot about how to navigate the first days of startup life. An MBA also teaches you how and where to pick things up if things don’t go as planned.

 

With these advantages in mind, here are the top 5 Business schools that are the crème de la crème:

 

    1.University of Pennsylvania: Wharton, USA

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania takes the first place. The courses are taught using the Learning Team model, which Wharton pioneered. This allows students to brainstorm in groups made up of people from a range of diverse careers, interests, and international backgrounds. The average salary three years after graduation is $181,634

 

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA

Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California comes 2nd. It’s a two-year, full-time residential MBA course that builds general management knowledge and gains global experience in year one and goes on to personalize the course in year two. The average salary three years after graduation is $195,322

 

  1. Harvard Business School, Boston, USA

The Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts has fallen to 3rd this time. Its two-year course promises to provide a personal and professional transformation that would prepare one for challenges in any functional area. The average salary three years after graduation is $178,113

 

  1. Northwestern University: Kellogg, USA

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois is 4th in line. It offers a range of full-time and flexible business programs. Its one-year full-time program is built upon business fundamentals. The average salary three years after graduation is $164,326

 

 

  1. MIT: Sloan, USA

The Sloan Management School at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts is the last of the top 5. Its courses aim to bring leaders together to solve the most complex problems and bring solutions out into the world to improve today and advance tomorrow. The average salary three years after graduation is $165,716

 

 

Last year, these top-ranked business schools in the world, received close to 23,000 applications; about 1 in 10 applicants were accepted. Getting admitted to one of these top schools is not solely dependent on your GMAT scores but having a good GMAT score as well as a good application improves the chances of getting into these prestigious institutions.

 

If you are still not convinced as to why you need an MBA to be an entrepreneur, that’s ok. But if you are convinced, please feel free to contact us on the contact form on our home page.

 

 

 

 

How to Prepare for the GRE?

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The Graduate Record Examination, commonly known as the GRE, is a crucial exam for many aspirants wishing to pursue higher studies abroad. Many candidates appear for the GRE to go abroad for Masters studies, whereas several others attempt the GRE to go abroad to pursue a Ph.D. Regardless of the reason, the most daunting challenge these students face is the preparation of an effective study plan and this is where the top scorers differ from the also-rans.

A strong study plan goes a long way in helping you assess your initial aptitude, which will have a major role to play in determining your preparation timeline and identifying weak areas that need more attention. A good study plan includes diagnostic tests, conceptual reviews, solving questions of all types, and of varying difficulty levels and periodic evaluation with the help of progress trackers and simulated mock-tests.

There are many tips and tricks out there to help you solve the various types of questions that appear on the GRE, however, there aren’t many free study schedules for the GRE. To address this imminent problem, we have outlined below a broad study plan to help you ace the GRE.

Case 1 – You have limited time due to college or work:

Study Time: 3hrs/day

How to split it: For the first 2-3 weeks, familiarize yourself with all the concepts of the GRE quantitative syllabus and practice a few questions of easy to moderate difficulty level. Do this before you start solving complex problems.

Subsequently, the 4th week onwards, start solving the GRE Official Guide and Manhattan 5lb Book.

Once you are familiar with the GRE math problems, the next step would be to focus on learning the definitions and usage of the 4000+ words for the GRE vocabulary section. A good pace to learn at would be about 20-30 words everyday initially and then push that up to 40-50 words after 4-5 weeks.

Following this plan will get you up and ready to take the GRE mock tests in about 4 months. It is highly advisable to take your time in preparing for the GRE and not rushing into it to meet some deadline.

Case 2 – You do not have college or work to hinder your GRE preparation:

Study Time: 6hrs/day

How to split it: For the first 2 weeks, you familiarize yourself with the GRE quant syllabus AND begin learning 20 words per day from the vocabulary syllabus.

Next, the 3rd week onwards, begin solving the GRE Official Guide and the Manhattan 5lb Book, all the while continuing to learn 20 words per day.

By about the 6th-7th week, you should have completed solving a large portion of the GRE quant syllabus, which should then lead you to learn more words per day – about 40.

This method will take you about 3 months to be ready to start taking the GRE mock tests.

For All Cases – Taking the Mock Tests:

It is imperative to understand that the true practice for the GRE is when you take the mock tests and not when you are solving the problems. Solving problems only ensures that you are practicing the concepts and you should know that the GRE is not testing you just on concepts.

You must ensure that you take a minimum of 4 mock tests before your exam and each mock test should be taken within an interval of 3-4 days. The time in between mock tests must be spent in evaluation of your answers that you got both right and wrong including guesswork if any.

Attempting simulated mock tests is extremely important not just to assess your potential score, but also to prepare yourself to solve questions under pressure. This crucial step in the preparation process is likely to make or break your score on the final day. It is advisable to time your study sessions to 3 hours and 30 minutes each since that is the duration of the examination and your mind and body need to have the endurance to perform optimally throughout the test. Moreover, attempting mock tests and studying at the same time of the day as when you will write the exam also goes a long way in preparing you psychologically as well as physiologically for the all-important examination. For example, if you intend to give the exam in the morning, try to study for three and a half hours in the morning or if you intend to give the exam in the evening, it would bode well to study in the evening.

Conclusion

Following these basic tips and preparing an effective study plan is the formula to ensure a stellar GRE score. Learning concepts and solving questions are no doubt important, but they are not sufficient. We at Plan A ensure that our students not only study hard but also study smart so that they can extract the maximum value out of the limited time they have to prepare for the GRE examination.

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GMAT Format

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The GMAT is an internationally conducted test that is accepted across many institutions across the world. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it is the Graduate Management Admissions Test or GMAT for short and is conducted by GMAC.

The GMAT is mostly taken by people who wish to study business degrees like the MBA or MIM/MSM.

What is tested?

There are 4 types of sections on the GMAT:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment or AWA
  • Integrated Reasoning or IR
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

GMAT Sections

AWA 1 task 30 minutes
IR 1 section, 12 Questions 30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 1 section, 31 Questions Each 62 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 1 section, 36 Questions Each 65 minutes

 

AWA

This section tests your ability to:

  • Critically analyze complex ideas
  • Effectively verify claims and corresponding evidence
  • Coherently communicate thoughts with reasons and examples
  • Effectively use grammar and standard elements of English

Quantitative Reasoning

There are two types of questions in this section:

  • Problem Solving
  • Data Sufficiency

The syllabus for the GMAT quant section is basic school level math.

 

 

GMAT Quant Syllabus

 
·         Number Properties ·         Statistics
·         Fractions, Decimals & Percentages ·         Algebra
·         Speed, Rate & Time ·         Word Problems
·         Geometry ·         Data Analysis

 

The GMAT quant syllabus is comprised mostly of basic concepts of the above topics. While the concepts in and end of themselves are simple, the difficulty level of the questions varies.

Verbal Reasoning

There are three types of questions in this section:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension

 

The main objective of this section is to test your reading and analytical ability. There are many different subcategories of the above question types, some of which can be very tricky.

Download one of our study plans to see what you can do to master all these question types.

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Choosing a GMAT/GRE Coaching Center

Coaching Center

GMAT coaching centers and GRE coaching centers are available in almost every part of India. Especially in major cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi, there are a lot of options to choose from. All this means you have to be all the more careful when choosing a GMAT coaching center or GRE coaching center.

Brands

Do not blindly go after big names. Yes, the brand value of the course matters. Big names have developed a reputation for a reason. But that should not be your sole criteria for choosing. You have to understand that your needs, strengths, and weaknesses are different from other students. Every individual is different and needs a tailor-made approach of training. Sign up at a coaching center that follows this principle. What is good for everyone else is not necessarily good for you.

Demo Classes

Be sure to attend one or two demo classes before taking a decision. It will help you judge the style and quality of teaching offered by that particular institution. Most reputable institutes offer free demo classes to potential students. If an institute does not have it, request specifically to attend a few demo classes. That way, you will have an idea of what you are getting into. Otherwise, it’s just a blind leap of faith, that can go very, very wrong.

Research

Your research must be thorough. Do not go for marketing gimmicks. Focus on the product instead. A respectable institute that will help you prepare according to your strong and weak points is the one you are searching for.

Quality

The quality of the training and the training material is also a crucial element that contributes to the success of the GMAT/GRE preparation. Any good GMAT/GRE center will provide you with all the necessary study material and guide you to use all available online resources to secure the all elusive 90 percentile scores.

Teachers

Many centers may be old and well established but the quality of the training depends heavily on the quality and standard of the teachers that work there. Do not blindly sign up with anyone. Sit for demo classes. Discuss your profile with your teacher or academic coach. Figure out a study plan that suits you.

GRE Format

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The GRE is an internationally conducted test that is accepted across many institutions across the world. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it is the Graduate Record Exam or GRE for short and is conducted by Educational Testing Services or ETS for short.

The GRE is mostly taken by people who wish to study their postgraduate degrees or PHDs. Although a growing trend has emerged where MBA applicants are opting to take the GRE instead of the GMAT. This trend can mostly be attributed to two reasons:

  • A growing number of MBA colleges are accepting the GRE scores for the admissions process
  • It is easier to score well on the GRE than the GMAT.

What is tested?

There are primarily 3 types of sections on the GRE:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment or AWA
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
GRE Sections
AWA 2 tasks 60 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections, 20 Questions Each 70 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections, 20 Questions Each 60 minutes
Unscored 1 section, 20 Questions 30 or 35 minutes

 

AWA

This section tests your ability to:

  • Critically analyse complex ideas
  • Effectively verify claims and corresponding evidence
  • Coherently communicate thoughts with reasons and examples
  • Effectively use grammar and standard elements of English

Quantitative Reasoning

There are two types of questions in this section:

  • Problem Solving
  • Data Interpretation

The syllabus for the GRE quant section is basic school level math.

GRE Quant Syllabus  
·         Number Properties ·         Statistics
·         Fractions, Decimals & Percentages ·         Algebra
·         Speed, Rate & Time ·         Word Problems
·         Geometry ·         Data Analysis

The GRE quant syllabus is comprised mostly of basic concepts of the above topics. While the concepts in and end of themselves are simple, the difficulty level of the questions varies.

Verbal Reasoning

There are there types of questions in this section:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Completion
  • Sentence Equivalence

The main objective of this section is to test your reading ability and your vocabulary. There are about 4,000 words and their definitions that need to be learnt in order to ace this text completion and sentence equivalence question types. However, for the reading comprehension question types, it is important to pay attention to the passage and read the questions carefully.