You’ve decided to go to business school. Maybe it is the opportunity to expand your impact as a leader– or you’re eager to owe the federal government money. Regardless of your motives, one of the first steps towards applying will be to take the GMAT.
When preparing for the GMAT, an early decision is whether or not to take a class. There are many quality options to choose from, with Kaplan, Veritas Prep, and Manhattan GMAT as some of the top brands. Prices vary for instruction, with in person classes priced around $1500 and online courses offered between $750-$1000. That is a lot of coin, so should you write the check or save the money for a cache of Charles Shaw to get you through business school?
Although the decision factors vary from one future applicant to the next, one fundamental consideration is how disciplined you are as a person. Be honest. A good analogy is to consider a personal trainer. Some people can achieve their fitness goals without one, but others know that in order to stay on track, it helps to pay someone.
So, if you will be able to set a study schedule (more on that in a future post) and stick to it, you’ll likely be able to achieve your personal top score without the instruction. But, if you know verbal practice problems will take a backseat to the next season of Modern Family, then it is time to pull out your Visa and purchase the required help.