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# GMAT Student Post: Using an MBA to Switch Careers

This week, meet Claire, a Canada native who is planning a career change after pursuing her MBA. You’ll want to hear about the flashcard technique she used to raise her score by 20 points on test day! Way to go, Claire! ðŸ™‚

About me: I’m from Toronto and I majored in Finance during my undergrad. After working in infrastructure finance consulting for 3.5 years, I switched to a slightly different path and I’ve been living in Kenya for the past two years, working in microfinance across Africa. I plan to apply to MBA programs for the Fall 2016 intake. I’d like to focus on schools which have a strong social enterprise program in order to build upon the work I’ve done in Kenya.

Biggest challenge: I found the more complex math word problems to be the most challenging of all questions. It took me a long time to sort through the information provided which didn’t leave me a lot of time to solve the problem. If I cut short the amount of time it took to read the problem in order to maximize time to solve the question, I missed one of the critical details and found myself choosing one of the trap answers.

To improve in this area, I first made sure that my understanding of all the basic concepts in the quantitative section was pretty solid by reviewing the material and doing lots of basic practise questions. Then I focused on working through a ton of different word problem examples. It was really helpful that Magoosh has the feature to enable users to specifically practice word problems so that I could customize my practice in these areas.

Helpful tips for other students: As I was going through the material for the first time, I made flash cards to keep track of all the concepts that were being introduced. On one side of the flash card, I would write a concept that could show up on the test (e.g. a right triangle). On the other side, I would outline the tool that I have to answer that question (e.g. Pythagorean theorem). As I got closer to test day, I reviewed all of my flashcards on a daily basis so that I could quickly identify what the problems were testing and which tools I had at my disposal to answer the questions. This helped in a huge way and I believe was the reason I boosted my score on test day by 20 points compared to my practice exams.