Successful Journey for 760 in GMAT


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GMAT Kokula Krishna Hari securing 760

With the series of my thoughts in my previous series of Seasoning MBA Applications, I was stressing everyone to attempt for the GMAT instead of GRE if they are serious about the MBA. Some of the people turned back that question towards me if I had attempted for GMAT. Well, a good move. I took their question as an important brainstorming one. I wanted to give an attempt, in the meantime, I had no company to discuss it, as my close friend and competitor in this MBA goal has drifted away for some reason.

Made my mind to move on! Alike my GRE wanted to give a short turnaround time for my GMAT but a better preparation. Attempting for GMAT is not a simple task, I agree to that. I got the test slot in the United Kingdom for various undisclosed reasons. I exactly had 15 calendar days between the exam and date of registration. Was puzzled about the strategy which I need to follow, the practice mechanisms and my travel planning from India to LHR.

Directed my office to make the reservations to LHR and others accessories required during my visit to the UK. I wanted to badly prepare for the examination and the fear was introvertive. I know my ability to think logically would work in my favour but it probably wouldn’t be enough. Tricky sentence correction questions could throw me off. I felt pretty comfortable with the rest of the verbal section. I sadly required a third party assistance to get prepared for the examination. I went online for some materials but wasn’t as satisfied as expected. Went to some shopping sites and got the Official GMAT Guide 2016 and it got delivered in 2 days. My preparation started, was in a sluggish way. I had a couple of serious office delegation where my presence was seriously needed. After those delegations, I started to LHR where I had 2 days for preparation.

Yes, it was an intense preparation ignoring my food diets, social connections, communications including voice, email, texts, WhatsApp and others. My close associates know what intense preparation is that I use to have. To throw some light, it will be 20 hours a day preparation. Had around 57 hours from the time of arrival at the Airport. Lethargically wasted 3 hours in hanging out at the Airport and Travel to my home. 54 hours, counted every second. No alarm was a big turn-off, still the climate was the biggest turn-on for me.

Went to the Pearson test centre and did the exam, bit turbulent in the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section. But managed to be confident and begun the rest. Went on the IR, Quant and Verbal. The scores were pretty decent enough. It was Verbal 46 and Quant 48. Got my AWA as 4.5, though it was poor, I feel satisfied with the AWA score being an India.

Concluding, GMAT is not as complicated stuff as I expected.

Conversation with future Spouse – Part 1/28 – Work Life


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The Art of Conversation with your upcoming spouse is one of the most highly regarded topics. Sometimes people like me are frightened to speak out to the upcoming partner. As well as you shouldn’t bore them too, here I thought of throwing the questions which one can use to find the opportunity to develop the conversation.


  • Are you working in your chosen field?
  • Do you consider your work a career or just a job?
  • Has your work ever been a factor in the breakup of a relationship?
  • Have you ever been called a workaholic?
  • Have you ever been fired?
  • Have you ever quit a job suddenly? Have you changed jobs a lot?
  • How many hours a week do you work?
  • What does your job entail? (For example, do you often travel for business, work at home, performs dangerous tasks?)
  • What is your dream job?
  • What is your retirement plan? What do you plan to do when you stop working?

Seasoning MBA Application @ US – Part 4 – Employability and Finance Post MBA


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MBA Admissions Race Part 4

MBA is a life changing option, I learnt in the due course of time. Yes, entering into the part 4, the last part of my Admissions Race. I have now got admitted into a top B-School though I am not sure if I will accept that offer.

It is a very big investment for a normal person from Asia or other developing countries where the average salary is less than 2000 USD per month. Good Schools will get you good offers, average schools get you average offers. Reading back to the Season 1, you need to choose the group where you will be able to suit up.

If your primary goal is all about getting an offer letter from a top company like Deloitte or BCG or others then the move should be very cautious. Yes, getting placed is more important because your mindset is too poor to get only an offer letter after MBA. If you consider taking up a risk of being an entrepreneur I would have rather appreciated your move and there is a value for your MBA and the alumni base. Most of the MBA Grads will get at least 1 offer within 3 months of the completion of the course, don’t ask me about the Title or Package as it depends on the institute you have chosen.

Note that there are highly paying jobs, but still you should understand the practical situation that the highly paid jobs are trapped only by 1% of the total successful outcomers. Always have a Plan B, life is full of uncertainty.

On an average the course fees in US is around 75000 USD ++, you would need almost 3 years to repay the same if you have a decent job and staying away from the family and family expenditure.

More strategic plans for solving the Expenditures and financing the MBA is discussed in my upcoming book with various case studies.

Thanks for reading my posts constantly.


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