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An orientation on study abroad planning & GMAT prep guide by Mitul Gada UK USA Australia Canada Europe Academic Career Prospects Visa Regulations Costs Availability of Scholarships Poor Average Very Good Excellent www.mitulgada.com Breakup of Costs Average Annual Figures in USD Actual costs vary greatly depending on program type, degree level, university, geographic location, etc. www.mitulgada.com Scholarships Graduate Assistantships Trusts / Scholarships in • Teaching India for Studies Abroad • Research •K C Mahindra Scholarship Scholarships and Fellowships •Nehru Trust for Cambridge offered by Universities University and Trinity College •Singapore International Airlines International Organizations – Youth Scholarships offering Scholarships •Nanyang Technological •Fulbright Commission University (Singapore) •The United Nations •J N Tata Endowment •AMIDEAST •ITC Scholarships •World Health Organization www.mitulgada.com Loans International Banks Indian Banks • With/Without Co-signer •Security to be provided by 1. Citibank parents 2. Bank of America • Upto 25 years to repay •State Bank of India, Bank of • Begin installments upon graduation or India, Andhra Bank, Syndicate a year after Bank, Canara Bank, Private • Competitive Interest Rates (10 - 15%) Banks, Centurion Bank of Punjab Other Loan Programs • Access Group •Upto 15 years to repay • Sallie Mae • International Education Finance Corporation www.mitulgada.com Application Procedure Standardized Tests • Future Career • GMAT (MBA/Masters) • TOEFL Additional requirements •Preferred Subject (Major) •Applications • Work Experience • Extracurricular Activities •Select destination(s) • Academic Transcripts • Essays • Short-listed Colleges • Recommendation Letters (be realistic) • CV’s/Resumes • Financial Aid/Scholarships www.mitulgada.com TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) • Accepted in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore • Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) – Administered by ETS • 4 Sections - Listening , Speaking , Reading , Writing • All sections worth 30 points. Total score out of 120. Good Score 90+ • Scores valid for 2 years ; register at www.toefl.org • NO coaching required for an above average student • Get any 1 books out of: Barron’s, Kaplan, Princeton, Cliffs www.mitulgada.com “The Application Race for the Aug intake” Pre Prepare Departure and Orientation Complete Apply Admns. For Shortlist GMAT- & Send Decisions Decision TOEFL Apps Student Unis Visa Feb– Feb– Jun – Oct – Mar– May– Jul– May Jun Oct Jan May Aug Aug www.mitulgada.com How Important Are These Scores? Large University Small University Personals Scores Scores Personals Grade Point Grade Point Average Average Personals include Applications, Work Experience, Extra Curricular Activities www.mitulgada.com How is the work experience evaluated ? •Number of years •Your value addition to the job •Professional and interpersonal skills developed •The stature of your company •Diversity of work experience among applicants •Your advancement www.mitulgada.com Essays, SOP, LORs Describe how you Don’t use flowery Essays Consider this a will contribute to language and please “sales pitch” the college’s follow instructions unique community Talk about your LORs Choose the characteristics and back them Ensure its genuine “right recommender” with examples Resumes Make a strong Proof read for Keep it concise, presentation of yourself and spelling errors comprehensive, relevant your qualifications Study-abroad Consultants There are two types of study abroad consultants you come across: 1) Commission based agents who have B grade tie-up universities and whose advt. we see regularly in the newspapers or who call you up via telemarketing. Beware of them. 2) Genuine study-abroad consultants who are very few in number. Always take some references of some past students before you approach them. We are not professional consultants and hence restrict ourselves only to test prep but we do guide our students regarding various aspects of applications based on our knowledge and our interaction with our ex-students. We also help students with a list of genuine study-abroad consultants so that they can approach them easily. www.mitulgada.com GMAT as a computer adaptive test The software calculates your score based on: • The number of questions you answer correctly • The difficulty of the questions you answer • The number of questions you complete • You loose more points for leaving questions incomplete than you do for an incorrect answer Questions that appear early in the test impact your score to a greater degree than do those that come toward the end of the exam www.mitulgada.com Computer Adaptive Test Scoring Pattern 700 x 630 x 600 Score/Difficulty Amy 500 450 x 400 Brian x 300 200 1 2 3 4 5 6 Question # www.mitulgada.com GMAT Structure Section Type Number of Questions Time AWA 1 1 essay (issue) 30 min AWA 2 1 essay (argument) 30 min Quantitative (Math) 37 (30 scored, 7 experimental) 75 min Verbal (English) 41 (30 scored, 11 experimental) 75 min www.mitulgada.com Format of GMAT Section Type of Questions Duration Verbal Sentence Correction (13 Q approx) Critical Reasoning (13 Q approx) Reading Comprehension (15 Q approx) Total Questions 41 75 minutes Quantitative Problem solving (22 Q approx) Data Sufficiency (15 Q approx) Total Questions 37 75 minutes MATH SYLLABUS ARITHMETIC GEOMETRY • Number properties • Lines n angles • Fraction n decimal • Triangles • Percents • Polygons • Ratio n Proportion • Circles • Averages (mean, median, mode) • Solid Geometry • Exponents n roots • Co-ordinate Geometry ALGEBRA MISCELLANEOUS • Basic Algebra • Counting (P n C) • Simple Equations • Probability • Quadratic Equations • Rates (STD / Time n work) • Inequalities • Sequence n Series www.mitulgada.com TRIVIA • Register at www.mba.com • Costs U.S. $ 250 Postponing charges : $ 50 • An option of discarding the score. • Scores to 5 colleges free. $ 28 for each additional score. • Next attempt after 31 days. Maximum 5 attempts in a year. • Any date available if booked a week prior to the desired date • A decent score : 600+ ; Exceptional score : 700+ ; Average score worldwide : 537 • Score valid for 5 years. www.mitulgada.com GMAT acceptance : Abroad: US, Canada, UK, Singapore, Australia India: ISB hyderabad, S.P. Jain (global MBA), all IIMS (e-MBA), XLRI (GMP), ICFAI (hyderabad campus), The Great Lakes (chennai) and many others… www.mitulgada.com How is GMAT different from school/college syllabus exams? • importance of concepts • a lot of “reasoning & logic” involved • scores based on mathematical reasoning (not maths) and verbal reasoning (not english) • methods and steps don’t matter • taking help from the options • quick thinking required www.mitulgada.com How is it different from the CAT? • difficulty level (much easier than CAT) • type of questions (word and language problems) • topics included (no calculus) • no LR/DI section • only 1 question appears at a time; hence selection of questions not possible www.mitulgada.com How is the GMAT testing related to practical life managerial aspects? • time management • stress management • working with the available resources • “out of the box” thinking www.mitulgada.com The 2 factors on which your score depends: • inbuilt aptitude for this exam (which differs from person to person ; hence don’t compare and don’t generalize the study plan) • up-gradation till a certain level (taking genuine GMAT training, using the right material, taking authentic tests, organizing your study plan based on your strengths and weakness) www.mitulgada.com The 3 imp skills for acing the quant sec: • Concepts • Understanding the language of the question • Approach -Conventional - Modern (Variables (Substitution Equations Back solving n elimination Formulae) Approximation Following the trend Visualization Diagramatic presentation) www.mitulgada.com The 3 imp skills for acing the verbal section • in-depth grammar rules and its application (SC) • understanding the situation and analyzing it (CR) • reading and interpreting simultaneously (RC) Authentic GMAT material (a big dilemma) Basic • GMAT math bible • Kaplan GMAT math w.b. • Nova GMAT • Princeton review GMAT • Manhattan series of GMAT books Advance • OG 10th edition (or 11th edition + quant review + verbal review) • OG 12th edition • Kaplan 800 • Score top questions (700+) • Mitul’s hard math & hard verbal questions Don’t use hard copies of books. Use only “soft copies” from day 1 so that u get accustomed to read from the computer screen. Newer editions doesn’t mean different and better questions… www.mitulgada.com Please DON’T refer to : •CAT material •R.S. Aggrawal books •Barron’s GMAT • 9th/10th grade school books •Any un-authentic Non-GMAT material www.mitulgada.com How to start your preparation? • part A (topic wise concepts n practice) • part B (section tests : PS, DS, RC, CR,SC) • part C (full length tests : 15 approx) www.mitulgada.com • Best time to prepare (2nd year of graduation or when u r relatively free at work front) • Total duration of preparation(for an above average student, 2 months without work/college and 3.5 months along with work/college • Per day efforts (6 hrs. without work/college, 2 hrs with work/college) • Prioritize GMAT over your job, college, socials etc… (a half hearted preparation and attempt can cost u time, money and carrier plan) www.mitulgada.com Bottom line • test of endurance (maintaining concentration for 4 hrs at a stretch) • test of maturity (keeping yourself calm n composed without getting panic) • test of smartness (you don’t have to be super intelligent to crack the GMAT; just be smart enough) www.mitulgada.com Practice tests tips !! • start with easy tests; gradually move towards tougher ones • take atleast the last 5 tests along with AWA sections • take the tests in ideal testing conditions • always check the explanatory answers after u finish the test • different tests have different scoring patterns and different algorithms to calculate the score. So don’t panic. www.mitulgada.com Importance of “genuine” GMAT TRANING • concepts n misconceptions • direction and regularity • pool of students to interact with • comparative performance • avoiding loss of opportunity cost (time n money) www.mitulgada.com The parameters should be competent TRAINERS… not BRANDS… • meet the faculties before enrolling • check their competence and experience • material provided and the support reg doubts • ask for a demo session if possible • consult some ex-students and ask them about their experience • beware of false claims www.mitulgada.com How are “WE” different ?? • expertise : trainers with 750+ GMAT scores and indepth subject knowledge • experience : exclusive GMAT experience of 9 yrs. • methodology : topic wise practice, sectional tests, full length tests • material : our own customized GMAT power dvd • Support : doubt solving sessions till the exam date Classroom Structure In each class, you are provided with class sheets which is made of our own hand picked questions of every difficulty level (easy, medium, advance) and each type and variety including the past GMAT questions and keeping the current GMAT trend in mind. Each topic (math n verbal) is done indepth with concepts and shortcuts to give the optimum understanding of the topic The homework given in both math and verbal is expected to be completed during the weekdays from the ebooks in the GMAT power dvd. The batch strength is of around 15 students to develop a healthy competition and reasonable interaction among the students. www.mitulgada.com GMAT “Power” DVD (mrp Rs. 1500) • part A ( MBA podcasts : audio lectures) • part B ( ref material: 20 ebooks including OG, kaplan, princeton, manhattan, arco, gmat bible, scoretop questions, a pool of around 5000 authentic GMAT questions including the past GMAT ques etc. so that from day 1, you practice everything from the comp screen and NOT hard copies) www.mitulgada.com • part C (100 sectional tests, 30 full length paper based tests,40 full length computer based tests) • part D ( Application process guidelines including Checklists of documentations, Sample SOPs , LORs, Essays, Transcripts, bank statements, scholarship Forms, Visa checklists etc Classflow MATH (each session of 4 hrs. each) ARITHMATIC ps-1 Introduction to GMAT, number properties (substitution, back solving, approximation, visualization, following the trend etc.) ps-2 Percentages and DS-1 ps-3 Ratio n proportion, averages, mixture n solns ps-4 Fractions n decimals, exponents n roots BASIC ALGEBRA ps-5 Algebric expressions, expansions, simple equations, quadratic equations GEOMETRY ps-6 Plane Geometry (lines n angles, triangles, polygons, circles) ps-7 Solid Geometry, Co-ordinate geometry MISCELLANEOUS ps-8 counting (p n c), probability ps-9 Rates (STD, time n work), sequence n series ps-10 Inequalities • Doubt solving sessions Classflow VERBAL CRITICAL REASONING SENTENCE CORRECTION READING COMPREHENSION CR-1 SC-1 RC-1 CR-2 SC-2 RC-2 CR-3 SC-3 RC-3 SC-4 • AWA • doubt solving sessions www.mitulgada.com Options for students: • classroom training (best effective for concept learning) • personal training (best effective for 1-on-1 doubt solving and analysis of practice tests) • video-conference training (for students outside Mumbai) • material and test series (The GMAT power dvd priced at Rs. 1500) Classroom training v/s Personal training There are two aspects of GMAT training : 1) Concept learning; which is best done is an classroom ambiance with a small group of students preparing for the same exam, exchange of thought processes, interaction of ideas, healthy competition etc.. Collective learning is a very imp feature of classroom training. Moreover the teaching quality produced in a classroom can’t be produced across a dining table. 2) Doubt solving; of the homework, analysis of the tests, personal monitoring, regularity, fine tuning which is best done on one-on-one basis. Students generally have a myth that personal training gives them an extra edge as it will be more focused but actually it’s the other way round. IMP: To students who have already scored decent (650+) on GMAT, we generally recommend not to take any coaching as just preparing from our GMAT power dvd will suffice. We give all the necessary guidance reg how to go about the power dvd and draft a rough study plan for them. But for those who haven’t been exposed to any kind of “entrance” training earlier definitely should not take any chance. They certainly miss the important concepts, shortcuts, smarter approaches, regularity, interaction with other GMAT students etc. which can happen only in a classroom ambiance. Not scoring on GMAT for the first time not only makes you spend 250$ again but also makes you waste a lot of time again. Moreover it also shakes your self belief. And all this is definitely not worth saving a few grands. You might as well finish it off once and for all by preparing in style and hence not leaving any stone unturned. A lot of students who claim to “manage” GMAT on their own forget that they don’t have to manage it but have to “excel” at it. The “GMAT SCAM” According to a recent article by TOI, since there is dearth of genuine GMAT trainers around, a lot of non qualified individuals pose themselves to be training for the same. Ignorant students become easy prey to such consultants who lure them by tall claims and low pricing. The issue is that you realize the problem only once you pay up as most of these test prep companies neither provide any testimonials nor any demo/trial GMAT session which helps you making a judicious choice when it comes to authentic GMAT training. continued… Hence we have uploaded a list of around 60 students, along with their scores & email ids, so that you may have a reference check with few of them before you proceed. As a lot of these students are second timers, we have also mentioned their earlier trainers with whom they dint have a pleasant experience. Also to maintain utmost transparency, we allow a demo/trial GMAT session at any of our centers so that before you enroll, you exactly know what you are paying for. Prior registration required. Our course includes not only the concepts, shortcuts, approach and practice but also regularity, direction and guidance regarding which topic to prepare from which book, which books to start with, which books to end with, which tests to take, when to take them, suitable time to appear for the exam and other imp things related to the exam and applications. Our comments on the above mentioned aspects of training eliminate any scope of confusion and frustration among students, bring a lot of convenience and clarity in the training process and make sure that the prep is going in the right direction. www.mitulgada.com TESTIMONIALS • Rohan Mehta, email@example.com (previously joined Princeton) • Ankur Seksaria, 620, firstname.lastname@example.org (previously joined R.Saraswati, Vile Parle) • Sanjit Oberoi, email@example.com (previously joined IMS) • Hitesh, firstname.lastname@example.org (previously joined IMS) • Vivek Laddha, 680, email@example.com (previously joined TIME) • Rachita Kumar, (matunga), firstname.lastname@example.org (previously joined KGC, pedder rd) • Merlyn D’souza, Merlyn.email@example.com, (previously joined both Sonia Mutalia, khar & IMS) • Nikhil Tanwani, (khar), firstname.lastname@example.org (previously joined Sonia Mutalia, khar) • Anand Piramal (Piramal group), 710, Harvard, email@example.com (previously joined Ezra, colaba) • Puneet Sehgal, 720,(juhu), Darden, firstname.lastname@example.org (previously joined prof Narsee, andheri) • Nikhil Keswani, 680, email@example.com (previously joined prof. Narsee, andheri) • Uday Kumar, 680, firstname.lastname@example.org (previously joined Eduworld, churchgate) • Rohan Suryavanshi, 750, Bhopal, email@example.com (previously joined KGC, pedder rd) Kulin Lalbhai, 770, Harvard, firstname.lastname@example.org Sahil Arora, 700, email@example.com Aditi Jain, 770, firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Dhaval Jhamb, 730, ISB Hyderabad, email@example.com Amit Agnihotri, 710, HEP France, firstname.lastname@example.org Devesh, 700, email@example.com Mugdha Mishra, 720, (worli), firstname.lastname@example.org Neha Tankhiwale, 700, (worli), email@example.com Bijitendu Sarker, 720, LBS sloan, firstname.lastname@example.org Nitin Bajaj, 690, Pepperdine University L.A., email@example.com Sindoor Thakkar, 680, ISB Hyderabad, firstname.lastname@example.org Divyesh Kumar (D.K.), 670, email@example.com Pranav Chaturvedi, 690, firstname.lastname@example.org Sreenivas Prabhu, 670, ESADE, Spain, email@example.com Nikhil Jaisinghani, 680,firstname.lastname@example.org Ruchi D’souza, 650, Kuwait, email@example.com Nirant Sanghvi, 620, firstname.lastname@example.org Kinnari, email@example.com Gautam Kitchlu, 660, firstname.lastname@example.org Mitul Patel, 660, email@example.com Nikit Gangwani, 650, firstname.lastname@example.org Rahat Qazi, 650, email@example.com Vijeta Shah, 690, firstname.lastname@example.org Shivani Sharma, 740, LSE, email@example.com Bhumika Shah, 640, firstname.lastname@example.org Rahul Shah, 640, email@example.com Tanya, 660, firstname.lastname@example.org Srishti Bakshi, 660, ISB, email@example.com Jai Bhatia, 640, Oxford, firstname.lastname@example.org Mrunal, 710, email@example.com Sheldon D’souza, firstname.lastname@example.org Ruchi (kuwait), 660, email@example.com Kinnari Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org Seema khemka, email@example.com Arshan Bhatena, firstname.lastname@example.org Nipuna Munshi, email@example.com Mikhil Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org Kiran Singh, email@example.com Mehma Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org Vishal Ranka, email@example.com Shuchi, firstname.lastname@example.org Ashish, email@example.com Pragya, firstname.lastname@example.org Sasha Joan, email@example.com Avani Wadhwani, 620, firstname.lastname@example.org Kairus Kavarana, email@example.com Aditi Doshi Mehta, 690, firstname.lastname@example.org Dishank Kamat, 650, email@example.com Aditya Sangle, 740, firstname.lastname@example.org Amisha Gulati, email@example.com Ajay Aswani, 660, firstname.lastname@example.org Natasha Bharucha, email@example.com Aarti Karia, firstname.lastname@example.org Aseem Nambiar, email@example.com Akshay Chug, Wharton, firstname.lastname@example.org Leesha Tirodkar, email@example.com Vikram Kukreja, firstname.lastname@example.org Pooja Raheja, email@example.com Rutu Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org Trimaan Chandok, email@example.com Ridhi Ghelani, firstname.lastname@example.org Our students this year in HARVARD • Anand Piramal (Piramal group), 710, email@example.com • Kulin Lalbhai, 770, firstname.lastname@example.org Mitul Gada & associates Mitul Gada & associates 4th floor, A-wing, Damodar Mahal, BEST complex, 132, Cumballa hill rd, Next to Mc Donalds, lane opp. to Shalimar hotel, Opp. Railway station, behind birdy’s, Andheri (W) Kemps Corner Mumbai – 400058 Mumbai - 36 Fax: +91 22 2628 7508 Email : email@example.com Web : www.mitulgada.com Mobile : +91 98197 15357 Batch timings : Saturday 3 hrs. Sunday 4 hrs. Total duration : 2.5 months, 80 contact hrs. Fees: 25k + taxes = 28k 16k + taxes = 18k (for only quant/verbal, available only if already scored a 600+ in GMAT or a 90+ percentile in CAT) Payment mode: cash / cheque .
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