MBA PREP Resources
Applying for business school is a complex process, but you don’t have to navigate it alone — Forté and our partner schools are here to help. We’re excited for you to take this step in your career, and we want to see you succeed.
THE GMAT ™
Taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) might be the most daunting part of the business school application process, but don’t panic, you can do it. To ensure you’re prepared, start studying for the GMAT early. Also, know that it is just one piece of the application.
about the test
The GMAT is offered year-round and around the world, in test centers or online.
There are four sections of the test:
Quantitative Reasoning measures your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. Also known as the "math" section, it requires some knowledge of arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
Verbal Reasoning focuses on reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and the ability to correct written material to conform to standard written English.
Analytical Writing Assessment measures your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas. You will analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write an essay reviewing that argument. You are not asked to present your own views on the subject.
Integrated Reasoning tests how well you synthesize data and evaluate information to solve complex problems. Data will be presented in multiple formats and come from different sources.
Preparing for the GMAT
Taking practice tests will help you determine your current skill levels and where to focus your study efforts. To mitigate your weaknesses, consider taking one of the many GMAT prep courses available either online or in a live, group format. Most GMAT test takers start preparing three to six months before the actual test date.
To schedule your exam, get free test material, and learn more, visit MBA.com »
Preparing Your Best Application
To help you put together your best application, explore Forté’s MBA prep programs.
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This eight-month prep program is for women looking to fully commit to the application process and gain a robust network of peers. Applications open in the fall for a start each new year. Successfully completing the program signals your commitment to the MBA to our partner schools, and gives you access to exclusive events, discounts, and application fee waivers to 40+ Forté partner business schools.
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Looking to set your own timeline? This self-paced and independent online program allows you to move through recorded content on your own. Women will get an overview of all the application components, GMAT prep, and exclusive discounts and application fee waivers to participating Forté partner schools.
Finding the Right MBA School
Although it is possible to research MBA programs from home, there is no substitute for meeting the community members of potential schools face-to-face. Connect with them during:
Make the Most of an MBA Fair
MBA fairs provide potential students an opportunity to meet with admissions personnel from multiple schools over the course of the day. These events are a great way to get a feel for each school, as well as begin networking with alumni and key decision makers.
Prepare. Do your homework and create a list of programs you believe will suit your individual goals, abilities, and circumstances. At the fair come prepared with a list of questions to ask, such as teaching style, diversity of students, academic focus, areas of specialization, and future career options.
You won’t have much time with each school, so you want to make the most of it. Keep your questions focused and relevant. Prepare your personal introduction, or elevator pitch, in advance to give the admissions personnel a quick snapshot of your background and goals.
Connect with the alumni and students.
Schools may bring alumni or students to fairs alongside their admissions personnel. Solicit them for insights about the pros and cons of their b-school experience.
Look the part.
While you certainly don’t need to show up in a suit, remember that this is your first opportunity to make a good impression. It makes sense to look and act like a professional.
Ask about funding options.
Business school can be expensive. Find out what scholarships the school offers, if they have special loan opportunities with local financial institutions, and inquire about fellowship opportunities (like the Forté Fellowship) as well.
Trust your instincts.
A lot of successful MBA students say they knew a school was right for them as soon as they talked to its representative, so trust your gut as much as your research. Make sure you assess the people you meet — are they interested in you and your questions? Do you feel a certain chemistry? Remember, this is your opportunity to interview them as much as it is a chance for them to get to know you.