Which MBA Programs Are Right For Me?
Posted on
24
Aug 2021

Which MBA Programs Are Right For Me?

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Dana Coggio
Date: 24 August 2021

Having completed your bachelor’s degree and probably several years of work experience, you’ve decided that you’re ready to go back to school for your MBA. You now have another decision to make: How do you decide where to apply? Which MBA programs are the right ones for you? Which ones are likely to want to admit you?

This is probably one of the most important decisions you will have to make, and you want to be sure that you’re setting your sights on the best options for you. Before you can decide what you need from an MBA program, you have to do some self-assessment and take a realistic look at your profile. Taking the time now to look long and hard at your qualifications will save you time, money, and heartache in the long run. You will be able to see if your dream school is an achievable goal, or really just a pipedream. You will identify the schools that are looking for students with your qualifications, and you may even discover that your perfect MBA program is one that you never even considered.

 Here are the elements of your profile that you need to evaluate:

1- Employment history and work experience

This includes such factors as the industry you worked in as well as the company and position you held, how your accomplishments compared to your peers, how fast/far you have advanced, and how much of an impact you have had, whether in formal or informal leadership roles. You will also need to assess any gaps in your employment history, the reasons for them and how you filled them. Perhaps you took an unpaid internship for the experience or maybe used the time to volunteer, pick up new skills, or explore your extracurricular interests.

Evaluate your strengths as well as your weaknesses or challenges. Strengths can be fulfilling a unique role in your industry, extraordinary advancement, or exceptional leadership. Challenges could include working in a slow-growing company with increasing responsibility but little possibility for promotion, having to compete with and stand out among other ambitious colleagues who are also your teammates, or dealing with high-stress situations. The way you meet with and frame your challenges can often showcase your greatest strengths. 

2- Academic Stats

Included in this element are your undergrad and grad (if applicable) GPA and transcripts, and test scores. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in each of these areas to find your total stats picture. But don’t just look at the numbers, look at the trends. Do you have a weak GPA and a strong, balanced GMAT? Did your GPA go up as you progressed through college and is your GMAT quant score over the eightieth percentile? This record will take you further than a GPA that started out as a 4.0 but trended down and is combined with a GMAT quant score around the sixtieth percentile. The same final results take on a new meaning when you look at the trends. If your GPA is on the lower side – and especially if there was a downward trend even with a strong GMAT – it’s a good idea to take additional classes, and ace them. The recent As will help allay any doubts concerning your academic record.

3- Post-MBA Goals

Think about the following when considering your goals after B-school:

  •   What is your current industry and function? Where do you see yourself after your MBA?
  •   Are you hoping to make a major career change or a smaller career move once you have your MBA?
  •   How does your present position connect to your post-MBA goals?
  •   If you want to make a major career change, what do you need to do, besides getting your MBA, to make your new career a reality?
  •   What elements in an MBA program will launch you on the trajectory toward achieving your post-MBA goals? 

    4- Extracurricular Activities

    How you spend your time outside of work/school can say a lot about you, and can make you stand out from other MBA applicants. Some programs put more emphasis on these activities than others, and how much weight they carry will depend on other factors in your application. Extracurriculars are great ways to get leadership experience or help fill in gaps you might have in your work experience. They also can demonstrate your commitment, add a personal dimension to your application, and show application readers how you will contribute to the school’s community.

5- Other issues to consider 

Military service, volunteer experience, and any awards or recognition you have received are worthy additions to your profile. But you may need to include parts of your past that you’re not so proud of, that are negatives. Perhaps you’ve been placed on academic probation, had an honor code infraction, or received a DUI. How such issues are viewed can vary across different programs. Remember that all your experiences make up who you are, and even negatives can be positive indicators of how you cope with adversity, motivate yourself after a setback, and propel yourself forward. They can show your resilience as well as your ability to learn and grow from mistakes. A frank appraisal of your ups and downs, including taking responsibility for missteps, can actually make you a more attractive candidate.

An honest self-assessment is a key component of a successful application. Our experienced professional MBA admissions consultants will work with you one-on-one to assess and hone your personal profile so that you apply not only to the programs you really want but also to the programs likely to want you. Then we guide you in presenting your qualifications and story compellingly. Let us help you get on the road to being ACCEPTED!

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GMAT in San Diego Article
Posted on
13
May 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in San Diego

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in San Diego. 

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in San Diego?

These are the 2 top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-San Diego CAgmat test center san diego camino del rio

3838 Camino Del Rio N
Suite 205
San Diego, California 92108
United States

By car:

From Central Avenue (7 minutes):

  • Get on CA-15/I-15 N
  • Follow CA-15/I-15 N and Exit 6B to Fairmount Ave. Take exit 6B from CA-15/I-15 N
  • Take Camino Del Rio N to your destination

Test-takers’ review:

This location got a rating of 3.4 from the test-takers. They generally thought the facilities were clean and the staff was friendly.

Pearson Professional Centers-San Diego (Kearny) CAgmat test center san diego chesapeake dr

9150 Chesapeake Dr
Suite 100
Kearny Villa Commerce Center
San Diego, California 92123
United States

By car:

From Central Avenue (10 minutes):

  • Get on CA-15/I-15 N
  • Continue on I-15 N to Kearny Villa Rd. Take exit 11 from I-15 N
  • Continue on Kearny Villa Rd. Drive to Chesapeake Dr

Test-takers’ reviews:

This location got a rating of 5.0 from the test-takers. They generally had a great experience and thought that the customer service was awesome and the facilities were clean.

Test Center Holidays:

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday 

Top MBA programs in San Diego:

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Taking the GMAT in Sydney
Posted on
06
May 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Sydney

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Sydney. 

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Sydney?

This is the top location where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Sydney, AustraliaGMAT in Sydney Location

Level 2, 10 Bridge Street,
Sydney,
New South Wales, 2000
Australia

By car:

From Park Hyatt (4 minutes):

  • Head west on Hickson Rd toward George St
  • Turn left onto George St
  • Turn left onto Dalley St

Test-takers’ review:

This location was rated 2.8 by the test-takers. They had mixed feelings about this location as some mentioned that the staff was polite and friendly, while while others thought they were rude and unprofessional.

Test Center Holidays:

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day
  • 27 Jan – Australia Day
  • 10 Apr – Good Friday
  • 11 Apr – Holy Saturday
  • 12 Apr – Easter Sunday
  • 13 Apr – Easter Monday
  • 25 Apr – Anzac Day
  • 8 Jun – Queen’s Birthday
  • 5 Oct – Labour Day
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day

Top MBA programs in Sydney:

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.
  • Here is a helpful test day planning guide: Link to guide
  • Find a test day checklist here: link to checklist

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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Taking the GMAT in dallas
Posted on
04
May 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Dallas

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Dallas. 

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Dallas?

These are the 2 top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Dallas (South) TXtaking the gmat in dallas - location 1

5801 Marvin D Love Freeway
Suite 200
Dallas, Texas 75237
United States

By car:

From Downtown Dallas (12 minutes):

  • Get on I-35E
  • Follow I-35E and US-67 S to Hwy 67/Marvin D Love Fwy. Take the exit toward Hampton Rd from US-67 S
  • Continue on Hwy 67/Marvin D Love Fwy to your destination

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.5 by Google reviewers.

Pearson Professional Centers-Dallas TXTaking the gmat in dallas location 2

12801 North Central Expressway
Suite 820
Dallas, Texas 75243
United States

By car:

From Downtown Dallas (13 minutes):

  • Get on TX-366 Spur E from N Griffin St
  • Take US-75 N to N Central Expy/E Service Rd. Take exit 20B from US-75 N
  • Continue on N Central Expy/E Service Rd to your destination

Test-takers’ reviews:

This test center was rated 3.2 by Google reviewers. The test takers generally had mixed reviews for this test center. Some had a great experience, saying that the facilities are well-maintained and clean. Others did not have a good experience with the front desk staff, and they experienced interruptions during the exam.

Test Center Holidays:

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday 

Top MBA programs in Dallas:

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Taking the GMAT in Atlanta
Posted on
04
Feb 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Atlanta

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Atlanta.

Who administers the GMAT test in Atlanta?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker. 

Where are the test centers in Atlanta?

These are the 2 top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Atlanta GA

2 Corporate Blvd NE
Suite 150
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
United States

 

By car:gmat in atlanta 1

From Downtown Atlanta (13 minutes):

  • Get on I-75 N/I-85 N from Ellis St NE
  • Continue on I-75 N/I-85 N to North Druid Hills. Take exit 89 from I-85 N
  • Continue on I- 85 Access Rd/I – 85 Frontage Rd to your destination in Brookhaven
Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 3.1 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that the building was easy to find and the staff was exceptionally polite and professional. They generally had a good test-taking experience.

Pearson Professional Centers-Atlanta (North) GA

1117 Perimeter Center West
Suite 311 East
Atlanta, Georgia 30338
United States

By car:gmat in atlanta 2

 

From Downtown Atlanta (18 minutes):

  • Get on I-75 N/I-85 N from Ellis St NE
  • Continue on I-75 N/I-85 N. Take GA-400 N to Abernathy Rd NE in Sandy Springs. Take exit 5 from US-19 N
  • Continue on Abernathy Rd NE to your destination
Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 3.1 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that the staff was efficient and the checking-in process was a breeze. The office was also clean, neat, and organized.

Test center holidays

 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday

Top MBA programs in Atlanta:

  1. Scheller College of Business- Georgia Institute of Technology

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.  
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well. 

 

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance. 

 

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited. 

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil. 

 

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates. 

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room. 

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer. 

Find more FAQs: HERE

 

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.

To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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gmat in toronto
Posted on
02
Feb 2021

Taking the GMAT in Toronto

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Toronto.

Who Administers The GMAT in Toronto: 

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What Does The Test Center Look Like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

 

Where are the Test Centers in Toronto?

These are the test centers in Toronto where test-takers had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centres-Toronto (Downtown) ON

1075 Bay Street
Suite 525
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2B1
Canada

By car:gmat test center in toronto 1

From Central Park Lodge (7 minutes):

  • Take Madison Ave and Huron St to Bloor St W
  • Turn left onto Bloor St W
  • Turn right onto Devonshire Pl
  • Take Wellesley St W to Bay St

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 5.0 by Google reviewers.

Pearson Professional Centres-Toronto (West) ON

1 Eva Road
Suite 400to
Toronto, Ontario M9C 4Z5
Canada

By car:

From Central Park Lodge (25 minutes):

  • Get on Gardiner Expy W from Queen’s Park Cres W and University Ave
  • Continue on Gardiner Expy W to Etobicoke. Take the Burnhamthorpe Rd/Rathburn Rd exit from ON-427 N
  • Drive to your destination

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 3.6 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that the facilities were clean, quiet, and organized.

Test Center Holidays: 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan- New Year’s Day
  • 17 Feb- Family Day Canada
  • 10 Apr- Good Friday
  • 18 May- Victoria Day
  • 1 Jul- Canada Day
  • 7 Sep – Labour Day
  • 12 Oct- Thanksgiving
  • 25 Dec- Christmas Day
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day
Top MBA Programs In Toronto

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.  
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well. 

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance. 

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited. 

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil. 

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates. 

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room. 

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer. 

Find more FAQs: HERE

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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GMAT in Los Angeles
Posted on
29
Jan 2021

Taking the GMAT in Los Angeles

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Los Angeles.

Who Administers The GMAT in Los Angeles: 

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What Does The Test Center Look Like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the Test Centers in Los Angeles?

These are the test centers in Los Angeles where test-takers had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Pasadena (LA) CA

70 S. Lake Avenue
Suite 840
Union Bank Building
Pasadena, California 91101
United States

By car:gmat in la test center 1

From Central LA (24 minutes):

  • Get on US-101 S from S Wilton Pl and Melrose Ave
  • Take CA-110 N/Arroyo Seco Pkwy to E Glenarm St in Pasadena
  • Take S Los Robles Ave and Cordova St to S Lake Ave

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 5.0 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that the staff was extremely helpful and professional and the test center was highly monitored.

Alternative Options Outside the City:

If you would like to get away from the hustle of the city for your exam or if test centers within the city do not have any openings, there are two other options for you in either Ontario or Lake Forest:

Pearson Professional Centers-Ontario (LA) CA

3401 Centrelake Drive
Suite 675
Centrelake Plaza
Ontario, California 91761
United States

By car:gmat in la test center 2

From Central LA (46 minutes):

  • Get on US-101 S from S Wilton Pl and Melrose Ave
  • Take I-10 E to N Haven Ave in Ontario. Take exit 56 from I-10 E
  • Continue on N Haven Ave to your destination

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.6 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that the staff was courteous, helpful, and professional. The facility was clean and there is free parking.

Pearson Professional Centers-Lake Forest (LA) CA

23792 Rockfield Blvd.
Suite 200
Lake Forest, California 92630
United States

By car:gmat in la test center 3

From Central LA (49 minutes):

  • Get on US-101 S from S Wilton Pl and Melrose Ave
  • Take I-5 S to Lake Forest Dr in Orange County. Take exit 92 from I-5 S
  • Follow Lake Forest Dr and Rockfield Blvd to your destination in Lake Forest

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.5 by Google reviewers. The reviewers mentioned that the staff was professional and helpful, and the facility was easy-to-find and quiet.

Test Center Holidays: 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday
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Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.  
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well. 

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance. 

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited. 

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil. 

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates. 

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room. 

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer. 

Find more FAQs: HERE

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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GMAT in Washington dc
Posted on
26
Jan 2021

Taking the GMAT in Washington DC

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in Washington D.C. 

Who Administers The GMAT in Washington DC: 

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What Does The Test Center Look Like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

 

Where are the Test Centers in Washington DC?

These are the test centers in DC where test-takers had the best experience in:

Pearson Professional Centers-Washington DC (East)

601 New Jersey Ave NW
Suite 340
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
United States

By car:GMAT in Washington DC 1

From Columbia District(18min):

  • Head southeast on Scott Cir NW toward Rhode Island Ave NW
  • Exit the traffic circle onto Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Turn right onto 9th St NW
  • Turn left onto K St NW
  • Continue onto Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Sharp right onto G St. NW

Test-takers’ review:

This center was rated 4.2 by Google reviewers. The facility was described as clean and quiet. Overall a good experience for taking their exams. 

Pearson Professional Centers-Washington DC

901 New York Avenue NW
Suite 320
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
United States

By car:GMAT in Washington DC 2

From Columbia District(3min):

  • Head southeast on Scott Cir NW toward Rhode Island Ave NW
  • Exit the traffic circle onto Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Turn right onto 10th St NW

Test-takers’ review:

This center was rated 4.3 by Google reviewers. The place was described as secure, really fast and with noise canceling headphones. If you get easily distracted this is the most convenient testing center for you.

Alternative Options Outside the City: If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for your exam or if test centers within the city do not have any openings, a Pearson Professional Center in Alexandria, Virginia is a good option as it is still accessible by train and only between 25-60 minutes away depending on your transportation option. 

Pearson Professional Centers-Alexandria VA

1900 North Beauregard Street
Suite 12
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
United States

By car:GMAT in Washington DC 3

From Washington D.C. (18min)

  • Take 14th St South towards Virginia.
  • 14th St becomes I-395 South as it crosses into Virginia.
  • Drive 4 miles on I-395 then take exit 4 (Seminary Rd).
  • Take the Seminary Rd West ramp. Turn slight right onto Seminary Rd.
  • Turn left at the second traffic light (North Beauregard St).
  • Then turn right at the second traffic light (North Highview Lane).
  • At the end of N Highview Lane, continue right to drive behind the buildings. After curving right again, you will be in the parking area; the building will be on the right (1900 North Beauregard Street).

Test-takers’ review:

This center was rated 4.2 by Google reviewers. The comments described the with free parking area, a very relaxed place that made their anxiety decrease and the staff was supported.

Test Center Holidays: 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above.

Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

    • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
    • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
    • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
    • 3 May – May Day 
    • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
    • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
    • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
    • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
    • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
    • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday
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Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.  
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well. 

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance. 

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited. 

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil. 

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates. 

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room. 

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer. 

Find more FAQs: HERE

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

Read more
taking the GMAT in Chicago
Posted on
21
Jan 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Chicago

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Chicago. 

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker. 

Where are the Test Centers in Chicago?

These are the test centers in Chicago where test-takers had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Chicago Financial District


200 West Adams Street

Suite 1105
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States

By car:

map 1 to GMAT test center in ChicagoFrom city center (2min)
Head north on S Federal St toward W Jackson Blvd
Turn right onto W Jackson Blvd
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto S Dearborn St
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W Adams St
Destination will be on the right

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.0 by Google reviewers.

Pearson Professional Centers-Rosemont IL

9550 West Higgins Road
Second Floor Suite 225
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
United States

By car:

gmat test center 2 in chicago

From city center (22min)
Continue to IL-110 W/Eisenhower Expy
Follow I-90 W to IL-72 W/W Higgins Rd. Take exit 79B fr Follow IL-72 W/W Higgins Rd to your destination in Rosemont
on I-90 W

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 5.0 by Google reviewers. The center was described as very organized, professional and secure.

Test center holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday  

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gmat exam guide in Lodnon
Posted on
01
Dec 2020

Taking the GMAT in London

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT in London. 

Who Administers The GMAT in London: 

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centres visit: https://www.pearson.com/uk/.

What Does The Test Center Look Like?

A Pearson Professional Center will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each taker. Here is an example of the testing center at Holborn:

 GMAT exam test center in london

GMAT Test Locations in London?

These are the test centers in London where test-takers had the best experience in:

Pearson Professional Centres-London Holborn (central)

190 High Holborn

London

WC1V 7BH

By Car:

Directions from Central London (9 minutes):

  • Head north toward Trafalgar Square/A4
  • Exit the roundabout onto Trafalgar Square/A4/A400
  • Continue to follow A4/A400
  • Turn right onto Duncannon St/A4
  • Continue to follow A4
  • Keep left to continue on Kingsway/A4200
  • Turn left onto High Holborn/A40
  • Destination will be on the left
By Public Transit (14 minutes):gmat exam test center and holborn
  • Walk to Victoria Station and get on the underground in the direction to Victoria
  • Travel 1 stop to Green Park
  • Walk 1 minute to Green Park Underground Station and get on the underground in the direction of Piccadilly
  • Travel 4 stops exiting at Holborn
  • Walk 3 minutes west to Pearson Professional Centres-London Holborn (central)

Test-takers’ review:

This centre is ranked 4.5 by Google reviewers. The building has good facilities and the staff are friendly and helpful. There are lockers to store your belongings.

Pearson Professional Centres-UK Docklands 

3 Quebec Wharf

14 Thomas Road

Docklands, London

E14 7AF

By Car:GMAT exam center at docklands

Directions from Central London (22 minutes):

  • Take A3212, A302, Westminster Bridge Rd, Borough Rd/A3202 and Long Ln/A2198 to Bermondsey St/A2205
  • Follow Bermondsey St/A2205 to Holyrood St 
By Train (14 minutes):
  • Walk to London Charging Cross
  • Get on the Southeastern in the directo of Dover Priority and travel two stops to London Bridge.
  • Walk for 7 minutes south east to Pearson Professional Centres-UK Docklands

Test-takers’ review:

This centre is rated a 3.8 by Google reviewers – It is a bit challenging to locate due to its understated signage. The employees are helpful but not overly friendly. Everything is explained clearly. There are free bicycle racks and lockers for you to store your belongings securely. 

Alternative Options Outside the City: If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for your exam or if test centers within the city do not have any openings, a Pearson Professional Center in Watford is a good option as it is still accessible by train and only between 25-60 minutes away depending on your transportation option. 

Pearson Professional Centres-UK Watford

1st Floor, Cassiobury House

11-19 Station RD

Watford

WD17 1AP

By Car:

Directions from Central London (55 minutes):

  • Get on M1 in Brent Cross from A4201, Outer Cir, Avenue Road and A41
  • Follow M1 to Stephenson Way/A4008 in Hertfordshire. Take exit 5 from M1
  • Continue on Stephenson Way/A4008. Drive to Station Rd in Watford
By Train (24 minutes):
  • Walk to Kings Cross Station in Euston
  • Catch the west Midlands Train and travel for three stops getting off at the Watford Junction (Train leaves every 2, minutes)
  • Walk 3 minutes East to the Pearson Professional Centres-UK Watford

Test-takers’ review:

This test centre has a 3.3 ranking on Google review – The staff can be helpful and friendly as well as unhelpful and rude. It depends on who you find on the day you test. The temperature in this facility is not well maintained and therefore on some days it can get quite hot in the testing room. 

Test Centre Holidays: 

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above.

Pearson test centres are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 2 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 5 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 3 May – May Day 
  • 31 May – Late May Bank Holiday   
  • 30 Aug – August Bank Holiday
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Boxing Day 
  • 27 Dec – Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Dec – Boxing Day Holiday           
GMAT Test Dates in London

Due to the corona virus, all test centers in London are currently closed. If you would like to schedule a test date, you are able to do so 24 hours a day with the online GMAT exam HERE. Here is additional information about the online GMAT exam.

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