Planning to take the GMAT? Watch out for these Teenagers...

Teenagers Scores Better in GMATIf you have wondered whether Age influences your ability to score high on GMAT, the 2012 Profile of GMAT Candidates report by GMAC gives some clear clues. We looked at the Mean Total GMAT Score for the past 5 years and here is what we found:

1) Students younger than 20 Years perform the best in GMAT with a mean GMAT Score of 594.4

2) The worst performing group as expected were the 50+ age group that had a mean GMAT score of 462.6

3) There was a steady drop in GMAT Score as age progresses with the exception shown only by three age groups – 24 to 25, 26 to 27 and 28 to 30.

There are many reasons why age impacts GMAT Score, here are a few:

1) Mental Agility

When you are in the 30+ age group, your ability to process complex information like the one you see in Reading Comprehension, Integrated reasoning and data sufficiency decreases drastically. When you are in college, the information that you process on a daily basis are already complex, and it does not take any extra mental effort to process GMAT prep materials.

2) Prep Time

When you are in the 30+ Age group, the responsibilities both at work and at family will increase 2-3 folds, leaving you with very few hours to prepare for the GMAT. Your performance in Data Sufficiency and Integrated reasoning can improve with 1-2 months of practice.

3) Familiar Territory

When you are in college, you are already preparing for related topics like Math and Grammar, which makes cracking Problem Solving and Sentence Correction much easier. Many students would also have a hang of how to solve SAT and GRE questions, which makes it easy to switch to a similar exam. Having said that, the trends seen among 24-30 age groups is encouraging. You can still perform well with good GMAT preparation.

4) Five Year Validity

Plan to take the GMAT when you are in the 20-22 age group, just before your first full time job. Since GMAT Scores are valid for 5 Years, the test scores would be handy when you apply to Business Schools between the age of 25 and 27.

GMAT Scores by Age Groups (2007 -12)

Age Group2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12Mean GMAT Score
Younger than 20588586601600597594.4

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)

We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).

Pages: 327


"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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