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Be honest with yourself regarding your profile

“If you are an engineer, for you GRE-level math should be pretty easy. But that doesn’t mean that you take it lightly,” says Sania Nephade, an MKSSSC College of Engineering grad from Pune. She explains: “It was something that I did and later, I realised I shouldn’t have! So you can get a higher score in quant because that is your strength.

“For verbal I would suggest, do that 10 words-a-day stuff to improve your GRE vocab,” she recommends. Sania scored a 319 on the GRE. She felt that her score lay in a ‘territory’ where she was unsure which universities were within her reach and which weren’t. So she enrolled into Jamboree’s admissions counselling.

When asked about her application strategy, Sania says, “I applied for 9 schools in total, out of which in 5 I had ambitious-moderate chances, in 2 I had moderate chances, and in the rest, I was pretty sure of my chances.” She received acceptance letters from Penn State, USC, ASU, NCSU, IIT Chicago and Stevens. She chose Penn State and is currently enrolled in MS Computer Engineering, Class of 2021.

You’re not really competing with anyone but yourself

“In a global corporate set-up, customer experience and design thinking mostly comes from the West, whereas transactional and commercial expertise is going to come out of China and India. Hence, there is a need to marry both,” says Kumar Bivudh from Gurgaon, when asked about his inspiration to pursue an MBA.

Having 10 years of work experience in digital transformation projects, project management, corporate strategy, M&A, innovation, new product launches, etc., this NIT Jaipur grad decided to undertake the GMAT journey. “GMAT process is introspective in a sense,” says Kumar, “there are three points that every GMAT aspirant should remember. One, know yourself best as to where your strengths lie. Second, ensure that the areas that you’re weak in do not hamper your score that is, pay adequate attention. And third, don’t leave your strength areas on the exam day.”

Kumar scored a 730 on the GMAT. He advises students to take a lot of mock tests because that puts one in the right mindset, especially for aspirants who have been out of touch with studies for too long. Well said, Kumar!

On the Path to Achieving a Noble Goal!

Adventure enthusiast and an ardent Harry Potter fan, Swati Srivastava, is a multi-talented individual with interests in photography, travelling, origami and yoga. This spirited young lady with 5+ years of work experience as a senior software engineer and team lead in Infosys, decided to pursue an MBA to fulfill her goals of being a credit analyst in a multi-national commercial bank and eventually establishing a micro-lending firm back home.

“Coming from a family of bankers, I was exposed to banking jargon from an early age…I realized that controlled usage of micro-lending firms can extend great benefit to those who are financially disadvantaged,” she says. Swati joined Jamboree and began her GMAT preparation earnestly.

She eventually scored a 710 on the GMAT and took counselling support from Jamboree. She was accepted by all the five universities that she applied to—McCombs-UT Austin, Kelley-IU, Marshall-USC, Jones-Rice and McDonough-Georgetown. Swati chose Red McCombs School of Business, UT Austin and is currently pursuing her MBA there.

Ain’t No Dream Too Big, Ain’t No Dreamer Too Small!

With a long-cherished dream of studying aerospace engineering, Prachi Tomar, a student of Queen Mary’s School, New Delhi, set about preparing for college studies in the US at a very young age. “I wasn’t really sure as to how I would get there and how I would go through all the process, the paperwork,” says Prachi. “A friend who was already preparing for the SAT recommended Jamboree to me,” she continues.

“From SAT to the visa process, Jamboree laid out the whole process for me like a map, where I just had to check mark it,” she explains. Starting her SAT preparation in May and taking the exam in October, Prachi feels she could’ve taken the SAT preparation more seriously, had she started earlier in her 11th standard. Nevertheless, with a mid-level SAT score of 1280, Prachi made it to her dream program at the prestigious Virginia Tech.

Now in her 2nd year and home for her summer break, we invited her over to the annual pre-departure seminar at India International Center recently. Catch Prachi Tomar’s full interview here.

When Taking the Plunge Why Not Go to the Best!

“I started a bit late with my GMAT preparation—in November. And my aim was to take the GMAT in January!” says Yasser Tanvir, a Hindu College grad who also holds an MS in Operations Research from Virginia Commonwealth University. Post his Masters, Yasser returned to India and worked in marketing consultancies in the areas of brand development and market research.

“I had been thinking to do an MBA for quite some time, but it was only last year (in October 2016) that I really put my mind to it,” he says, when asked about his inspiration to appear in the GMAT. Yasser took the Jamboree Diagnostic Test in the beginning and was told that his quantitative scores were fine and his score would improve marginally if he focused on it. But his verbal scores were iffy. So Yasser knew that verbal was the make-or-break section for him.

He explains further, “In verbal, specifically, I was good at RC and Critical Reasoning. But Sentence Correction was a problem area, more or less, because in India the way English is taught in schools is not according to what the American standard of English is, which the GMAT follows.”

Putting his trust in Jamboree’s faculty and staff entirely, Yasser took the GMAT and scored a massive 750. ‘Don’t look around. If you’ve joined Jamboree, focus on the recommended study pattern and complete the study material. It is enough’ is Yasser’s advice to GMAT aspirants. Thanks Yasser, we’ll make sure to pass it on to our students!

Seek help if you lack the discipline to prepare

“I’ve always been interested in research,” says Sukriti Verma, a Delhi Technological University graduate. “But the professors around me didn’t really promote it as much as I would’ve liked,” she continues. Sukriti keenly follows research activities at universities and research labs around the world. That is the primary motivation for her to study abroad.

In the meantime she also works as a Member of Technical Team at Adobe, Noida. When she joined the weekend GRE batch at Jamboree, Sukriti had some idea of GRE preparation because she had taken the self-study route for about a year. Her mock test scores had stopped at 313 and no matter what she did she couldn’t score higher.

“Jamboree showed me quicker ways to solve problems…ways that were less vulnerable to errors,” says she. In verbal, her bête noire was RC. At times, she would feel that all five options were correct! Slowly but surely, her mock test scores improved and with them, her confidence.

Three months later, Sukriti took the GRE and her score stood at a commendable 334. That’s no small feat for someone who was working full-time all the while. ‘Seek help if you lack the discipline to prepare yourself’ is her message to GRE aspirants. Well said, Sukriti. We wish you the very best!

Staying Cool on the Test Day Matters

“I thank Jamboree for preparing me emotionally to study abroad!” says Hitarth Shah, a student of Class 12 at The New Tulip International School in Ahmedabad. Driven by his deep interest in Nanotechnology and its associated fields, Hitarth had very clear goals from the start. He wished to do a BS in Computer Science from a top university in the US so that he could lay down a solid foundation in pursuit of his goal.

A chance visit to a shoe showroom above which a Jamboree center was present, proved to be the turning point. He jumped into SAT preparation with his whole heart. He still had to convince his mother though! She was a bit uncertain about his study-abroad dreams.

All doubts were quelled when, with just two months of preparation, Hitarth scored 1490 on the SAT. He took 3 SAT Subject Tests—Math II, Physics and Chemistry—and scored a perfect score (800) in all three. He also took 4 AP exams and scored a perfect 5 in all. When you have a profile like that, you can hardly go wrong!

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