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Australian MBAs

Now almost every university — and many private colleges — offers an MBA in one way or another. Even the Australian Catholic University has one.

There are online MBAs, executive MBAs and MBAs done in conjunction with a juris doctor. There are MBAs that specialize in technology, although Third Degree wonders how these can be classed as MBAs. Isn’t an MBA supposed to be a generalist management degree?

MBAs also bring in money. They range in price from $27,000 at the Australian Catholic University to $64,000 at the Melbourne Business School.

There is no guarantee for quality in most of the courses.

If you read about MBAs offered in this country, you’ll find that some are marketed as ‘‘short’’. The ACU MBA can be done in one year. Students study in ‘‘intensive’’ mode, meaning that each of the 12 units is taught over two weekends. That’s two days for each subject over 24 weekends.

The Melbourne Business School’s MBA requires that students do 20 subjects over 16 to 20 months.

Some MBAs — such as those at Southern Cross and Deakin universities — can be done online. Yet doing an MBA over the internet doesn’t make sense, given that a large component of the course is supposed to get students to network.
Most Australian MBAs do not require students to do the GMAT.

Then there is the question of accreditation. The Association of MBAs, a US professional association, accredits MBA programs in almost 70 countries. Three Australian universities have the accreditation for their MBAs – Monash, Curtin and Queensland University of Technology.

Most Australian MBAs do not require students to do the GMAT.

Business schools also have different work requirements for prospective students. Some require that students have at least two years’ work experience and good marks in their undergraduate degree.

Some MBAs, however, are geared to new graduates, who have ‘‘limited work experience’’. That’s why RMIT divides its MBA into standard and executive options.

English requirements for international students also vary. Monash University’s new MBA requires a minimum score of 7 in the International English Language Testing System. At other universities, such as Victoria and New England, it is 6.5.

Third Degree has previously pointed out that the IELTS guide suggests that a score of 7.5 is acceptable for a linguistically demanding academic course. Surely an MBA falls into this category.

GMAT Exercise

Quest. 1. Critical Reasoning

In the India, of the people who moved from one state to another when they retired, the percentage who retired to Delhi has decreased by three percentage points over the past ten years. Since many local businesses in delhi cater to retirees, this decline is likely to have a noticeably negative economic effect on these businesses.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Delhi attracts more people who move from one state to another when they retire than does any other state.

B. The number of people who move out of Delhi to accept employment in other states has increased over the past ten years.

C. There are far more local businesses in delhithat cater to tourists than there are local businesses that cater to retirees.

D. The total number of people who retired and moved to another state for their retirement has increased significantly over the past ten years.

E. The number of people who left delhiwhen they retired to live in another state was greater last year than it was ten years ago.

Answer to 1.

The question is asking for an answer choice that weakens the author’s conclusion that the decline in the percentage of retirees moving to delhi will have a negative economic effect on businesses that cater to retirees. The author arrived at such a conclusion because of his assumption that a decline in percentage points should be interpreted as a decline in actual number of retirees. The author is implicitly making an assumption that the number of retirees did not change during this period. However, the passage does not give any information on the change in the number of retirees over the past ten years. The answer choice that weakens the author’s conclusion will be one that tests author’s assumptions.

Therefore, the correct answer is (D) that the total number of retirees increased significantly, which means that although retirees moving to delhi declined percentage wise, the actual number of retirees could be higher than ten years ago. And since there are more retirees moving to delhi, businesses catering to them will not be negatively affected.

Quest 2. Sentence Correction: correct the underlined part

Native UK burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.

(a) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people

(b) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking

(c) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking

(d) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking

(e) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

Answer to 2.

1) Because the main clause is using the verb (indicate) of present tense, the verb (had been) of past perfect tense can’t be used in the subordinate clause.

2) Connected with the subject “the residents,” the additional expression “people” cause redundancy.
3) In terms of a logical meaning, the adjective phrase “Algonquian-speaking” should modify “people,” not “culture.”

Quest 3. Problem Solving

At a certain food stand, the price of each Orange is $40 and the price of each orange is $60. Mary selects a total of 10 Oranges and oranges from the food stand, and the average (arithmetic mean) price of the 10 pieces of fruit is $56. How many oranges must Mary put back so that the average price of the pieces of fruit that she keeps is $52?

A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 4 E. 5

Answer to 3.

Let the number of Oranges=x, the number oforanges=y: 40x+60y=560, x+y=10 > x=2, y=8, But since Mary must put back oranges (z)

40*2+60*(8-z)=52*(10-z), z=5, therefore the correct answer is E.

Quest 4. Data Sufficiency

Professor einstien gave a quiz to two classes. Was the range of scores for the first class equal to the range of scores for the second class?

(1) In each class, the number of students taking the quiz was 26, and the lowest score in each class was 70.

(2) In each class, the average (arithmetic mean) score on the quiz was 85.

A. Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient.

B. Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient.

C. BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.

D. EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.

E. Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

Answer to 4.
Because range = Max – min and the number of sets is 2 and the number of variables is 4, therefore the correct answer is E.

GMAT test dates

The GMAT is given year round during working days. You can take the test at any time.

Admission deadlines for graduate management programs vary, so check with the schools you’re interested in attending to make sure your GMAT exam appointment is early enough to allow your scores to be reported before the schools’ application deadline. Available time slots at test centers change continuously based on capacity and ongoing registration. You will find out which times are available at your chosen test center when you register.

Schedule your appointment early, so scores can be reported before your application deadline.

Graduate Record Examinations GRE

The computer-based General Test is composed of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections. In addition, one unidentified unscored section may be included, and this section can appear in any position in the test after the Analytical Writing Section. Questions in the unscored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores.

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries and for English-taught graduate and business programmes world-wide. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based, computer adaptive exam administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.

Use in admissions

Many graduate schools in English-speaking countries (especially in the United States) require GRE test results as part of the admission procedure. The GRE test is a standardized test intended to measure the abilities of all graduates in tasks of general academic nature, regardless of their fields of specialization. The GRE is supposed to measure the extent to which undergraduate education has developed an individual’s verbal and quantitative skills in abstract thinking.

Unlike other standardized admissions tests (such as the SAT, LSAT, and MCAT), the use and weight of GRE scores vary considerably not only from school to school, but from department to department, and from program to program too. Programs in liberal arts topics may only consider the applicant’s verbal score to be of interest, while math and science programs may only consider quantitative ability; however, since most applicants to math, science, or engineering graduate programs all have high quantitative scores, the verbal score can become a deciding factor even in these programs. Some schools use the GRE in admissions decisions, but not in funding decisions; others use the GRE for the selection of scholarship and fellowship candidates, but not for admissions. In some cases, the GRE may be a general requirement for graduate admissions imposed by the university, while particular departments may not consider the scores at all. Graduate schools will typically provide information about how the GRE is considered in admissions and funding decisions, and the average scores of previously admitted students. The best way to find out how a particular school or program evaluates a GRE score in the admissions process is to contact the person in charge of graduate admissions for the specific program in question (and not the graduate school in general).

The following are criteria of certain business schools:

  • Harvard Business School: Official test scores for the GMAT or GRE tests no more than 5 years old.
  • UVA-Darden: Will also accept a GRE score in place of the GMAT.
  • MIT-Sloan:The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application.
  • Penn-Wharton School: Official test scores for the GMAT or GRE tests.
  • Stanford: Finance – The GRE is preferred, although the GMAT will be accepted.
  • NYU-Stern School: The GMAT is strongly preferred, but scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) will also be accepted.
  • U Chicago: For Economics – the GRE is required. For Finance – the GRE is preferred; GMAT is acceptable. For all other areas – the GRE or the GMAT are accepted.
  • Ohio State-Fisher – The GMAT is required however scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are eligible for review.
  • Berkeley-Haas: Without exception, all applicants to the Haas Ph.D. Program must submit official scores of either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations.
  • Columbia Business School: Accepts GRE test scores in place of the GMAT, only if applicant has not taken the GMAT within the last 5 years.
  • Johns Hopkins-Carey: Accepts either GRE or GMAT scores.


The GRE General Test

The GRE General Test contains three sections that assess knowledge that has been acquired and developed over a long time.
Verbal Reasoning:

Assesses the ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences, and recognize relationships between words and concepts. Content is balanced among the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Quantitative Reasoning:

Tests basic mathematical skills and understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, as well as the ability to reason quantitatively and solve problems in a quantitative setting. Content is balanced among questions requiring arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

Analytical Writing:

Tests critical thinking and analytical writing skills, as well as the ability to articulate and support complex ideas, analyze an argument and sustain a focused and coherent discussion.


Experimental section:

The experimental section will be either a verbal, quantitative or the essay section which contains new questions that ETS is considering for future test editions. This section will not count toward the test-taker’s score; however, the section will appear identical to either the “actual” verbal or quantitative section and will likewise be a multiple-choice test with the same number of questions and the same time allotment as the “real” verbal or quantitative section. The test taker will have no way of knowing which section is experimental, so the test taker is forced to complete this section.

Research Section:

An additional research section may appear at the end of the test. Unlike the experimental section, this section will be clearly marked and will be completely optional. The test taker’s participation or refusal to participate will not affect the reported score in any way.


The GRE Subject Tests

Each Subject Test deals with content emphasized in undergraduate programs as preparation for graduate

study in the field. Tests are offered in eight fields of study:

• Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Computer Science

• Literature in English

• Mathematics

• Physics

• Psychology


West Virginia University Application

West Virginia University is a public research university located in Morgantown, West Virginia. It has other campuses in Parkersburg, Montgomery, Keyser, and Charleston. The university is proud to have produced 25 Rhodes Scholars so far, including the university’s own former president David C. Hardesty, Jr. It has also produced quite a number of scholars and top students. It is then not a surprise that West Virginia University is ranked 30th among the United States’ public institutions. Founded in 1867 following the 1862 Morill Land Grant Colleges Act, West Virginia University first operated as the Agricultural College of West Virginia. The University is rich in history, not just in terms of academics but also in terms of sports, women’s rights, and war.

Degrees offered

As with many other public universities in the United States, West Virginia University started as an agricultural college. Through the years, expansion happened and other colleges were built, later establishing the institution as a university. Now, West Virginia University has 15 colleges, all offering various programs that respond to the many different interests of students and prospective students. It still offers Agriculture and Forestry. However, it also offers creative arts, arts and sciences, journalism, law, human resources and education, business, engineering, health sciences, sports sciences, and information technology. It also has an honors college for gifted students.

Application requirements

– Filled out application form
– High school transcript
– Complete required high school credits (4 units of English, 4 units of college preparatory math, 3 units social studies, 3 units laboratory science, 2 units of foreign language and 1 unit of fine arts)
– SAT or ACT score submitted through testing center or with high school transcript
– Minimum GPA of 2.0 for West Virginia residents and minimum GPA of 2.5 for nonresidents.

Admission tips

If you want to study at West Virginia University, it is best to zero in on a few programs. This is because each program may have different additional requirements. For example, while you need a 2.5 minimum GPA if you are a nonresident and a 2.0 if you are a West Virginia resident, you need a 3.5 GPA to qualify for a business program and a 3.8 for the Forensics Identification program of the Honors College. Some programs are more difficult to get into.

Admission facts

Admissions data as of 2008:

Percent of Applicants Admitted: 88%
Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading: 470/560
SAT Math: 480/580
ACT Composite: 21/26
ACT English: 20/26
ACT Math: 20/25

You will notice that the university prioritizes the residents of West Virginia, with the lower minimum requirements. The minimum requirements for both residents and nonresidents, as shown above, can be considered low by national standards. Note though that there are programs that have pretty high requirements.

Contact info

Office of Admissions
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

Phone: 304-293-2121
Fax: 304-293-8832