Taking the GMAT in Boston
Get tips and information about taking the GMAT in the Boston area.
Boston is known for its history, academic culture, and sports. If you’re feeling weary from studying for the GMAT, visit schools such as Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan to get re-inspired about the value of obtaining an MBA. GMAT prep is important, but attending the school of your dreams can also give you that extra edge of motivation. If possible, schedule an official visit, including lunch and class attendance, to show your interest in the school to the admissions committee. Remember that all the math problems and grammar rules you’re studying will pay off on test day—and get you that much closer to achieving your b-school goals!
Visit the Boston Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts to help you relax and get you in the mindset to read dense passages about science and the humanities on the GMAT Verbal section. For extra intellectual stimulation, visit the Isabella Gardner Museum (an eclectic art collection housed in a 15th century Venetian palace) or the Library of the Boston Athenaeum (one of the oldest independent libraries in the country, featuring unparalleled resources on Boston and New England history). For a more casual excursion, hang out at the Harvard Co-op, a well-stocked academic bookstore, featuring popular as well as literary titles.
Looking for a place to hang out while you study? Check out the Public Garden and the Boston Commons, the country’s oldest public botanical expanse. After you’ve aced the big test, celebrate with a ride on the Swan Boats or a wade through the spray pool. Want to stay indoors and break up your studying with a bit of window shopping? Stop by one of Boston’s famed independent bookstores, the Trident Bookstore & Cafe, located right on Newbury Street; there, you can buy new titles at discount prices, indulge in the cafe’s offerings, and stay up-to-date with cultural happenings by browsing through the superb stock of magazines.
Remember: you don’t have to let your life pass you by just because you’re studying for the GMAT! Knewton’s adaptive learning course offers unparalleled flexibility, so that your big score increase doesn’t have to come at the expense of your lifestyle and other commitments.
When are GMAT test dates in Boston?
The GMAT can be taken year-round. Appointments can be scheduled nearly every day of the week, and several times during the day on most days, which offers test-takers great flexibility in scheduling.
Do note, however, that available time slots change continuously based on capacity and ongoing GMAT registration. Desirable slots fill up quickly, so make sure to register for the exam early (a month or more ahead of time) if you are dead-set on a specific day of the week at a certain time. You will find out which times are available at your chosen test center when you register for the GMAT on mba.com. If your desired slot is not available, you can always try another center close by.
To avoid unnecessary stress, you may also want to schedule your testing around big Boston events like the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, the Boston marathon in April, and the week-long Boston Harborfest in June.
Boston MBA Programs: After you take the GMAT in Boston
A GMAT score gives you access to nearly 4800 graduate management programs in the US! If you’re looking to stay local for your MBA, here are median GMAT scores for several programs in the Boston region:
Harvard Business School: 730
Known for its: phenomenal network of business leaders, case-method curriculum, access to top-notch recruiters and exotic opportunities
MIT Sloan School of Management: 720
Known for its: rigorous academic curriculum, exceptional network, hands-on culture and emphasis on technology and innovation
Boston University Business School: 690
Known for its: collaborative, tight-knit culture; well-rounded program
Boston College Carroll School of Management: 660
Known for its: fusion of academic and experiential learning opportunities
No matter what program(s) you apply to, make sure to craft a compelling personal narrative and to emphasize your leadership highlights. In your essays, you should demonstrate that you have an understanding of that particular school’s culture and how you will fit into the community and contribute to it. At Harvard, for instance, you want to emphasize your achievements within a field of expertise. At MIT, you want to emphasize your demonstrated ability to achieve results at various organizations.
Ultimately, the entire package matters (GMAT, work experience, application essays, interviews, recommendations, and undergraduate GPA). No GMAT score will technically take you out of consideration for acceptance at a particular school, but a low score might raise a red flag.
After Boston B-School: MBA Jobs in Boston and Salary Outlook
Whether you’re planning to work in finance, corporate strategy, general management, or human resources, Boston is a great place to get an MBA because of its proximity to desirable employers. The following is a list of just some of the recruiters for MBA programs in the Boston region, including HBS and MIT Sloan:
- Bain & Company
- McKinsey & Company
- Deloitte Consulting
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers – Healthcare
- Genzyme Corporation
- General Electric
- General Mills
- Louis Vuitton
The mean base salary for MBA graduates in the Boston region ranges from 80k to 120k, with additional potential for signing bonuses and other guaranteed compensation. Your overall salary out of business school could range from 80k to over 200k, depending on your work experience pre-MBA.
Remember that typical MBA students work for 4-5 years before obtaining their MBA and forgo 2 years of salary to invest in graduate education, so the salary jump is by no means magic. While you may hear stories of people earning over 250k or 300k out of school, many offers of that nature take into account graduates’ pre-MBA work experience and salary. Also remember that lifestyle can be a significant factor in your post-MBA employment decisions. It may be that the MBA helps you achieve a more reasonable work-life balance as well as an enhanced understanding of business and more powerful network.