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Student Spotlight — Abhay Prasanna: Aspiring Energy Expert, Data Sufficiency Fan, and Sky-High GMAT Scorer

Posted in Test Prep on February 21, 2011 by

In this Student Spotlight, meet Abhay Prasanna, an aspiring Operations Manager in the energy industry. Abhay’s hard work during his time in Knewton’s course certainly paid off when he scored an amazing 770 on the GMAT (Q51 V44) with an AWA score of 6.0. Read more about how Abhay did it below!


Abhay Prasanna


Bangalore, India

Current job?

Field Supervisor at an Oil & Gas firm

Why do you want to get an MBA?

At this juncture, I believe that an MBA is precisely what I need to obtain the skills necessary to manage an energy process, in a world of increasing demand and waning resources. As a leader of global operations, I would be optimizing production within efficient budgets, as well as managing a strong workforce and ensuring employee development. An MBA would set the foundations in finance, management and strategy – the core of any business, as well as provide me with the opportunity to take part in team projects that would find me solving live industrial problems and hone my analytical skills. I  would benefit immensely from working in a team of international professionals from unique backgrounds.

What’s your dream job after b-school?

In the long run I’m hoping to become an Operations Manager in the Energy industry.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?

Time-frame: 2 months (took a break from work since I needed to move to a new city as well)

Sources: Grockit, Knewton course, BTG resources, OG, MGMAT SC guide, and other stuff I found around the web.


Month 1 – Practiced about 1500 questions in Grockit. The timed environment from the get-go really honed my speed. Interaction with other GMAT-takers was an added boon. Some of the discussions really helped improve my approaches. You need more than one approach for every problem so that you will never be completely stumped at a question. Did OG Diagnostic + GMATPrep1, and all the free CATs available.

Month 2 – Focused on content that I was weak in conceptually. Completed the Knewton course – this is an excellent online course that is perfectly structured. It helps you ensure you haven’t missed a question-type or are unaware of a concept. Did Knewton CATS 2-5 and MGMAT CATS 2-6. I attempted quite a few mock exams, and I stand by the fact that getting used to the time-constraints and improving your stamina is vital. My mock CAT scores ranged from 750-780 on average.

GMAT Score: 770 [Q51 V44] AWA 6.0

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

My favorites were Adam Sticklor, Rich Zwelling, and Alison Farrow. They made their classes so much fun!

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

I’m revisiting Air’s Moon Safari album, especially “All I Need”.

Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

Data Sufficiency! I love how some of the questions are total curve-balls. Sentence Correction is a pain!

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs. I want to see design taking more of a forefront in technological innovation.

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter! I grew up with it and the world Rowling created is so much more involving and elaborate. Also, how badass is an arch-nemesis who cannot be named!