In this Student Spotlight, meet Mohit Kant — a super-high GMAT scorer who can’t decide what he loves more: Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction.
I work as a Consultant with a leading Big 4 firm. I am also the founder of Consulting Network (http://consultingnetwork.co.in), a non-profit portal for aspiring consultants.
Why do you want to get an MBA?
I’ve reached a stage in my career where an MBA is paramount to reach the next level. To Lead complex organizations, a leader must have a solid grounding in three core areas — Management, Finance and Strategy. The MBA, for me, is a critical component that will help me gather the ammunition that a successful leader needs.
What’s your dream job after b-school?
I have shortlisted a couple of possible paths that I could take. I’d like to keep the cards close to my chest for now.
Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?
Before I could decide on a particular prep company, I decided to take the free tests offered by various companies. I felt Knewton practice test really pushed me and closely replicated the actual test. I scored a decent 690 on the practice test and after some contemplation, I decided to “bite the Knewtonian Apple”.
I started my preparation in January 2011. I already had a decent grasp on many of the Quant and Verbal concepts. I went through the online lessons on weekends and worked through the homework exercises during weekdays. Owing to my heavy work schedule, I was unable to attend the live classes but I was glad to have amazing videos on demand at my disposal.
Knewton taught me some of the errors I had been making in my Quant and Verbal sections. For example, in Quant I did not have a clear strategy for each question. Further, I realized that I needed to let go of my stubbornness to solve each question in Quant and pick my battles. The special quote by Jess Nepom — “Read the question part of the question” — really helped me cut down silly mistakes on Quant. Moreover, some of the “Tells” that Knewton taught me in Verbal really helped me fine tune my verbal performance.
I took my GMAT on 28th March 2011. The test went off smoothly with no real hiccups. As I reached the final screen, my heart skipped a beat. The score read 730 (Q 49 , v 41 AWA -5.5) with a overall 96 percentile.
Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?
Special thank you to my teachers — Jen Rugani and David Ingber for the amazing verbal lessons and Jess Nepom and Rich Zwelling for the amazing Quant lessons. I couldn’t have done it (it=scoring 730 on GMAT) without them (them= my Knewton teachers).
Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?
Edward Maya — Stereo Love; surprisingly, I only recently discovered this song and its on repeat in my head.
Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?
Oh I love them both, please don’t ask me to me pick one. I love the traps in DS questions. Every time I used to fall into a trap of a DS or a SC question I could instantly picture the question writer having a slight smirk on his face.
Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?
I’d pick Bill Gates but I have clear instructions from iPhone to pick Steve Jobs. I love the way Apple relies on innovation and smart marketing to beat its competition.
This quote from the Apple’s “Think Different” Campaign comes to mind — “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Neither, can we add Iron Man as one of the options?