Friday, November 19, 2010

GMAT Study Group - Bangsar Charter

Dear GMAT takers,

Our member, Julie Lee is forming a GMAT study group in Bangsar. If you are interested to study together with her, please contact Julie at jhl719 (at) gmail (dot) com

Details of study group:
Date: Saturdays
Time: starts 10.30AM
Location: Starbucks Jalan Telawi, Bangsar

Good luck!

Jimmy Low

Thursday, October 28, 2010

QS World MBA Tour 2010 in Kuala Lumpur - 19 November, KL Convention Center

Once again QS World MBA is in town. GMAT Malaysia has been supporting and promoting this annual event through our blog. We invite you to attend this event and meet the admission officers, alumni and other MBA aspirants.

Date: 19 November 2010
Time: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: KL Convention Centre (next to Petronas Twin Towers)

Register here.

Jimmy Low

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

INSEAD MBA Coffee Chat in Kuala Lumpur, 20 Nov 2010

Those interested in INSEAD MBA, come and meet INSEAD alumni on 20 November for coffee chat at the Starbucks Pavillion. Please register here.

Jimmy Low

Friday, September 10, 2010

Eid Mubarak / Selamat Hari Raya to all our Muslim Readers

Wishing all our GMAT Malaysia followers Eid Mubarak/Selamat Hari Raya. All the best in your
GMAT and MBA dream.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Knewton Back to School Giveaway Sweeptakes - Free GMAT Course

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Jimmy Low

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We Are Out of Town

We are out of town at this moment. If you have any questions on GMAT, kindly leave a message after the tone. TOOOTTTTT!

Jimmy Low

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meet other MBA Candidates

Interested to meet out MBA candidates around the world? TopMBA has started a forum for you to meet and discuss about your MBA plan. Visit TopMBA Forum:

And, if you're preparing for or thinking about GMAT, we recommend this website - GMAT Club They are one of the best GMAT forums. Bookmark these two websites.

As always, even though we are doing our MBA now, we are still open. Just ask us any questions that come to your mind.

Jimmy Low

Thursday, April 29, 2010

ESMT Scholarships for Academic Excellence and More

In the past open day sessions and emails from our readers, we are often asked about MBA financing options. One of the common ways to finance your MBA study is to get a scholarship from the schools. Business schools want to attract the right candidates from various regions and those with unique experiences and qualities. As you research about the school, do look into their scholarships and apply from one of them.

I am currently doing my 1-year MBA at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany. The school was founded in 2002 by 25 corporations with the purpose of offering the distinct European business experience in a classroom environment. I am in the fifth intake with 38 other students from 21 countries. Most, if not all, of us including myself, were offered a scholarship to finance our MBA.

A total of 11 scholarships are available for the full-time MBA program. In particular, I would like to share two relevant ones; mainly because they relate to GMAT score and Asian focus where majority of our readers are from. For others, please visit ESMT scholarships website.

ESMT Asia Scholarship

ESMT awards one prestigious scholarship to an outstanding male or female candidate applying to either program from an Asian country.

Program: Full-time MBA

Number of scholarships available: two

Value: € 25,000

Eligibility: Candidates with permanent residence in a South or East Asian / Australasian country

Candidates are required to submit a scholarship essay along with their complete application to the ESMT Full-time MBA program. Candidates will be expected to actively promote the school in the respective regions throughout and after their studies, e.g. by participating in the ESMT mentoring program.

ESMT Academic Excellence Scholarship

ESMT offers special-tuition scholarship to male and female candidates applying to the ESMT Full-time MBA program with an exceptionally strong GMAT score and a record of academic excellence at undergraduate level.

Program: Full-time MBA

Number of scholarships available: two

Value: € 25,000

Eligibility: All candidates with a GMAT score of 700+ are eligible to apply

Criteria: Candidates are to provide proof of a valid GMAT score (not older than five years) and a short essay (max. 300 words) stating why they qualify for this scholarship.

For more information on the scholarships, please contact the ESMT Head of Admissions, Ms. Stephanie Kluth at

If you want to learn more about the full-time MBA program and my experience studying and living in Berlin so far, you're free to contact me at my Gmail address.

Jimmy Low

Friday, April 23, 2010

What does an MBA mean?

By now, most applicants would know which schools have accepted or dinged them. For those who have been accepted, congratulations - for those that were dinged all round, don't give up hope, there's always this year's applications coming about.

By and large, most people would do an MBA to further their career. Some have aspirations to become a manager, some want to get into management consulting, and others dream of being a baller in Private Equity/Venture Capital or a Hedge Fund. There are a select few who believe that doing an MBA will transform them into entrepreneurs.

Well, that's not what an MBA is about. It's not about turning you into a PE/VC/HF/Investment Banking baller making the benjamins. Nor is it about turning you into a jet setting high flying management consultant. It however, is about teaching you the basics of management, but it's not going to magically make you into Manager of the Year...

An MBA is about wealth creation, and there's no better wealth creation than entrepreneurship. Many people say, "Hell yeah, I'm a risk taker, I'm cutting edge, that's why I'm going into finance/etc." Well, I'm sorry, you're not. You're just another wage earner, though a high wage earner, who doesn't have the guts to go out there and start something on your own. You're somebody who's doing the MBA to get a more "secure" future, hedging your risks.

To me, an MBA isn't about going into finance, or management consulting (you've missed the real money making PE/VC/HF/MC/IB boat, it's gone, gone without you). It's not about becoming another mid-level manager lost in a billion dollar company. What's the point? You can probably do that without an MBA. For me, an MBA is about learning management, not to manage somebody else's company, but to start and manage my own company...

Monday, April 19, 2010

GMAT Scholarships from QS World MBA / Beat the GMAT

Dear GMAT Malaysia Followers,

This is a repost from QS Top MBA email.

The QS World MBA Tour is excited to share a special GMAT scholarship opportunity from one of our partners, Beat The GMAT.

Beat The GMAT recently launched its fifth annual GMAT Scholarship Competition. The website will be distributing six GMAT prep packages worth over $8500. Each package includes a $250 voucher for GMAT registration fees, as well as a full GMAT test prep course—courtesy of donations from: Grockit, Kaplan, Knewton, Manhattan GMAT, The Princeton Review, and Veritas Prep.

For those of you not familiar with Beat The GMAT, it is one of the world’s most popular business school prep communities, serving 1 million+ applicants each year. It is also one of the largest distributors of GMAT scholarships, having awarded $60,000 in prizes to 28 people since 2006.

To learn more and to apply for this scholarship, please visit:


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Adding Vitality to Your Resume

I thought this will be an interesting article for potential MBA students as well as job seekers. Here is the article by Debra Wheatman on "Elegant Variation" to your resume.

Excerpt: Your resumé is a marketing document. The product being marketed is you. The death knell of any marketing campaign is boredom. Boring products don’t sell. If your resumé comes across as uninteresting, so do you: you probably won’t get put in the short pile; you probably won’t get interviews, and someone with a more exciting resumé will get the job.

For more, check out

Jimmy Low

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Because We Mean Business

The networking site for business students and business schools is growing by the day. Are you with a growing community? Don't forget to register ( and network with current, past and potential post-graduate students. Use this website to research your next business schools or even your next employer.

Btw, the above snapshot is my business school, the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. Visit us at

Jimmy Low

Sunday, February 21, 2010

MBA Podcaster - Your Verbal Guide to Business Schools

I received an email from introducing the MBA Podcaster. I thought this is a refreshing perspective to business schools research and admission application process. For those of us who are better listeners than readers of small fonts, check out the link. The website covers all aspects of business school applications including GMAT, interviews with deans and admissions committees.

Good luck from GMAT Malaysia

Jimmy Low

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai - 2010 Year of Tiger

Wishing all GMAT Malaysia followers a
Happy and Prosperous
Year of Tiger 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Business School Essays and the Avocado!

In my book MBA Admissions Strategy I offer the following advice: “Proofread to show your hunger for admission, your real desire to be selected.” Typographic or other careless errors in your text immediately clues admissions officers in as to how (un)careful you were with your text, and this tells them not only how organized and detail-oriented you are — whether you are a ‘finisher’ — but also how much you actually really care about your application to their particular school. (More)


Jimmy Low

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fast Company 30-Second MBA

One of my favourite websites - Fast offers you a quick 30-second learning on various topics such as leadership, stress, enterpreneurship, etc. Click here to learn more from 30-Second MBA.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Normal or Extra? Which MBA to Go For?

High-flying executives, budding young managers, successful entrepreneurs and full-time mums are all studying for an MBA – but what is it? gives you a simple explanation of the different types of MBA programs.

Jimmy Low

Monday, January 25, 2010

Financial Times 2010 MBA Ranking

The 2010 ranking has been released. This year, CEIBS, ranked 8th last year, dropped to 22 while Chicago Booth and HKUST Business School moved to 9th position respectively.

Here are the top 10:
1. London Business School (1)
2. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton (1)
3. Harvard Business School (3)
4. Stanford University GSB (6)
5. Insead (5)
6. Columbia Business School (4)
6. IE Business School (6)
8. MIT Sloan School of Management (9)
9. University of Chicago: Booth (11)
9. Hong Kong UST Business School (16)

More here.

Jimmy Low