COVID-19 and Your B-school Plans: Why not to worry?
With every industry across the globe dealing with the impact of COVID-19 outbreak, several business programs are also trying to ease-out the climate for their prospective students. While certain delays may be expected, students must rest assured that there are alternatives in line. So, if you were all set to appear for the GMAT this year, are preparing for it, or foreseeing B-school admissions this year, stay alert as there are going to be slight changes in your timeline.
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR B-SCHOOL PLANS
There are certain things that students can do while they are locked down at home. Mark these 5 things you can (and must) do if B-school/GMAT was at the top of your checklist this year and make the most out of your time at home –
I. Keep an Eye Out on Updates from Your Target Schools
If you are considering applying to a school this year, you must continue to look for updates from your target schools. Most of the B-schools are sharing relevant information via their official website and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. You can also write an email to your school or call their official numbers for updates, however, in case you do not receive an answer, you must remain patient.
Since the situation is difficult for each one of us, the schools may also be facing their own set of challenges. It is important to remember that everyone is trying their best to create a balance and patience in these times is key to survive.
II. Check for Business School Deadline Extension Details
If you were planning to apply for a business program but didn’t due to some reasons, this may be good news for you. Several business schools have extended their deadlines for the final round admissions, while some others have extended the deadline to submit GMAT scores. So, if you didn’t apply because your GMAT score was low, you now have time to re-appear and submit your improved scores. Sitting at home during the lockdown doesn’t seem that useless now, does it?
III. Appear for Alternative GMAT Exam Online
According to the recent updates released by GMAC, students can now appear for the interim GMAT exam online. According to the official update, the test is expected to be available from the mid of April. While further details about the exam are yet to be released, students can expect –
- A comparable structure of the test
- Same number of items on Quant, Verbal, and IR (no AWA section)
- Same time for completion of the test
- Sections score and Total score same as the GMAT
- Modified security and check-in protocols to manage integrity of the test
- Lower price of the test compared to the standard charges
Note: The test will be available in all COVID-19 impacted areas, excluding China.
IV. Expect Interviews to Happen Virtually
With F2F interviews out of question in the current scenario, many programs have come up with the Virtual Interview solution. If you happen to be one of those going for the virtual interviews, there are certain additional aspects that you must consider apart from your traditional prep schedule for the virtual interview. Ensure that your technology is working well, fix a disturbance free space for the interview, and ensure the place is well-lit. Do not consider your virtual interview to be any less than the on-campus interview. Put your best foot forward, plan ahead, and give it your best when the time comes.
V. Virtual Events for Already Admitted Students
Candidates who have already gained admission must take note that the traditional student activities that would normally take place on-campus will now be carried out virtually. While you may miss out on being physically present at the school to learn about the culture, take part in activities, and have your questions answered, school authorities have taken it upon themselves to make the virtual experience equally enriching, interesting, and fulfilling for the students.
While everything else is under lockdown, the business schools and the GMAT exam have certainly found a way to adapt to the changing climate and are expecting the students to be equally accepting and adapting to ensure that learning remains uninterrupted.
For live updates on how business schools are responding to coronavirus, visit this page – https://www.businessbecause.com/news/live/coronavirus