As usual, I did this during my first take. Given the size of the question, I kept my response fairly brief. If anyone has any follow up questions, feel free to send them my way. See below for the question and below that for my response.
Good day Jeremy Wilson, this is Ezra. Hope your Thanksgiving week went well with family. Thank you for the advice on career advancement when we met at Cornell University’s Information Session in Fall 2008. I have decided to pursue obtaining my masters in real estate development finance. To help me move forward in taking the next steps, any advice on courses, study materials and resources for preparing for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) would be greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance for information provided on the subject.
Here is my video response.
High level summary:
1. You’ll have to choose between MBA programs where you can study real estate/finance or Masters in Real Estate finance programs.
2. MBA programs (despite being a great launching pad) can provide challenges as most don’t have large real estate programs and you’ll have to convince employers/real estate firms that you really want to do it.
3. The program you choose will determine the test you take.
4. If you end up taking the GMAT, many people who do well take classes. I took Manhattan GMAT as did a number of others I know.
5. It’s also a good idea to mix resources. One thing I did and like to recommend is to use a book from another GMAT company. That book will probably ask questions differently than the format of the class you’re taking. This will make you more prepared for the range of questions/styles that could come up.
6. Remember to be organized with how you study, to understand what parts you need to work on and that all sections are not weighted equally.
As always, let me know if you have any more questions!
Happy New Year!