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Your results in one or more standardized tests are a key factor for your admission to a Bachelor, Master, MBA or a PhD program. Your future is important to us. MBAhelp helps you boost your GMAT, PTE Academic, TOEFL, GRE, SAT and TOEIC scores.

We have been specialized in the preparation and the implementation of the standardized tests GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, PTE Academic, GRE and TOEIC for over 30 years. Our courses and seminars are each held by experts from the United States who are specialized in your field. Our teaching materials (Study Books, Workbooks, Benchmark problem, speed drills and CD-ROMs) are designed to achieve the best results in the shortest time.

Our preparation courses are not limited to a weekend, but extend – as required by the candidate – over several weeks or teaching appointments. Only this can ensure a lasting good preparation

Please note that our GMAT, TOEFL, – GRE and TOEIC courses are taught exclusively by native speaking instructors in English.

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GMAT: start your preparation with a preparation course.

TOEFL und PTE-Academic: take the test immediately after completing the preparation course.

SAT und GRE: start with the verbal part several weeks before the quantitative part.

In autumn 2009, I made the decision to expand my profile as an architect with an additional qualification, an MBA. As an architect, I have several years of professional experience and have mainly worked abroad for my company, such as South Africa, Poland and Shanghai on major international projects and construction projects. We also have a private company, for which I need more knowledge in order to lead it. Therefore, the MBA will not only vastly expand my range as an architect, which will allow me to move into other fields of activity, but at the same time it will also provide me with the necessary knowledge to strategically participate in my private company.

I had intensively looked at many masters programs and found that the MBA program is a very interesting option. Once decided, I wanted to execute the application criteria relatively quickly and only apply to the leading European schools. I was surprised at how big the effort of applying for an MBA program is and how much effort and work is needed in the application phase alone. This is often totally underestimated and I can explicitly indicate that it requires a lot of bleak work, to apply for an MBA program. At this point it must be noted that the criteria and hurdles that are required by the schools before admission for an MBA program are immense. These include, in addition to such obvious details as excellent diploma grades, first class references, multi-year work experience (best worldwide), an international profile and good foreign language knowledge, excellent averages in GMAT, high scores on the TOEFL or TOEIC (Test of English foreign language), many brilliant essays, letters of recommendation, transcript of thesis, etc.

When all these hurdles habe been cleared, and the quality of the documents submitted have been convincing, one might get invited for an interview, another entrance examination at the school may still have to be completed, and then the chances of being accepted are up to 1: 10 depending on the school. The effort is therefore not to be underestimated, and if one would like to go to one of the top schools, you will have to put a lot of work and time into the preparation.

During preparation, I discovered a major hurdle: the GMAT test. The GMAT is a mathematical and linguistic test, a very perfidious invention. In my opinion, the GMAT says very little about the qualities of a candidate, and is an antiquated method for evaluating candidates. However, almost all top schools worldwide require this test, so you have to get on with it whether you like it or not. Since graduating from high school was 14 years ago, and as I had little to do with financial mathematics and their formulas in my job, I was looking for a time-saving variant to take this hurdle as quickly and professionally as possible in order to apply perfectly prepared. During my research, I discovered the MBAhelp team in Frankfurt. MBAhelp’s offices are centrally located in the financial district of Frankfurt, just a stone’s throw from the Frankfurter Hof, and the headquarters of the Commerzbank, it is optimally geared to the students’ needs, has individual study rooms where private lessons may be held or booked, and also offers group classes on weekends. In addition to a complete program for the entire application process, one will receive professional and individually tailored assistance throughout the very complex application process. After a very friendly first telephone conversation with the Director of the Institute, Mr. Martin Spitta, and with the resulting knowledge, that it is preferable to apply for an MBA program properly and professionally, I decided to begin the GMAT training in Frankfurt as I had the impression to be in very experienced and competent hands.

It should be stressed here that successfully “cracking” the GMAT requires an intensive work effort. Even an economics graduate cannot avoid investing at least three months in order to achieve the score most top schools request. I had the particular difficulty that my job gave me no prior knowledge and I had to “dig” my way through this challenge with a lot of hard work and discipline. I was initially very supported, motivated and encouraged by Frank Fischer, and later by Brian Sherman, the MBAhelp math coach, and Edward Ewing, the verbal coach, who both have very original, friendly and intuitive teaching methods and who gave me a comprehensive foundation of all GMAT problems through an individually tailored training plan. During “face to face” teaching blocks, both coaches led me through the entire spectrum of these tasks and I learned the necessary knowledge in both disciplines to finally be able to take the GMAT test. Nevertheless, the GMAT is an unpleasant task and I encourage everyone to get it out of the way as quickly as possible.

The TOEFL test was less demanding and less difficult for me due to my good knowledge of English. However, the TOEFL should also not be underestimated and requires a lot of preparation. One should plan at least 2-3 weeks, otherwise one risks having to retake it. The MBAhelp team, but particularly Melba Sobrino, quickly and unerringly got me over this hurdle. Melba Sobrino‘s teaching style, just like that of Brian Sherman and Edward Ewing, is very friendly and competent. It’s fun to work with her; she has a very professional and positive way and gives very original hints and strategies to pass the TOEFL test. She also has a very uplifting and cheerful personality, so the hours spent preparing were a lot of fun. After the GMAT and TOEFL were taken, the second part of the application process went much faster. This was done in close and good cooperation with Martin Spitta, the director of the Institute. Mr. Spitta was very professional, knowledgeable and eloquent and was able to clarify all questions regarding essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts and organizational issues. He helped with the structure and content of essays, gave good tips and advice and has a very experienced and professional approach. Thanks to the help of Mr. Spitta I was able to finish the second part of the process quickly and submitted my application to the leading schools in Europe.

The response was positive and I was invited for an interview. I had my interview training in Frankfurt in cooperation with Melba Sobrino again, and we had a lot of fun and a good time. Due to the very profound and intense training, the actual interview with the school recruiter proceeded very relaxed and I highly recommend preparing this way, because you can be very calm and convincing if one has previously practiced sufficiently. During the interview, I was made aware of the quality of the work I had already submitted. It took a few more months having to wait for an admission confirmation, but now I have been accepted to one of the five best universities in Europe and even the world, even though I started off as the under-dog due to my profession and lack of specific knowledge. Without the help of MBAhelp and the team led by Martin Spitta with Brian Sherman, Edward Ewing, Frank Fischer and Melba Sobrino this would certainly not have turned out so well, so I am very happy with my decision of having turned to a friendly, knowledgeable and very professional address: MBAhelp in Frankfurt.

I have set up this small distribution list to keep you informed about my experiences in Stanford. Each one of you made a personal contribution to my successful Stanford application, so it is a great pleasure to share my experiences on the “farm” with you. My projects and PhD (summa cum laude in Germany) have been completed, I have my visa and the flight is booked. On August 25 my plane leaves for San Francisco, my girlfriend will join me early September. We have not got an apartment as yet, as we want to live off-campus from the beginning. The one-bedroom apartments on campus are very nice, but you have to vacate them after 9 months (during the Summer Break) to make room for the participants in the Executive Programs. We wanted to avoid the associated relocation stress. To be able to rent an apartment off-campus one has to be on-site, so we are homeless at the moment. My first action will be to buy a cheap bike from China at Walmart and then visit apartments by means of this new found transport. On my way I’ll stop off at a bank and a mobile phone company and get myself a bank account and a mobile phone. Well, somehow everything has been reset and I have to start all over again! I am really looking forward to my time in Stanford and my girlfriend is just as euphoric. She will work in San Francisco (1.5 years work visa). The so-called “Bullet Train” operates from Palo Alto and travels to San Francisco every day with only one stop and takes 35 minutes so that daily commuting should work well. We should be able to get by without a car for the moment: Simone has the Bullet Train and I have my Chinese-bike. We will rent a car for any excursions. We will also have plenty of friends with cars – we will pay for the petrol. So much for our preparations. When you hear from me the next time I will probably already be up to my neck in the MBA bustle – I’m very excited!

Best Regards, Uwe


Wow! The workload and the speed at which the first quarter has begun here at Stanford, are staggering: Finance + Strategy + Organizational Behaviour + Global Management + Critical Analytical Thinking Classes, Cases, Readings, Leadership Labs, Leadership Squads, essays, 1-on -1 feedback, speakers, social events, trips, … it can make you feel a little queasy at times. At the GSB (as probably in other top business schools) one quickly learns to prioritize: is it more important to prepare 3 of 6 cases very carefully, or all 6 just a little, or only 3 and prefer to go for a beer with some colleagues? Since Wednesday our Midterm Exams are over (all went well for me). In recent days, I have had some time to think about my experience of the first 6 weeks. Conclusion # 1. I’m very excited about the GSB community! The professors are enthusiastic and my fellow students a daily source of inspiration. The energy, creativity and risk-taking of many of my colleagues inside and outside the classes are absolutely contagious. Conclusion # 2: at the GSB one has to leave one’s comfort zone – and you learn to deal with it: for example, being filmed during simulated negotiations and conflict situations in the Leadership Labs and then analysing the video together with the Leadership Squad. This can be quite uncomfortable at first but is very useful. Conclusion # 3:. Incredible resources are provided to those who take the initiative to realize their own ideas and projects. As I said, you have to choose where to focus your energy – it is impossible to do everything. But if you know what you want and where you want to go the GSB is a mega accelerator. A few closing words about our lives here in the United States: Accommodation: we live off-campus near California Avenue in a very nice apartment with wood floors, lots of light and a small patio. The American BBQ has already been bought. Mobility: it is impossible without a car! Simone and I persevered for 2 whole weeks without a car only relying on a bicycle and then (quite exhausted) decided to buy a car. It is a used Ford Explorer Sport, however, the slightly smaller version of the large SUV (not the big tank, the little tank!). Works its way through petrol but it works … Neighbourhood: our neighbours are great – and a little bit hippie. We have already been invited to a birthday party and a Block Party, both of which were a little weird, but extremely funny. To keep it short: we love it here.

Best Regards, Uwe

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