Although I love living and teaching in South Korea, I often found myself thinking of the future, and other paths I can take once my year-long contract is over. One of the goals I considered, and eventually decided on, pursuing was getting my MBA! You may be wondering, is it possible to apply to graduate schools in the U.S. while you are living in Korea? The answer is a resounding yes. Both the GMAT and the GRE have testing centers around Korea, and you can also consider going to graduate school at a Korean university as well. There is also the option to take university level classes online. The combinations and options are pretty much endless. It is important to find the one that fits your schedule and needs. After considering all these options for advancing my education, I decided to try my hand at the GMAT, a test required for nearly all MBA programs in the U.S.
Almost to the testing center!
In Korea there are two places to take the GMAT. There is one testing center in Seoul, and another in Busan. The GMAT is offered worldwide though, and they have testing centers in Japan and China as well. To get a bigger picture of how, and where you can take the GMAT, register at their global website here. The process is generally straightforward and everything that you need will be listed there.
Here it is! In the A1 Plaza.
After I registered for the GMAT, I ordered some GMAT Prep books off of G-Market which a local Korean website that delivers to your door within the week usually. It makes it easier to have a list of books online without having to step foot into the store and G-Market offers a lot more choices than you would expect. It is an easy way to compare prices to ensure you are getting your money's worth.
I also looked into investing in some online GMAT Prep courses. I settled with one from Magoosh, which was easy to access and offered a ton of practice questions and explanations that I could follow. I registered for the test about two months in advance. Keep in mind, the test centers can be limited in space so working well ahead of schedule is always recommended.
Here it is, the Pearson training center, make a right.
I took my test in Busan, and it was fairly easy to find the testing center. I took the subway to Seomyeon (Green Line), came out straight through exit 2, kept walking straight for 500 meters until I saw KEB bank on my left (picture above). Then, I was there! I stepped into the A1 Plaza doors right next to the bank and took the elevator to the 6th floor. Then I took a deep breath, turned over my registration paper and passport (don't forget your passport!), did a palm scan and began the computer adaptive test. You don't need to bring anything else to the test, they provide you with a white board where you can do scratch work, and you can't bring anything into the testing room. You get a locker outside the testing room to store snacks though, which are life-savers on your two eight minute breaks. My test went well, there was no one else taking the test, so it was quiet, with ideal testing conditions, and I got the score I wanted! Graduate school here I come!
After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the bright beach city around her everyday.
Read Ariel’s blog here: http://arieldrosen.wordpress.com/