2019 Admission Experience

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A (male / insurance company)

B (male / trading company)

C (male / energy company)

D (male / chemical manufacturer)

E (male, oil wholesaler)

F (male, general electric machine)

G (male / asset management company)

A (Insurance company, company expenses, graduated from the Faculty of Law, Kyoto University)


The fundamental motivation is the desire to study finance and accounting as an academic discipline and the desire to increase my market value. As an essay-like motivation, I felt that I could improve my own abilities by communicating with excellent overseas human resources in English.

Why Goizueta?

Small school / Top20 / Warm climate

Examination process

March 2018 Selected as a company-sponsored student, first TOEFL 37 points and surprising results

May 2018 80 points in the second TOEFL, but no increase from here. Late December 2018 GMAT scored 680 points, but TOEFL scored MAX 89 points

February 2019 Application score 96 points

March 2019 Application for multiple schools including Emory

Mid-April 2019 Emory Skype Interview

Notification of acceptance from Emory in early May 2019


It didn’t grow at all, so please refer to other people’s study methods.


As a result of practicing a lot of past Preps using the Chinese site, I think that even though the TOEF had a low score, it led to a certain score. It was also very good that I went to a private cram school called Kono Juku to teach me how to solve GMAT, and I heard all the problems I didn’t understand and explained until I was satisfied. Essay I had no intention of myself because my boss at the time gave me the outline of the essay. Therefore, based on that, I went out with the essay counselor Jefloor. Thanks to Jefloor’s full cooperation from the production of the story to the editing of the essay, I think I survived the essay that I was not motivated at all. A highly recommended counselor. I used the Interview Clear Admit and GMAT Club sites to collect past questions from interviews, create answers to them, and then memorize them all. I believe that I was able to answer smoothly and cover the low TOEFL by asking questions within the range prepared in the actual interview. Finally, compared to China and other countries, I feel that the MBA examination business in Japan is in a very significant situation for sellers. Since the number of MBA examinees is not large in the first place, there is not much useful information. Anyway, I felt that it was important to collect information and study efficiently and effectively. Here are some sites that I find helpful, so please refer to them if you like.


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B (Trading company, company expenses, graduated from Waseda University Faculty of Commerce)


1. I wanted to be able to make correct decisions by systematically and comprehensively learning business knowledge.

(I want to learn all the perspectives and elements of business so that important things are not overlooked)

2. By learning English, I want to be able to communicate and discuss with anyone in the world.

3. A network that can be used even after excellent people from overseas

4. Give yourself time to rethink your life away from practice

Why Goizueta?


Balanced and comprehensive study resources

I thought that the number of people was small and I could have a deep discussion with professors and students.

(Knowledge, of course, English discussion training)

Atlanta’s warm climate, mild environment around Emory

Examination process

March 2018: Started studying for the TOEFL exam. Joined Hamaguchi Juku online (although I rarely started GMAT at this time).

April 2018: 95 points for the 4th TOEFL.

June-August 2018: 100 points I thought it would be soon, but I got 98 points 6 times in a row in the June-August exam. I’m very depressed because I don’t know what to do.

August 2018: Time passes without breaking the TOEFL. However, I have to do GMAT soon, so I started studying GMAT.

September 2018: Contacted the counselor and started creating essays. The TOEFL finally begins to show a gradual decline. All I could do was thank myself for learning the unreasonableness of the world.

October 2018: GMAT test (first time). Dent at 590 points. Obtained 100 points in TOEFL. Finally released from the curse (but still 100 points).

November 2018: Second GMAT. 650 points.

December 2018: TOEFL (about 15th time) 105 points (R28, L29, S22, W26. Application score).

January 2019: 5 schools applied in 2nd Round. One of them passed in January. 700 (V35, M50) comes out in GMAT (4th time). Ask the application school to replace it. Interview with counselor Matthew.

February 2019: 2nd Round application school and interview. Unfortunately I can’t visit.

March 2019: Results from 2nd Round application schools are available. 2 schools passed, 1 school WL, 2 schools declined.

April-May 2019: I couldn’t pass the application to TOP10 in 3rd Round. As a result of thinking, I decided to go on to Emory.

TOEFL Reading: First of all, vocabulary is important. After doing up to rank 4 of 3800, I memorized the word “this seems to be better to remember” that I encountered in other teaching materials. I think there are many ways to memorize words, but I customized iKnow and practiced words that I couldn’t remember repeatedly, and I wrote them on a card and turned them many times (the same way with GMAT). The exercises solved the problems in the Official Guide several times over time. Since I got around 28 points from the early stage, I did not devote resources to that much and focused on GMAT. Vocabulary, grammar, speed reading, etc. have a synergistic effect with RC and SC of GMAT, so I think it is better to move to GMAT when you get a certain amount (about 27 points or more?). Even after the transition to GMAT, I think we can expect an improvement in the R score.

Listening: I downloaded the TPO and listened to it while commuting. I think the points are to listen 100% intensively, listen every day, and not translate into Japanese in your head. I heard what I got used to at 1.5x speed. I was not good at archeology and art history issues, so I think I was able to overcome my weaknesses by DLing TPO for each of these categories and listening to each category every day.

Speaking: To be honest, I didn’t know how to study, so I went to E4TG. It will be very helpful to know what to say and how to talk in each part. Since the content is simple (rather simple is easier to talk about, for example, talking about hobbies and favorite sports rather than talking about my work), what happened to 5W1H and what happened as a result? I think it is important to be able to speak concretely by incorporating. While referring to the sample sound source I received, I made my own answer plan for the Q used in the class and practiced until I could memorize it (about 50 patterns in Part 1 and Part 2). When I came to this point, I was able to get around 23 points. I personally think that Part 5 (I heard that the problem format has changed) is the most difficult part, and this part is the problem, solution 1, solution 2, which one I recommend, the reason. I have to say about it in one minute, and I often have to say it for the time being. As you become able to listen and speak little by little, you will be able to hear and speak, so you will just talk too much and time management will fail and you will not be able to finish speaking in time. (On the contrary, it is easy to fall into when you can speak).

Therefore, it is important to briefly summarize the essence of what you have to say about Part 5. Also, what I learned in E4TG (sounds that are difficult for Japanese to pronounce, differences in the way of thinking between Japan and the United States that should be remembered, etc.) is also useful in interviews and MBA production, so I highly recommend it in that respect as well. Part 2 of Speaking has a synergistic effect with Independent of Writing, so I think that Writing will be able to handle various patterns in production.

Writing: I used the correction service of E4TG. By repeating the number of times, you will be able to refine and fix your own material, understand grammatical items that are easy for you to make mistakes, increase typing speed, and you will be able to use and remember expressions that you find useful. I think the point is to do a certain number of times. Integrated used a famous template from a famous prep school, included a lot of Listening content, paraphrase it, and wrote it consciously so that the contrast points between R and L became clear, and the score became stable.

GMAT RC: Official guide, I solved the problems of Hamaguchi Juku many times over time. I memorized the words I encountered on the way by putting them in iKnow or making a card, centering on the verbs (so that I could solve them within 3-5 minutes of reading comprehension + number of questions x 1.5 minutes). When reading, I tried to understand the author’s claim by paying attention to the transition words (especially however, although) in the middle (I thought that it would help GMAT (CR) study, so I read a little book called “Logic Training 101” It says “logic is a conjunction”, and I thought it was true)

CR: I practiced after doing problems for each logic pattern twice at Hamaguchi Juku. Basic reading comprehension is also important because the meaning of the sentence must be taken accurately before the logic. Since the problem is old, I think it is important to get used to touching the new problem with Prep. There are new exercises that can be purchased from GMAC according to the difficulty level, so I think it is worth trying if you have time.

SC: Study using Hamaguchi Juku and YES. The YES grammar basic course is recommended because it is useful in addition to taking the exam. SC has techniques (problems that can be cut immediately with Word choices and expressions), so after suppressing them, I practiced to solve the problems and increase the reaction speed. As with Verval as a whole, not just the SC, basic English proficiency is very important. After all, the problems of the cram school are old, so I think it is important to get used to the new problems with Prep (Prep also has old problems).

Math: There is a famous blue reference book, but I don’t think it’s enough to be honest. I solved many difficult problems such as Hamaguchi Juku’s advanced problems and Manhattan, an app called GMAT Toolkit, and established how to solve various problem patterns. The GMAT Toolkit can stock problems that you made a mistake or want to solve later, and you can see all the correctness and mistakes of your past, so you can easily distinguish your strengths and weaknesses and study efficiently. If you do so far, I think you can get 49-50. Essay It is often advised to “write so that you can understand”, but I think the important thing is to “write consciously so that you can understand what is interesting about you.” I didn’t know until the end, but even the essays I wrote that I thought I could differentiate myself were surprisingly similar to those of other people (especially work stories). I am writing. There are many questions about work in essays, but there are also questions that you can supplement (excuse) or write “other things you want to convey” by yourself, so make the most of these questions and take the plunge outside of work. I think it is useful to write what you really like, experiences that have influenced your life, and hobbies. Diligence and work outcomes can be communicated to some extent by other questions, GMAT scores, resumes, etc., so what I personally think is ideal is smartness and work performance at the beginning of GMAT, resume, essay. I think that I will tell in Q that comes out in the above, and the rest will be written by connecting other episodes that convey my interest to takeaway that can be utilized in MBA. Also, since essays are often thought by one person, while thinking alone, one enters the world and loses objectivity, and “a person who does not know anything about himself” reads the essay for the first time. At that time, it may not be possible to have the image that you are aiming for. In my case, when I was worried about how to write an essay, I consulted with my wife. I think your wife knows her husband, so can you tell the story to the person who heard it for the first time? What kind of image do you have? What if I change this more? I think you can get useful advice such as. Many of Admi’s staff who will read essay first are women, so I think that you can get good advice in that sense, so I recommend it.


The more you do Interview, the more you get used to it, so I think the point is to manage the number of times. The content will be firmly established and will be further refined. I also think it is important to get advice from Native. After all, the way of communication, nuances, word choices, etc. in the English world cannot be covered by pure Japanese people, so I think it is important to tell Native and get feedback as in the actual production. Also, even if you think that you can convey it yourself, you can understand what is not the case, and you can get advice on what you should convey in the material you can talk about, on the contrary, what you do not do, gestures and facial expressions. In the actual performance, it is easy to talk in a hurry due to tension (it becomes really difficult to understand if pure Japanese is rushed and speaks English in a hurry), so it is important to get used to it so that you can speak calmly and slowly. It is also very effective to leave the interview practice in the video on Skype and review it later. Lastly, studying for the exam is hard, but studying and experiencing here will help me in the MBA and in the rest of my life, so it’s more for me in the future than for the exam. I think it will be motivating to study with this in mind. When I actually started my MBA life, I often stumbled from the English I should have done so much, but every day I got the hardships, new perspectives, and values that I wouldn’t have had in Japan. It’s full of excitement. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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C (Energy company, company expenses, graduated from Keio University Faculty of Economics)


I was interested in MBA for the straightforward reason that people inside and outside the company, who I think are cool, have something in common called “MBA holders”, and that they need an MBA to get closer to them. As a result of devoting all my time to club activities during college, I regretted having neglected my studies after joining the company, and wanted to acquire a flexible and wide-ranging sensibility that cannot be cultivated in the traditional corporate structure. I wanted to overcome the barrier of English, which I had been running away from, so I decided to take the MBA exam in the United States.

Why Goizueta?

The summer was long and I was fascinated by the city of Atlanta, which is the best mix of city and nature. I also chose Goizueta because I felt that it was a TOP20 business school and that the atmosphere of Alumni and current students matched me.

Examination process

August 2017: Apply for in-house selection with a score of TOEIC 755 points (in-house selection border 750 points) obtained one month ago.

October 2017: Passed the in-house selection only with enthusiasm aside from English ability. I started taking measures at AGOS without knowing what TOEFL was.

January 2018: 61 points in the first TOEFL. Tell yourself, “Well, it’s the first time.” At this point I was unaware of my danger.

March 2018: Interview with counselor Round One. To be seen because “Your English ability is honestly dangerous, but your heart seems to be strong”. I was the one to be chosen …

April 2018: 71 points in the 4th TOEFL. I have a grudge against a friend who said that up to 90 points was a moment.

May 2018: Start studying GMAT after GW. I took a basic grammar course at Affinity. I met a junior member of a club at a cram school, heard the fact that the TOEFL score exceeded 100, and went home and cried.

June 2018: 71 points again in the 5th TOEFL. I decided to move to IELTS after getting a score of L13, which is difficult to get. Start full-scale GMAT measures at Affinity. Around this time, I entered the first Depression period due to my lack of English sense.

July 2018: 5.5 for the first IELTS. Although the score is bad, I feel a mysterious response that I can still fight more than TOEFL. Work has entered its peak period, and it is difficult to get time to study.

August 2018: 6.0 in the second IELTS. Just by increasing 0.5, I immediately misunderstand that it is close to 7.0. Around this time, a meeting with essay counselor Emma Round started. Start writing with Emory’s essay.

September 2018: Even though I received IELTS multiple times, the score remained unchanged at 6.0. Received the first GMAT Prep and got 450 points and was stunned.

October 2018: 450 points in the first GMAT. I want to kill myself when I leave the house, thinking that a miracle may happen. IELTS remains unchanged at 6.0. I didn’t know what was wrong, so I entered the second depression period. In addition to writing the essay, I also started to practice interviewing with Emma, which was the hardest part. Discuss at a family meeting if you didn’t get anywhere.

November 2018: 490 points in the second GMAT. My head turned white and I have no memory of the day. I rushed to Affinity with tears and received advice from Dr. Iijima, “Get GRE right now.” The following week, I took the GRE without studying and got 650 points (316 points) in terms of GMAT. The next week IELTS will also rise to 6.5. I’m a little relieved that somewhere will be accepted.

December 2018: Focus on essay and interview practice while continuing to take the IELTS and GMAT / GRE exams.

January 2019: Apply to 10 schools including Emory and continue to prepare for interviews. Received Invitation from 7 schools. Aiming for an update, IELTS / GRE will continue to be taken until March, but the score will not be updated.

February 2019: Campus visit to 4 schools including Emory. Immediately after returning to Japan, interviews (face-to-face and Skype) were conducted at 6 schools in 2 weeks. The adjustment of the contents of each school was quite difficult.

March 2019: Receive notification of acceptance from 6 schools including Emory. Contact the Waiting List from the first school of your choice.

May 2019: I received GRE / IELTS, but I couldn’t renew it. Considering the procedure for traveling to the United States, contacted WL school to decline. I decided to go on to Emory and finished the long and fierce MBA exam.


The biggest mistake was not knowing the existence of IELTS when I started studying for the exam. IELTS was overwhelmingly easier to do, so I think I should have chosen IELTS from the beginning. There is no doubt that TOEFL is the mainstream in Japan, and there is not much information on IELTS, but please consider both at the start and choose the one that suits you.

Reading: It was my first time to learn systematically, so I started with slash reading and reading aloud. After that, I learned the solution method based on the cram school and reference books, and solved the past questions of IELTS. I’m not good at memorizing, so it’s a reflection that I put off studying words. There is a long-standing legend that Japanese earn from R, but I was only 7.5.

Listening: This is the hardest section. I was always looking for a way to study. Dictation requires patience, but I found it to be the most effective. At first, I divided each sentence at normal speed of sound, and if I couldn’t hear it no matter how many times I heard it, I slowed down the speed of sound and tried many times. At the same time, it has the ability to guess words from the context and has the effect of reducing misspelling. If you have trouble listening, please start thinking that you have been deceived. There was a blur in the score, but it went up to 7.0.

Speaking: IELTS is an interactive test, so I practiced using RareJob. Talking to a cute teacher in a rare job was the only healing during the exam period. It’s difficult for non-natives to speak without stagnation, so I practiced frequent topics many times to reduce the amount of filler. We asked the RareJob instructor to point out grammatical mistakes. In the actual performance, if I try to speak fast, I will not be able to speak and the score will drop, so I was conscious of speaking slowly and politely. It seems that it is not reflected in the score, but I feel that the score was good when it was expressive and mixed with gestures. The level of the question seemed to rise when I was speaking, and the response and the score were inversely proportional. The seven walls were thick, with a maximum of 6.5.

Writng: Looking back, I could only spend about 5% of my IELTS study time. Unlike TOEFL, I couldn’t use the balance, so it was a subject with a strong sense of competition. For me, it was also important to earn the number of characters, so I remembered phrases that were able to earn the number of characters and were sophisticated, and used them like templates. I miss the strong pen pressure and the IELTS rocket pencils that made me feel uncomfortable. The highest score was 6.5 points.


As a result, I applied for GRE, but basically I focused on GMAT measures. Personally, GRE was easier to fight in both Verbal and Math (returning to the previous problem, Math is relatively easy, etc.), so like TOEFL / IELTS, I considered both GMAT / GRE and it suits me. I recommend you to choose one. (Some schools do not accept GRE, so confirmation is required.)


RC: Focusing on frequently-used topics (science, American history, etc.), I was imbued with how to solve each problem format while being aware of the existence of the author’s opinion and the existence of reverse connection. Unlike TOEFL / IELTS, there are many esoteric sentences, so at first there were many times when I read all of them but nothing remained in my mind, but when I solved various past questions, the meaning and development of the words I felt the most visible growth when I was able to guess. It also had a positive effect on the IELTS R score.

CR: Basically, it’s important to solve the problems in the Official Guide many times and get a solid understanding of the logic of why this is correct. Instead of reading from the text, I took the tactic of reading Q first, checking the Q type, reading the text, and guessing A while answering. Because of my gentle personality (?), I was not good at all the answers because they seemed to be correct.

SC: For me, who has difficulty in English, the sentences were short and the easiest to understand, so I naturally spent time here. If you keep in mind rules such as SC-specific rules (for example, having and being are hard to get the correct answer), you can narrow down the options, but in production, you can not fight with technique alone, and reading comprehension is required at the end. I noticed. Don’t spend too much time on SC because it’s easy.

AWA: I just learned the template. No other measures were taken.

IR: I didn’t take any measures.

Math: Based on my knowledge of taking the junior high school exam 18 years ago, I fought in J math-centered (sometimes Masaka) study. I had to get used to the unique answer, so I practiced it over and over again. However, I had a hard time reading the problem sentences rather than math.


Verbal: I studied mainly past questions because the topic will be more academic sentences in RC. Other than that, nothing special is done as a countermeasure only for GRE. Voca is so difficult that I took the tactic of randomly clicking everything first and then returning when I had time, but I feel this worked.

Math: It was easier to solve than GMAT, and there was a magic that if you get a perfect score, it will be 53 in GMAT conversion, so it was a section that you can not drop by all means, but since one mistake affects the score, I am a condition of the day. I developed a symptom that my score fluctuated. As a countermeasure, I bought the problem of Magoosh and solved it earnestly. However, if you can get points in GMAT Math, you don’t need to take much measures.

AW: I didn’t take any special measures. My AW score was surprisingly low, but I didn’t get stuck here.


Even though I didn’t get a score, I started the essay early, so I was able to proceed at a steady pace for the 10 schools I applied for, and I was able to spend time practicing interviews and making scores at the end of the year. .. The content is versatile and much easier if you have about two experiences of taking leadership at work. However, there are many people who have similar experiences, so it may be good to differentiate yourself by the roles that only you can do and the learning that you have gained. As with the interviews, private stories are relatively well received, so I think that you can appeal the breadth of humanity by incorporating learning from your hobbies. Please have other people see it during the creation. I was very helpful with the help of my wife and friends.


I mainly practiced with essay counselor Emma, and practiced repeatedly with rare jobs. In the first Interview, I was so tempered that I couldn’t even understand what I was saying, but as the number of times increased, it settled down. There is practice. I created and memorized a script so that I could answer frequently asked questions, and asked the counselor to ask school-specific questions and adjusted the application school. Interviewers also listen to a lot of work stories, so when I talked about private matters, I felt that I had a good bite. The important points in the interview are two points, and the first point is to listen carefully to the questions. If you start answering somehow, you won’t hear the corrections and the interviewer will be upset, so if you can’t hear it, check it and give a solid answer that fits your question. The second point is the final question time, which is to ask critical questions. Questions are also a time to appeal to yourself, so ask relevant questions while appealing to the parts that were not communicated in the interview. The interviewer should say Good Question !. In my case, I had a strict schedule of interviewing 6 schools in 2 weeks. There was also a day when I had two interviews a day. It’s quite painful, so I recommend well-balanced scheduling. Even if your TOEFL / IELTS score is low like I do, if you have enthusiasm, confidence and a smile, you can recover as much as you want in an interview. I think the interview is not English but human. If you go to the interview, the goal is right there. Please appeal your charm to your heart’s content!


Studying for the exam is fierce. I was disappointed with myself many times and decided to give up many times despite the company-sponsored dispatch. It’s all physically and mentally painful, but please try to fight while envisioning your campus life after passing the exam. The moment you receive the pass notification, everything will be a good memory. The beer you drink right after will blow everything away. Even if the MBA program starts, it will be difficult, but you can make Dope friends all over the world. Student life in America is great! Welcome to Atlanta !!

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D (Chemical manufacturer, company expenses, graduated from Kobe University Faculty of Business Administration)


While working on planning, a wide range of knowledge such as accounting, law, intellectual property, finance, English, etc. is required, and while learning those knowledge systematically again, I am from a perspective away from the company and Japan. I thought it was a good opportunity to reconsider my work. Also, I think that being able to touch the areas that cannot be learned from work experience alone and gaining from living abroad will be beneficial for future work.

Why Goizueta?

Being a US top 20 school, small class size, and a warm climate that makes it easy for families to live.

Examination process

April 2018: Company-sponsored dispatch decision, 76 points after taking the TOEFL mock exam conducted by a certain school in the end of the month. For R and L, apply for the cram school. Looking at past experiences on the net, I misunderstand that Speaking and Writing will be able to reach the goal with the power of cram schools.

May: 84 points for the first TOEFL test. Except for Reading, I realize that there is a considerable distance to the target score. After taking the first class of the cram school, I couldn’t feel the meaning of taking it as a group, so I didn’t use it after that. Individuals use the TPO site to study for 1 to 3 hours before and after work.

June: Even if I take the TOEFL test again, my score drops. I think I’m not good at writing from this point, but I didn’t take any measures. The popular speaking cram school in Kyobashi is on the Waitlist. Around this time, he signed a contract with Elite Essays and started creating resumes. A son is born in the end of the month. Studying for the exam is suspended for a while.

July: The TOEFL test I took for the first time in a long time was 89 points, which is an improvement in the range of error. I thought it was at least 100 points, so I fell into the distance to the target. Listening only improves really slowly, but I still think it has to be continued every day. Regarding Writing, I couldn’t use the email correction service I was thinking of, and I thought I was stuck, so I took the Independent preparation course of WebTOEFL. Recognizing what I can’t do, I took measures from the basics, so I feel a little more confident. You will finally be able to participate in the Speaking School.

August: Suddenly got 102 points (application score) for the 4th time taking the test in early. I stopped TOEFL here, but (1) I think it was a good decision because I suffered from GMAT as a result, but (2) Considering that at least 105 points are required for top school application, the measures are taken moderately. I think it was okay to continue. As for the speaking school, I got 102 points in the week when I started taking classes, so I don’t know how meaningful the score was, but I feel that the content that I learned repeatedly in class about pronunciation and grammar is useful even after I went to the United States. I’m glad I went.

September: Started self-taught GMAT measures. I read the English textbook, did the online exercises, and thought I had done it, but when I thought about it, I should have started the cram school problems immediately. After the Obon festival, my work became extremely busy and I couldn’t take time to study.

October: I took the first GMAT test in my head and got 520 points. It’s like I received it as a trial, so I took it for granted that I couldn’t do it, but I didn’t think it was so bad and I was despaired. Now that I can concentrate on my studies, I study for a month, but even the second time I took the exam in late, I got 540 points. Apply for the cram school on the same day. As for the essays, the resume I was working on with the counselor and about three basic essays have been completed and are proceeding smoothly, so I will concentrate on GMAT completely for about a month. The application is waiting for GMAT score making.

November: Work hard on the exercises of the cram school. With the GMAT Prep, I got only about 630 points, and although I was worried, I thought that I would be able to get at least the points I could apply for, and even the third time I received it, I got 580 points. The moment when the score was displayed was the most dented throughout the examination period. I think there is a problem with reading comprehension, so I start over from the basics. So far, we haven’t taken any measures for RC, but since it should be possible to solve it by reading it, I thought that it could actually be a score source, so I decided to take measures. In addition, for CR, we have shifted to a method of slamming patterns into the head by classifying problems by logical expansion and solving each classification at once. As a result, these were successful.

December: We are beginning to customize essays for each school, and we got 670 points in the 4th time in late December, which was the last chance to apply for the so-called 2nd Round (Emory GBS is the 3rd Round). Honestly, I wasn’t satisfied with the score of 700 in Prep (first look) the day before, but I’m relieved to get enough points to apply. From here, finish the essay by school at a rapid pace.

January 2019: Apply to 5 schools including Emory. While I was waiting for the interview invitation, I was a little weak, but I was very anxious about whether I could speak in English from my past experience in English, so I started taking inventory of what I was talking about. Most of the content was written in the essay, so I was able to prepare it in no time.

February: Received interview invitations from 5 application schools. Repeat interview practice with counselor. Contrary to my response, it was relatively highly evaluated and I was confident, but I also wanted to hear a second opinion, so I asked for a mock interview using RareJob at a low price. Interviews for the entire school will be completed by the end of the month. One school will contact you about a week after the interview.

March: In the middle of the month, Emory sent an email to inform us of the success. At the same time, I was contacted by three schools to join the Waitlist, and I wanted to finish the exam, but I decided to start measures for the Waitlist. I will take the TOEFL and GMAT exams again to improve my score, and I will start studying GRE because I have only one GAMT left.

April: Visit to schools that have become Waitlist. I got a good feeling, but I think it was all about improving the score.

May: Considering the visa application deadline, I gave up the advance from Waitlist and decided to go on to Emory. Proceed with visa and moving procedures at a rapid pace.

June: Traveled to the United States in late.

TOEFL Reading

It is difficult to reach the target score unless you get close to the perfect score. The content is easy to read, but the time setting is relatively strict, so it is necessary to be aware of the remaining time when solving. Since there is a strong correlation between vocabulary and score, it is the first step to learn 3800. Rank 3 is required at least, but I have a chance to see Rank 4 as well, and I often see words of Rank 4 or higher in GMAT / GRE, so I would like to learn up to Rank 4 if possible. The TPO mentioned above is sufficient for the exercises. In addition to that, I read Scientific America and Smithsonian Tween Tribune during lunch break to get familiar with English. I also read “History textbooks learned by American elementary school students”. When studying in the United States, it is also useful in terms of cultivating common sense.


It is important to remember 3800 words here as well. Therefore, it is necessary to use the attached CD to memorize it so that you can hear it and understand the meaning instantly. Since it is asked whether or not you can listen to English purely, there are no special measures and steady efforts are required. Personally, dictation was the most effective through studying. After solving the TPO problem normally, I tried to type all the passages from my head as a review. It takes time and effort, but I felt that I was getting stronger. I tried various ways to take notes, but in the end I settled on a method that I could understand with my head without taking any notes. When I was conscious of taking notes, I often wrote down the trivial information that I could hear and missed the information that was spoken during that time. I’ve tried some methods that are easy for me, and I’m not asked for small numbers, but I get the impression that the reasons and characteristics are asked in quite detail. TPO is enough for the exercises. I didn’t bother to listen to other materials such as other news and videos to prepare for TOEFL. In any case, I felt that it was the section that took the longest time to get the target score because the score would not increase unless the ground was strong. The percentage of correct answers varies greatly depending on the problem until you reach your abilities, but it is very important to continue to work steadily without worrying about it. No matter how busy you are, one passage is fine as much as possible, so it’s best to tackle the problem every day. Listening is the most important and difficult-to-grow ability even after coming to the United States, so I feel that I should have taken measures throughout the examination period even without the tests.


The only countermeasure is to attend a cram school called E4TG in Kyobashi. As was the case with myself, it is expected that even if you apply, you will be fully booked on the Waitlist, so it is better to apply as soon as the company-sponsored dispatch is decided. (You will be asked for the TOEFL score at the time of application, but you can write it appropriately even if you do not have the experience of taking the exam.) Is stressful, but speaking self-study is difficult without that level of coercion. I have the impression that the number of Independent problems that the E4TG’s specialty method itself can be applied to is decreasing, but self-study is also difficult, so it is recommended that you go through it for the time being to buy peace of mind. I learned pronunciation of L, TH, R, V many times in class, but I felt that it was useful during the interview, so I learned useful tips for the big goal of becoming able to speak English. It was also helpful in terms of points. Listening ability is also required because you will speak based on what you have listened to in many parts. The content itself is simpler than the problem of L. Since the problem pattern is almost fixed, I felt that I could stabilize the score by studying properly. Time management is more important than the content when answering, so continuous practice is important to develop a sense. In many cases, the content that must be said to be done normally does not fit in time.


If it is pure domestic, along with R, this is also a section that should be a score source. It consists of two parts: Integrated, which reads short sentences, listens to lectures, and summarizes the contents, and Independent, which develops a theory by clarifying the positions for and against a given theme. Integrated cannot be written if the lecture content cannot be listened to, but since it is spoken with a fixed logical development, it is much easier to hear than the L problem once you get used to it. A memo is required because this will be written in retrospect later. As a basic problem structure, I will write a counter-argument in the lecture against the assertion and the three rationale points presented in the text. So-called answer templates are also available, which makes it easy to clear the number of characters. However, in order to aim for a high score, it is necessary to include a lot of what you have heard, so it is not that the template part should be long. Independent is a part that clarifies one’s position and gives some reasons for a certain question, which seems easy, but personally suffered to the end. I had to come up with some reasons in a short time, and I was not good at expanding each to a certain number of words. By practicing how to give reasons, how to write, how to allocate time, etc., it improved to some extent, so if you think that it seems to be difficult, I feel that it is better to take measures at a cram school. More than 300 words are required, but for a high score, it is desirable to describe the reason part abundantly and, as a result, write about 450 to 500 words.


In many cases, countermeasures will be started at the International Mass Academy, commonly known as Masaka, but the difficulty level is much easier than in the actual production, and it only awakens the sleeping mathematical knowledge and is only familiar with English mathematical terms. I think it is necessary to hit another problem source for the exercise. As a countermeasure, after touching the mathematics, self-study with Math of Manhattan Prep (it is said to be equivalent to or more difficult than the actual production). Hamaguchi Juku practiced practical problems in 2 laps for each unit. When I stopped at around 49 points, I think it was because I couldn’t leave enough time for the second half of the problem because the calculation speed and thinking speed were too high. Even if you drop a few questions, you can get 50 points and 51 points, so it is one thing to obediently throw away problems that may take time after the middle stage.

Verbal SC: It is necessary to have the knowledge and familiarity to instantly find out which of the GMAT grammar knowledge is used for the strategy, and to quickly adapt it to find the answer even for the first-time problem. However, there are not many problems that are so simple that you can quickly make choices with simple knowledge, and there are many problems that are difficult to answer unless you understand the meaning and structure of the sentence. It is desirable to answer one question in about 1 to 1.5 minutes. As a countermeasure, we tackled the unit-specific problem of Hamaguchi Juku. I was conscious of understanding all the problems to the extent that I could explain the correct and incorrect reasons for the options to others. I think that the unit was finally solved about 4 to 5 laps. Unfortunately, the percentage of correct answers in the 4th exam was low, but it was the section that took the most time to prepare for GMAT. I used to put together answer tips that I didn’t know in a vocabulary and look back at them when I had time.

CR: A logical problem such as choosing an option to weaken or strengthen a certain claim given in a question. I had the image that I could solve it by myself, but the correct answer rate became stable after I started to choose the answer according to the logic pattern. It is relatively easy to reach the answer if you grasp the rationale and conclusion of each problem, and the logic pattern ≒ assumptions that lead to it, but if you try to solve it appropriately, you will be able to choose the option of the trigger. Also, compared to SC, there are many cases where there is nothing you can do if you do not understand the meaning of the sentence, so reading comprehension is also required. I also worked on this with Hamaguchi Juku teaching materials, but since the score was sluggish up to the third time, I tried to solve the unit-specific problems for each logic pattern and cultivate a sense, and as a result, the correct answer rate improved dramatically.

RC: So-called long reading comprehension problem. There are various lengths of sentences, but all of them are excerpts of papers, etc., and the required word level is higher than TOEFL. It is generally said that the time-effectiveness of countermeasures is the least, and many people do not take countermeasures seriously, but I feel that the main factor for improving my score in the 4th time is that I started RC countermeasures. There is. The major factors were that the amount of English reading comprehension increased and the overall response speed increased, and that I was familiar with GMAT’s RC question pattern to some extent. Measures are only for each unit of Hamaguchi Juku. First, read through and understand the flow and meaning, and then adopt the solution method to start the problem. Depending on the length of the sentence, it took 3 to 5 minutes to read and 1.5 minutes to answer the question. There are 13 to 14 questions in the actual performance. In addition, 4 passages will be given in the actual performance, but 1 of them will not be scored as a dummy. At my own answer speed, I couldn’t solve V in time unless I discarded 2 questions, so I ranked the 2nd and 3rd in the 3 times of the mock test just before the 4th time and the 2nd and 3rd in the actual performance, and passed the floating time to SC and CR. I took a strategy to raise the overall correct answer rate. Some people say that if you skip 2 passages, you will not get 700 points, but in Prep you got 700 points, and there are actually people who got 700 points in the same way, so it is a realistic strategy for people with slow answer speeds. I think. However, if you are aiming for 720 points or more, I feel that skipping one passage is the limit. How many passages to skip depends on your own answering speed, but as one criterion, start by setting how much you can shorten the answering time while maintaining a correct answer rate of about 80% for the first-time question. I recommend. In any case, it is important to carry out the solution as practiced without rushing even in the actual production. On the contrary, I decided to answer all passages for the 5th time. If you are good at SC, it is realistic to skip one passage, and if that passage is a dummy, you can aim for a high score.


Personally, I think it’s an important application along with interviews. It was expected that he would struggle to make a score, so he started early, but as a result, the load in the latter half of the exam was not so high. TOEFL / IELTS is a cut-off, GMAT / GRE, GPA is an academic ability check, and I think there are essays and interviews to confirm fit to school and aptitude as an applicant. As a tendency, essays are becoming lighter in both content and quantity in recent years, and it is said that scores are emphasized especially in American schools, but it is also a fact that there are elements that can only be understood by this, and it is still important in terms of importance. I think it’s expensive. I think it’s because of applications such as essays and testimonials that I got a pass or stayed on the Waitlist despite my low score. However, there is an opinion that essays are not so important for company-sponsored students. After all, looking at your entire application, what you should focus on or cover other items depends largely on your tactics. I used Elite Essays ( https://www.elite-essays.com/ ) and applied for the Japanese / English 5 school package. Interviews will start from the end of June. A couple living in NY (operated by Bryan and Kaori, and if it is J / E, first of all, with his wife Kaori, he will take an inventory of his career and create a story of important experiences in Japanese, which will be the base. I will write an essay. After that, I will focus on questions for each school with Bryan. During the counseling, I asked them to clarify when and what kind of preparations they should prepare, and about a month and a half on the way. I was able to concentrate on making scores, and I was able to proceed with preparations efficiently. Also, from the track record of seeing many clients, examples of past examinees (many amazing things are overwhelming on the contrary) I was able to get advice such as (often), which school is right for me, and what score I should be able to apply for, which helped me maintain my motivation. While respecting the story, I felt that he had a high ability to refine the expression and edit it to a high quality. Also, the response was good even during the busy season, and the essay submitted at night using the time difference was submitted the next morning. Although the contract period had expired even after joining the Waitlist, it was seriously troublesome until the end, such as discussion of countermeasures by Skype, elaboration of additional essays and contact emails with schools, introduction of past clients, etc. Looked at.


It is important to be able to recover your TOEFL score and convey your communication skills, which you cannot understand from the documents, because you can convey your aspirations, interest in school, and past experiences in your own words. Especially in schools that advocate collaborative school spirit and teamwork, such soft skills are also important, so it is important to prepare especially when applying to a school with a score or higher. As a countermeasure, we practiced interviews included in the Elite Essays package 6 times, and also practiced interviews multiple times with RareJob English conversation to get used to it. As a preparation, in my experience so far, I can identify about 8 stories so that I can answer any question, organize keywords and what I want to tell about each, and talk in about 1 to 2 minutes. Prepared to. It is very difficult to keep it in time, so you need to practice it many times. I didn’t remember the text about the story, and I don’t recommend it because doing so would make the answer very unnatural. In addition to this, if you prepare the standard questions (Walk me through your resume, Why MBA? Why XXX school? Strength / Weakness, Short-term / Long-term Goal, Extra-curricular activity?), Almost all exam schools You will be able to answer some questions in the past. Past questions can be found on a site called Clear Admit. Anyway, if you talk and record yourself many times, record and listen to it yourself, and if you feel confident to some extent, you can practice with Mock interview and you will be confident in the actual performance. Unlike job hunting interviews in Japan, most interviews proceed in a conversational atmosphere, so it is important to be aware of enjoying the atmosphere of the place. You can ask this question at the end of most interviews, but it’s also a good idea to use it as an appeal. Link why you ask that question to your Goal or Why XXX school ?, appeal your contribution and ask for advice. Of course, the question changes depending on the interviewer’s attributes, but in any case, it takes time to prepare the question, but it is also a part that shows how much you have prepared, so it is important to prepare carefully. ..


Regarding the MBA exam, while there is not much information on the market, time schedules and efficient preparation of each application are important, so there are situations where you are worried about “what you have to do now” during the exam. I think many will come out. Of course, how to proceed with the exam is different for each person, and one case does not apply to everyone, but I would be happy if my experience was helpful. Also, the pain of taking the MBA exam is only known to those who have taken the exam, and I think that I would like to cooperate as much as possible with those who are also doing their best, and I am. Any trivial matter is fine, so if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Lastly, it is easy to look at the rankings while taking the exam, but it goes without saying that the quality of learning and how to spend time after studying abroad is up to you. I think that an environment where you can live in a foreign country and immerse yourself in your studies will definitely be beneficial to your future life, so how do you position this examination / study abroad in your career / life? I hope that you will take a break from time to time and do your best.

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E (Oil company sales, company expenses, graduated from Keio University Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)


Having worked for the same company for 10 years and engaged in highly specialized work, I strongly felt the need to make major changes to the environment in order to broaden my horizons at once. Learning at an overseas MBA was an attractive opportunity in terms of being able to efficiently learn a wide range of business knowledge and being able to work hard with talented people from the World Wide.

Why Goizueta?

Being a US Top 20 school. Also, because it is a small school and has a high diversity, I imagined that it would be an environment where it would be easy for international students to take on challenges. Also, since there are many Japanese graduates every year, can we expect it as a network after graduation? I also thought.

Examination process

At the end of June, it was announced that the company had passed the company expense system, and preparations for the examination started late. As of June, I didn’t even know what the TOEFL was. Because the start dash was late, I was always behind from the surroundings during the exam, and I didn’t feel like making friends for the exam, so it was a lonely fight for a long time, but I’m glad I managed to do it. I was able to get up to work almost on time, so I had 4 to 5 hours of study time at the end of work on weekdays and 7 to 8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

June 2018: Passed the company-sponsored study abroad system. 67 points when I took the TOEFL mock test of AGOS. I don’t have any friends to talk to, so I read the exam preparation methods of my predecessors on the Internet and created a future study policy. Start studying for the time being.

July 2018: Take the first TOEFL exam (82 points). I went to the AGOS summer festival and was overwhelmed by the heat around me.

August 2018: Take the AGOS GMAT short-term intensive course. After the course is over, we will focus on TOEFL again. Take the second TOEFL exam (88 points).

September 2018: Days to concentrate on TOEFL and solve R / L TPO. Return to 82 points for the third TOEFL.

October 2018: TOEFL 4th 97 points. Even at TPO, I was able to get a total of 55 or more R / L, so I resumed studying GMAT.

November 2018: Take the first GMAT exam (640 points). Hope comes into view. However, there is no school research at this point. TOEFL 5th time Depressed at 89 points. However, he got 103 points in the 6th TOEFL. Application score. I will start my essay now.

December 2018: Focus on school selection and essays. At the same time, ask the company’s boss to create a letter of recommendation. I tried to continue studying GMAT with multitasking, but the score went down after all. Cancel.

January 2019: Application including Emory (3rd). Take measures for interviews. I received the GMAT again, but it didn’t go up. Give up studying any further.

April 2019: Passed the Waitlist Emory. Notify other successful schools to decline.

I took the TOEFL 6 times in total. The transition of the score is as follows. 82 → 88 → 82 → 97 → 89 → 103 (R28 / L29 / S21 / W25)

R / L: iKnow is recommended for memorizing words. Since I started using it, my memorization efficiency has improved considerably. The rest is how much you can do the exercises. The topics and question formats that appear in the TOEFL tend to be somewhat prone, so managing the number of questions will somehow give you a sense of déjà vu. I didn’t use so-called learning methods such as Shadowing.

S: I lowered the priority of countermeasures, but as a result, I almost did not take countermeasures until the end. I tried to say something insanely simple by referring to the template on my personal blog, and finally I got a score of 21.

W: The score was not stable and I was worried. If I think about it now, I might have invested more in the cram school (≒ template). In the end, I referred to the template on the correction site called Toefl Resources. I hear that there is a way to remember the Body, but I couldn’t invest time there either, and I couldn’t establish a methodology until the end. Also, although the story changes, choosing a test site was personally important. The TOEFL score dropped in the 3rd and 5th times, but I feel that this is largely influenced by the test site. On the contrary, when I was able to reserve Ochanomizu Sora City (4th and 6th), I was able to update my personal best.


I think I’ve done a little more now. I couldn’t proceed well in parallel with the essay measures, and I couldn’t improve my score after the first time. I think the cause of the defeat was that I ran into techniques and couldn’t devote time to improving basic skills such as memorizing words. The application score is 640 (V27 / Q49) at the time of the first examination. As a measure for Verbal, in addition to Official Prep, we invested in a short-term intensive course of AGOS Obon, an online course called GMAT.jp. By taking two courses, I was able to get explanations from different approaches to similar problems, so it was good to be able to think in a complex way. I also used an app called Ready 4 GMAT to solve problems in my spare time. I recommend it. After suppressing basic words such as Mean and Median, MATH took almost no measures other than solving the Official Prep.


It is said that you should move early, but I didn’t feel like starting measures until I could see the score to some extent, and it was the slow initial action to finally start contacting the consultant at the end of November. The consultant used AGOS. Due to the late start of the initiative, AGOS consultants focused on the style of incorporating as much content as possible into the essay (refining it into simple and appropriate English so that it could be included). While I was able to complete it in a short time, I was worried about the content, but I think that there was no problem because all the applicant schools invited me to the interview.


For interviews, the GMAT club site has past questions about interviews by school. In the actual interview, almost 100% of the same questions were asked. So, after solidifying the outline of the answer by referring to it, I practiced Delivery with the Skype English conversation service called @English. Emory had a direct interview because Admission was in Tokyo, but the other applicant schools had a Skype interview. Finally, it is very important to efficiently prepare for the exam. Through the MBA exam, I realized that there is very little and scattered information available on the Internet and other sources. I myself was greatly helped by the information I got from my personal blog, Nyanko-sensei, and the passing experiences of each school, but it was very difficult for me to establish it as a way to prepare for the exam. Also, when making decisions such as whether to use TOEFL or IELTS, the trajectory correction will not work as soon as it is driven. Since this is a one-time experience, you may be impatient, but before deciding where to invest your time and money, please try to devise various ways to prepare for the exam, such as by asking seniors for advice. Emory is characterized by a collaborative school spirit, so if you contact Emory Japanese including myself, I’m sure they will cooperate. Anyway, life at Emory Goizueta is really fulfilling with lots of learning every day. You may have a lot of trouble during the exam, but please take care of yourself and do your best.

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F (General Electric, Company Expenses, Graduated from Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University)


As the company I belong to reforms my business portfolio one after another, I want to be able to pave the way for myself rather than relying on the company’s decisions without having specific strong skills. Aspired to. Also, I decided to take the MBA exam because I was very attracted to the MBA, which allows me to learn management from a global perspective, because I wanted to be involved in the overseas M & A planned by the company and the subsequent PMI.

Why Goizueta?

Among the TOP 20 schools that meet the company’s requirements, Goizueta is a small to medium-sized school, and I felt that the environment was close to students and professors. Also, because I was with my family, the final deciding factor was that the location was easy for my family to live in.

Examination process

October 2017: Passed internal selection

~ March 2018: I took the TOEFL test four times and felt that my score had peaked in the high 80s. I was still able to stick to it, but I was impatient that I couldn’t apply anywhere as it was, so I decided to switch to IELTS as soon as possible.

June 2018-: Start studying GMAT with IELTS 6.5.

July 2018: Visit the Emory booth at the Agos Summer Festival. I decided to apply because I felt the sincere response and supportive school spirit of the Alumni people.

First half of October 2018: Finally acquired IELTS 7.0. However, I have already taken the GMAT twice and the score has not improved so I continue to be impatient.

Late October 2018: Take the GRE almost as a distraction. Obtained a score equivalent to GMAT620 in the first time. (At this time, I can’t imagine that this score will be the application score yet)

January 2019-: Apply to 4 schools including Emory (2 schools in the US, Singapore, Spain)

January-March 2019: Interview visits for 3 schools except 1 that has already been interviewed in Japan. Eventually, all the applicant schools passed, and I decided to go on to Emory.


I took both TOEFL / IELTS, but I’m glad I switched to IELTS early. The IELTS measures are described below.

General: OG is important anyway. I was just solving OG.

Reading: I think reading speed and skimming are important. I felt that the difficulty level varied depending on the times. The word learned the practice IELTS 3500 in addition to the TOEFL 3800.

Listening: I used to listen to the sound source of the OG that had already been answered at 1.2x speed while commuting. As a result, I was not good at listening in TOEFL, but I was able to get a maximum of 8.5 in IELTS.

Common to Speaking / Writing: IELTS Speaking / Writing is rumored to change the theme pool every 3 months. Lingo, who attended Golden Week, told me the latest theme (the source is the Chinese site) by e-mail, so I prepared this theme myself and took the exam every time.

Speaking: The grader gave me a lot of points. You will be asked additional questions, so I think it would be good to talk about a theme that is easy to expand.

Writing: For the second question, I made a template of my own outline and took the strategy of arranging the template according to the question. The time was unexpectedly tight, so it was also useful for earning the number of characters. GMAT I took the GRE exam at the recommendation of Affinity, which I was attending. (Migrate after GMAT measures)

GRE in general: I think OG and Prep are also useful here. Both OG / Prep have fewer problems than GMAT, so you can do it thoroughly. Also, for the GRE exam, I was very grateful for the online Magoosh.

V: In addition to the GMAT deck, I took advantage of the flashcards from Manhattan Prep. Since GRE can return the problem, the order of solving becomes one of the strategies. I solved up to 2 blanks in the word problem, then randomly clicked 3 blanks, then moved to RC and CR, and if I had time, returned to the 3 blanks. I think you should try various things.

Q: I was just solving Magoosh’s problem. I was able to stock problems that I made a mistake or were about to get caught, so I had to solve them repeatedly. I solved the actual problem at a good tempo until the end, and if I had time, I returned to a suspicious problem. Q is easier than GMAT, so I think you can aim for a perfect score.


Around August 2018, I signed a contract with Joh, who can talk face to face and has good access (with an office in Nihonbashi). Also, I thought that creating resumes and essays in English from the beginning would deepen the contents, so I was taken care of by Mr. Satori of Affinity before starting in earnest with John. With John, I started full-scale resumes and essays around September. Some of my duties are difficult to understand in general, so I worked with John to find out how effective and easy-to-understand expressions can be. John has always been supportive and the price is pretty reasonable, so I think he’s always been a reassuring ally.


After filing the application in January 2019, we started preparing for the interview at once. I continued to prepare for the interview with John. Based on my practice with John, I also used Nishi from English Village in Yaesu, Steve Green on Skype, and at English at the same time. In my case, I practiced so that I could explain smoothly and logically without memorizing the answer. John also emphasizes soft aspects (handshakes, facial expressions, eyes, gestures, etc.), and I think he was able to practice effectively in the interview.


While taking the MBA exam, I had a lot of trouble at the expense of various freedoms while working in parallel. However, when I was having a hard time, I always asked myself, “Would you like to take the MBA exam if you have another life?” The answer was always Yes !, no matter how painful it was. In fact, in the process of studying for the exam, I was able to meet many excellent colleagues, and I feel that it is a great asset for me, including the exam period. Studying for the exam was certainly difficult, but I feel that the gains are many times greater. All of the examinees, please take care of yourself and do your best. And we look forward to welcoming you to Atlanta!

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G (Asset management company, company expenses, graduated from Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Commerce)


Fortunately, as the president’s secretary, I had the opportunity to work with the president of the MBA holder, and I was impressed by the work, and I became interested in MBA and decided to aspire to be like this president. rice field.

Why Goizueta?

I wanted to improve my English thoroughly, so I decided to go to the US rather than Europe / Asia, a small school, and within the well-known Top 20.

Examination process

March 2018: Selected as an in-house study abroad candidate. At this point, it was IELTS OA6.5, so I misunderstood that it would reach OA7.5 soon. Study 2-3 hours on weekdays and 6 hours on holidays. April-June: IELTS score doesn’t go up at all, but rather speaking goes down to 5.5 and rushes. I met counselor John Couke in the GMAT prep school class and signed it because he seemed to be reliable.

July: I hit the same IELTS OA6.5 as in March, and I’m depressed that I haven’t grown at all. IELTS was in a dire state, but I had to move to GMAT, so I went to Otemachi Affinity, which was close to my workplace.

August: IELTS OA 7.0 is finally achieved. The S / W was still low-flying at 6.5, but for the time being, I had a paragraph, so I moved to GMAT. I was aware that I was at the bottom of GPA2.4 and the Japanese Applicant Pool, so I will continue my studies with the awareness that I have to make a considerable amount of money with GMAT. Start a session with a counselor about once every two weeks. At the kick-off, we get the harsh words “Your GPA is disastrous”.

September: The GMAT 700 points of the students I met at the preparatory school exceeded 700 points one after another, so I thought I could ride this big wave, so I immediately took the first GMAT test and got 590 points. GMAT test taker Absent-minded on the sofa on the 1st floor of the Imperial Hotel Tower. “I think it’s not suitable for GMAT in the first place,” he said, and on the same day he purchased GRE teaching materials and applied for the exam. However, I couldn’t make a complete shift to GRE, so I decided to take a GMAT & GRE simultaneous parallel operation.

October: First GRE exam. The GMAT conversion 590 (V150 Q161) is the same as the GMAT I took last month. “Both GMAT and GRE are well-made exams where the test taker’s scores converge to the same score,” I admire.

November: Preparation of letters of recommendation. I took both GMAT and GRE for the second time, but it didn’t grow as I expected. From around this time, blood began to bleed from the buttocks, whether it was sitting too much or stressed.

December: I managed to get a GMAT conversion 650 (Q166 / V152) for the 4th GRE I took before Christmas. Hurry up to essay making.

January 2019: I was afraid of what to do if all of them fell, and the number of examination schools increased in the Imozuru ceremony, and eventually I applied to a total of 10 schools. Create an essay in a hurry.

February: Interview practice with a counselor. I got used to it as the number of times passed.

March: Fortunately, we have passed from multiple schools.

IELTS Reading: I memorized Gorigori (TOEFL3800, Practical IELTS English Words 3500) with a commercially available vocabulary. Since it was 8.0 at the first time, I didn’t have much trouble compared to Speaking etc. described later.

Listening: I did listening materials for IELTS and listened to BBC podcasts every day, but in the end it didn’t grow much until the end and stopped at 7.5. However, speaking and listening seem to be linked, and as I practiced speaking, I gradually began to hear.

Speaking: Since the themes heard in IELTS speaking are limited to some extent, you can memorize the words you are likely to use for each theme (eg education, culture, sports, etc.) and output them in DMM English conversation or CafeTalk. I also practiced.

Writing: Using Eijiro provided by ALC, I learned how to use and memorize nifty expressions for each theme such as education, culture, and sports. (Example: cultivate the spirit of sport) I used some scoring services on the web, but I wasn’t convinced and I was completely self-taught.

GRE GMAT used Affinity, but I couldn’t get the score I expected due to my lack of ability, so I switched to GRE around November and mainly used the web service Magoosh. As for GRE words, I went through three books, Essential Words for the GRE, 500 Essential Words ,, and 500 Advanced Words, and in addition, I also typed in all the English words that I could see with Weblio’s vocabulary function. (I thought, “I don’t have to remember this word because I’ll never meet it again,” but I feel that the vocabulary I have cultivated here is still alive even after enrollment.) It doesn’t come into my head and makes me sleepy, so I took notes at hand for each paragraph so that I could read it relatively effectively and smoothly. GRE mathematics is not so difficult to ask, so I didn’t take any measures.


After clarifying my work history, I asked counselor John Couke to select the material that seems to be good for admission. From the perspective of us Japanese, there are some experiences that seem to be monotone that pierce the heart of admission. We recommend that you ask a counselor who is familiar with the exam to sort out the material.


As is often the case, I created a QA collection that included stories that seemed to leave an impression on me, and practiced with a counselor until I could answer with confidence. While most of the exam schools were interviewed on Skype, only Emory conducted an on-site interview in Tokyo, which raised my aspirations. Finally, even in the top 20 in the United States, the classmates are all “awesome people” such as Goldman Sachs IB bunker to US Air Force pilot that you can not meet in Japan, and it is really possible to study surrounded by such alumni. It will be a stimulus. Taking the MBA exam is difficult because it is a lot of work and it is a lot of work, but I think that it will probably be the last “study for the exam” for many people, so I decided to prepare for the end of my life and have fun in my own way. Please devise and survive. In my case, I was depressed when I was just studying, so I went to the gym during the lunch break on weekdays to refresh my stiff head.

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