Giveaway for GMAT/GRE Study Prep! @magoosh

I was thrilled to hear from a reader of this blog who registered for the GRE after reading my article on taking the exam with DANTES funding!  But I am even MORE thrilled to host a sponsored giveaway of a FREE premium subscription to study for your exam at!

Magoosh (a play on the Old Persian word magush, for one who is highly learned, wise, and generous) is an exam-prep website whose mission is to provide an awesome combination of teachers, content, and technology to prepare you for your test.  They provide a studying experience, not just the usual printed practice problems.  I’m talking video explanations that will help you solve those problems!  They are a great group of people who really know what they’re doing, and I’m so happy to have been introduced to them… wish I’d known about them when I was studying for the GMAT!

Check out some screenshots at the bottom of this entry!

With a premium subscription, you will have 24/7 internet access for a YEAR to all of these resources.  That’s a $299 value, which Magoosh is giving you a chance to win for FREE.

Because Magoosh wants to support veterans, they have sponsored 2 x GRE and 2 x GMAT premium accounts.  I will pick four winners using a random number generator after numbering comments, two for each exam.

To Enter the Giveaway:

1)  You must be a veteran/veteran’s spouse, or entering to win the account for a veteran.

2)  You must leave a comment below before April 27th, 5:00pm EST, providing your e-mail address and the exam you want to study for (GRE or GMAT.)  Winners will be announced April 28th!

That’s it!

For additional entries (post an individual comment below for each entry):

THANK YOU to Magoosh for supporting our nation’s veterans!



Even though I didn’t end up going to grad school right after the Army, I did take the GMAT… and it was FREE.

I highly encourage you to take the GRE/GMAT while you are still in the military, because DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) will reimburse the cost of that exam.  For me, that was $250 back in my pocket for the GMAT.  Your scores are good for five years, so even if you go to work after you transition, you’ll be able to get into grad school with that exam score for a while.  If you don’t want to go to grad school within five years, it’s at least a free practice test so you know what to expect.

To qualify for a GRE/GMAT fee reimbursement through DANTES, you need:

  • a valid, current “Armed Forces of the United States” identification card at testing
  • have never taken a DANTES funded GRE/GMAT exam
  • apply for reimbursement within 90 days of the scheduled test date

You have to register, schedule, and pay for the exam yourself.  Once you finish the test, hang on to your paperwork!  You will need it to fill out the form you receive from a Test Control Officer, typically found at your base’s Education Center.

I also highly recommend studying for the test and investing in study materials!  (I loved the Manhattan GMAT books and practice tests!)  I was seriously considering business school, so I ended up taking the exam twice since I was unhappy with my first score.  Since the first round was free, it didn’t feel so terrible paying for a second attempt.  I improved my score by 90 points, so I consider it a success!

If you’re considering grad school, take advantage of this benefit for servicemembers!

My Story

I feel I owe my story, because I’m asking some of my friends and peers to share theirs.  I’ve chosen to remain anonymous, and I’ll be doing the same for the people and companies I blog about here.  I think that the information is still important, but it’s better to give everyone some privacy.

I was an Army brat, growing up in some amazing places like Europe and South Korea.  My Dad was a military officer, who later transitioned to a career in finance.  I attended the same college he did, choosing a military service academy.  I was attracted to the combination of prestige, education, and military service.  I loved the challenge.  I would then spend the next five years after graduation serving as an officer in the United States Army, including two deployments overseas to Iraq.  I was fortunate to work with great units, leaders, and mentors.

The decision to leave the military was a tough one.  (And I believe it is for most people!)  I didn’t enter my service believing I would leave; instead, I left myself open to either possibility.  In the end, I knew I’d accomplished my goals in the military.  I had an interest in business; I even took the GMAT twice to prepare myself for business school!  As I researched different opportunities, established myself on LinkedIn, and talked to my peers going through similar transitions, I decided to work with a professional recruiter.  I chose a well-recommended recruiter that specialized in military officers transitioning to Corporate America, had a rigorous professional development program, and was a good match for my career goals.   I’m excited about my career conference with them in just a couple of months, and I plan to keep you posted throughout the process!

My ultimate goal is to find a good job in business, working for a company I like and believe in. I want to enjoy my work, which I believe is a goal/dream that everyone has!  Completing my MBA is still a top goal and priority of mine, but I haven’t decided yet how I want to do it.  I’m a work in progress.

What’s your story?