Recent content by Pravit

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    Initial Screening at MFE Programs?

    I would say 780-800Q is fine. I was accepted to a number of good schools with 790, if it matters.
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    Canadian Quants?

    I just wanted to mention that you should consider U of T's MMF program as well. I think it would suit you given your interest in pricing and risk management. I started the program in August and I've been learning a lot, though it is a ton of work! About 1/4 of our class (including myself) have...
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    Visual C++ 2008 Question

    Eugene has it, use Ctrl+F5 ("Start without Debugging").
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    So I just took a practice GRE exam

    Yep, they give you crappy pencils and blue paper that makes it hard to see your pencil marks. I think the GRE PowerPrep software (you can download it from the GRE website) is probably the closest thing to the CAT exams you will get. It comes with two exams but they pull from a pool of questions...
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    I know you said MS Visual C++ confuses you, but it's pretty easy to get started writing simple console apps, at least. You can download the free Visual C++ Express Edition here. Then just File -> New Project -> Win32 Console Application -> Finish, type up your code, then Ctrl+F5. It could be...
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    UCB MFE GMAT vs GRE for UCB MFE (or others)

    I've heard the GRE math subject test can be a good way to demonstrate your math skills (unlike the GRE general test or GMAT), so it might be what you're looking for in terms of adding value to your application. I didn't bother taking it when I applied, but I know more people are taking it these...
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    UCB MFE GMAT vs GRE for UCB MFE (or others)

    Standardized test scores aren't as important for MFEs as they are for law school or med school. They can hurt you if you score too low, but they can't really help you. Pretty much everyone is expected to have 780+ on the quantitative section, and standards for the verbal seem to be pretty low -...
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    C++ Online Course?

    A lot of people are self-taught in C++; in fact, that's how the majority of programmers I know learned. Of course there are benefits to class-style education, but personally I think the best way to learn programming is to get a good book and follow along as you experiment and tinker with your...
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    UCB MFE GMAT vs GRE for UCB MFE (or others)

    I'm kind of confused by your test preparation strategy. Most MFE programs require the GRE, so why not just study and take the GRE? Personally, I think the GRE and GMAT are just filters, not opportunities to add value to your application. I honestly doubt that the deciding factor between any...
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    What are some good ways to prepare for the GRE?

    The verbal section of the GRE is pretty unimportant if you're applying to MFEs. Just make sure to get 780-800 on the quantitative section and you'll be fine. As for studying for the GRE, use the free Powerprep software from the ETS website - it has two sample exams that are just like the real...
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    When I talked to Rick Bryant (the director at CMU MSCF) he mentioned they take all sorts of students, including fresh grads like myself, and older students with more work experience like yourself. Given your excellent grades, I wouldn't call CMU a "shot in the dark"; obviously nobody here has...
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    ChrisPeters, just of curiosity, doesn't economics usually require you to know stuff from Calc III, such as partial derivatives, chain rule, gradient, multiple integrals, etc.? I am kind of unfamiliar with how much math US economics degrees usually require. I was looking over my girlfriend's...
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    Master reading list for Quants, MFE (Financial Engineering) students

    Bruce Eckel's Thinking in C++ is a good book to start learning C++ from, although it might be difficult for someone who's never programmed at all.
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    Learning real analysis

    Wow, thanks everyone for all the excellent answers. I haven't really done any "real" math before; as an EE most of my math courses in college were computational and I didn't do many proofs, so I'm not sure if I'm ready to tackle Rudin given what I've heard about it. The Measure, Integral, and...
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    Learning real analysis

    My math finance program, like many others, suggests prospective students to have general knowledge of real analysis. I never had the chance to take analysis before graduating, but I do have three months this summer before my program starts. Would you suggest studying analysis or just brushing up...