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710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2011, 11:25
Hi,

I really need some help in figuring out my future. I took my GMAT on Aug 20, 2011 and scored a very sub-par 710. I have a work experience of 1 yr 1 month as an oil trader at a proprietary group. I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology with a GPA of 3.4 (though it isn't high, i was the dept. topper).

What chances do I have at elite B-schools? If those are slim,
a) Are there any other good b-schools that I could apply?
b) or, should I retake the test?
c) or, should I wait and apply next year?

Any suggestions, replies and tips (esp. with regard to ISB, India) would be welcome.

PS: It's my first post. So feel free to give any additional info that I might have left out as well.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2011, 13:48
I take it you're an Indian applicant. That 710 will be a little bit of a burden on you as most Indian applicants will boast 740+ range that are admitted to top programs. My suggestion would be to either retake the GMAT or continue to work for another 3-4 years to build greater professional credentials. At this point, 1 year of experience, an average GPA, and a "low" GMAT for Indian applicants, I believe you would be looking at T10-T20 type of schools best case scenario. What's the rush for the MBA anyway? Do you have a compelling story on why an mba now (considering limited experience)?
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 05:32
Is this 740 GMAT norm applicable for Indian applicants only? very competitive huh?!
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Undergrad: Natural Sciences, Cambridge UK
5 yrs experience (2 in investment banking and 3 in-house corproate development - all London-based)

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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 06:08
I'm going to go ahead and echo losttraveller here - 710 with 13 months of experience is not a bad place to be. Could be a fringe top 10-20 applicant, but you only have room to go up with 3+ years of experience and/or a few points on your GMAT. Wait and take the GMAT again in a year or two - at worst you'll have the additional work exp.

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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 06:17
I was thinking about Columbia, Wharton, MIT, Stern and potentially HEC Paris... are these too aggressive for my profile?
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 06:54
Skimming the 2010/2011 profiles w/No discussion will give you some insight into the admits. It looks like applicants with similar profiles have received interviews so you should be in the right range. Though I'd imagine Wharton could be tough (Mind you... I don't know a thing about Wharton, but this is based on the Wharton 2012 thread real time admission stats data plot)
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 07:22
Mega, if you have a good story and clear career goals I think you'll be competitive at most schools. Based on your list, I would give them a shot... what's the worse that can happen? The 740 for Indian applicants is only because there is a very large demographic of Indian applicants and most will boast 740+ GMAT's. For reference a colleague of mine (35, Indian, Male, UC:Berkeley MBA), was the one who initially told me the disparity between Indian and US applicants. If you browse the boards here and look at admitted profiles of Indian applicants, I think you can draw your own conclusion. Again, with solid work experience (Mega it appears you qualify here), you can offset the gap in GMAT.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 08:42
To All,

Two questions :
- Are all the schools restricting the applicant pool based on demography?

- What is the single biggest differentiating factor among all these multiple factors used by HBS/Stanford/MIT-Sloan ?

Premise - The person has at least 5 years experience from a reputed firm with at least 1 year international experience. S/he belongs to the most common demographic applicant pool. S/he has worked in multiple roles ranging from team player, team leader to mentor. S/he has worked with multiple business partners in various roles.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 09:09
I think this is getting too specific. It's not 100% guarantee an Indian applicant with a sub-740 won't get in... it's just that there are so many applicants representing that demographic that anything under 740 is kind of a burden. All schools (at least T-15) aim to have a diverse class. That means they don't want any single demographic dominating the class structure. With the average T15 US school having a roughly 30-40% international student body, you can kind of back into your chances.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 10:53
losttraveler wrote:
I think this is getting too specific.
It is better to be specific because broad-ended questions will not attract the desired answer.
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It's not 100% guarantee an Indian applicant with a sub-740 won't get in... it's just that there are so many applicants representing that demographic that anything under 740 is kind of a burden. All schools (at least T-15) aim to have a diverse class. That means they don't want any single demographic dominating the class structure. With the average T15 US school having a roughly 30-40% international student body, you can kind of back into your chances.
Yes, that is understandable because the aim of any T-15 school in US or anywhere is to be counted among the T-15 in world. This can be achieved through a diverse background.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 07:57
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Hi,

I really need some help in figuring out my future. I took my GMAT on Aug 20, 2011 and scored a very sub-par 710. I have a work experience of 1 yr 1 month as an oil trader at a proprietary group. I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology with a GPA of 3.4 (though it isn't high, i was the dept. topper).
What chances do I have at elite B-schools? If those are slim,
a) Are there any other good b-schools that I could apply?
b) or, should I retake the test?
c) or, should I wait and apply next year?

Any suggestions, replies and tips (esp. with regard to ISB, India) would be welcome.

PS: It's my first post. So feel free to give any additional info that I might have left out as well.


Do not try to translate your IIT GPA into a US equivalent. The US version will always be lower. IIT and other international schools seem to use rank (rather than absolute GPA/Percentage) as the performance measure. If you were at the top of your class then that will make you very competitive from an academic perspective. As for your GMAT, 710 is a great score (92nd percentile). However, in the Indian IT male demographic the average is about 30 points higher. While a 710 won't keep you out of any school other parts of your app may have to work a little harder for you. More work experience and/or a GMAT retake (with a 40-50 point increase) will definitely help your application. But please remember that your application is about more than your "stats." Someone who's only worked for 2 years may have better QUALITY experience than someone who has worked for 5. It's really about telling your story. Convey leadership, teamwork, and that you're an interesting person. This is the stuff that will really make you competitive.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 04:41
krashe wrote:
Hi,

I really need some help in figuring out my future. I took my GMAT on Aug 20, 2011 and scored a very sub-par 710. I have a work experience of 1 yr 1 month as an oil trader at a proprietary group. I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology with a GPA of 3.4 (though it isn't high, i was the dept. topper).

What chances do I have at elite B-schools? If those are slim,
a) Are there any other good b-schools that I could apply?
b) or, should I retake the test?
c) or, should I wait and apply next year?

Any suggestions, replies and tips (esp. with regard to ISB, India) would be welcome.

PS: It's my first post. So feel free to give any additional info that I might have left out as well.


Hi there

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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 10:08
I disagree that 710 is too low for an Indian applicant. I've a 720 myself and I was debating a retake, but was told by some consultants (Alex, Clearadmit and SBC) not to and instead focus on the essays. I'm an Indian applicant as well with a technology background.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 21:19
krishp84 wrote:
Two questions :
- Are all the schools restricting the applicant pool based on demography?


Of course!

Haven spoken to b-school admission staff, schools very much tries to create a class profile that puts the school in the best light. That includes a certain percentage of international students, women, minorities, educational backgrounds, GPAs and GMAT scores.

Honestly, I don't think a 710 GMAT for an Indian applicant is a no-go. It all comes down to the entire profile of the applicant. If you have a cookie-cutter background and the only thing you're bringing to the school is a high GMAT score, it better be really high.

If you bring a unique background, you can off-set a lot of the GPA and GMAT "requirements".

It's all a trade off in the adcom's mind. If a school is aiming for an average GMAT score for admitted students of 720. Then if you have a 700, you better be bringing something else to the table.

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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2011, 13:34
Work for a few more years before considering applying anywhere. You wont be seriously competitive at any school without more experience. In two years go ahead and retake the GMAT or GRE. However, in the meantime focus on advancing your career instead of what business school you will be attending. Strong career progression will help you far more than anything else you can accomplish going forward.
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Re: 710 (Q 50 V 36)? What next? [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2011, 14:21
The whole Indian thing is a myth, I am convinced. It is the love of all the Indian Engineers to compete on the basis of a number. It entirely neglects that an Indian Engineer with a 710 and a great personality will find themselves in a school no problem at all. That is the part the average candidate seems to lack. Should you be in the range for a school or above 700, there is no reason for it to be a mark against your name - Indian, Welsh or Mongolian.
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