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Hi,

Thanks for setting up this thread. I have a quick question and was hoping you could please provide some guidance.

I am applying to a couple of top US schools to begin fall 2011. Some of the schools ask for the number of times times that I have taken the GMAT. Now my dilemma, I have taken the GMAT 6 times and my last score was a 710 (49Q 39V AWA 6.0) which is also my highest.

I am dyslexic and it is part of the reason for my numerous attempts. Should I include something in the additional information section letting the schools know of my dyslexia? Will this have a negative impact on my application?

A quick summary of my profile:

age 28/ 29 at matriculateion
2:1 degree form a mid tier UK university I believe it's equivalent to a 3.5 GPA (loads of leadership at University e.g. founded a successful student investment fund, worked as a radio DJ etc)

W/E(here in the UK) 3 yrs business development, Strategic planning, project managment at a Fortune 10 tech company (loads of professional accomplishments and good stories to tell. Worked - as a leader and team member- on some high impact projects with major blue chip clients)
Ethnicity: African (member of a prominent royal family in my home country)

EC: loads of leadership (currently Chairman of the board of a non profit here in the UK over 150 members), former soccer coach, currently mentor and support a young orphan in my home country - providing her with opportunities to pursue her dreams of one day becoming a teacher (been doing this for over 10 years), taught at a school for children and adults with profound cognitive disabilities in Africa, also collaboarted with the UK government to provide young girls with access, training and opportunities in IT etc.

I just feel that taking the test that many times may be of big concern to them but I also feel that not letting them know of my condition will be a an error on my part. I am completely lost. Please help. Thanks in advance.

IP



I think you should answer the question truthfully and also say that dyslexia caused you to take it 6 times. Did you ask for accommodations when you took the GMAT?
Keep in a mind that an essay about how you overcame dyslexia or simply deal with dyslexia could be a great essay.

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Thanks Linda. I will explain this in my extra essay.

I did request and was granted additional time during my last attempt.
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Thanks Linda. I will explain this in my extra essay.

I did request and was granted additional time during my last attempt.


Did you have accommodations on the earlier attempts?
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I too have a similar dyslexia related problem. I applied for accommodation and was refused it the grounds that my verbal skills are in the normative band even though my maths is in the 97% percentile.

I appealed and was rejected again.

I sat the test under normal conditions this morning and achieved 640.

I feel that the GMAC are discriminating against me. Is there anything I should do differently to persuade them that I need extra time?

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I too have a similar dyslexia related problem. I applied for accommodation and was refused it the grounds that my verbal skills are in the normative band even though my maths is in the 97% percentile.

I appealed and was rejected again.

I sat the test under normal conditions this morning and achieved 640.

I feel that the GMAC are discriminating against me. Is there anything I should do differently to persuade them that I need extra time?

Thanks

James


Yours is a tough situation. Did you provide documentation regarding your dyslexia? Perhaps from school records or a therapist? If not, that might help in another appeal. In the absence of a satisfactory conclusion, you might need to re-evaluate your choice of schools. It's also possible to use the optional essay to explain your condition to the AdCom and hope for the best.

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