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Our Suggestion To Cool 08
Let me answer your queries one by one :
1)Yes you can take time to shape up your ECA(extra curricular activities). Activity would depend on your unique interest and background-there is no such one activity they look for.
2)If you are aiming for top schools then a score above 700 is what you should aim for. Looking at the 2012 class profile at Harvard the students scored between 550-790 in their GMAT and the median GMAT score was 730.
Similarly at Wharton’s MBA class of 2012 the students scored between 650-770 in their GMAT and the median GMAT score being 720.Hence a score above 700 is desirable if you wish to be part of top schools.
3)As long as you take the GMAT before the application deadline, it should be fine.
4)We feel that your certifications are unlikely to make a major difference in your admission process.
5)Generally most of the applicants are from an engineering background with a good 4-5 years of work experience. Plus it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there such as -what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc.So you should aim for colleges based on your GMAT score and make sure your profile is differentiated from the rest.
6)Round 1 is the best time to apply assuming you application in round 1 would be as strong as your application in round 2.
7)Recommendation letters are vital part of your application process when planning to study abroad. For an MBA application you would not submit recommendations from college professors – instead you would submit work recommendation letters which play an important role in highlighting you and your skills as a working professional. It is much better if you got the letter from your superior but if not do explain in your application why you couldn’t get it.
Other alternatives to cope for this could be getting recommendation letter from other people you might have worked closely with. These could be your clients or the senior personnel that you worked with in other associations outside work.
Hope this helps!