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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2012, 22:20
Hi INSEAD Team,

I have an essay-related question:
One of my essays goes over the word limit by 8%, but I really like the way it is. Would this be a big problem?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 02:24
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Hi INSEAD Team,

I have an essay-related question:
One of my essays goes over the word limit by 8%, but I really like the way it is. Would this be a big problem?

Thanks for your time!

Lydia.

Hi Lydia792,
It is acceptable to go over the word limit by more or less 10%. Let me reassure you, your text won't be cut off.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2012, 17:50
Hi Camille,

Thanks for you responses and participation. I have several questions.

1) I would like to know how INSEAD calculate work experience duration. Does internship during undergrad years count toward the overall work experience time? Or is it start after?. For example, the summer between my 1st and 2nd year of undergrad, I had an internship for 3 months. Again, between 2nd and 3rd, I had an internship with the same company. Then, I took a year off between my 3rd and 4th to intern with difference company in my industry. Then, I went back to school to finish my degree. That is a cumulative of 1.5 years. I graduated in 2010, and i have full-time job ever since. I am planning to apply for the Jan 2014 intake. By that time, I would have roughly 3 years of full-time working experience. Does the previous work experience before undergrad count ?

2) I am not a native english speaker, but i graduated from an U.S School. I read in the language policy document that the transcript need to state that the all courses are taught in English. Is this a given if my transcript is from a U.S school ?

3) Where could I find admission statistics that indicate number of people apply vs. number of people accepted ?

4) I am originally from Vietnam. Is there a Vietnamese student organization at INSEAD ? I tried to find the percentage of smaller asian country students beside the big three (India, China, Singapore), but it nowhere to be find.

Again, your response is appreciated.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 09:06
Hi INSEAD Team

I'm hoping to get an answer to the following questions below:
1) Is there a difference between Round 1 and Round 2 applications?
2) I intend to retake my GMAT to aim for a better score but I'm not sure how early should I take GMAT prior to the application deadline. For example, Round 2 deadline for Jul13 intake happens to be on 05 Dec 2012 - do I have to take it 20 days before this date (since GMAC mentioned on their website that it takes them 20 days to send the score to the school)?
3) My employer / direct supervisor doesn't look favourable on MBA (yes, unbelievable as that sounds) so requesting a reference off from him is almost as good as submitting my termination letter. Can I approach ex-supervisors (who had since left the company)?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2012, 22:08
Dear adcom,

I am a dentist by education and clinical researcher by profession. I have a total work experience of 5 years in both medical e-learning and clinical research, out of which 3 years is mangerial experience. I am planning to apply for the coming round 1. I have a gmat score of 670 with 66 percentile in quant and 84 percentile in verbal. However, Insead requires a 70 percentile in both sections. Can you kndly tell me what chance do i stand in getting admitted.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 06:26
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Hi Camille,

Thanks for you responses and participation. I have several questions.

1) I would like to know how INSEAD calculate work experience duration. Does internship during undergrad years count toward the overall work experience time? Or is it start after?. For example, the summer between my 1st and 2nd year of undergrad, I had an internship for 3 months. Again, between 2nd and 3rd, I had an internship with the same company. Then, I took a year off between my 3rd and 4th to intern with difference company in my industry. Then, I went back to school to finish my degree. That is a cumulative of 1.5 years. I graduated in 2010, and i have full-time job ever since. I am planning to apply for the Jan 2014 intake. By that time, I would have roughly 3 years of full-time working experience. Does the previous work experience before undergrad count ?

2) I am not a native english speaker, but i graduated from an U.S School. I read in the language policy document that the transcript need to state that the all courses are taught in English. Is this a given if my transcript is from a U.S school ?

3) Where could I find admission statistics that indicate number of people apply vs. number of people accepted ?

4) I am originally from Vietnam. Is there a Vietnamese student organization at INSEAD ? I tried to find the percentage of smaller asian country students beside the big three (India, China, Singapore), but it nowhere to be find.

Again, your response is appreciated.

Hi Drramya,
1. Your internship experience will have more or less importance depending on how many years of full-time experience you have. If you have already over 3 years of full-time work experience, then your internship experiences won't be too relevant. However, if you have less than 3 years of full-time professional experience then, yes we will have a closer look at the internships you have conducted.

2. Unfortunately no, it is not a given that your entire curriculum was in English. A lot of schools offer exchange programmes where only one year out of a 3-year-degree is in English. If it doesn't mention that your degree was solely and entirely taught in English, you can ask for a simple certification letter from your school. This will be sufficient.

3. You won't find it. INSEAD doesn't disclose these statistics.

4. In the Sept 2012 starters, we have 3 Vietnamese students. There is no Vietnamese Students organisation, but all Asian students do get together for the organisation of the Asian National week called Dragon week. There is however, a National Vietnamese Alumni Association. http://www.insead.edu/Alumni/alumni_network/associations.cfm

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 00:47
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Hi INSEAD Team

I'm hoping to get an answer to the following questions below:
1) Is there a difference between Round 1 and Round 2 applications?
2) I intend to retake my GMAT to aim for a better score but I'm not sure how early should I take GMAT prior to the application deadline. For example, Round 2 deadline for Jul13 intake happens to be on 05 Dec 2012 - do I have to take it 20 days before this date (since GMAC mentioned on their website that it takes them 20 days to send the score to the school)?
3) My employer / direct supervisor doesn't look favourable on MBA (yes, unbelievable as that sounds) so requesting a reference off from him is almost as good as submitting my termination letter. Can I approach ex-supervisors (who had since left the company)?

Thank you in advance!

Hi Adna,
1. Each round is equally competitive (yes! even R3!! :shock: ) as the rate of acceptance is the same for all rounds compared to the number of applications received. We allocate more seats in round 1 and 2 than in round 3, but we receive far more applications too. It is important not to rush your application simply to submit it in an earlier round. When choosing a round in which to apply, the most important consideration is to dedicate enough time and thought to your application so that it accurately represents your strengths and talents. However, we should prefer to apply in round 1 or 2 if you rely on a scholarship award or if you need time to relocate to your starting campus.

2. For the first step of the admission process which is the application deadline, we will accept the unofficial score of your GMAT.

3. The ideal scenario is to have indeed at least one recommendation comes from the workplace for example, your current supervisor or manager is usually a good choice. The other recommendation may also be from someone who has had a chance to evaluate you in a professional setting for example, a client, a former supervisor or a colleague from your community service or extracurricular activities.

Best of luck with the application process, :wink:
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 09:04
I have a question regarding when the proof of second language for native english speakers has to be given. Earlier you stated:
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If English is your mother tongue, then you have until the interview decision to provide a certificate of your practical knowledge of your second language.


On the INSEAD website it says the deadline to provide the certification is June 1 for September intake. So now I am a bit confused. Could you please explain the exact timeframe when the certificate has to be provided if one is to be accepted from the round 1 admissions?

I have another question regarding grades in non GPA form. In Canada, several universities grade based on 0-100, and each university has a different way of converting to GPA. For example, a grade of 80 may convert to a 3.2 GPA in some universities whereas at another university it may convert to a GPA of 3.7. Does the admission team know about all the grading systems at each university? Should I mention anything like this in the application?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 17:20
Camille,

Can you tell me how the new Integrated Reasoning section will be judge during the admission process ?
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2012, 12:31
Hi,

I am 37 with 11 years work experience and interested in INSEAD. Is there any limit on maximum work experience and age?
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 13:13
On the INSEAD application, there is a question that asks whom may the adcom team contact from my current employer. The president/CEO of the business is my father. Is it OK to write his name, or should I write someone else's name? I already have 2 other people from the company who are giving references.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 21:46
Hi,

I'm curious as to whether or not I should disclose I have ADHD on my option essay. I was recently diagnosed in the past year. My undergraduate GPA and GMAT are good, but not fantastic. My concern is mainly about some holes in my transcript and one of the GMAT sessions where I essentially bombed. I think having this as an undiagnosed condition, while it did not hinder me from having a successful career, does explain for some blemishes in my academic accomplishments.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 07:01
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On the INSEAD website it says the deadline to provide the certification is June 1 for September intake. So now I am a bit confused. Could you please explain the exact timeframe when the certificate has to be provided if one is to be accepted from the round 1 admissions?

Thanks!

Hi Waxer,
I have to apology here :oops: . I have double checked the information and you are absolutely right. Admissions extend the deadline for the proof of language to June 1st for September intake and 1st November for Jan intake, if English is your mother tongue. This is valid for all 3 rounds. So if you apply early (ie R1) you have also until June 1st or Nov 1st depending on which intake you apply to.
Let me just say however: the earlier the better :-)
http://mba.insead.edu/admissions/application_checklist.cfm


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I have another question regarding grades in non GPA form. In Canada, several universities grade based on 0-100, and each university has a different way of converting to GPA. For example, a grade of 80 may convert to a 3.2 GPA in some universities whereas at another university it may convert to a GPA of 3.7. Does the admission team know about all the grading systems at each university? Should I mention anything like this in the application?


You don't need to convert to GPA. We receive transcripts from University all over the world and the admission department is very knowledgeable about the different grading systems that exist. So don't worry. In any case, if clarification is needed, your admission officer will get in touch with you.

cheers,
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 07:04
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On the INSEAD application, there is a question that asks whom may the adcom team contact from my current employer. The president/CEO of the business is my father. Is it OK to write his name, or should I write someone else's name? I already have 2 other people from the company who are giving references.

Hi again Waxer 8-)
You should provide us with the contact details of other people, NOT your father.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 21:22
I read your reply whether INSEAD will admit someone who just finished college. I am wondering what if someone took a gap year before graduation from college and worked for 1 year. will you consider his application then? thanks a lot.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 03:35
Hi Camille,
I am planning to apply for January 2014 class of INSEAD. But I am little apprehensive about the economic scenario due to Euro crisis.
It would be great if you can share some information on the impact of euro crisis on placements in INSEAD.
Bloomberg : "Euro-Region Unemployment Rate Rises to Record 11.4% on Crisis" . This has made me to think again about my decision to apply. What will be the impact of rise in euro unemployement rates on career prospects for INSEAD passouts.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2012, 11:48
Hi Camille,

I am looking for a consulting career in the Financial services space post an MBA. Can you please throw some light on career prospects in this domain post an Insead MBA?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 05:00
Hi, I have applied on 3rd Oct 2012, there is a section for additional recommendations, I had a query whether this is a requirement and if not can we submit an additional recommendation after submission....
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2012, 03:25
Hi, INSEAD website says I need to submit my original degree to complete my application. Can I submit an attested photocopy instead?
Also, is it alright if it reaches to you couple of days after deadline? Needless to say I will upload softcopy for your reference in the mean while.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 23:24
Hi adcom,

It has been less than a year since I graduated from iim Calcutta with a PGDM. I aspire to move into strategy consulting and grow in the field. I believe INSEAD is the right school for me. I think applying now would place me on the right career path at the right time.

I understand the problems with reapplication and want to score on my first time. Are you willing to consider my application given that I recently completed my first mba? I have four years experience and a good profile otherwise.

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