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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 22:37
Hello - I am wondering how you treat dual citizens. I understand that you make sure no single country represents more than 15% of the class, so where do dual citizens fall? Thanks.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 11:25
Hello Camille,

With regard to the GMAT, the website states:

"While we do not have a minimum score required for admission, we advise candidates to aim for a score at or above the 70-75th percentile for both the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT and a percentile of 75-80th or above for the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE. Please keep in mind, however, that standardized tests are just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate."

I am just wondering how strict this advisory is. If a total score is beyond the 85th percentile yet one of the two categories is below the advised 70th percentile, will it be required to retake the GMAT? I just do not want to complete the full application in vein.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 07:45
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Hi Camille.
I am interested in changing my career from Information Technology to Mining Industry. Do you think a degree from INSEAD can help me achieve that? Do you have mining companies recruiting on campus (Especially for internship in Summer)?

Thank you for your time

Hi Patcheko80,

INSEAD MBA participants have a huge appetite for change. Thanks to their international experience and renowned adaptability, 81% of INSEAD’s 2010 graduates succeeded in changing their function, sector or country of work on leaving the MBA programme. 22% changed all three at once!
We have roughly 6% of students taking job in Energy/Petroleum and 4% in Primary Industries.
You can consult our http://mba.insead.edu/documents/MBA_EMPLOYMENT_STATISTICS.pdf (2011 soon to come out)
All the data you are looking for is in there! :)

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 07:54
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Hello - I am wondering how you treat dual citizens. I understand that you make sure no single country represents more than 15% of the class, so where do dual citizens fall? Thanks.

Hi Shoescars,
First, let me point out that we have absolutely no quotas! If you're a dual citizen, you should apply under the nationality that you feel the closest too. Which of the 2 languages do you speak best? which one do you culturally indentify more with? Go with your gut feeling.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 08:06
Hi jklarich,

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I am just wondering how strict this advisory is. If a total score is beyond the 85th percentile yet one of the two categories is below the advised 70th percentile, will it be required to retake the GMAT? I just do not want to complete the full application in vein.

More than your overall score, we are looking at balanced verbal and quant scores. So if you have 85% in quant and 55% in verbal, then it's not good. If you have 85% Q and 69% verbal - then you shouldn't worry. This is because we need to be sure that you will be Ok to following a finance class as much as a negociation class!

Now, bear in mind that we do not base our decision only on GMAT scores. There are many other points to take into account! Like your working experience, the quality of your essays, your leadership potential, international exposure, your letters of reference etc…

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2012, 10:50
Hi Camille

I am interested in a consulting career post my MBA. I wanted to know what are the "usual verticals" in "consulting companies" that Insead students get placed in immediately post their Insead MBA. From the website i could find out the names of the companies but not the specific verticals in which Insead students in particular get placed.

Appreciate your feedback in advance, thinking of applying for Jan'13 intake.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 08:55
Hi INSEAD Adcom,

I am planning for the September intake of 2012.
The Application checklist has one of requirement as "English language certification".
Does INSEAD waive of taking the TOEFL if the undergraduate major primary language of teaching is only English ?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2012, 02:38
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I have a question regarding AWA section in GMAT - does it matter somehow? I guess that Insead has plenty of opportunities for a Candidate evaluation based on numerous Essays…what is the official version?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 10:50
Hello, thank you for your time.

Are there more plans to increase class sizes? It appears that some alums are already concerned about the increased class sizes and the dilution in the brand. How is INSEAD managing to maintain the same high quality of the student body when selectivity is declining (i.e. no longer accepting just the top x number of students, but now close to 1000)? How would you reassure alums about this concern?
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2012, 07:55
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Hello INSEAD,

Do you have plans to offer some kind of a master degree (for example Master in Management) in the near future ? Thank you in advance!

Hi Kapac,

INSEAD has launched a new Master in Finance http://specialised-degrees.insead.edu/master-in-finance/index.cfm. We have no plan at the moment to launch another Master Programme in any other discipline.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2012, 08:05
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I have a question regarding AWA section in GMAT - does it matter somehow? I guess that Insead has plenty of opportunities for a Candidate evaluation based on numerous Essays…what is the official version?

Thanks!

Hi agentzap,

INSEAD encourages all applicants to take the AWA part of the GMAT at least once. If you are re-taking the GMAT, then sitting the AWA a second time is not necessary.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 01:58
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Hi INSEAD Adcom,

I am planning for the September intake of 2012.
The Application checklist has one of requirement as "English language certification".
Does INSEAD waive of taking the TOEFL if the undergraduate major primary language of teaching is only English ?

Thanks,
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Hi Honeyruhela,

The only way to waive the 'English language certification' is if you're a native speaker or (and every following word is important!) if you possess a full university degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) where all courses were taught exclusively in English, we will accept your degree as proof of your fluency in English. Your transcripts should clearly indicate that the curriculum was entirely taught in English. if it's not the case, you need to join a certification from the issuing institution (with logo and contact details).

No major or primary language, no exchange programme. Solely and entirely in English! Working and living for many years in a foreign country is not sufficient either.
Find out about INSEAD Language Policy: http://mba.insead.edu/admissions/languages.cfm

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 07:09
Hi Camille,

I am planning to apply to the INSEAD 2013 Jan MBA programme. My question is with regards to the GMAT score. Unfortunately I have a mixed GMAT scores as follows: 660-Q49/V-31 & 690-Q46/V-38. I have heard from many sources that INSEAD takes the best of all the individual section GMAT scores. So it it right in assuming that INSEAD would consider my GMAT score as Q49/V38? Or, it that INSEAD takes into account only the latest score?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 01:52
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Hello, thank you for your time.

Are there more plans to increase class sizes? It appears that some alums are already concerned about the increased class sizes and the dilution in the brand. How is INSEAD managing to maintain the same high quality of the student body when selectivity is declining (i.e. no longer accepting just the top x number of students, but now close to 1000)? How would you reassure alums about this concern?

Hi Tgrlil,

As demand from outstanding candidates for INSEAD’s MBA programme increased over the past few years, the class size increased to approximately 500 per intake. At the moment, INSEAD has no plans to further increase the size. Throughout this time, the INSEAD Admissions Committee has continued to be focused on rigorously assessing applicants across the four key admissions criteria and our demographics for recently enrolled classes reflect the excellent quality of students. One of the ways that candidates are evaluated is through alumni feedback. Our alumni play a key role in the evaluation process by interviewing applicants and providing valuable input to the Admissions Committee on candidates’ readiness and fit for the programme. As such, we work closely with alumni to help form each new class.
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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 06:00
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Hi Camille,

I am planning to apply to the INSEAD 2013 Jan MBA programme. My question is with regards to the GMAT score. Unfortunately I have a mixed GMAT scores as follows: 660-Q49/V-31 & 690-Q46/V-38. I have heard from many sources that INSEAD takes the best of all the individual section GMAT scores. So it it right in assuming that INSEAD would consider my GMAT score as Q49/V38? Or, it that INSEAD takes into account only the latest score?

Please advice.

Praveen

Hi Praveen,
If a candidate has taken the GMAT twice and on the first test obtained a satisfactory percentile on one part of the test (eg above 70th percentile on quant) but a low percentile on the other part of the test (eg below 70th percentile on verbal) and vice versa on the second test (eg low quant score and high verbal score), we may consider that they have reached a sufficient level overall provided the second test does not show too significant a drop in the lower element. It is however preferable to see the higher scores on the same test.
So yes, we'll consider your score as Q49/V38.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 08:57
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mattapraveen wrote:
Hi Camille,

I am planning to apply to the INSEAD 2013 Jan MBA programme. My question is with regards to the GMAT score. Unfortunately I have a mixed GMAT scores as follows: 660-Q49/V-31 & 690-Q46/V-38. I have heard from many sources that INSEAD takes the best of all the individual section GMAT scores. So it it right in assuming that INSEAD would consider my GMAT score as Q49/V38? Or, it that INSEAD takes into account only the latest score?

Please advice.

Praveen

Hi Praveen,
If a candidate has taken the GMAT twice and on the first test obtained a satisfactory percentile on one part of the test (eg above 70th percentile on quant) but a low percentile on the other part of the test (eg below 70th percentile on verbal) and vice versa on the second test (eg low quant score and high verbal score), we may consider that they have reached a sufficient level overall provided the second test does not show too significant a drop in the lower element. It is however preferable to see the higher scores on the same test.
So yes, we'll consider your score as Q49/V38.

Camille


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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2012, 00:40
Hi Camille,

I have a question on the employment stats link that you posted. Could you elaborate on the companies in the "travel/leisure services" category and the job titles/description of the students?

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 05:39
Dear Camille,

I have a very unique question.

I spent 3 years of engineering in India and took a transfer to University of Surrey for the last year and graduated with first class honours ( Top 5% of my class)

My problem is that I can't produce the transcripts for my first 3 years as my previous university will not provide it - as far as they are concerned, I didnt finish my degree and left them after 3 years.

Should that and will that affect my chances? All the schools seem to require all the transcripts.
I have an overall good academic record.

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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 15:10
Hi Camille,

I would like your input in regards to the TOEFL requirements.

I've done the TOEFL, however due to a low score at the speaking section my total was only 103.
(Reading 30; Listening 26; Speaking 20; Writing 27).

So when I retake the exam, does INSEAD recommends that I retake all sections or can I just do the speaking and add up the 4 sections higher scores when applying?


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Re: Ask INSEAD Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 04:28
AshShukla wrote:
Dear Camille,

I have a very unique question.

I spent 3 years of engineering in India and took a transfer to University of Surrey for the last year and graduated with first class honours ( Top 5% of my class)

My problem is that I can't produce the transcripts for my first 3 years as my previous university will not provide it - as far as they are concerned, I didnt finish my degree and left them after 3 years.

Should that and will that affect my chances? All the schools seem to require all the transcripts.
I have an overall good academic record.

Thanks

Hi AshShukla,

I wanted to double check before giving you an answer :-)
So, good news! Just send us what you have: i.e. your final Diploma from University of Surrey where I suppose we'll be able to see your level (bachelor, master....)
That will be perfect and enough. This will not affect your chances at all.

Best of luck with the application process!
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