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# how to overcome poor academic performance - 740 gmat

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GMAT Date: 09-17-2011
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04 Oct 2010, 11:22
Hey,
Congrats its not a good score its a great score!
My Gpa is around 2.9ish, for most of the canadian B schools they look at last 2 yrs of gpa (and in that case I m 3.5 or higher, first 2 yrs is bad due to a bad car accident), and my background is Fine Arts, same 7+ yrs work exp, etc, I was told by the admission counselor at Schulich to take some accounting/calculus courses just to show that I can handle Q courses at univ level. I should have done something about it, this was 2 yrs back! (couldn't come up with either time or )
May be the schools you have mentioned, you can contact the admission counselors and ask them, best ppl to get the advice from really, that lady I met with was also the one who sits on Shulich's Admission committee, So it was kinda reassuring that I have some hope after all!
If you really don't have a solid reason to explain the downward gpa trend then really building an alternative transcript is the best option.
keep us posted, all the best for future,
Cheers.
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04 Oct 2010, 11:29
The best way to mitigate a low GPA is to build up an alternative transcript. Having said that, I think it'll be worthwhile for you to take a couple of business classes (and get A's) to show that you can handle the classwork. One good thing is that you've been out of college for a while now, so GPA will not be as big an issue as someone who's fresh out of college. Your GMAT will definitely make up a portion of the slack.
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