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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 01:20
caro2789 wrote:
Hi,

I just go an email from Valerie. Which basically says 'the committee likes your profile and you'd get selected for an interview, BUT your GMAT score is too weak' :shock: :
"The Admissions Committee has decided that your current GMAT / GRE scores do not correlate well with the overall quality of your application, and we would therefore request that you retake this test. "
So, to still get into Jan14 intake, I'd have to take the GMAT ASAP again and submit the score before 7th August.
My last GMAT was a 640 (v 38, q39) and they feel like I should reach the 70% in my quant.

Has anybody experienced this before?
I'm not sure if I should rush into the GMAT again within the next 20 days to make it into Jan14, or take my time and be considered in round1 for Sept14.

What do you guys think?


So I spent all day, every day since then learning for the GMAT Quant part. and my prep test were well in the 68-74th percentile range. I got a good night's sleep and felt confident going in the Exam today. Even felt good after completing the quant part. Got out of the exam : WORST Score I have ever written Q33 in 30th percentile range!

What should I do now? I was pretty sure, my new score would not worry admissions about my quant abilities anymore and that I'd still be in time for intake January.
Take it again in a month and so 1st round Sept14?

Right now I'm contemplating, writing them that I retook the GMAT but the outcome did not improve my current quant score but that I've been working as financial analyst for over 3years and can handle numbers and would like them to reconsider their decision??
HELP! :oops:
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 01:36
Hi, man!

I had similar situation with verbal part. despite lerning for 4 months, especially hard for last 2 months durring which a was practicing only verbal, my first score ( when I guessed last 5 questions) was the highest(((.
I took GMAT tutor as well and he told me that comparing to other student my verbal score should be much higher... therefore I suggest you not to loose our hope and use your last chance, if it does not work,then take a brake for some time and try not to burn your brain with hard studying.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 02:20
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caro2789 wrote:
Hi,

I just go an email from Valerie. Which basically says 'the committee likes your profile and you'd get selected for an interview, BUT your GMAT score is too weak' :shock: :
"The Admissions Committee has decided that your current GMAT / GRE scores do not correlate well with the overall quality of your application, and we would therefore request that you retake this test. "
So, to still get into Jan14 intake, I'd have to take the GMAT ASAP again and submit the score before 7th August.
My last GMAT was a 640 (v 38, q39) and they feel like I should reach the 70% in my quant.

Has anybody experienced this before?
I'm not sure if I should rush into the GMAT again within the next 20 days to make it into Jan14, or take my time and be considered in round1 for Sept14.

What do you guys think?


So I spent all day, every day since then learning for the GMAT Quant part. and my prep test were well in the 68-74th percentile range. I got a good night's sleep and felt confident going in the Exam today. Even felt good after completing the quant part. Got out of the exam : WORST Score I have ever written Q33 in 30th percentile range!

What should I do now? I was pretty sure, my new score would not worry admissions about my quant abilities anymore and that I'd still be in time for intake January.
Take it again in a month and so 1st round Sept14?

Right now I'm contemplating, writing them that I retook the GMAT but the outcome did not improve my current quant score but that I've been working as financial analyst for over 3years and can handle numbers and would like them to reconsider their decision??
HELP! :oops:


Hi Caro2789,
A INSEAD former admissions director (now an admissions consultant), recently posted on a blog that, "So INSEAD is perhaps not as flexible as some top schools as regards the GMAT – this is largely because it is a one year program". You can see the entire article at http://fortunaadmissions.com/10-insider ... -to-insead. I believe you have a really good shot at making an admit with scores in the 70 - 75 percentile range. My 2 cents would be to not rush it if possible. Prepare well and ace the test. Here's wishing you the best.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 02:22
Oh no. I guess somehow it shows that you were not committed to studying and gave the test for the sake of giving (my personal opinion. Dont want to discourage in any way). If you are in a quant profile then it should have been better.

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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 02:30
I had attended one of INSEAD's session and the admission team said that every year they come across profiles where the GMAT score is way too low or experience is very less but profile is excellent. They usually suggest them to get a better score or gain more work exp which is essentially not a rejection/acceptance mail but a case where they want the applicant to apply again in next sessions. You must think if you are okay to wait till September as you have the best chance then.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 06:21
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caro2789 wrote:
Hi,

I just go an email from Valerie. Which basically says 'the committee likes your profile and you'd get selected for an interview, BUT your GMAT score is too weak' :shock: :
"The Admissions Committee has decided that your current GMAT / GRE scores do not correlate well with the overall quality of your application, and we would therefore request that you retake this test. "
So, to still get into Jan14 intake, I'd have to take the GMAT ASAP again and submit the score before 7th August.
My last GMAT was a 640 (v 38, q39) and they feel like I should reach the 70% in my quant.

Has anybody experienced this before?
I'm not sure if I should rush into the GMAT again within the next 20 days to make it into Jan14, or take my time and be considered in round1 for Sept14.

What do you guys think?


So I spent all day, every day since then learning for the GMAT Quant part. and my prep test were well in the 68-74th percentile range. I got a good night's sleep and felt confident going in the Exam today. Even felt good after completing the quant part. Got out of the exam : WORST Score I have ever written Q33 in 30th percentile range!

What should I do now? I was pretty sure, my new score would not worry admissions about my quant abilities anymore and that I'd still be in time for intake January.
Take it again in a month and so 1st round Sept14?

Right now I'm contemplating, writing them that I retook the GMAT but the outcome did not improve my current quant score but that I've been working as financial analyst for over 3years and can handle numbers and would like them to reconsider their decision??
HELP! :oops:



You have a hard case to make, but please do try and retake the GMAT again. They consider the broke down of your score. If you are REALLY ..REALLY .. committed to INSEAD, I would recommend you take a 2 weeks vacation from work, and study 10 hours a day straight for 2 weeks. That would make 140 hours of study time, then retake the GMAT.

One more thing, I recommend email your admission coordinator, and indicate to her that you are really committed to INSEAD, and take 2 weeks vacation from work to study for the GMAT 10 hours a day. Also indicating to her the date at which you are retaking your GMAT. They will appreciate your commitment, and it might increase your odd. They might even willing to overlook the second test.

Take my advice as a grain of salt.
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Day 26: Pre-selected interview (Note: A bit earlier than other applicant in this forum.)
Day 40: Interview information
Day 50: First interview
Day 54: Second interview
Day 81: Admitted !!!!!

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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 22:49
Hey can some of you R1 guys help out?

How did you guys send your essays to your interviewers? Did you just send your whole application?

One of my interviewers has asked for the essays. I tried taking snapshots and then creating another PDF file, but the snapshots are hard to read. Adobe Reader does not have an option to remove pages...
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 00:00
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Hey can some of you R1 guys help out?

How did you guys send your essays to your interviewers? Did you just send your whole application?

One of my interviewers has asked for the essays. I tried taking snapshots and then creating another PDF file, but the snapshots are hard to read. Adobe Reader does not have an option to remove pages...


I did send the whole application
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 00:04
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trex wrote:
Hey can some of you R1 guys help out?

How did you guys send your essays to your interviewers? Did you just send your whole application?

One of my interviewers has asked for the essays. I tried taking snapshots and then creating another PDF file, but the snapshots are hard to read. Adobe Reader does not have an option to remove pages...


I did send the whole application


Ok, thanks mate. I thought since it has the digital signature, submit button etc, maybe we shouldn't send it. But that seems to be the only decent way.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 01:47
Oh God. Why are you even trying such things ? Just send the whole application. Profile section has to be sent anyways and profile + essays = entire application !!

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Hey can some of you R1 guys help out?

How did you guys send your essays to your interviewers? Did you just send your whole application?

One of my interviewers has asked for the essays. I tried taking snapshots and then creating another PDF file, but the snapshots are hard to read. Adobe Reader does not have an option to remove pages...
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 08:05
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Oh God. Why are you even trying such things ? Just send the whole application. Profile section has to be sent anyways and profile + essays = entire application !!

trex wrote:
Hey can some of you R1 guys help out?

How did you guys send your essays to your interviewers? Did you just send your whole application?

One of my interviewers has asked for the essays. I tried taking snapshots and then creating another PDF file, but the snapshots are hard to read. Adobe Reader does not have an option to remove pages...


Bro, print the entire thing out. Scan it as pdf. Problem solve
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 08:48
If someone really wants to do such a thing then use google and take advantage of the latest technologies in market :) This is one of those.

http://www.splitpdf.com/

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docks007 wrote:
Oh God. Why are you even trying such things ? Just send the whole application. Profile section has to be sent anyways and profile + essays = entire application !!



Bro, print the entire thing out. Scan it as pdf. Problem solve
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 11:02
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If someone really wants to do such a thing then use google and take advantage of the latest technologies in market :) This is one of those.

http://www.splitpdf.com/

ducceus wrote:
docks007 wrote:
Oh God. Why are you even trying such things ? Just send the whole application. Profile section has to be sent anyways and profile + essays = entire application !!



Bro, print the entire thing out. Scan it as pdf. Problem solve


I am old school. Back in my day, If people want to split a pdf, they have to do it the old fashion way
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2013, 17:30
Actually, I just sent the interview form info. to my interviewer.
I am thinking of bringing along my CV as someone earlier suggested.

Should suffice right? Or we should take our certificates etc.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 00:17
I guess its not interviewers job to check credentials so just CV is good.

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Actually, I just sent the interview form info. to my interviewer.
I am thinking of bringing along my CV as someone earlier suggested.

Should suffice right? Or we should take our certificates etc.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 05:14
I sent interview form and CV to both interviewers, no essays. Both interviewers seemed to have scanned my CV, brought along a copies, and used it for reference throughout the conversation. So in my experience it was quite helpful :). Don't think anyone (myself included) really wants to read those lengthy essays, but if so they will ask you for them.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 05:16
And best of luck on all the R2 interviews coming up! For me they were the most fun and interesting interviews I have ever had so just enjoy the experience!
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 05:24
So true!! I get bored reading my own essays :)

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I sent interview form and CV to both interviewers, no essays. Both interviewers seemed to have scanned my CV, brought along a copies, and used it for reference throughout the conversation. So in my experience it was quite helpful :). Don't think anyone (myself included) really wants to read those lengthy essays, but if so they will ask you for them.
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 06:47
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Re: INSEAD -January 2014 Intake - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 06:59
Ok, finished second interview. This time it was with the person in a more senior function, and the interview was more focused on the questions. Again I experienced it more as an intriguing conversation than as a stressful interview. In addition, he gave me some good advice on the INSEAD program in general.
The questions were alike the ones mentioned before in this thread:

• Why MBA, Why INSEAD, why now, career up to now, career plan
• Describe yourself, your personality
• Describe something you are proud off or when you made the difference

Basically all questions were related to these, and the whole interview took around two hours.

The whole MBA application has been a very intriguing process up to this point, now I just have to try to focus on something else for the next two months…

I wish you all the best with your interviews, and hope we can receive some good news by the 13th of September!
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