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Is it worth applying R3 with my stats? GMAT 700 - 44Q/41V

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Is it worth applying R3 with my stats? GMAT 700 - 44Q/41V [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 00:14
The past week or so has been a scramble to get everything for my application together to meet the R3 deadline for Stern on Jan. 15 since retaking the GMAT on Dec. 30. While working on essays I've ended up spending countless hours on admissions blogs, message boards, etc. and am now starting to second guess my candidacy at the moment and am debating whether I should hold my application until R4 or even R1 of next year in order to allow additional time to boost my profile.

For a little bit of of background on me: I'm coming from 5 years working in public relations, integrated marketing and social media and would like to attend Stern to transition into a brand management/brand strategy role. Received a 3.6 GPA in undergrad from a top UC school but majored in communications so my quantitative coursework was minimal. While I scored a 700 on the GMAT, I was only in the 61st percentile for Quant so I worry I don't have any way to prove to admissions that I'm capable of performing in heavily quantitative classes.

At this point I wish I'd better prepared and had taken outside coursework to prove my quantitative abilities, but it's too late to do this now for R3 or R4. Is stating in the optional essay that I'm taking an introductory finance class or two this semester enough to convince admissions officers of my commitment and potential without the grades to prove it? Am I better off retaking the GMAT and applying R4, although from what I've heard it's almost not worth applying final round?

Know the only other option would be to hold my application until R1 of next year to allow time to retake the GMAT, take outside coursework and conduct additional campus visits to get even more acquainted with the campus. This is not ideal given I'm at a good turning point in my career and hate to delay business school by a full year, but wanted to get a sense of whether applying at the moment is even realistic or if it's too much of a long shot to even make it worth my time.
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Re: Is it worth applying R3 with my stats? GMAT 700 - 44Q/41V [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 00:47
One thing is for sure: If you don't apply this year, you won't get admitted. And other than your application fee, there is not much to loose.

R3 vs. R4: I would just apply with your current GMAT in R3. Your GMAT total score is in the range of every program. Yes, you could possibly improve your GMAT quant score, but that bonus might be mitigated or even eliminated by the R4 factor. And if it does not work, you have a bigger timeframe to improve your GMAT score, and maybe you even take a course or two to really make your application stronger for next year.
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Re: Is it worth applying R3 with my stats? GMAT 700 - 44Q/41V [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 07:34
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One thing is for sure: If you don't apply this year, you won't get admitted. And other than your application fee, there is not much to loose.

R3 vs. R4: I would just apply with your current GMAT in R3. Your GMAT total score is in the range of every program. Yes, you could possibly improve your GMAT quant score, but that bonus might be mitigated or even eliminated by the R4 factor. And if it does not work, you have a bigger timeframe to improve your GMAT score, and maybe you even take a course or two to really make your application stronger for next year.


Appreciate the quick reply. I guess I'll never know unless I actually apply. My question then is do I need to address my lack of proven quantitative ability in the optional essay? I can sign up to take the GMAT again in a month or alternate quantitative coursework for this semester, but will the admissions committee care that I've signed up to do this if I don't have anything that demonstrates performance at the time of application?
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Re: Is it worth applying R3 with my stats? GMAT 700 - 44Q/41V [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 08:29
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gentlejack wrote:
One thing is for sure: If you don't apply this year, you won't get admitted. And other than your application fee, there is not much to loose.

R3 vs. R4: I would just apply with your current GMAT in R3. Your GMAT total score is in the range of every program. Yes, you could possibly improve your GMAT quant score, but that bonus might be mitigated or even eliminated by the R4 factor. And if it does not work, you have a bigger timeframe to improve your GMAT score, and maybe you even take a course or two to really make your application stronger for next year.


Appreciate the quick reply. I guess I'll never know unless I actually apply. My question then is do I need to address my lack of proven quantitative ability in the optional essay? I can sign up to take the GMAT again in a month or alternate quantitative coursework for this semester, but will the admissions committee care that I've signed up to do this if I don't have anything that demonstrates performance at the time of application?

To me, that sounds like a plan. But I would say the courses make more sense. Just write some lines mentioning that you enrolled in course x and y in preperation for business school.
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