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31 Aug 2010, 17:39
I am planning on taking a math course as a means to build an alternative transcript. I'm applying for Fall 2011. Cal or Stats? Which one is easier? Which one would look better? Thanks for your feedback.
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31 Aug 2010, 18:45
I am planning on taking a math course as a means to build an alternative transcript. I'm applying for Fall 2011. Cal or Stats? Which one is easier? Which one would look better? Thanks for your feedback.

My personal opinion is either will be fine, though it might be a good idea to take both. I believe b-schools would really like their students and applicants to have completed at least the first year of calculus (if not the first one or two of the series) and an introductory to statistics. I don't think either is going to carry any more weight than the other one in terms of the application process.
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02 Sep 2010, 00:17
I don't think that taking one course alone will have have an impact. There are three courses that bschools value wrt alternate transcripts: statistics, calculus, and accounting. If you can somehow take all three, there's nothing like it.
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02 Sep 2010, 05:34
For math, at business school Stats is way more valuable than Calculus. Then again, they spend time teaching Stats, and err away from Calculus. Calculus is like a big elephant in the room that everyone ignores during option theory.
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02 Sep 2010, 09:34
I signed up for intro to calculus and business statistics through UCLA's online extension program. I tried looking for courses I can take in an actual classroom, but they either conflicted with my work schedule or were too expensive. A sick part of me wants to take accounting as well, but in addition to my GMAT studying and essays, 3 classes just won't be realistic.
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02 Sep 2010, 11:22
This is my perspective as a Tuck student, but I would put stats and accounting at the top of the list. Those are two courses that people often have trouble with. You can get by not knowing a ton of calculus (at least for the first year).

If you were to take accounting and stats and really nail it (A- or A), you'll go a long way to convincing admissions that you'll do just fine with the course load. Plus, you'll feel a lot more comfortable in first year classes.

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02 Sep 2010, 11:47
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This is my perspective as a Tuck student, but I would put stats and accounting at the top of the list. Those are two courses that people often have trouble with. You can get by not knowing a ton of calculus (at least for the first year).

If you were to take accounting and stats and really nail it (A- or A), you'll go a long way to convincing admissions that you'll do just fine with the course load. Plus, you'll feel a lot more comfortable in first year classes.

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I definitely want to take intro calculus because i haven't taken it since high school, and i come from a humanities background, so the admissions committee will be wondering about my quantitative skills.

I was debating between business stat and accounting but chose the former since stat is very important to doing well in a rigorous MBA curriculum. If I didn't have to study for my GMAT, i would take accounting as a 3rd course, but that's just not realistic.
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02 Sep 2010, 16:35
refurb wrote:
This is my perspective as a Tuck student, but I would put stats and accounting at the top of the list. Those are two courses that people often have trouble with. You can get by not knowing a ton of calculus (at least for the first year).

If you were to take accounting and stats and really nail it (A- or A), you'll go a long way to convincing admissions that you'll do just fine with the course load. Plus, you'll feel a lot more comfortable in first year classes.

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I took ACC, FIN, MAR, MIS and MAN in college as part of my business minor. I received A, B and C's in those courses. I don't think it makes sense for me to take ACC again or really any other business course.
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