I don't know how to start...so here goes.
I'm about to complete my studies at McGill and I am looking to do an MSc in Management. I have already applied to the MSc-CEMS at Ivey and in the process of applying to Grenoble. Yeah, the choices are odd. Well, I just didn't want to do the GMAT for now. Not that I can't do it, just that it requires discipline to sit down to prepare for it. These two schools do not necessarily require the GMAT, hence they are chosen. The CEMS program is really a big attraction as the international exposure is very wide. Ivey might require the GMAT down the road though, it's the first year that they are offering it so the GMAT is optional.
I am thinking of taking a gap year, working while studying for the GMAT. Then apply to a wider range of schools. Now this is where I am uncertain. In an event that I get admitted into Ivey and/Grenoble, should I just take it or take a gap year? I'm not really looking into the UK, I'm more interested in schools in continental Europe, preferably France or Wallonia(LSM anyone?) With the GMAT, I would be able to apply to HEC Paris, ESSEC, EMLyons and other European schools.
I'm too familiar with the UK, particularly London. Yeah, they have schools like LBS and LSE but I would like to immerse myself in an unfamiliar setting(This might run contrary to the notion of attending B-schools where networking is the most important thing.......yeah....but). Montreal is quite unfamiliar but one is still able to function just in English. That said, you would have guessed by now that I know some French and would like to somehow improve my french by throwing myself in a French environment.