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My Applications [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 07:25
Hi All

I am new to the site and think that this is a great community. I am wrapping up some applications and want to share the process so that others can learn from my decisions as I have from people on here.

I think that there are probably quite a few people in my shoes. OK GMAT score and shooting for diffucult schools. I initially scored a 670 but believe it or not the Math section skipped a question. ETS is reimbursing me hopefully and I took again after more studying and did significantly worse because of timing issues and other distractions. I was much better prepared but my score plummeted. I am trudging along anyways and am applying to Wharton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, NYU and McCombs.

It is quite a few schools so I am playing the odds but will redo the process next year with higher Gmat's if I am not successful.

Here is the rest of my history

- Strong academic background with a 3.4 and 3 majors (only issue here is a low Econ grade of a C).

- Very strong 4 year work experience with a big 4 consulting firm.

- Strong recommendations but no legacy at any schools.

- Solid essays that though last minute are high quality - I was a college Div. 1 athlete, have a very unique community service story and have leadership positions at my firm.

So, hopefully I can be a good test case to see if it is possible to squeak in with a lower GMAT history. I really do feel that it is a blemish on my apps but that the rest is solid. I will keep everyone posted and have applied 2nd round to all schools. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to posting my status.

I already have a plan for reapplications beyond a higher GMAT but I will save posting those only if using that plan becomes necessary :-)

Thanks to everyone whos posts have helped me.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 23:24
thanks for sharing you story.
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I initially scored a 670 but believe it or not the Math section skipped a question. ETS is reimbursing me hopefully
. can you elaborate on this one. it sounds strange i haven't heard of something like that. good luck on your apps'
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2005, 07:32
Sure. It was quite odd and I am still waiting to hear back from ETS. Basically, I was midway through the Math section and I was calculating my time left. The screen literally just switched to the next question. It was very noticable as the question was on graphing and suddenly switched to a Data Sufficiancy. Quite nerve breaking to say the least and I was not happy. It was a new issue to me too but the guy who took my complaint did not seem suprised. I expect their call soon and will keep you posted
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2005, 20:49
thats pretty spooky and may frustrate or confuse many test takers. hope this issue gets resolved to your benefit. let us know how it turns out.
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an update [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2005, 13:54
Hello all

Just to update, I retook the GMAT after submitting all my apps and got a 740 which I was quite pleased with. However, I already had rejections from Wharton and Columbia in hand. Harvard would not accept the score but Tuick did and I was dinged with a feedback offer. NYU and McCombs both accepted the new score and I can happily report I got interviews at both so I am currently prepping for both.

I had initially started this thread to report on whether I felt a 670 was enough for my schools. This is hard to say now but my gut is that retaking the GMAT significantly contributed to the interview invites. I would definatly encourage people to retake the test if they are not happy with their score after all of the chaos of filling out apps is over. It made a big difference for me.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2005, 18:34
Thanks for the update!

Good luck on the interviews!
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Re: an update [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 06:24
MBAguy2005 wrote:
Hello all

Just to update, I retook the GMAT after submitting all my apps and got a 740 which I was quite pleased with. However, I already had rejections from Wharton and Columbia in hand. Harvard would not accept the score but Tuick did and I was dinged with a feedback offer. NYU and McCombs both accepted the new score and I can happily report I got interviews at both so I am currently prepping for both.

I had initially started this thread to report on whether I felt a 670 was enough for my schools. This is hard to say now but my gut is that retaking the GMAT significantly contributed to the interview invites. I would definatly encourage people to retake the test if they are not happy with their score after all of the chaos of filling out apps is over. It made a big difference for me.


MBAguy2005,

Thanks for the update. Congrat on the progress and please keep us posted. Good luck
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 12:04
Congratulations! I would love to hear an update!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 17:02
Congratulation for your interviews! Please come back and share with us which school you finally attended!
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