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Hey there,
I'm a long-standing member of this forum and was a very active member when I was studying for my GMAT. Some of the old-timers might still remember me.

Just wanted to let you guys know what I have been upto lately.

Joined GC: 23 rd Aug 2003.

1st GMAT attempt: 29th Martch 2004, scored 630.

What went wrong: Apparently, reading comprehension in the verbal section.Still not sure what exactly happened.

Bought Kaplan 800, Princeteon Verbal Workbook and tons of other books to beef up my verbal score.


2nd attempt: 9th Sept 2004, scored 650.

Why only 20-point increase ? Again no idea. The GMAT algorithm got the better of me both the times. But still I decided to have a dry application run this year and applied to a few schools.


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G-650, TOEFL-287, Work Ex -4 yrs, (2 yrs Intenational) at Indian IT MNC.

Pro's: Promotion, Performance Appraisals ,Leadership Roles and Awards, Fair-to-Good Community Service intiatives.

Con's : Indian (demographic profiling), low GMAT score, ubiquitous job profile


Applied to :

CMU on 10th Jan 2005 ( Visit and voluntary interview on 8th Dec 2004)

Indian School of Business ISB on 12th Jan (Telephonic interview on 23rd Feb 2005)

Kelley on 14th Jan 2005 (Voluntary interview on 17th Nov 2004)

McCombs on 16th Jan 2005 (Interviewed on March 3rd 2005)

Goizueta on 24th Jan 2005 (Voluntary interview on 10th Jan 2005)

As Goizueta follows a rolling admission process, first school I heard back from was Goizueta. I received a email on Feb 16th saying that I was waitlisted. For a school with a average GMAT of 680, I thought that was a fair decision. Just after this started the ding season of the year with dings from ISB on March 1st, CMU on March 14th and Kelley on March 20th. I was down in the dumps and so decided to go back to India and gear myself up for the next app season by giving GMAT again in July.

April 1st 2005: One email changed it all. I received a email from Clare Seagraves, Asst Director MBA admissions saying that I have been accpeted to McCombs School of Business.

This marks an end to a succesful journey. Needless to say, GMATClub has played a huge part in this success ( If I can call it so.). Special Thanks to Praetorian, Paul, Bala (KPadma), Hjort, Anand, BB and others who have helped and encouraged me at every step.

If I can be of help in matters related to the admission process, I will be glad to do so.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2005, 12:05
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Congrat on getting into McComb, which I consider to be an excellent program. My profile is very similar to yours (except for being Chinese), hence I know what you must have gone through. Will you stay in the US and go to McComb as you were thinking about heading back to India. Anyway, well done.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2005, 17:19
Thanks Patrick.

No, I'm heading back to India to get my student visa.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2005, 22:05
Hi Vivek

thanks for the update. Nice to see you on the forums after a long time. It always feels good to hear from the regulars back then.

Congratulation on your acceptance to Mccombs. My roomate's been to Austin several times and he says the city's very beautiful.

We will definitely like for you to keep visiting. Some of the ways you can contribute

1. Whenever you join UT Austin, write a small review of the school.
2. Post your experiences of the program here.
3. I am planning to start forums exclusively for B-School diaries. I am not sure how to set it up, but i would love for you to contribute to the Mccombs diary. :-) let me see how it works out.
4. Whenever you can, try participating in the GMAT forums. 5 posts per week would be more than enough.

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2005, 16:38
Congrats!

Thanks for the update. Like Praetorian said above, I hope you give us additional updates from Austin.

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2005, 17:21
Congrats Vivek! Fantastic to be accepted by McCombs! On the list you gave, it seems pretty much to be one of the top choices to me. It would certainly be great if you could drop by and elaborate more on McCombs as time goes on. You are indeed one of the few members I have heard of in terms of admits and I hope more will speak up :)
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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 11:03
Thanks for the wishes, guys. Sorry I'm late in replying as I was travelling back to India and busy with host of other things.

Yes, I will surely do a review on McCombs and would be more than happy to maintain a diary on my life in McCombs.

Coming back and contributing to this forum is certainly on my mind and would surely do it from now on.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 07:45
Congratulations Vivek on your admit to McComb's. I live in Austin and I know that it is a great school. I have had the chance to talk to few of the McComb's students and they all had only nice things to say about the school. Besides, I think Austin is a great city. :-)
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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2005, 11:46
Thanks Gayathri. Ya, I know Austin absolutely rocks. BTW, where are u heading to or are you taking the plunge next year ?

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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2005, 12:03
Vivek, I have applied to INSEAD & it is the only school I am applying to this year. So wish me luck! :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2005, 14:39
gayathri wrote:
Vivek, I have applied to INSEAD & it is the only school I am applying to this year. So wish me luck! :roll:

You should be fine with your GMAT score. I heard somewhere that schools such as INSEAD and LBS automatically favor applicants with good GMAT scores 700+. Had I waited one more year, INSEAD would have been one of my picks. Keep us posted because if you do go there, I am sure there are inter-school networking events and I'll make sure I pass by and say hi :)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2005, 11:03
Wish you the best, Gayathri. INSEAD is a good pick, a truly diverse school and as Paul said they prefer candidates with high GMAT scores, so you should be fine. Keep us posted.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2005, 19:56
Thanks Paul & Vivek for the kind words!

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Keep us posted because if you do go there, I am sure there are inter-school networking events and I'll make sure I pass by and say hi

Wouldnt that be great! I will keep you all posted. :-)
I applied for the R2 Jan 06, so have quite awhile to go before I hear anything though!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 05:19
Hi Vivek and Gayathri,
Best wishes to both of you. Vivek Austin is ball of a place, enjoy.

Gayathri, Insead is an excellent school, I have one more info to add that apart from high GMAT score they really value the essays you have submitted them.And yes they prefer if you know more then couple of languages. My best wishes to you.

Couple of stupid questions to you guys but I am not clear about the answer.............. Do I need to take Toffel as english test to apply in oversees school. I am an Engineering Graduate from India.

Do B schools need transcripts only for BE or from 10th and 12th standard too.

I will appreciate your help.

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If you did not graduate from a school that was taught in english, you need to take the toefl.
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Thanks for the quick reply Paul. Yes my Enginnering was in english. I got confused because I saw a guy from India mentioning about his Toffel score and he to had Engineering degree. And I know for sure that none of the universities in India awarding engineering degree has instruction medium any thing other then English.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 07:56
Biren wrote:
Thanks for the quick reply Paul. Yes my Enginnering was in english. I got confused because I saw a guy from India mentioning about his Toffel score and he to had Engineering degree. And I know for sure that none of the universities in India awarding engineering degree has instruction medium any thing other then English.


Biren,

In case you have never taken any courses in a US school or haven't worked in US ever, you will require to take TOEFL to seek admission in any school here in US.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 12:15
Mohit, I checked Harvard school website. It states the following::

"In view of the participatory nature of the MBA Program, students must possess a highly developed proficiency in written and oral English. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they received their Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or PhD from an English-medium university. Scores more than two years old will not be accepted."

To me it clearly says what Paul has mentoned that if Bachelor's degree from an English medium university then taking TOEFL is not required.

But I am getting restless and not sure. May be if one of you guys actually know someone who is in a B school then it can be checked.

Please let me know if any one is sure about it.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 12:58
Biren wrote:
Mohit, I checked Harvard school website. It states the following::

"In view of the participatory nature of the MBA Program, students must possess a highly developed proficiency in written and oral English. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they received their Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or PhD from an English-medium university. Scores more than two years old will not be accepted."

To me it clearly says what Paul has mentoned that if Bachelor's degree from an English medium university then taking TOEFL is not required.

But I am getting restless and not sure. May be if one of you guys actually know someone who is in a B school then it can be checked.

Please let me know if any one is sure about it.

Thanks.


Biren,

I am confident without an iota of doubt that all Grad Schools in US require TOEFL, if you have attended a school outside US in a country which doesn't have english as its first language. For Example, I went to an Engineering School in India. Four years back when I was fulfilled admission requirements for a MS program in US. I was required to submit a TOEFL score above 600 (That time TOEFL was paper based).

I hope this information helps.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 14:08
This is substantial diversity in TOEFL requirements.

Some schools consider attending a school where the language of instruction is English or having lived in an English-speaking country for 3 years sufficient:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/tuck/mba/apply/faq.html

Some schools grant TOEFL waivers:

http://mba.mccombs.utexas.edu/admission ... p#apptoefl
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