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Need Advice [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 19:39
Hi,
I just started my GMAT preparation and will be take the exam in July (First week) this year. I am planning to apply for Fall 2014 round 1 (Deadlines October 2013).

Case 1- Get a decent score in July which leaves me 3 months to prepare applications (10-12 b-schools). I was wondering, if 3 months are enough to finish 10-12 applications?

Case 2- I screw up my score, re-take it in August or September which leaves me 1 or 2 months for applications.

Does anybody has any comment?
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Re: Need Advice [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 00:13
10-12 applications?

Hahaha. I had 2 months and four applications was too much for me.

My bf somehow managed to apply to 11 PhD programs in about 2-3 months, while working full-time. Somehow it can be done, but MBA admissions require many more essays and tailoring than PhD applications. And you'd better make damn sure your recommenders love you enough to put them through 10-12. Ugh.
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Re: Need Advice [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 09:25
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Hi Shantanu,

I have to agree with the response below - 10-12 applications is rather ambitious for business school. Unlike other programs, MBA applications are non-standardized, meaning each application has a unique set of essays, recommendation questions, etc. It'll be tough to ask any recommender to write 12 different letters! Of course, there are some people who do it - it all depends on you!

If you take the test in July, you will have ample time for applications - generally, August is a good time to get started on the actual applications themselves. Remember that there are two (technically three), admissions rounds that you can apply - R1 (October) and R2 (January) are the ones you want to target. Realistically, you'll probably be able to do 3-4 in each round (depending on how much overlap there is, how fast/well you write, etc.). I would not rush to get them all in R1 - that will be highly ambitious/difficult to produce any quality work.

If you take the test in July and have to retake in August or September, you should still be okay. Again, you will likely have to bring your list down to more like 6-8 applications (most people do 4-6 schools total), and you will probably submit more of them in R2.

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