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Need waitlist advice - TOEFL [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2013, 23:09
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I got waitlisted in Duke/Tuck/Ross
I want to ask an admission consultant if you think my low TOEFL (104) could be a main reason? (Got strong gmat 96% , balanced on 90%)
Should i RETAKE the TOEFL (or PTE instead?)

(I know I have other shortcomings in my application)
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Re: Need waitlist advice - TOEFL [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 12:47
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Hi,
I got waitlisted in Duke/Tuck/Ross
I want to ask an admission consultant if you think my low TOEFL (104) could be a main reason? (Got strong gmat 96% , balanced on 90%)
Should i RETAKE the TOEFL (or PTE instead?)

(I know I have other shortcomings in my application)


My approach would be to ask the schools directly, possibly with whomever interviewed you. That individual could comment much better on your ability to communicate more than a mere test score could.

But, you should most definitely retake the TOEFL if your score is below the minimum score that those schools require.

Maybe, as an alternative wait list strategy consider attending those schools events in person and demonstrate in person your mastery of the English language and continued interest in their programs.
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Re: Need waitlist advice - TOEFL [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 22:07
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dormor wrote:
Hi,
I got waitlisted in Duke/Tuck/Ross
I want to ask an admission consultant if you think my low TOEFL (104) could be a main reason? (Got strong gmat 96% , balanced on 90%)
Should i RETAKE the TOEFL (or PTE instead?)

(I know I have other shortcomings in my application)


I'm sorry, but I can't say without knowing what the other shortcomings are whether the TOEFL is more or less important than the other factors. Usually, if your TOEFL meets the minimum, you're fine. And if it doesn't meet the minimum, it's a big problem and you wouldn't be on the waitlist. If you think English is an issue, take an English class or join Toastmasters to show you are working to improve your English abilities.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Need waitlist advice - TOEFL [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 22:10
No offense Linda, but you should be a little nicer to a poor young man from another place just asking for help.
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Re: Need waitlist advice - TOEFL [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 22:14
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No offense Linda, but you should be a little nicer to a poor young man from another place just asking for help.


No offense taken, but I wouldn't help the original poster if I gave an opinion based on the information he provided. There's just not enough there for me to advise him, and I don't want to opine just to fill space. I'm sorry if you found my response harsh. That wasn't my intention, but I hope some of the waitlist resources I directed him to will help.

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Re: Need waitlist advice - TOEFL [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 07:14
Thanks. I actually have no reason to think the TOEFL is the problem (got strong verbal gmat, strong essays)
But I am on the waitlist, and a TOEFL is one thing I can change.. and not my WE

thanks everyone

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dormor wrote:
Hi,
I got waitlisted in Duke/Tuck/Ross
I want to ask an admission consultant if you think my low TOEFL (104) could be a main reason? (Got strong gmat 96% , balanced on 90%)
Should i RETAKE the TOEFL (or PTE instead?)

(I know I have other shortcomings in my application)


I'm sorry, but I can't say without knowing what the other shortcomings are whether the TOEFL is more or less important than the other factors. Usually, if your TOEFL meets the minimum, you're fine. And if it doesn't meet the minimum, it's a big problem and you wouldn't be on the waitlist. If you think English is an issue, take an English class or join Toastmasters to show you are working to improve your English abilities.

Best,
Linda
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