Now there are many schools that have an optional essay we can write about any extenuating circumstances, such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance or significant weakness in your application.
As an Indian applicant, there are two things I want to explain here.
1. Undergrad Academic Score.
I scored a 74% in my engineering. Now this may look a small number, but I am sure this is a good score for my area of study. I fall in the top 5% of the class. Unfortunately, there is no way of officially calculating GPA. How do I explain this? How do I explain, without sounding poor
, that eventhough the percentage is low, I am in the top layer of that low!
2. GMAT AWA Score.
I gave GMAT twice. I sucked the first time (560 with 4.0 in AWA). I gave it again to score a 710 with 4.5 AWA.
While the Verbal score is at 92%ile, the AWA score is at 37%ile.
Just to prove it was a bad day, I gave a TOEFL and scored a 30/30 100%ile there.
I feel good that I have numbers on my side to talk, but how do I convince the adcom that I had "TWO" bad days fro AWA?!
Let me know.
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