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Queries pertaining to terminology [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 05:20
Hi
I am from India and I am confused with some terminology - could you please explain the following points:

Post-secondary education - does this mean bachelor's degree i.e undergraduate degree ?
And Master's degree corresponds to graduation right?

What exactly does IVY league & M7 mean ? I came across these terms when I am searching some school sites?

In India, for academics they use percentage scores - how do we convert percentage scores to appropriate GPA ? Can we self report the GPA based on self-judegement ? If so, what are the factors that need to be considered before reporting?


I know these sound as very general questions - but I have no clue about them.....

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HI [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 06:35
Many relevant questions especially for Indians who start applying for the first time.
I know a few things. ABout IVY league and M7 - I have no idea.

Bachelors Degree is called undergrad - equivalent of engg, B.Com etc.
Yes this is confusing. In India we call this as graduation.

Masters Degree is the graduation. MSc etc. is grad. Again this is confusing. In India and MS or an MSc or a BCom would be called post-grad.

About converting percentages into GPA - try this site wes.org. But if you are in Gujarat there is this institute - IAES. Website is http://www.iaesgujarat.org. One of my friends is a member there and he said that they would convert your percentages into a GPA. I enquired and was told that most US schools would do the same. So the formula is generally accepted one across the schools. I am told that most US schools accept the GPA conversion norm followed by IAES.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 07:05
Hi,

"Ivy League" refers to a sports league of 8 relatively old colleges in the United States. The members:

Harvard
Yale
Princeton
Columbia
Cornell
University of Pennsylvania
Dartmouth
Brown

Of course, Brown and Princeton do not have MBA programs.

At one time these eight colleges were considered the most prestigious colleges in the United States. While these schools are still highly respected, they are no longer the undisputed leaders even at the undergraduate level (let alone the graduate level). For instance, schools such as Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, MIT, and Cal Tech are more selective than many of the these Ivy League schools.

"Ivy League" is also used as a generic term for a selective, demanding school. Thus, some people refer to Stanford or Georgetown as "Ivies" even though they are not in the sports league. Some private schools such as Virginia, UCLA, Michigan, and Berkeley are sometimes called "Public Ivies."

Do you know the context where the M7 term was used?

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 07:14
My post above should read-

Some PUBLIC schools such as Virginia, UCLA, Michigan, and Berkeley are sometimes called "Public Ivies."

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 12:54
Hi, I just found this forum with the help of a guy in my GMAT prep Class. I want some honest opinions. I have completed my undergrad last year from a relatively small school. I really want to market myself for going to a competitive, challenging B-school for my MBA Program. As a Foreigner whose first language isn't English, the test is a serious obstacle. Therefore, I want to know if there is another way to by pass it, which I don't intend to do. Is the GMAT the most important admission criteria to get into a to B-School?

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 13:08
Greetings!

The GMAT is NOT the most important part of the application. However, it does provide some insight into the applicant's quantitative and verbal abilities. Accordingly, it is one of many important components of your application package along with the undergraduate record, essays, and work experience.

Many foreign applicants have received high scores on this test. If the test is an obstacle, it is certainly a surmountable one.

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2004, 19:12
M7 is shorthand for "Magnificent Seven". It supposedly represents the seven historically most prestigious schools. The deans of these schools get together from time to time to discuss various topics.

The schools include:
Kellogg
Wharton
Columbia
Chicago
MIT
Harvard
Stanford

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