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ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 06:44
Hey guys!

So I just took my GMAT last week and ended up scoring a 550(i fell sick the day before,but still went on to take it since I didn't want to miss R2 deadlines).

I didn't expect to score so bad and now I'm confused on whether I should apply with my score of 550 to my target schools in R2 or wait a month and take the GMAT again,and apply with a better score in R3.

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Indian Female,age:24
Firmware Engineer,Work experience of about 3 yrs(if I matriculate in Aug 2013) in a communications company producing equipment for satellite communication.
Undergrad: 3.2/5 Electrical and electronics engineering,from a Top university in Singapore,one of the best engineering schools in Asia.
E.C's: University Students' Union and also some extra curriculars at work.

Do you think I should go ahead and apply with my score of 550? or Should I just wait and improve on my GMAT and apply in R3?
The thing that scares me most is that most people say its almost impossible to get admitted in R3. How true is this?

Also,it would be great if someone could suggest schools(that match my background more or those that love engineers) easier for me to get in,in case I do end up applying in R3 with a better GMAT score.


Thanks a ton!

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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 12:59
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Which schools are you planning on applying to? Are you set on attending school in the fall of 2013? Why are you getting an MBA? Where do you want to live post MBA?

You're still young, you may want to plan on applying R1 next year. You only get one shot at this... and the schools you can get into with a 550 differ greatly from the schools you can get into with a higher score. I would advise against rushing your second GMAT attempt and essays for R3 apps.

I 100% agree with it. Adcoms will say "ohh you were sick and that's why you got a 550? Yeah right." Saying you were sick will not have them add a few points to your GMAT score. It ends up just sounding like you're the kind of person that's full of excuses. (Which I doubt you are :) )

Personally, since you're young, I would say put in a concerted effort into the GMAT. Take it in the spring, and apply R1 in the autumn with another year of experience. You're 24, I'll be 29 at matriculation. There is no rush for you :) (Well there's none for me, either!) The programs you get into with a 650 or 700 GMAT will vary drastically from the programs with a 550. And thus, the career opportunities afterwards will be much more robust. (Also, there are plenty of threads on here of great GMAT success stories and fantastic people that will help you improve your score just as they did.)

As far as b-schools favourable to engineers, you're kind of looking at quant schools like Booth, Sloan, and Tepper. And a 550 won't cut it at any of those schools. I'm unsure of 'lower-ranked' quant schools or schools in Asia if you prefer to stay out there. Frankly, it seems like you're very early on in your decision process and investigation process. I would strongly recommend taking a few months to prep for the GMAT, acing it, and strongly looking into programs that fit your profile afterwards.

And sorry if I sound 'mean blunt', I intend to sound 'helpful blunt'! ;) Best of luck, sincerely! :-D
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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 07:01
Which schools are you planning on applying to? Are you set on attending school in the fall of 2013? Why are you getting an MBA? Where do you want to live post MBA?

You're still young, you may want to plan on applying R1 next year. You only get one shot at this... and the schools you can get into with a 550 differ greatly from the schools you can get into with a higher score. I would advise against rushing your second GMAT attempt and essays for R3 apps.
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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 09:57
you only 24 why the rush..
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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2013, 12:08
I would for sure advise waiting another year. Spend as long as it takes on the GMAT until it is the best score you think you can get within reason. (If you got a 700 and you think the max you could possibly get is a 710 then I would say don't sweat the difference.)

You also need to spend as long as it takes to figure out exactly where you want to go. The type of school you are looking for is very different than what I was looking for, so I don't have advice for you there, but do put forth the effort to do a lot of research and come up with your perfect list.

R3 is the hardest round for anyone. Most of the class has been filled by then, and I get the impression that only people with really odd profiles end up getting accepted in that round. It is even worse for applicants who want scholarships or international applicants. Most scholarships are allocated by R2, and R3 can create visa issues. I could be mistaken, but even if you are willing to risk a visa disaster the adcom might not be and might be more likely to reject you because they are worried that you will have trouble showing up in the fall.

Please, please, please wait a year to apply so that you can be in a better round, have a higher GMAT, and lastly, know where you actually want to go. You can use the extra time to work on an interesting hobby/do cool volunteer work, and 4 years beats 3 years of WE any day.
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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2013, 14:48
Just look at your situation objectively: you're a young person from an over represented ethnic group with a GMAT score that is multiple standard deviations below the mean score of successful scores for applicants from said pool. Combined with how difficult R3 is, you have almost no chance. 24 is too young anyways. Take another year, score 700+, apply R1, and you'll have a much better shot.

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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!! [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2013, 15:21
gonnamakeit89 wrote:
Also,it would be great if someone could suggest schools(that match my background more or those that love engineers) easier for me to get in,in case I do end up applying in R3 with a better GMAT score.


Thanks a ton!

:)


You gotta do your own research. You know yourself best - don't let a bunch of strangers on an Internet forum mold your BSchool search.

1. Step 1: conquer the GMAT.
2. Research schools and career goals.

Rushing round 3 apps is going to be a recipe for disaster. Better to start with a clean slate this fall instead of being a re-applicant.
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Re: ROUND 2 or ROUND 3? H.E.L.P!!!!   [#permalink] 12 Jan 2013, 15:21
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