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Should I apply in round 3 or should I apply for Fall 2014?

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Should I apply in round 3 or should I apply for Fall 2014? [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2012, 14:56
I would really appreciate any help.

I am currently scoring a 600/620 on CATs. I have been studying for 4-5 months but I've been studying on and off.

I would like to get a 700+. I would assume that I can get there after 6-8 weeks of studying putting me at a GMAT date of December 22nd or so.

I will be late for several round 2 deadlines. Should I wait and apply for the following year or go ahead with a round 3?

Age -30 as of today
Female
8 years of work exp as an engineer in the silicon valley
Undergrad - top 10 engineering school
Part-time masters while working full-time
Post MBA goals - Business development & strategy in tech.

Is my age a disadvantage if I wait?
Target schools - Duke, Kelley, ucla, instead

Thanks a lot
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Re: Should I apply in round 3 or should I apply for Fall 2014? [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2012, 15:25
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Hi monikajudd,

Thanks for posting. You should not be overly concerned about your age. Older candidates face challenges because they have to prove that it makes sense to return to school at this late stage of their career, and that they are not merely encountering a mid-career crisis. They will also have to demonstrate that all of their time in the work world has been well spent. They should demonstrate progression, tangible contributions, and a high level of self-awareness, confidence, and maturity.

If you'd like, we have school specific advice for the programs you listed below:

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