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Strong GMAT Score but low IR- Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 07:06
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I took the GMAT a week ago and scored a 700 (Quant 48/ Verbal 38); although I don't know for sure yet, I'm pretty confident I got a 6 on the AWA. In terms of the IR, I didn't study the section much and wouldn't be surprised if I came back with a low score (e.g. 3 or 4). I was hoping to apply to business schools this year, but don't want the IR score to be the thing that holds me back.

To provide a little more context about me, I went to a top 20 liberal arts college (e.g. Amherst, Colby, or Colgate) where I got a 3.45 GPA while double majoring in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. I have worked at an major consulting firm (e.g. Deloitte, IBM, Accenture) for the past 3 years and spent almost a year of that working in Afghanistan doing economic development. The one area I'm a little weak in is the quant skills. Due to AP classes in high school, I passed out of all math course requirements in college and didn't take any.

I really want to go to a top 15 school such as Berkeley, NYU, or Northwestern, but I'm not sure if it's even possible with a low IR score. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Strong GMAT Score but low IR- Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 08:31
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I took the GMAT a week ago and scored a 700 (Quant 48/ Verbal 38); although I don't know for sure yet, I'm pretty confident I got a 6 on the AWA. In terms of the IR, I didn't study the section much and wouldn't be surprised if I came back with a low score (e.g. 3 or 4). I was hoping to apply to business schools this year, but don't want the IR score to be the thing that holds me back.

To provide a little more context about me, I went to a top 20 liberal arts college (e.g. Amherst, Colby, or Colgate) where I got a 3.45 GPA while double majoring in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. I have worked at an major consulting firm (e.g. Deloitte, IBM, Accenture) for the past 3 years and spent almost a year of that working in Afghanistan doing economic development. The one area I'm a little weak in is the quant skills. Due to AP classes in high school, I passed out of all math course requirements in college and didn't take any.

I really want to go to a top 15 school such as Berkeley, NYU, or Northwestern, but I'm not sure if it's even possible with a low IR score. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Would you be willing to take 1-2 quant courses (freshman level classes in calculus, stats, algebra, accounting, finance, etc.) through an online extension program like UCLA? I think regardless of what your IR score is, you probably should do that to give the adcom some comfort that you'll be able to handle the quant aspects of an MBA program.

If you're able to do that, then I think you should be competitive for the schools you listed (and I would recommend adding 2-3 more schools to that list, since b-school admissions is a numbers game as well, and you want to maximize your odds by applying to a sufficient number of schools).
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Re: Strong GMAT Score but low IR- Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 23:34
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It's possible, forget about IR. It doesn't matter. As for being weak in quant, Alex' suggestion is a fine one, but since you have a good GMAT it is not something you have to get done before you apply. (Meaning if you write in the optional essay "I intend to take three quant courses: X Y and Z before matriculating", it's enough). It'll save you time, and allow you to do it at a time when you need it more (rught before your studies).

So your GMAT is very good. Your work experience seems nice, but I'm missing too much info to give you any sort of real eval. What did you do? did you lead people? what were your responsibilities? what were your achievements? what have you got for volunteer work? additional languages? who was your employer? What about extra currics at college?

All this stuff counts, so feel free to elaborate here, and I'll happily get back to you with my eval.

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Re: Strong GMAT Score but low IR- Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 10:23
jysail15,
I would not worry about the IR score. Business schools are still learning how to weigh/evaluate the IR score; it matters far less than your Quant and Verbal scores, which are good. It will not 'hold you back' especially in that your profile sounds strong: good branding, good GPA, unusual experience in Afghanistan. Based only on your post, I would say that Haas is perhaps a reach for you, but you should be competitive at NYU, Kellogg, and other top 15 schools like Ross, Duke, Darden, UCLA, and perhaps others. I would need to see your resume/CV to give you more concrete odds: paulbodine@yahoo.com.

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