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Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 15:42
I have read a few posts about taking supplementary courses (financial accounting, econ, etc) and was wondering if there is a big difference as to where it is taken at, i.e. community college vs. UC extension classes, etc -- if I can take the community college for $90 as opposed to the $450 at extension...that would be that many more drinks I can buy for myself ;)

My quant is good, BS is in Mechanical Engineering (GPA 3.6) but unfortunatley, my GMAT (45Q, 31V) isn't all that great and so I wanted to supplement my overall candidancy by taking some business courses. I am not going to apply until fall 09' so I am thinking about retaking the GMAT (unfortunately..) but, suppose I do not reach that 700 mark, I want to be able to compensate with something else. I am focusing on work and finding ways to gain more responsibility, but we are currently in the process of merging with another consulting company so things are a little slow right now.

I am 25, Female/asian.... any advice will be appreciated! thanks
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 16:54
You are far better off nailing the GMAT. You have a solid GPA in a difficult major...the GMAT is going to be a much bigger sticking point. Its fairly routine for WL people to basically be hinted to up there GMAT.
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 16:58
riverripper wrote:
You are far better off nailing the GMAT. You have a solid GPA in a difficult major...the GMAT is going to be a much bigger sticking point. Its fairly routine for WL people to basically be hinted to up there GMAT.


Actually, it would be a good statistic to get :-

Average/median GMAT of acceptances vs Average/Median GMAt of Waitlisted people. To discern if there is any correlation.
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 17:11
OK, not scientifit, but using admissions 411 for Kellogg :-

Mean Average GMAT for Admitted students - 731
Median :- 740

Mean Average GMAT for Dinged students - 714
Median :- 710


Mean Average GMAT for WaitListed students - 735
Median :- 750
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 17:18
For last year there isn't enough WL data however :-

Dinged students :- Mean 717 - Median 720
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2008, 20:39
I can't really see any point in taking additional classes. You have a great GPA in a tough major. There's nothing you can accomplish on this front through community college or extension courses; they just don't carry that much weight. Even if you get straight A's in a host of business related courses, it won't help because business schools know that it's not all that challenging to do so (I know, I took some).

Focus on the GMAT. That will be more effective use of your time and money.
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 06:14
Toga here is an interesting idea on the GMAT and its roll. Done for Kellogg since they give breakdowns for ranges.

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/103-t34770?
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Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 09:34
That is an extremely interesting thread from start to finish. Valid point by mNeo that, if you can throw out 50% of the apps as junk, it can give you a false sense of security...

Great analysis by rhyme, and pelihu.


riverripper wrote:
Toga here is an interesting idea on the GMAT and its roll. Done for Kellogg since they give breakdowns for ranges.

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/103-t34770?
Re: Supplemental Classes and any suggestions in general   [#permalink] 08 Feb 2008, 09:34
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