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Supplemental math course? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2012, 07:45
Hi all

For those who have a weak Quant score in their GMAT (60% = Q42), does anybody know whether I can take a supplemental distance ed math/stats course from a good US B-school? I know the alternative is to rewrite the GMAT and bump it up, and of course there is no parallel to that. But if there anyway to take any supplemental stats/math course from an American U which might boost my chances?

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I currently have a GMAT history of 640, 640, 710 (Q42/Q45). I have consistently got a M42 (60%) throughout. I am confident that I am better than that at Quant, but know I always freeze up on the Quant section before writing. My last practice tests before the 3rd attempt were all between Q46-49.

Anyway, now I know the major barrier to entry to a good B-school remains the Quant score, and the fact that I dont have good undergrad math scores.

Would be great to get any recommendations on whether to take a distance ed course, if yes, then which one.
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Re: Supplemental math course? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2012, 19:28
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This is one of those "retaking the GMAT might hurt me"

I'd say two things:

Taking the math courses should partially compensate
This is an excellent use of the optional essay.

Your score should get you on the table at all the top programs. It's up to you to make sure the rest of your profile (resume, essays, letters of rec) fill enough in to negate the GMAT as a deciding factor. The optional essays can be used to explain multiple things: Your true quant ability, taking courses to offset and some other type of evidence to suggest you can function with quant (projections, simple models, etc.).
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Joined: 14 May 2011
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Location: Costa Rica
Concentration: Healthcare, International Business
GMAT 1: 640 Q V0
GMAT 2: 710 Q42 V45
GMAT 3: 740 Q48 V42
GMAT 4: Q V0
GMAT 5: Q V0
GPA: 3.3
WE: Research (Consulting)
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Re: Supplemental math course? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2012, 20:57
mohater wrote:
This is one of those "retaking the GMAT might hurt me"

I'd say two things:

Taking the math courses should partially compensate...optional essays can be used to explain multiple things: Your true quant ability, taking courses to offset and some other type of evidence to suggest you can function with quant (projections, simple models, etc.).


Mohater that's excellent advise, thanks so much. I think I'm going to enroll for a Berkeley distance ed Stats course I found over summer, well its either that or a Cornell Stats course very similar in content.

Thanks again for this advice!
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Joined: 14 May 2011
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Location: Costa Rica
Concentration: Healthcare, International Business
GMAT 1: 640 Q V0
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Re: Supplemental math course? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2012, 22:19
excellent advice*
typo was bothering me :roll:
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Re: Supplemental math course?   [#permalink] 19 Feb 2012, 22:19
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