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14 Nov 2008, 03:53
Any more news anyone ? aviroop, dagrobo, mbavacation - did any of you hear back yet ?
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14 Nov 2008, 07:27
Dinged without interview, I am definitely shocked. They recommneded to try for EMBA.
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14 Nov 2008, 08:08
Oops thats sad. What was your score mbavacation ?

Well the most unfortunate thing happened with me yesterday. I had my GMAT yesterday and i came out for a break. This was between Math and verbal, and i was very tensed. I opened my locker and saw ipod lying there, so i plugged it in , and forgot about the rules. This was just 10 sec and the examiner saw me and stopped my test. It was my mistake , and i can't be more sorry ( The test was going fine as i thought , now i am awaiting the decision from mba.com. Oh what a terrible day. Anyways, i got an idea where i stand in math, and i think i need some practice in inequalities and absolute values, that was the most i saw on math.
I hope i get a date soon. I was all set for starting my applications after that. Now its more waiting time for me.
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14 Nov 2008, 12:09
My score was 760 (Q51,V42), GPA : 75/100 work ex : 8 yrs (5.5 in U.S.), IT (Project Manager with Accenture). Average community involvement.
I am an Indian, M, 30 y/o and I am inclined to think it played a big role.

Well, perhaps whatever happened is for better, both for you and for me.
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14 Nov 2008, 15:16
wow surprised they would rec the emba when you are 30, and the avg age at the school is 29.
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14 Nov 2008, 22:19
Sorry to hear about that mbavaction I know you were really keen on LBS ..

I know another friend who was recommended the EMBA (and was dinged from Full time). I suspect that it is the standard ding template.
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15 Nov 2008, 21:32
dinged without an interview.
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16 Nov 2008, 09:05
hi LBS camp! Good to see quite a few of us here!

Here is my story...

I recently got re-started in the GMAT thread thinking I will retake my GMAT in February and apply to LBS (MBA) for R3. However, having seen bsd_lover saying it may be worth applying with a lower score and see if the adcom recommends a retake, I am thinking maybe I should apply in R2. Needless to say, I am not falling over myself to retake GMAT. Also, at this stage LBS will be my ONLY application.

Basically, I took GMAT in May 2007 to apply for LBS Master in Finance. I scored 640 (Q 48, V29) and AWA 3.5(with min. effort) Here is a debrief of it: 8-t45309 Ultimately, I got rejected by the school, but they "strongly recommended to re-apply after 1-2 years with more WE and 30+ on the Verbal on GMAT".

Now, an obvious question is, if I apply for R2 with my current GMAT score, would I be risking a rejection?

Good luck to all of us!

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16 Nov 2008, 13:41
Hi botiv. Good to hear from you. LBS MiF GMAT scores tend to be higher. This is because MiF is presumably a more intense experience.Having said that, if they've asked you to retake, do retake. Dont risk disobeying them (the request is more like an order). This year is far more competitive than last year and your low verbal + AWA is probably a red flag with adcom.

I think you'll be in a great position if you do nail the V and reapply R3(even 35 should see you hope, but aim for 40)..

botirvoy wrote:
hi LBS camp! Good to see quite a few of us here!

Here is my story...

I recently got re-started in the GMAT thread thinking I will retake my GMAT in February and apply to LBS (MBA) for R3. However, having seen bsd_lover saying it may be worth applying with a lower score and see if the adcom recommends a retake, I am thinking maybe I should apply in R2. Needless to say, I am not falling over myself to retake GMAT. Also, at this stage LBS will be my ONLY application.

Basically, I took GMAT in May 2007 to apply for LBS Master in Finance. I scored 640 (Q 48, V29) and AWA 3.5(with min. effort) Here is a debrief of it: 8-t45309 Ultimately, I got rejected by the school, but they "strongly recommended to re-apply after 1-2 years with more WE and 30+ on the Verbal on GMAT".

Now, an obvious question is, if I apply for R2 with my current GMAT score, would I be risking a rejection?

My profile (by Aug 09):
-27 y/o from Uzbekistan
-BSc in Uzb, MSc in London at an average school, although on a full scholarship.
-4 year experience in London (1y derivative tradings at the top firm, 3y leveraged finance at a growing firm)
-640 GMAT (will be able to retake only for R3)
-good extra curricular activities
- Recs - OK
-Essays - can write essays that will make the reader forget about my GMAT score for at least 15mins

Any feedback on my "plight" would be appreciated.
Also, it would be great to stay in touch - please drop an email on botirvoy@yahoo.com
I am happy to share (and get feedback!) my CV and previous statements for Master in Finance.

Good luck to all of us!
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16 Nov 2008, 14:46
what gpa does LBS look for ? I mean will they admit someone with a 2.9 or a 3.2?
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16 Nov 2008, 18:27
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what gpa does LBS look for ? I mean will they admit someone with a 2.9 or a 3.2?
They will accept applicants with below 3 GPA if you compensate with a high GMAT or good WE.
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16 Nov 2008, 22:01
As an anecdote, my GPA is just below 3.05. I had very inconsistent academic performance due to family reasons though, so I made sure to explain that in my optional essay.
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17 Nov 2008, 03:50
bsd_lover wrote:
Hi botiv. Good to hear from you. LBS MiF GMAT scores tend to be higher. This is because MiF is presumably a more intense experience.Having said that, if they've asked you to retake, do retake. Dont risk disobeying them (the request is more like an order). This year is far more competitive than last year and your low verbal + AWA is probably a red flag with adcom.

I think you'll be in a great position if you do nail the V and reapply R3(even 35 should see you hope, but aim for 40)..

bsd_lover, thanks for a feedback! Although my application for 07 intake was for MiF, currently I am considering to apply for MBA. That is why I was (conviniently) inclined to think that what was not acceptable for MiF may be acceptable for MBA. Having said that, I will retake GMAT to make sure I am not unnecessarily risking my chance of acceptance.

I will PM you in a minute - I would appreciate your response to it.
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17 Nov 2008, 03:58
np - pm me ..
botirvoy wrote:
bsd_lover, thanks for a feedback! Although my application for 07 intake was for MiF, currently I am considering to apply for MBA. That is why I was (conviniently) inclined to think that what was not acceptable for MiF may be acceptable for MBA. Having said that, I will retake GMAT to make sure I am not unnecessarily risking my chance of acceptance.

I will PM you in a minute - I would appreciate your response to it.
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17 Nov 2008, 18:24
got dinged without interview, but got a very strange email from them with the ding.. here is the excerpt..

"Members of the Admissions Committee have now carefully considered your application. It is with regret that I have been asked by the Committee to inform you that they are not able to offer you a place on the MBA Programme this year.

However, the Committee has asked me to advise you that they would welcome a re-application from you in the future when you have a greater number of years relevant work experience. Please note that the Committee asks only a very small number of candidates to reapply in this way.

This invitation indicates their feeling that you show strong promise of being a great London Business School candidate in the future. The MBA Admissions Committee has asked me to advise you that their current decision is final and confidential. Therefore, no appeals can be considered and we are unable to enter into individual feedback."

well i would have only 3 years of WE when I would join school in 09, so I guess that hurt my chance. But I am glad to know that my only barrier to admit is WE.. so I will wait out and then reapply later.

Besides, I am already in PE. I dont know if I should go to school now, given that all the Ibanks and Hedge funds I talk to regularly are laying off people like there is no tomorrow....
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17 Nov 2008, 18:27
that's odd i'll only have 3 years of experience by next fall and i got an interview...
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17 Nov 2008, 19:24
hmm, it is possible that i am a career changer (before going to school). i moved from audit to PE in renewable energy & infrastructure. Is that a possibility? mebbe LBS wants me to get a few more years of WE in my new career before I head to B school.
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17 Nov 2008, 20:26
that's possible. what were your other stats?
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17 Nov 2008, 22:51
undergrad - civil engineering from india gpa 7.89/10.00
USA -masters in civil engineering with minor in statistics gpa 3.7
USA - masters in engineering management with core focus in operations research gpa 3.5

worked in big 4 accounting for 2 years in their audit and advisory group.. 1 year audit, 1 year business outsourcing consulting in California

now in Singapore working in PE firm in renewable energy, corp fin division as senior associate, mostly in equity research and M&A transaction, plus the regular mingle-dingle with clients and banks to raise equity.

extra curriculars - minor, worked as intern in london in cancer research UK during job transition. looked into non profit sector but did not find good leads. Travel a lot so, tons of international experience and exposure. motorcycling freak and formed a amateur racing team.

gmat - 740 v 44, quant 48
29 m, indian, lived abroad most of my life in asia - Japan, and usa.

my 2 profile weakenesses - already have 2 masters degree (one is engineering mgmt, which overlaps with core B school curriculum, ex courses like accounting, business statistics, financial engineering, project mgmt, risk mgmt), so i look like a degree collector.

lack of work exp - obviously if i had not spent 2 years studying, i could have worked those 2 extra years which are now coming to haunt me!!!!..

speak english (default), japanese, spanish, hindi, bengali, french, broken german and now learning mandarin.

so looking to bulk up on my WE. Seems I will re-apply 2010-2011. Follow up with LBS to get an idea of sorts. Think its a good idea?
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18 Nov 2008, 01:29
avi - I am really sorry to hear this - low WE has hurt you for sure. But them suggesting that you reapply can only be a good sign. They told me that they'd give me special consideration this year - and they did - its not from a ding template. So, if you're looking for a school that will consider you seriously in a couple of years, LBS will be it. However, I'm sure you'll get into one of the other top schools, you are a top candidate and I'm sad that I wont have you as a class mate:(
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