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APPLYING 2ND ROUND MBA???

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New post 18 Jul 2017, 13:44
Hello,

How "bad" is it if I apply to some schools for 2nd round deadline? Unfortunately I won't have time to finish all the apps I want for Round 1, since I am retaking my GMAT because I am not satisfied with my score.

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Hi Tony,

It is absolutely fine to apply to schools in Round 2. Given how competitive the MBA application process is, you should apply when you are able to put your best foot forward, so getting that GMAT score up to put yourself in a stronger position is the right action to take, even if you have to push to Round 2.

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tonyjyoo wrote:
Hello,

How "bad" is it if I apply to some schools for 2nd round deadline? Unfortunately I won't have time to finish all the apps I want for Round 1, since I am retaking my GMAT because I am not satisfied with my score.

Thanks,
Tony


Hi tonyjyoo - it's perfectly acceptable to submit in Round 2. ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, it's better to submit in Round 1, but all things are generally not equal if GMAT score to be submitted in Round 2 is significantly better. I do advocate for overrepresented applicants to submit in R1 if the GMAT is in a competitive range.

One thing I have experienced is for candidates to spin their wheels with the GMAT for months without getting any traction. All the while, they are neglecting doing a great job on their applications, which can quite honestly be a more controllable area of your candidacy.

If you do well on the GMAT but your application is not compelling, it won't matter. No one pounds the table for a GMAT score to get into their school. So make sure to submit a GMAT that is competitive for your profile but don't make perfection the enemy of good here.

I have helped a lot of people with very sub-standard scores get into top-tier schools and that is only because we put a lot of thought and energy into their narrative, goals, and fit for each application.

You want to have both, but please give yourself a deadline for improving the GMAT. I would say end of October. Make sure to give yourself at least two solid months to work on your apps alone, more if you are submitting more than three apps.

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New post 19 Jul 2017, 17:26
You want to apply when your application is best and presents the best picture of your candidacy.If R1 is that time then go for it, if not then focus on R2. Most applicants apply R2 anyways so this is not uncommon. It is better to apply R2 especially if your GMAT is not where it needs to be so spend that additional time achieving your target score and creating a breakthrough application
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