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New post 05 Dec 2018, 10:22
Hello there!

I'm applying with a GRE score this season...looking at Q//161 V//154.

I know this is low, but it's the best I have right now though I hope to retake it after submitting apps. The GMAT did not go well for me.

Nonetheless, I will have about 5 years of experience upon matriculation. I used to work at a major global bank in finance (client facing role) and transitioned to a top tech company (caliber of Fbook).

I started an international non-profit that has led me to unique speaking opportunities around the country. I'm also a published author. I graduauted from a top undergraduate school (right below the ivies) with a 3.5. I have a pretty clear vision of how I intend to drive my career going forward, but my test scores are really holding me back.

Do you think this is a massive showstopper at top business schools like MIT, Northwestern, Stanford? I am hopeful about retaking it but I have no visibility yet on what my improvement may look like. Will my scores dismiss me from even the initial cut? Advice?
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New post 06 Dec 2018, 07:28
Hi priyasaloni2017,

Thanks for your message. Note that many schools will not allow you to submit another score after the deadline - you'll have to check each school's policy around that.

While you are not necessarily out of the running with a lower score, it does make it a lot harder and everything else in your application will have to be extremely strong (essays, rec letters, etc.). I always think it's best to apply when you can put your best foot forward - if you can retake prior to the deadline and get that score up, that would be the best course of action.

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New post 18 Dec 2018, 08:51
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How to Approach Business School Essays

Business school essays are an opportunity for candidates to share aspects of themselves with the MBA Admissions Committee in order to provide a more holistic picture of who they are; however, many candidates are daunted by the prospect of writing essays for business school applications. Based on my experience and that of clients whom I have worked with, by approaching the essay writing process in a systematic way, it can actually be quite enjoyable. If you are facing writer’s block, follow the steps below to get your juices flowing.

Read the question

Make sure you clearly understand the question that is being asked – read the question, re-read it again, and then re-read it yet again. Too many times I’ve seen candidates respond to a question without addressing what the question is asking. As you read the question multiple times, think about how you would go about answering it. Jot down some thoughts and notes (and no need to worry about grammar/word choice at this point; this is meant to be a very informal exercise).

Here are some questions to think about as you start to write down some points: What will you try to convey in the essay and how will it fit in within the context of the entire application? How will you structure the essay?

Read more here.

Applying in the near future? Contact us at https://www.ivygroupe.com/contact or info@ivygroupe.com to request a free 20-minute consultation with our Founder, an HBS grad and MBA admissions expert!
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New post 21 Dec 2018, 04:48
I am aiming for Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, London Business School, INSEAD - France and Manchester.

GMAT Score: 630 - Q49, V27.
IR - 4.0
AWA - Not yet received.

Profile:-
Age : 27
Nationality : Indian.

Languages:
Proficient: English
Fluent: Tamil, Telugu,Hindi With Neutral Accent
Intermediate: French (Neutral Accent),Malayalam
Limited: Kannada,Arabic( Reading and Writing).

Countries Worked: India, Kuwait, France, UK.
Years of Experience : 4
Domain : Automotive Software(3 years), Oil and Gas(1 year).

Education: Masters in Computer Science (France), Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (India)
GPA : 4.0 in Bachelors.

Extra Curricular Activities: Distinctive performance in Math Olympiad, International Rubiks cube solving and Semi-professional Chess Player.

Leadership Qualities: Site Management of around 300 people in Kuwait. Management of Supply of Materials for a project as a single point of contact.
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New post 28 Dec 2018, 11:56
Hi all,

I would appreciate any feedback you could provide on my profile for Wharton, LBS and INSEAD

- Age 22 at matriculation, Mauritian
- GMAT 740
- ACCA and CFA qualified. Completed ACCA at the age of 18 and CFA program at 21. However, no GPA given I did not attend any university. Wharton, LBS and INSEAD confirmed that my ACCA qualification will be equivalent to an undergrad degree.
- Spent 2 years and 4 months at Ernst and Young in the Corporate Finance Department with 2 promotions.
- Currently a Private Equity Analyst at the biggest bank in Mauritius - will have about 1 year of experience in PE at matriculation
- Post MBA goal is to work in PE
- Volunteer - Currently a volunteer at the round table association helping the homeless people and a mentor for the CFA research challenge to university student
- Member of the toastmasters club and regularly practice kickboxing
- Speak and write both French and English

Thanking you in advance for your feedback.
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New post 30 Dec 2018, 09:36
Hi

Need some help in identifying the b-school shortlisting.

Education: B TECH + MBA
Overall Experience: 8 Years
Current Role: Senior Product Manager at a FinTech startup in India
Expected role after MBA: Business Head in a product organization

Score: 720 (Q49, V40)

I have shortlisted following schools:
Wharton
Stanford
MITSloan
Columbia
INSEAD
Booth
Harvard

My current MBA is from one of the premium institutes in India and I don't intend to change the industry. Do these schools make sense? Should I add any more to the list or remove few?

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New post 31 Dec 2018, 12:59
Hi niclam2203,

Thanks for your message and for sharing your profile. You have a solid professional trajectory and strong GMAT score, but I would view Wharton as more of a stretch and LBS and INSEAD as somewhere in between a stretch and target, primarily since your extracurricular activities are on the average side. If you can step up your involvement in your extracurriculars and demonstrate more leadership in those endeavors, that would help to bolster your profile. I hope this helps!

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New post 31 Dec 2018, 13:07
Hi Target750Plus,

Thanks for your message and for providing information on your background. The schools on your list would be stretch schools for the following reasons: 1) You come from a tough demographic (Indian), which tends to score higher on the GMAT, 2) You already have an MBA - therefore, you will have to be very clear as to what value a 2nd MBA will provide you with, and 3) you are on the older side with 8 years of work experience. I would suggest adding more schools to your list (would look at schools ranked in the 15-25 range). I hope that helps!

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New post 06 Jan 2019, 08:39
Hello everyone,

I am planning to start my 2 years full-time MBA program in fall of 2020. My goal is to get into top programs (HBS, Stanford, Booth, Tuck, Northwestern).
I have been working in USA since 2 years as Business Consultant for a State Company. This is my 3rd year with them. I am also a part of a organization here which deal in mental health and girl child education.

All I want to know what kind of score (GMAT) and profile are good enough for IVY league program. I went into counselling once for this and they told me that I don't have profile that fits and Ivy league student.

I am a Computer science Engineer from India and I have worked there for a year and after that I have been working in USA. I am here with my husband who is post doctorate researcher.

Please let me know what are the factor I need to keep in mind if I want my profile to able to crack into Top 10 MBA programs.

Thank you,
Harshita
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New post 07 Jan 2019, 13:08
Hi Harshita1993,

Thanks for your message and for sharing your background. Since you are from the Indian demographic, you will want to aim for a 740+ on the GMAT for the top 10 schools. With respect to the profiles that the top business schools are looking for, that is really more of an art than a science - in a nutshell, the top schools want to be able to understand your professional background/trajectory, what you do outside of work, your academic credentials (grades in college and GMAT score), what your post-MBA goals are and how you are able to "connect the dots" in your story, and why you are seeking an MBA. All of these factors play a role in shaping a candidate's profile.

Hope this helps.

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