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New post 13 Aug 2012, 08:11
I agree, although it's not the tool's fault, the b-schools are the ones giving too much importance to the GMAT score. That's just the way it is.
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New post 24 Aug 2012, 00:19
Unfortunately it's true, and I think that way they are missing some of the best candidates, only because their GMAT is too low.
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New post 05 Sep 2012, 08:17
I'm with you on this, you or anyone else shouldn't let it stop you from going after your dream! if you think you have what it takes, go for it.
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New post 14 Sep 2012, 23:58
I took it retroactively and the results were pretty close to my actual results, although while doing it I thought there should be more importance for some factors and less for others. For example, promotions at work and managing more people is more important than community service.
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New post 15 Sep 2012, 04:00
It's a useful tool.. gives good insight into what adcoms value most in GENERAL but of course should not be taken as FACT! It's just a fun tool to test your chances, but certainly you shouldn't be the basis for choosing schools at all
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New post 24 Sep 2012, 09:25
Yes, it's cool, I took it in retrospective as well and it was right in 3 out of 4 schools I applied to.
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New post 02 Oct 2012, 08:55
When you say right, what do you mean? The tool told me that I'm competitive and it means nothing to me - I can either get admitted or not. Does it mean I'm in the grey area with thousands of other candidates?
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New post 11 Oct 2012, 00:19
I meant that I was between competitive and strong in schools where I ended up getting admitted. I think that competitive means that you are good enough to get interview invitation, and from there your future is in your hands.
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New post 12 Oct 2012, 14:35
I found it pretty useful.

Really though, you have to remember it is a tool to help get you to purchase their service. I'm competitive or better at the schools I applied to, if I have strong essays and recs. Obviously I can't assess that objectively. The key is that medium ranked essays, recs, application will likely drop you to a stretch at your target schools.

So naturally you then want to purchase their help as that guarantees you a "strong" rating in these areas.

I didn't use a consultant, but in hindsight I kind of regret not investing at most 5% of the cost of school into getting in.
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New post 27 Oct 2012, 01:10
zaffro13 wrote:
I found it pretty useful.

Really though, you have to remember it is a tool to help get you to purchase their service. I'm competitive or better at the schools I applied to, if I have strong essays and recs. Obviously I can't assess that objectively. The key is that medium ranked essays, recs, application will likely drop you to a stretch at your target schools.

So naturally you then want to purchase their help as that guarantees you a "strong" rating in these areas.

I didn't use a consultant, but in hindsight I kind of regret not investing at most 5% of the cost of school into getting in.


As for assessing your essays strength, I see they also have another evaluation tool on their website to help you analyze your essays and evaluate your application based on what they call "admission drivers".
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New post 28 Oct 2012, 23:09
This seems pretty spot-on! Granted, it's hard to say how your application is, but this can help you figure out where you stand depending on execution.

Hopefully it eases any fears about being delusional. Or helps others make wise decisions on what schools to focus on.
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New post 05 Nov 2012, 09:30
That's a very good point, it can help you aim for the right programs for you and set realistic goals.
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New post 21 Nov 2012, 23:55
Whatever, just don't rely on it too much and don't give up on a school just because this tool is telling you that you have no chance.
You should do your research and select the programs which best fit you and your goals, don't worry too much about admission chances.
Then, build strong application and apply!
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New post 29 Nov 2012, 03:13
Does anyone understand why you need to drop 0.5 point if you are applying to NYU in first round? Is it easier to get admitted to NYU in 2nd round??
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New post 08 Dec 2012, 01:05
If I had to guess it's because their infamous waitlist, which probably makes it harder for first round applicants.
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New post 09 Dec 2012, 00:48
This thing is a joke. Especially considering where it put me relative to the invites I have received from schools!
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New post 16 Dec 2012, 03:44
Where did you apply and what was the point gap?
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New post 16 Dec 2012, 11:53
bizwiz6 wrote:
Where did you apply and what was the point gap?

My score was right around 60, yet I was interviewed and waitlisted at Stanford, interviewed by Haas and Anderson, and dinged by HBS. In my eyes, that is fairly decent when the calculator shows me 10+ points off of those schools on average.
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New post 25 Dec 2012, 00:10
Wow, that's a big gap... any idea what made the difference? any elements in your profile that were not calculated by this tool but worked in your favor?
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New post 01 Jan 2013, 09:25
Don't try so hard to figure out the numbers, the admission process is not exact science and should not be put in mathematical models.
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