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New post 05 Aug 2015, 07:47
Hello everyone,

I am thinking about applying for INSEAD (Singapore Campus).
I talked already to INSEAD in person but I would be interested in your frank opinion.

Profile:
Age: 31
Nationality: German
Degree: B.Sc in Business Administration (GPA just 2.0), of a German university
International Exp.: Lived for 2 years in South Korea as exchange student - Korean language ability ~A2-B1
Work Exp.: +5yrs, mainly at one of the world largest Private Equity Companies as Financial Analyst (got promoted after 2 yrs)
Expected GMAT: 600-650

I know that my GPA is not good. But I think my international and also my work experience is quite good. What is your opinion?
Thank you in advance.
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New post 05 Aug 2015, 08:05
Hey,

fellow German here.

if you studied at a German university, how do you have a GPA? It's a very American/English system, where usually 4.0 is highest and 1 or 0 is lowest. Are you sure your GPA is 2?

If you're using the German scale and your average grade is 2 (on a scale from 1-6, where one is best and 6 is worst), then a 2 isn't too bad. I'd say they would look more at your international experience and work experience, both of which seem promising.

My bigger concern would be the GMAT: A score of 600-650 is not going to get you in. I'm speaking from experience. Aim for 70th percentile in both verbal and quant, which translates to a 670+. The average student at INSEAD has a score of 700. Sure, there are outliers, but if you look at the materials they say that 80% of applicants have a GMAT between 650 and 750 or something like that.

Hope that helps.
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New post 05 Aug 2015, 08:31
Frank opinion from an admit here:

You're on the older side, nearly the crossover to EMBA. Make sure to explain why MBA and not EMBA.

Agree. Are you sure it's a low GPA? Europeans tend to be marked lower than US counterparts. I.e 70%+ in the UK is 1st class honors ~ 4.0 GPA. if it is low, explain in optional essay.

Workex and international exposure is spot on. But as someone working in PE, I would have expected your GMAT to be higher.

You could get away with high 600s, but not 650 or below. I suggest retaking it aiming for a 680 and above.
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New post 05 Aug 2015, 11:10
Thank you.
On our German system 1,0 - 6,0 its a 3,0...so its just average. I thought that is a 2 in the US-GPA system.

About my age (31):
Actually, I planned to do a MBA already 2,5 years ago. But then I had the chance to work on a merger and IPO which was a big chance.
Because I did a good job on that I got promoted to a higher position, so I didn't want to leave our company right after my promotion.
So I could explain about that in my essay.

The GMAT is just what I currently expect. I didn't take the GMAT yet and have two month left to prepare. Of course it is my goal to get a 650+ :)
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New post 25 Aug 2015, 21:59
Delgrado,

I was a recent admit of the 2016 class.

I'll post some of my stats just as a reference for you.

- I have no intl working experience but I did for extracurriculars (I think the most important thing about this is how to sell your story/experience to the adcom to convince that your experiences were worth it. That said, you can take a look at INSEAD's 2 job essays regarding your job description and career progress; you need to make your experience stand out from others of the same applicant pool)
- My GPA is below average (similar to yours, I also don't use a 4.0 grading system)
- GMAT: 730 (I had a perfect quant score, so I think this can complement my below average GPA in some way)
- TOEFL: 112
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New post 04 Aug 2018, 09:43
Hi,
I got a low GMAT score twice (550/560), but have a good work+ international experience.
Nationality: Indian
Target EMBA programs: IIM's & ISB
Total Work Exp: 9.2 years
International Work Exp: 4.5 years
Industry: Oil & Gas
Function: ERP Professional

I there any hope for me? Please share your feedback.Thanks in advance!!
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