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Hi I am Fatine from Morocco
I was preparing my application form for the Master in Finance in ESSEC ESCP HEC EDHEC and Em Lyon (last one just for security reasons).
I graduated last year from a top business school in Morocco (actually ESSEC told me they appreciate a lot my school) and I am currently working Full time in a French Bank in financial services but not as a Investment Banking Analyst (we are direclty attached to the IB division).
I started to prepare seriously for the GMAT in November aiming first to apply for February session then went for April session. Through these months I tried to prepare but maybe I equipped myself with the wrong materials and plans, family problems followed and many other personnal reasons.
I have a score of 970 in the Toiec test.
I just passed the kaplan test for the verbal part and missed 20 questions out of 36 which is horrible, I wouldn’t also say that I am bright with the Quant side especially geometry and english isn’t really my first language.
I intendend to pass the Gmat in 1st April but now I just feel discouraged by results.
I really don’t know what to do.

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Hi Fatineel,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine have you followed? How many hours do you study each week? Have you taken any "time off" from your studies?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) What are the application deadlines for each of the Schools that you plan to apply to?

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New post 26 Feb 2019, 16:28
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Fatineel,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine have you followed? How many hours do you study each week? Have you taken any "time off" from your studies?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) What are the application deadlines for each of the Schools that you plan to apply to?

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Thank you for your reply.
Studies :
1) I was quite inconsistent with my study habits, due to personal reasons (out of my control) sometimes I worked 2 weeks followed by 1 week time off. I would say I was staying 1h30 to 3h hours a day but in a kind of noisy environment.
2) I used the Princeton Review Verbal, the Kaplan GMAT 800 (ed2008) and the Ready4 GMAT platform (it was actually good for the GMAT initiation) (GMAT books are rare in my country and Amazon don't ship to Morocco), I also just discovered error logs excel which is a great tool to keep up with the performance.
3) I only did one Kaplan mock (only the verbal) and scored a horrible 310.

Goals :
4) I was aiming for 650 but it's impossible.
5) ESSEC : 10 April, ESCP : 20 April, HEC 19 April, EDHEC : July I think and Em Lyon July not sure.

After some thinking, I may decide to apply for the next year as I was inconsistent with my preparation (I blame fully myself).
Note also that I work full time and I am 23 yo.
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 22:27
Hi Fatineel,

Raising a 310 to a 650+ will be a challenging task; it will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. One of the key elements is that you have to commit to a consistent study routine.

Given the application deadlines you listed, I think that it would make more sense for you to apply for the next year's application cycle. That would greatly increase the amount of study time you will have and you won't feel quite as much pressure. While I understand that the idea of pushing back your applications might not make you happy, it's important to remember your REAL Goal: to get into your first-choice School. Beyond having a strong GMAT Score, you will need a strong OVERALL profile AND you will need to properly 'market yourself' to each Program that you apply too.

1) For the next 3-4 months, how many hours do you think you could consistently study each week? Would you anticipate taking any "time off" from your studies?

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New post 06 Mar 2019, 03:11
Thank you for your detailed response.
1) For know I am reading in the gmat forum about people’s experience working full time and scoring quite high, and about their study plans etc.

As for the the overall profile : I am from a top tier business school in my country, had 3 internships in banks (asset management, risk management and investment banking, excelled in the last one).
I was co founder in a club for education, raised money through sponsorship. I also won 4 national competition (hackathons) (three of them 1st place as project leader), and ranked 3rd in a trading competition in my school and I participated in several other competitions to work on my communication
and negociation skills.
As for the gpa we don’t really have a system of gpa, i tried to do conversion based on a matrix I found in the GMAC website and found my gpa between 3.4 and 3.6 but I am not really sure.

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New post 06 Mar 2019, 17:55
Hi Fatineel,

Since you know which Schools you'd like to apply to, you might find it helpful to discuss your overall profile and plans with an Admissions Expert. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

Until you've locked in a higher Score on the GMAT, it might be difficult for most Experts to properly assess the strength of your overall profile and your 'chances' of getting into any individual Program. Those same Experts might also be able to provide some insight into whether you should push back your applications or not.

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