It is currently 18 Nov 2017, 03:44


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.


Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Profile evaluation - MSc @ LSE

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 30 Aug 2010
Posts: 8

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

Profile evaluation - MSc @ LSE [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Oct 2010, 14:02

I originally posted this under the MSF forum, but realized that this forum probably was a better place for it.

I don't know if you guys know anything about the MSc-schools out there, but I'll give it a shot anyway.

I am currently in the midst of my MSc application and in desperate need for some guidance/information. I am applying to LSE, SSE (Stockholm School of Economics), possibly Oxbridge (depends on my GMAT, I need to retake TOEFL to increase the score by 2 points). Increasing the TOEFL score will be no problem if it becomes necessary.

I am from Norway, where I also study at the moment. The school I attend, although not very well recognized internationally, is one of the best in Norway in terms of Bachelor degrees in Economics.

0 Work exp, 21 years, will graduate in May 11. (lol) => MSc

We don't operate with the distinction/honor system in Norway (e.g. Top 5 % of class and so on), but I am fairly confident I am in the top 5 % of my class, if not the best student in it. Throughout my coursework, I have earned 11 A's and one D (in strategic management, which my school, as the only one in the world, includes as a first year undergrad course). Although I probably could get an A, or at least a B, in that course, I didn't bother. Anyway, I believe it is pretty tough to get straight A's in Norway (4 out of 265 got an A in marketing to take an example), so I am doing pretty good relatively speaking. Subsequently, I am getting pretty good references from professors.

However, I studied abroad in Australia last semester. In Australia, me and my mates didn't really do much school and this, obviously, affected my/our grades. I ended up with about 71 % average (100 % being the max score). The schoolwork in Australia was easier, but my effort was absent. This didn't really bother me, because my school only lists these grades as either approved or failed on my diploma.

The problem arises when I have to show these grades to LSE, which no doubt will request them. I am worried that my laziness in Australia will "destroy" my application, since these grades (along with my little "D") will drag my GPA down a lot. I have heard people talk about how you can explain this in your essays by telling stories about how you enjoyed life and traveled etc, but I don't know if I am able/allowed to do so in the MSc essay.

GMAT-wise, I am aiming for a 750+, which may be a stretch at the moment.. My current level is around 710-720 judging by the MGMAT CATs, but I hope I can improve this a bit.

If you are still reading this, thank you for your inhuman patience. Now for the questions.

- What score do you think I should be aiming for to give myself a chance to get in?
- If I score in the low 700's, what do you think my chances of acceptance are?
- Are my grades too poor?
- I still have one year worth of coursework to be done. How will this affect my application? I am aiming to Ace most of my courses.
- How on earth is the essay supposed be written? This is a new concept to me, and I haven't seen a concrete question in the application form nor on the website. (It's a personal statement essay)

This post turned out to be far longer than I expected. I just want to say that this site has been a tremendous help during GMAT preparations, and that some of the people on this forum are gifts from God to GMAT-takers. I know my score will be 50-100 points better than it would be if I hadn't come across this forum.

If anybody bothers to answer, I will be utterly grateful.


Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

Profile evaluation - MSc @ LSE   [#permalink] 24 Oct 2010, 14:02
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Profile evaluation - MSc @ LSE

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderator: OasisGC

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.