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I applied to last year and got straight ding from Stanford, Duke, Darden and ding after interview from Kellogg and Cornell. I have posted a few questions below, Would be great if I could get some help.

My Profile:

-Deloitte Consulting (Strategy & Ops) + Strategy roles in young Telecom & Internet companies
-hold undergrad and post grad (Telecom) from IIT Madras, India
-GPA 3/4 (better than average in the class, highly competitive class and school)
-2.3 yrs experience in Deloitte Consulting (Telecom & technology vertical, Strategy & Operation)
-5 months product management in a medium size mobile VAS player 
-1.3 yrs experience in Telenor (A Multinational telecom player) as a business analyst to business head of two states, exposure to sales, marketing and customer care and ground operation
- for last 1 year in an online and mobile advertising company which was started in 2006, growing rapidly
-first 7 months in Mumbai (India) donning multiple hats of business analysis, marketing, pre-sales
-was given a new opportunity and shifted to Singapore 4 months back for launching the product in South-East Asia and over see the project management of integration process post acquisition of a company
- Good amount of Extra curricular activities in college (College captain for music for 2 yrs, national social service for 2 yrs, Extra mural lecture coordinator etc) but little work after the college
-Helped the company for campus recruitment
- Organizers (city chapter) for Global panIIT meet which happens once in a year in US or India in alternate years
-Took counseling sessions for poor kids (for short duration)
- GMAT: 710 (M 50, V35, 5)

My questions:
-Though I don't belong to the competitive pool of Indian IT Male, I do come from Indian Eng Male background. During feedback session from Darden (which btw had only 1 essay question + 3 small essays last year), said that my GMAT was not their favorite aspect and hence I should look for further improvement. My question is, which option should I exercise
1. Start Preparing for GMAT now, write it by mid-Sep and then apply to couple of schools in R1
2. Apply for my low schools in R1 by mid-Sep. Write GMAT in Nov and then apply for remaining schools in R2 (including Top schools)
3. Don't write GMAT at all and apply for my 2 safe choices + 1 mid choice first in R1 and then for remaining later in R2
4. Any other suggestion?
- if two schools are identical for me in terms of suitability, which one should I apply to, one where was rejected last year or one where I had not applied. Do school look at the reapplication more favorably or turn them down more easily
-I am aiming college from 4th to 15th rank. How realistic is the aim, especially after disappointing last year? 
- Any suggestions on the split of High/Medium/Low schools?

Thanks in advance,
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Hey Gogo,
I like the specificity of your questions. This will help us answer you precisely,

I would go with a slightly alternative plan. Take the GMAT as EARLY as you can (of course that will give you enough time to study, because if you don;t get higher it won't count for all that much). Simultaneously if you can, apply to your safe schools R1. And then all the other schools R2. The reason is that to build any reasonable strategy, you need to know your score.

OR, Option B, is to forget about the GMAT. You have a 710. Yes, many Indian students do get higher, but in my experience it's not the GMAT that's hurting you. My feeling is that they told you it's your GMAT, out of laziness to dig into the deep and real reasons. From what I have seen, once you cross 700, you can get into ANY school, and I mean ANY. The rest is dependent on your profile and essays. Of course if you can EASILY get 30 points more, yeah, you should go for it. But if 710 is your plateau, you might be wasting your time.

As for your next question, if you were invited to an interview (not for Kellogg which interviews ALL candidates) then reapply, if you got a straight ding, your chances would likely be a bit better at a different school.

As for suggesting schools, I'd need to know your aims and your profile a bit better, before I could do that.

Best to ya!

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