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14 Nov 2006, 14:01
Most schools have a set of questions (often with restrictions on the length of the answers) to be answered by the recommenders.

1. If I am applying to multiple schools (H/W/K/M), can a LCM of all those questions be answered in a single essay and the same essay be reused for all the different schools?

2. How fussy are the schools regarding the format of the recommendation and do they penalize the applicant if the recommendation letter does not answer the questions asked in the order it was asked?

3. For the questionnaire (where you have to rank the candidates), do we have to be ranked in the highest category to be considered for admission?

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14 Nov 2006, 14:32
1. Yes, from what I've heard. Bschools understand that not all recommenders will have so much time to devout to another's application.

2. Of course if a recommender answers exactly how the recommendation form asks its good, but i dont think a letter answering all questions not in order (but covering the basic stuff) will be taken negatively.

3. Mostly high as guess, otherwise you dont want to get a recommendation from that person

BYW have you applied to any schools yet? which ones are R2?
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14 Nov 2006, 19:53
sm176811 wrote:
Most schools have a set of questions (often with restrictions on the length of the answers) to be answered by the recommenders.

1. If I am applying to multiple schools (H/W/K/M), can a LCM of all those questions be answered in a single essay and the same essay be reused for all the different schools?

2. How fussy are the schools regarding the format of the recommendation and do they penalize the applicant if the recommendation letter does not answer the questions asked in the order it was asked?

3. For the questionnaire (where you have to rank the candidates), do we have to be ranked in the highest category to be considered for admission?

1 and 2 are answered, I'll chime in on 3. I'd suggest a mix of the top level and the second top level. I wouldn't want to see any "Average" in there.
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