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New post 12 Sep 2008, 18:56
Okay so I've been going crazy these last couple of weeks trying to finalize on my application strategy and am hoping some of you can lend me advice!!

Essentially I need to decide which schools to apply to in which round. Here is my prioritized list with the round I am currently targeting for each:

1. Harvard (R1)
2. Stanford (R1)
3. Berkeley (R1)
4. Tuck (R2)
5. Kellogg (R2)

What it boils down to is my GMAT (680: 81% Q / 82% V) and whether I should retake. I'm confident in the rest of my application but know I can score higher on the GMAT, as I didn't study for it originally. However with R1 deadlines just over a month away I'm feeling a bit stressed finding time to study, write essays and prep my recommenders.

What do you think? Should I...

- Forget the GMAT and forge ahead with my essays for R1.
- Focus on raising my GMAT and perhaps apply to 1-2 lower priority schools in R1, saving a stronger/more polished app for my top picks in R2.
- Other?

Any thoughts or advice would be very very much appreciated...I wake up each day with a different plan and it's the clock is ticking...

Thanks!

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New post 12 Sep 2008, 21:41
Well this is going to be very debateable, but I would break similiar schools.

Harvard/Stanford in different rounds

Tuck/Berkeley in different rounds (Berkeley round 1 and 2 are REALLY close together, so maybe do round 1 berkeley)

Kellogg round 2 (just because you probably have more time)


Also many people say that it doesn't matter all that much between the rounds just make sure you have enough time to put together a good application.




Personally, I would do all the schools I really really want to go to round 1. So harvard, kellogg 1.
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New post 13 Sep 2008, 07:55
Depending on your background, you may want to retake the GMAT. You are going to be about 40 points below the average for the schools you are applying to (50 points for stanford). Its a significant difference and really can sink your chances at some of these schools unless you have some amazing background...judging by my classmates most people are very impressive so I can only think that the people with the GMATs far below average are ones coming from unique backgrounds like non-profit, teach for america, and things like that.
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New post 13 Sep 2008, 09:34
Thanks for the input...it sounds like retaking the GMAT would be in my best interest. Even if I study for ~1 month that should give me time to put together an app for Berkeley.

Hopefully the relatively equal chances between R1 and R2 hold true this year, although I hear Stanford strongly recommends applying in R1.

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New post 13 Sep 2008, 10:17
If you got a 680 without studying, I think you can bump up your score big time with minimal studying (2-3 weeks including 1-2 practice CATS each week).

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Thanks for the input...it sounds like retaking the GMAT would be in my best interest. Even if I study for ~1 month that should give me time to put together an app for Berkeley.

Hopefully the relatively equal chances between R1 and R2 hold true this year, although I hear Stanford strongly recommends applying in R1.

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