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To retake or not to retake / INSEAD admission

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Originally posted by nche on 30 Jun 2017, 08:44.
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New post 30 Jun 2017, 20:43
nche wrote:
Hi all. Just passed my first GMAT attempt this morning. Faired not too bad but a bit disappointed. Got a 670 (IR6,Q45,V37). Frustrated because on all my prep tests (GMAT prep 4 tests) I got either 690 or 720 and my Q score has always been Q47 or Q48.

I'm an engineer. Bi National (French/Nigerian). 5 years work exp, 2 as a project manager and the rest setting up the financial control department of an international Logistics firm subsidiary in Nigeria. Worked and studied in France, Spain, Nigeria, India and Australia. Uni GPA 4.0 (according to the conversion table I saw at the GMAT test).

My main target is INSEAD; second choice IE Business school. My major conundrum is I want to apply in Round 4 deadline 24th July. I still have my essay's to write and don't know how important getting a better GMAT would be in the grand scheme of things. I believe I could get it into the 700s. (fluent in French and English, working proficiency in Spanish, very basic German).

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers


Hi,

Applying in the last round with a sub-par GMAT score is risky proposition. You should push your application to the other intake and apply in the earlier rounds. This will also free up time to retake GMAT- you are already sure you can better your performance so take a go at it.

You cater to the diversity of the b-school and they still take you in despite the GMAT score (we once had a candidate being admitted with 600+ score). But in my opinion taking the safer approach on this one is more beneficial.

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New post 30 Jun 2017, 23:11
nche wrote:
Hi all. Just passed my first GMAT attempt this morning. Faired not too bad but a bit disappointed. Got a 670 (IR6,Q45,V37). Frustrated because on all my prep tests (GMAT prep 4 tests) I got either 690 or 720 and my Q score has always been Q47 or Q48.

I'm an engineer. Bi National (French/Nigerian). 5 years work exp, 2 as a project manager and the rest setting up the financial control department of an international Logistics firm subsidiary in Nigeria. Worked and studied in France, Spain, Nigeria, India and Australia. Uni GPA 4.0 (according to the conversion table I saw at the GMAT test).

My main target is INSEAD; second choice IE Business school. My major conundrum is I want to apply in Round 4 deadline 24th July. I still have my essay's to write and don't know how important getting a better GMAT would be in the grand scheme of things. I believe I could get it into the 700s. (fluent in French and English, working proficiency in Spanish, very basic German).

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers


Hi,

If you aren't willing to apply next year, then I'd recommend working on your applications now. In R4, your application needs to be solid for any consideration. If you can work both on your next GMAT and application side-by-side, perhaps then you could but if you're working full time I don't see how that will be possible without you compromising on quality.
You do have a distinguished profile and you might just make the cut even with your below average GMAT. Even if you don't make it this time you can always re-apply next year with better GMAT score.
Good Luck !

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nche wrote:
Hi all. Just passed my first GMAT attempt this morning. Faired not too bad but a bit disappointed. Got a 670 (IR6,Q45,V37). Frustrated because on all my prep tests (GMAT prep 4 tests) I got either 690 or 720 and my Q score has always been Q47 or Q48.

I'm an engineer. Bi National (French/Nigerian). 5 years work exp, 2 as a project manager and the rest setting up the financial control department of an international Logistics firm subsidiary in Nigeria. Worked and studied in France, Spain, Nigeria, India and Australia. Uni GPA 4.0 (according to the conversion table I saw at the GMAT test).

My main target is INSEAD; second choice IE Business school. My major conundrum is I want to apply in Round 4 deadline 24th July. I still have my essay's to write and don't know how important getting a better GMAT would be in the grand scheme of things. I believe I could get it into the 700s. (fluent in French and English, working proficiency in Spanish, very basic German).

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers

Well my first question is: Do you really want to apply last round with a lower than average GMAT to your favorite school when they have intakes every six months? Does that at all make sense?

I think in all likelihood it won't. and you would have to have a very strong justification fro applying both R4 and with a lower than average score, and taking a huge risk of not being accepted. Plus you haven't begun your essays.

My advice: Take it easy. Hold on to those horses. Plan out a retake and try to get the best score you can and THEN apply. Don't rush things dude. You only do this once. So do it right.

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