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  • in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #25948

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi David,

    I have a 760 on GMAT but a low score on AWA. How much of an impact would this low score (3.5) have on my application to tier 1 business schools.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the AWA score. Fortunately, the AWA does not carry nearly as much weight with the admissions committees as the verbal or quantitative scores. Furthermore, your verbal score has already helped mitigate the 3.5.

    Well-written essays and good admissions interviews will help to further mitigate any concerns about your communication skills.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #25942

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    Originally posted by hbsalltheway

    David,

    I appreciate your keen advice. How important is it to apply in R1, particularly for HBS. I may have to rush to meet that deadline. Should I wait until R2 and hope R2 is less competitive?

    Thanks in advance!


    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    As a general rule, it is always more advantageous to apply in the first round than the second. There are more openings for the incoming class and the admissions committees are trying to fill seats. At the most selective schools, round 2 is when the class becomes ‘rounded out’ and the admissions officers really focus in on getting the right representation from demographic groups such as NY I-bankers and Indian IT applicants.

    There is no truth to the ‘urban legend’ that the second round is less competitive than the first round. The admissions officers know what percent of good applicants apply each round and they adjust their targeted number of admissions offers to reflect this.

    Finally, a good applicant will make a convincing case for why he/she wants to attend XYZ b-school and why he/she has been proactive about wanting an MBA for a long time. Applying in round 1 will certainly help signal this point much more clearly than applying in a later round.

    In conclusion, if you have a good application put together for a top school, it will behoove you to submit it earlier than later.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #25930

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    Originally posted by keenomacdaddy

    David,

    Thanks for taking the time to answer questoins. Is there any way to get into a top 25 MBA program with a 600 GMAT and 2.7 GPA. I kow I can get good references, I interview well and my work exp is good.

    Many thanks!


    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Yes, it is possible to get into a top 25 school with your GPA and GMAT. It is the exception though rather than the rule and you will need to demonstrate great work experience with a rapid career progression. You will also need to mitigate any concerns about your ability to handle the coursework in b-school.

    Letters of reference are helpful if handled properly. Otherwise, they won’t really help you or hurt you since the majority of the other applicants will have similarly favorable references written about them.

    The good news for you is that the b-schools give about a 35% to 40% weighting to your academic qualifications, i.e. your GPA and GMAT.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #25917

    Hi Michelle and thanks for your inquiry.

    As I probably know just enough about law school admissions to be dangerous, I’ll let Renee answer the first part of your question. I do know the answer to the second part though. If you want to sign up for the pre admissions consultation, you can just sign up for 1 hour of law school admissions services.

    Best of luck with your future law school applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #25910

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    Originally posted by jwitte

    Thanks David!

    How do you k9ow they kicked out 5 ppl last year? I didnt’ see that on their website.


    Hi and thanks for your follow-up inquiry.

    I’m not sure if it’s also on their website, but I looked at the transcript of an interview one of our consultants conducted with an HBS admissions officer.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #25907

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    Originally posted by jwitte

    David,

    Thanks in advance for answering my question. It’s about HBS. Is it tru e all they care about is ledership?


    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Yes, HBS does care **a lot** about leadership and if you don’t demonstrate leadership, you are not getting admitted regardless of GMAT scores, GPA, etc.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s all they care about even if they give it a heavier weighting than the other top programs. For one thing, they obviously care about integrity. (The fact that 5 people got kicked out this past year due to ‘application discrepancies’ is testament to that.)

    Other important factors are academic qualifications, i.e. you must demonstrate that you can handle their curriculum, so the GMAT and transcripts are also important.

    Finally, having a good ‘story’ that includes airtight reasons for why you want an MBA, why you want to attend Harvard, etc is critical to gaining admission to HBS — or any other selective b-school for that matter.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    @admissionsconsultants.com">DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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