General stuff

Getting better

So, it’s the end of another weekend and I’ve just about got my strategy and all-important short-term, medium-term and long-term goals in place.

I know I should have started writing essays by now, but I figure the goals are really the backbone of my applications. What’s more, I don’t have to do the GMAT (more on that below), I know pretty much which schools I’m applying to, plus I did it all last season so know a lot of things I didn’t know then.

Still, I’ll have to push a lot harder to make my applications as great as they can be! Fortunately I have two consultants and a bunch of focused (and shockingly honest!) students and alums to keep on my case.

Another big help has been the Twitter feeds from various b schools on my radar. I’m now retweeting the articles that have most relevance for me, the sort of stuff that makes you realise what you were put on this planet to do. That is what I want to get into my applications!

Every little tweak I make to one of my goals has a ripple effect on the others. It matters because I have a lot of work experience so my options are fewer and I need a compelling reason for the ‘Why an [full time] MBA?’, ‘Why now?’ questions. And once those are satisfied, there is the monster ‘What have you done to improve yourself since last time?’ question.

What’s more, since I took my GMAT in mid 2012, my percentile rankings have been adjusted twice. While my total score is still in the 94th percentile, my quant ranking has slipped from 78th to 74th percentile! Thankfully, everything else is above the 90th percentile. There isn’t a lot I can do about it now, but it could make or break my application given my relatively low GPA.

So many things to work into those ever-shrinking number of words left in my essays! Once more unto the breach, dear friends!


6 thoughts on “Getting better

  1. domotron says:

    You report the percentiles that you got back when you took the test per your official test scores. So don’t worry about the moving percentiles!

    Also admissions look more at the raw scores than the percentiles because they know the quant percentiles keep moving downwards for the equivalent score. Therefore the fabled (but totally useless) 80/80 split is nothing like the old 80/80 split.

    Good luck with your essays.

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    • It’s to do with being able to handle the programme workload, quant content etc. Not a big deal perhaps, but a low GPA will still raise an eyebrow, This is something I’ll tackle briefly in the optional essay.


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