Amazing Ironical Twist
It should be noted that no particular set of scores, will guarantee an admission in the top business school, because there are various other factors, depending on which your candidacy is evaluated.
Point to ponder over
It has happened quite a few times that a candidate with a GMAT score of 720, has got rejected, whereas another candidate with an average GMAT score, who has written exceptional essays, and submitted an impactful letter of recommendation, has got accepted.
So next time if your friend next door seems to boast of his/her chances by having scored a better GMAT score than you, don’t lose heart because you can return the favor by writing the essay impressively followed by an excellent letter of recommendation. We believe that you can still have the last laugh.
The question of the Hour - What is the highest possible GMAT Score?
The highest possible GMAT score is 800.
Did we hear you say "That is out of reach for me "?
Don’t worry folks because, even if you have a score in the mid 600's, but you have done well in the other aspects, then you stand a great chance of getting into the top business schools.
We believe that the above two lines should have calmed your nerves a little bit.
It is obvious that the admission committee will thoroughly examine your professional experience, because through your experiences, they will get an idea, about the magnitude of your work and responsibilities taken by you. The admission officers look for a candidate, who has taken up responsibilities in the past, and is matured enough to take up the challenging course of MBA. However, if you do not have professional experience of that high level or years, still there is an outside chance that your name may come up for discussion in admission approval circle of that college if you have a very strong application and it should be backed by an exceptional essay and recommendation letter with a strong achievement section in your application process.
Apart from the GMAT, GPA scores, the admission committees look for good scholars, who have strong personal qualities. So, your community profile is mandatory. Through your community profile, you can cite examples from your past, where you have helped people, taken up initiatives, or leadership outside work. If you have worked for non-profits, then it is a positive.
However, if you have a busy schedule, your community profile can be still managed.
Let us understand, with the help of an example.
Suppose, you are not a member of an NGO, but you have helped your neighbor, or a member of your society, then you can highlight it in your community profile.
You can say, one of my neighbors was facing trouble with her financial planning, and she felt that she was cheated by the banks. Being a finance student, I had some knowledge and I helped her out. She thanked me for my efforts. This gave me immense satisfaction.
Personal Profile – Defining what you are.
The Admission officers always want to assemble, a diverse class, with students from varied culture or background. International students are perceived to have a strong personal profile.
Your personal hobbies, community activities or your professional life, can also demonstrate your personal profile.
For Example, a student while showcasing her personal profile, said- my grandfather wrote a book in German language.
After I completed my school, I learnt the German language to read the book written by him.
Though, this may not sound that significant, but it can definitely help in attracting the attention of the admission officers.
Demand meets supply - Institution’s search for Mr./Ms. Right should end with you.
As mentioned earlier, along with your strong GPA, GMAT, essays, and letters of recommendation, you need to prove the admission officers, that you are a proper fit with your target program. You need to do sufficient research on your target school, and find out an appropriate answer to the question, that is- why have you chosen their school over other schools?
COLLMISSION TIP - While answering the above question, you should avoid ambiguous answers like-
- To get a better pay package.
- Because your school is ranked number 5 by the ranking agencies.
- Because my relative studies here.
- Have more students from my country etc.
So what can you say?
Collmission suggests that you must give valid reasons, like,
‘I love the research facilities provided by the school, and I want to grow in the field of research and development.’
The point to be noted - The admission authorities do not want a candidate, who will struggle with the program.
So, you need to convince them, that you will not face any trouble with the curriculum, and will successfully prove that your talent and potential are in synchronization with the institution’s program’s pre requisites. Ultimately, every institution wants that their students successfully complete the program and be a good ambassador of the institute in the future.
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