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Over-represented Applicants

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Post Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:35 am
Hi everyone,

Just have a quick question regarding the so-called over-represented applicant pool. When schools compare candidates, do they pool people of the same nationality or ethnicity?

I am Chinese but a Canadian citizen who has been educated in Canada for the past 10 years. Will adcom put me in the ridiculously competitive Chinese pool or consider me as a Canadian applicant?

Any insight would be appreciated!

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I don't think you need to worry so much about this, it's kind of like looking over your shoulder when you're sprinting...but let me give you a few hypotheticals to take into consideration:

First, what is the average/median GMAT at the MiM programs you're considering? This is not easy information to find, but in general GMATs for MiM programs tend a bit lower than MBA programs, in the 680-700 range. To be maximally competitive, you want to be at or above the median for the program you're applying to.

Second, take the "compete against your twin" test: the person you're competing with isn't some unknown factor from China or Canada, but, simply, someone like YOU. Imagine that you're competing against your twin, but there's only room for one of you in this program. How can you get the edge over this twin in every possible area? You'll find that there's not much you or your hypothetical twin can do about being Chinese-Canadian, that's unchangeable fact. But you CAN change your GMAT -- so you should not let yourself off the hook here. You don't want your twin to edge you out over something that is in your own hands!

Hope this helps,
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Post Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:41 am
I don't think you need to worry so much about this, it's kind of like looking over your shoulder when you're sprinting...but let me give you a few hypotheticals to take into consideration:

First, what is the average/median GMAT at the MiM programs you're considering? This is not easy information to find, but in general GMATs for MiM programs tend a bit lower than MBA programs, in the 680-700 range. To be maximally competitive, you want to be at or above the median for the program you're applying to.

Second, take the "compete against your twin" test: the person you're competing with isn't some unknown factor from China or Canada, but, simply, someone like YOU. Imagine that you're competing against your twin, but there's only room for one of you in this program. How can you get the edge over this twin in every possible area? You'll find that there's not much you or your hypothetical twin can do about being Chinese-Canadian, that's unchangeable fact. But you CAN change your GMAT -- so you should not let yourself off the hook here. You don't want your twin to edge you out over something that is in your own hands!

Hope this helps,
Margaret

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