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Wait another year to apply for 1st round?

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Wait another year to apply for 1st round?

Post Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:49 pm
Hi,

I took my gmat end of September, but did not get at least a 550. I wanted to apply to schools such as Santa Clara U, Boston U, and University of San Francisco. My plan was to get at least a 560 and start the application process and essays during the last week of September and October in order to send out the applications by the school's deadline, which are in November. But just by GMAT standards, my gmat score is not even close to the mean, in addition, it is not even in their 80% range. Despite the fact that I was determined to apply this year (becasue I don't want to wait another 2 years to physically go), it seems like I have to face reality- 1) Take a break 2) Start studying for GMAT again 3) Retake test next year. Please advise if my decision is a good one and whether I should even try applying for University of SF this year? (Assuming I can put application package together all within 1.5 months). Thank you very much for the input!!

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Post Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:40 pm
Hi ketnet1,

First, there has been some debate recently regarding the difference between applying in Round 1 vs. Round 2. You can search the forums for more info, but from my experience, the acceptance rates are not significantly different between the two rounds. Once you drift into rounds 3 or 4, then it becomes more competitive.

The deadline for University of San Francisco's Round 2 is January 15th, which would give you 3.5 months to complete everything. If you really want to start school next year then consider applying in Round 2.

If your GMAT score is truly that low (and your GPA, work experience, etc. won't compensate for it), then I suggest you study for the test again. Make sure you create a strict study plan and stick to it. You'll find lots of great resources on this website that will help guide you.

Good luck!

-Sean

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