If you’re an international applicant (to MBA programs), then you may not have to necessarily write TOEFL or similar tests such as IELTS or PTE, measuring your fluency in English. Instructions by schools regarding who needs to write and who doesn’t are quite clear in most cases, but most instructions aren’t very clear on what evidence they want to see if you had English as the medium of instruction.
How many times last week you got uninterrupted four hours at work? (Uninterrupted means uninterrupted – no meetings, impromptu chat from boss or colleague, phone calls, and similar disturbances.)
You’ll have to really stretch your memory to recall when you last got even one hour of uninterrupted time.
Not surprisingly, there are days when we wonder, “Did I get anything solid done today?”
Jason Fried, co-founder of 37 signals, in this satirical TED Talk argues that blocking Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube at workplace isn’t the solution. The solution, according to him and rightly so, is to have less meetings and less interruptions. And in the end, he suggests three solutions to get more done at workplace.
For every Roger Federer, there are tens of thousands of tennis players whose games and faces go unrecognized. They don’t get talked about.
For MBA admissions too, tales of glories receive the most eyeballs on GMAT Club and BEAT the GMAT forums, relegating stories of outright disappointment (all dings) and underperformance (admission to not-so-stellar schools) to quick obscurity.
These stories of disappointment get some exposure, but what escapes our attention is that many of these applicants had the potential to avoid an all-ding scenario or get into a better school.
If you look at enrollment figures (class size, in other words) of MBA programs, you’ll notice variations from year to year – mostly small, but few large.
Why does class size change?
Is it planned? Is it impacted by external factors? Or, sometimes it’s just random?
Let’s look into the reasons behind:
Haas School of Business doesn’t admit 80+ percent of applicants with 750+ GMAT score.
Acceptance rate and yield of an incoming MBA class are considered two of the most authentic parameters reflecting the popularity of a program. But even they need to be sometimes interpreted with caution, or else you might arrive at erroneous, even surprising, conclusions.
Proficiency (or lack of it) of your recommender in written English has little impact on how adcom evaluates your recommendation. After all, they are not judging your recommender’s communication skills.
As far as recommendations are concerned, adcoms primarily focus on content.
Probably, the best insights in this regard come from Stanford GSB. In response to the following two questions, they say:
No doubt, this is a controversial topic.
Traditionally, HBS has had the highest yield (88-90% range) of all MBA programs, followed by Stanford (78-84% range).
(Yield of an incoming class of an MBA program is the percentage of accepted applicants who join the program, and it’s one of the best market-driven statistics that reflect reputation of a program.)
Then, how does such bold, cold statistic lie?
But it doesn’t reveal the entire picture, either.
You commit nearly $200,000 (not counting opportunity cost) for a two-year MBA program. Imagine, you struggle to land a job of choice after this investment!
Although this can happen to anyone, the chances of international students facing this is generally higher (relative to those with work authorization) at most schools, including the top ones.
“I’m a reapplicant. Do I need to send official GMAT score again this year?”
“I took GMAT three years back, but I’m applying only this year. Do I need to send my official score again to the schools which I selected while taking the test?”
These are some of the questions regarding reporting of official GMAT score that bewilder applicants to MBA programs. This post tries to clarify most such questions.