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Hello,

I have total 8 years of exp. in TOP5 semiconductor companies(ST and freescae).
I have spent almost 4 years of europe.Currently i'm working as technical lead .
In these 8 years , I have been awarded twice best engineer award in my group.
Now at this point of career I'm thinking of doing MBA from TOP10 US colleges.
But i have one doubt ,my degree score is not so good.59.99%
1marks short of First class.
Do you think ,it will be worth applying with GMAT score of above 700.
Do i stand any chance for addmission in top 10 US b-schools.
please help me on this.

thanks..

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Hello,

I have total 8 years of exp. in TOP5 semiconductor companies(ST and freescae).
I have spent almost 4 years of europe.Currently i'm working as technical lead .
In these 8 years , I have been awarded twice best engineer award in my group.
Now at this point of career I'm thinking of doing MBA from TOP10 US colleges.
But i have one doubt ,my degree score is not so good.59.99%
1marks short of First class.
Do you think ,it will be worth applying with GMAT score of above 700.
Do i stand any chance for addmission in top 10 US b-schools.
please help me on this.

thanks..

Well I think you have a great chance and have a lot of things going for you. If you look at typical top 10 b-school in US...they have an average work experience of about 5 years. In schools like Stern(NYU), IMD Lausanne (Switzerland) they have an average work-ex of about 7 years where you couldn't fit better!!!. I think your awards and work-experience across continents will surely differentiate you from the rest of the applicants. I think time and again these schools talk about GMAT Scores, Degree scores as being just a few factors among many more... they look at stuff like leadership qualities, diversity, etc etc. Check out some student profiles at the schools u r targetting and you would get a feel of the kind of students they typically are taking in.

All of the stuff in ur profile with a 700 GMAT should put you through good schools if you are also able to write your essays well and get good recos from work.

Well this is how the GPA conversion was done for us (I did my Engg in US) 4.0 is 90%+, 3.0-4.0 is 80%-90%, 2.0-3.0 is 70-80% and 1-2 is 60% to 70%. But then you can always peg yourself against the topper in your class and show that this scale is not applicable, accordinly they might find a different algorithm to slot ur marks into a GPA.

Wow I really did sound like a admissions counsellor of sorts in this post...I'm no expert but in my view it is really worth a shot!!!
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Hi,

I'm trying to get an admit from a top 30 univ in the US. One step at a time, so to start with I'm targeting a 700+ score in gmat within a month. ( hope it's not too unrealistic, but i'm actually running short on time. )
...
thanks :)


Well I am no expert and all that I am telling you is from my experience in giving the test( infact i took it just about 4-5 days back). The exam has become much tougher in the last year or so and I dont mean to discourage you in any way but yeah getting a 700+ is much more of an effort now than it was maybe a year back. I have heard a few cases where people who gave it last year giving it again this year have felt this way. I know of a guy who had a 700 and dropped to a 660 and what not.

Let me break it down for u. The math was round about the level you see in GMATPrep so if you are getting a 49 on it you can expect to get a 48-49 in the actual. I think by far GMAT Prep is the most accurately predictor of ur Quant performance. MGMAT Quant is way too tough to be anywhere close to the actual test.

But the part which took me by complete surprise was Verbal, it was way beyond the OG level or GMAT Prep level. I had a 750 (Q 49 V 42) on GMAT Preps and ended up with a 680 (Q 48 V 34) on the actual exam. The SC's in GMAT Prep are really a breeze compared to what I saw on the test and I was consistently maintaining an accuracy of 90% + on SC's until test time. SC's were what screwed me up on the exam.RC passages weren't too complicated and CR's were on the lines of OG questions, but definitely more tricky. I got one dreaded bold face CR to add to my woes!!!!

I felt the SC's on the Manhattan Practice Tests were close to what I saw on the test. Plus in my view its almost imperative you get a 600+ on Kaplan and higher 600's on the MGMAT Tests to assure urself of a score above 650.

There are lots of people who say ur GMAT Prep score is reflective of what you can expect on the actual day but it really didnt help me... specially in Verbal. My suggestion...dont rush it and take your time and give the exam once you are confident enough.

I think a large part of the test is also about handling the nerves...keep the faith!!!...who knows you might just get the experimental questions at the right moments in the test. Oh and another really really important factor in conquering the exam is your performanc in the first 10-15 questions in each section...the importance of the first few questions on your overall score cannot be stressed enough!!!. Make sure you spend sufficient time on these at the beginning of each section even at the cost of taking wild guesses on questions towards the end of the section. You can actually try this on the GMAT Prep and see the results for yourself. All the best !!!!
Hello,

I have total 8 years of exp. in TOP5 semiconductor companies(ST and freescae).
I have spent almost 4 years of europe.Currently i'm working as technical lead .
In these 8 years , I have been awarded twice best engineer award in my group.
Now at this point of career I'm thinking of doing MBA from TOP10 US colleges.
But i have one doubt ,my degree score is not so good.59.99%
1marks short of First class.
Do you think ,it will be worth applying with GMAT score of above 700.
Do i stand any chance for addmission in top 10 US b-schools.
please help me on this.

thanks..


Hi,

US schools have a different way of rating the percentage marks. When you convert your percentage score to US GPA on a scale of 4.0, it would be over 3.0 out of 4.0. Do check this with the schools.

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Hello,

I have total 8 years of exp. in TOP5 semiconductor companies(ST and freescae).
I have spent almost 4 years of europe.Currently i'm working as technical lead .
In these 8 years , I have been awarded twice best engineer award in my group.
Now at this point of career I'm thinking of doing MBA from TOP10 US colleges.
But i have one doubt ,my degree score is not so good.59.99%
1marks short of First class.
Do you think ,it will be worth applying with GMAT score of above 700.
Do i stand any chance for addmission in top 10 US b-schools.
please help me on this.

thanks..

Thanks Arun.

Could you please elaborate little more on "value question" vs "yes/no" question?

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/cat4-ds-absolute-values-question-t6921.html is an example of a yes/no question

1. If 6*x*y = x^2*y + 9*y, what is the value of xy?
(1) y - x = 3
(2) x^3
is an example of a value question

2. If y is an integer and y = x + x, is y = 0?
(1) x (2) y
is an example of a yes/no question

BTW here is a useful link from BTG:

10 Very Specific Ways to Study for the Data Sufficiency Section

Arun
India's fastest growing GMAT & GRE Test Prep Company:  http://crackverbal.com 
Hi, Gave another test on Manhattan's site. Scored 640 (Q44, V33). Please let me know how will I perform on real GMAT? Guidance needed urgently as I amgiving GMAT o 9th Aug.

Thanks.


You will have to take GMAT prep to know your actual performance. But i have known that MGMAT quant is a little difficult over the actual GMAT. You can expect to score more in your quant. Give GMAT prep that will be the best indicator of your performance.
Hi, Gave another test on Manhattan's site. Scored 640 (Q44, V33). Please let me know how will I perform on real GMAT? Guidance needed urgently as I amgiving GMAT o 9th Aug.

Thanks.


Have you taken GMATPrep or PowerPrep tests? Those are pretty accurate. MGMAT is not pretty much off too.
Hi,

Just gave my CAT mock designed by Barron's. Got Q59 and V56. Any idea how does it compare with real GMAT?



Hi, Gave another test on Manhattan's site. Scored 640 (Q44, V33). Please let me know how will I perform on real GMAT? Guidance needed urgently as I amgiving GMAT o 9th Aug.

Thanks.

Hi,

I'm trying to get an admit from a top 30 univ in the US. One step at a time, so to start with I'm targeting a 700+ score in gmat within a month. ( hope it's not too unrealistic, but i'm actually running short on time. )

I've been studying for GMAT for 2 months now. i started in a rather adhoc manner , but have now streamlined my studies a lil. Initially I was scoring around 680 and after studying the scores have actually come down to an average of 640 ( a lil discouraging) .

i'll break up my preperation so far:
math : i'm a lil confident here , even though my scores have been hovering around 44, most of my mistakes are either careless mistakes or cases where i've overlooked a catch in the question. i think with practice i'll be able to put this straight and pull it up to about 48-50 . I have been referring mainly the OG . Any other reference which may help with catching the common ploys used in math questions to confuse students?

verbal : I generally pride myself with a good command over the english language, but have been struggling with my scores, rarely do i go above 35 .
I'll break it up further.
RC: here i tend to get questions wrong in bulks. As in, either i get a lot of questions (sometimes even all) wrong , or get most of them right . Which i assume means that i misinterpret the passages and answer wrongly.
Also often i loose focus while reading the RC. i.e loose track of previous paragraphs , i've been trying to jot down points for each paragraph, but that slows me down a lot.
Also i get a lot of the "wat type of a passag is it" questions wrong. ( where the answers are like , the author gives a viewpoint and argues for it , a solution is suggested in the passage and then justified further , etc.)
References- OG, mainly online forums and tips , no specific book referred.

CR: I fell a little confident in CRs , though i do get a lot of questions wrong.Again need practicehere. I was referring the Manhattan CR , but the book didn't seem to help beyond identification of questions and premises ,assumptions and conclusions. Not sure if i should continue ??
references-OG, manhattanCR

SC: I'm shit scared of this section. I thought it would be my strength when i started, but my thoughts were shattered. I've read the entire manhattan review SC guide , 2 times over , but still fail to apply it in the tests. Now have started running thru idioms lists ( yes i avoided them at the start, mainly because i found that most lists only mention the DOs, the right usages, but never mention the wrong usages. plus i can't really cram too well )
references - OG, Manhattan SC.

Tests:
GMAT prep - 680 ( first test that i gave , gave me a real boost to start with , but after that all of it went down hill )
score800 - 3 tests - 620- 660
Kaplan - 530 ( i know this is a moral killer, but 530 still sucks)
Manhattan test series - 640, 620 -- (bought the online series, i like these tests. Though i think the math is a lil tougher that the actually , the questions are very well framed . plz tell me ur opinions on these too. I plan to reffer them further.)

i hope i haven't rambled on for to much , I've just tried to be as detailed as possible so that my mistakes and wat i can do better can be pointed out accurately.

plz help and point out anything i'm doing wrong or can do better ?

Also is there any forum of ppl in a similar situation as mine, where we can discuss detailed items ?

thanks

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