Answer for Gmat score of 740 Q 49 V 42 IR 5 AWA 6 Do I need to retake due to low IR?

HI Yousef, Don’t sweat the IR. No it isn’t good, but it won’t kill your app. Your Q of 49 is fine and the 42V is fine. You are done with the GMAT! Celebrate! Ding for the score after the request for interview – can happen. They’ll take interviews with more candidates than they hope … Read more

Gmat score of 740 Q 49 V 42 IR 5 AWA 6 Do I need to retake due to low IR?

Hi Kate, Going through your Q&A has been great. I am hoping that you can advice me on my current situation 1).  I took the GMAT for the second time this month after 2 years since my first attempt which was a 680. I got the 740 I was after but I completely bombed the … Read more

750 GMAT Score with Low IR

If you have a 750 GMAT score with a low IR you may be wondering what your focus should be. Instead of focusing on the GMAT you need to focus on your application. This means making sure your essays are substantive and that your letters of recommendation are all high quality. Determine which round you … Read more

GMAT Score of 710 with Very Low IR

What should you do with a good GMAT score but very low IR? Ideally you would apply first round. You will also want to focus heavily on creating substantive essays. You will also want to make sure that all of your letters of recommendation are top notch. There are other steps you can take to … Read more

Ask Kate: Good Overall GMAT Score with Low IR

A low IR doesn’t keep top MBA programs out of reach, but is still worth retaking the GMAT for.     hi! I took the gmat this week and scored 720 – 47 on Quant and 42 on verbal, but only a 5 on IR. should i be concerned about the quant + IR for … Read more

Ask Kate: 750 GMAT Score with Low IR

Does a Low IR call for a GMAT retake?     Hi Kate, I am a Senior graduating from an ivy league school summa cum laude (4.0) with lots of extra curriculars. I am not a “diverse” nor “legacy” candidate and intend to apply to HBS 2+2 R3. I took the GMAT once, scoring a … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score of 710 with Very Low IR

A low IR doesn’t put top schools out of reach.     Kate, I’m a prospective applicant with a 710 (49Q 38V) but my IR score is really bad (2 / 8). I am a reapplicant at my top choice – I was waitlisted after applying in the third round last year with a 660 … Read more

Answer for Is it possible to get accepted to the university, if the GMAT essay score is lower than the required score?

There is no required score for the essay portion, however a score below 3 indicates that you do not have sufficient mastery of English and may be cause for concern to the admission committee. A score of 0 indicates that you did not answer the essay portion and reflects more on your character than your … Read more

Answer for What top MBA programs allow accepted applicants to defer their admission?

Wait until you are in-in before you discuss a deferral – as in, pay your deposit to hold your spot and pay your first year fees if it is a very competitive program. That said, schools can revoke admission if you request a deferral. So play your cards very carefully.   While it is unusual … Read more

Is it possible to get accepted to the university, if the GMAT essay score is lower than the required score?

What top MBA programs allow accepted applicants to defer their admission?

Know Yourself First

For long term fulfillment, it is important to get in touch with your personal values and your personal mission. This is an imperfect process. Expect this to take you a few iterations. Start here and come back to this When you realize you’re out of synch or stuck. It’s not that you will change your … Read more

Answer for Where should a smart, but directionless 26-year-old ex-scientist focus her energy to build a solid, satisfying career?

The good news is that you are looking for a reasonable salary – that’s the equivalent of $25-30/hour for a 40 hour work week (50 weeks/yr).   Have you considered branding yourself? In the 2-3 months that it will take to begin generating decent traffic (based on 10-15 hours/week of effort), you can create loads … Read more

Answer for How good are my chances of getting accepted for direct PhD programs in the electronics or communications field?

There are a lot of problems with the question. You may want to reconsider how you’ve asked it.   So you’ve cleared your backlogs? Then why do you still refer to them?   The 68% is not impressive. The two papers might be impressive, but that will depend on where they were published and with … Read more

Answer for What is expected of you, as an applicant, if you are applying for an MBA directly out of undergrad school?

I’ve answered this as though you’ve been accepted, now what do you have to do for 2 years. If you are asking about the application itself – you need to demonstrate that you can do the following.   If it is for one of the top tier programs, you’d better get some hard skills and … Read more

Answer for What job experience is required for a top MBA?

The work experience and your gained perspective on that experience matter. Have you managed staff? Do you have multiple projects with depth of complexity to walk through? Have you thoughtfully evaluated your own experiences, and can you demonstrate personal and professional growth?   Brand name only helps in giving a certain (low level for the … Read more

Answer for As a teacher, what is the most ridiculous thing that you have to deal with from parents who think that their child is perfect?

Mine is nowhere near the worst, it’s just so absurd I’m sharing. It also might be a good caution for parents.   The flavor of ridiculous I get pales in comparison to teachers in K-12, but I am teaching an age group and specialization – kids wanting to go to Harvard Business School (or Stanford, … Read more

Answer for If a PhD doesn’t go into research or industry in their chosen field, what are they more qualified than college graduates to do?

Vijay Chidambaram has an excellent answer to this. Here’s one more bit most people fail to consider fully:   Politics   Not as in which party, etc, but how (often) massive, slow moving organizations get things done.   How to get resources allocated – particularly creative endeavor for those in Liberal arts and Sciences not … Read more

Answer for Is there any university in the US for students who score below 500 on the GMAT?

Yes. But please do not attend.   For profit universities and not-for-profits that need your cash flow may accept scary low GMAT scores. But those programs are not likely to help you professionally. If they’re willing to take a score that low, your peers will be of similar stature. That will neither build your mind, … Read more

Answer for What are my chances to get into a top school with very low GRE score?

Just in case the question is changed along the way, here’s the original question:   “What are my chances to get into a top school with very low GRE score? I did not have time to study for GREs but my GPA is 4.0, research experience from top universities and strong recommendation letters from two … Read more