If you’re applying to top MBA programs outside your own country, you probably feel enormous pressure and uncertainly. If you’re not a native English speaker you want to prove that you will still do well under the many demands of the MBA experience.
If you are coming from an underrepresented area of the world, you will have a little more leeway because schools want to diversity their classes even if it damages their other statistics. If you are a women, you may enjoy the same advantage.
Whatever your situation, you want to have a realistic understanding of your overall competitiveness and that of your GMAT score. Often, applicants from India or China are told that they must retake the GMAT, even if they got a 720. Local forums in China and India share stories and profiles of admitted students that might scare you You hear about scores of 770, 780 and more and you want to faint. Don’t let these forums intimidate you or sway your choice of schools.
International students often have unbalanced GMAT results, with a higher score in the quantitative section and a lower one in the verbal. Unless your verbal score is extremely low, don’t read too much into it. Instead, try to ensure that your recommendations provide information about your ability to communicate in English. Your essays, resume and interview will give the schools an ability to see your communication skills in action. The video essays (now part of the Kellogg and Yale applications) will also serve this purpose.
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