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Apr 16, 2015 - 3:35pm

Write about all of it!
More than the essays, the idea of figuring out what "fit" really means. At Fuqua, I think it is really fairly obvious, but when you looked at schools and thought about where you were going to spend time applying, you had to think about fit. It trumps rankings. OK, I'll be realistic: it goes hand and hand with rankings. Better?

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Apr 16, 2015 - 4:03pm

I couldn't agree more, its incredibly important to visit all of these schools during the school year and speak with current students to get a feel for what life is really like there. For me, it became fairly evident pretty quickly where I could see myself fitting in after spending some time on several different campuses. For example there I felt there was a big difference between a school like CBS/NYU vs. Fuqua/Tuck due to their city location vs college town location. The city schools felt like students were a bit more independent and did not spend as much time outside the classroom together as opposed to the schools in smaller towns where community involvement was a big deal.

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:31pm

Thanks for the input! I'm in the same situation you were in, more or less (ok academic credentials and great test scores), so I'm really looking forward to your next post.

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Apr 17, 2015 - 7:59am

My splits on my practice exams were anywhere from Q47-49 and low 40s for Verbal if memory serves. I ended up with Q46/V39 the first time and Q47/V38 the second. It felt like when I took it the first time I missed a V40 by one question because I only got 4-5 wrong (The margin for error on verbal is pretty small as you probably know). I'm not really sure what caused the under-performance on exam day, I didn't feel nervous either time I took the exam, for whatever reason it seemed that maybe I ran out of gas by the time I got to the verbal section, I recommend getting up and walking around every break that you get during the exam just to wake up a bit.

I also did some digging around on the internet and it seems that there are numerous factors about the exam that can make you score +/-30 pts of your typical practice exam. For whatever reason, that type of range seemed normal.

Good luck!

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:14am

tOSUbuckeyes:

My splits on my practice exams were anywhere from Q47-49 and low 40s for Verbal if memory serves. I ended up with Q46/V39 the first time and Q47/V38 the second. It felt like when I took it the first time I missed a V40 by one question because I only got 4-5 wrong (The margin for error on verbal is pretty small as you probably know). I'm not really sure what caused the under-performance on exam day, I didn't feel nervous either time I took the exam, for whatever reason it seemed that maybe I ran out of gas by the time I got to the verbal section, I recommend getting up and walking around every break that you get during the exam just to wake up a bit.

I also did some digging around on the internet and it seems that there are numerous factors about the exam that can make you score +/-30 pts of your typical practice exam. For whatever reason, that type of range seemed normal.

Good luck!


Ya, I'm in a similar position where my verbal seems to be determinative of my swings more than my quant. My quant is pretty consistently 48. Sometimes 49 or 47 depending on the day but regardless of study amount it's right there. But on test day I scored a 40V after having practice tested anywhere between 43V to 51V .

Thanks, good luck at Duke.

Jul 13, 2015 - 9:19am
tOSUbuckeyes:

It felt like when I took it the first time I missed a V40 by one question because I only got 4-5 wrong (The margin for error on verbal is pretty small as you probably know).

How do people know how many questions they got wrong on exam day?

Apr 17, 2015 - 5:34pm

I'm applying to b-schools this fall. Was lucky enough to get a 740 GMAT somehow(not that smart in real life). I want to get into ib myself. You got your internship before you even started school? I assume this is the exception to the rule? Will you be providing more detail on that?

Jul 13, 2015 - 3:28pm

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