Here it is November, right? But EssaySnark is actually writing this post in April. As in, 8 months before you’re reading this. This is written pre-emptively, as a warning for all your future applicants, to save you from yourselves.
You know, those types who have a borderline GMAT and are “too busy” to tackle the test again. Who are hemming and hawing about whether it’s “good enough” to apply to schools X, Y, and Z with said score. Who perhaps have an interesting profile (maybe) beyond the GMAT and feel that they can ride the good luck that’s carried them this far in life, all the way to a top bschool.
This message is for you.
Because EssaySnark is currently (back here in April ’11) dealing with many clients who were in that position several months ago, before submitting their Round 2 apps, who we advised that their GMAT scores might not be up to snuff. But they had enough hubris to go ahead with their apps, on a wing and a prayer.
Well guess what? Now they’re really prayin’, and they’re scrambling to figure out last-minute GMAT testing and cram courses and the like. Because Round 2 decisions came out in the past few weeks and they did NOT get an outright offer. Instead, they’re on the waitlist at one or more of those top schools, and all they can think of is Dammit I wish I’d applied with a higher GMAT in the first place!
So this message is being sent from EssaySnark-of-the-Past out to all you Brave Supplicants in the upcoming admissions season. Here it is November 2011. You got no offers in hand yet for Round 1 (most of these types tend to blow off the Round 1 deadlines so probably this is your first go-round). You’re looking to apply for Round 2. Your GMAT score is meh. At this moment in time, there’s plenty of opportunity to retest. Is the rest of your profile REALLY that strong to carry you all the way to H/S/W? (Or Col/Fuq/Dar/et al?)
You, Brave Supplicant, need to be able to hold your head high in a few short months, knowing that you did all that you can, regretting nothing.
Yes. You want to be like this chicken.