The deadlines are here! The deadlines are here!*
Yeah, as if you didn’t already know that.
First, PLEASE READ THIS. It’s a cautionary tale about not waiting till the last minute of the last hour of the last day to actually hit “submit” on your application.
So that’s a warning of what not to do.
And another one, for you international applicants: If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated – and you can’t do that task yourself.
Also in the don’t-do-this category: You know that schools conduct background checks before they let you matriculate. Right? You knew that? (Heck, Kellogg even checks to make sure you’re not on the terrorist watch lists! Can’t be too careful with these shady MBA applicants!!)
So yeah, they’ll check on you. Lying on your apps is, oh shoot what’s the word? Oh yeah, unethical. But it’s also stupid.
Here’s a panic-ridden question we got from an otherwise-well-prepared BSer about a week before deadlines in Round 1 – so we thought we’d post it for all of you now that we’re in the week before Round 2, to either help you avoid a mistake, or help you avoid the panic of thinking you made a mistake when you didn’t:
Hey guys, I think I made a huge mistake.
This is completely my own fault but i didn’t realize that some schools required you to send/receive your official GMAT score report prior to your application being considered complete. I feel completely stupid and careless but I just didn’t realize that this was a thing. I just realized this about an hour ago and it applies to both Duke and Kellogg. I just went to mba.com and sent out the reports, the payment confirmation page said the reports would be sent out within 7 days and the email confirmation I just got said to allow up to three weeks for the school to receive them.
I think this means that no matter what I do I am stuck applying round 2 to Kellogg and my application is going to be way later in the Duke round 1 than I wanted it to be if the report really takes three weeks to get there.
I thought the scores were just immediately available electronically to schools once you sent them out and that I could upload my unofficial report to the online applications. Again, feel like an idiot.
Is there any way I am overreacting or misinterpreting this?
And here’s how we answered:
No no, you’re misinterpreting!!!! The language is totally confusing with some of the schools. You’re fine to self-report the unofficial scores. There is a delay for receipt of official scores, but it’s not usually the full 3 weeks, and it never impacts a school calling your app ‘complete’ after submit. It’ll be OK, this won’t push you into Rd 2!!!!!
All of you have probably already sent your GMAT scores to the schools, so this is probably an unnecessary post.
But, moral of this story? (Besides “Gah we wish the schools would not do this to BSers!!”) Log on and fill out that app dataset, stat. You need to know if there are any surprises lurking in there.
*Said in our best Chicken Little “The sky is falling!” voice.