If you received low marks in important quantitative subjects, you can take classes now and perform well to prove your abilities. Calculus is the most important class. After that I would suggest Accounting and Statistics.
Q) I am from India. I have average academic score in schooling and in graduation. (59.2%). I am worried about my low academic performance. I would like to know whether this will create difficulties in getting admission to top Canadian and US universities. How I can compensate this. I have 8 years of experience in project Management, now working as a senior project coordinator. What needs to be done to get admission?
Stacy Blackman: Yes, a low GPA can make it more challenging to gain admission to a top school. Here are some things that you can do to mitigate this risk:
1) How did you perform in quantitative subjects specifically? If you received low marks in important quantitative subjects, you can take classes now and perform well to prove your abilities. Calculus is the most important class. After that I would suggest Accounting and Statistics.
2) Study hard and score well on the GMAT: This will not completely compensate for a low GPA, but it will help.
3) Why did you earn low marks? Lack of time, lack of focus? Think about the reasons why and consider providing a brief explanation which will also discuss how you have improved.
4) If relevant, discuss how your professional skills show that you are have strong quantitative abilities. Your recommenders can also help with this.
Stacy Sukov Blackman has been consulting on the MBA application process since 2001. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy has worked with the admissions committees at both schools, conducting alumni interviews and evaluating applicants. Stacy has published a book, The MBA Application Roadmap,. Stacy has been profiled in several publications, including Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek and the Wall Street Journal.
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