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  1. However I am aware of the grammatical mistakes, the spelling mistakes and obvious blunders in my essays, I believe mistakes are mistakes and so please consider marking them just how an AWA rater would rate it - no leniency! Thank you very much. ISSUE: To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Response: No matter the amount of time passed by, a deep rooted impact of the original arts and the thoughts can always be found at the places of their origin. Gathering the information is a crucial part of the task - especially when the task is to understand the important characteristics of a society because understanding a society is to understand its people, understand the origin of the activities that are carried out by these people such as the jobs they do, the resources they use on daily basis. Part of gathering this information also includes getting to know the environment the society was "born and brought up" in. Hence, in order to understand all these emminent aspects of the understanding a society, it is important to study its major cities. Naturally, birth place of a new society developes faster and more freely, making it the reflection of the society it brought to life. By studying such major cities surrounded by its culture, one gets the very important experience of seeing the life of its citizens first hand. It is rightly said that "Experience is a bigger teacher than anything else" - realizing what the social elements of a society in the first person is the best experience when it comes to understanding a society. Moreover, due to the not-so-ephemeral impacts left by the growth with time, the major cities usually hold the origins of the rituals and traditions of its society, very closely to itself. Studying the city, will indeed bring one closer to the real meaning and logical reasons behind such - sometimes peculiar - traditions. In addition to this, the major cities that have been central to the growth of their societies usually carry forward an unbiased and uninterrupted set of information, over time. Sometimes, however, the informatoin stored in the major centers of the societies may be corrupted by some foreign elements or may be missing due to drain of knowledge out of the cities. But with proper scientific validation, such lost information can not only be retrieved but also be connected rightly with any other missing pieces in the original story of a society. All in all, if one wants to understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must focus on studying its major cities. ARGUMENT: Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a "Palean" basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus it follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. Response: The given argument has some critical assumptions due to which it is weak in nature. One such and very important assumptions, it has stated is the existence and the size of the Brim river in the ancient times. In no way the argument sufficiently provides the proof to the notion that Brim River existed during the same time from which the woven baskets are found to be. Even if the river existed during the same timeline, the depth and breadth of the Brim river back then are not confirmed to be the same as today's, with any scientific validation. Perhaps the river was shallow or had the both its shores closer, in which case the Paleans could have traveled to the other side of the river easily. If the dating of the river and the impact of its flow over time on its shores were to prove, for a fact, that the river was as healthy as it is currently, the argument would have held more credibility to be true. Secondly, the archaeologists claim to have discovered no Palean boats that may have helped the Paleans to cross the Brim river. However, this does not mean that no bridges over the river existed which may have been built by either the Paleans or the people from Lithos for the purpose of travel and trade across the river. If the assumption that no bridges existed is to be accepted with suffiecient proof, the fact that no boats ferried across the river, is still not proven. Maybe the people from Lithos were capable enough to construct a boat and used it to cross the river, who may have brought the Palean woven baskets to Lithos from Palea. If the history is proof of anything, it's that in ancient times also, people used to hire or buy vehicles for the purpose of trade, if they were not capable of building one on their own. Similarly, people from Lithos and Palea or either, may have bought one such boat that they used to cross the river which made the transfer of such baskets possible. Hence, failing to justify some of the assumptions on the basis of ground truth, the argument is not validated with sufficient proof.
  2. Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major). Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  3. Hi Everyone! I am applying to HKS, WWS, SIPA, and SFS. Harvard Kennedy School is my dream school, and I wanted to know what you guys think my chances are: GRE: 164 Verbal, 163 Quant, 4.5 AWA Education: NYU Stern School of business, Major: Business (concentration was Marketing). GPA: 3.4 Work Experience: Currently work as a policy research analyst for the NYC Department of Transportation (8 months), worked at Unilever’s Future Leaders program for a year and a half prior this role Non-Profit Experience: Director of a non-profit I joined my freshman year, organization was small but I arranged a meeting with the Prime Minister of India and so popularity skyrocketed – also proposed a highly-impactful program within the organization that highly scaled impact. Part of two other large Indian non-profits currently, on the leadership board of one for their young professionals chapter. International experience: Travelled to 35 countries over the past four years, volunteered abroad in Tanzania and Bali, upon returning I fundraised to expand the school I worked at in Tanzania from primary to secondary school (experience featured in an article on usblastingnews). Travel photographer with 10K followers on Instagram (handle @travelwithkrishna) Analytical experience: A’s in all statistics courses (freshman statistics, Time Series Regression, Multivariate regression and analysis), A in calculus, B+ in macroeconomics and B in microeconomics LORs: One from a professor, one from CEO of non-profit, one from Manager at unilever. Should all be solid. Concerns: My undergrad GPA is low as I developed a severe skin condition my sophomore year, and was very sick and depressed. I took a semester off my junior fall and my condition healed, but it severely impacted my grades both sophomore year and junior spring (transitioning back was very hard.) I explained this in the optional portion of my application – but do you think it is far too low to be excused? Thanks so much for your help ?
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  5. Hi, I read online that in case of MS, universities consider many other factors apart from just the GRE score, such as undergrad GPA, internships etc. Is it also the case for GMAT, given that I am pursuing Computer Science and all my projects are in that field ? Also can someone kindly point out some good business schools which may be accepting GRE scores and the required range of the GRE scores. Thank You
  6. Where can I get my GRE/GMAT essays looked over on this website? Magoosh says that this is a great place with talented graders.
  7. Hello , I am planning to apply for a dual degree program including MBA and MPP. I was wondering that since most business schools have started accepting GRE scores, is it ok to send my GRE scores for both MBA and MPP applications or will sending GRE scores to business schools give me a disadvantage. Any help or perspective at all would be really appreciated. Thank you
  8. Hi, all. I am applying to a variety of grad school programs, including MBAs, and so I chose to take the GRE over the GMAT. I don't know to what degree (if at all) biz programs rely on the GRE/GMAT conversion tables provided by ETS, but these tables appear to have shortchanged me. I have a low-ish UGPA, high-ish Master's GPA, and nontraditional work experience for business schools (I'm a teacher), so I was hoping that my test scores would help make a case for me. I took the GRE five years ago, pre-Masters and so I knew that I would not need to prepare for the exam outside of taking a few mock tests to build confidence, whereas the GMAT would probably require me to spend a few solid weeks learning its format and a reviewing a few topics with which I've grown rusty. I ended up scoring a 170V and 164Q, which equates to a 750 GMAT. (FWIW, I was pleased with my verbal, though I was expecting such a score based on my previous attempt 5 years ago, but was slightly disappointed by the quant as I am a [middle school] math teacher and scored a 168 on both practice tests that I took. Nonetheless, I was happy overall.) The issue arises because a 170 verbal equates to anywhere between a 760 and 800 on the old verbal GRE. When I received the GRE Diagnostic Service report, it showed that I did not miss any questions on the verbal section. I imagine that that would equate roughly to an 800 on the old verbal GRE. (FWIW, I missed 5 questions on the math: 0 on the first section and all 5 on the second section). It appears that the conversions are based upon the lower end estimate of the old verbal score: a 760 old verbal and a 790 old quant (164Q = 790 on the old measure) yield a GMAT conversion of 750. An 800 old verbal and a 790 old quant yield a GMAT conversion of 790. I know it may sound like I'm splitting hairs here, but a 790 GMAT appears a lot stronger than a 750, does it not? Should I somehow let ADCOMs know of this? Or would that make me appear greedy? Thanks for any insight.
  9. Hi, I would like to seek your inputs on my profile as below. 1) B.E., MBA from India followed by MSFE (MS in Fin Engg) from S'pore. 2) 10 year of professional experience 3) GMAT - 730, GRE - 325 Any advise on the prospective schools for a PhD in Finance, preferably in HongKong, US would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
  10. Hello, I am a new user and I hope this is the forum for asking questions pertaining to GMAT quantitative problems. I have a doubt in framing an equation for the following question. "The ratio of earnings to expenditure of A is 5:3 and B is 7:6. If the savings of A is twice of that of B, what would be the ratio of total earnings of A and B together to the total expenditure of A and B together"? I appreciate the assistance . Thank you!
  11. The 13th Edition of the Official Guide for GMAT Review has finally been released publicly. Our sister company, Manhattan GMAT, has done an initial analysis of the OG13 book. Check it out: www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/03/20/manhattan-gmats-analysis-of-the-13th-edition-official-guide/ Best, Taylor
  12. Just downloaded a free app with words like "wreak" and "yearling" on their highest level...expert. Any suggestions for an app that I can take seriously? Lol. I'll definitely pay for one but want to see what you guys think
  13. I took the GRE a while back and did well on it. Now I am thinking about applying to business school but I don't want to take the GMAT and go through that whole process again. I know taking the GMAT would be best but I was wondering if there was a list of schools that accept the GRE rather than the GMAT. I found a list on the ETS website but it wasn't very helpful because most of the schools were Devry and the like. Plus Most of the other schools I contacted said they shouldn't even be on that list because they only accept GMAT scores.
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