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640 GMAT..What best can be done Now? [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2013, 09:24
I was wondering if you can evaluate my profile.
Today I gave my second attempt of GMAT exam and scored an average score of 640 (Q47, V31). In my first attempt I scored a mere 580 (Q 48, V 23). I put in lot of efforts in my second attempt but unfortunately result didn’t turned up the way I expected.

I need to get an idea where i stand and what areas I can focus to make it to the best possible school at my low scores:-(

Please let me know the list of business schools where I will stand a chance with the following profile:
Graduation: B.Tech (IT)- Class of 2008
Work Ex: Technical Lead in Cognizant Technology Pvt. Ltd , Previously in Top MNC(IT)
(Total Work Ex is 4.5 Years)
Post MBA Short term goal: Change my career path to Management and Business consulting.
Highlights in my Professional Career:

• Handling a team of 20+ resources in current project.
• Part of the Transformation Initiative program by Cognizant for a large Swiss bank. Got rewarded for my contributions in it.
• Initiated the hiring of fresher in my practice which was previously not there.
• Have been Off shore project lead for at least 4-5 projects.
• Won many awards and accolades in my current profile.
• Been to Denmark for an important client’s workshop. Youngest among all associates and represented my team over there.
• Associated with Corporate NGO and active participation in it.
• Trained the new hired associates in my organization.
• Part of the College fest committee which organized the Intra and Inter college festival .

With above points and some more to add up to the list ,What are my chances to make it to a Top 25 school?
I know that I belong to an over represented crowd of “IT Male Engineer” but I have lot many things in my professional career through which I can highlight my leadership potentials to the ad-com. What are the other things that I can highlight to make my application better?

I am desperate to make it to top 20 schools anyhow and I know GMAT score is not that good , so all I can do as if now is to make every effort to make my application more robust .As already given twice, I am little bit dicey whether to take GMAT again or not as it has been really hectic preparing for GMAT with hectic office schedules.
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Re: 640 GMAT..What best can be done Now? [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2013, 21:00
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. Sorry to hear of your GMAT frustrations, though at least you had a large improvement with your 2nd exam. In terms of your profile, yes there is the starting point of IT male (not sure of your nationality?) which is common/over-represented.... so that just means you need to focus on what differentiates you from that group. It's always good to focus on people skills and people management, communication skills, teamwork.... more of the softer skills and less of the technical skills (since those are already apparent and expected from you).

You do have a lot of interesting experiences you can draw from to help you showcase other sides to you, and what you can bring to the programs. The 640 is still a challenge for top 20 schools. Certainly applicants with 640 scores are admitted every year, but it will be that much more competitive for those spots, vs 680+ spots, if that makes sense. So I certainly support an applicant applying to 1-2 'dream' schools if they have their heart set on it, and encourage them to get help with their applications if possible (either an MBA admissions consultant or at the very least, feedback from colleagues especially any who know b-schools well). But you may want to also focus on 1-3 or so schools outside the top 20 as well for better chances, OR re-think taking the exam again, especially if you scored much higher on recent practice tests (sometimes in that case your best bet is to re-take sooner rather than later).

Good luck making all of these decisions!
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