Thank you Non-Yankee.That was really helpful.I am looking to apply for masters in management course as well planning to apply for MMS at Duke Fuqua.Although I found that the average score for applicants there was 660,Read somewhere that u need to have a really good score above 700 to get an admit.My profile is average as in I have done my graduation in Metallurgy and material sciences(B.Tech) from National Institute of technology-India with a CGPA 7.6/10 in 2011.I have done an internship for 2 months in a Steel Industry during college,Worked as a Consultant at a Financial technology firm in Mumbai for 13 months after graduation and Im currently working at a NPO for children at risk as an Intern for career awareness. I have switched through many industries and its worrying me that It will be considered negatively,precisely the reason why I want to get a high score so as to get calls from universities.Can u advise me whether I have to apply with this score or re-take it?Moreover I am hopeful that since i know the mistakes i have done I might be able to improve my score by30-40 points with little effort.
You sound like you have quite a varied background, which you simply need to present in the best light possible. Do not apologize for it, or it will be seen as a weakness. You can make the argument that you have great adaptability and you can learn new things quickly. You also have a broad perspective. These are skills recruiters look for (link
). Make sure you can illustrate this with stories, not just with work history. Explain each career move in a logical way. The simpler the explanation, the better (like Occam's Razor). It might be that every move took you closer and closer to what you really want to do (and you finally know what that is!).
The GMAT is the one component of the application that is can be improved most rapidly, and schools know that. Work experience can't change much in the course of one day, but the GMAT can. I've heard of schools admitting applicants conditionally, saying that they simply need to improve their GMAT by matriculation. Also, I really doubt your GMAT will be a liability. It's 680. That's above average for the program you're looking at. And it's solidly within the 80% range of just about any school out there.
My GMAT debrief