Dear Linda and all at GMAT Club:
I am wondering whether or not to retake the GMAT, since scholarships/TA's/other types of financial aid are a must for me to go to business school.
Female, Latin American (Peruvian-Japanese), 27 yr old
Economist, graduated top of my class and top of the year from the most important Business and Economics university in Peru (GPA conversions in my case are hard to do since even though we are graded in a 20 scale, hardly any professor in top colleges would give a student a 20!!). Diploma in Applied Statistics after graduation.
Distincted with a Honor to Merits Award by a strong Peruvian corporation.
67 mos. experience as consultant in the top Peruvian consultancy firm. Began as Economic Research Sector Analyst, then changed to Telecommunications Management Consulting, where I have worked in projects for the top telecommunications firms in Peru and quite a lot for IT and development projects for the World Bank/IADB in developing countries. Progressive responsabilities and pay.
International experience (Bolivia, Guatemala, Tanzania, South Caucasus countries). Fluent in Spanish, English, and able to read (and somewhat to write and speak) in French.
Participation in the 2002-3 Christmas Gift-Giving campaigns organized in my firm for kids in an orphanage in Lima.
GMAT score: A so-so 650 (stronger Q than V, first one around 85%, second one in the 70's%), still have to receive my essay grades, taken last July.
I am not planning to apply to any Top 20, but to Maryland, Madison-Wisconsin, and ESADE in Spain. I am currently in the search for a couple more schools as backup.
So, I have some questions:
1. Would my GMAT score hurt my application to those programs?
2. Would my GMAT score and my credentials as a whole be sufficient for scholarships/TA's/GA's or do I need to retake the GMAT? I desperately need some form of financial aid to begin studying, so if a retake is necessary, I am willing to do it.
3. In case a retake is necessary (and considering my heavy needs for financial aid), what would you advise?:
a. To prepare longer (say, a couple of months) and apply in R2?
b. To take the GMAT in mid-September, to advance in parallel with my essay drafting, and to apply in R1?
Thanks a lot for your help and sorry for the length of this post,