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I Would be glad to hear some honest and realistic feedback on my chances of being admitted to HBS/Wharton:
2 Years work experience at top consulting Firm (McKinsey)
Undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University (M.Sc in Finance) with final graduation mark of 110/110 cum laude
700 GMAT: 44 (97%) Verbal and 42 (66%) Quantitative + 5 points writing assessment (taken June 2007)
117 TOEFL (taken february 2011)
Speak Italian (mothertongue), English (fluent), German (conversational), French (conversational)
Exchange student at York University - Schulich MBA for one semester
Various study abroad programs at high school and university
Passionate for travel, ancient art and archaeology (took part to excavation camps and expeditions in Northern Sahara and Middle East)
Early involvement in family business
Students' body political representative at high school
Thanks in advance!
I think you have a shot at HBS and Wharton. To be honest, even with just 2 years of work experience, I'd say go for it. You're still young. Should you be rejected, you will always have another year or two to brush up your resume and GMAT score if necessary.
I agree with the posts above that you have a strong candidacy. However, your quantitative GMAT score is low. At the undergraduate level, have you taken classes that are quant focused (Ex: Statistics, economics, etc.)?
You will also need to focus on your personal essays and letters of recommendations. These are often overlooked by applicants but will play a critical role in your application.
I acknowledge I could improve my GMAT quant score. However, I would assume that a highly quantitative background in Finance (M.Sc. Finance, with excellent scores in exams such as advanced statistics, econometrics, derivatives, etc.) will somehow compensate.
What about my GMAT scores getting old instead? Would it matter anything as long as these are not older than 5 years?