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GMAT - 640 and TOEFL 96 - Whats cooking further ? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2010, 09:35
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I am looking to apply for FALL 2011.Please assist me in applying for B- Schools.

Here is my profile

Nationality : Indian
GMAT: 640( Q-50,V - 26,AWA - 4)
TOEFL : 96

Graduation : ECE 80% ( Ranked 2nd in class of 60 students) - Relative GPA : 3.9
12th - 91 %
10- 91%

Scored 100% in quant consistently through out my career excluding 12th ...


Experience : 2 years in IT in a MNC- Banking Product ; Will be 3 by the time i join.

Extracurricular activities :
Won a Paper presentation and Robotic tech event at national level.
In the organizing committee for all 4 yrs of graduation.Headed the committee in final yr.
Represented my state in an international IEEE student congress.
Coll and company level cricket player.
Published a paper at my company.
In Editorial team for a magazine in my company.
Also been Chairman of IEEE in final yr at college.
Got a merit certificate from govt of India for 10th etc .. and many other small achievements.


Voluntary Service :
Part of few social services clubs at office and also been indulging with a orphanage since engg.
I am also a certified Disaster Recovery Representative.

Looking to work in Finance or consulting after my MBA. So planning to do MBA - Finance/Supply chain management.

I have finalized the list as below. Please comment on the list as to what my chances are and if I can apply to these or can i apply to better schools or should I get down further .. Please comment ..

CMU
UNC - Chappel Hill
Rutgers
univ of oklahoma
univ of tennessee knoxville
Cleveland


Also please suggest if i need to look at any other schools. Please reply asap so that I can plan accordingly .
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Re: GMAT - 640 and TOEFL 96 - Whats cooking further ? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2010, 11:38
Generally looks nice but as for GMAT score it would be better if the difference wasn't so big in V/Q

If I were you, I'd apply somewhere in top 30 BS

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Re: GMAT - 640 and TOEFL 96 - Whats cooking further ? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2010, 19:34
Pavle wrote:
Generally looks nice but as for GMAT score it would be better if the difference wasn't so big in V/Q

If I were you, I'd apply somewhere in top 30 BS

Good luck


Thanks for the reply pavle...
Can you please comment on the list above as it has a mix ...
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Re: GMAT - 640 and TOEFL 96 - Whats cooking further ? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2010, 23:04
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flamboyantatmba wrote:
Hi,
I am looking to apply for FALL 2011.Please assist me in applying for B- Schools.

Here is my profile ......

Also please suggest if i need to look at any other schools. Please reply asap so that I can plan accordingly .


Hi Flamboyantatmba:
I would strongly consider retaking the GMAT. You are leaving a lot on the table with respect to your verbal score. They know you are quantitatively gifted. What you need to demonstrate is a little more balance. of course, a little more balance would also increase your overall GMAT score. If this would serve to move you closer to top 20 business schools as opposed to the top 35 or 40 business schools you are targeting right now.

The above would affect the timing of your applications. I suggest you apply in the second round. the competitive difference between around one and around two is minimal. However the extra time that you would have to focus on your GMAT verbal would pay enormous dividends with respect to the schools that you could apply to.

With respect to your current school choices, I am not a big fan of many of these programs. They are simply not competitive enough for you to move from India to the United States for study. You are about to go into a lot of debt to pay for school. think about the ROI. Is it fair with a school like the University of Oklahoma? I am not sure that it is or is not. On another level, I believe that you can do better with respect to finance and supply chain programs. will your current score of 640 you should also target these programs --Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Penn State University and Arizona State University.

One final consideration with respect to any MBA program you choose to apply to. should you elect to move back to India at some point in your original career, you are going to need a school that garners recognition. Going tto a school such as "Cleveland" calls into question this recognition. So, do not handcuff yourself today because you could not get your GMAT verbal score up. Take the GMAT again.

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Re: GMAT - 640 and TOEFL 96 - Whats cooking further ? [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2010, 05:02
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flamboyantatmba wrote:
Hi,
I am looking to apply for FALL 2011.Please assist me in applying for B- Schools.

Here is my profile ......

Also please suggest if i need to look at any other schools. Please reply asap so that I can plan accordingly .


Hi Flamboyantatmba:
I would strongly consider retaking the GMAT. You are leaving a lot on the table with respect to your verbal score. They know you are quantitatively gifted. What you need to demonstrate is a little more balance. of course, a little more balance would also increase your overall GMAT score. If this would serve to move you closer to top 20 business schools as opposed to the top 35 or 40 business schools you are targeting right now.

The above would affect the timing of your applications. I suggest you apply in the second round. the competitive difference between around one and around two is minimal. However the extra time that you would have to focus on your GMAT verbal would pay enormous dividends with respect to the schools that you could apply to.

With respect to your current school choices, I am not a big fan of many of these programs. They are simply not competitive enough for you to move from India to the United States for study. You are about to go into a lot of debt to pay for school. think about the ROI. Is it fair with a school like the University of Oklahoma? I am not sure that it is or is not. On another level, I believe that you can do better with respect to finance and supply chain programs. will your current score of 640 you should also target these programs --Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Penn State University and Arizona State University.

One final consideration with respect to any MBA program you choose to apply to. should you elect to move back to India at some point in your original career, you are going to need a school that garners recognition. Going tto a school such as "Cleveland" calls into question this recognition. So, do not handcuff yourself today because you could not get your GMAT verbal score up. Take the GMAT again.

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti


Thanks a lot paul for such a lengthy explanation. I would think about re taking GMAT :-) but only thing thats holding back is I am really skeptical about me increasing my verbal score :-( ..
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Re: GMAT - 640 and TOEFL 96 - Whats cooking further ? [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2010, 11:22
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this is the way that I would look at your verbal score. I believe that you can identify with what I'm about to say, given that you are an engineer. As an engineer you should have an understanding of acute issues versus chronic issues -- in any system, including the GMAT. If we were determining root causes of your low verbal performance, we should be glad to see that it is isolated in one area of the GMAT. This tells us that we can probably find the root cause of your poor performance if we examine the types of questions you got wrong on your verbal. If we were encountering the opposite situation -- where both verbal and Quant were universally low -- then we may be out of luck in figuring out what went wrong or they may be simply too much to address before the application deadlines. So what am I saying? I am saying since the problem is isolated, and since you have an analytical mind, you should be able to drill down figure out what it is about verbal you are getting wrong -- to find that acute problem -- and bang it out. Otherwise you are leaving money on the table in selling yourself short.

I know this is going to require a lot of work, but what is the alternative? That you spent a lot of money and get an MBA degree that may not have a defined ROI?

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti
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