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GMAT 650, need urgent profile evaluation! [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2013, 04:15
Hi,

I have recently taken GMAT but my score stood 650 after all my efforts. Please evaluate my profile and provide your valuable feedback/suggestions.

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Vibha/ 29 Y/ Female/ Indian

GMAT:
1st attempt - 650; V- 30(66%), Q – 49 (83%)

Academics:
Under grads – B.Tech (Information Technology) Overall percentage – 76% (with honors), GPA – 3.5, Stood 2nd at university level in 4th Semester, 3rd in 5th semester and 2nd again in 7th semester.


Work Experience:
- 7.5 years of full time work experience with Infosys Technologies
- Current designation is Technology Lead and role and responsibility involve managing projects.
- Got three promotions till date
- Managing a team of 16 associates
- Always worked with International Banking clients and thus have a very strong knowledge of international banking.
- Received a number of awards from Infosys such as Insta Award ’12, Spot Award ’12, Most Valuable Performer Award ’11 etc.

Extracurricular:
- Started my own training and placement firm, The Modulator, in 2010 (with my husband) and ran it till Jan 2012 (almost 2 years). Got a very good exposure but due to some personal reasons merged it with another training firm and taken out my share.
- One of the The Modulator unit (named 'Free Mondays') is still managed by me; Now it is renamed as 'Vibha's Mondays' in the new firm. It is a non-profit initiative wherein I provide basic computer training to underprivileged children every Monday evenings.
- I am a self-motivated artist and organized a number of my art work exhibitions, a few were curated by me. I am the founder of an online non-profit artists’ forum, UniqueArtClub. com, which is created with a vision to assist self-motivated/new artists to start their art career.
- College and school level:
Started an art and cultural club in college (being the first B.Tech batch of college got the privilege to do a fresh start of a club). This experienced helped a lot in creating a vision to start UniqueArtClub. com.
Vice-president of my school house (grouping of school children in 4 houses) during my school.
- Major awards won in school and college:
Best painter (State level)
Selected as Miss School 2000 (beauty collaborated with intelligence)
A number of awards in school level speech contests, dance competitions.. list is endless.

Few of my queries –
1. I am not planning to take the GMAT again and I am targeting top-20 schools in US and Rotman in Canada. Could you please provide me the list of at least 5 best schools out of these where I might have more than 70% chances to get in.
2. Which top 20 US schools you may help me the most to get in, with a target success rate of at least 90% or above? (I might take package for those schools with you)
3. What do you think are my major strengths and weaknesses?
4. I am planning for 2014 batch and I still have some time, so what areas I should focus to make a strong competitive profile.
5. What should be my road map to get into a good b-school, such as by when should I finish the school shortlisting, when to start the school packages and so on.


I value your time and effort you put in my queries. Thanks in advance.
Vibha
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Re: GMAT 650, need urgent profile evaluation! [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2013, 11:13
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Hi Vibha,

You have a fairly strong profile - you've got strong management experience and very interesting entrepreneurial and creative background. You have a great community endeavor as well with Vibha's Mondays. Overall, I think you are quite well rounded and can demonstrate strong leadership.

Your weakness is really that your background is IT (rather than business), but I believe your entrepreneurial experience will help balance that.

As for programs to target - I cannot give you any percentage likelihood of admittance, but I would suggest that you look at programs like Duke (target), Michigan (target), Berkeley (reach). You may also consider UCLA (safe/target). MIT would be stretch (somewhat unlikely) but would be great fits given your interests.

As far as improving your profile, I'd say you're in pretty good shape... I'd only suggest retaking the GMAT, but it seems you don't wish to do that.

This is a good time to get started on the bschool process - you should start your school research now, identify any weaknesses to improve, and then gear up to start applications by late summer. We can walk through the timeline with you in more detail via phone if you decide to move forward. To move forward, please sign up for a free consultation via our website: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php

Best of luck,
Mili

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