I just took the GMAT and scored a 670. Do you guys think it is enough for schools such as Columbia and Cornell?
I'm a candidate from Brazil and have a poor GPA of 2.7, which I think is not comparable with american gpa's since almost nobody in my school graduated with gpa's of 3.5 or higher.
Does the ADCOM compares GPA's from different countries?
I have 4 years of work experience, the last 3 of them working for one of the biggest banks in Latin America (Itau).
Currently I'm working on budget forecast and financial analysis, reporting directly to the CFO.
I got promoted 2 times and I'm considered a good potencial for the bank in the future. If I got admited the bank will sponsor my tuition and living costs.
Do you guys think sponsored students have higher chances of getting admited? just wondering...
I'm also a former basketball player in Brazil and currently run half marathons. I speak Portuguese (native), English and Spanish.
I also did volunteer activities, helped people starting their carrier in finance teaching them the basics of finance and so on...
Do I have a chance or I should retake the GMAT?
A score of 670 is lower than the average scores for these schools especially for Columbia. A 700+ is much more acceptable. Since your GPA is a little low too, you might want to bring your GMAT score up considerably to cover up.
Though the rest of your application seems strong. You could get into these schools if you put up a compelling case for yourself. The schools like to maintain or improve the average GMAT scores of their incoming classes. Since many people scoring above the desired average also apply, the adcom is willing to take people scoring below average but they are quite picky. They look for unique skills that add value and diversity to the class. If you are able to bring that out in your application, you will improve your chances.
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