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Good Universities in US/UK Accepting GMAT score of 650 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2013, 13:59
Hi,

I gave my GMAT today and came out disappointed with a score of 650 (77%) (49 Q; 31 V), IR - 6. This was my third attempt at GMAT with previous scores as 620 and less.

I know its not a good idea to apply in TOP schools with this GMAT score. But i would like to go for a MBA this year as i am already having 6 years of work-ex and do not want to wait one more year. Please recommend me some 2nd RANK good B-Schools.

To give an idea about my profile-
Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Undergrad: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
GPA: 3.5
Total Work ex: 6.1 yrs (till now)
Designation: Business Consultant (E-commerce, worked on banking products before this for 4 years)
Company: Top US based supply chain company

International Experience: Worked in the UK as an onsite coordinator (one of the youngest coordinators in my project) for 8 months for a team of 25 people for 8 months. Received client awards.

Extra-curricular:
• A part time graphic designer. I have an independent venture where i design my own minimalist posters and sell them through my own page and various vendors (Online sites, Local shops and flea markets). Do not know if i can call it a full-fledged entrepreneurial venture but i have dealt with a lot of vendors. I not only design but also handle the complete framing and printing work as i give my vendors and end consumers a complete product.
• Run a lot of long distances races myself and have helped the runners club within company in organizing practice runs.
• Have won awards in the company for my performance.

Kindly answer my below queries:
1. Are there any schools I can still apply to and hope for acceptance (along with RA/TA/Fellowship)?
2. Can I hope to get into the following schools? Which among these will be good for Technology consulting as that would be my focus area?
a. Michigan State (Broad)
b. SMU Cox
c. Indian Kelley
d. Purdue (Krannert)
e. Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
f. Boston College (Caroll)

UK:
a. Warwick UK
b. Manchester Business School
c. Cranfiled

Thanks!
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Re: Good Universities in US/UK Accepting GMAT score of 650 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 11:15
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Your experience looks excellent; it will clearly be the key strength of your application (aligned with your goals). Ditto your extracurricular activities -- although not as central as your work, they will further differentiate and distinguish you.

I consider your list of schools solid, with Cranfield, Broad, and Kelley being reasonable reaches, and Krannert and Cox being on-pars. I must reserve comment on the remaining programs, which I know are excellent but whose stats I don’t know offhand. However, I believe they’re in the same range of on-pars and reasonable reaches.

Overall, I don’t have programs to add, as I’d need to research just as you must – and you clearly have a good grasp of programs that are both within reach (as on-par or reasonable reach) and will meet your needs.

One point I would add is that it will be critical for you to clearly and effectively portray your key strength – you career – through examples of impact and leadership.
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Re: Good Universities in US/UK Accepting GMAT score of 650 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 11:57
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Your experience looks excellent; it will clearly be the key strength of your application (aligned with your goals). Ditto your extracurricular activities -- although not as central as your work, they will further differentiate and distinguish you.

I consider your list of schools solid, with Cranfield, Broad, and Kelley being reasonable reaches, and Krannert and Cox being on-pars. I must reserve comment on the remaining programs, which I know are excellent but whose stats I don’t know offhand. However, I believe they’re in the same range of on-pars and reasonable reaches.

Overall, I don’t have programs to add, as I’d need to research just as you must – and you clearly have a good grasp of programs that are both within reach (as on-par or reasonable reach) and will meet your needs.

One point I would add is that it will be critical for you to clearly and effectively portray your key strength – you career – through examples of impact and leadership.


That was a very valuable feedback Cindy. Really appreciate that you took out the time and replied to my post. I will keep your advice "it will be critical for you to clearly and effectively portray your key strength – you career – through examples of impact and leadership" in mind and prepare my essays accordingly.

I have just one more question. Do you think it would be wise to use the optional essay to let the schools be informed about my low verbal score?

I can list my AWA score (5/6) and TOEFL score(expected) to make a case?
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Re: Good Universities in US/UK Accepting GMAT score of 650 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2014, 03:58
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You can briefly note this in an optional essay, as an acknowledgement of the low score, but also note (also briefly) evidence of your strong communication and language skills. And if you are able to give some input to your recommenders, ask them to highlight these skills/qualities in their recommendations.
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