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hbs hopeful [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2005, 10:45
I have a question for you. I really want to go to HBS. I just took my GMAT and scored a 710 (Q45 (77%), V42 (96%)). I am a little concerned about my math score, as it is not above 80%. I could retake it if it is necessary, but I don't want to unless I have to. Here is a little bit of background:

First two years of college:
Accredited State School (4.0/4.0)
Presidents List (Perfect GPA) All Semesters

EC's:
Resident Assistant
Fraternity Member

Second two years of college:
University of Virginia (3.8/4.0)
Deans List (Top 20%) All semesters

EC's:
Club Swim Team
Fraternity Member and Rush Chair
Manager in Business School Investment Club
Transfer Student Peer Advisor

Work Experience:
3 summers in Financial Managment (One with Merrill Lynch)
Last Summer at BB IB in strong group

Future Plans:
Have accepted with BB IB, and I will work in a very strong group for two years. All of their analysts have recieved offers from strong PE shops, so I will almost definitely be doing PE for two years after my IB stint.


I have always wanted to go to HBS and I am wondering if you could provide me with some feedback regarding how competitive I am and what I can do to improve my chances.

Thanks in advance.
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I'm a little unclear about how much full-time work experience you have... So you are starting your first full-time job now?

It's too early for us to really give you good feedback on your chances. Your GMAT score is fine; no need to take it again. If I were you I'd concentrate more on making some notable achievements in the workplace and gaining some meaningful community service experience. I don't see any real weaknesses in your app, but your profile also sounds pretty common, so think about ways to help make your application a little more unique. Your work experience and community service are two good ways to do that.

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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2005, 21:32
First of all, thanks for the response. You are correct. I am still an undergrad in my last year. As I stated in my post, I will be working for a BB IB this coming year, which will most likely lead to a good PE position. So when I apply, i will have two years at an IB and two years of PE. As far as the test is concerned, my concern is the quant section of my gmat score. During the quant section i had to go to the bathroom, so I answered about five questions very hastily until i realized that i was allowed to leave. I then lost a few minutes during my trip to the bathroom and back. As a result, my quant score was lower than I would have liked. I have been told that the top schools like to see above 80th percentile quant scores and that is my primary concern. I am also concerned that a 710 is only an average score for these schools.
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Don't worry about being average... Remember that means that half of those admitted had scores below yours! But I understand that you're not totally happy with your quant score.

Still, though, I think you biggest challenge will be in putting together an app that stands out in some way compared to all of the other applicants who will have finance backgrounds. Instead of focusing on what you think will keep you out (in this case, it's your GMAT score that you're worried about), ask yourself, "What in my app will stand out and help me get in?"

That's how adcomms look at it (they're not just looking for reasons to ding people), and I recommend that you approach it that way, too.

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