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How to improve quant profile [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 13:14
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I am an applicant looking to apply for admission to Kellogg, Stern, Ross, Booth, Kelley and Fuqua for a full-time MBA this fall. I am planning to apply round 1 to all schools, and want to pursue brand management at a large CPG company with a focus on brand innovation and growth. I have spent the last 5 years working in advertising, as a media planner for brands such as Trojan brand condoms, Kraft Foods, and Burger King. I completed my undergrad at Syracuse University with a degree in Advertising, a program that is widely recognized as one of the top communications schools in the country. I did well in undergrad with a 3.5 GPA, which trends upward toward senior year -- and also worked full time to put myself through school. My concern is that I took only three quant classes during my time there, Finance (A-), Accounting (B), and Statistics for Liberal Arts (C+). I worry that the overall lack of quant classes combined with the C+ in stats will hurt my profile.

Now, I know that one way to counteract this would be to ace my GMAT -- but I'm not a great standardized test taker. I took the test for the first time and got a 480 with minimal prep (really just reviewing basics, not too much work drilling OG problems). Aside from the low score, I'm significantly stronger in verbal (breakdown was 25Q/31V). I plan to take a Manhattan GMAT course and am hoping that with a lot of hard work I can pull out a score somewhere around 620-650. That'll get me in the ballpark, but I'm not confident it will ease the Adcoms fears about my ability to handle quant.

If I can wrap up my GMAT by the end of July, I will still have time to take a 4-week intensive summer class at a local community college. I found a 2000-level Business Statistics course, but am wondering if that's the best option. Would a calculus or econ class be better? Or should I try to redeem my C+ in stats? Since a 2000 level course is an under-grad course, will that even mean anything in the adcom's eyes? It doesn't look like graduate level classes are available to non-degree students. Will taking this course help my profile, and is it worth it?

Thank you in advance for your help, I really appreciate it!
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Re: How to improve quant profile [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 07:41
When building an alternate transcript like you are doing (taking extra courses) - adcoms only expect undergrad level courses. A freshman level class is fine. Take 1-2 quant classes in stats, algebra, calculus, microeconomics, etc. and you're good to go. Good luck on the GMAT (and to be honest you'll need at least a high 600s if not 700 for the kinds of schools you're looking to get into). With the GMAT, do whatever it takes to shoot for the school averages.
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Re: How to improve quant profile [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 09:16
AlexMBAApply wrote:
When building an alternate transcript like you are doing (taking extra courses) - adcoms only expect undergrad level courses. A freshman level class is fine. Take 1-2 quant classes in stats, algebra, calculus, microeconomics, etc. and you're good to go. Good luck on the GMAT (and to be honest you'll need at least a high 600s if not 700 for the kinds of schools you're looking to get into). With the GMAT, do whatever it takes to shoot for the school averages.



Thanks Alex, this is helpful. If I only have time to take one class before I apply, is there one that is more valuable than the others?

Also, with regard to the GMAT -- if I'm starting at a 480, is it realistic to shoot for high-600s? I don't want to set myself up for failure and while I plan on investing the time I need to have an understanding of what kind of improvement is really feasible.
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Re: How to improve quant profile [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 09:27
Take the course that is least painful for you. Adcoms don't microanalyze which ones are better than the other. Just sign up and ace it.

As for GMAT - rather than ask whether it's realistic, go in as if you have no choice but to score a high 600s.
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