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Concentration: Leadership, Marketing
GMAT 1: 540 Q36 V28
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Need your advice [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2013, 11:43
Hi. I am currently applying for Desautels (McGill) 's full time course this year . In fact , I am a 30 year old pharmacist with 6.5 work experience 5 of them in a multinational pharmaceutical company first as a sales representative then as a sales trainer after being promoted.I had distinguished extracurricular activities during high school and undergrad but later my job consumed 80% of my time , the rest 20% was dedicated to PG studies and to my family . PG studies include a diploma in Industrial Pharmacy and another in "Training the Trainer" , and a certificate in written translation .In addition to all these ,I got an HR certification from SHRM as well as some workshops and non-academic courses including finance for non-financial managers . Knowing that my GMAT scores are 540 , then a 550 , and my GPA varies between 2.82 -2.94 after assessing it on different GPA calculators,while Desautels responded to my inquiry that they look for 600 GMAT and a GPA 3 , encouraging me to apply but meanwhile implying that they can forgive a slightly lower GPA for a satisfactory GMAT , what do you advise me to do ? which strengths can you see in my profile can compensate for the GMAT gap? knowing that I am applying these days to catch the deadline but will still retake the GMAT for the 3rd time next month aiming at updating them with a better score.By the way , on their website it is said that the range of GMAT scores for their students is 560-780.

Thank you very much.I sincerely appreciate your advice.
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I highly recommend that you study for the GMAT with a prep course. Veritas has a great one that you can find on the website Veritasprep.com. Maximize your score by focusing on it!! This test can be mastered with focused dedication. I was in the same position when I applied, I had to focus intensely to achieve my GMAT score as it was my weaker link. So I know it can be done!

Once the GMAT is complete, focus your attention on creating a compelling story for Why you want an MBA? and, Why Now? Give them a compelling reason why this is critical to your career path. Next think in terms of Why You? Why do they want to accept you, what is compelling about you, particularly given your lower than average GPA and GMAT? Your sales experience would be one reason, but dig deep and highlight what it is that you uniquely bring to the classroom, that would differentiate you as exceptional.

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