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Please Evaluate: 700/3.56 Career Changer [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 11:32
Dear Stacy,
I just took the GMAT and scored a bit lower than my practice exams and thus, I was hoping to get your view on my candidacy for a few full-time MBA programs. As it currently stands, here’s my profile:

GMAT: 700 (44Q, 41V)

Undergrad: B.A. - 3.56 - Brandeis (Politics), cum laude, senior leadership award, thesis award, crew team; research fellowship at Harvard Law School (1 year);

Grad: M.Sc. with Merit (no GPA) – LSE (Development Economics); certificate in French;

Work experience: 4 years; Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State; various awards and honors; served in Washington and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; traveled to 40+ countries; worked very sensitive/national security issues; wrote key U.S. foreign policy positions; represented U.S. in key international meetings (including the UN);

Recs: Both strong - one ambassador and my current director;

Extra-curriculars: Volunteer for small non-profit; mentor at the office; Boy Scout (Eagle Scout); half-marathon runner; avid traveler;

Vitals: 27yo, Caucasian male (American);

Target schools: Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Tuck, Chicago; (Applying Rd-1 for entry in 2013);

Goal: Change careers from international diplomacy to international private equity. I want to use my knowledge of developing market economics from the LSE and diplomatic experience in Ethiopia to help a PE firm develop its portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa.

Concern: Low GMAT quant score coupled with C+ in freshman year calculus. (Should I retake the GMAT? Does my LSE quant experience make up for this? What quant score would my target schools be looking for from me?)

Thank you so very much!!!
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Re: Please Evaluate: 700/3.56 Career Changer [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 08:47
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Hi hazmattg,

Regarding your GMAT, if you believe you can improve your score by 40+ points, you may want to take the test again. Your score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will focus on your highest score. This being said, once you reach a 700 on the GMAT, admissions teams tend to focus more on other areas of your application. You have a strong score and this shouldn't be a large concern.

Additionally, one bad grade will not break your application. If you'd like, here is a case study of how one candidate addressed a lower GPA in his application: http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

Here is some school specific advice for some of the programs you listed:

Harvard: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/harvard-advice/
Columbia: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/columbia-advice/
Wharton: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/u ... on-advice/


If you are interested, we provide free 30 minute phone consultations here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Re: Please Evaluate: 700/3.56 Career Changer [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 09:48
Conrad,

Thank you so much for the advice.

I will certainly call for a consultation once I retake the exam.
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