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Joined: 27 Jan 2012
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Location: Canada
GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V35
WE: Corporate Finance (Real Estate)
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Please evaluate - GMAT 690 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2012, 12:26
Background:
Will be 27 when I start MBA in Fall 2013
Caucasian/white male
Fluent in English and Russian

Education:
3.0 / 4.0 GPA from University of Toronto in Canada with double major in Finance and Economics
690 GMAT (87th percentile) - Q49 V35, 6 out of 6 on Essay section, 7 out of 8 on IR section
CFA level 1, 2, 3 complete, may obtain CFA Designation within the next month if my work experience is approved

Work Exp:
~2 yrs of residential real estate development consulting experience (Analyst level), very analytical in nature, reported to the Principals of a small boutique consulting firm
~2.5 yrs of commercial real estate experience at a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which was acquired by a larger REIT this year (interesting experience being part of a merger) ... I had significant exposure to capital market transactions including acquisition of assets, debt refinancing, carve-out and IPO of specific line of business, secondary equity offerings, etc. (Analyst, and then promotion to Senior Analyst, unfortunately the next level is Director so I don't see any promotions coming up soon unless I get my MBA)

Volunteering:
Board committee at a non-profit company

References:
1) my current and direct supervisor, Director level (Canadian MBA)
2) my previous indirect supervisor, previously CFO, currently Founder/CEO of his own Private Equity firm (NYU Stern MBA)

Target schools: Booth in Chicago, Stern in NY, Columbia in NY, and LBS in UK.

Interests: Private Equity, ideally with a focus on Real Estate where I can leverage my skills/knowledge/experience. Knowing how small the PE industry is, I will also be targeting Ibanks with a focus on Real Estate.

Please comment on my overall profile, and specifically my GMAT score and my target schools.

Thank you!
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Re: Please evaluate - GMAT 690 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 20:15
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your profile. I think it's fairly strong. Academically, your scores are slightly lower than I'd like to see given your target schools -- a 3.0 GPA is quite low and is probably going to be your biggest weakness in your profile. I would definitely address that in an optional statement. It would have been nice to have a 700+ GMAT score to help compensate for the GPA, but a 690 is not so far off... Still, I'd say academics are your area of weakness overall. Outside of that, the profile is quite good - great professional experience, logical career story and sounds like substantive community work. I don't see much in the way of personal extracurriculars, so I'd suggest thinking through that (e.g. - soccer player? artist? mountain climber? what are your personal interests/hobbies, which have you committed to and followed-through on, and which do you have leadership roles in?)

I think your school choices are thoughtful given your background and interests. Booth and Columbia are going to be tough, but they are possible. LBS and NYU are good targets. Given your GPA, though, I would suggest adding a safer school - perhaps University of Toronto (if you're open to that) or Cornell or Carnegie Mellon?

Good luck,
Mili

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