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Please evaluate my profile (GMAT 650, 26 years old)

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Joined: 29 Jan 2013
Posts: 5
Location: Russian Federation
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V32
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.64
WE: Corporate Finance (Consulting)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0

Please evaluate my profile (GMAT 650, 26 years old) [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 05:03
Hello,

Could you please evaluate my profile? The main information is given below:

0) Current Location St. Petersburg, Russia. Age 26 years old. Plan to enter full-time MBA in USA in 2014.


1) Work experience
2007-2010: Audit consultant in big 4 company PricewaterhouseCoopers in St. Petersburg, Russia. Performed IFRS, US GAAP and local GAAP audits of companies producing consumer / industrial products

2010-2012: Leading consultant in the field of Financial Due Diligence and Mergers and Acquisitions in large international audit and consulting firm BDO, Moscow, Russia. Got 1 level promotion (to the position of Assistant Manager). Led M&A consultancy projects (up to 4 people in team) for large Russian and international firms.

2012-present time: Financial Reporting Manager (provide US GAAP and management reportingh, execute internal controls) in large Commercial Real Estate Company owned by well known international Investment Fund.

In total > 6 years of work experience

2) Your GMAT
Q48 (78%), V32 (64%), AW 5.0, IR 3, total 650. Had only one attempt, plan to retake in 1-2 months (also if possible please advise if retaking is worthwile).

3) College info:

Graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Economic Faculty, Chair of World Economy in 2007. Average GPA 3.37

4) extra-curricular activities
Have actively participated in the life of Armenian Community in St. Petersburg (studied in school, played in spectacles, participated in meetings/protests)
Have sports degree (master candidate) in freestyle wrestling
Have degree in musics (drums)

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
Have ACCA membership (association of chartered certified accountants, main focus is IFRS). It is European analogue to CPA.

6) Your target programs.

Full-time MBA in Stanford, Berkley, Duke, Kenan-Flegler (with descending priority).


7) Your post-MBA goal.

Boost career in strategy consulting and general management in cross-border international company; Bring international awareness and investments to my country of origin Armenia.
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Location: Los Angeles CA
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Re: Please evaluate my profile (GMAT 650, 26 years old) [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 22:52
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barmenak wrote:
Hello,

Could you please evaluate my profile? The main information is given below:

0) Current Location St. Petersburg, Russia. Age 26 years old. Plan to enter full-time MBA in USA in 2014.


1) Work experience
2007-2010: Audit consultant in big 4 company PricewaterhouseCoopers in St. Petersburg, Russia. Performed IFRS, US GAAP and local GAAP audits of companies producing consumer / industrial products

2010-2012: Leading consultant in the field of Financial Due Diligence and Mergers and Acquisitions in large international audit and consulting firm BDO, Moscow, Russia. Got 1 level promotion (to the position of Assistant Manager). Led M&A consultancy projects (up to 4 people in team) for large Russian and international firms.

2012-present time: Financial Reporting Manager (provide US GAAP and management reportingh, execute internal controls) in large Commercial Real Estate Company owned by well known international Investment Fund.

In total > 6 years of work experience

2) Your GMAT
Q48 (78%), V32 (64%), AW 5.0, IR 3, total 650. Had only one attempt, plan to retake in 1-2 months (also if possible please advise if retaking is worthwile).

3) College info:

Graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Economic Faculty, Chair of World Economy in 2007. Average GPA 3.37

4) extra-curricular activities
Have actively participated in the life of Armenian Community in St. Petersburg (studied in school, played in spectacles, participated in meetings/protests)
Have sports degree (master candidate) in freestyle wrestling
Have degree in musics (drums)

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
Have ACCA membership (association of chartered certified accountants, main focus is IFRS). It is European analogue to CPA.

6) Your target programs.

Full-time MBA in Stanford, Berkley, Duke, Kenan-Flegler (with descending priority).


7) Your post-MBA goal.

Boost career in strategy consulting and general management in cross-border international company; Bring international awareness and investments to my country of origin Armenia.


Thanks for your post. Your verbal score, which is dragging down your overall GMAT, is going to be a concern, and potentially an insurmountable concern, especially at Stanford and Haas. Your grades are competitive and your work experience is strong, showing business aptitude, growth, and increasing responsibility. I strongly encourage you to study as hard as you can to raise that verbal score. A 700+ score will help you enormously both from an admissions perspective and in terms of employment. Some strat consulting firms use the GMAT as a screening tool and they want to see a 7 as the first digit in the overall score. I'm not saying they never make exceptions, but why aim to be that exception.

with your current score, you are competitive at UNC and maybe Duke. Haas and Stanford are stretch programs. If you raise your GMAT, to 700+ you really improve your chances.

If you would like help with your MBA application, please let me know.

Best,
Linda
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Current Student
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Joined: 29 Jan 2013
Posts: 5
Location: Russian Federation
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V32
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.64
WE: Corporate Finance (Consulting)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0

Re: Please evaluate my profile (GMAT 650, 26 years old) [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 00:34
Dear Linda,

Thanks a lot for your evaluation! I will retake the GMAT and then start application. I will contact you at that time if advice is needed on admission.
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Re: Please evaluate my profile (GMAT 650, 26 years old) [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 22:53
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barmenak wrote:
Dear Linda,

Thanks a lot for your evaluation! I will retake the GMAT and then start application. I will contact you at that time if advice is needed on admission.


You're most welcome. You have a good plan. We look forward to working with you.

Best,
Linda
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