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Undergrad from University of Melbourne, GPA 3.95(gpa was out of 100, but when I came to do masters in us, they transferred it to this number 3.95, i was top 5% of the class that graduated in the two years),
Ms in Computers Science, GPA: 4.0,
5 years full time work experience, got 3 promotions in 5 years.
Career Goal: Open a financial service back in India, and run it from USA. Joint venture with my brother. Also have dads steel business to run as a side.) I know I have lot of options back in India..
1) What do I do abt GMAT? Should I retake it? Is it really needed? I mean Q of 50 is good.. but V 29???????
2) IS this score good enough for Californai Berkley where they have financial engineering program?
3) Is this score good enough of University of Chicago part time?
4) Can I get into ultra-elite schools with this gmat for full time mba?
Ultra-elite full time: U chicago, Stern, Wharton, Harvard.
1) Yeah, your verbal score is quite low. In general, a 660 can get you in anywhere as long as the other parts of your app are strong, but I think your essays and AWA would have to be top-notch to overcome that verbal score. So, consider taking it again to boost that weakness.
2) and 3) Yes, as long as the other parts of your app are strong enough.
4) Same answer. Remember that the GMAT is just ONE part of your application. Your essays, recommendations, and interview are all much more powerful ways to set yourself apart in the application process.
2) What should I use to have a better chance: Opening a financial service business and managing my dads steel business or mentioning the ambition to become a CEO of an aerospace company, since thats where I worked for 5 years. I am currently a project lead for the team thats working in India, and I am working with the customers here and managing requirements and the software in india.
My end goal is to run my dads business, but I am afraid with so many indians aplying, i will get slotted, instead i could use aerospace experience to my advantage. Also I did my Bachelors from Melbourne,Australia. So I have a definite international exposure as a plus point.
It's really too hard to say what your odds of success are since there's so much that I don't know about you (e.g., community involvement... do NOT underestimate this). But I'm thinking that the UCLA/USC/NYU tier of schools may be your best bet for a stretch school (with Purdue, UT, and BU being more in your comfort zone, given my limited knowledge of your profile.
Re: career goals, don't tell them what you think they want to hear. Tell them the truth. This is less of an ethics thing and more of a matter of making sure that your entire applicatoin ties together. I understand your concerns, but saying "I want to be the CEO of an aerospace company" won't really distinguish you any more, either. (I see a ton of applicants who want to be the CEO fo a Fortune 500 company.)
Re: the GMAT, since you have time, I'd recommend studyig some more and trying to take it again.
Thanks a lot for your earlier replies.. I have decided on London Business school as one of my top ranked school eventually. I believe this will fit in with my international exposure(till 17 was in india, engineering in aus for 4 years, 6 years in us with masters and work exp).
I think LBS likes international/diversity.
Also I have done community involvement in india. My short term goal is to get into my dads steel manufacturing plant, and the ultimate long term goal is to do a financial service firm in India in conjunction with my brother who is aiming to go Msc In Finance route..
Apart from the following:
GMAT(660,Q50,V29,AWA:5.5), Undergrad GPA from Aus: 3.95, Masters : 3.9
Some community involvement(around 2-3 months in total in the last 3 years)
Project Lead in the work I am doing
and general hobbies..
Thats all I have...
I am retaking gmat.. so I was wondering if LBS is a stretch?
I have heard people get to LBS with GMAT of 650... I will definitely retake GMAT.
I do think LBS wil be somewhat of a stretch because I tihnk you're light in community service and other things that will help set you apart from other applicants. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply. Just keep in mind that you will really need to think about what sets you apart from other applicants.