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Please evaluate my profile.. gmat 700 [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 08:41
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HEC (Paris)
SAID
HKUST

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Velrick Leuven
Nanyang
NUS
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Re: Please evaluate my profile.. gmat 700 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 18:00
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Hello gandalf007, thanks for your question.

Typically, a 700 GMAT score will put any school in play for you (as long as the Quant/Verbal breakdown is evenly balanced and around 80%). That said, while it certainly opens the door, it won’t get you in.

Your competitiveness at any program will really hinge on a few things:
- Academics: undergrad institution, GPA
- Work experience: Do you have a track record of success, growth, results driven, initiative, and leadership?
- Volunteer/Community service: How do you engage with the world outside of the office? How have these activities enriched you as a leader?

So, the good news is that your GMAT score is an asset for your candidacy at any program. However, I’d love to know more information about your experience – in terms of the questions above – so I can give you a more detailed profile assessment!

Best of luck,
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Re: Please evaluate my profile.. gmat 700 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2011, 00:44
Hi Brian,
Thanks for your feed back.
My GMAT split is Q47(77%) V38(83%) AWA 5.
My GPA is 7.5/10 for an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Instrumentation.
As for my W.E, I have been in the IT services sector for the past 4 years.I havent yet had a chance to manage people, but I have been a very good team player.
My extracurriculars arent great. I know that my profile is weak and I am looking for an opportunity to make it better.

I have made some changes to the schools that I am targetting:

Anderson
Darden
Jhonson
Mcdonough
Robert Smith
Kelley
Boston University SOM
Emory

Could you please let me know how the MS.MBA dual degree programmes are rated?
I came across one offered by Boston University and it looked interesting.
MBA in General Management/M.S in Media Ventures, which includes 2 semesters in the BU college of Communication in L.A.I was hoping that you would be able to shed some light on the value of such courses.

Thanks
Ganesh
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Re: Please evaluate my profile.. gmat 700 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 12:39
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Hello Ganesh, thanks for the additional information. This does shed some light into your profile.

Your GMAT seems solid, in general, but your 77% quant score is borderline. Typically, we urge applicants to shoot for 80%. Moreover, you come from an overrepresented demographic that scores disproportionately high on the test, so your 700 is not as impressive as it would otherwise be.

Your GPA is also on the borderline, especially given your demographic. I don’t think academics/GMAT is an area you should particularly worry about, but you won’t necessarily distinguish yourself here.

The fact that you work in IT also doesn’t help you distinguish yourself from demographic, but if you can write about experiences that clearly call out your leadership, initiative, and ability to drive results, that could move the needle. It’s not at all bad that you haven’t managed people officially, but you can still show that you think and behave like the leader programs are looking for.

Regarding extracurriculars, you need not have official volunteer service to have something here. Do you have any passions, hobbies, interests, or causes that you devote significant time to? Often, even if these pursuits are not officially organized, they can reveal a good deal about your values, work ethic, and way of dealing with people and viewing the world.

Overall, I think it will take some brainstorming, but drawing from the right experiences can help put you in a better position than you think in terms of work and, especially, extracurriculars.

I do not have specific expertise in MS/MBA programs. Since you haven’t mentioned your post-MBA goals, the larger question is how would an MBA or MS/MBA fit into your career path, given your background and where you would like to go? You have to demonstrate to admissions committees that you require the degree to further your progress toward your career goals. I can’t say whether you need an MBA or an MS/MBA, but either way I would urge you to think hard about putting together your career plan for the future. Once you have a solid path/arc mapped out, I have a feeling the decision will be easier as to which program makes more sense.

Best of luck!
Brian
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