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Please evaluate options? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2005, 17:59
I have 3.8+ GPA, 3.9+ finance/econ major. 680 GMAT with 42 math (66% yuck) 40 verbal (91%). I expect 5-6 score on AWA. I have all A's in calculus and economics classes and even had award winning independent stats research in college; will these factors offset math score?

I have 4-5 years of experience. Ran a financial planning business for 2.5 years for a fortune 500 company and currently work with with a fortune 500 company managing client relationships. I have extensive volunteer experience from college and tutored immigrants after college but for only one year.

I am interested in consulting with a focus on accounting/finance. I expect stellar recommendations from clients and managers, and I am confident in my essays. Do I have any chance at schools like Chicago, LBS (my dream schools) and target schools like Texas? Any other recommendation for target schools?

Thanks for your help.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2005, 18:36
The most risk-averse path is to retake the GMAT- that way the issue becomes moot (of course, that might not be feasible for you).

Some other schools that come to mind are Columbia, Harvard, and Penn (if you are interested in Chicago you should consider these three as well). NYU is another school to look at and perhaps Dartmouth.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2005, 21:54
How solid is the university that awarded the high marks for calculus, economics and statistics ?
That would be my question if I was looking at an application.
If it was top tier and I had access to a recommendation from the university, I would put the GMAT down to random fluctuation and go with the GPA.
If the university was not well known and accessible to me now, I would be concerned that the GMAT was "right" and the GPA was "wrong".
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2005, 23:04
Fair enough, but if the GMAT is wrong it is easy to fix.
In general: It is far better to deliver exactly than argue equivalence.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2005, 05:07
As for school, without getting into specifics, it is a recognizable university with sat score avg of around 1200-1300, and a Tier 1 ranking according to us news rankings. Would it be a better to get 1 academic referral (my mentor who helped with thesis/independent research) and 1 client/manager referral versus the traditional 2 recs from managers/clients?

I am thinking of taking test again but a lot of deadlines are approaching. Also it is tough with work schedule. I figure I just need to work on math as my rc/cr skills can carry my verbal score. Can I send apps for round 1 or 2 and hope for higher score in Nov or early December?

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2005, 10:53
In general, two work references would be more useful to your application than one work reference and one academic one.

For the GMAT, check with the specific schools to see when they need the GMAT and in what form you can report the score.
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