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Please provide profile evaluation !! [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 21:47
Hello Stacy,

I recently finished my GMAT. This was my third attempt. I am stuck at 620 ( Q47, V29). I did really good when I was attempting mock tests at home (700+), however for some reasons I am not able to crack the exam when it really matters most. Nonetheless, I am in no mood now for one more attempt. My background -

1. Bachelors in Information Technology - top 10% of class
2. Masters in Computer Science - University of North Texas - GPA - 3.8
3. Work experience - 5 years
4. Age - 28 (coming July)
5. Nationality - Indian Male

I worked for around 3 years for a small firm in Dallas, TX. I have been working as a technology analyst for Morgan Stanley at Wall Street since last 2 years. My role is more of business + development. I have been working on technology integration of Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. I have been managing team of 3-5 people.

Interest: I have strong inclination towards Value Investing and asset management. Though I don't have core industry experience in this field, I am managing my own portfolio since last 4 years. I am a self learner. My short term goal (1-3 years) post MBA is to be a Research Analyst working for some firm (applying VI principles). My long term goal (+ 3 years) is to be a Portfolio manager managing some fund or start my own family fund managing people's money. Currently I am taking Financial Statement and Analysis class from UC Berkeley Extension school to enhance my knowledge.

Schools of interest - Columbia Business School (for obvious VI program) and NYU Stern. However I am well aware getting into these schools with my GMAT score will be almost next to impossible. However I want to stay positive and apply for R1 for these schools and similar schools with focused approach on asset management.

Community work - I am affiliated with New York Cares, a non-profit organization. I have been helping kids prepare for their SAT exam. Back in India I worked with "HappyThoughts", a non-profit organization, working towards helping people in meditation, spirituality and wisdom at work place.

Please provide your opinion about my profile, schools I should be targeting at, etc. I am open for US and Asian schools. Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Please provide profile evaluation !! [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 09:21
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Hi amp0201,

Particularly because you were scoring so well on practice tests, I recommend you retake the GMAT. Remember that your highest GMAT score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will focus on your best score. There isn't much harm in taking the test again. If you are very interested in Columbia and NYU Stern, I recommend you aim for a 700 on the exam.

If you decide to take the test again, here is a free GMAT overview: http://stacyblackman.com/gmat-overview

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