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Hi folks!
Please, your advice. I took the GMAT and got a 680. I did it very well in Quant (49), but no so good in Verbal (35). I don't know whether I should retake it. I think that the rest of my profile could compensate that weakness. Please, take a look and give me your comments. I am interested in HBS, MIT, Stanford, and Chicago University.
This is my profile:
GMAT: 680 Q49 V35 (My native language is Spanish)
GPA: I suppose it is 4.0 because I was the best student of my class during college. (There is no GPA in my country)
Bachelor degree with honors: My thesis research received the highest degree, even the jury recomended to publish the thesis.
I was the best student in other specialization programs in which top students of diverse universities participated.
Work experience:
- 10 years
- I worked in the most important think tank of my country, also in the biggest bank. Then, in order to live a more meaningful life, I decided to quit from the bank and work in the government in order to design financial programs to help exporters and SMEs.
- I represented my country in international meetings outside my country during my work in the government.
- I was part of the team of the government to help exporters financially during the current internacional financial crisis.
- Also, I have been interviewed as an expert in some of the most important newspapers and radios of my country.
- I founded two organizations conformed by college students to develop leadership skills and make a difference in our comunity.

I wouldn't have problems in retaking the exam, but I am worried about whether I will have enough time to take my test of english (TOEFL) and writing my essays to be ready for the second round.
Do you think that my profile could compensate the GMAT?

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New post 12 Sep 2013, 01:03
Hello there Danzig,
It looks like you have some fantastic stuff in your profile - Being valedictorian, plus your very prestigious sounding work experience. Good governement work is one of the best things you can apply to B-school to, esp. if you have some sort of dream to change the future. But still, the schools you are aiming for will be TOUGH with a 680. Not impossible! But you will be at a big disadvantage in comparison to others (they might just ask themselves: "Well why didn't he just retake?")

Right now, I don't really have enough detail about exactly what you do, where you are from, what your goals are to advise you further, buuuut feel free to drop us a line, and I or one of my consultants will give you a more precise evaluation, and for that I'd suggest you fill out our form (which asks all the right questions) for a free consultation:


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