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Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2013, 07:17
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Hey All! I was planning on applying to the Consortium during round 2, but I'm doubting myself now and I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of feedback on my profile.

I took the GMAT once last year and scored a paltry 530. I have been re-studying to take it again, which has been going well, and I am scheduled to take it in the 2nd week of October. I am mid 20's, US born 1st generation American and my undergraduate GPA is in the low 3's from a highly ranked public institution in the social sciences. I have been working as a program manager at a non-profit for the past few years, and also did one year of a service corps. My goal is to become a business consultant for non-profit businesses. My GPA was around 3.3 and I didn't fare too well in the required math courses, but I did retake them at community college and got higher grades.

With this in mind, I'm thinking that maybe I should delay applying for another year and enroll in finance and accounting courses, and maybe even re-take calculus, to show that I do have the aptitude to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. I would also like to transition into another job so that I can get some hands on experience in consulting and strategic planning, and postponing my apps to next year would also give me time to do that. I also haven't had much consistent leadership experience outside of work, although I have started up an organization as part of work to assist with the program that I manage, which has been pretty successful.

Any suggestions as to what I could do to boost my profile to make myself more competitive are greatly appreciated! If you need any additional information from me, please let me know. Thanks so much!

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2013, 22:44
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Hey All! I was planning on applying to the Consortium during round 2, but I'm doubting myself now and I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of feedback on my profile.

I took the GMAT once last year and scored a paltry 530. I have been re-studying to take it again, which has been going well, and I am scheduled to take it in the 2nd week of October. I am 25, US born 2nd generation American (my parents immigrated to America from Africa) and my undergraduate GPA is a 3.27 from a highly ranked public institution (maize and blue) in Sociology with a minor in Urban Studies. I have been working as a program manager at a non-profit for the past 3 years, and also did one year of AmeriCorps*VISTA. My goal is to become a business consultant/strategist for small, creative, and non-profit businesses and my target schools are Haas, Stern, Georgetown, Emory, Yale SOM, and UT Austin. I was on academic probation after my first semester of undergrad because I had withdrawn from econ and got a D in Calculus. The only reason my GPA is low is because of low grades in calculus, econ, and statistics (which were all D's. I scored A's and B's on every single other course throughout undergrad and even got academic honors during my last few semesters.) I retook calculus and econ at community college, scoring a C and an A respectively. I just started on my consortium application and noticed that every single school requests to know about any academic probation.

With this in mind, I'm thinking that maybe I should delay applying for another year and enroll in finance and accounting courses, and maybe even re-take calculus, to show that I do have the aptitude to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. I would also like to transition into another job so that I can get some hands on experience in consulting and strategic planning, and postponing my apps to next year would also give me time to do that. I also haven't had much consistent leadership experience outside of work, although I have started up an organization as part of work to assist with the program that I manage, which has been pretty successful.

Any suggestions as to what I could do to boost my profile to make myself more competitive are greatly appreciated! If you need any additional information from me, please let me know. Thanks so much!



Well the obvious thing to start with is your greatest weakness - the GMAT. With a 530, you won't get in anywhere interesting, so plan on studying and retaking (even several times if necessary) till you get the highest score you can possibly get, and THEN think about applying.
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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2013, 13:22
I think your experience is sufficient but your GMAT score is the problem. The latter deadline for the Consortium is January 5th with the GMAT deadline on December 15th. That gives you time to retake the exam multiple times to improve your score for this year’s application.

By taking the GMAT multiple times you will figure out what your maximum is. But even if you are not able to increase your score, I suggest you apply anyway because the fact that you are applying from two different underrepresented minority groups will give you a shot at the less competitive Consortium Member Schools.

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 09:08
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I agree with Jon. Don't worry about applying until you have, in hand, the highest possible GMAT score. By applying through the consortium and from an underrepresented pool, that gives you some advantages. But you don't want those advantages to be used up by a very low GMAT. I'm glad the preparations are going well for your retake so just heads down on that and if, after that effort, you need to retake it again, that's ok. Just get it up as high as possible!

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2013, 06:29
Thanks all for the feedback! I am studying hard for my GMAT and postponed it for a month so that I could get some more studying in. I will come back and update my post once I have re-taken the exam. I will also enroll in an accounting course through BYU online to show my quant capabilities.
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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 08:39
For the GMAT, the trick is to time yourself, go back and check your errors with a different color ink, and use the GMAT Archer from Manhattan GMAT. WHen you do that and go through every problem in the original guide (even and especially for verbal) you'll see great improvements in your score. This will require a good 100 hours but concentrated practice but if you do it then the GMAT will be your strong point rather than your weak point in your application.

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2013, 10:11
So just as an update, I retook the GMAT last week and got a 460 :( . I was like 17% percentile in quant and I think 23% in verbal. It was devastating. AWA went fine, I got a 7 on IR, but once I hit the quant section, I took too long on the first few problems and my timing got way off. I'm not even sure if I hit submit on the final question before the timer ran out. It was a mess. Then during my break, I sat down to eat a snack and next thing I knew I got back to the computer and my time had already started, so my verbal was a nightmare. I was thinking about how I had messed up throughout the whole section, and could not concentrate.

I collected my results sheet and went home defeated. However, after doing some deep thinking, getting my MBA is definitely my next stop on my journey, and I'm not going to give up. I know exactly where I went wrong: Timing. I did not do a single practice test. I was so used to taking my time on practice problems, that when it was time for the real deal, I blanked.

I am rescheduling for December so that I can still meet the Consortium GMAT deadline. I'm also going to have to concurrently work on my essays and recommendations, but my eye is on the prize so I'm just going to have to tough it out. I am scheduling weekly practice tests, I am going to go through all of my lessons and practice problems on Magoosh GMAT, and I am going to buy the OG 13 and do all of the problems in it, because I currently have the OG 12, but I have a photographic memory so it is hard for me to re-do problems because I have already memorized the answers. I am also going to read the economist and the wall street journal articles first thing in the morning when I get into work to prep my brain for the long passages.

I will not be defeated!

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2013, 23:53
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So just as an update, I retook the GMAT last week and got a 460 :( . I was like 17% percentile in quant and I think 23% in verbal. It was devastating. AWA went fine, I got a 7 on IR, but once I hit the quant section, I took too long on the first few problems and my timing got way off. I'm not even sure if I hit submit on the final question before the timer ran out. It was a mess. Then during my break, I sat down to eat a snack and next thing I knew I got back to the computer and my time had already started, so my verbal was a nightmare. I was thinking about how I had messed up throughout the whole section, and could not concentrate.

I collected my results sheet and went home defeated. However, after doing some deep thinking, getting my MBA is definitely my next stop on my journey, and I'm not going to give up. I know exactly where I went wrong: Timing. I did not do a single practice test. I was so used to taking my time on practice problems, that when it was time for the real deal, I blanked.

I am rescheduling for December so that I can still meet the Consortium GMAT deadline. I'm also going to have to concurrently work on my essays and recommendations, but my eye is on the prize so I'm just going to have to tough it out. I am scheduling weekly practice tests, I am going to go through all of my lessons and practice problems on Magoosh GMAT, and I am going to buy the OG 13 and do all of the problems in it, because I currently have the OG 12, but I have a photographic memory so it is hard for me to re-do problems because I have already memorized the answers. I am also going to read the economist and the wall street journal articles first thing in the morning when I get into work to prep my brain for the long passages.

I will not be defeated!

Time to get into high gear!


Ohhhhhhhhhhh! that IS pretty devastating. Take your time before you take your next exam. There's no point or advantage rushing things, until you feel confident that you will get the best score you can.
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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2013, 19:17
You definitely have the right attitude. You will not be defeated. Please keep us all updated.

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 11:41
I'm back with an update... I just re-took the GMAT and I scored a 560 :-(. It is my highest score ever but alas it was not the 640 I was aiming for. My stats were:
Q: 32 (28%)
V: 35 (75%)
Total: 560 (49%)

I messed up on IR this time and got a 2 (23%). Despite concentrating solely on Quant, I got my worst score ever. I barely touched Verbal and got my highest score ever.

I'm not sure what to do at this point. I'm 4 weeks away from the deadline and things are looking bleak.

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Re: Profile Eval - Mid 20's female with non-profit experience [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 15:25
I am sorry your GMAT score did not increase, but my advice still holds in that you should still apply to the Consortium and your target schools because you come from two underrepresented minority groups. I have had many successful candidates with similar profiles.

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