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Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 07:28
I have taken the GMAT (have used various materials including ManhattanGMAT) four times:

- Aug 2011: 640 (M: 48; V: 28) & AW: 5.5
- Sep 2011: 630 (M: 49; V: 27) & AW: 6.0
- Mar 2012: 670 (M: 49; V: 32) & AW: 5.0
- May 2012: 680 (M: 49; V: 32) & AW: 6.0

I was pretty disappointed with my last exam as I felt pretty good about scoring above 700... Given the fact that I have taken the exam four time already and the fact that a new integrated reasoning now took effective, I would like to vet available options that would fit my criteria and background (please see below) although I acknolwedge that my math score being higher than a verbal score could backfire further on the chanes of admission...:

- Immigrated to the U.S. from S. Korea at the age of 16 (didn't speak a single word of English at that time); current age: 27
- Went to Ross School of Business at the Univ. of Michigan (overall GPA: 3.5; emphasis (Accounting/Finance) GPA: 3.8)
- 4 Years of working experience by this summer (have worked for a year for Debt Capital Markets at a commercial finance company in NY and for three years for Healthcare M&A at a boutique investment bank in NY)
- Young Executive Committee member of Korea Finance Society (non-for-profit org with 500+ members)
- Teach kindergarden kids at Church on Sunday
- Have done consulting for one start-up of my friend in the past

My ultimate goal (as of now) is to leverage the MBA degree to go back to Asia (Hong Kong or S. Korea) and continue to work in the following fields in the order of preference: (1) the VC/PE side (2) banking (3) consulting (4) start-up

I still need to think more about this but my target schools based on my background as of now are:

- Real stretch: Wharton and Columbia (one of my firm's founders is an overseer of Columbia)
- Stretch: Chicago, Northwestern, Berkeley, Dartmouth
- Reasonable: Cornell, UCLA

I admit that I probably need to look at schools ranked in 15 - 20 with my GMAT scores, but really don't see the point as I attended a pretty highly ranked undergraduate business program.

Would appreciate any candid insights (including additional schools you think that I need to look into as well)

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 06:39
It's a tough break, but I think you'll be a stretch at all top 16 schools (i.e. all the schools on your list are stretches) because of your GMAT. It seems like most of the Asian guys applying are in finance, and you're up against a lot of folks who have similar profiles as you, who will put together strong essays, and who on top of that will have stronger GMATs than you.

Not saying you shouldn't apply, but know that you've got a significant uphill climb simply because of the GMAT.

Consider hiring a private tutor - or change the way you prepare for the exam, because it seems like you are having trouble with the verbal (which is not uncommon amongst Asian/Indian guys for some reason).
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Re: Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 06:53
Thanks for the reply.

I have heard that some schools don't look favorably at candidates who take the exam too many times (i.e. more than three times). Are you implying that it is better to have a better score in any case?

Also, I am cautiously considering pursuing an EMBA after working for 4 additional years (been working for 4 years so far). I heard that an average GMAT score is a little lower for EMBA programs in general. Any insights and thoughts you can provide in that scenario?

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Re: Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 06:56
It is still better to score a 720 on a 4th attempt than a 680 on a 3rd attempt.

As for EMBAs they are more forgiving, but the flipside of that is you don't have enough experience at this point - as most people are in their early 30s (around 8-10 years of experience).
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Re: Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 06:59
Thanks again.

To clarify my question, I meant working for additional 4 years on top of the 4-year work experience I have as of now, thus having a total of 8 years of work exprience by the time I apply in the future. If that's the case, would a 680 GMAT score still be as big of a hurddle as in the case of applying for a full time MBA?
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