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Profile Eval Request - Low GMAT & applying in R3

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Profile Eval Request - Low GMAT & applying in R3 [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2014, 21:56
Hi - I know I'm a little late in the game, but would appreciate if anyone could kindly review my profile and advise if I should still apply for UCLA Anderson R3 (for class of 2016) or wait till R1 in the coming fall for class of 2017.

GMAT - 1st attempt in Feb 2014 - 610 (Q36/V38); 2nd attempt in Mar 2014 - 640 (Q44/V34)
Undergrads and GPA - Top 25 US college with GPA 3.5; double majored in Business Administration (emphasis in Finance) and Accounting
Credentials - CPA in the US and completed level II of CFA exam
Extra-currculars - an active member at workplace who always organizes social events for colleagues; occassionally participate in different kind of volunteering events but not regularly for any specific organization
Work Experience in detail - Worked as auditor in a regional CPA firm in the US then moved to a Big 4 in HK; later moved to top investment banks and work as product compliance for institutional securities divisions (total work exp 6 yrs - 3 yrs in audit; 3 yrs in compliance)
Short term and long term goals - short term goal is for a career switch into marketing, with focus on brand management in consumer products industry
Preference of area to settle - west coast

I grew up in Asia (lived in two different countries in Asia) and later moved to the US (lived in three different US cities) for college and work. I started off my career as an auditor in the US and moved back to Asia and joined a Big 4. After 3 years of public accounting, I have decided to move into a Product Compliance role in a BB investment bank (HK office) where I could learn something different and be challenged professionally. My work progression has been good and recently been promoted to Vice President. My background is heavily focused in finance/accounting but I've always longed to work in a more creative environment and in an industry that is more relevant to people's day-to-day lives. While my work performance is highly regarded by supervisors and management but I do not see myself doing this forever. Hence the decision to go to a B-school for a career change.

I understand my GMAT score is below the 80th-range published on UCLA website but I'm still hoping I would stand a chance. I suppose what I could offer to the school are my international background and also experience in working at IBs.

I would appreciate any advice/suggestions. Thank you very much in advance.
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Re: Profile Eval Request - Low GMAT & applying in R3 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 14:28
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I would be very concerned about my chances at Anderson with your profile as it is. Of course the GMAT is a big issue. Only 3% of accepted applicants to Anderson last year scored below a 650, so the odds are very unlikely at this stage in the game they would be taking someone in that bucket considering you would not only be competing against others in the third round, but also against everyone on the waitlist all the way back to last August. You would be far better off spending the summer trying to get that score up above a 650 at least. The other thing that would concern me for round three is your background. While yes, it's good to have international experience, for Anderson, they get a TON of Asian applicants because they are in California and the access from the "far east" is easy. Sorry to bear bad news, but I think you would be better off waiting.
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