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Age: 29, American/Caucasion Male, Married, two children
I am planning on applying to schools starting in round 2 in Jan '13 and seeking a profile evaluation.
GMAT: I recently took the GMAT and scored a 640 (Q44, V34). I am planning to take it again with a target of 680-700 but I am seeking an evaluation based off my current score.
GPA: I graduated with a BA in Economics from Brigahm Young University with a 3.27 cummulative GPA.
Work/Volunteer Experience: I currently have 2.5 years post grad work experience as a Consultant in the automotive industry for a CRM software company. (In a nutshell I travel all over the country consult with GM's and Dealer principals on how to best implement and utilize a CRM in their car dealerships.) Also, prior to completing my undergrad l spent two years living in Mexico and volunteering as a missionary for my church and I became completely fluent in spanish. While completing my undergrad I also spent two years recruiting and managing sales teams of 30-40 people and I ran two separate successful offices in different locations accross the country.
I have held many in the past, and currently hold an appointed leadership position in my church for which I volunteer a minimum of 5-10 hours each week of my time. I actively participate in service projects in my community.
My #1 of school of choice is USC Marshall. I am also interested in UCLA Anderson, and the Marriott school at BYU. I realize my current GMAT score is on the lower end of the 80% range for all three of these schools. That being said, what are my chances at any of these schools if my GMAT does not improve?
Thanks for the clear descriptions you've provided. Given your current 640, it would be important that you use the other areas of the application to show your strength as a business candidate. The GMAT is only one part of the application. You seem to have a strong background in team dynamics, working with clients and organizing internal teams. Leadership is a major quality that business schools want to see, which you can elaborate on in your essay.
It's important to display what you can bring to the program, such as leadership ability and adaptability, but also what you hope to gain from it. What are your goals, and how would these programs help you reach them? B-schools want there to be a strong alignment between their focus and yours, so really understand what the programs specialize in and see how you overlap with those aims.
If you have the time to really prepare your essays and professional CV, then I would recommend applying for the schools this upcoming January. It becomes much more difficult after the second round of applications, when many of the positions have been filled. Considering your plan to retake the GMAT, make sure that you prepare strongly for it. You won't gain anything from taking it again without notable improvement, but a higher score will obviously help your overall chances.
Let us know what you think!
Re: Profile Evaluation
10 Nov 2012, 10:16