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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 03:06
Thank you so much for evaluating my profile.

I am a 22 year old Asian American female who was born in the USA but grew up in Asia. I attended American schools while in Asia and only returned to the States for college. I graduated from a university in Washington, DC within three years with a 3.80 GPA (summa cum laude, majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Administration), along with various leadership positions (Teaching Assistant, Office Director for a Model UN conference, president of the ballroom club), honorable mentions and a senior thesis under my belt. My current extracurricular activities/hobbies include: YMCA volunteer; Garfield Elementary School volunteer; competitive Pre-Championship ballroom dancer; and coach for a local ballroom team.

Since graduating in 2011, I worked as a Human Resources Assistant at a national law firm for 8 months before transferring to an international law firm as the Attorney Recruiting Assistant (have now worked here for almost a year). I had planned on applying to several top 10 MBA programs this Fall (Stanford, Harvard, London Business School), so that I can begin my studies in 2014. With my international background and bilingual proficiency, I wanted to focus on international business consulting. This is a major shift in career and industry, which is why I wanted to enroll in an MBA program after only 2-3 years of working full-time.

I took my first GMAT in February 2012 and my scores were:

Verbal: 35 / 74%
Quantitative: 44 / 63%
Total: 640 / 73%
Analytical Writing: 6.0 / 90%

Since all the scores were too low for top MBA programs, I took it a second time in April 2012 (2 months later) and scored:

Verbal: 40 / 90%
Quantitative: 42 / 57%
Total: 670 / 84%
Analytical Writing: 6.0 / 90%

As you can see, my issue is with the quantitative section. It does not help that my undergraduate major was not quantitative-based and even though I minored in Business Administration (and did very well in all those courses), the minor means I only took a few Finance, Economics and Accounting classes.

My specific questions are: what are my chances of getting into a top MBA program with my second GMAT score? Should I start studying again (after a year's hiatus) and take the GMAT a third time? Or will taking an online quantitative course (such as mbamath) be enough to offset such a low quantitative score on my GMAT?

Any other suggestions and advice on my profile would be very helpful as well. Thank you very much!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 18:18
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your profile! Very impressive undergrad record :)

I'd say that the combination of your work experience being only about 2 years at the time of application and having a low quant score, you may face some issues at top schools. I think that since you have time, you should go ahead and retake the GMAT and really drill that quant and see how you do. If you don't score well on attempt 3, you can either adjust your expectations on schools, or give yourself a little more time and reapply after gaining more work experience. I don't think an online math course in this case is going to be the answer - I think you want to get a 700+ score so that your only weakness is that you don't have as much work experience as others. Keep in mind though, this is a big difference and could still keep a top school from accepting you. 2 years of experience does not afford as much leadership/team experience as 3 or 4, so your professional experience just may not be rich enough for them. But that's not something you can control (unless you wait) - your GMAT is, so I would go for it.

Good luck!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 18:53
That is very helpful advice. Thank you!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 11:40
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You're welcome!

Mili

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