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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 01:53
Hi,

Please help to evaluate my profile.

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?: 4 years at time of matriculation. of which 1 years as a sales manager at P&G and 2 years as a brand manager at a local pharmaceutical company. I have solid working experience and several awards in recognition of my performance at both companies
2) Your GMAT: 670 (49Q/31V/6AWA/7IR) // 93 TOEFL (I can communicate fluently in English but I find it difficult to ace the standardized tests)
3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances: a technological university in Vietnam. I graduated summa cum laude, one of 5 over 4,000 students with highest GPA. I also have many awards in national contest for undergrad students and 1 scientific research to be published in an international conference.
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience: Vice president of the Scientific research club in college. Founded 1 group to foster the environmental awareness but it lasts only 3 years. Team lead in nonprofit foundaation working to support poor studetns to pursue college education
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA: No, it is not relevant to my career
6) Your target programs. Please note that my experience is with the top MBA programs (FT, PT, EMBA, Sloan Fellows) around the world. If the programs you are targeting are not listed here, I may not respond due to lack of time: Tepper, Olin, Kelly, Madison, WP Carey (ASU), Goizueta, Owen, Tuck.
7) When you plan to apply: I have applied to several schools inR2 this year and 2 schools to apply by the beginning of Feb 2014
8) My questions:
1/ Could my low TOEFL deter me from getting even an interview?
2/ Shoud I use the interview to show my English ability and can it help to compensate for my low TOEFL?
3/ Should I ask school that I could retake the GMAT later on if requested by school?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2014, 07:10
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First, regarding TOEFL: If the adcom cites a certain minimum score as a requirement – it’s a requirement, not a suggestion or a desired target score. Yet many top MBA programs don’t specify a required minimum score. So while your score may be lower than their average, you can still be a qualified applicant with the current score if other elements of your application are favorable and competitive.

Overall, I’d consider your list of schools reasonable – it contains some reasonable reaches such as Tuck (a pretty high reach as 670 is low for them, but you bring some clear differentiating strengths, such as your nationality and your work experience) and Tepper; and on-pars such as Madison and Owen.

To answer your questions:

1) It’s possible it could deter you, but it won’t necessarily deter you, as long as the programs you’re applying to don’t require a minimum score higher than 93. So don’t apply to schools that state a minimum score of 100, if they consider it a requirement. For other programs, do everything you can in your application to demonstrate strong English capability.

2) YES!!!

3) No. If you decide to retake the GMAT and score higher, once you have the score, that’s the time to ask the schools if they will consider your new score (some may, some may not).
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