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29 Jan 2014, 08:58
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29 Jan 2014, 11:23
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Hi,

Kudos on your perseverance and GMAT score!

Your chance of getting into the top schools will depend greatly on being able to articulate your career goals (short-term and long-term) and transferrable skills that would make you succeed in achieving your goals, and the fit w each school you're applying to in terms of your goals, interests, and values.

Good luck!

Christine Lin

astoria17 wrote:
Hi, I am Japanese applicant heading for application on 1st round this year (Class of 2017) for full time two year MBA programs in US.

This month I finally got over 700+ after long devastating score of 500s and 600 . The score was low because of my verbal, especially on CRs and RCs. I am worried whether this “5th attempt”, “under 600s until 4th attempt”,”18 month (very long..!) to reach 700+” will critically harm the application process

[Results]1st 2012/Jul 520 / 2nd 2013/Mar 570 / 3rd 2013/Oct 570 / 4th 2013/Dec 600 / 5th 2014/Jan 710 (Q49, V38)

I will be dispatched as a company’s trainee, so 100% of the school’s fee will be funded with sponsorship. I heard this is preferred by most business schools. My GPA is 3.5 (3.75 on major) as undergraduate student on political science major, around top 5th in japan. Graduated on March 2006. During undergraduate student, I experienced short term internships at Accenture, JP Morgan, Merril Lynch, Deustche Bank, BNP Paribas, and other investment banks. (Those companies only accept few students for internship)

I am Male, 30 and have 8 years of work experience as importing/exporting electronic products and investments in a leading domestic & traditional conglomerate company. Most of my financially sponsored colleagues over 700s will get in to top 10 schools . I have overseas experience with companies in Europe, Asia, and North America throughout the whole business career. Since I lived in NY for a while from 9-12 years old, my English pronunciation is fairly fluent (Not super good, but fairly) . TOEFL: 110.

My post MBA goal is to create and expand new business in the IT industry in Asia through launching business and executing venture investments in a current company.

My current “Dream School” is to get into one of the top 3(HBS, Stanford, Wharton), but I self evaluate that 1) Age (30 may be too late) and 2) GMAT(5th attempt) & GPA (may not be enough) are negative factors. (My personal prospective for acceptance is 10-20%)

My “realistic Dream School“ is Columbia, MIT, UC Berkley, and Tuck. I hear those schools are very good as well . (My personal prospective for acceptance is around 50%) I wonder if my prospect is fair enough..

Generally speaking, I wonder if I can have advice whether these backgrounds are suitable for top 5, top 10, or top 15 in US business schools (or maybe top 20) Also, it would be glad to know which is my strengths and weaknesses. Thanks!!

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30 Jan 2014, 12:34
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31 Jan 2014, 04:18
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Hi,

Congrats on your 700+ GMAT score. Since your school fee is funded by the company, you have a very good chance of getting an admit even for class of 2016. You have a good profile and i would suggest not to waste another year to apply.

Top 3 schools need not be always possible, however its good to look into the realistic schools too. Guess this might help. http://goo.gl/TqFWKY

Cheers!!
Neha

astoria17 wrote:
Hi, I am Japanese applicant heading for application on 1st round this year (Class of 2017) for full time two year MBA programs in US.

This month I finally got over 700+ after long devastating score of 500s and 600 . The score was low because of my verbal, especially on CRs and RCs. I am worried whether this “5th attempt”, “under 600s until 4th attempt”,”18 month (very long..!) to reach 700+” will critically harm the application process

[Results]1st 2012/Jul 520 / 2nd 2013/Mar 570 / 3rd 2013/Oct 570 / 4th 2013/Dec 600 / 5th 2014/Jan 710 (Q49, V38)

I will be dispatched as a company’s trainee, so 100% of the school’s fee will be funded with sponsorship. I heard this is preferred by most business schools. My GPA is 3.5 (3.75 on major) as undergraduate student on political science major, around top 5th in japan. Graduated on March 2006. During undergraduate student, I experienced short term internships at Accenture, JP Morgan, Merril Lynch, Deustche Bank, BNP Paribas, and other investment banks. (Those companies only accept few students for internship)

I am Male, 30 and have 8 years of work experience as importing/exporting electronic products and investments in a leading domestic & traditional conglomerate company. Most of my financially sponsored colleagues over 700s will get in to top 10 schools . I have overseas experience with companies in Europe, Asia, and North America throughout the whole business career. Since I lived in NY for a while from 9-12 years old, my English pronunciation is fairly fluent (Not super good, but fairly) . TOEFL: 110.

My post MBA goal is to create and expand new business in the IT industry in Asia through launching business and executing venture investments in a current company.

My current “Dream School” is to get into one of the top 3(HBS, Stanford, Wharton), but I self evaluate that 1) Age (30 may be too late) and 2) GMAT(5th attempt) & GPA (may not be enough) are negative factors. (My personal prospective for acceptance is 10-20%)

My “realistic Dream School“ is Columbia, MIT, UC Berkley, and Tuck. I hear those schools are very good as well . (My personal prospective for acceptance is around 50%) I wonder if my prospect is fair enough..

Generally speaking, I wonder if I can have advice whether these backgrounds are suitable for top 5, top 10, or top 15 in US business schools (or maybe top 20) Also, it would be glad to know which is my strengths and weaknesses. Thanks!!
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03 Feb 2014, 07:01
Hi there,

Congrats on breaking the 700 mark on the GMATs. For some, it comes easily. You clearly worked hard and it paid off. Well done!!

Firstly, let's talk sponsorship. That's great and all, but know 2 things. For one, your goals don't match your sponsorship. Chances are you company would require you to come back, right? Secondly, most top schools, when they see "sponsored", put you in a special pile and scrutinize your app. So right there, your goal and need articulation is going to need some serious work.

Now let's talk GMAT. A 710 is a strong score. The 5th attempt not so much. There's no way around that. It'll be a red flag. It also carries some positives, though, and if I saw you go from a 500 to a 710 I'd still be somewhat impressed with your tenacity. However, one of the reasons they don't love multiple attempts is they want to see you can do it well quickly. Not try and try and try again. But these are the cards you have and those are the ones you play!

Honestly, the top 3 are extreme stretches. The top 10 that you've listed (Columbia, Tuck, etc.) are more realistic stretch schools but you're stretching there too. I'd say for aligned programs look to the 10 - 25 range. Your age, GMAT, etc. are some red flags and you're going to have to find the right programs/fits.

I hope that helps. If you have any other questions - I'm happy to help!

Bhavik
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