Been lurking around these forums for the 3 weeks or so now. I'm hoping if anyone could provide me with some advice as I'm in a dilemma at the moment. I took the GMAT today and scored a disappointing 630 (Q47 V30).
This didn't come as a major surprise as my GMAT PrepScores were similar aswell - 640 (Q44, V34) and 620 (Q49, V26). It was disappointing nonetheless as I put in a lot of effort in the last 2 weeks to improve upon my verbal.
Based on my profile, I was wondering if it's worth retaking the GMAT and try to aim for a 700+ score. I have aspirations to join one of the top 10 business school programs (who doesn't!),
Looking at LBS, Wharton, INSEAD, Oxford Saad, Berkley Haas, Northwestern Kellogg etc. Pursuing an MBA is a significant opportunity cost and I want to make every penny count!
Here's my profile
: Electrical EngineerCountry/ Citizenship
: Australian WE
: 3 years at AECOM which is an American based top tier Engineering design consultancy.Undergraduate
: Top engineering school in Australia. Academics
: Top 10% of my class (Weighted Average Mean of 80), Graduated with First Class Honours.High School
: IndiaExtra Curriculars
: Small leadership roles throughout University. Was a student mentor in my last two years. Presently sit on the Graduate Committee at my workplace representing my business line. Otherwise, nothing major.Notable Academic achievements
: Included in the Dean's Honour List, Received a full fee scholarship for my undergrad (which is a significant for an international student studying in Australia).Post MBA Goals:
Would be to transition into strategy consulting. Possibly start something on my own.
So, based on my profile, would you recommend retaking the GMAT? If I get a decent score the next time around, what are my chances? Or, would I stand a realistic chance of targeting these schools based on my present GMAT score?
My main concern is time, since I will have to start researching and preparing my applications aswell. I will be pressed to hit the R1 deadlines for most schools, if I take the GMAT in 1.5-2 months time and then start on my applications!
Thanks in advance for having the patience to read my long post. Would appreciate some guidance.