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Profile Evaluation GMAT 570 WE 2.5 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2012, 02:17
GMAT (09/26/2012): 570 - would like to apply round one, and my time and funds are limited at the moment so retesting would be challenging.
UG GPA: 2.96
Work Experience: 2.5 years post-grad as a manager in internet marketing (managed a team of four and oversaw work done by over twenty contractors)
Short Term Goals: Get admitted to an MBA program, get an internship at a video game/high technology company, get into a strategy planning/business development role upon graduation.
Long Term Goals: Become a leader in the business strategy and development at an eSports video game company or eSports league. From that position, work to spread eSports worldwide.
Backup Goal: Product or brand management at a video game company.
Other Info: first in family to graduate college, negotiated with previous company to work as a contractor remotely (I am in Thailand for now), promoted two times in just over a year.

Target Schools:
USC
UW
UCI
SMU

My questions/request:
USC is a dream school for me so I am going to apply despite my stats. I would run across continents and swim all of the oceans to attend USC. Is there even the slightest chance of getting admitted?

I am searching for a "safety" school in Seattle, SoCal, or Texas that are near/in a metropolitan area because these are the places where my industry is strongest. Any suggestions?

Are the schools above a good fit stat-wise, and will I be admitted to at least one of them?

Do I need to retake my GMAT, and can I improve enough to hit target scores required? I started studying September 10th and took it yesterday. I scored a 460 on my GMATP on 09/10 and got the above score on the official test 09/26.

Thanks for reading my post and any suggestions.
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Re: Profile Evaluation GMAT 570 WE 2.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 02:04
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I don;t like to be the bearer of bad news, but I think your schools you have chosen are too tough for you.
Let's look at some stats:
USC:
Average GPA 3.3
Average GMAT 690
GMAT 80% Range 640-740

SMU:
GMAT score distribution (applicant pool)
25th Percentile 540
10th Percentile 520
90th Percentile 690
75th Percentile 650
Average GMAT Score 591
50th Percentile (median) 590

Irvine:
GMAT score distribution (incoming class):

50th Percentile (median) 660
10th Percentile 610
75th Percentile 700
25th Percentile 640
90th Percentile 720
Average GMAT Score 663

Washington:
GMAT score distribution (incoming class):

Average GMAT Score 675
10th Percentile 590
25th Percentile 630
50th Percentile (median) 680
75th Percentile 710
90th Percentile 730

Only SMU is really within range for you
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Re: Profile Evaluation GMAT 570 WE 2.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 03:06
Might be bad news, but it's honest. Going off of what I have read and what you've told me, taking the GMAT is almost required to get into a program that I want. For me right now, it is more important to get into one of those programs so I think I will just have to apply at a later date. Thanks for the review!
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Re: Profile Evaluation GMAT 570 WE 2.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 05:18
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:)

Always better to know where you truly stand. Because it allows you to take action!
You are right though. Don't rush things. Retake your GMAT, focus on that. apply another year. the payoff for your patience will be enormous!
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Re: Profile Evaluation GMAT 570 WE 2.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 07:06
Do you think I would be a competitive candidate if I raise my score up enough to apply round 2 for some of those schools? And what type of score range do you think I need to obtain to be a competitive candidate? Really appreciate your feedback!
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Re: Profile Evaluation GMAT 570 WE 2.5 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 00:53
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If you can get it done by R2, sure why not???
In general, having more than the average (or 50th percentile) is good. Of course if you have 20 points less or more then you can also apply with competitive chances of getting in. these are of course not the only criteria, but still, a very important one.
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