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Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2012, 01:02
Hello!

Earnest request to evaluate my profile for Full Time MBA programs. Thanks!

GMAT Score: GMAT1: 640 q48 v30 AWA5.0
GMAT2: 640 q46 v33 AWA6.0
My first 2 experiences with the GMAT weren't great. While I did not manage my time well in the verbal section of my first attempt, I missed a few quant questions in my second attempt. The difference in the sectional score is quite evident.
GMAT3: 670 q49 v32 AWA & IR: Awaited.
While I did well in Quant in my third attempt, my verbal score remains poor. However, I feel I can get a much better verbal score.

GPA: Engineering, Pune University, India. My percentages for the 4 undergrad years were between 58-64%. The top student on the other hand would have scored around 75%. So, I feel, while my GPA isn’t really that great, it isn’t that bad either. I'm not quite sure how would the schools evaluate my GPA.

Experience: 5 years currently. 6 years by the time I join.
This, according to me, is my strongest section. Although, I have been in the IT industry for 5 years, I have been working on Functional Solutioning for Core Banking transformation projects for most of the time.
Sep 2007 - Dec 2008 - Software Engineer
Dec 2008 - Dec 2009 - Software Engineer (Offshore project - for a Top 20 US Bank) – Solutioned/Designed Customer Relation Management (CRM) track
Dec 2009 - Apr 2011 - Analyst (Onsite - USA for the same Top 20 US Bank on which I was working at offshore) - Lead/Solutioned multiple tracks (Payments, Operations and Integration) for a Core Banking transformation project - I have good achievements that I can talk about in my application.
Apr 2011 - Current - Analyst (Offshore) - Leading (Payments, Integration) track for a Core Banking transformation project of European Bank

Recommendations: I can get decent recommendations from:
1) One of the VPs of the Top 20 US bank that I mentioned in my work experience.
2) My head account/delivery manager under whom I've been working for the past 4 years.

Extracurricular: Again, not one of my strongest sections. Besides representing my school and college in Cricket and being editor/contributor of magazines at school/college and at work, there isn’t really much to show.
Goals: Short Term/Long Term - Consulting IT/Consult on Core Banking related projects. My current experience would help me a lot here.

Do I have a decent shot at the following universities?
Dream:
Tepper
Ross

Desired:
McCombs
Kelley
Marshall
Kenan-Flagler

Willing to Go:
Purdue
Smeal
Mays

Writing the GMAT for the fourth time: I believe I can do much better at verbal but again the GMAT is tricky and a lot depends on how you do at that particular moment. My Quant scores during my mocks were a constant 49 and an occasional 50 while the verbal scores were 35+. So, 700+ is realistic but going over 720 would be difficult. There is also a possibility of me not breaking the 700 barrier. In such a case, how would the universities perceive my 4 attempts at GMAT?
Also, I cannot wait for another year. I have to join the Fall '13 course.

So, what’s against me: Low GMAT, Average GPA, Indian IT male, not much extracurricular activities.
For me: Recommendations, Work Experience in line with my post MBA goal.

Would appreciate an evaluation of my profile. Thanks much.

Regards,
IR
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 20:32
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Hello!

Earnest request to evaluate my profile for Full Time MBA programs. Thanks!

GMAT Score: GMAT1: 640 q48 v30 AWA5.0
GMAT2: 640 q46 v33 AWA6.0
My first 2 experiences with the GMAT weren't great. While I did not manage my time well in the verbal section of my first attempt, I missed a few quant questions in my second attempt. The difference in the sectional score is quite evident.
GMAT3: 670 q49 v32 AWA & IR: Awaited.
While I did well in Quant in my third attempt, my verbal score remains poor. However, I feel I can get a much better verbal score.

GPA: Engineering, Pune University, India. My percentages for the 4 undergrad years were between 58-64%. The top student on the other hand would have scored around 75%. So, I feel, while my GPA isn’t really that great, it isn’t that bad either. I'm not quite sure how would the schools evaluate my GPA.

Experience: 5 years currently. 6 years by the time I join.
This, according to me, is my strongest section. Although, I have been in the IT industry for 5 years, I have been working on Functional Solutioning for Core Banking transformation projects for most of the time.
Sep 2007 - Dec 2008 - Software Engineer
Dec 2008 - Dec 2009 - Software Engineer (Offshore project - for a Top 20 US Bank) – Solutioned/Designed Customer Relation Management (CRM) track
Dec 2009 - Apr 2011 - Analyst (Onsite - USA for the same Top 20 US Bank on which I was working at offshore) - Lead/Solutioned multiple tracks (Payments, Operations and Integration) for a Core Banking transformation project - I have good achievements that I can talk about in my application.
Apr 2011 - Current - Analyst (Offshore) - Leading (Payments, Integration) track for a Core Banking transformation project of European Bank

Recommendations: I can get decent recommendations from:
1) One of the VPs of the Top 20 US bank that I mentioned in my work experience.
2) My head account/delivery manager under whom I've been working for the past 4 years.

Extracurricular: Again, not one of my strongest sections. Besides representing my school and college in Cricket and being editor/contributor of magazines at school/college and at work, there isn’t really much to show.
Goals: Short Term/Long Term - Consulting IT/Consult on Core Banking related projects. My current experience would help me a lot here.

Do I have a decent shot at the following universities?
Dream:
Tepper
Ross

Desired:
McCombs
Kelley
Marshall
Kenan-Flagler

Willing to Go:
Purdue
Smeal
Mays

Writing the GMAT for the fourth time: I believe I can do much better at verbal but again the GMAT is tricky and a lot depends on how you do at that particular moment. My Quant scores during my mocks were a constant 49 and an occasional 50 while the verbal scores were 35+. So, 700+ is realistic but going over 720 would be difficult. There is also a possibility of me not breaking the 700 barrier. In such a case, how would the universities perceive my 4 attempts at GMAT?
Also, I cannot wait for another year. I have to join the Fall '13 course.

So, what’s against me: Low GMAT, Average GPA, Indian IT male, not much extracurricular activities.
For me: Recommendations, Work Experience in line with my post MBA goal.

Would appreciate an evaluation of my profile. Thanks much.

Regards,
IR


IR,

Thanks for your post. You're pretty realistic in assessing strengths and weakness, but perhaps a little optimistic in your school choices.

Ross and Tepper are real stretches; I don't think it's worth it or you to apply to these two programs. McCombs, Kelley, Marshall, and Kenan-Flagler are stretches, but reasonable ones, with Kelley being the most likely acceptance. You have a competitive profile for Purdue, Smeal, and Mays.

Given that you have taken the GMAT three times and really scored within a pretty narrow range, I'm not sure it makes sense to retake, especially since you really want to go this year and have schools you would happy attend where you are competitive. I'm not so much concerned what the schools will think of a 4th exam, especially if the score goes up markedly as much as whether it is likely to go up enough to make a difference. Hard to say.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 22:49
Thanks a lot for your response, Linda. Could you please suggest me other schools where my profile is competitive? Also, would my profile be competitive at the “Desired” schools if I get a 700+ on the GMAT?

Regards,
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 18:40
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Thanks a lot for your response, Linda. Could you please suggest me other schools where my profile is competitive? Also, would my profile be competitive at the “Desired” schools if I get a 700+ on the GMAT?

Regards,
IR

You would be more competitive at the "Desired" schools with a 700+ GMAT. The score should also be reasonably balanced.

Before I recommend schools, could you please tell me what you want to do after you earn your MBA?

Thanks,
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 21:57
Thanks Linda. Post MBA, my goal is be a management consultant in the IT sector. I've been working on large Core Banking Transformation projects throughout my professional career and would like to progress in a similar industry or function. Also, I believe, the experience of working in the US for a Large Banking Transformation project would only help me in my applications.

Linda, there is one more thing that I wanted to ask. Apologies if it's irrelevant.
If schools reject an applicant, do they give the reason for reject. I'll be applying to Kelley in the first round. If they reject solely based on my low GMAT score, can I improve my GMAT and apply in the second/third round? Do schools consider such applications after rejecting applicant in the first round?

Again, thanks a lot for your valuable inputs.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 22:23
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Thanks Linda. Post MBA, my goal is be a management consultant in the IT sector. I've been working on large Core Banking Transformation projects throughout my professional career and would like to progress in a similar industry or function. Also, I believe, the experience of working in the US for a Large Banking Transformation project would only help me in my applications.

Linda, there is one more thing that I wanted to ask. Apologies if it's irrelevant.
If schools reject an applicant, do they give the reason for reject. I'll be applying to Kelley in the first round. If they reject solely based on my low GMAT score, can I improve my GMAT and apply in the second/third round? Do schools consider such applications after rejecting applicant in the first round?

Again, thanks a lot for your valuable inputs.


Not irrelevant at all. Good question.

Most schools do not give their reasons for rejection. A few do give feedback after the application cycle has been completed to applicants considering a reapplication. I know of no school that will consider a reapplication during the same application cycle. In others I know of no school that will reject an applicant round 1 and then consider him or her again round 2 or 3. They will consider reapplications during the next application cycle.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 22:44
Thanks for the quick response, Linda.
Could you please recommend schools based on my Post-MBA goals?

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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 15:43
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Thanks for the quick response, Linda.
Could you please recommend schools based on my Post-MBA goals?

Regards,
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With your current GMAT and considering your goals, I think you have chosen your schools well. Do be aware that many of the elite strategy consulting firms will want to see a 700+ GMAT or do not actively recruit from the schools you are considering.

Best,
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