Joined: 31 Aug 2012
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Profile Evaluation - GMAT 670, WE:5+ [#permalink]
31 Aug 2012, 01:06
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?
Willing to Go:
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.