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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.
Well, I'd say that after two 640, a 670 is not all that bad! And for your school list you have proposed, let's assume that you apply to all the schools on your list (is this reasonable?, if not, then take off one from each section, and BTW your self-evaluation is spot on!).
I think that if your intent is to go next year, then it's time to start applying. Yes, you don't have the highest GMAT in the world, and yes you are coming from a tough pool. Nonetheless, you ARE in the running. And an exceptional application CAN help you beat the odds. This doesn't mean that you should not take the GMAT once more. If you have time, okay. But if you are really aiming for next year, then the applications are your priority as of..... well, yesterday!
And if you get higher on the GMAT, GREAT! and if not, that's fine too.
Thanks a lot, Jon. You are right, I need to concentrate on my applications at the moment.
Looking at my current profile, are there any other schools that I should be looking at? Could you please recommend? 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
Actually, I think your school list is a very good one, and you have most of the schools with Tech strengths at which you would be in the running. the only one that comes to mind that isn't in your list is Georgia Tech. So you may want to look into that as well. But you have done a great job on your initial research.