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Profile Evaluation Needed [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2011, 20:48
Second time at the GMAT and got 710 (Q-44, V-44). I would like to apply for second round at Wharton, Harvard and Stanford. Should I retake the GMAT or am I competitive enough for these schools?

Below are details for my application:

25-old Female Canadian (Ethnicity:Asian)

Undergrad: 3.6 GPA at Wharton/UPenn -Dual degree (BA and BS) for International Relations and Finance

Work History: 3 years as a risk manager for top tier institution bank
-hired as an analyst, promoted to AVP in less than 2 yrs and currently nominated for VP consideration
-2 times recognized with gold-level award for performance

Activities: Teaching salsa, painting, member of Wharton Women, Penn Alumni

Recommendations: Planning on getting recommendations from 3 managing directors that I've worked for- prior head of the group, current head of the group and direct manager

Post MBA: Working in social entrepreneurship/economic development (IFC/World Bank, private fund in emerging markets or social funds/NGOs such as Roots Capital and Oxfam). Harvard and Stanford both programs of social social entrepreneurship and economic development while Wharton has a public policy major.

Would greatly appreciate your advice! Thanks
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Re: Profile Evaluation Needed [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2011, 21:55
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Hi lisaczhang,

You have a strong application. First, I recommend you read this case study of a female applicant who worked for a bank and was subsequently accepted into Harvard Business School and the Stanford GSB:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case4/


If you believe you can improve your score by 30 or more points, you may want to consider taking the test again. Remember that your GMAT score is self-reported on your business school application, so admissions teams will focus on your highest score. There is not a downside to taking the test again, other than the cost and time.

This being said, your time would be best spent on your personal essays and recommendations, as your numbers (GMAT score and undergraduate record) are strong.

Here is some school specific advice for the programs you are looking at:

Harvard: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/harvard-advice/
Stanford: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/stanford-advice/
Wharton: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/u ... on-advice/

If you'd like, we provide free 30 minute phone consultations here:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/


Best,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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