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Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2010, 14:50
Age at matriculation: 30

GMAT: 640 (first attempt)
Undergraduate Stats
-GPA: 4.0
-Selected as outstanding graduate of business school
-Concentration in Finance
-Relatively unknown private college

Career Stats
-2 years in commercial banking
-3 years in debt capital markets/investment banking

Other education stats
-CFA charterholder (passed on each attempt, i.e. 3/3)

Background
-First and only family member to graduate from college
-Parents of immigrants (father literally escaped from communist regime); socioeconomically challenged background
-White Male

Extras
-involved in Imentor (mentor high-risk high school students)
-NYCares volunteer work (primarily for elderly projects)

Career Objective: Transition into corporate finance role.


Looking to get into Chicago, Columbia etc.
I know I have a very weak GMAT score which can kill my chances of getting into a top ten program. Second round application deadlines are right around the corner and I'm not sure if I should retake the exam (just took two days ago) or concentrate on applications. In order to get my score up, I think I will need to put some serious effort, with no guarantee of a successful outcome. Looking for advice, thanks
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 07:57
Your GMAT score is below the 80% range of both Columbia and Kellogg and will weaken your chances of acceptance. However, getting accepted in round 3 with a less than average score is going to be extremely difficult. You can apply to some of your lower ranked choices now and save the more challenging programs for your next (hopefully higher) GMAT score or you can wait until next year, really focus on increasing the GMAT score, and apply to your dream schools in round 1. Keep in mind that you should limit your GMAT retakes to about 3. Best of luck!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 08:52
Thanks for the advice Scotty.

I've thought about my situation more and I think I may just have another go at the exam. I took the second GMAT prep exam two days before the actual exam and scored a 700 so I do believe somewhere close to 700 is a possibility.

Given my time constraints, I'm considering using an admissions consultant to prepare my essays so I can focus on studying. What are your thoughts on this strategy? I obviously want to have lots of input into the application process but I can't both study and write my essays.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 10:10
If you can achieve a 700 then retaking the GMAT will definitely be worthwhile However, I do not know of any reputable admissions consultant who will write your essays for you. An admissions consultant should assist you with your application strategy, reviews your essays and tailor them to each program. He/she can help you "market" yourself however they will not actually write the essays for you.
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