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Profile Evaluation Please: should I retake the GMAT?

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Profile Evaluation Please: should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 05:22
Hello,

Can you please evaluate my profile and let me know if my target schools are reasonable and what I'll need to do to improve my application?

GMAT: 690 (Q46,V38)

Education:
- CFA Level 3 Candidate
- Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at a good Canadian university.
- Six-Sigma Management Methodology - Green Belt Associate Certification
- Awarded a scholarship for the CFA L1 exam

GPA: havnt calculated my GPA, but i have an average of about 70% (engineering is extremely intense at my university and a 70% is considered pretty decent. I guess i could elaborate this point further and also mention that I passed the first two levels of the CFA program in an optional essay on my applications?).

Demographic: 25/M/Canadian of East Indian origin living and working in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Work Experience:
- 1 year with a Big4, senior consultant in the Transaction Advisory service line in Bahrain (promoted within first year)
- 2 years with a Big4, associate in the Assurance service line in Bahrain (2 promotions in 2 years)
- 16 months with General Electric, electrical engineering intern in Canada

I have spoken to my referees (senior management at Big4) and im fairly positive that I could get solid recommendations from them.

Extra curricular: some charity work, captain of local football team, marathon participant, silver medal at chess competition, community involvment, organizing social events at work - nothing too out of the ordinary to be honest.

Im thinkin about applying for September 2013, so I should have got another year of experience by then. Should i consider writing the GMAT for the second time or should i focus on applications? im fairly confident i could bring it up to around 720-730 if i put in a lot of effort.

Im currently interested in (no particular order).
- Stern
- Booth
- Fuqua
- Johnson
- Wharton
- Tuck
- Yale
- INSEAD
- Richard Ivey(Canada)
- Rotman(Canada)

Are these schools within reach? Any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks a ton!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please: should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2012, 21:07
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Hello,

Thanks for submitting on our forum! My apologies for the delayed response. You're profile is not bad... it's great that you've made the transition out of the "Indian Male IT" demographic and into the consulting/advisory services field. However, it seems to me that your work is very independent in nature as it's on the transaction and assurance side of things... am I mistaken? Or are you regularly working on teams, interfacing with clients, leading projects, etc? This will in large part determine how competitive you are.

Academically, you are an average candidate. It would obviously improve your chances if you retake the GMAT, but obviously the timing is tight. I can't make that decision for you though -- it's a tradeoff/risk equation that only you can really make the call on. If you feel very confident about improving your score, you might want to go for it...

Your extracurriculars are stronger than you think - captain of football team, marathon participant -- these things show leadership. However, it seems you don't have any consistent or deep community work to point to. This would be a gap in your profile.

I'd say the schools on your list are within reach, though Wharton may be a long shot. You've got a nice mix of reach to safety programs here, so well done! I think your true targets with your current score are going to be Duke, Johnson, Stern.

Best of luck,
Mili

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