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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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You have some really nice stuff here, especially with your constant and visible progression in your work experience.. there's no stagnation here, and we can see it!! And Bschools are gonna love that. Your GMAT on the other hand, for many of the schools you are applying at is relatively average (well, average to good! :) ) But you need to figure in the "Indian factor" - meaning you can safely assume that the Indian average is a good 20-30 points higher than the regular average, so yes, retaking the GMAT would be a wise idea, especially since you have time! Why wouldn't you??? It can give you an important boost.

Having level 3 CFA is a very nice addition indeed. We see lots of folks with level I, but level three does make you stand out!

So overall, you are off to a very good start. Your two missions now are:
1. Kick the heck out of the GMAT
2. Think about how you can make your profile STAND OUT

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