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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, 05:27

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)

- 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
- 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 10 Nov 2012, 09:11

It's great that you're planning ahead. This gives you time to really investigate the programs you've listed to find which most appeal to your specific goals and interests, and then build the best profile possible.

Your GMAT score is strong to begin with. What you don't want to happen is to take it again and perform lower; however, if you have the time to prepare fully and are confident that you can improve your score, there's nothing to be said against making that effort.

The most important thing in business school applications is to show what you can provide to the program. MBA programs are concerned with your abilities, not as much what you specifically do in your professional role. What leadership roles have you had? How do you operate in a team environment? What are your goals, and how does the program help you achieve them? The focus is on what you have achieved and how you have developed thus far, rather than what you do on a daily basis.

Applications for fall of 2013 won't be produced until we're into that calendar year, so this may be the opportunity to study for the exam if you decide to, and do your research. Once you've selected the programs that offer the skills, courses, and business community outreach that align with your own interests, you'll be able to begin developing your application profile.

Let us know what you think!
Re: Profile Evaluation Please: should I retake the GMAT?   [#permalink] 10 Nov 2012, 09:11
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