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Stats: GMAT 660 (44q, 36v, 5) BS GPA 3.24 (CS - top 40 US school) MS GPA 3.56 (info sys mgmt - top 3 US tech school) age 27, asian american, bilingual (fluent in both)
Work Experience: internships (3 months each) - sales at financial services firm, programmer/business analyst at major ibank, engineer at high-tech firm part time (1 year while in undergrad) - green tech start up full time (3 years) - major bank - 2 year rotation leadership development program (associate); 1 year (1st rotation) risk management - represented the bank on a multinational consortium; 2 years (2nd rotation and current role) as project manager (junior VP) - lots of interesting projects & experiences (post-merger integrations, asset optimization, expense management, etc..) to share = )
Extra Curricular/Community Service: school - sports chair of social/culture club (250+ members); academic research - bittorrent (1 year); built and maintained an online social network community for the university (300+ users); school organized business chinese program to Shanghai, China. work - help built a community that connects analysts/associates across different businesses; peer mentor. volunteer - Taught high school seniors (8 week program); mentoring a high school student; both via non profit organizations.
goal: short term - management/strategy consulting - I would like to leverage skills aquired from a problem solving (CS & PM) background to service & improve businesses across different industries long term - start a service consulting firm (ideal) in China or help grow family manufacturing and real estate investment businesses in China.
Questions: I understand 660 is far from average at each of the schools i've listed, but I'm not confident that I will score 700+ if I study for 1 or 2 more month.. If retaking GMAT is out of the scope, what're my chances? What can I do to offset this handicap (or others) so I can ultimately gain acceptance to one of the listed schools?
With a 660, you need two things: exceptional execution on the applications, and good dose of luck (i.e. the adcoms have to "really, really, really" like you, as opposed to just "really" liking you). It's not completely out of reach, but you're skirting the bottom of the middle 80% for many of the schools, and about 20 points or so outside the middle 80% for some of the schools.
Thanks Alex for the straight forward response. Sounds like the GMAT barrier is my show stopper... I'm determined to give it another go and truely destroy the GMAT next time!
If by some miracle, I pull off a score in the 700 range, will that new score dramatically change my odds? The reason I ask is because I feel that my profile (aside from GMAT) is very average and lacks wow factors, such as biking around the world, making life or death decisions on the battlefield, and starting my own business.
Yes, it will change your odds. A low-ish GMAT can make for an easy ding by the adcom. With a 700+, you improve your chances significantly of NOT getting dinged. In other words, a low GMAT by itself can keep you out, but a high GMAT by itself won't get you in.