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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 03:11
I am a 22 year old Asian American female who was born in the USA but grew up in Asia. I attended American schools while in Asia and only returned to the States for college. I graduated from a university in Washington, DC within three years with a 3.80 GPA (summa cum laude, majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Administration), along with various leadership positions (Teaching Assistant, Office Director for a Model UN conference, president of the ballroom club), honorable mentions and a senior thesis under my belt. My current extracurricular activities/hobbies include: YMCA volunteer; Garfield Elementary School volunteer; competitive Pre-Championship ballroom dancer; and coach for a local ballroom team.

Since graduating in 2011, I worked as a Human Resources Assistant at a national law firm for 8 months before transferring to an international law firm as the Attorney Recruiting Assistant (have now worked here for almost a year). I had planned on applying to several top 10 MBA programs this Fall (Stanford, Harvard, London Business School), so that I can begin my studies in 2014. With my international background and bilingual proficiency, I wanted to focus on international business consulting. This is a major shift in career and industry, which is why I wanted to enroll in an MBA program after only 2-3 years of working full-time.

I took my first GMAT in February 2012 and my scores were:

Verbal: 35 / 74%
Quantitative: 44 / 63%
Total: 640 / 73%
Analytical Writing: 6.0 / 90%

Since all the scores were too low for top MBA programs, I took it a second time in April 2012 (2 months later) and scored:

Verbal: 40 / 90%
Quantitative: 42 / 57%
Total: 670 / 84%
Analytical Writing: 6.0 / 90%

As you can see, my issue is with the quantitative section. It does not help that my undergraduate major was not quantitative-based and even though I minored in Business Administration (and did very well in all those courses), the minor means I only took a few Finance, Economics and Accounting classes.

My specific questions are: what are my chances of getting into a top MBA program with my second GMAT score? Should I start studying again (after a year's hiatus) and take the GMAT a third time? Or will taking an online quantitative course (such as mbamath) be enough to offset such a low quantitative score on my GMAT?

Any other suggestions and advice on my profile would be very helpful as well. Thank you very much!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2013, 11:03
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Your profile will be challenging for top 5 programs. There are simply too many other applicants with better credentials. B-school is very rigorous with quant, which is why they like to see proficiency in that area. Being female is an advantage, so it's not impossible to get into a world class program, but it will not be easy. Is there a reason you wouldn't be happy going to a school in the top 10 or 20 vs. the top 5? You have to ask yourself if you consider your accomplishments and credentials to be among the top 5% in the world? If your answer is probably not, then that is likely also what the adcoms answer as well. The Harvard, Stanford, LBS, Wharton, etc. set is looking for world class leadership and achievements well beyond the norm. Your work experience and achievements come across as more average than this, and will be a hindrance to breaking into the top programs. My advice would be to look at schools in the rankings from 10-15 or 10-20, where you will be much more competitive.
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