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Profile Evaluation/Retaking the GMAT [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2011, 20:49
Second time at the GMAT and got 710 (Q-44, V-44). I would like to apply for second round at Wharton, Harvard and Stanford. Should I retake the GMAT or am I competitive enough for these schools?

Below are details for my application:

25-old Female Canadian (Ethnicity:Asian)

Undergrad: 3.6 GPA at Wharton/UPenn -Dual degree (BA and BS) for International Relations and Finance

Work History: 3 years as a risk manager for top tier institution bank
-hired as an analyst, promoted to AVP in less than 2 yrs and currently nominated for VP consideration
-2 times recognized with gold-level award for performance

Activities: Teaching salsa, painting, member of Wharton Women, Penn Alumni

Recommendations: Planning on getting recommendations from 3 managing directors that I've worked for- prior head of the group, current head of the group and direct manager

Post MBA: Working in social entrepreneurship/economic development (IFC/World Bank, private fund in emerging markets or social funds/NGOs such as Roots Capital and Oxfam). Harvard and Stanford both programs of social social entrepreneurship and economic development while Wharton has a public policy major.

Would greatly appreciate your advice! Thanks
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Re: Profile Evaluation/Retaking the GMAT [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2011, 12:09
No need to retake the GMAT, unless you feel you can score like 760 or greater. But then again, even then I probably wouldn't bother. In your case, I'd focus on the written applications -- you're going into a post-MBA career that involves not just a shift in job function or industry, but in a way at least from an outsider who doesn't know you personally (adcoms) a shift in sensibility, values, and perspective.

You work in finance - in an industry that has a reputation for being culturally nihilistic, cynical and self-interested, and now you want to shift to another industry that culturally is progressive, ideological, and public service oriented. The key for you is to show that you have the soul of the latter (i.e. you are at heart the kind of person whose soul mates work in social enterprise; you just happen to work in finance right now). In short, you want to convince them that this sensibility is genuine, and not just "essay positioning/spin".
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Re: Profile Evaluation/Retaking the GMAT   [#permalink] 23 Nov 2011, 12:09
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