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Profile Evaluation - Thanks! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 09:48
Hello!

Below are a few bullets on my background (slightly detailed because I have a unique circumstance and new to GMAT CLUB) -

- 30 year old Male - Originally from India, graduated from UNC Chappel Hill in 2005 with 3.72
- Moved to Boston after college - been with PWC in their Strategy Consulting Group for 7.5 Years (HI-B visa) since
- Some international travel for projects but not extended stay in any country
- Obtained my CFA and CPA
- Volunteer with UNICEF (Bombay Office) where I began as an intern for almost 10 years - approx 50-100 hours annual effort every year since 2003
- Taken the GMAT several times (7) with highest score = 670 (Quant - 76%, Verbal 70%, IR 23%, Essay 5.5) taken a month ago. Note that I took the GMAT 8 months ago and also got 670 (Quant - 67%, Verbal 81%, IR 67%, Essay 5). I started my journey with a very low score of 590 but have improved each time I took the exam (except the last time)
- I do not plan to re-take the GMAT because of health related reasons (upcoming surgery)
- I applied to a few schools in the second round last year - Fuqua (waitlisted - no admit), Cornell (waitlisted-no admit), Tuck (denied) and LBS (denied) but I knew there was a chance I would not get in, esp bec of low quant score
- I got promoted to Senior Manager this year - very few % of people get promoted this early at PWC
- I want to get into Investment Management post MBA (same career goal as last year) though I am also thinking about Corp. Strategy
- I plan to apply this Fall and really hope to get in - no cushion like last year. Also not looking at Exec MBA, just Full-time

So, I have 4 questions for you - would appreciate if you answer all 4.

1) For the schools that I have not applied to, I plan on submitting my "new" (same overall score with different breakout) GMAT score - which is a better balance between quant and verbal - but should I send new score to Fuqua, LBS and Cornell? I don't know if they perceive my effort as positive or negative given how many times I have taken and no score improvement. Also considering the very low IR score!!

2) Should I mention anything about my low score/number of attempts in optional or reapplicant essays?

3) I want to apply to (in priority) Fuqua - early action, Ross (first round), INSEAD (Dec. round), Kellog (second round), LBS (first round) Cornell (first round) and possibly one back-up school such as a Georgetown (second round). What are my realistic chances?

4) How can you help me / what Specific pointers do you have?

Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Thanks! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 23:58
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ganj2013 wrote:

1) For the schools that I have not applied to, I plan on submitting my "new" (same overall score with different breakout) GMAT score - which is a better balance between quant and verbal - but should I send new score to Fuqua, LBS and Cornell? I don't know if they perceive my effort as positive or negative given how many times I have taken and no score improvement. Also considering the very low IR score!!

2) Should I mention anything about my low score/number of attempts in optional or reapplicant essays?

3) I want to apply to (in priority) Fuqua - early action, Ross (first round), INSEAD (Dec. round), Kellog (second round), LBS (first round) Cornell (first round) and possibly one back-up school such as a Georgetown (second round). What are my realistic chances?

4) How can you help me / what Specific pointers do you have?

Thanks!
Mohan


Hello Mohan!

So let's start with your questions

1) If you reapply to those schools no need to send them the new score if it's the same.

2) Well, what can you write really? Your score is your score. I'd just focus rather on the strengths of your application and leave the GMAT alone

3) This is for me the main sticky point here. Last time you were not successful in your application (maybe in part because you were aiming a bit high) and I don't feel that this list is strategic enough for you. I would first of all leave out LBS since they rejected you last time without inviting you. Concentrate a lot on Duke and Cornell, who were interested (and now that you h ave some nice improvements). Adding INSEAD and Kellogg, as wonderful as they are, only makes sense if you balance it off by adding other lower-ranked schools. Georgetown is a good start, but I'd love to see another school out of the top 20 in your list (even at the expense of INSEAD or Georgetown)

4) As above in number 3. I think you have a really strong profile in terms of your work experience, and a nice GPA, but the low GMAT is hurting you. So be honest with. Strategize for it. Aim for those top schools you want to get into, but make sure you have some backup schools that you would be happy to attend as well.

Other than that, good luck! Make sure you make some nice changes in your essays for your reapplications, and I wish you all the best.
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