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?
You're welcome. To answer your questions:
1) If you are reapplying to these schools, yes add the new score.
2) Not unless you have something really impressive to say, and I can't imagine what it would be.
3) All but Georgetown are stretch programs.
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