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profle evaluation for friend : 3rd attempt at GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2008, 23:20
Hi,

Paul - Thanks for your invaluable advice. More and more of my friends are asking me to check with you for advice on their profiles.

My friend is female , 28, Indian - has worked in IT as a consultant in fortune top 50 company in Singapore for 6 years. Steady career progression along the technical ladder - having worked on projects in the US for nearly a year before returning to Singapore. Has succesfully implemented many projects in a project leadership role.

She has a Masters from the National University of Singapore (part time) and graduated top of her class , selected valedectorian. She wrote the GMAT recently and in 2 attempts has scored 640 and 620 on the 2nd attempt..She got 700+ on all her practice tests.and is unsure about the reasons for failure in the big test.

She is targetting top schools with good technology prospects like MIT Sloan, Berkley Haas ,etc and wants to move to a more business oriented role in Technology.

How would a school view a good score on the 3rd Attempt ? Would the first 2 outweight the 3rd score anyways ?

What schools should she realistically be looking at with her profile ?

Thanks - appreciate your advice.
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Re: profle evaluation for friend : 3rd attempt at GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2008, 18:08
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ashaker,

If she wants to apply to those schools, she will need to take the GMAT a third time. Schools have no problem with three attempts; it's four or more that make them start to wonder. They will look at the highest score, so if she gets a 700 or more she could apply to MIT and Haas, but these would be longshots, especially if she has no extracurricular leadership. She would have a decent shot at the following tech-strong schools: CMU, UCI, Texas, Maryland.

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Re: profle evaluation for friend : 3rd attempt at GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2008, 17:51
Question Paul,

If EC's are so important to MIT, then why do they not have a section on their application to list them?

Sure you can incorporate one into your app but you could generate one good story from one event you participated in for a few hours. That is not exactly stressing EC's.
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Re: profle evaluation for friend : 3rd attempt at GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2008, 15:52
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You raise an excellent point: Sloan does not appear to have a separate section for extracurriculars. I don't know whether this is just an oversight or something more sinister, but I seriously doubt it reflects a lack of interest on MIT's part in extracurriculars/community involvement. Keep in mind that in addition to esays you also have to submit a resume and a cover letter--so that's three parts of the application where you could mention extracurriculars/community and where Sloan will notice if you don't.
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