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Regarding Retake GMAT with 1 month time for R2 deadlines [#permalink]
03 Nov 2012, 21:49
I had taken GMAT on 1st Nov and scored paltry 680 (considering i am an Indian). Planning to retake GMAT on 6th Dec and targetting 730ish time time. The 3 b schools i.e. Stanford, wharton, and chicago have their R2 deadlines between 3-9 jan 2012 (i.e. about 30 odd days from the GMAT). Now assuming that i score 730ish which im confident , i am not sure if 1 month of time is enough to apply to 3 top b schools where the competition is already intense. in terms of app. prep, i have just done up with my resume and have started scouting for LORs and transcripts. Do you think post GMAT, 1 month of application time i should reserve ONLY for 1 of these 3 colleges to have a good shot this season and NOT attempt to apply to all 3 of them and hence cramming my efforts in 1 month thereby diluting my application for all 3 ?
Undergraduation - among top 3 students Graduation - Top 20 college in india ; 1st rank in the college Post-grad MBA from a top 10 b school in india - Allrounder award Work experience - 1. Big credit rating agency in india (2 yrs) 2. Associate at a domestic PE firm (1.5 yrs) 3. Software consulting at a global IT major (1 yrs)
Other activities - decent activities at school and college level Currently teach CFA at a leading firm (part-time) Some charity work in the past though not very active presently
Planning to remain in the same industry but want to target international PE firms which surely need better exposure and a good international b school education in india
Re: Regarding Retake GMAT with 1 month time for R2 deadlines [#permalink]
10 Nov 2012, 08:11
Don't undersell your GMAT score - a 680 is definitely a good score, although if you're confident that you can achieve higher, there's no reason to not work for that.
What's most important to consider in the month of December is how much time you'll have to complete your applications. While you're correct, you don't want to dilute your effort and focus between too many schools, also keep in mind the high level of competition for the programs you've selected. It would be difficult to tell any one candidate that they will get into any of these programs without looking at the complete application package. Business schools are concerned with your overall capabilities, not just one aspect such as the GMAT or your professional achievements.
That being said, I would recommend you begin your applications now, even while preparing for the GMAT again. Why wait until you have taken it again in December? You should have enough time to get recommendations and transcripts requested, which mainly leaves the essays. Be careful that they are specific to the program, which will take time, but you can use elements from your experience that are common between them. If not all 3, I would definitely recommend at least 2 of your desired programs.
You'll also need to address why you are interested in receiving an MBA from the US when you've gone through business school in India already. How has this prepared you to further your education again? What can you offer to a program, and get back from it, that you haven't already?
We'd be happy to discuss your profile further with you. Let us know what you think!
Re: Regarding Retake GMAT with 1 month time for R2 deadlines
10 Nov 2012, 08:11