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Request for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2012, 10:45
Hi,

I have been considering to apply for MBA programs for several years and finally I decided to apply. I would be glad if you could evaluate my profile:

1. GMAT Score: 700

2. Timeline: I am planning to apply on Round 1 for all schools.

3. Education: I was awarded to a Fulbright scholarship and have a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon in Technology Management with a GPA 3.96/4.0 (%5 percentile)

I studied Computer Science and Management as a double major in Poland, my home country with a GPA of 3.86/4.0 being 1st in class in both programs.

4. Work exp: I worked as a software engineer at one of the top IT companies' Global HQ in San Francisco bay area for 1.5 years, then because of my Fulbright status, I needed to leave USA and my company transferred me to Switzerland. I worked several months and moved back to Poland and worked as a Product Manager at one of the relatively bigger Polish companies for two years. I have a total of 3.5 years work exp.

5. E/C: i play drums and have a band for almost 10 years. i used to play soccer in a major team's youth squad. i have participated to many volunteer events.

6. Certificates: ITIL, ADF

My current educational/professional background can open doors for me in terms of functional management but I am more interested in general management and strategy at IT companies. I love California and my two target schools are Stanford and Berkeley. Though in the east coast my top choices are Harvard, MIT and Wharton. How competitive does my profile look with respect to those schools? Do you have other recommendations for me to think about?

Thanks

PS: My GMAT score 700 is of 50 Q and 34 V. Now that I know it would look nicer if the score were distributed evenly, I was thinking whether I should retake the test.

On the other hand, I already hold a Masters degree from a reputable US university and have work exp in a top tech company in USA, which all I hope would convince adcoms to neglect the imbalance in my GMAT score.

Am I right in my judgement or should I retake the GMAT?
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Re: Request for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2012, 17:53
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I don't think you need to retake the GMAT so long as your application is well written and error-free. B-schools are notorious for favoring applicants' quant scores over their verbal scores, so in your case, having nailed the quant, you will likely get a pass on not having a "balanced" score. Again, the key will be convincing the commitee you are an effective communicator, which will come out in your essays as well as in a personal interview. Your WE sounds good and your educational achievements should be impressive to the lofty types of schools in your target list, however, I would recommend you choose a couple of backup plans for your applications as well since your target schools are so selective. You wouldn't want to get left without an option if the application stats work against you. Very talented and worthy applicants get dinged every year for no good reason other than the schools only have so many seats. One edge you should have is being an international applicant with a U.S. education in your profile. This is a unique combination and will help differentiate you. Schools love students who can speak the language of business from the perspective of both the US and international markets.

hope this helps...let us know if we can assist...
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Re: Request for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2012, 12:18
Hi Bryant,

I received my official GMAT score report with an AWA score of 6.0. Do you think that besides the essays and the interviews, this AWA score would contribute to convince the committee about the effectiveness in my communication?
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AWA of 6.0 is good and will be received favorably as you suggest.
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