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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 had 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?
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?
You have a very competitive profile. Regarding your GMAT score, if you believe you can improve your score by 40+ points, you may want to take the test again. Your highest score is self-reported on your application, and admissions teams will focus on your highest score. You do have a high score however, so this shouldn't be a large concern.
Here is some school specific advice for the programs you are considering:
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...