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Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 11:47
Age: 25.5Y
Sex : M
Work Ex: 25months (36+months at Fall 2013 MBA Start) at Deloitte Consulting
Professional Role: Java Developer for first 18 months(involved in functional areas as well), identified as indispensable team member by Manager, Team Lead, Senior Manager, other seniors in terms of commitment, highly analytical skills and most importantly the innate charm(few of the ladies ineptly call me a rockstar) which makes my previous team miss me - be at work, or at professional outings.

Since past 6months, I have been involved in improvising Enterprise Value Delivery for projects, or in simpler terms - improvising processes in a SDLC lifecycle. This involves discussion with a panel of Managers, Senior Managers, at times Directors ;getting inputs(Read getting work done) from managers; heard & recognized for value adds (Read management tips) to seniors - aren't all these best leadership examples because they come out of substance and not by virtue of one's position in the firm.
Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 720 (Q50,V36, AWA/IR-awaited) in a week's prep
UnderGrad: BTech in ECE (GPA 6.43/10) from Factual Rank 7 college in India; admission criteria is getting in less than 1% of set of students double that of total appearing for GMAT in a year.
Target Schools(not necessarily in order) : ISB, HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT Sloan

If my application deems fit to be read at these schools, then, most definitely, I have a very compelling story(above one is a very brief synopsis) to tell including my past failures, recent successes and a relentless quest to conceive my crystal clear vision for the next 10 years (including the 2 years at B school).
If not, please advise if I need to re-appear for the GMAT and thereby knock off the time for my R1 application process.
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Re: Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 04:24
i dont think retaking the GMAT is worth it for you, unless you're confident about scoring into the high 700's with little extra effort and can still dedicate time needed for your essays. most of your GMAT strength comes from the Q side, and improving V is usually more time consuming. your writing style is a bit hard to follow (just from this post; i'm sure it's a lot more clear) and your career progress - while good - is vague and opaque. my suggestion is that you get crisp on your career goals and the story you want to tell. i also think your GPA is on the lower side for a school like Stanford, and all the schools are at the high end. it's a risky strategy simply b/c of how selective these programs are. but if you're dedicated and optimistic to only attend a top program, then go for it.

if you want more specific advice on whether to retake the gmat, i wrote this article that might be helpful: http://www.thefirstread.com/should-i-retake-the-gmat/

hope thats helpful,
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Re: Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 10:27
Youngjames wrote:
i dont think retaking the GMAT is worth it for you, unless you're confident about scoring into the high 700's with little extra effort and can still dedicate time needed for your essays. most of your GMAT strength comes from the Q side, and improving V is usually more time consuming. your writing style is a bit hard to follow (just from this post; i'm sure it's a lot more clear) and your career progress - while good - is vague and opaque. my suggestion is that you get crisp on your career goals and the story you want to tell. i also think your GPA is on the lower side for a school like Stanford, and all the schools are at the high end. it's a risky strategy simply b/c of how selective these programs are. but if you're dedicated and optimistic to only attend a top program, then go for it.

if you want more specific advice on whether to retake the gmat, i wrote this article that might be helpful: <link absorbed by 5 days, 5posts rule of the forum>

hope thats helpful,
-james young

The main purpose of this topic was whether my current GMAT score & Undergrad GPA collectively are sufficient for further consideration by these schools.
To elucidate, I want to make sure that my profile ticks all the required checks. Thereafter, I am confident about my essays. why? simply because I believe in myself.
And your link seems to suggest that Q GMAT is more important than V, in that case, I don't think I need to retake the gmat.
But since you mentioned that GPA is on lower side (you won't believe it, but i have a story around that as well). And if the screening criteria, if there is such, based on which the rest of candidate's application is "read", has a formula for GMAT, GPA, Work Ex duration(in that order), then should I increase my GMAT score to offset my low GPA? And if yes, by about how much should it be increased?
And i am working on building up other requisites that these schools need, which may push my applications to R2. But I am completely clear about my career goals, even though I haven't mentioned it here.
Re: Retake GMAT at 720?   [#permalink] 31 Jul 2012, 10:27
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