Here's my brief background:
1) Undergrad - BS Management - Finance 2001
2) GPA - 3.6/4.0
3) Work Experience: 4 years (Fortune 500 company) Analytical work experience
4) First GMAT attempt: 570 (Q39, V29)
I am trying to get into either ChicagoGSB or Kellogg in 2006. I took a Kaplan course
in Feb and started off with diagnostic score of 420. Finished class last month by taking last CAT at the testing center with 520 (Q28, V26). I attended an info session at Chicago and the admissions rep told me they have accepted 540 scores before but the applicant had a "great" application.
Should I spend $$ to apply to both schools next year or should I work on getting my GMAT score up? Please help.
P.S. My first post - new member as well
The rest of your application would have to be truly stellar to be accepted at either of these two schools with a 570. Although you should be quite proud of the improvement, I think you need to improve more to have a viable chance at these two schools. I recommend that you continue working on your GMAT and wait until next year to apply or consider other programs and apply this year.