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Joined: 28 May 2012
Posts: 130
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 710 Q43 V45
GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V42
GMAT 3: 760 Q48 V48
GPA: 3.51
WE: Marketing (Consulting)
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Setting GMAT Goals [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2012, 07:42
Hi Stacy,

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with the GMAT Club!

I'm in the early stages of the admissions process and would love to get a general idea of goals I should be setting for the GMAT to become a competitive candidate for a Top 20 program, specifically in Marketing.

Here is the rest of my profile:

-White Male
-3.51 GPA from University of Miami
-Will be applying with 1 year advertising agency experience and 1.5 years experience in-house marketing (both small regional companies where I made a demonstrable bottom-line difference)
-Active in several alumni clubs/volunteer organizations
-Will be able to secure quality recommendations
-Small business owner and freelance writer
-Writing skills and standardized testing skills are two of my strongest assets (so hopefully essays and GMAT scores will be strong)

I scored a 680 on my first GMAT practice test and have prepped a bit since, but what do you think would be a good target score that can make me competitive at top schools? Are there other additional steps you can recommend beyond testing scores that would help augment my profile?

Thank you again for your help and I look forward to hearing from you!

Mark
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Re: Setting GMAT Goals [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2012, 06:31
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for posting. We recommend you aim for at least the averages of the MBA programs you are considering. For top MBA programs, this is normally a score of at least a 700 on the GMAT.

Remember that your highest score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will focus on your best score. Here is some free GMAT advice from the Stacy Blackman Team: http://stacyblackman.com/gmat-overview

We also provide a free phone consultation here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/

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Manager
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Joined: 28 May 2012
Posts: 130
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 710 Q43 V45
GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V42
GMAT 3: 760 Q48 V48
GPA: 3.51
WE: Marketing (Consulting)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 27

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Re: Setting GMAT Goals [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2012, 07:55
Conrad,

Thank you for the help. I am going to take you up on that consultation offer, but for now I know my next step is just to deliver on the GMAT. You will be hearing from me come application time though!

Thanks again,
Mark
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