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Should I even write my GMAT ? Please advise [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 23:08
Hi, I have been discouraged a lot during my Preparation for my GMAT scheduled Dec 9th 2010.

I am Indian Female 26 years of age

Did my undergrad in a top 20 engineerg school in India (Bachelors in Computer Science Engg) with a very low gpa or 5.65 on a scale of 10.(Reason being my mom passed away during my first year)

I later on joined a business school which awards post graduation diploma in business administration (PGDBA - most schools in India offer this and not MBA's) with specialization in telecom management with a gpa of 72 on a scale of 100 ...

I got placed through my business school in a telecom organisation and worked for 2 years as Senior Executive Product Management with a recognition award for excellence.

I later got married to a guy living in USA and came over to USA in June 2010. I cannot work here as I am on dependent visa. So I thought I should do a MBA here in supply chain to improvise my skills and get a work visa of my own ... hence started preparing for GMAT and scheduled the same for Dec 9th 2010. In the course of my preparation I have been meeting ppl and everyone seem to think that I have a very tough chance in getting into a good school due to my Low GPA and also the fact that I already have a Graduate degree in Business, low experience(2 years) and presently jobless(because I cannot work on a dependent visa)

I am looking at the following schools and my GMAT is in the range of 670-720 in my practice exams.
1) UC Davis
2) USC MArshall
3) ASU
4) Thunderbird
5) UC Irvine
6) UW - Foster

Can you please Advise me as to what my chances are in getting into one of the above schools. Will my existing business degree and low undergrad gpa(was depressed due to my mom's demise) and low experience(2 years) and presently jobless(because I cannot work on a dependant visa) hamper my prospect of getting into a good school ?


Should I even put any efforts to write my GMAT ?


Your frank reply would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Should I even write my GMAT ? Please advise [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2010, 09:26
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Hi savithav,

Happy to try to help. I think you situation is a tough one, but not hopeless by any means. The two "strikes" against you work on two levels: a front-end "screening" level and then a deeper thematic level.

The prior business degree is something that might get you screened out at some schools while barely cause a ripple at others. Honestly, I would contact each program and just ask them their policy on considering a prior MBA to see if its going to be a place you can apply without a rigid perception on that issue. No use putting in the time and effort if they aren't even going to read it. Once you get past them and avoid being screened, you then need to make sure that your goals and motivation is appropriate for their program. I'm not being insensitive when I say that "staying in the U.S." is *not* a strong enough motivation. You need to showcase a career path that requires the added skills, knowledge, and network of a U.S. program. This is critical.

The second issue, the GPA, also works on two levels. At some schools, your low GPA is just going to get you screened out - nothing you can do about it. You also can't predict which schools will respond that way, so you have to apply to quite a few. Once you get through the gates with a few of them, the issue turns to thematic concerns. That is where your life experience and the circumstances surrounding your college years becomes relevant, as does an overall message of maturity that you will want to highlight in your application. A low GPA makes an admissions officer wonder about your discipline, focus, and maturity - so you will need to highlight those traits throughout your essays.

I hope this helps. Hang in there, do your research, and then do the best you can on the GMAT and on your applications and I can still see a positive conclusion for you.

Respectfully,

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