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Should I even write my GMAT ? Please advise

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Should I even write my GMAT ? Please advise [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 23:09
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 25 Oct 2010, 11:28
Your GPA may be a hurdle especially if you did not show significant improvement in your graduate work. I am not sure how your graduate score translates into a US GPA. However, if it is above average then you should be in pretty good standing especially if your actual GMAT score is in the range of your practice tests.

It would help if you had more work experience but you can try to show that the experience you did have was meaningful. You should be able to show professional growth and describe any instances of teamwork, leadership, or innovation.

My bigger concern is the reason you are pursuing an MBA. Are you sure that it is your only route to work in the US? An MBA seems like a significant expenditure of time and money for training that you already have. If you do plan to pursue an MBA, be aware that many of the schools on your list will have regional rather than global connections. This may impact your decision depending upon your future plans.
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