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Second time at the GMAT and got 710 (Q-44, V-44). I would like to apply for second round at Wharton, Harvard and Stanford. Should I retake the GMAT or am I competitive enough for these schools?

Below are details for my application:

25-old Female Canadian (Ethnicity:Asian)

Undergrad: 3.6 GPA at Wharton/UPenn -Dual degree (BA and BS) for International Relations and Finance

Work History: 3 years as a risk manager for top tier institution bank
-hired as an analyst, promoted to AVP in less than 2 yrs and currently nominated for VP consideration
-2 times recognized with gold-level award for performance

Activities: Teaching salsa, painting, member of Wharton Women, Penn Alumni

Recommendations: Planning on getting recommendations from 3 managing directors that I've worked for- prior head of the group, current head of the group and direct manager

Post MBA: Working in social entrepreneurship/economic development (IFC/World Bank, private fund in emerging markets or social funds/NGOs such as Roots Capital and Oxfam). Harvard and Stanford both programs of social social entrepreneurship and economic development while Wharton has a public policy major.

Would greatly appreciate your advice! Thanks :)
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New post 23 Nov 2011, 11:45
It might be a better idea to spend the time on application rather than retaking the test. In any case, you dont have a terrible GMAT score. At the worst, it may not be a star in your application but it is definitely not going to raise concerns in the eyes of adcom.

You seem to have excellent work experience and if you can get some good leadership stories in your extracurriculars and at work, there is no reason why you can not target the schools you mentioned. However, keep in mind that your chances at the end will depend on how well you execute your application.

Good luck!
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New post 25 Nov 2011, 22:30
Hi lisaczhang,

You have an excellent profile to be considered for Ivy League schools. 710 is very close to the average score of prospects applying to Wharton, Harvard and Stanford. :-D

Please bear in mind that top schools are always looking for well rounded profiles. Even if GMAT is below average, there are always enough controllable factors that can turn the tide in your favor. You seem to have done well professionally and in order to secure admission + scholarship, you should play to your strengths as well as to the demands of the current / future economy. It is well known that risk management is a highly demanded skill set throughout the world and highlighting work experience in that area should help your cause.

If you have any international work experience (particularly within emerging economies of BRIC), highlighting that experience would be helpful as well. You could mention that you would like to work in one of these emerging economies and be a part of their growth momentum.

General-Ed's consultants have experience of helping candidates secure admissions and scholarships to Ivy League B-Schools. Please feel free to contact us again if you need any help in positioning your profile. :)

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