Though I have registered only today, I have been following this forum very closely over the last 6-months. I have benefitted immensely from the suggestions of experienced members of this forum. I had actually short listed my study material purely based on the suggestions in this forum.
After juggling a lot with those study materials & my hectic office schedule, I finally managed to appear for my GMAT ,G-day on 21st OCT in a Pearson centre in NY.I scored 770. I would attribute this score primarily to the inspiration and effective advice I received from this forum.
So here is my profile in short :-
1) GMAT (taken on 21st oct 2006) -- 770(99%) (Quant-50:95%,verbal-44,97%)
2)AWA -- only a poor 4 out of 6 (34%) this is my area of greatest concern.
3) Experience -> 4 + years in IT. I have been with the same Indian based IT company and have been working for over 1.5yrs as onsite coordinator in USA.
4) Nationality - Indian.
5) Age -28 yrs
6) Graduation - Bsc Engineering (4 year course in civil engg) , grand total marks - 73%(percentage and not percentile)
7) Post grad - MCA (3-yr Masters in Computer Application), grand total marks - 76%(percentage and not percentile)
Target schools - I would like to continue in the Information systems field or as a second choice go for a general management degree. To be truthful I am open to suggestions about other specialisation as well.
Colleges i dream of :--
1) MIT Sloan
2) INSEAD - one yr MBA
3) Columbia university
I have not really explored much about the colleges but given the huge financial expenses , I would go for an MBA only if I can get into atleast the top 10 colleges in USA.
My concerns :-
1) I have a good GMAT score but a very poor AWA score , with this drawback do I stand a chance to get into any of the top 10 US MBA programs ?
2) I would like to enrol in the fall 2007 batch for MBA courses and given the time and my monetory constraints , reappearing for GMAT would be quite difficult. Given my poor AWA score and very average backgrounds do you advice me to reappear for GMAT ?
Any advice to fulfill my long standing dream of studying in top tier US business college would be greatly appreciated.
I would once again like to express my whole hearted gratitude to all the forum members whose advice and honest evaluation of the whole MBA admission process has brought me atleast to a point where I can see a chance, albeit a half chance to fulfill my dream.