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Want to do a 2-year program to focus on Strategic Planning. [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2005, 11:47
Linda,

I wrote to you a few months back about applying for Fall 2006 admission. Thank you, again, for your time and input on my MBA program dilemna.

I retook the GMAT this morning and got:
Overall 660 (up slightly from a 650)
Quant 46 (up significantly from a 41)
Verbal 35 (down, unfortunately from a 38)

As this was my third attempt, I am not planning to sit for the GMAT again.

My top choices for schools are:
Cornell
Yale
Virginia
NYU
Emory
UNC
Georgetown
Rice


About me: 29 years old, white, male, from Washington, DC.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Admin. from East Carolina University, finished in 1998, 3.0 GPA Overall, with a 3.3 in Major of Marketing. Also did a concentration in Financial Services. Was the President of the Investment Club.

Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University in 2003, 3.8 GPA in 6 classes.

Work experience:
Financial Advisor for 7 years, focusing on comprehensive financial planning. Worked first 3 years in a corporate environment, and for the last 4 years, I owned my professional practice. (so entrepreneurial/business-owner experience simultaneously) Received multiple commendations for high-quality written advice. My practice is 100% referral driven, and I've built the value 575% in 4 years. Have recommendations from my business partner (since I have no direct boss) and from clients.

Professional Certifications:
Passed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in 2003 (first attempt). Also hold an NASD Series 7 license.


Any thoughts on my chances at the schools above with current GMAT of 660? Are there any that I should consider taking off my list or that I may have difficulty gaining admission to given my current scores and background? Will schools care that my Verbal dropped so much between my 2nd attempt and my 3rd?

Thanks,
Paul
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Re: Want to do a 2-year program to focus on Strategic Planni [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2005, 19:46
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Linda,

I wrote to you a few months back about applying for Fall 2006 admission. Thank you, again, for your time and input on my MBA program dilemna.

I retook the GMAT this morning and got:
Overall 660 (up slightly from a 650)
Quant 46 (up significantly from a 41)
Verbal 35 (down, unfortunately from a 38)

As this was my third attempt, I am not planning to sit for the GMAT again.

My top choices for schools are:
Cornell
Yale
Virginia
NYU
Emory
UNC
Georgetown
Rice


About me: 29 years old, white, male, from Washington, DC.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Admin. from East Carolina University, finished in 1998, 3.0 GPA Overall, with a 3.3 in Major of Marketing. Also did a concentration in Financial Services. Was the President of the Investment Club.

Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University in 2003, 3.8 GPA in 6 classes.

Work experience:
Financial Advisor for 7 years, focusing on comprehensive financial planning. Worked first 3 years in a corporate environment, and for the last 4 years, I owned my professional practice. (so entrepreneurial/business-owner experience simultaneously) Received multiple commendations for high-quality written advice. My practice is 100% referral driven, and I've built the value 575% in 4 years. Have recommendations from my business partner (since I have no direct boss) and from clients.

Professional Certifications:
Passed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in 2003 (first attempt). Also hold an NASD Series 7 license.


Any thoughts on my chances at the schools above with current GMAT of 660? Are there any that I should consider taking off my list or that I may have difficulty gaining admission to given my current scores and background? Will schools care that my Verbal dropped so much between my 2nd attempt and my 3rd?

Thanks,
Paul


Paul,

You're welcome.

I believe that NYU, Darden, and Yale become stretch schools for you with your current academic profile. The others can stay on the list and you have a competitive profile for them and a reasonable chance of admission.

Your verbal drop will raise a few eyebrows. Make sure that you include that you received commendations for written advice and ask your recommenders to comment positively on your written and oral communications skills.

Good luck!
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