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