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New post 09 Mar 2009, 01:22
Hello Hjort,

I am wondering if its worth giving the GMAT the 3rd time. I have always scored well in my undergrad and grad days but GMAT is a different story.
I just don't seem to get the knack for GMAT. I scored 600 on my 1st attempt and 550 on my second attempt. I know I have studied hard and tried my level best. I want to pursue a MBA despeartely and I wonder if it will be an unfullfilled dream :(
I have gathered the courage to prepare myself once again and fight the monster. But I wonder if its worth it. If I score 700 on the GMAT is there a chance of me getting into the top 15 schools? Will my previous scores affect my admission. Below are my stats which may help you answer my question

Age : 31
Sex: Female
Nationality :Indian ( with a green card in the United states)
Occupation: Software engineer
Education : Masters in Electrical and Computer Engg from a US university
Experience: 7 years in the software industry and 2 years a Research Assistant
Have led small groups of engineers. Managed teams from global sites. Managed a supplier.
Extra-cirricular activities:Worked for street children welfare, literarcy awareness programs. Helped underprivileged children by providing monetary help and guidance
Background : I come from a rural background and have gone through severa hardships to reac where Iam today. I have tutored students and worked odd jobs from a very young age to support my education. This is very rare in India. I was the first engineer in the family . Considering my finanical background and beloging to the weaker (fairer?) sex it was not a easy trip. My background is a motivataion for my social work and also for my pursuit for an MBA. I want to give back to teh society. I have tried to become an enterpreneur and have not been successful. I have no business background whatsoever and I am hoping the strong alumni network from business school along with the knowledge will help me.

I would appreciate your feeback . Thanks.

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New post 09 Mar 2009, 02:38
If you have the time and time for a 3rd time and you really really want to go to a top 15 school, I'd say go for it. I know a friend of a friend who took the GMAT 5 times. He's eventually got into several top 10 schools. And he's an int. student. So don't give up. And take the GMAT 2 or 3 times is very common. Almost everyone I know took it at least 2 times. So I wouldn't worry about it at this pt.

As far as your study goes, if you've been studying a lot but not seeing much progress, have you thought of trying a different study method? Were you studying by yourself, may be you could consider take a class? Get a partner? Which books were you using, I've found that some study guides are horrible and using them is actually detrimental to my score. There're plenty of suggestions floating here on this forum. If you are weak on math, do the gmatclub challenges, if you are weak on verbal, read the MGs and the WSJ everyday.

Considering that you come from an Indian engineer background, I'd say that a low gmat score will put you at a greater disadv. than if you come from other bkgds. That's b/c many Indian candidates also come from engineering bkgd and many Indian candidates have very high GMAT scores. So adcoms will likely compare you w/other Indian engineering candidates.
You will really need to distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack in this case. If you have a high gpa from a top college, that'll help if your gmat isn't as high, esp. if you majored in a demanding subj. like engineering.

I think the social entreprenurship is a great angle, plus your rural background. You said you're the 1st eng. in family, are you also the first person, or first woman to enter college? Schools luv those first in family to attend college type of bkgds. Anything that shows you arises from humble bkgd, overcome hardships makes compelling essay topics. Anything that shows you are not just another Indian engineer will help your case.

Hope this helps. Best of luck!
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