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Would appreciate feedback on profile [#permalink] New post 30 May 2006, 23:41
Hi guys,

I would appreciate some advice on whether I should:

1) retake my gmat
2) take toefl instead (because my verbal score is low)
3) use this time to work on other parts of my application

based on the schools I'd interested in.

Thanks!

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I took my Gmat yesterday. Score was 710 (94%) - with breakdown Q49 (90%) V36 (81%). Verbal was a huge shock to me as I'd been scoring 41-44 on the Gmatprep and ETS software.

The schools I'm applying to are Harvard, Stanford, Chicago GSB, Columbia, Duke - Fuqua & Tuck. The two that I really really want based on my school visits are Stanford GSB and Chicago GSB.

I know schools don't look solely at gmat scores, but I was aiming for a competitive score and right now, I just don't know if its good enough.

Some background history:
Work - 1 year Goldman S&T; 2 years Deloitte Consulting (strategy, financial services industry, promoted after a year in consulting)
School - in Singapore, GPA 3.4, 2nd Upper Honours in Economics.
Demographic: Singaporean Chinese Female
Post-MBA plans: strategy consulting in US.
Activities: Ultimate frisbee - both playing and organising tournaments. Some counselling work with the anti-narcortics association here. (I think I'm a little weak in the volunteerism bit)

Thank you!
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 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2006, 18:06
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Definitely don't waste time with the GMAT or TOEFL. Your GMAT score is good enough! Any questions they have about your verbal abilities will be answered by your essays and in your interview.

It's hard to say based on his limited info, but Stanford, Harvard, and Chicago may be reaches for you. You'll need to stand out in some way, and like you suspected, you seem to be a little weak in the areas of extracurriculars and community service. You mentioned the anti-narcotics group... That to me sounds VERY interesting. Something like that and perhaps something else that showcases leadership abilities will help a lot with those top schools.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 02:28
quixx23 wrote:
Definitely don't waste time with the GMAT or TOEFL. Your GMAT score is good enough! Any questions they have about your verbal abilities will be answered by your essays and in your interview.

It's hard to say based on his limited info, but Stanford, Harvard, and Chicago may be reaches for you. You'll need to stand out in some way, and like you suspected, you seem to be a little weak in the areas of extracurriculars and community service. You mentioned the anti-narcotics group... That to me sounds VERY interesting. Something like that and perhaps something else that showcases leadership abilities will help a lot with those top schools.

Scott


Thanks for the advice, Scott. Would leadership abilities at work be sufficient, or would I have to show leadership abilities in my community service work as well?

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You don't need to show those abilities in both... If I had to pick one, I'd say show it on the job. But, in your community service, hopefully you can show how you made a real impact, rather than merely attending events.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 19:10
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You don't need to show those abilities in both... If I had to pick one, I'd say show it on the job. But, in your community service, hopefully you can show how you made a real impact, rather than merely attending events.

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Thanks. I've project managed consulting teams so I'm not so worried about showing leadership abilities on the job.

Community service - I do mentorship, but its tough to show a real impact. In my first case, the kid had run away before I met her...so I ended up counselling the mom instead. I'm waiting for my second case now. I did take part in a 3-day camp where I made an obvious difference in someone's life (trust me even I'm surprised that it can happen in 3 days), but I'm worried that the timeline is a little short.

One question - do schools look for community service in particular, or any extracurricular activity is fine? For the ultimate frisbee side of things - I organised the first profitable league for 250 people in Singapore, I was on the team that organises the annual tournament in Singapore, attracting between 20-30 teams from Asia Pacific and I've captained a team as well.

Given this, my extra curricular is stronger than my pure community service, so just wondering.

Thank you so much for the advice!
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They really look for anything where you 1) have made an impact and 2) have showed some passion for something. Making positive impact on yoru community is obviously something great to be able to show, but you can also show #1 and #2 with something as "non-serious" as ultimate frsibee. If you started a club and got 50+ people into the sport, that would definitely be a way that you made an impact.

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