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Hi GMAT Club,

I very recently just joined this website and I plan on beginning my preparation to pursue candidacy at a target school pretty soon and I was wondering if anyone could offer me advice. I am finishing up my senior year of undergrad with a very low GPA projected 2.9 to finish. This has hindered my ability to recruit at {BB} IB's and the reality has not hit me until now. I very much aspire to pursue a career in that field and I think an MBA at a target is the way to go. I am worried my GPA is too low to get into a target, however, I think I can do things in the next 4-6 years of my career/life before I apply that will make up for my GPA. I am wondering if anyone can offer some insight/advice on what it is I should do early on and how it will help me become a candidate at a target school. I have my eyes set on Wharton. Any help is greatly appreciated! Some information about me if it helps you help me:

BBA - Finance (Investment Management), McCombs School of Business
Experience in private equity, commercial banking, & executive searching (All internships)
Accepting a full-time job at a prop trading firm/market maker (think peak 6, flow traders, Akuna)

I am obviously planning to get above 700 on my GMAT to supplement for my poor grades, however I am wondering if there is some other things outside of quantitative measures I can do. Thank you so much in advance to anyone who replies, I appreciate it.

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longhorn96 - Welcome to GMAT Club! Let's start with the basics. Please take a few moments to review the GMAT Club Study Plan: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html

I would also advise you to review a thread that has some of the best success stories of applicants with a low undergrad GPA: https://gmatclub.com/forum/low-undergra ... 79977.html

Additional existing resources from some of our admission consultants
So, How Do You Overcome a Low GPA?: https://gmatclub.com/forum/so-how-do-yo ... 59440.html
How to Overcome a Low GPA in Your MBA Applications: https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-overc ... 38316.html
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Hi GMAT Club,

I very recently just joined this website and I plan on beginning my preparation to pursue candidacy at a target school pretty soon and I was wondering if anyone could offer me advice. I am finishing up my senior year of undergrad with a very low GPA projected 2.9 to finish. This has hindered my ability to recruit at {BB} IB's and the reality has not hit me until now. I very much aspire to pursue a career in that field and I think an MBA at a target is the way to go. I am worried my GPA is too low to get into a target, however, I think I can do things in the next 4-6 years of my career/life before I apply that will make up for my GPA. I am wondering if anyone can offer some insight/advice on what it is I should do early on and how it will help me become a candidate at a target school. I have my eyes set on Wharton. Any help is greatly appreciated! Some information about me if it helps you help me:

BBA - Finance (Investment Management), McCombs School of Business
Experience in private equity, commercial banking, & executive searching (All internships)
Accepting a full-time job at a prop trading firm/market maker (think peak 6, flow traders, Akuna)

I am obviously planning to get above 700 on my GMAT to supplement for my poor grades, however I am wondering if there is some other things outside of quantitative measures I can do. Thank you so much in advance to anyone who replies, I appreciate it.

-A hungry youngin


Hi longhorn96,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. You should study for around 4 months to achieve your target score. You should start by taking a GMATPREP mock once. You can then know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase Official GMAT practice Question form mba.com for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Rohan,

Thanks for all the information. I will surely prepare accordingly when the time comes.

I am curious as to what I should do outside of the GMAT to improve my chances (accomplishments, extracurriculars, nonprofits?, etc.).

Thanks.
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Hi longhorn96,

You're ultimately asking Admissions questions, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

There are steps you can take to improve on the 'academic side' of your application. While there's not much that you can do to significantly raise a 2.9 GPA, there are still ways to prove that you have academic strengths beyond earning a high GMAT Score. Certain undergraduate classes/knowledge matter a great deal in MBA Programs, so if you were to take those classes (re: Calculus and/or Statistics) and earn a top grade in each, then that would provide proof of who you are as a thinker NOW. You might even plan to take those classes in a few years (when you're closer to your planned application dates).

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You wana go for an MBA or MSc.?
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Rohan,

Thanks for all the information. I will surely prepare accordingly when the time comes.

I am curious as to what I should do outside of the GMAT to improve my chances (accomplishments, extracurriculars, nonprofits?, etc.).

Thanks.


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