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New post 13 Sep 2018, 20:07
Hi,

Requesting profile evaluation.

29 Year old Pakistani Male.

Educational Background:

Bsc (Hons) International Business from Brunel University, London. 3.7GPA
GMAT Latest: 700 (Q44,V42)
Previous Attempts: 680 (Q47,V35)
640 (Q41,V37)

Working Background:
-Post Degree worked in Retail Banking as a Relationship manager for Barclays Bank in Pakistan (One Year)
-Left in order to start up my own retail apparel brand with my brother as my partner. I have been working in my company for 5 years, my roles include product design, supply chain management, marketing and brand management. Over the last 5 years we have grown this business from the ground up to a point where we currently operate 7 distinct retail outlets, have annual revenues of 750,000 USD and employ over 50 people. Our brand maintains a significant presence on various social media platforms and we have just started up an e-commerce portal as well.

In Addition:
- Long term contributor at the Centre for Sustainability Research and Practice, a youth led independent think-tank that works towards sustainable policy development recommendations, advising various state institutions and government departments. Involved in the organisation and implementation of multiply advocacy events including the 2nd South Asian Youth Conference in Islamabad and the 1st International Youth Summit in Lahore.
- Took part in a three week volunteer placement at the National Disaster Management Authority during the catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2010.

My first choice MBA programs include Cornell- Johnson, CMU- Tepper, Duke- Fuqua, Texas- McCombs.

While my GMAT score falls close to the average class intake scores of these MBA programs, my biggest concern is my low quant score. My practice tests before my latest attempt reflected and led me to expect a quant score of 47-48 and a Verbal score of 41-42. I feel that I really messed up the quant section. I still believe that I can get a much better score if I take the test again. I would prefer to apply by the first deadline for all these programs which fall mostly around the 1st week of October, but working full-time along with the time required to write my essays, arrange references and fill in application forms, I'm worried that if I go for a retake of the GMAT, I might end up missing the first round deadlines. So the question is, would my low quant detrimentally effect my chances to get admitted to any of these programs? Would an improvement in my quant (and hopefully overall) score be important enough to justify applying in a later round?

Any advise and help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance!
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ammarejaz786 wrote:
Hi,

Requesting profile evaluation.

29 Year old Pakistani Male.

Educational Background:

Bsc (Hons) International Business from Brunel University, London. 3.7GPA
GMAT Latest: 700 (Q44,V42)
Previous Attempts: 680 (Q47,V35)
640 (Q41,V37)

Working Background:
-Post Degree worked in Retail Banking as a Relationship manager for Barclays Bank in Pakistan (One Year)
-Left in order to start up my own retail apparel brand with my brother as my partner. I have been working in my company for 5 years, my roles include product design, supply chain management, marketing and brand management. Over the last 5 years we have grown this business from the ground up to a point where we currently operate 7 distinct retail outlets, have annual revenues of 750,000 USD and employ over 50 people. Our brand maintains a significant presence on various social media platforms and we have just started up an e-commerce portal as well.

In Addition:
- Long term contributor at the Centre for Sustainability Research and Practice, a youth led independent think-tank that works towards sustainable policy development recommendations, advising various state institutions and government departments. Involved in the organisation and implementation of multiply advocacy events including the 2nd South Asian Youth Conference in Islamabad and the 1st International Youth Summit in Lahore.
- Took part in a three week volunteer placement at the National Disaster Management Authority during the catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2010.

My first choice MBA programs include Cornell- Johnson, CMU- Tepper, Duke- Fuqua, Texas- McCombs.

While my GMAT score falls close to the average class intake scores of these MBA programs, my biggest concern is my low quant score. My practice tests before my latest attempt reflected and led me to expect a quant score of 47-48 and a Verbal score of 41-42. I feel that I really messed up the quant section. I still believe that I can get a much better score if I take the test again. I would prefer to apply by the first deadline for all these programs which fall mostly around the 1st week of October, but working full-time along with the time required to write my essays, arrange references and fill in application forms, I'm worried that if I go for a retake of the GMAT, I might end up missing the first round deadlines. So the question is, would my low quant detrimentally effect my chances to get admitted to any of these programs? Would an improvement in my quant (and hopefully overall) score be important enough to justify applying in a later round?

Any advise and help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance!



Hello ammarejaz786


Both Median and Average GMAT score for Cornell is 700 (2018). It was 698 for 2017 class.

https://poetsandquants.com/2016/09/30/m ... lass-2018/


Now, for One-Year MBA Class of 2019 Average GMAT is 690 and GMAT Range (middle 80%) is 610-730.

https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/For-Rec ... s-Profiles



For Duke Median GMAT is 700 and Average GMAT score is 695.

Moreover, GMAT range for Duke is 640-750.


For Class of 2019, figures are, average GMAT 702, Median 710, GMAT Range is 660-750.

https://poetsandquants.com/2017/09/10/m ... s-of-2019/

https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/new-class-profile-html



For CMU, class 2019, average GMAT is 691, median 700, and range 640-740 (middle 80%).

https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/programs/mba ... e-mba.html

https://poetsandquants.com/2016/11/09/m ... lass-2018/


For McCombs Class of 2019, average is 703 median 710, range 660-740 for middle 80%.

https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Full ... ss-Profile

https://poetsandquants.com/2017/10/01/m ... s-of-2019/



All in all, based on your profile I would say you have fair chance and I deliberately copied links here for your further reading so you can compare yourself with their admitted students and gain other valuable insights about school that will help you to decide, once you have offer of admission.

Now, applying first round demonstrates that you are serious about the school of your choice, have been planning out your attendance for some time, and wish to make a strong bid for their consideration.

Furthermore, first round applications, in the statistical sense, also tend to offer the highest chance of acceptance as schools will often take the largest fraction of applicants from this pool while also being a smaller pool than the second round.

Therefore, it easy to conclude where you have a higher chance of admission.


I am sure all this research helps !


Good Luck ! :cool:
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