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# Ask ARINGO - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720

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Dear GMAT Club members, it is our pleasure to have ARINGO as part of the GMAT Club Forums!

ARINGO helps candidates with GMAT scores below 720 get into Top-10 MBA programs.

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ARINGO's roots were planted when the founder, Gil Levi, was accepted at Harvard, Wharton and INSEAD with a GMAT score of 650.
Gil received a full, merit-based scholarship at Wharton upon admission and later became a member of the Wharton Admission Committee. He formed ARINGO's methodology on the basis of the essay-writing tools that he originally developed as an applicant.

The results followed: ARINGO’s clients were accepted at Harvard (MBA) with GMAT scores of 580, 660 and 670; at Wharton with GMAT scores of 640, 660 and 670; at Duke with GMAT scores of 600 and 640; at INSEAD with GMAT scores of 630, 640 and 650; at MIT with GMAT scores of 660 and 680; at LBS with GMAT scores of 630, 650 and 660; at Kellogg with GMAT scores of 640 and 680, and many more…

Since its inception, ARINGO has invested heavily in research (over 3,000 man hours and counting…). Following this heavy investment in research, ARINGO clients have access to ARINGO’s Admission Driver System for application content planning, its Tracker System for tracking document versions, and the Planner System for task scheduling.

ARINGO employs a round table strategy, with each consultant collecting expert opinions at the critical decision points throughout the application process. We also conduct internal reviews of candidates' materials by additional consultants (and at no additional cost) in order to provide a fresh perspective and make sure each of our client's materials are at their best. The collaboration within ARINGO's team, which includes former admission committee members as well as experienced consultants with marketing writing skills, contributes to the success of our clients' applications.

Dear all,

I was accepted at Harvard, Wharton and INSEAD with a GMAT score of 650. I received a full, merit-based scholarship at Wharton upon admission and later became a member of the Wharton Admission Committee.

Following these experiences I founded ARINGO, an admission consulting firm with particular specialty in countering low GMAT scores. ARINGO employs the series of essay tools I originally developed as an applicant.

The results followed: our clients were accepted to Harvard (MBA) with GMAT’s of 580, 660 and 670; to Wharton with GMAT’s of 640, 660 and 670; to Duke with GMAT’s of 600 and 640; to INSEAD with GMAT’s of 630, 640 and 650; to MIT with GMAT’s of 660 and 680; to LBS with GMAT’s of 630, 650 and 660; to Kellogg with GMAT’s of 640 and 680, and many more…

Regards,
Gil Levi
ARINGO.com
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13 Feb 2011, 00:23
WoW.... I could use your help.
kindly-evaluate-my-profile-thanks-108801.html

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14 Feb 2011, 04:12
On the basis of the information provided in the above link, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at USC and Indiana (both are quite strong in marketing), competitive-to-strong at Babson (entrepreneurship), competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at Texas (McCombs) and stretch and Kellogg and Michigan (the last 3 are fairly strong in marketing).

Hope this helps.
Good luck!
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Aringo.com
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17 Feb 2011, 09:18
Hi Gil,
That's impressive! it might give some hope to many candidates...
Speaking of GMAT, what in your opinion is the schools’ attitude to candidates who took the GMAT more than once? Can it hurt them?

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21 Feb 2011, 06:22
Michael,

In most cases (unless specifically stated otherwise by the school), the lower scores have relatively low (or zero) impact, and the higher score counts the most by far.
Good luck!

Gil Levi
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23 Feb 2011, 02:48
Good to know, thanks Gil!
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25 Feb 2011, 03:10
Michael54,
Many schools have FAQ page on their website, where you can see how will they consider multiple GMAT scores. most schools will indeed consider your highest score.

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25 Feb 2011, 05:58
GilLevi wrote:
On the basis of the information provided in the above link, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at USC and Indiana (both are quite strong in marketing), competitive-to-strong at Babson (entrepreneurship), competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at Texas (McCombs) and stretch and Kellogg and Michigan (the last 3 are fairly strong in marketing).

Hope this helps.
Good luck!
Gil Levi
Aringo.com

Dear Gil,
I scored a 710 (92) with a verbal raw score of 40 (89) and quantitative raw score of 48 (82) on my re-take (a 60 point improvement over my last score of 650/37/44). Will this improve my competitiveness in the above mentioned business schools? If so, to what degree?
In addition to the above schools, are there other schools which I must consider? I plan to apply for the final round of intake for Fall 2012.

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What an improvement! Well done!
Yes, this does make a significant difference. Our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong (closer to competitive) candidate at USC and Indiana, competitive-to-strong (closer to strong) at Babson, competitive at Texas (McCombs), competitive-to-stretch at Michigan and competitive-to-stretch (closer to stretch) and Kellogg. Consider adding Duke and UCLA (competitive-to-stretch, closer to competitive in both) to your list.

Good luck!

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03 Mar 2011, 06:43
Female
GMAT: 670 (Q49V33)
Working experience: 6+ years in marketing - 4 years in China and other 2 years HongKong, and some other international experience - all big multinational companies
GPA: 3.5

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Oxford
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Emory
Georgetown
Duke
Cornell

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are? Do you think I should take GMAT again?
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03 Mar 2011, 13:13
Thank you very much for your time.

I am currently working at a large pharmaceutical company in the area of marketing/analytics.

Prior to that, I was a strategy/management consultant to the pharmaceutical sector for 7 years.

I graduated with a 3.1 GPA from MIT majoring in Chemical Engineering in 2002. Took the GMAT and scored a 710--50 Quant and 38 Verbal (breakdown may be off, but total score is correct).

Wondering about my candidacy for Fall of 2012. I know that I am an older candidate and I will apply part time as a safety.

Thank you again.
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04 Mar 2011, 12:04
Hello,
My Gmat 600 Q44, V27
MS in Chemical Engineering with GPA 3.75 - University of Maine
3.5 Years of Experience in Specialty Chemicals & Pulp and Paper Industry
I live in Trenton, NJ
What are my chances in
NYU, Temple, Drexel, Rutgers (let me know if you have other programs in mind)
If NYU is not the option which is best among others?
Thank you,
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06 Mar 2011, 00:43
Female
GMAT: 670 (Q49V33)
Working experience: 6+ years in marketing - 4 years in China and other 2 years HongKong, and some other international experience - all big multinational companies
GPA: 3.5

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Oxford
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Emory
Georgetown
Duke
Cornell

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are? Do you think I should take GMAT again?

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 670, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong candidate (closer to competitive) at Emory and Georgetown (check if you meet Georgetown's undergrad degree requirements), competitive at Tuck and Oxford and competitive-to-stretch (closer to competitive) at Duke and Cornell, competitive-to-stretch at NYU and stretch at Columbia.

Yes, if you can get that GMAT score up to the 700, that could make a significant difference. As you can see on our site we had clients get into Duke with 600 and 640 and into Tuck with 650, but a 700 could make it much easier... also, given your interest in marketing, possibly consider Kellogg and Michigan (Ross).

Good luck!
Gil Levi
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06 Mar 2011, 00:51
Thank you very much for your time.

I am currently working at a large pharmaceutical company in the area of marketing/analytics.

Prior to that, I was a strategy/management consultant to the pharmaceutical sector for 7 years.

I graduated with a 3.1 GPA from MIT majoring in Chemical Engineering in 2002. Took the GMAT and scored a 710--50 Quant and 38 Verbal (breakdown may be off, but total score is correct).

Wondering about my candidacy for Fall of 2012. I know that I am an older candidate and I will apply part time as a safety.

For the purpose of this answer I am assuming that you are American, male, and around 31 years old. On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at programs such as Duke and Darden, competitive-to-strong at programs such as USC and UNC, and competitive-to-stretch at programs such as Columbia and Kellogg.

Thank you again.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
Gil Levi
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06 Mar 2011, 00:57
Hello,
My Gmat 600 Q44, V27
MS in Chemical Engineering with GPA 3.75 - University of Maine
3.5 Years of Experience in Specialty Chemicals & Pulp and Paper Industry
I live in Trenton, NJ
What are my chances in
NYU, Temple, Drexel, Rutgers (let me know if you have other programs in mind)
If NYU is not the option which is best among others?
On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at Temple and Drexel, competitive-to-stretch (or possibly competitive, I am not sure) at Rutgers, and stretch at NYU. I am not familiar with other part-time programs where you would be a competitive candidate.

Thank you,
Homasote.
Good luck!
Gil Levi
Aringo.com

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07 Mar 2011, 02:15
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GMAT: 510 ( Giving again in June aiming for 690 +)
Working experience: 4+ years in Banking ( Corporate/ Retail/Risk) - 2 years in Dubai, UAE and other 2 years Pakistan. Recruited in international structured program with workshop experience in Malaysia/Singapore.
GPA: 2.7
Extra curriculars (Undergrad): Resident Assistant, Fraternity, Tutor, Campus jobs, International Club, Political Science club.
Alumni support letters: Columbia/Cornell/Penn ( How much impact do they have)

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Cornell
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Michigan
Northwestern
Chicago
Penn
Emory
Berkely

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are?
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13 Mar 2011, 03:05
Male
GMAT: 510 ( Giving again in June aiming for 690 +)
Working experience: 4+ years in Banking ( Corporate/ Retail/Risk) - 2 years in Dubai, UAE and other 2 years Pakistan. Recruited in international structured program with workshop experience in Malaysia/Singapore.
GPA: 2.7
Extra curriculars (Undergrad): Resident Assistant, Fraternity, Tutor, Campus jobs, International Club, Political Science club.
Alumni support letters: Columbia/Cornell/Penn ( How much impact do they have)Columbia: low impact, Wharton: low-to-negligible impact, Cornell: low-to-medium impact

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Cornell
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Michigan
Northwestern
Chicago
Penn
Emory
Berkely

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are?

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and GMAT score of 690, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong candidate at Emory (closer to competitive), competitive-to-stretch (closer to competitive) at Berkeley, Tuck, Cornell, Michigan and NYU, and stretch at Columbia, Chicago, Kellogg and Wharton.
My biggest recommendation would be to significantly improve the GMAT - good that you're working on it.
Good luck!
Gil Levi
Aringo.com

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19 Mar 2011, 02:45
Dear Gil,

I know that different programs have specific focus/specialization, and i'm wondering if it has any effect on the recruiting process.
Does the fact that a program's focus is international management somehow diminish its appeal to American recruiters?
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According to out experience, for most US recruiters the focus on international management doesn't add to the appeal of the program and doesn't take away from it. If the focus is, for example, on finance, it increases the candidate's "appeal" to banks and other financial institutions.

According to our experience, the focus on international management is not particularly appealing to most MBA recruiters. However, there are likely to be a few specific recruiters (or, even more likely, specific hiring managers), not necessarily in any specific industry, who are particularly excited about strength in international business and who specifically seek such people. This interest may stem from the fact that the hiring manager is a graduate of such program (like Lauder) or that the hiring manager/s came to the professional conclusion that in their particular case this is exactly what they now need.
Good luck!

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21 Mar 2011, 19:40
Hi Gil. I'd love to hear your advice. Here is my profile:

Age: 21
Gender: Male
Nationality: USA (of Indian origin)

Education:
BS in Economics/Finance with Honors (May 2010) - Graduated in 3 years
GPA: 3.55
GMAT: 700 Q47, V38

Work Experience:
Analyst at JP Morgan Chase (July 2010 - Present)
Owner/Director of Sales of an import/retail company specializing in high end jewelry products (May 2008 - Present)
Internship at CIT Group in Corporate Finance Operations (Summer 2008, Summer 2009)

Extracurriculars:
Involvement with many organizations during college with leadership positions (including governing body for student organizations)
-Organized a conference for 200 students
-Treasurer to oversee allocation of funds to all student organizations
-Founded Debate Society

Schools:
1. Harvard
2. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3. University of Chicago (Booth)
4. Columbia
5. NYU (Stern)
6. Yale
7. Cornell (Johnson)

After my MBA I want to go into Finance/Investment Banking. I'm looking to apply for Fall 2012. What do you think are my chances at the schools I've listed?

Also I've pretty much decided to retake the GMAT to try to get a 750-760. Do you think that's the right move?

Thanks again!
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