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Hi everyone, any help on this would be greatly appreciated. I took the gmat for the first time yesterday after self-studying for 4 months or so. I got a V46 Q40, 700. I'd like to evaluate my odds to a handful of schools I'm interested in. My background is, African American female with 4.5 years of work experience. 1 year in tax accounting and the last 3.5 years at an energy consulting firm. Recently I was promoted to a senior pricing associate role managing our European business. I graduated from Boston College with a 3.25 gpa, majoring in Econ. I'm interested in pivoting into a marketing role through business school. The schools I'm interested in are Columbia, Cornell, Yale, Georgetown, and possibly UVA. Thank you for your help!
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STERLIKI I like your profile a lot and I think you set realistic goals in terms of the schools. Would be good to know more about your extracurriculars. The international experience is good and even though the GPA is a little bit low BC is a great School.
Would really love to see you get a better Quant score, so if there is any room for improvement on that it would substantially increase your chances especially for schools like Columbia and Yale. And if you can't increase your quant score then I'd like to see you do MBA math which is an online program that is self-paced. Submitting a certificate for that would assure them that you could handle the rigor of the program. You will also want to use the optional essay to highlight any quantitative skills you've demonstrated in the classroom or workplace. I'm not sure that I would choose the schools for marketing, Yale maybe, maybe CBS, but you want Stearn and UCLA on the list. If you are planning to go into cpg then Kelley and take a shot at Kellogg and Wharton if you can get your score up a little.

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MBAPrepCoach thank you for your response, I really appreciate it. And thanks for the tip on the MBA Math program I will look into that as my quant score was lower than I'd hoped. Extracurriculars wise, I volunteer with students at a charter school in Brooklyn, I also plan on applying to several of my schools through Consortium. I'm also interested in Stern and Tuck, I forgot to mention those.
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I think you've got a good shot at all of these schools! How does your 700 compare to how you were performing on practice tests? If you feel like you could get your score up at all without having to invest a lot more time in studying it would be worth a shot. 700 is solid but even a 720 would make your candidacy stronger, especially for a place like Tuck.
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STERLIKI thanks for the the thank you.

I'm glad you have something on the board with volunteering; have you been able to make a quantifiable impact? If so make sure to illustrate that in your app. Same with work activities as well, of course.

Just to be clear - I agree with Jon - you want to retake the GMAT if you have it in you (code for: have not taken it 5 times and maxed out your score.)

Don't be complacent with your GMAT if there is ANY room for growth. The MBA Math option is a plan B or additional measure.

Stern and Tuck are good marketing schools especially for CGP.

I spent a decade in marketing management and taught marketing/advertising at the local state university as well. I'm a fan.

Good luck and feel free to get in touch.

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MBAPrepCoach thank you for your response, I really appreciate it. And thanks for the tip on the MBA Math program I will look into that as my quant score was lower than I'd hoped. Extracurriculars wise, I volunteer with students at a charter school in Brooklyn, I also plan on applying to several of my schools through Consortium. I'm also interested in Stern and Tuck, I forgot to mention those.

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JonAdmissionado and MBAPrepCoach, thanks again for the advice I really appreciate it, the reason why I’m not sure whether taking the gmat again would help my quant is b/c my practice tests were right in the same range as my final score 680-700. I believe I’d have to get a tutor to bring my quant score up because I spent the past several months studying quant each day but 700 seems to be the best I can do on my own.

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STERLIKI wrote:
JonAdmissionado and MBAPrepCoach, thanks again for the advice I really appreciate it, the reason why I’m not sure whether taking the gmat again would help my quant is b/c my practice tests were right in the same range as my final score 680-700. I believe I’d have to get a tutor to bring my quant score up because I spent the past several months studying quant each day but 700 seems to be the best I can do on my own.

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It would be a very wise investment for you to hire a tutor ( vet them and get references) and potentially also do group study in person or online.

Change your strategy just like you would with anything else in your life that isn't working as well as you would hope.

The business school you get into has a lot to do with your future earnings and the GMAT has a lot to do with the business school that you will get into....

and so I really urge you to do what you can on that. Just don't want to leave money on the table when it comes to your applications.

I realize it is super not fun to study for the GMAT but keep your eyes on the prize :-)

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MBAPrepCoach, thank you I really appreciate your insight on this. In your opinion, with my current profile, which schools would I be competitive for?

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I think that the schools you selected are a reasonable, with Columbia being a little bit of a stretch given that your Quant score is not up to par. Same for Yale/Tuck. Those are reasonable schools to apply to but it's hard to really tell because you don't know who else is going to apply, meaning the competition is unknown. Would need to know a little bit more about the quality of your work experience and extracurriculars, do you have international work experience, do you have experience managing others, there are a lot of other questions I ask. Definitely not add water and stir process.

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I'd consider finding a tutor if you're able to invest the time and money. Worst case, if you're unable to, you still have a strong profile so assuming you have some strong essays & LORs I think you're still in a good place in terms of your candidacy. If you're unable to get your GMAT up they will just place a bit more weight on the other parts of your application but it sounds like you have good material!
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