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GMAT 1: 670 Q48 V34
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New post 22 Jan 2013, 22:37
Hi everyone,

I am currently a final year Business undergraduate from Singapore. I have just taken my first GMAT exam this morning and below is my score breakdown:

Q 48 (78%) -- I lost the last 1 second to click the "Yes" button on the last question for quant :(
V 34 (69%)
Overall: 670 (84%)

I would like to seek your opinions on the likeliness of admission to MBA programs in the States with such a GMAT score and current GPA (4.0 out of 5.0).
As I am still in my final semester of my undergraduate studies, I have only 8 months of full-time and on-and-off 1 year of part-time work experience.

What will be examples of my reach, target and safety MBA schools in the States? Also, should I retake the GMAT after graduation?
Prior to today's GMAT, I was thinking of Cornell, Univ of Michigan (Ross) and UC Berkeley..

Any comments and advice will be greatly appreciated! :D

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New post 23 Jan 2013, 08:39
If those are the schools on your list, I would definitely recommend taking the GMAT again. Your score is very solid, but with a below average GPA you will want to shine in those areas. Also, study hard this year.
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New post 23 Jan 2013, 09:39
Congrats on a solid first GMAT score!

To be honest, it's way too early to start thinking about which schools are reasonable targets for you, since work experience and career trajectory are by far the most important criteria for admission to top U.S. business schools. The GMAT and GPA are important, but they won't, by themselves, get you into any top MBA programs, unless you're looking at a 2+2 sort of program. Until we have a sense of your career goals and progress, there really isn't much we can say about your chances, other than saying that your GMAT is probably on the low side for top-20 U.S. programs, but not necessarily a complete dealbreaker if there's enough strength in other parts of your application.

So at this point, your GMAT and GPA won't automatically disqualify you from too many places, but you probably want to take a long-term view of this whole process. Would it help to add another 30-60 points to your GMAT score? Absolutely. Would it help to improve your GPA in your final year of university? Sure. But over the next couple of years, your work experience and extracurricular activities will definitely have a bigger impact on your MBA chances than an extra tenth of a point on your GPA. I would recommend retaking the GMAT at some point, but the GMAT score might be irrelevant if your career story isn't strong enough for your target schools.

But the good news is that you have plenty of time to worry about all of this stuff. :)

I hope this helps. Enjoy your last year of undergrad! (And I'm jealous that you get to eat at hawker centers whenever you want!)
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