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Please evaluate - GMAT 690

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Joined: 27 Jan 2012
Posts: 24

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 5

Location: Canada
GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V35
WE: Corporate Finance (Real Estate)
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Will be 27 when I start MBA in Fall 2013
Caucasian/white male
Fluent in English and Russian

3.0 / 4.0 GPA from University of Toronto in Canada with double major in Finance and Economics
690 GMAT (87th percentile) - Q49 V35, 6 out of 6 on Essay section, 7 out of 8 on IR section
CFA level 1, 2, 3 complete, may obtain CFA Designation within the next month if my work experience is approved

Work Exp:
~2 yrs of residential real estate development consulting experience (Analyst level), very analytical in nature, reported to the Principals of a small boutique consulting firm
~2.5 yrs of commercial real estate experience at a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which was acquired by a larger REIT this year (interesting experience being part of a merger) ... I had significant exposure to capital market transactions including acquisition of assets, debt refinancing, carve-out and IPO of specific line of business, secondary equity offerings, etc. (Analyst, and then promotion to Senior Analyst, unfortunately the next level is Director so I don't see any promotions coming up soon unless I get my MBA)

Board committee at a non-profit company

1) my current and direct supervisor, Director level (Canadian MBA)
2) my previous indirect supervisor, previously CFO, currently Founder/CEO of his own Private Equity firm (NYU Stern MBA)

Target schools: Booth in Chicago, Stern in NY, Columbia in NY, and LBS in UK.

Interests: Private Equity, ideally with a focus on Real Estate where I can leverage my skills/knowledge/experience. Knowing how small the PE industry is, I will also be targeting Ibanks with a focus on Real Estate.

Please comment on my overall profile, and specifically my GMAT score and my target schools.

Thank you!

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Hi kblade,

You have a strong candidacy, and the schools you have listed are excellent choices for your goals post-graduation.

Regarding your GMAT score, it is below the averages of the schools you are considering. For the exam, it is important to remember that your highest score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will focus on your best score. This is the reason we often recommend taking the test again (if you believe you can improve your score by 30+ points), as there is no harm in taking the test again. If you decide to, we have free GMAT advice here:

We also have free school specific advice for the programs you listed here:

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