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Hi,

Let me start by thanking you to take out the time to review my Profile.

I recently appeared for GMAT for the first time and scored 730 (IR-7;Q-50;V-38). What i seek to understand is if i should give GMAT another try to score higher in case it's needed to get into my target colleges.

Target schools:
- Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, LBS (essentially the top 10)

Profile:
- Indian male, 27 years old
- Class X (CBSE) 85%; Class XII (CBSE - Science) 70%, Undergrad - BBA (finance, Amity University) CGPA 7.02, CFA Charterholder (All levels first attempt given while working at HCL)
- I have a total of 5+ years of work-ex. First 2 years at HCL Technologies (Indian multinational IT services company) as an executive with the Workforce Planning cell working towards increasing the utilisation of resources and bringing cost efficiency in the organisation
- Next i joined Moody's Analytics where i'm currently employed and work with client investment bankers on various multi million dollar deals, helping them with all their financial research requirements, making pitchbooks and other related assignments

Extracurriculars:
- I'm National Secretary with People Rights Protection Society (India), working extensively to help the poor and oppressed to fight for their rights
- I'm also an active Member at the IAIP (Indian Association of Investment Professionals)
- i'm passionate for adventure sports including skydiving, trekking, rafting, bungee jumping and also a licensed scuba diver

Now here's my dilemma. Before appearing for GMAT i gave atleast 30 GMAT practice tests offered by various providers including manhattan, GMAT Prep, Veritas, Princeton Review, 800score, Veritas. In all the practice tests expect GMAT Prep i was never able to score above 690 my score ranged between 670-690. On GMAT prep i score 710 and 730. Going by the general opinion of experts on the matter one can expect to score anywhere between +/-30 points in the real test from his/her average score on the mocks. Based on theory my score of 730 was the best case scenario.

I researched a lot on the scores required to get into the top 10 business schools and found out that although my score is what the average score of a class is usually at my target colleges but since i'm Indian, the average score for acceptance for me is higher. Can you please help me understand my chances to get in with the current score. Also in your opinion if i would need higher score say 750 to get in my target schools.

Thanks,
Srikant Mahajan
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Hi SrikantMahajan, first I really appreciate you starting with thanks for the profile review- it tells me you are a very thoughtful person and I appreciate that! and Business schools and also everyone in life does too and this will serve you well to always be thoughtful. It is my pleasure to review your details and I will comment below.
Let me start by thanking you to take out the time to review my Profile.

I recently appeared for GMAT for the first time and scored 730 (IR-7;Q-50;V-38). That's a pretty solid score-
while yes a 750+ stands out even more- it will likely not be the GMAT that keeps you out of a top 10- you need to make sure you devote time to the application process itself as that is very important also. Now if you think you can take one more crack at the GMAT and still keep moving on applications- then go for it. But the 730 as it is is strong- you are coming from the strongest GMAT pool so sure a few points more is a boost- but I have seen people from India get IN to top 10 on lesser GMATs and also seen people with HIGHER GMATS get rejected... so it is not just the GMAT.
What i seek to understand is if i should give GMAT another try to score higher in case it's needed to get into my target colleges.

Target schools:
- Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, LBS (essentially the top 10)LBS is probably the best odds from the list you have here. But more details about you are needed to understand why you see "fit" at these schools.

Profile:
- Indian male, 27 years old
- Class X (CBSE) 85%; Class XII (CBSE - Science) 70%, Undergrad - BBA (finance, Amity University) CGPA 7.02, CFA Charterholder (All levels first attempt given while working at HCL)
- I have a total of 5+ years of work-ex. First 2 years at HCL Technologies (Indian multinational IT services company) as an executive with the Workforce Planning cell working towards increasing the utilisation of resources and bringing cost efficiency in the organisation
- Next i joined Moody's Analytics where i'm currently employed and work with client investment bankers on various multi million dollar deals, helping them with all their financial research requirements, making pitchbooks and other related assignmentsSounds like you have strong finance skills from this- that will help set you apart somewhat

Extracurriculars:
- I'm National Secretary with People Rights Protection Society (India), working extensively to help the poor and oppressed to fight for their rights
- I'm also an active Member at the IAIP (Indian Association of Investment Professionals)
- i'm passionate for adventure sports including skydiving, trekking, rafting, bungee jumping and also a licensed scuba diver

Now here's my dilemma. Before appearing for GMAT i gave atleast 30 GMAT practice tests offered by various providers including manhattan, GMAT Prep, Veritas, Princeton Review, 800score, Veritas. In all the practice tests expect GMAT Prep i was never able to score above 690 my score ranged between 670-690. On GMAT prep i score 710 and 730. Going by the general opinion of experts on the matter one can expect to score anywhere between +/-30 points in the real test from his/her average score on the mocks. Based on theory my score of 730 was the best case scenario.

I researched a lot on the scores required to get into the top 10 business schools and found out that although my score is what the average score of a class is usually at my target colleges but since i'm Indian, the average score for acceptance for me is higher. Can you please help me understand my chances to get in with the current score. Also in your opinion if i would need higher score say 750 to get in my target schools.[color=#0000ff]I addressed this above- what I would say now after reading the above practice tests is that while yes a 750 would pop more at the top programs, a 730 is in the range of consideration and that what you should focus more time on is WHY HBS or Stanford (those two have very low odds...) and look at others in top 10 or 15. You need to spend time engaging with the schools of interest- visit them or go to MBA fairs where they are present, engage with students in clubs, figure out what you want from MBA. What is your post MBA goal? How does this school prepare you for that? What can you bring to the school to make it better.
It takes TIME and EFFORT to have good answers to those questions- and I would focus more on this at this point as I think that is going to be a bigger factor at this point. We do have some great counselors at Stratus that can help you answer all these questions and prepare you to submit quality applications to the top programs. You can't fake your way through this- your really need to spend as much time as you did on GMAT on school selection and research. Here is a link for a free consult to help you find out how we cna help you with this: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/

Congrats on the solid GMAT score and good luck in the application process! R1 is your best bet so get busy!! HBS application is already out....

Thanks,
Srikant Mahajan

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Thanks again for your review. I have registered for a free consult to understand how you guys can help me. I look forward to someone from your team or you to get in touch with me.

Cheers,
Srikant

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SrikantMahajan wrote:
Thanks again for your review. I have registered for a free consult to understand how you guys can help me. I look forward to someone from your team or you to get in touch with me.

Cheers,
Srikant
Glad to hear it and the consult should happen pretty quickly in our system. Brendan should be reaching out if that has not already happened. Let me know if it does not happen very soon!

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