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New post 17 Apr 2009, 01:30
Hi Alex,

I was wondering if you take a look over my stats and give me a brief evaluation of it.

- female, 28 yrs, international student
- GPA 3.4 from University of Wales in Int. Business Mgmt (honours degree)
- 4.5 years of full time work experience in media and entertainment industry in a management position (currently head of licensing and business development of an internet spin-off of a major media conglomerate, employee and budget responsibilty) in Germany
- Fluent in German, English and French, basic knowledge in Spanish and Italian
- as a freelance journalist and TV producer I financed university
- work experience (inernships) in Corporate Finance and Consulting
- extra-curriculars: Founder of a media tribute which is dedicated to young migrants in Germany, Head of Marketing of a European Initiative (which tries to unite all Europeans in a one week long celebration next year in Berlin), Active member in a local art club
- GMAT score (2nd attempt) 640 (Q37 / V39) -> Quant score is quiet bad, thought about enrolling in maths course at communitiy college (btw first attempt was 610 Q39V34 - unfortunately I cannot take the highest score of each attempt resulting in Q39V39 ;-))
- Goal after MBA: manager in strategy department of US or UK based media company
- targeted Unis: Columbia, Stern, INSEAD - any other suggestions?

Thank you very much in advance.
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Why not LBS, Oxford, or Cambridge?

What will make or break you especially with schools like LBS, INSEAD, Columbia and Stern is whether the adcom is willing to overlook your GMAT score or not (assuming three things: you ace the math course you're planning on enrolling in, you put in an outstanding written application and you interview well assuming you get to the interview stage). And that will be entirely subjective -- some individual adcoms will, some won't, depending on whether the adcom likes your story enough to overlook the GMAT or not.

Of course, the ideal thing would be to bump that GMAT score up to the high 600s or greater. If that will be too much of a task for you (again, some folks are just bad with standardized tests), then I would just focus on doing what you can within your control (the math course and the written application).

Also, you mentioned media which is why I assume you're limiting yourself to the NYC schools in the US. If you're interested in film/tv, then you may want to look at UCLA and USC as well.
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New post 23 Apr 2009, 04:30
Hi Alex -

Exactly, I limit myself to NYC (+ London or LA) because of the actual media presence in these areas. I just returned from NY where I visited Stern and Columbia.
Both said, that my 640 will be fine because I have a strong and different profile on the other hand. But I totally acknowledge what you said -> probably b-schools say that to everyone in order to enhance applications.
They said that they don´t care if there are 20 points more or less. Moreover international students recieve kind of a "bonus" on the gmat.
Anyway, I am not sure yet whether to retake it in order to be totally on the safe side...

Thank you very much for your evaluation. It was very helpful.

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New post 23 Apr 2009, 17:35
Remember that adcoms at *any* school won't ever tell you to "not apply". Take what they say with a huge grain of salt -- the adcom's goal is to maximize the number of applications being submitted so they will say whatever they need to say in order to get you to apply.
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