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New post 25 Jun 2009, 20:19
Hello, can you please evaluate my profile:

I am currently shooting for the top 10 schools, including Harvard, UPenn, Berkeley, Columbia, Yale, and UCLA.
I would like to specialize in Management.

Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering GPA=3.26/4.0 from an ivy school.
Master's: Mechanical Engineering GPA=3.45/4.0 from the same school.
GMAT: test 1: Total 680 Q48 V34 AWA5.5
test 2: Total 740 Q50 V40 AWA4.5

Summer Internship: engineer for a FORTUNE 50 consumer products manufacturer, led a small project
Full Time: 2 years at enrollment, R&D engineer for an international oil major, led various tasks

Other related factors:
- Teaching Assistant for an engineering course (actually taught weekly 50-min sessions)
- on the committee of two professional networks of my company
- community volunteer (judge for city's high school science fair)

Here are some questions that may guide the evaluation:
1. My GPA is relatively low compared to average GPAs published by schools, I think I may be able to justify it by saying I also additional classes to get two minors. And my school has an extremely low GPA average (around 2.7-2.9 for engineering) But I am hoping this won't rule me out automatically. What do you think?
2. My # of years of full time work experience is also low, but I will say that I plan to switch industry so it's better if I switch early rather than stay a few more years.
3. I haven't led any "real" teams or projects, only led various engineering tasks... So what I am saying is, I haven't been in charge of any formal project teams, will this hurt my chances greatly?

4. regarding my GMAT score... on the second test I got good Q and V scores, but relatively bad AWA score compared to the first test. Should I be concerned about that? Will the admissions committee just take the 5.5 score from my first test and take the Q and V scores from my second test?
5. What schools should I be confident in applying to? do I have a good chance in getting into one of the top 10 schools?
6. How does my Master's degree in engineering affect my application to business school?

Thank you so much,

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New post 29 Jun 2009, 08:46
timothy322 wrote:
Hello, can you please evaluate my profile:

I am currently shooting for the top 10 schools, including Harvard, UPenn, Berkeley, Columbia, Yale, and UCLA.
I would like to specialize in Management.

Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering GPA=3.26/4.0 from an ivy school.
Master's: Mechanical Engineering GPA=3.45/4.0 from the same school.
GMAT: test 1: Total 680 Q48 V34 AWA5.5
test 2: Total 740 Q50 V40 AWA4.5

Summer Internship: engineer for a FORTUNE 50 consumer products manufacturer, led a small project
Full Time: 2 years at enrollment, R&D engineer for an international oil major, led various tasks

Other related factors:
- Teaching Assistant for an engineering course (actually taught weekly 50-min sessions)
- on the committee of two professional networks of my company
- community volunteer (judge for city's high school science fair)

Here are some questions that may guide the evaluation:
1. My GPA is relatively low compared to average GPAs published by schools, I think I may be able to justify it by saying I also additional classes to get two minors. And my school has an extremely low GPA average (around 2.7-2.9 for engineering) But I am hoping this won't rule me out automatically. What do you think?
2. My # of years of full time work experience is also low, but I will say that I plan to switch industry so it's better if I switch early rather than stay a few more years.
3. I haven't led any "real" teams or projects, only led various engineering tasks... So what I am saying is, I haven't been in charge of any formal project teams, will this hurt my chances greatly?

4. regarding my GMAT score... on the second test I got good Q and V scores, but relatively bad AWA score compared to the first test. Should I be concerned about that? Will the admissions committee just take the 5.5 score from my first test and take the Q and V scores from my second test?
5. What schools should I be confident in applying to? do I have a good chance in getting into one of the top 10 schools?
6. How does my Master's degree in engineering affect my application to business school?

Thank you so much,


1. Schools are aware of the programs that have lower average GPAs and will view your GPA in that context. If you were highly ranked in your class or can demonstrate that you actually did well in some other way, then reveal that information also somewhere in the application. I am not saying you need to write a whole essay about it.
2. While your argument makes sense, for the schools the question will be can you show the maturity and the kind of fast-track growth that makes your experience competitive when compared to someone with more experience. Please see "MBA Admissions: Advice for Younger Applicants."
3. Have you led? That is the question. If you led informal teams it counts. If you led teams or groups or clubs in college it counts. The reality is more important than the formality. On the other hand, admissions is a competitive process. If your competition has had more impressive responsibility and leadership experience, you are at a disadvantage.
4. Don't worry about your raw AWA score. It the admissions committee has a question, they'll go read the essay.
5. You have a chance at Yaleand UCLA, but the other programs are stretch program. I don't see a lot of leadership or professional growth in what you wrote above. I see a strong GMAT, a so-so GPA, typical work experience for two years out of college and a little community service. I'm not sure that other than your GMAT you are highly competitive at the other programs.
6. It's a slight plus.
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New post 07 Jul 2009, 20:14
Tim,

Would you mind if I ask how you bumped up your GMAT so significantly between your two attempts? I am writing for the first time shortly and would love to know what you learned the second time around so that I don't make the same mistake :)

Cheers

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New post 15 Jul 2009, 09:00
yeah Tim...

Same question from me too.. I wrote it the first time and got 660.. any tips on how to improve my score..I will be writing it again in another 2-3 weeks.

Thanks!!

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