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Profile Evaluation - Also uneven GMAT Q/V split question [#permalink]
18 May 2013, 18:26
So I just took the GMAT this morning and am hoping for a little advice. I scored a 710 (Q50, V36). I'm targeting Kellogg, Booth, Wharton and Darden and plan to concentrate on corporate strategy.
A little bit about my background...the good and the bad:
I graduated from a top 10 liberal arts college with a 3.4 GPA. I was a dual major in Math and Economics. (In all honesty, I just didn't try as hard as I could have.) I've been with a large consulting firm in DC for the past 3 years working on Department of Defense contracts. For the past two years, I've worked on the same contract where the team is essentially only the project manager and myself. I've had the opportunity to take on a great deal of responsibility, but I can't claim to have supervised employees (besides the odd junior staffer who has assisted for a month or so). On the plus side, I'm confident that the project manager will write me a stellar letter of rec because we've formed a close bond.
My extracurriculars are ok but nothing too standout unfortunately. I'm on a women's USTA tennis league (I played tennis in high school and college). I've recently started volunteering at a soup kitchen serving breakfast to homeless men and women a couple times a month before work. I've participated in various community service events through my work, but nothing out of the ordinary.
A unique aspect of my application is the summer between college and starting my job, my dad ran for office in the state legislature. I had the opportunity to essentially lead the campaign and think I will be able to get an interesting essay out of it. I know it was my dad, but it was a legit operation. We had a team of volunteers and I played the role of jack-of-all-trades - creating the literature, planning the door knocking and phone banking efforts, organizing meet and greets, etc.
I plan to retake the GMAT simply because I have the time and figure it's worth a second try. But assuming this is as good as it's going to get for me, I was wondering how schools would view this pretty large split between Q and V. (For what it's worth, back in the day I faced a similar situation with the SAT. I spent two months focused just on the verbal sections, but my second attempt just led to my math going up and my verbal staying exactly the same. So part of me thinks my brain just isn't built to think the same way test takers do.)
Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Thanks for posting. For the GMAT, it's important to remember that your highest score is self-reported on your application. Because of this, admissions teams will focus on your best score. There is no harm in taking the exam again. For your score breakdown, it is something you can address in your application.
If you'd like, we provide school specific advice for the programs you are considering here:
You do have a strong candidacy. This being said, it is important to remember that you are applying to the most competitive MBA programs in the world, so your final application (recommendations, personal essays, and more), are going to play a large role.