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GMAT: This is one of the toughest part to explain. I have given 3 attempts. 1st: 550 Q39 V26 IR 0 AWA 5 2nd: 530 Q48 V16 IR 0 AWA 5 3rd: 570 Q44 V25 IR 2 AWA (yet to be received) So basically I have studied a lot for GMAT but I have not been able to perform well on the verbal section because of reasons that were out of my control. I never scored below 630 on practice tests, but with the exam anxiety I am unable to survive by the time verbal section comes. Anyways, I wont be giving another attempt now. I will try for colleges with this score.
Work exp: 3 years of experience by the time I join school. I was software engineer working with one of the best IT companies in India. 1 and half year of software developer experience and 1 and half year of entrepreneurship.
Software developer exp: -SAP ABAP developer -involved in solving technical issues for asia pacific and brazil regions. -mentored and trained new joinees, prepared training material. -work was highly appreciated by the head of the India office.
Entrepreneurship exp: -heading a company of 15 people. -working with few shipping companies and pharmaceutical companies. -provide end to end SAP projects solutions.
Undergrad: Bachelor of engineering(Computers) 57% aggregate, from a good college(one of the best in the city).
Extracurriculars: -Part of toastmasters in my area. -Zumba enthusiast. (planning to get a certification) -Event coordinator in college. -volunteer for the corporate social responsibility at my office.
Recommendations: My boss in my previous company. He is the vice president. My project manager of the company where I had done my final year project. He is also the vice president.
Post MBA goals: to work in management consulting.
Looking for: MBA in strategy management. Schools with good placement record.
Concerns: 1.Because my GMAT is on the lower side I am not able to decide which schools to apply. 2.What range (ranks) colleges should I target? 3.As it is almost the end of R2,is it a disadvantage for me?
I agree that the GMAT will circumscribe your options. I suggest targeting programs at the level of Fudan University or Waseda University in Asia. HEC Montreal (Canada) would be another to consider – a reasonable reach. For US programs, one that comes to mind is the Pace MBA in New York.