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# Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years

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Manager
Status: Bell the GMAT!!!
Affiliations: Aidha
Joined: 16 Aug 2011
Posts: 182
Location: Singapore
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 680 Q46 V37
GMAT 2: 620 Q49 V27
GMAT 3: 700 Q49 V36
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 78 [0], given: 43

Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years [#permalink]

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06 Sep 2011, 21:55
Hi Stacy,

First of all, great job of guiding people - its really noble of you.
As others, I also would request you to evaluate my profile. My detailed profile and then the related questions are as follows:

Profile:

- Indian (currently in Singapore)/Female/28 years - Non IT (I did my graduation in Psychology and Mathematics)
- Did an MBA in India straight after graduation without any experience. Am sure you are aware that typically the Indian MBA don't need prior experience. For me it was more of an academic qualification, which did help me in securing a decent job but the other objectives of MBA were not met. I realised that after joining the corporate world and hence decided to go for a real MBA.
- After interacting with friends from top b schools, my need to do a global MBA was reinforced. I am telling you all this so that you have a clear idea of my background and goals.
- I intend to pursue an MBA in finance and want to work in the same sector - preferably in micro-finance to begin with and may be move on to social entrepreneurship later on.
- Work experience: 4.5 years in Banking - decent career progression from sales to product management and was consistently ranked among top 20% in the bank.
- GMAT: 680 (Q46, V37).
- Extra curricular:
-- Played Baseball tournaments at national level
-- Decent community work - was associated with a local NGO to teach underprivileged children for 3 years
-- Was active and won awards in various cultural activities during school and graduation
-- Won couple of awards in work place as well.
- Target schools:
-- Oxford (for its focus on social entrepreneurship)
-- LBS (is more finance focused)
-- ISB (Its a good Indian b school with less fee but the international appeal is less)

My questions are:

1. Should I retake GMAT considering my profile? I can certainly improve in quants and may be few more points in verbal too? Also I want to highlight that I have time at my hand.
2. What are your views on a second MBA?
3. How do schools take candidates with prior MBA? I know for sure that Standford does not encourage applicants with prior MBA, are there other schools who specify this?
4. I will be applying next year so any tips on making my application stronger will be highly appreciated.

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Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 1785
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Followers: 41

Kudos [?]: 121 [0], given: 0

Re: Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years [#permalink]

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07 Sep 2011, 11:23
Hi GMATmission,

Thanks for posting. First, I recommend you read this case study an Indian application who had an MBA, and then was accepted into MIT's MBA program:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/08/25 ... econd-mba/

Regarding your GMAT score, if you believe you can improve your score by 40+ points, it may be worth taking the test again. Admissions teams only focus on your highest score, so there isn't a downside to taking the test again (other than the cost and the time spent studying).

Hope this was of help.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Manager
Status: Bell the GMAT!!!
Affiliations: Aidha
Joined: 16 Aug 2011
Posts: 182
Location: Singapore
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 680 Q46 V37
GMAT 2: 620 Q49 V27
GMAT 3: 700 Q49 V36
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 78 [0], given: 43

Re: Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years [#permalink]

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07 Sep 2011, 18:02
Hi Stacy,

Thanks for the prompt revert.

Quote:
Hi GMATmission,

Thanks for posting. First, I recommend you read this case study an Indian application who had an MBA, and then was accepted into MIT's MBA program:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/08/25 ... econd-mba/

Thanks for giving me this link. I can totally relate to this particular case here.

Quote:
Regarding your GMAT score, if you believe you can improve your score by 40+ points, it may be worth taking the test again. Admissions teams only focus on your highest score, so there isn't a downside to taking the test again (other than the cost and the time spent studying).

I can improve by at least 20-30 points for sure but am not sure how much more than that I can stretch. Do you think its still worth the retake?

Thanks again. You are of great help.
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Posts: 1785
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Followers: 41

Kudos [?]: 121 [0], given: 0

Re: Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2011, 09:25
Hi GMATmission,

Each case will be different (I am not sure how much of a burden the $250 test fee will be or what your time situation is like). What I recommend you do is visit MBA.com, which provides 2 free official GMAT practice tests. Take the test online and consider your score and how comfortable you feel. If you feel confident with the test, consider taking the test for a second time. Top programs like to see GMAT scores of at least a 700. Best, Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team _________________ Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936 MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap Manager Status: Bell the GMAT!!! Affiliations: Aidha Joined: 16 Aug 2011 Posts: 182 Location: Singapore Concentration: Finance, General Management GMAT 1: 680 Q46 V37 GMAT 2: 620 Q49 V27 GMAT 3: 700 Q49 V36 WE: Other (Other) Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 78 [0], given: 43 Re: Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Sep 2011, 09:29 StacyBlackman wrote: Hi GMATmission, Each case will be different (I am not sure how much of a burden the$250 test fee will be or what your time situation is like). What I recommend you do is visit MBA.com, which provides 2 free official GMAT practice tests. Take the test online and consider your score and how comfortable you feel. If you feel confident with the test, consider taking the test for a second time. Top programs like to see GMAT scores of at least a 700.

Best,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team

Thanks Conrad and the team for the advise. I will go with your it and will retake the GMAT. Lets hope for the best
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Re: Profile evaluation : Indian/Female/28 years   [#permalink] 12 Sep 2011, 09:29
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