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Curious about my chances with the profile below. I’ll be retaking the GMAT in two weeks (hoping to break 700). I'm also trying to decide which of my targets (Booth, Kellogg, Haas, Sloan, LBS, Columbia, Anderson) would be worth applying to in Round 1 (if I score above 700 on my next GMAT) if I only had time to apply to one or two. Thanks.

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White Male, 30 years old
GMAT: 680 (47Q, 36V), planning to retake in 2 weeks

Education: Johns Hopkins University, Economics major, Entrepreneurship and Business Management minor, 3.2 GPA (progression from 2.8 freshman year to 3.4 senior year, made dean’s list). GPA is pretty weak for the school I'm applying to, I know. Played Varsity Water Polo all four years (Division III National Champions 2 out of 4 years).

Work Experience: 5 years at large asset manager (>$700B in AUM). Started in 2 year rotational program (4 month rotations), was asked to stay on for a second rotation in the same group that I started in (equity department), then was offered a full time position with the group (Portfolio Analyst), was promoted to Research Associate after 2 years. Moved to BB Swiss Investment Bank (Research Associate in Equity Research department) to transition sectors (now covering Software) and get more experience on the IPO due diligence process, been here over 2 years. Passed level 2 of the CFA.

Extracurricular: Work long hours so extracurricular activities are in the office. Includes mentoring in a Mentorship Program for junior employees, group leader of committee tasked with implementing ideas to improve Associate development at the firm, various volunteer events.

Post MBA: Want to work for a Software/Technology company in a Finance/Strategy capacity

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New post 19 Aug 2017, 02:36
I think I would focus on the European schools and around 1 because the GMAT is lower but the average age and work experience is higher. Your profile is rather common, white male Banker, so unfortunately there's not a lot you can do from the perspective of diversity.

Unless there's something in your background that would really contribute a lot to the classroom.

So you leave the kind of play by the rules with regards to the GMAT averages and I wouldn't advise that you apply to the schools mentioned unless your GMAT is at or above the average. You might be able to get away with the average even though overrepresented if you submit a great application. seems as though you're lacking community involvement and international work experience at this point. I would put a lot of emphasis on articulating your brand and the contribution you'll be making to each program, really thinking through the fit factor.

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Thank you for the input. Where do you think my GMAT score would need to be to provide me with a better chance. Is it worth waiting for round 2 in order to bring my score up?

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New post 19 Aug 2017, 05:03
This is kind of a delicate balance but yes I think for the more competitive schools without a doubt. If you break the 700 mark that I think you should go ahead maybe for the European schools in round one, but for round 2 I really like to see you have at least a 720. the answer is simple, make sure that you have at least the average GMAT for each School. Your profile is somewhat over-represented and you have a couple of weaknesses so quite honestly you want to have something better than the average GMAT because that's comprised of people who are Indian IT but also Iranian feminists. So you want to meet it probably exceed it. If you do an outstanding application I think you could get away with just meeting the average. However few people really do an outstanding application to be completely honest with you. If you do, it will help a great deal and separate you from others and that's ultimately what you need to do anyways. The GMAT piece is going to be necessary but not sufficient, nobody is going to get excited about a GMAT score but they will get excited about riveting essays that really are something they've never seen. So make sure that you're not over focusing on the GMAT because come October you need to lock down on those essays actually the whole application letters, from a statistical standpoint the essays letters application boxes and resume are weighted about equally. So I would encourage you to take this month and next to get this totally dialed in with the test score but then focus on far more controllable areas, which is the application. I've seen people throw good time after bad with the GMAT and then squander their time where they could really truly articulate some differentiation. Keep in mind this is not a game about managing weaknesses but leveraging strengths.

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New post 26 Aug 2017, 02:00
You definitely have a lot of interesting things going for you here.

I like the JHU brand, 4 years of varsity water polo, and the nature of your job. I like your EC's. I believe your goals need a bit of thought. Choice of industry depends on how much exactly you got to know about the software industry in your current role. Besides, you need to make sure that you pitch for the right level of seniority and have a clear goals plan when you write your goals essays.

Coming to your actual question - with a 700, I would say LBS and Anderson will be par schools. Kellogg, Haas, Sloan and Columbia could work, but a higher GMAT will definitely be useful here. Booth will be difficult.

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Curious about my chances with the profile below. I’ll be retaking the GMAT in two weeks (hoping to break 700). I'm also trying to decide which of my targets (Booth, Kellogg, Haas, Sloan, LBS, Columbia, Anderson) would be worth applying to in Round 1 (if I score above 700 on my next GMAT) if I only had time to apply to one or two. Thanks.

Background:

White Male, 30 years old
GMAT: 680 (47Q, 36V), planning to retake in 2 weeks

Education: Johns Hopkins University, Economics major, Entrepreneurship and Business Management minor, 3.2 GPA (progression from 2.8 freshman year to 3.4 senior year, made dean’s list). GPA is pretty weak for the school I'm applying to, I know. Played Varsity Water Polo all four years (Division III National Champions 2 out of 4 years).

Work Experience: 5 years at large asset manager (>$700B in AUM). Started in 2 year rotational program (4 month rotations), was asked to stay on for a second rotation in the same group that I started in (equity department), then was offered a full time position with the group (Portfolio Analyst), was promoted to Research Associate after 2 years. Moved to BB Swiss Investment Bank (Research Associate in Equity Research department) to transition sectors (now covering Software) and get more experience on the IPO due diligence process, been here over 2 years. Passed level 2 of the CFA.

Extracurricular: Work long hours so extracurricular activities are in the office. Includes mentoring in a Mentorship Program for junior employees, group leader of committee tasked with implementing ideas to improve Associate development at the firm, various volunteer events.

Post MBA: Want to work for a Software/Technology company in a Finance/Strategy capacity

Happy to provide any more color.

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So I retook the GMAT a couple weeks ago and scored a 700 (44Q/41V). My brain wasn't firing on all cylinders on the quant section, hence the drop to 44Q from 47Q. I spent a fair amount of effort working on Verbal so am happy with the improvement but certainly think I could do better on the quant section. I'm thinking about taking the test again in a few weeks, but I'm wondering what the perception is (from admissions standpoint) of taking multiple tests? Will I get dinged for taking the test three times in ~3 months? Thanks.

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