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Joined: 09 Jun 2017
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GMAT 1: 720 Q47 V42
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New post 09 Jul 2017, 07:49
Hey everyone -

Wondering if I could get feedback for H/S/W/B -

28 year old currently working as a director in corporate M&A and strategy for a high tech and fast growing (but not unicorn) company. Think $200mm in revenue with $200mm in top tier venture funding but not in the news. Got promoted and have gained significant and progressive experience.

Prior to this I spent two years at a middle market but well known investment bank and two years at a middle market little known private equity shop on the buy side.

My CEO (who I work for regularly), a GBS alum, will write me a glowing Rec. My CFO and a VC board member (Wharton alum) will also write me Recs.

I'm worried about my GMAT, however. My first attempt yesterday yielded a 710 (48Q / 40V / 8IR). I'm worried that this will be a red flag, but I've heard conflicting theories out there. My GPA from a top #20 southern Ivy was 3.9.

What do you think the likelihood of getting in to these programs is? Do I need to retake the GMAT?

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
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New post 11 Jul 2017, 07:55
Hey wakeforsoul

So firstly, GREAT GPA! 3.9! Fantastic. (Think of the GPA as the marathon and the GMAT as the sprint. Schools want to know you can handle the academics and I don't have many doubts here!)

So the 710 is good but we'd always prefer higher. If you haven't taken it a 2nd time, it's worth a shot. Your Quant is great...48 is exactly what we want to ideally, you can maintain that and up the Verbal. Get a private tutor to focus on YOU and what you need. (Also, if you don't have it already, get the expanded score report from your 710 to help you diagnose where you might need help.) Yes, private tutors are not cheap but you seem like you've had some good jobs, this is a competitive process, and if you are about to spend $200k on your education, why not?

To me, it's hard to judge your candidacy for H/S without your extracurriculars and knowing more about your heavy-hitters for your recs. For Wharton, I would definitely prefer a higher GMAT. For Booth, if you can pull together a compelling app and convince them that you want to go there, I think you have a good shot.

I think you'd get a lot out of a free consult with us. Link in my signature. You don't have to wait for me to be available. Sign up for the timeslot that works best for you. All of my colleagues are awesome!

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