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New post 11 Sep 2017, 20:28
Hi there,

I would love to get your feedback on my current application profile. Some details are below, but please let me know if there's anything missing that would be helpful in your review.

Thanks in advance!

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Demographic: 26 (27 at expected matriculation), White/Pacific Islander

Education: Boise State University, B.A. in Communication/Rhetoric
GPA: 3.524

GMAT Score 1: 650 (42Q, 37V) - August 2016
GMAT Score 2: 660 (39Q, 41V) - April 2017
GMAT Score 3: 670 (44Q, 38V) - September 2017

Work Experience: Two years at top media agencies in Chicago (Associate, promoted to Senior Associate). For the past year and a half I've been working in SaaS sales for a F500 tech company, also in Chicago (Account Manager, promotion to Senior Account Manager in works but will not be finalized by R1 application deadlines - would be complete by R2). The red thread between these two paths is digital media -- planning/buying in agency experience, enabling via software platform in SaaS experience.

Additional Notes: I applied to a few schools last spring for R3 and, unsurprisingly, got two dings (USNWR Top 10 schools) and a spot on a waitlist (USNWR Top 25 school). Upon review of my application, I knew I needed to focus on quantitative proficiency since my major was not analytics/quant heavy and my highest GMAT score at the time included a 39 on the Quantitative section.To meet this challenge, I took Calculus during the summer term at Loyola University Chicago and got an A in the course. Additionally, I studied up on GMAT Quant, which led to a +5 score increase in my GMAT score between my second and third test attempt. Unfortunately, on my latest GMAT attempt, my Verbal score decreased, meaning I don't get to benefit from the increase in Quant as much as I had hoped!

Post-MBA Goals: Last winter, the company I worked for was acquired by the F500 company we now call home. Living through the acquisition piqued my interest in the people-based mechanics behind it all. As such, I'd like to work in either organizations/human capital consulting or an internal employee experience role specifically tied to M&As in the tech industry. The latter would be possible if I were to come back to my current employer as this position already exists.

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In summary, I'd love to get your thoughts on what caliber of schools you think my profile would best fit. While I am proud of my upward trends in GMAT scores and my Calculus score from this summer, I would appreciate an objective opinion on whether those positive factors, when combined with the other details in my profile, actually increase my chances at a top MBA program or if I'm over-estimating their helpfulness.

I would really like to hit R1 application deadlines in a couple of weeks (already started on a number of them), so I don't think another GMAT attempt is possible at this time. Though if a favorable retake would benefit immensely, I would consider shifting back to R2.

Thanks for sticking with me through this longer-than-anticipated read. I really appreciate it and am looking forward to your thoughts!

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New post 12 Sep 2017, 18:34
Hi there, and thanks for writing! Great job on getting an A on that Calc course and on your upward GMAT trajectory.

While I think these developments will certainly help your chances vs. last year, a top 20 US school could still be a challenge. If you feel you'd be able to improve substantially on GMAT (30+ points) and get that promotion, R2 might be better for you - it's important to apply when you are fully ready and when your app is in the strongest shape possible.

Hope that helps a bit! Let me know of any other questions :)



chiadvert13 wrote:
Hi there,

I would love to get your feedback on my current application profile. Some details are below, but please let me know if there's anything missing that would be helpful in your review.

Thanks in advance!

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Demographic: 26 (27 at expected matriculation), White/Pacific Islander

Education: Boise State University, B.A. in Communication/Rhetoric
GPA: 3.524

GMAT Score 1: 650 (42Q, 37V) - August 2016
GMAT Score 2: 660 (39Q, 41V) - April 2017
GMAT Score 3: 670 (44Q, 38V) - September 2017

Work Experience: Two years at top media agencies in Chicago (Associate, promoted to Senior Associate). For the past year and a half I've been working in SaaS sales for a F500 tech company, also in Chicago (Account Manager, promotion to Senior Account Manager in works but will not be finalized by R1 application deadlines - would be complete by R2). The red thread between these two paths is digital media -- planning/buying in agency experience, enabling via software platform in SaaS experience.

Additional Notes: I applied to a few schools last spring for R3 and, unsurprisingly, got two dings (USNWR Top 10 schools) and a spot on a waitlist (USNWR Top 25 school). Upon review of my application, I knew I needed to focus on quantitative proficiency since my major was not analytics/quant heavy and my highest GMAT score at the time included a 39 on the Quantitative section.To meet this challenge, I took Calculus during the summer term at Loyola University Chicago and got an A in the course. Additionally, I studied up on GMAT Quant, which led to a +5 score increase in my GMAT score between my second and third test attempt. Unfortunately, on my latest GMAT attempt, my Verbal score decreased, meaning I don't get to benefit from the increase in Quant as much as I had hoped!

Post-MBA Goals: Last winter, the company I worked for was acquired by the F500 company we now call home. Living through the acquisition piqued my interest in the people-based mechanics behind it all. As such, I'd like to work in either organizations/human capital consulting or an internal employee experience role specifically tied to M&As in the tech industry. The latter would be possible if I were to come back to my current employer as this position already exists.

----

In summary, I'd love to get your thoughts on what caliber of schools you think my profile would best fit. While I am proud of my upward trends in GMAT scores and my Calculus score from this summer, I would appreciate an objective opinion on whether those positive factors, when combined with the other details in my profile, actually increase my chances at a top MBA program or if I'm over-estimating their helpfulness.

I would really like to hit R1 application deadlines in a couple of weeks (already started on a number of them), so I don't think another GMAT attempt is possible at this time. Though if a favorable retake would benefit immensely, I would consider shifting back to R2.

Thanks for sticking with me through this longer-than-anticipated read. I really appreciate it and am looking forward to your thoughts!

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