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Hi,
I just took the GMAT and scored a 720. (Q : 50, V : 35, IR : 5, AWA: 4)
First of all I would like to ask if I should retake the exam because of my low AWA and IR scores ?

My profile :
Gpa : 8 ( on a scale of 10)
A couple of Internships in business development.
Work ex: less than 1 year as a Product Manager in a leading e-commerce company of India.

I was targeting the following schools. Please let me know if they are safe or ambitious :
Duke
HEC
ESSEC
Michigan
LBS

Also please suggest some MiM programs that i should apply to.
Thanks.
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Hi sidsst,

Thank you for your post. It's great to be thinking and planning ahead, but I'm afraid that you don't quite have enough work experience to be seriously considering top-tier U.S. and European MBA programs just yet. I encourage you to research the class profiles for the programs you've listed. You will see that the average students at those programs have five or six years of work experience and are 28, 29, 30 years old. You will not be a plausible candidate with only one year of work experience.

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Here is some guidance I have shared with candidates who are just starting their careers and considering MBA programs in the future:

- Work really hard, be a good person and teammate, try to have a positive impact on your colleagues and organization. Do it because it's the right thing to do, not because you plan to apply to business school in a few years and want to "look good." If you do it because it's the right the thing to do, good things will come (e.g., promos, opportunities, etc.). If you do it purely for the sake of future MBA applications, it won't be or come across right.

- Raise your hand for extra challenges, initiatives, leadership opportunities, or responsibilities at work. It's easy to put your hands in your pockets when the organization needs a junior person to spearhead a group or initiative. You're plenty busy with your regular job, after all. You don't need to raise your hand every time. But pick and choose the right spots where you can have a positive impact beyond your core job responsibilities.

- Find a couple of "extracurriculars" outside of work that have a positive impact on the community and/or are super meaningful to you. Real depth, time, leadership, and impact in a couple of areas (or with a couple of organizations) is better than sporadically trying your hand in a whole bunch of different things. Maybe one deep channel is very community related. Maybe another is more passion oriented. Do things that really resonate with you.

- Finally, continue to consider your career goals over the next few years. They'll very likely evolve as you're exposed to more and more things. Take the opportunity to meet people, learn more about what they do, seek mentors (and mentor others), and continually introspect on your own "passion and purpose," where you hope to be in a few years, and what you hope to accomplish over the long term. It's a journey, and things evolve!

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A 720 is a nice score, but your GMAT score will also need to go up if you want to have a chance at the programs you've listed. I encourage you to read through the links below for some introductory perspective to the type of scores and experience you'll need to be competitive at different tiers of schools. I would target a score of 740+. (Certain U.S. programs of similar caliber to the ones you've listed have borderline explicitly stated this during recent information sessions in India.) The links below will provide further detail.

MBA Admissions Chances for Indian Applicants (Top 50 Analysis)
https://gmatclub.com/forum/mba-admissio ... 39142.html

The Indian Male MBA Application Guide
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-indian-m ... 56968.html

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Hope this helps!

Best Regards,
Greg
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New post 29 Aug 2018, 10:55
Hi Greg,

Thanks for the great explanation and review.

I think I forgot to mention this but I am looking to apply to MiM and MS in Management programs not MBA.

If you could please evaluate my chances for those, I would be highly grateful.
Thanks.
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