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Profile Review: GMAT 660 (Q49/V31/IR8) and suggestions on schools

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New post 07 Dec 2018, 08:31
Hi Team,

I need your help with a broad level profile evaluation and suggestions on the schools that I can apply to.

I gave GMAT in August, got a score of 660 (Q49/V31/IR8) which I cancelled. Looking to improve verbal and cross 700, I gave another attempt today and the score lowered to 640 (Q46/V33/IR4), cancelled! I was suffering from fever today and things started to shake after completing verbal and moving to quant.

I am thinking of reinstating the 660 score and try my luck to apply to b-schools in round 2 and 3 for classes starting in 2019.

I have 48 months of professional work experience and over 6 months of entrepreneurship experience (own tech startup).

My professional work experience spans - 36 months in investment research, deal origination at a tech startup with Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Development clients; 12 months as an investment associate in a social impact fund with a broader role in a development sector project funded by USAID.

My startup experience includes forming a team of 3 and working on a mobile application. We took a failed exit due to lack of funds (failure to raise capital) and lack of experienced technology professional who could help us noobs scale our product.

In between, I have a 12 month break where I was involved in family farming operations.

My acads: Combined Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MSc. in Physics from BITS, Pilani (a reputed institute of eminence in India) with a CGPA of 6.61/10

My school grades: Xth (88.8 percent / distinction) and XIIth (80 percent / distinction)

I am looking to get an MBA to grow laterally in the Venture Capital space and further pursue my entrepreneurial interests as an entrepreneur VC or angel investor in future.

My schools of preference are ISB, Hyderabad | Cornell Johnson | INSEAD | HEC | NUS

I would be extremely grateful to you for your kind assistance in helping me understand if I could meet the requirements to get interviews from schools of preference or suggest some other schools which would be useful to my career interest.
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New post 14 Dec 2018, 07:37
Hello zerotoone

This may sound a little blunt but most of the schools on your list might be a stretch with a 660 (also since your past scores are below average), especially if you are considering R2/R3 (trying 'luck' does not work in most cases).
Work ex can make a compelling case, but have you done your research on the feasibility of your career goals from these schools? For example ISB may not be a good choice. If the school does not fit your goals, it does not matter whether you have a strong profile or not.
My recommendation would be to sit down, reassess and prepare a new list of schools and then prepare a calendar (if not this year then next year. With 4 years of work ex, you will still be in the sweet spot for almost all B Schools)

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zerotoone wrote:
Hi Team,

I need your help with a broad level profile evaluation and suggestions on the schools that I can apply to.

I gave GMAT in August, got a score of 660 (Q49/V31/IR8) which I cancelled. Looking to improve verbal and cross 700, I gave another attempt today and the score lowered to 640 (Q46/V33/IR4), cancelled! I was suffering from fever today and things started to shake after completing verbal and moving to quant.

I am thinking of reinstating the 660 score and try my luck to apply to b-schools in round 2 and 3 for classes starting in 2019.

I have 48 months of professional work experience and over 6 months of entrepreneurship experience (own tech startup).

My professional work experience spans - 36 months in investment research, deal origination at a tech startup with Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Development clients; 12 months as an investment associate in a social impact fund with a broader role in a development sector project funded by USAID.

My startup experience includes forming a team of 3 and working on a mobile application. We took a failed exit due to lack of funds (failure to raise capital) and lack of experienced technology professional who could help us noobs scale our product.

In between, I have a 12 month break where I was involved in family farming operations.

My acads: Combined Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MSc. in Physics from BITS, Pilani (a reputed institute of eminence in India) with a CGPA of 6.61/10

My school grades: Xth (88.8 percent / distinction) and XIIth (80 percent / distinction)

I am looking to get an MBA to grow laterally in the Venture Capital space and further pursue my entrepreneurial interests as an entrepreneur VC or angel investor in future.

My schools of preference are ISB, Hyderabad | Cornell Johnson | INSEAD | HEC | NUS

I would be extremely grateful to you for your kind assistance in helping me understand if I could meet the requirements to get interviews from schools of preference or suggest some other schools which would be useful to my career interest.

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New post 20 Dec 2018, 06:43
Hi zerotoone

Considering your work, entrepreneur experience you have plenty of things to talk in your essays related to your achievements you may have received and etc which will impress the Adcom. Your profile, past work- experience, the essays you write, your interview- everything counts towards the final decision.

Considering your profile and all the credentials you have mentioned here, it would be really tough for you to get into listed Schools with your GMAT of 660. Retake the GMAT and aim for a higher score in the 720+ area. That would open many more doors to you to impress the Adcom.

I recommend you to modify the list of schools suits your profile, also you can contact us for free profile evaluation.
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zerotoone wrote:
Hi Team,

I need your help with a broad level profile evaluation and suggestions on the schools that I can apply to.

I gave GMAT in August, got a score of 660 (Q49/V31/IR8) which I cancelled. Looking to improve verbal and cross 700, I gave another attempt today and the score lowered to 640 (Q46/V33/IR4), cancelled! I was suffering from fever today and things started to shake after completing verbal and moving to quant.

I am thinking of reinstating the 660 score and try my luck to apply to b-schools in round 2 and 3 for classes starting in 2019.

I have 48 months of professional work experience and over 6 months of entrepreneurship experience (own tech startup).

My professional work experience spans - 36 months in investment research, deal origination at a tech startup with Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Development clients; 12 months as an investment associate in a social impact fund with a broader role in a development sector project funded by USAID.

My startup experience includes forming a team of 3 and working on a mobile application. We took a failed exit due to lack of funds (failure to raise capital) and lack of experienced technology professional who could help us noobs scale our product.

In between, I have a 12 month break where I was involved in family farming operations.

My acads: Combined Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MSc. in Physics from BITS, Pilani (a reputed institute of eminence in India) with a CGPA of 6.61/10

My school grades: Xth (88.8 percent / distinction) and XIIth (80 percent / distinction)

I am looking to get an MBA to grow laterally in the Venture Capital space and further pursue my entrepreneurial interests as an entrepreneur VC or angel investor in future.

My schools of preference are ISB, Hyderabad | Cornell Johnson | INSEAD | HEC | NUS

I would be extremely grateful to you for your kind assistance in helping me understand if I could meet the requirements to get interviews from schools of preference or suggest some other schools which would be useful to my career interest.



Hello zerotoone


You have great schools on your list.


Here are cold facts, regarding average GMAT scores :


ISB has average GMAT score of 711

National Univ of Singapore (NUS) has 672

The rest of Asia and Pacific business schools GMAT averages can be found here, in case you decide to add some more to your list :

https://gmatclub.com/forum/mba-in-asia- ... 84064.html


Cornell has average GMAT of 700 and Median of 710


INSEAD has 711 for GMAT average, but Range is 600—780

HEC Paris has 691 for GMAT average


The rest of best European business schools, with relevant stats can be found here :

https://gmatclub.com/forum/mba-in-europ ... 82899.html


In case you decide to target Canada also, you will find pertinent info here :

https://gmatclub.com/forum/mba-in-canad ... 81966.html



All in all, for now you have best chance at NUS and HEC and I urge you to check other schools on list, that I provided you with.



Good Luck with selection and application ! :cool:
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zerotoone wrote:
Hi Team,

I need your help with a broad level profile evaluation and suggestions on the schools that I can apply to.

I gave GMAT in August, got a score of 660 (Q49/V31/IR8) which I cancelled. Looking to improve verbal and cross 700, I gave another attempt today and the score lowered to 640 (Q46/V33/IR4), cancelled! I was suffering from fever today and things started to shake after completing verbal and moving to quant.

I am thinking of reinstating the 660 score and try my luck to apply to b-schools in round 2 and 3 for classes starting in 2019.

I have 48 months of professional work experience and over 6 months of entrepreneurship experience (own tech startup).

My professional work experience spans - 36 months in investment research, deal origination at a tech startup with Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Development clients; 12 months as an investment associate in a social impact fund with a broader role in a development sector project funded by USAID.

My startup experience includes forming a team of 3 and working on a mobile application. We took a failed exit due to lack of funds (failure to raise capital) and lack of experienced technology professional who could help us noobs scale our product.

In between, I have a 12 month break where I was involved in family farming operations.

My acads: Combined Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MSc. in Physics from BITS, Pilani (a reputed institute of eminence in India) with a CGPA of 6.61/10

My school grades: Xth (88.8 percent / distinction) and XIIth (80 percent / distinction)

I am looking to get an MBA to grow laterally in the Venture Capital space and further pursue my entrepreneurial interests as an entrepreneur VC or angel investor in future.

My schools of preference are ISB, Hyderabad | Cornell Johnson | INSEAD | HEC | NUS

I would be extremely grateful to you for your kind assistance in helping me understand if I could meet the requirements to get interviews from schools of preference or suggest some other schools which would be useful to my career interest.


Hello zerotoone,

Thanks for your query.

While the start-up experience sounds like a value add, the fact of the matter is that your low CGPA, as well your GMAT score, fall short of the expectations that each of the schools listed by you would have. Moreover, barring ISB, your chances of admission will be significantly lower in the later rounds.

Hence, should you wish to target the same schools, we recommend that you re-take the GMAT and apply next year!

All the best!
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