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I am an applicant looking to apply for admission to Kellogg, Stern, Ross, Booth, Kelley and Fuqua for a full-time MBA this fall. I am planning to apply round 1 to all schools, and want to pursue brand management at a large CPG company with a focus on brand innovation and growth. I have spent the last 5 years working in advertising, as a media planner for brands such as Trojan brand condoms, Kraft Foods, and Burger King. I completed my undergrad at Syracuse University with a degree in Advertising, a program that is widely recognized as one of the top communications schools in the country. I did well in undergrad with a 3.5 GPA, which trends upward toward senior year -- and also worked full time to put myself through school. My concern is that I took only three quant classes during my time there, Finance (A-), Accounting (B), and Statistics for Liberal Arts (C+). I worry that the overall lack of quant classes combined with the C+ in stats will hurt my profile.

Now, I know that one way to counteract this would be to ace my GMAT -- but I'm not a great standardized test taker. I took the test for the first time and got a 480 with minimal prep (really just reviewing basics, not too much work drilling OG problems). Aside from the low score, I'm significantly stronger in verbal (breakdown was 25Q/31V). I plan to take a Manhattan GMAT course and am hoping that with a lot of hard work I can pull out a score somewhere around 620-650. That'll get me in the ballpark, but I'm not confident it will ease the Adcoms fears about my ability to handle quant.

If I can wrap up my GMAT by the end of July, I will still have time to take a 4-week intensive summer class at a local community college. I found a 2000-level Business Statistics course, but am wondering if that's the best option. Would a calculus or econ class be better? Or should I try to redeem my C+ in stats? Since a 2000 level course is an under-grad course, will that even mean anything in the adcom's eyes? It doesn't look like graduate level classes are available to non-degree students. Will taking this course help my profile, and is it worth it?

Thank you in advance for your help, I really appreciate it!
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Hi JJ1760,

For the schools you are considering, I recommend you focus your time on your GMAT prep. Many of the schools you listed have average scores around 700, and admissions teams at top programs like to see candidates hit this score. Improving your score from a 600 to a 700 will have a much larger impact on your candidacy than addressing your quant GPA.

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New post 26 Jun 2013, 04:41
I work for a media agency too but on the research side (Zenith). It would really help me if you share any success you have with me. BTW, I'm not a good standardized test taker either. I got an 1100 on my SATs (old version). However, I got 690 on the GMAT and if I wasn't lazy (guessed some verbal questions when I knew I had time to figure them out) probably would have gotten a 700. If you work hard enough you can probably get a 700.
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