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15 Feb 2010, 10:46
I recently took the gmatprep exam at home and got a score of 640 after several weeks of mild studying after work. Q48 V31. I was able to complete only 2/3 of verbal and 2/3 of quantitative parts on time. For the rest of the problems I had to guess in the final munutes. It seems that with practice I will be able to improve my score.
I currently have about 1 year of work experience (engineering) and I am considering USC and UCLA part time MBA. My employer will cover all tuition expenses. After looking at USC's and UCLA's class profiles and type of firms that do hiring at these schools it seems that UCLA provides a lot more opportunities for their graduates. My question is should I just apply to USC this year or is it worth of waiting one more year and try to get into UCLA with just 2 years of work experience?
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16 Feb 2010, 14:47
muslikcat wrote:
I recently took the gmatprep exam at home and got a score of 640 after several weeks of mild studying after work. Q48 V31. I was able to complete only 2/3 of verbal and 2/3 of quantitative parts on time. For the rest of the problems I had to guess in the final munutes. It seems that with practice I will be able to improve my score.
I currently have about 1 year of work experience (engineering) and I am considering USC and UCLA part time MBA. My employer will cover all tuition expenses. After looking at USC's and UCLA's class profiles and type of firms that do hiring at these schools it seems that UCLA provides a lot more opportunities for their graduates. My question is should I just apply to USC this year or is it worth of waiting one more year and try to get into UCLA with just 2 years of work experience?

Business schools have started to admit younger candidates these days. So two years of work experience should not be a serious hindrance, as by the time you get in, you will have 3 years of experience. However, you need to establish your excellence to offset this potentially negative factor. So a top GMAT score will help, along with convincing essays. This is rather late to apply for fall 2010. You can still apply for USC to see how it goes and whether or not you will get in. Then if you decide to wait for a year to apply for UCLA, you will have more time to polish your essays and improve all aspects of the application.

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16 Feb 2010, 15:31
640 is "probably" good enough to get you into USC's PM program. UCLA's average GMAT is 690-700 so you'd have some work ahead of you.

Since you have 1 year of experience under your belt, I'd recommend working another year and, while doing so, studying up on the verbal portion. With practice and a bit of time, you'll be able to increase your verbal score significantly.

Once you get your verbal to 38+, you'll be in 700 land (assuming your math stays where it is), and you'll have more options at your fingertips.

Who knows, after 2 years of work, you might want to go full time. If that's the case, you'll want to get a 730+ to take the GMAT hurdle out of the way.
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