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# Where to Apply My Strenghts and Weakness

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Manager
Joined: 01 Jul 2012
Posts: 84
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 510 Q34 V28
GMAT 2: 580 Q35 V35
GMAT 3: 640 Q34 V44
GMAT 4: 690 Q43 V42
GPA: 3.61
WE: Education (Education)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 130 [0], given: 16

Where to Apply My Strenghts and Weakness [#permalink]

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11 Jun 2013, 14:14
GMAT: 640; 97% verbal, 35th Quant
GPA: 3.61
Texas A&M University, Political Science
Teacher at Title I School for past 5 years
Several academic and professional awards and distinctions

Strengths
I am a first generation graduate from an improverished background (Mexican-American). I moved here at an early age without speaking a word of English and graduated college before my 20th birthday. [I graduated in 2 1/2 years]. My professional background is as a bilingual teacher at a Title I School. When I first started, our school was the lowest performing school out of 60 schools in our school district. Because of the school's poor academic performance, it was placed under state supervision and risked being closed. As a teacher, I have not only helped students become successful but have also conducted district wide trainings to help teachers how to use data to improve student performance. Today, my school is one of the top 3 performing schools in our school district! In his LOR my boss (school principal) credits me as being THE key for turning our school around. He also brags about my quantitative abilities and how I have been able to use data disegregation to improve student performance at high levels.

Weakness
I earned Calculus credit back in high school (through examination) and have not taken math since. I did horrible on GMAT Quant, scoring in the 35% percentile. : ( I find this particularly ironic given that I teach mathematics and my students do outstanding on standardized exams. Anyway, I have tried to prepare for this portion of the exam for the past 2 months but am not seeing much improvement

I'm not all that confident that I will do better on the quant section of the GMAT if I were to take the test again. Are there any top schools that will consider an applicant with my profile?

Thanks!
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Location: United States
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11 Jun 2013, 14:40
Your profile and background is very solid and interesting. The 35th percentile Q is an issue though for top schools. They will see that as a major red flag and question your ability to keep up with the quantitative workload. It looks like you've boosted your V score significantly. If you can get your Q up to a more reasonable level, even if its more like 50-60th percentile, which would also bring your overall score up closer to 680 or so I guess, I think you'd have a really good shot at a top 10-15 school.

With the GMAT as it stands, you probably have a shot at a top 20 since you have solid grades from a good school and are an under represented minority but top 10 might be a real stretch. Just my opinion.
Manager
Joined: 01 Jul 2012
Posts: 84
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 510 Q34 V28
GMAT 2: 580 Q35 V35
GMAT 3: 640 Q34 V44
GMAT 4: 690 Q43 V42
GPA: 3.61
WE: Education (Education)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 130 [0], given: 16

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11 Jun 2013, 15:26
Thanks. I'm just puzzled as to what else I can do to improve my Q. I have practiced religiously for 2 months. Tonight I will take a Manhattan CAT to see where I stand at this moment. Any suggestions?

kasonhills wrote:
Your profile and background is very solid and interesting. The 35th percentile Q is an issue though for top schools. They will see that as a major red flag and question your ability to keep up with the quantitative workload. It looks like you've boosted your V score significantly. If you can get your Q up to a more reasonable level, even if its more like 50-60th percentile, which would also bring your overall score up closer to 680 or so I guess, I think you'd have a really good shot at a top 10-15 school.

With the GMAT as it stands, you probably have a shot at a top 20 since you have solid grades from a good school and are an under represented minority but top 10 might be a real stretch. Just my opinion.
Re: Where to Apply My Strenghts and Weakness   [#permalink] 11 Jun 2013, 15:26
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