I was hoping you could tell me what I should target on my upcoming GMAT exam based on my profile. Depending on that score, I might end up taking the exam again. :(
Undergrad: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
Graduation: December 2012
Overall GPA: 2.9
Major: B.Sc. Management with a concentration in Marketing
Current Job: Market Intelligence Specialist, Cummins Inc.
Year of work: 2 years 5 months.
Application: Fall 2016
Target School: UCLA
- SS0402 Given my low GPA, do you think I stand a chance at USC, Rice and Georgia Tech?
- Shannon Lopez expert Hi there and thanks for the question and for completing the profile! For the schools you've referenced, the average GPA is 3.3, and the GMAT ranges (80%) are low/mid 600s to low 700s. Average work experience is 5 years. All that said, these are not requirements, and a lower than average GPA can be overcome with strong GMAT scores and demonstrated strength at work. If you can get the GMAT to the higher end of the range, that's a good start, but the AdCom does recognize strengths elsewhere. Stellar recommendations and a unique story can definitely put you in contention for your target schools.
- SS0402 Hi Shannon, Thank you for your insight! I just took the GMAT two weeks ago: Verbal ( 28 / 50%) Quantitative(34 / 30%) Total (530) Analytical Writing (5.0 / 59%) Integrated Reasoning (5 / 53%) I am really interested in the USC full time MBA program and plan to retake my GMAT to get it to their range (640-730). I have been told it's nearly impossible to get a 100+ point increase the second time but will try regardless. By the time I apply I would have almost 3 years of work experience. Do you think it's beneficial to meet with admission's representatives from the school prior to applying and sharing details of my profile? Thank you, SShukla