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Harvard summa, McKinsey BA, gay female with 680 in GMAT

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Harvard summa, McKinsey BA, gay female with 680 in GMAT

Post Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:03 am
Hello,

I wrote on this blog earlier before taking my GMAT. Took the GMAT last week and was disappointed with my final score. I landed a 680 (85%) though my practice tests were in the 730s, with the following split: 44 in Quant (66%) and 39 in Verbal (87%). I'm stressed b/c I know the quant is low.

Here is my overall background:


EDUCATION
- Summa cum laude from Harvard College (GPA 3.92), studied History
- Won award for best History senior thesis, best LatAm-related thesis, and Hoopes Prize for senior thesis
- Was President of the largest student group on campus for students interested in politics, and drove several initiatives to the Board of Overseers at Harvard

WORK EXPERIENCE
- Business Analyst (and former summer BA) at McKinsey & Company in Dubai, distinctive (top 1%) performance rating in last review cycle
- Have served clients in all over the Middle East (including Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Israel) as well as in Mexico, London, India, and the US

PERSONAL BACKGROUND
- From Argentina and grew up all over Latin America
- Currently living in the Middle East out of Dubai
- Gay

Thoughts? should I retake the GMAT or focus on essays instead and hope my GPA/McK track record will overshadow my GMAT?

Thanks in advance

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Post Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:48 am
Really tough call here. With your academic record, and work at McKinsey you are exactly the type of candidate that schools adore. I would say overall, your academic/work will likely be more important than your GMAT, but on the other hand it also seems silly to not apply with the best package possible. I think the final decision could come down to specific timelines: i.e. when exactly you propose to take the GMAT, what schools you are applying to, when their deadlines are, etc.

I would say: sign up for a new GMAT, but spend most of your free time on your applications. If you have been testing in 730, just study a wee bit and hope for better luck, but from now on it's those essays that matter.

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