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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201612) (25-2)  

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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201612) (25-2)

 


 BY: JOHN A. BYRNE ON DECEMBER 14, 2016

 

 

Mr. Brazilian Advertising

  • 670 GMAT (planning to retake to get 690 to 700)
  • 8.8/10.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in communications, with a major in advertising
  • Master’s degree in communications management
  • TOEFL: 110
  • Work experience includes three years as a senior marketing strategist for IBM at Ogilvy Mather in Sao Paulo and small local agencies earlier
  • Extracurricular involvement includes being a “super awarded student and profession who got many medals during undergrad school and won the first ever Cannes Lion for IBM Brazil
  • “I’m also a professional actor and co-founder of a theatre group – we’re now rehearsing a new play and I’m having the opportunity to work on every aspect of it”
  • Goal: To work in a business position for the entertainment industry
  • “My mother is Taiwanese and my father is Brazilian, so I have a multi-cultural experience even at home; a lot of relatives live in the U.S., some of them are alumni from top business schools such as Harvard and Columbia. I’m a proud gay man and my partner is also applying for an L.L.M. at most of the schools I’m thinking of”
  • 30-year-old male from Brazil

Odds of Success:

Northwestern: 20%
UCLA: 20%
Berkeley: 20%
New York: 30%
USC: 30%
London: 20% to 30%

Sandy’s Analysis: So you work at a famous advertising agency in Brazil and you have an international background. Your mom is Taiwanese and your father is Brazilian. All that’s exciting to business schools.

The numbers are, as we say here, silver and not gold. You have have a 670 GMAT and want to get that to 690 or 700. I would advise doing that. The difference between 670 and 700 is more than 30 points. It’s just one of those conceptual differences.

You also have a TOEFL socre of 110. It’s hard to get a bead on the average TOEFL score is at business schools. The only marker out there is HBS. Harvard is on the record saying that they are concerned about any TOEFL score below 109. So your score could be above their concern or simply above 109. One of the things I would like to know is the breakout of your 110. A lot of people can do well on the writing, reading and listening parts of the test, but speaking score is really important for business school. My guess is that your score is in the bottom half of the average at most top business schools.

You are working on a major account—IBM—at a prestigious advertising agency so you know a lot about advertising. Like a lot of advertising guys who used to be secret novelists, you are an actor who wants to go into the business side of entertainment. A lot of the schools you are targeting are near entertainment centers in Los Angeles and New York.

But you are 30 years old. You work at an advertising agency. Yuu have a marginal TOEFL and a low side GMAT. You are a smart, culturally interesting guy but someone is going to have to blink at a few things in your application. They need to say they are taking you because you are exciting and you are an international guy who knows about IBM.

You sound like a go-getter for things you like and want. I like you. You are a guy I would like to have dinner with. You are lively, you are smart, you are enthusiastic and you are the kind of guy who would make the class fun.

But you are not a shoe-in, anywhere. You are going to have to get lucky and execute well.
At Kellong, you are 50 points below their GMAT average and they are going to see you as an East Coast or West Coast guy. So I would guess your chances there are about one in five. It’s similar at several of your other target schools.

One suggestioin for you: Apply to Cornell. I know students who have gone to cornell and they have gone to New York every weekend to cold call investment banks. By their second year, they get on the road Thursday night and spend Friday in New York just trying to make stuff happen. That is what you should do, if you can get into Cornell.

 

Ms. Quant Girl

  • 760 GMAT (49Q/44V) on first attempt
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in math with a minor in management at a top State University of New York school
  • Work experience includes two years as an actuary in a mid-sized benefits consulting firm, working mostly with pharma clients; then did a career switch to management consulting at Accenture, where she has worked one and one-half years in the life sciences practice with big name pharma clients
  • Promoted twice, over two years ahead of schedule (hoping to have good recommendations reflecting this)
  • Extracurricular involvement as a math tutor for underprivileged kids through a non-profit in tutored statistics classes all through college to fellow students; intern mentor at both companies
  • “I wasn’t planning to apply to B-school until next year but I just took the GMAT and am hoping my high score can compensate for my younger age. Do you think I should wait until R1 next year? What other schools should I consider?”
  • Fluent in Russia
  • 26-year-old who moved to the U.S. at age five from Eastern Europe

Odds of Success:

MIT: 30%
Northwestern: 30% to 40%
Chicago: 30% to 40%
Harvard: 25% to 30%
Wharton: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: You are totally solid. I think you underestimate yourself. I have a hunch that you haven’t lived in an environment of over-achievers. The schooling is silver not gold. SUNY Stony Brook is a great place but there are a lot of people there who want to be dentists and not doctors. Not that there is anything wrong with that and I hope my dentist isn’t reading this. Anyway, it would be great if you got into a real top school that could change your whole mindset. It would be transforming for you.

And I think you can get into a great school and should apply in round two. There is nothing to be explained away in your story. And you are exactly in the sweet spot for age. You need to write about your side story, coming to the U.S., where you went to high school, what your family life was like. You have to set up a story about how you came to the U.S. at five and why you would go to SUNY in New York. My guess is you went to SUNY because you lived in New York and it was inexpensive. I’m thinking you weren’t in a college-oriented environment.

I think you would be attractive to MIT Sloan, even if the odds in round two might be slightly lower than they would be in round one. My take is that MIT eats fast and they stop eating when they are no longer hungry. Plus, they have a small stomach because the class is small. But they will like the quant stuff and they could like your proleterian story. You sound like a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth character. If you are ready and you want to go to business school next year, apply now. There is no penalty. You can always re-apply next year if it doesn’t work out for you this year.

Kellogg and Booth would just dig a profile like this. I would throw an application into HBS. With a 760 GMAT and a 3.5 in a math major, HBS would find you attractive. You add a lot of value to a Harvard class. Besides being an actuary, you also have in-depth pharma knowledge and can explain accounting and finance to your classmates. You have a lot to offer. Also try Wharton. They would go for this profile totally.

You’ve got it all. You are quanty. You have a business background. You work for a name brand company. The Accenture thing is explained by the fact that you are a side door story. You didn’t go to a feeder school. I don’t think McKinsey or BCG interview at SUNY Stony Brook. It’s about time you get to experience what it is like to be at a place that is gold, not silver.

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2016/12/14/handicapping-elite-mba-odds-7/ 

 

 

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