Hi guys. So last December I took the GMAT and didn't manage to achieve my goal of 700. Instead I got a 580 which I cancelled straight away because I couldn't bear to see it (hence I can only remember that I got a 28 on Verbal, but not my Quant score). I took a preparatory class but it didn't help with my quant, since I needed more work on the basics. I spent more time studying quant than verbal and I ended up with a wonderful disaster.
Following my little Waterloo I was conscripted in the Greek Army the following month (January 2018), where I served as a tank gunner (19K equivalent) before being transferred over to the Ministry of National Defence, where I'm currently stationed. Right now I'm on leave before I get discharged on October 16th.
I don't intend on staying in Greece any more than I actually need to. My goal is to get a finance job in Germany, hence (as you can see from my profile below), I will need a masters degree. From here I am faced with a dilemma.
On the one hand, I can bypass the GMAT entirely and go for Masters degrees in Germany that don't require the GMAT per se. This includes my 4 targets: TUM's Master in Management and Technology (has the option of a dual degree with HEC Paris), the Master of Economics at Mannheim (I like its option of the semester abroad at HKUST), and the Master in Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre) at the Goethe University and at Hamburg University (which is my safety). Of course I have also looked at Erasmus University's Master in Financial Economics and SciencesPo's Master in Economics and Business, but I don't know how well they place in Germany. Then of course I have the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management which has the best Finance curriculum in Germany and a 3-day model, but with a ridiculously high tuition fee of EUR 36,000.
Alternatively, I can attempt to retake the GMAT and try for the Mannheim Master in Management, which has been my original choice for quite some time. Cheap and with good classes in Finance and IT. Of course the real reason why I see myself facing this dilemma is that, should I get a good GMAT (>700), I would do myself a disservice not to apply for LSE, LBS, Bocconi, or Said Business School.
Hence the question. Given my intention to get a job in Germany, should I bite the bullet or bypass the GMAT completely?
Here is my summed up profile:
* Greek, 23 years old.
* BSc. Maritime Studies (Business Studies with a focus on shipping but with various finance, marketing, supply chain management, econometrics, and economics modules - it even included a maritime informatics course which included SQL) - GPA: 8.38/10.
* Greek (fluently), English (fluently), German (fluently - I have the C1 from Goethe Institut and this year I'm going for the C2), Turkish (basic knowledge). Given the fact that my French is rusty, this year I am also planning on refreshing it as well.
* Attended a German language summer school in Hamburg on a scholarship from the DAAD to improve my German language skills.
* Internship at the National Bank of Greece's Shipping Branch in 2017.
* AIESECer for 17 months - experiences include interview and project management roles.
* Participated in a simulation of the Greek Parliament in March 2017 as an MP and won the best orator award within my committee (debating the refugee crisis).
* During my time in the military I have been trained as a tank gunner on M48A5 tanks, run the unit's entertainment centre for the entirety of May 2018 (responsible for the sale and management of goods worth more than EUR 2,500. At my current posting, I have been working as an adjutant for my battalion commander, wherein I have executed secretary tasks, including handling correspondence, taking calls, and relaying orders to company commanders.
Thanks for your time!