What to do with a 640 GMAT ?

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Hi guys,

I'd appreciate some help in evaluating my profile. I would like to land a job in IBD, but it's pretty difficult if you come from french universities, this is why I am applying to top universities in Europe.

  • Undergrad degree : Bsc in Business/Management at La Sorbonne University in Paris, GPA of 14/20 (2:1 equivalent I guess), good ranking (top 5%)
  • Just started my 1st year of Master (out of 2) in Financial Engineering.
  • GMAT : 630 and 640 last year
  • 3 month internship in a very small M&A boutique
  • Multicultural background (speak 4 languages + lived in many countries)

Got rejected last year at Bocconi for Msc Finance. I would like to apply this year to the following programmes :

  • Bocconi : MiM and maybe MiF again
  • LSE : MiM or MiF, but I know they have other masters like Strategy, Private Equity (maybe less selective?)
  • ESSEC MiM : difficult to get in since I have a french undergrad degree

I will also try Imperial, Warwick, UCL since they do not require GMAT.

Do you guys think I have a chance in one of these programmes? I know I should retake the GMAT but I have 1-2 months left and I believe it's too short to improve my score.

Thanks a lot for your time!

Comments (4)

Sep 23, 2018

Hi Palomafin, any of these topics helpful:

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Sep 26, 2018

Sorry. I recommend you retake. Even if that means you apply later.

Linda Abraham
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Sep 26, 2018

If the goal is IB, go to a school that sends large numbers of students into IB every year. Period. You can apply now if you want, but be prepared to retake the GMAT and reapply next year.

Sep 27, 2018