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    PhD Finance Evaluation (2018)

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    I posted before regarding my PhD Finance application profile but I did GRE instead of GMAT since my GMAT was letting me down (680). I just want to see if you guys think my GRE score is good enough.

    Here are my stats again:

    Undergrad: Undergraduate Honours Degree in Finance and Econometrics (2nd in cohort) from a global top 50 university based in Australia

    GPA: First Class Honours (translates roughly to 4.0 in US system)

    Grad:
    MSc in Finance and Economics at London School of Economics (August 2017-June 2018)

    Research Experience
    : Working Paper on asset pricing theory. Expect to publish in next few years. Also worked as an RA for a research institute tied to the university

    Teaching Experience
    : Teaching Assistant for an introductory corporate finance course at undergraduate level. I was an academic tutor for 10 classes a week, performed marking duties and exam supervision when necessary

    GRE
    : Q164 (87th percentile)
    V163 (92nd percentile)

    I am aiming for top 20 or top 30, I think top 10 is a bit out of my reach. I am a bit worried that my GRE quant is a bit too low. Should I retake GRE again or is the rest of my profile able to compensate that?



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    Re: PhD Finance Evaluation (2018)

    Bump. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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    Re: PhD Finance Evaluation (2018)

    I am not in finance, so do take my views with a pinch of salt.

    Assuming your undergraduate degree is from University of Melbourne or UNSW, the first class honours is a good result. MSc from LSE should make your profile very attractive when it comes to your PhD application. Provided you do well and get a distinction and good LoRs from LSE professors, I would say top 20 looks very much within grabs. If your LSE results are stellar, even top 10 is possible.

    I thought, finance departments always prefer GRE to GMAT. And, I have taken only GMAT before, so can't comment about your scores.

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