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# 510 and admitted to HBS!! How important is GMAT score?

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Preliminary Profile of the Class of 2012 at HBS: GMAT Score Range 510-790

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While surfing, I came across the above link showing the range of GMAT score 510-790 at HBS. Many friends on this community keep on asking "how important is GMAT score" time and again, so from above link you can see and figure out how important really GMAT score is from the HBS mouth! The link is very much interesting and inspiring! 510 and admitted to HBS is like dream come true, but the person (with GMAT score - 510) would definitely have very much compelling application.

Also, this clearly shows that GMAT score is only one of the basic criteria to fulfill before going to B-school, other things also matter such as SOP, LOR and Applications etc!

With reference to this post many of us have a chance to go to HBS!!
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07 Sep 2010, 08:21
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Theres outliers are not really representative. Like shaselai said, I would definitely aim as high as possible to be safe.
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See these posts too:

Accepted with 560 to Top 20 gmat-only-one-piece-of-the-puzzle-91757.html
Accepted to Top 10 with 600's a-little-hope-for-those-that-struggle-accepted-91543.html
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07 Sep 2010, 13:15
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A couple years ago there was a guy who was admitted to HBS with out a bachelors degree
not sure if he even took the gmat.
His work experience: George W. Bush's "Body Man"
here is the article from the Crimson:
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2006/ ... enroll-at/
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08 Sep 2010, 11:54
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To some extend, GMAT / GRE scores are nothing more than formalities.

Stanford clearly states on it's admission website that the adcom will NOT look at your GRE score, however, you have to submit your score ! GMAT is just another standardized test like GRE and it depends on the school if they want to admit someone with a crappy WE/GPA and 780 on GMAT.

IMO, scores like GMAT/GRE are instrumental when it comes to scholarships etc. Some schools even offer slightly better scholarship packages to ppl with higher GMAT scores because, at the end of the day when the ranking and other info is released, high GMAT scores help push the average GMAT score higher. Plus, if there are 2 identical applicants for one spot, it might boil down to the GMAT score.

Enough said, all you interns, go back to the OGs !!!!!
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08 Sep 2010, 18:55
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Let's keep talking about outliers and exceptions, obviously we all fit these profiles.

right?

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right?
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10 Sep 2010, 05:56
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The 510 is deceptive. Aside from a killer resume, app, etc. That person could have been extremely well connected. As an example, the Huntsman family out of Utah can get anyone they want into Wharton no questions asked. So aside from working hard on the GMAT, etc it helps to know a large benefactor who has numerous buildings in their name.
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11 Jan 2012, 14:20
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Have you guys thought of the following:

Let's say now that you have a billionaire's son who wants to get into HBS but who is a bit retarded. HBS would normally not consider an idiot like that. BUT HBS knows that this guy will be taking over his father's group of companies employing thousands of people and will need at some point to make decisions that will be affecting thousands of lives. HBS knows this guy will be in a leadership position one day so HBS can only hope this guy can learn a couple of things during the MBA and not act as a complete retard and help destroy the global economy.

On the other hand you have Mr. Nobody. This guy looks nice but what are the chances that Mr. Nobody will become a big CEO or president of the USA someday? So first you try to educate all the people you know will become leaders anyway, and then try to figure out by the only means available (GMAT, GPA, essays, references) if there seems to be some potential that Mr. Nobody will be in a leadership position one day.

So I think its not a matter of connections getting you in the school but rather connections guaranteeing that you will have a leadership role in the future which makes HBS and the other top schools accept you since you fit in their goal of shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

Is this fair? I guess not. Is it reasonable from the school's perspective? You could argue that it is.

To sum up, if you can't almost prove you will end up being a CEO, president etc then you better have good grades and GMAT score.

If this makes sense to you throw some kudos my way.
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07 Sep 2010, 02:46
Middle 50% GMAT Score Range 710-750
Average GMAT 724

That is how important it is.

Venture Capital/Private Equity 18%

If you make \$2m/year, 510 is ok.
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07 Sep 2010, 03:01
Ohh.. I forgot that the guy with 510 can be a billionaire!

easiermath you shattered my dreams Anyhow, thanks for pointing out "Venture Capital/Private Equity - 18% " point.
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07 Sep 2010, 06:09
Hmm I think GMAT prep companies overrate its importance. At the same time one should aim for a 700+ score to be on the safe side
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07 Sep 2010, 08:11
always aim high on the score. it is nice to see a story like this once a while but pretty much all stars has to align for this to happen.
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07 Sep 2010, 08:23
shaselai wrote:
always aim high on the score. it is nice to see a story like this once a while but pretty much all stars has to align for this to happen.

I second that. Aim high and try to get the best score. Post the barrier, the score might not affect much, but if they have to decide on 2 similar profile having different GMAT scores, then the guy with the better academics will be selected.

Exceptions are always there and all are not lucky enough to be part of them.
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07 Sep 2010, 09:17
510 in GMAT that guy must be have excellent work profile..I will also agree that Scoring High on the Gmat is Best to be on safer side.as the middle 50% range of the class is above 700 barrier...
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07 Sep 2010, 09:33
Yes, I'm also in favor of scoring 700+ and be on safe side
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07 Sep 2010, 11:30
Also, there is always the issue of diversity that may explain some of the outliers.
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07 Sep 2010, 11:38
With a school like HBS, they can reject an applicant simply because, well, they can afford to! They can afford to be picky and hence it's always best, as an applicant, to have all our bases covered. Hence I'd still say 700+ is good.
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07 Sep 2010, 12:08
Thank you BB for the post. Hopes still alive
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07 Sep 2010, 13:04
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07 Sep 2010, 13:22
Love the discussion and Kissthegmat - I know I owe you a PM
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