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520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 10:54
verbal 30 (55th percentile)
quant 32 (32nd percentile)
score - 520 (40th percentile)

so i'm pretty dissapointed to say the least as i was scoring higher on practice tests but it is what it is. putting aside the option to retake, it's something im considering but being that i'm back to working 60hrs/week now it will be tough since i only managed the above when i had a ton of time to study over the summer.
is it worth applying to any MBA programs with that score?

Note: due to my work situation i don't need a top mba program, a very very average one will be fine, so is this range at all acceptable for mba programs ranked say 50-100?
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 11:21
Don't be discouraged to apply make an accent on the other things like assays and experience.. I know a guy who was accepted with 530 GMAT by INSEAD so good luck!!
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 12:52
really? did he have some special circumstances like beating cancer or knew someone high up in the university? i mean i've heard of people getting in decent schools with 580ish but not 530
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 13:19
hey fstep,
i know someone who got 440 and was accepted by univ. of Alberta MBA program (Canadian school) I have no idea about the program's ranking, but its is a reputable univ. here in Canada, so you never know until you apply, no harm trying?
and no he didn't know anyone higher up :)
so Good luck!
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 13:36
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 16:56
fstep, to answer this question, you need to assess how well you can use other parts of your application to overcome your score.

Just looking at how your score compares to top 50-100 programs, your score is below the median score (545) for Miami University in Ohio (ranked #97 by US News) and I imagine will be slightly below the median for most schools near that 100 ranking. University of Texas at Dallas, ranked #50 by US News, has a median GMAT of 660 and the middle 80% of the student body scored between a 570 and a 760.

On the other hand, 50% of students at Miami University scored below a 545. So, I would say that if you are targeting programs comparable to this one, and you can take the time to put together some solid applications, you probably have a decent chance of getting into a program that suits your needs.
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 20:20
fstep, the gmat is just part of your app. like others mentioned there are "miracle stories" of folks getting in with very low (compared to avg) gmat scores. If you think you have no time to retake and you think you did your best out there then dont retake - but if you think you can squeeze out 50 or so points try that since honestly it will be easier to get up from a 520 since you probably need to brush up on more of the basics than getting into hardcore stuff. How is your gpa - is it decent enough to maybe even the gmat out a little?
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2010, 14:26
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fstep, the gmat is just part of your app. like others mentioned there are "miracle stories" of folks getting in with very low (compared to avg) gmat scores. If you think you have no time to retake and you think you did your best out there then dont retake - but if you think you can squeeze out 50 or so points try that since honestly it will be easier to get up from a 520 since you probably need to brush up on more of the basics than getting into hardcore stuff. How is your gpa - is it decent enough to maybe even the gmat out a little?


well took the general advice and retook the test. got a 580 this time with an even lower quant but a very high verbal. gpa is 3.62 so that might help some and i have a pretty unique story. i just finished my apps will let you all know how it went in a month i suppose.
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Re: 520 GMAT I, is it worth applying anywhere? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2010, 15:40
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga requires a 450 minimum GMAT. They also have the GMAT and GPA calculation as well. I'm not sure if they would be considered Teir 3 or not, but they get very solid reviews fro Princeton Review. I'm sure there are other schools out there the same.
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