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I just took the GMAT last week and received a 590 (37 M, 35 V) and am not sure if I should take the test again. On 4 practice tests I averaged around 580 but then received a 640 on my last practice test before taking the real thing. I'm looking at part time MBAs at the following schools : UMD, GW, hopkins, american, virginia tech and georgetown. My school of preference would either UMD, GW or Hopkins (I know georgetown is a stretch).

-I earned a BA in Economics at Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Minor in French) and graduated with a 3.03 GPA (not very good I know, let's just say I had other priorities in undergrad).

-I'm pretty confident that my professional experience/recommendations should be fairly impressive (currently a Finance and Compliance Manager for a 1000+ company) . I also am not too worried about writing a strong essay.

- Looking at class profiles, I'm either at or slightly above the average GMAT scores for all part-time MBA programs except for Gtown and Hopkins has not posted their scores. While I'm pretty confident that I could achieve a higher score if I take the test again, I don't want to risk getting a lower score that might put a school like UMD, GW or Hopkins out of reach.

Do people think it's worth taking the test again? Or should I just focus on putting together a strong application?
Thanks in advance for the feedback!
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2011, 12:53
plive202 wrote:
Hi everyone,
I just took the GMAT last week and received a 590 (37 M, 35 V) and am not sure if I should take the test again. On 4 practice tests I averaged around 580 but then received a 640 on my last practice test before taking the real thing. I'm looking at part time MBAs at the following schools : UMD, GW, hopkins, american, virginia tech and georgetown. My school of preference would either UMD, GW or Hopkins (I know georgetown is a stretch).

-I earned a BA in Economics at Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Minor in French) and graduated with a 3.03 GPA (not very good I know, let's just say I had other priorities in undergrad).

-I'm pretty confident that my professional experience/recommendations should be fairly impressive (currently a Finance and Compliance Manager for a 1000+ company) . I also am not too worried about writing a strong essay.

- Looking at class profiles, I'm either at or slightly above the average GMAT scores for all part-time MBA programs except for Gtown and Hopkins has not posted their scores. While I'm pretty confident that I could achieve a higher score if I take the test again, I don't want to risk getting a lower score that might put a school like UMD, GW or Hopkins out of reach.

Do people think it's worth taking the test again? Or should I just focus on putting together a strong application?
Thanks in advance for the feedback!


A good GMAT score will not get you in, but a poor one could keep you out. At the end of the day what adcom really wants to see is a candidate who has great leadership skills and will end up pulling the school up vs. dragging it down as far as reputation is concerned. I would say that as a rule of thumb if your GMAT is more than 30 points below the class average or median GMAT you should re-take the GMAT. Otherwise work on the app and make your case as strong as possible.
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2011, 16:50
when are you applying? isnt it getting too late for this year to retake?
I would recommend a retake if you like GTOWN their avg is around 670 last time i checked.
For the other schools so for it, your WE should make you competitive
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 05:43
Thank you both for the helpful feedback, I really appreciate it. I'm actually applying for Spring 2012 so I have a little bit of time but I'm leaning towards focusing on my application and not taking the test again.

Is there a reason why part-time MBA standards seem to be noticeably lower than their full-time counterparts? When I look at full-time programs at the same schools I'm applying to, the average GMAT is around 40-50 points higher than their part-time programs, so if I were applying for full-time, I would certainly take the test again.

I understand that with full-time you get the networking advantages, but does that warrant such a substantial difference in admission standards? I guess at the end of the day, schools need revenue so they can't be too stringent with their standards at all levels. In any case I'm only interested in part-time since I like my job and have no desire to quit, but I just wanted to be sure before I apply that what I'm reading online about average GMATs for part-time programs is in fact correct.

Thanks again.
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 05:05
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plive202 wrote:
Thank you both for the helpful feedback, I really appreciate it. I'm actually applying for Spring 2012 so I have a little bit of time but I'm leaning towards focusing on my application and not taking the test again.

Is there a reason why part-time MBA standards seem to be noticeably lower than their full-time counterparts? When I look at full-time programs at the same schools I'm applying to, the average GMAT is around 40-50 points higher than their part-time programs, so if I were applying for full-time, I would certainly take the test again.

I understand that with full-time you get the networking advantages, but does that warrant such a substantial difference in admission standards? I guess at the end of the day, schools need revenue so they can't be too stringent with their standards at all levels. In any case I'm only interested in part-time since I like my job and have no desire to quit, but I just wanted to be sure before I apply that what I'm reading online about average GMATs for part-time programs is in fact correct.

Thanks again.

The part-time scores do average lower because the competition is significantly lower (fewer applicants vying for the spots since the programs tend to be pretty local). If you retake and receive a lower score, it doesn't matter: the schools use the highest score you received for their decision. For that reason, I say go ahead and retake it with no pressure: you've received a "good enough" score for most of your programs and this effort will hopefully put you in the running for the stretch ones.
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2011, 15:58
I'm in the area. Taking the GMAT soon and my target school is Virginia Tech. Looking for 600+ so I can get in.
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 00:04
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I'm in the area. Taking the GMAT soon and my target school is Virginia Tech. Looking for 600+ so I can get in.

Wise decision! Let us know how it goes!
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 14:26
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aznboi986 wrote:
I'm in the area. Taking the GMAT soon and my target school is Virginia Tech. Looking for 600+ so I can get in.

Wise decision! Let us know how it goes!


Got a 610 and received my acceptance online. Go Hokies!
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Re: 590 GMAT 3.0 GPA Any feedback would be appreciated! [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2011, 03:31
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jenniferbloom wrote:
aznboi986 wrote:
I'm in the area. Taking the GMAT soon and my target school is Virginia Tech. Looking for 600+ so I can get in.

Wise decision! Let us know how it goes!


Got a 610 and received my acceptance online. Go Hokies!

Congratulations! Enjoy the program!
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