Hello! I took the GMAT yesterday and scored a 620 (Q39 V37). My average timed practice tests were 650 - 680 range.
Here is my profile:
Hospitality Management Degree, San Diego State University
(A's in all math classes: econ, stats, calc, etc.)
Minor in Sustainable Tourism Management
5 years in the U.S. Navy as a Helicopter Search and Rescue Swimmer
-Indonesian Tsunami Relief
-Hurricane Katrina Relief
-Many times awarded, including several air medals and a fleet-admiral comendation.
3 years of hospitality management in San Diego. Dana Hotel and Marina.
Created, funded and carried out a 12-month worldwide sustainability field study and internship program for the flagship class in the Sustainability Tourism Management degree program at San Diego State University. Countries covered: Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, (Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo), Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. A form of this program is available to current students looking for international experience with regard to global sustainability in tourism.
Managed a nightclub in Australia's Gold Coast for six months.
Managed a dive resort in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia for four months.
Currently the evening manager at the Four Diamond Regency Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
--> I only want one program: The UT Austin "CleanTech" emphasis in the MBA program. I am from Austin, my family is there, and my brother in law is raising my niece by himself out there.
Sorry for the life story, but I know that it all goes into the application.
My question is: Do I need to re-take my GMAT? I studied extremely hard and took a dozen practice tests (likely I took too many and psyched myself out). The 80% GMAT acceptance rate is 620-730 and I am clearly on the low end of that. My GPA is above average, but does that and my other experience make up for my GMAT score.
Taking the GMAT once is rarely enough: most people are so nervous the first time that they can't get the best score they're capable of. You have a compelling application for Austin and strong personal and professional reasons why it is the right program for you, so there is obviously a chance they will accept this score. However, they may also waitlist you and wait for a better one. If you think you can relatively painlessly sit for the test again, I would. If you don't think you can do that, then it's worth a try.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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