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670 on the GMAT (44Q, 38V) - which schools are realistic? [#permalink]
14 Dec 2013, 18:16
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I recently took the GMAT for a second time and got a 670 (44Q, 38V), which was disappointing since I got a 660 (42Q, 38V) on my first GMAT and had spent another 2 months studying, focusing on my weakness areas, and taking practice exams (scoring in the 700-720 range). The only bright spot was an 8 on the IR section, which I know doesn't really matter.
I've concluded that I'll probably have to settle with my score. I'm not targeting the very top schools such as Harvard/Stanford/Wharton, but have my sights set on schools such as UCLA, Berkeley, and Yale since I'm interested in nonprofit management. I have a 3.8 undergrad GPA (business major) from a top 25 university, and plan on applying to b-school after I work for several more years. I spent a year working in finance and now work for an education nonprofit in a business analyst role.
I know that I'm on the low range for GMAT scores at these schools, and I hope it won't come back to bite me. Can anyone provide insight on how a score like mine might affect my chances of attending these schools? Can a strong essay/recommendations/work experience really outweigh a 670 GMAT score?
Re: 670 on the GMAT (44Q, 38V) - which schools are realistic? [#permalink]
20 Jan 2014, 03:22
Your good GPA can help you compensate for your low GMAT score. But that alone is not enough. I suggest that you have atleast 3-4 years experience before applying to any business school. Strong essays and recommendations will help impact your application positively but they can not necessarily outweigh a low GMAT score. Try to involve yourself in extra-curriculars. What is most important is that you have leadership roles at work or in your exta-curriculars. Work hard and get promotions at your work place and complete your projects as a leader successfully. If you can give GMAT again and score above 700, you might even stand a chance at Harvard/Stanford/Wharton. The biggest advantage for you is that you have time. Download the free ebook – How to get into top a business school at http://www.interviewbay.com/mba/how-to- ... -ebook.php.