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680 GMAT - HBS [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 04:09
Dear Stacy Blackman Consultants,

Hope you are doing well,

I have just taken the GMAT and scored 680 on my second attempt. I am still not satisfied with my score and thinking of re-taking the exam a 3rd time.

My profile is as follows:

- Arab male from the Middle East
- Graduated with Distinction from University
- Have 3 years of work experience in Consulting at one of the top 5 firms.
- Have lived in more than 5 different countries
- Have done some substantial charity work (cancer patients, education programs, etc ...)

I have 3 questions and would appreciate if you answer me.

1) Do you think I should retake the GMAT? HBS is one of the schools that asks you for how many times you have taken the GMAT. If I repeat it and I mention on my application that I have taken it 3 times, will that affect me?

2) Do I have chances of getting an interview with a 680, keeping in mind that many people who are applying with me with the same profile have a 700+ score

3) Do you think having my brother graduated from HBS a few years back will help me in my application and will be a factor that would help to get me an interview? I have heard that HBS really liked legacies and all.

Many thanks,
John
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Re: 680 GMAT - HBS [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 06:49
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Hi johnlewis271,

I recommend that you take the GMAT test again. The average 50% of HBS applicants score between a 700 and 740, so your score would put you in the bottom 25th percentile. This does not mean you could not be accepted, but it is not a preferable position to be in.

On your business school you will report your highest GMAT score, so admissions teams will focus on your best score. I recommend being more focused on improving your score than on this being your 3rd attempt.

There are a number of great GMAT resources online. MBA.com offers 2 free official practice tests, and we have free GMAT advice here:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/tag/gmat/

Regarding legacies and their impact, I would not consider this a factor. Legacy impact is much more common for undergraduate degrees than it is for graduate degrees.

Hope this was of help.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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