justincase49, you know someone who got into HBS with a 640 GMAT? What a joke. The GMAT isn't that hard - I wonder how well that student performed in a complex quantitative class. (Maybe it's a non-issue with all of the grade inflation at HBS.)
It's no wonder why many employers want to see GMAT scores from MBA candidates. As I understand it, medical schools and law schools set the bar high and routinely deny applicants failing to meet certain thresholds. That is obviously not the case for business schools.
The GMAT one of the few objective criteria used in evaluating candidates. It's unfortunate that some schools disregard the GMAT.
Wow. What an ...
This is the kind of person I really don't want to see in b-schools. GMAT only tests your intelligence in GMAT. I don't think it's accurate in gaging a student's intellectual capacity. Also, from what I heard, top schools accept students, not numbers.
Somebody tell me, that this is not the type of person I would encounter in b-schools. Brown, lipium? Anybody? If yes, I won't even bother applying. Like other people, one of the reasons why I want to go to a business school is to learn from my other classmates. Not just from teachers, but from classmates. I think the interaction will bring another learning dimension. It's the experience I am really looking forward to. If I am only after statistics and accounting grades, I'd just stay home and memorize books.
I'm scoring around 610.. at least according to GMATprep.
My quantitative and verbal skills in GMAT may be way behind you.
But I think in terms of maturity, I am light years ahead of you.
If most Harvard students are like MBA_app32, then I'd rather enroll myself back to kindergarden. That way, I won't even have to study for the GMAT.
Sorry for the harsh post, I just feel that I need to stand up for people here in the forum.
To me, you are both speaking about the same thing : criterium that makes u a part of a certain community.... an MBA guy at a bschool
In my idea here, I think that BSchools want both sides... an high quantitive number (GMAT) to compare u with the pool of applicants and... who u are by your essays/accomplishments/interviews...
I perserve well that MBA_app32 is very direct, even very focussed on one side only of the same medal... well, after all... why not ?
... Even if it's not also, like u, my way to see it
Both sides can interfer greatly on the overall deny/acceptance to a given programs
In conclusion, it's better to be able to work on both sides in order to make it, even the chance has to be very present as well as mentioned by others already