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applied - GMAT retake? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 03:18
Hi,

I applied in Round 2 in Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Columbia. My application is strong, especially in the work experience part. The only problem is I took the GMAT only once and only got a 680 (Q47, V35), and I had to use that score in my application.

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a) how strong chances do you think I have with that lowish score?
b) if I retake the GMAT on January 28th, do you think I could submit my new (higher) score to these schools? Would they accept it? I am sure I would score 700+

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Re: applied - GMAT retake? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 09:31
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Hello,

Unfortunately, I can't really assess your profile without knowing more information about you. Can you briefly summarize your profile? The GMAT is just one dimension of your whole application -- if the rest of it is outstanding, then the GMAT won't matter as much... if the rest is average, the GMAT will weigh a little more, and so on. It's a balancing act and you want to shine through as a capable, multi-dimensional leader. Your GMAT score is okay - not as high as these programs tend to like, but that doesn't mean you're out of the running.

As for whether they would accept an updated score after you've submitted your application. Usually not, but you can call the admissions office as an anonymous caller and see what they say. I could see submitting a score reflecting negatively on your application, that's why I suggest asking anonymously first.

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Re: applied - GMAT retake? [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2013, 09:54
Hi Mili, could you please explain a bit as to why submitting an updated score could harm our submitted application?

Sorry for jumping in between the discussion while I'm not the asker, but I'm surprised to hear that and your answer would be very helpful.

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Re: applied - GMAT retake? [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2013, 19:09
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Hey,

No problem! That's why it's a public forum :)

Most schools expect a complete package at the time of submission. If you request that they consider a future submitted GMAT score, they'll probably hold off on reviewing your application and consider it part of the next round. If you just submit a score later and expect them to take it into account, it could come across as a little presumptuous/expecting special treatment, which generally is not a good thing :)

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Re: applied - GMAT retake? [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 06:28
Thanks! Good to know that :)

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Re: applied - GMAT retake? [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 10:17
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Sure - no problem!
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