I have a question about how ADCOMs make decisions between 2 'close' applicants.
Do they ever use GMAT score to accept one and reject the other, esp. if both the applicants have GMAT scores above 700 (e.g. lets say one has 710 and the other 760)?
Or, they go back to see whose essays/recos are better, look for how good a 'fit' one of the candidates appears to be for that particular school or how likely one of the candidates is to attend the school if accepted?
Basically I want to know if they use GMAT or non-GMAT criteria to make such a decision.
I got a 710 on GMAT but I thought I was well prepared for a 760. So I want to confirm if the 'abolute' great GMAT score will give anyone higher chances of acceptance in a close call or not.
I suspect that some of the answer depends on the school. IN general, they will look at the situation holistically. My impression is that if there is an applicant coming form a crowded segment of the MBA market and little to differentiate, the a significantly higher GMAT may make a difference. HOwever, usually, once you get that 700+ GMAT score other factors become more prominent.
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