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# How much should I be obssesed with the GMAT?

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06 Jul 2013, 10:10
Hi buddies!

I am in the last part of my preparation to take the GMAT. My goal has always been 750 (Q50 V42), and based on my CATs, I think I can do it. Just I need a little more practice, specially in timing.

However, I would like to know whether there is a great difference between let's say a 750 and a 710 in the decision of the admission boards in school such as HBS or Stanford. I have a very good GPA; I was the best student of my class and the best student in other academic programs in which other students of diverse universities participated.

Don't get me wrong. I am not being mediocre. The thing is that I don't want to waste my time. I have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS yet, and I need time to write my essays too. In this sense, I really want to know whether a 750 will make a difference or will be just marginal. Maybe a 710 or a 720 is enough, considering my other academic achievements and my work experience.

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07 Jul 2013, 22:11
Well, good question,
but it depends on lots and lots of things: like who you are, where you come from, what your other strengths and weaknesses are, what your grades are, etc. Every little bit helps in general, so if you really believe you can get a 750, there is no reason for you to settle for less! It is true that if you hit 710/720 you are good enough pretty much to apply to ANY MBA program you like (although whether or not they will take you will depend on aaaall the other items in your profile too, as well as your essays).

Does this answer your question? If you want a fuller answer, feel free to post more detail, and I'll get right back at you, buddy.
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