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‘I got a 720, should I retake my GMAT?’

Such posts are all too common across these forums and if you look closely, a good majority of these are from Indian candidates.

This short post goes out particularly to all the Indian Applicants out there. While I hope this is useful to others as well, I intend to discuss this key issue which is very peculiar with Indian candidates.

Indians are obsessed with numbers. No wonder that as per GMAC statistics it is estimated that Indian candidates are more than twice as likely to retake the GMAT compared to their American counterparts! The blame has to go to the Indian education system which is too numbers centric, and convinces us that it alone makes or breaks everything for us. Please understand, your GMAT score is important. However, it is only one part of your overall application. A school evaluates your overall candidacy and your GMAT is just a part of it. And there is usually no cut-off!

You should consider your application as a bucket with different weights in it. One of these weights is your GMAT. The other weights are your work profile & achievements, quality of your essays, extra-curriculars, interview performance etc. You have to ensure the highest overall weight. Just working on your GMAT to improve from, say, 720 to 740 will not add much of an additional weight. That weight will have to come from other factors – your application, essays, recommendations.

Quality of your application can add a lot of additional weight and that requires your attention. Indian candidates are not natural at writing great applications. And that again is attributed to the fact that usually Indian candidates have little experience of such an exercise during their academic/professional years. However, rather than spending more time on this, they tend to rush through this part. This, in a lot of cases, seriously undermines the quality of the application and proves suicidal.

In summary, here is what you need to do. Target a range when you prepare for your GMAT and if you have come close to that, keep it and move on to the next challenge – your application. Yes, you could have done better but retaking is probably not worth it. Take your applications seriously and do a great job at it – that will serve you better.

Please feel free to write your comments / questions / disagreements if any. I will be happy to engage.

Note: Next article will be around adding personality in your application (again a weak point for Indian Candidates in particular!). Please subscribe to stay posted.

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Re: Indian Applicants And their Obsession with the GMAT Score! [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 05:53
I've noticed similar sentiment coming from admissions consultants who tend to make the assumption that Indians are in an over represented group and therefore are subjected to higher admissions standards. The admissions consultants are probably right about the harder to road to admissions success, but focusing most of your energy on the GMAT to differentiate yourself is probably not the best use of your time. The GMAT is more of a competency test than anything else. Can this applicant handle the rigors of an MBA curriculum? I think a 700+ answers the question. IF anything, a super score of 780+ might set off red flags that this person is the stereotypical smart guy with limited social skills.
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Re: Indian Applicants And their Obsession with the GMAT Score! [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2013, 03:39
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I've noticed similar sentiment coming from admissions consultants who tend to make the assumption that Indians are in an over represented group and therefore are subjected to higher admissions standards. The admissions consultants are probably right about the harder to road to admissions success, but focusing most of your energy on the GMAT to differentiate yourself is probably not the best use of your time. The GMAT is more of a competency test than anything else. Can this applicant handle the rigors of an MBA curriculum? I think a 700+ answers the question. IF anything, a super score of 780+ might set off red flags that this person is the stereotypical smart guy with limited social skills.


I will like to disagree on the last point... A super high GMAT is highly unlikely to lead to a negative bias on social skills or other factors unless other parts of the application suggest so. Just as a low GMAT does not automatically imply great social skills! :)
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Re: Indian Applicants And their Obsession with the GMAT Score! [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2013, 05:25
We already showed our obsession with numbers when we put 100% cut off for SRCC. I wouldn't be surprised in the future to see people retaking GMAT even if they scored 750.

I have friends who went into depression after scoring 1300/1600 in GRE.
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Re: Indian Applicants And their Obsession with the GMAT Score! [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2013, 03:55
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We already showed our obsession with numbers when we put 100% cut off for SRCC. I wouldn't be surprised in the future to see people retaking GMAT even if they scored 750.

I have friends who went into depression after scoring 1300/1600 in GRE.


Yeah, thats true. The Indian education system is losing its perspective. Anyways.... :)
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