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Re: Is my life over? [#permalink]
24 Sep 2012, 08:59
It depends, did you take any practice tests before you score a 480? Obviously if you were scoring that on your practice test you would probably be better off postponing the test or canceling. You should already have a sense as to your GMAT Score range *before* you actually go and take the real test.
It's impossible to tell how much time you need to score 700+ from that range, but definitely no less than 1 month. You should study for 1 month, take a practice test at that time and see where you are at.
With a lower than average GPA, you would need a strong GMAT score around 700+ in order to *stand out*. The only other way to get into HBS is to have extraordinary access to business ventures, contacts, networks that allow you to shine beyond what your GPA and GMAT scores say. _________________