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Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2008, 13:23
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Low GMAT success stories.

Sometimes, people need a reality check. I certainly do at times. I read a post last night from someone that their 690 GMAT score was mediocre/poor and that they would put off apps until they broke 700. When I read this, I just shook my head. Poor guy is pathetically scared about not getting in because of 10 points. That's very sad to see someone so completely lemon-aide brainwashed.

I can see 650 as mediocre or poor, but not 690. Even a mediocre or lower score is sometimes sufficient. Here are just a few people within the last month that can testify that a mediocre to low GMAT score is not a death sentence when considering applying to a top 10 Business School.

Keep your head high guys. There is hope. There is always hope! - Dave
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GMAT 670 here. Got accepted to NYU, Yale, Cornell and Georgetown. There's hope. Good luck to everyone. – Dabink 3/3/06

Another success story here... 630 and i just got an interview at MIT. woo-hoo! Am741 2/28/06

600 gmat just got interview invites from yale and cornell. Already done Columbia and wharton interviews. NYU upcoming. Still waiting on some other schools. best of luck to all. BuddyBuruku 2/28/06

Here you go. I got a 650 (44 Q 35 V), just got into Columbia, and interviewing at Wharton next week. 5yrs work experience in the military, 27 years old male from Jersey. I thought I would be out of it with my GMAT score going in, but so far so good. Keep hope alive. Bigtonn 2/15/06

I scored 600 with a dismal quant score, I had good marks in stats and calc in undergrad and made sure to mention it in essays. Now I'm not applying to top 10 schools, but I feel I got into really good programs. Maybe I underestimated myself because I wasn't rejected anywhere. I consider mine a success story. Acceptances to Wake Forest, Vanderbuilt, Tulane, Rice, Boston University. Auryan00 2/14/06

I would also categorize myself under the "bad standardized test taker" category. After dismal scores of 580 twice by self-study, I broke down and took a class. My third attempt with my class training gained me a whopping 20 points, 600 (43Q, 30V). I was pretty bummed...however I picked myself up and took the test again 2 weeks later and scored a 670 (42Q,40V). So far I am in at Georgetown and USC, waitlisted at NYU and interviewed at Yale...so trust me, there is hope!!! Uclandru 2/14/06

I scored in the mid to high 600s and have been accepted to 3 top ten schools, am still waiting back on a few others I applied to but I'm very hopefull. My warning with a low gmat score is Columbia and Wharton are GMAT whores and will drop you if the only thing that isn't perfect is your gmat score.... Westcoaster 2/5/06

Hello, I have a low gmat score low mid 600's. Accepted at Kellogg, waitlisted at Columbia and Berkeley. I really want to go to Columbia so I am pursuing that now... hope I can get in! So hang in there... there is hope. Riddhi 2/5/06

If by low you mean not breaking the 700 barrier, I am definitely in that boat but what I have been told again and again is that its not ONLY about the numbers so please dont worry, as long as ur application is packaged well you'll be fine. I got into Sloan and also interviewed with 2 other top 5 schools and am waiting on their response now. So dont think its make or break and just make everything else that you can control in your application as good as you can. Hope this helps. Tsa79 2/6/06

I graduated already. Class of 2004. 600 GMAT and 3.9 undergrad GPA. Got into HBS. Accepted at NYU. Dinged by three other schools. Whatsupdoc 2/13/06

I got a 650 (q-58%, v-90%, writing-6.0) which I don't really consider low, but not as high as I would have liked considering I don't have a strong math background. Dinged at Yale, Accepted to UVA and Cornell. Aklep613 3/7/06

I got 640, just accepted at UCLA, IESE and have MIT interview in two weeks. I must say I put a LOT of time into the essays but if you manage to sell yourself in a complete way you WILL get in!!!!! ababatz 3/7/06

I am a current 1st year MBA at Kenan-Flagler (UNC). Last yr's stats are results are as follows: 640 (took it once), 3.5 undegrad gpa from top 50 university, 8 years work experience including international. Put a lot of time into soul-searching and essays. Results- 5/5 acceptances: UNC- few thousand $$ scholarship, Duke, Georgetown, Maryland, William & Mary- full scholarship offer futuremba007 3/7/06

I think quite often most of us take the GMAT very seriously. But to some of us we are just not good at this standardized test, right ? I, too, know the impact of high GMAT score as it does offer higher competitive advantage to the applicant while other things being equaled. But after 10 attempts I still could only manage a 640. And it was the highest after those 10 attempts. Well as for success stories: I've been accepted at Duke and Emory (with $$), interviewed with Wharton. Waiting to hear from H,S,K and Berkeley. Tanbkk 3/7/06

Low 600's on the GMAT with interviews at S/H/W. I am waiting to hear back from most schools, but I have 2 acceptance letters and 1 ding from businessweek top 50 programs. I spent 7 months writing passionate essays, and got interviews everywhere. It can be done with a low gmat. Sph123 3/8/06

Low 600's on the GMAT with interviews at S/H/W. I am waiting to hear back from most schools, but I have 2 acceptance letters and 1 ding from businessweek top 50 programs. I spent 7 months writing passionate essays, and got interviews everywhere. It can be done with a low gmat. Carylag 3/9/06

I'm excited that I can contribute to this.... Got a 610 the first time I took the test. Got 580's the second and third times. Just found out I got into Carnegie Mellon! What may have helped me is that I have worked at a Fortune 10 compnay for five years, I lived oversees for five years as a teenager, and I am VERY involved in extracurricular activites. Acs1 3/13/06
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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2008, 13:55
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I read a post last night from someone that their 690 GMAT score was mediocre/poor and that they would put off apps until they broke 700. When I read this, I just shook my head. Poor guy is pathetically scared about not getting in because of 10 points. That's very sad to see someone so completely lemon-aide brainwashed.


wondering if that was my post. There has been a stream of 690s here in the last 2 months. Anyways I am 7 hours away from submitting my application for Judge Business School (Cambridge). It took me a week before i got out of the negative zone and started on the apps. Hopefully u are right and all the weight is on my essays etc after my 690.

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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2008, 22:45
650 is the 84th percentile- this is not an outstanding score, but it not mediocre or poor, either. For top schools, this score has to be offset by other factors
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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2008, 02:07
Average GMAT for topschools is around 690, this implies that HALF of the ADMITTED students have lower scores!
GMAT score IS just one of the so many requirements...I too was blinded by this 700 score and was going to retake my test (first time 670 and not a native speaker) but just canceled it after speaking to current students of a top ten school. As long as you are in the range it's fine, move on and take care of what really counts, the essays.

Most of the time, 600 is acceptable when you can differentiate yourself through other parts of your application.


edit: but hey this is the gmatclub forum, not "mbaapplication" :wink:
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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2008, 08:08
ronron wrote:
Average GMAT for topschools is around 690, this implies that HALF of the ADMITTED students have lower scores!


I think you're looking for the median. Pretty much the same thing.
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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2008, 08:51
Excellent post. Many candidates don't realize that GMATs is only one of the factors. People assume a high GMAT score is heavily weighted. I am not sure if that's true. Everyone is hellbent on getting 750's, which if you can do in 1-2 months of prep time, then more power to you. But definitely focus on community service/volunteering. If you resume sucks, get another job! A 750 won't compensate for a lack of experience. B-schools look to admit people who are employable at the end of 2 yrs of study. Think of admittance to a elite/super-elite school from that perspective.
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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2008, 08:59
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Re: Lower GMAT scores aint end of story [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 18:12
This is an excellent post! I wanted to bump it up incase anyone else had new stories to share.
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