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Profile Evaluation Request: GMAT 650 [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2013, 17:03
Hello,

I recently gave my GMAT and scored a 650. Can you please help me evaluate profile & recommend if I should retake the GMAT?

Profile:
-GMAT 650: V31, Q47
-Indian male, 5 yrs experience till date; currently working at A T Kearney (management consulting) as a senior analyst
-Co-director of National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Led 6 for a Community Consulting Team project (Atlanta), Volunteer tutor (math) at Police Athletic League, Chicago Lights & Junior Achievement
-Master in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech (GPA 3.1), Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from India (GPA: 3.5)
-Primary target: Ross, Duke, Emory, Kellogg
-Amateur dragon boat paddler, tennis & running

Thank you in advance for your help! :-D
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rohpan22 wrote:
Hello,

I recently gave my GMAT and scored a 650. Can you please help me evaluate profile & recommend if I should retake the GMAT?

Profile:
-GMAT 650: V31, Q47
-Indian male, 5 yrs experience till date; currently working at A T Kearney (management consulting) as a senior analyst
-Co-director of National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Led 6 for a Community Consulting Team project (Atlanta), Volunteer tutor (math) at Police Athletic League, Chicago Lights & Junior Achievement
-Master in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech (GPA 3.1), Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from India (GPA: 3.5)
-Primary target: Ross, Duke, Emory, Kellogg
-Amateur dragon boat paddler, tennis & running

Thank you in advance for your help! :-D


I am sure you realize that 650 is a little below average for your target schools. If you could do something about V31, that would be great (Q49 - 50 won't help very much). That said, you have enough in your profile to write compelling stories. But a 650 could make the adcom re-think since they like to maintain 710 average GMAT scores. A 650 implies they need to look for a 770 to even it off.
You are probably looking at round 1 of 2014 admit. If that is the case, you have sufficient time. Work hard and give it another shot just so that there are no app weaknesses that you feel compelled to cover up. A 700+ will give you more confidence.
You certainly have a chance with a 650 too if your app engages them enough but it's certainly more risky.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request: GMAT 650 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 15:48
Hi Karishma, thank you so much for your prompt response - I appreciate it. I am definitely thinking of giving it again.

With almost all the top 20 schools accepting GRE scores, I'm contemplating if it worth giving the GRE instead. What do you think?
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request: GMAT 650 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 19:27
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Hi Karishma, thank you so much for your prompt response - I appreciate it. I am definitely thinking of giving it again.

With almost all the top 20 schools accepting GRE scores, I'm contemplating if it worth giving the GRE instead. What do you think?


You can switch to GRE if you feel there is value for you in it. Before you decide either way, think of the following things:
1. Are you more comfortable with the GRE pattern? (Vocab based Verbal and higher level but less tricky Quant)
2. Have you tried a practice test and found that you score better?
3. If yes, then why did you not opt for GMAT in the first place?
4. Was it because GMAT is still considered the test of choice for B-schools? (if yes, then nothing has changed for you to change your belief)

My point is this: Schools do accept GRE scores too now but they have forever accepted GMAT scores. GMAT has a proven track record of predicting academic success at B schools. GRE still needs to prove its predictive capabilities. It is possible that given two high scores - one in GMAT and other in GRE, the adcom will go the tried and tested route (This is opinion and speculation. Human behavior is not always predictable and admission decision is taken by people. Hence we can only speculate.)

If you feel you will score much higher in GRE as compared with GMAT, then there is certainly value in taking GRE. A high GRE score is more valuable than an average GMAT score (considering the schools to which you will apply). But mind you, hard work will be required in either case.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request: GMAT 650 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 08:40
Answering your questions provided me with the answer to my question. I did opt for the GMAT initially because I was not aware that most of the top schools now-a-days consider GRE scores too.

A few points for the GRE vs GMAT delima -

1. NUS does not accept GRE scores & Duke says they "prefer" the GMAT over the GRE.
2. Also, from what I hear, certain employers have a 700 GMAT "cut-off" during placements.
3. I did give a practice GRE exam & I realize that studying separately for the verbal vocabulary is another caveat.

I guess that settles it. Just wanted to explore my options before retaking the GMAT. Thank you for your insights.
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