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Hi,

I took my gmat end of September, but got a lower score than the 1st time. I wanted to apply to schools such as Santa Clara U, Boston U, and University of San Francisco. My plan was to get at least a 560 and start the application process and essays during the last week of September and October in order to send out the applications by the school's deadline, which are in November. But just by GMAT standards, my gmat score is not even close to the mean, in addition, it is not even in their 80% range. Despite the fact that I was determined to apply this year (becasue I don't want to wait another 2 years to physically go), it seems like I have to face reality- 1) Take a break 2) Start studying for GMAT again 3) Retake test next year. Please advise if my decision is a good one and whether I should even try applying for University of SF this year? (Assuming I can put application package together all within 1.5 months).

In addition, here is a more detailed summary of my background:

I got a 490 (AWA4.5) on the 1st try. 450 (AWA 5)the 2nd time (had some distractions few days before taking the gmat, and knew I wouldn't do well).

UG gpa 2.79, 3 years work experience in business (stable job function).

Since I want to increase all chances of getting in (that is why I would have to wait till Nov'10 to apply for 1st round). I am ALSO thinking about Boston or USC PT (since they require a LOWER gmat- starting range for both schools is at least a 540 and 550). Does my 490 even stand a chance for their PT program? Or should I at least try to raise the 490 to 550?

For University of SF- the PT avg is 554. I assume the range is around 520 or so.

Eventhough I really don't want to wait another year (and 2 years to physically attend) to go to bschool, should I just face the reality that I have to buy time and wait until my score is better before I apply? I hope this is enough information for you to answer the question and concerns. Thank you very much for your thoughts!!!

Thank you very much for the input.
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Re: Wait another year to apply for 1st round? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 14:32
With the range of schools you're looking at, your GMATs need to be within their 80% range, or else your chances are slim. Do whatever it takes to boost that score. You can write the most brilliant essays and at best you might get waitlisted (or if you're lucky you might even get in), but that's counting on brilliance *and* for the reader to recognize that brilliance.

Boost that GMAT.
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Re: Wait another year to apply for 1st round? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 17:23
Hi Alex,

Thanks for your reply. So are you suggesting that I should just take my time and make sure GMAT score increases. Eventhough that may mean just putting off R2 as well, since I am not sure how well i'll perform with only 2.5 months or so to take the gmat, write the application and get the reccomendations. (seems like a lot within 2.5 months, given I also have to improve my gmat score). I don't want to rush for R2 and end up not being fully prepared for or get enough practice before I the the GMAT the 3rd time. It seems like you are suggesting not to apply for R1? That was what I was considering, since my application doesn't seem to be a strong one right now.

What GMAT score should I increase the 490 to at least get a chance with the 1) PT USC, Boston U, Santa Clara, University of SF? and 2) FT.

Please also take into account my gpa and work experience. Thank you very much for your kind input!
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Re: Wait another year to apply for 1st round? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 09:11
Look at the GMAT averages for these schools. That should be your target.
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