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What GMAT score should I shoot for? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 14:42
I graduated from a top ten engineering school (US) with BS in Chemical Engineering, 3.5 GPA. I have worked 4-5 years in the oil and gas industry at a fortune 500 company in roles ranging from process engineering, project engineering, economics/business modeling etc. I am looking potentially to get out of my technical role into a lead/management position in the future and feel that an MBA would benefit me. I am just wondering, what should I shoot for on the GMAT if I am trying to get into a top 20/top 15 B-school (IE. Rice (Jones), UT (McCombs), MIT (Sloan), Duke (Fuqua), Northwestern, Columbia)? I have done decent on the SAT/ACT/GRE but never been a superb 2400 SAT/36 ACT/ 180 GRE score kind of person. Also I do not want to over or under prep for the GMAT .
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Re: What GMAT score should I shoot for? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 14:24
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Warning: my answer isn't going to frustrate you. As high a score as you can possibly get. At the end of the day, schools report their GMAT scores and their rankings are based upon them.

You don't, however, need to hit a specific score to mitigate anything in your profile so that's great. You have a good GPA in a challenging major so it isn't something where if you get a 680 it's going to raise concerns or anything of the sort. Does that make sense?

Unfortunately, this is a game of numbers so try for a score that starts with a "7". When are you planning to take the test?

Good luck!

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