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640 GMAT with 3.95 GPA - Should I retake?

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Hello!

This is my first post on this site so please bear with me.

I plan on applying to Owen in the first round for the Marketing Concentration and Brand Management Specialization. I took the GMAT last fall and got a disappointing 640. However, I have an undergrad GPA of 3.95 with three bachelor's (PR, Spanish and International Studies) and will have had 5 years of professional experience by the time the program begins.

I had not firmly decided on business school until recently and so did not retake my test since I took it last fall. I won't be able to retake it before the deadline for Round 2, but could put on my application that I have a new date set. Will they put off my application while this test score is pending? Is it really worth retaking with my high GPA and experience? The median for Owen (according to their website) for the class of 2020 is 680 with the Middle 80% of 630-730.

I also considered signing up for MBA Math or an equivalent program to show that I am being proactive to ramp up my Quant skills since I don't have a strong background in this area. Do these courses really help on an application?

Appreciate your thoughts!

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Although you are in range, that score is not ideal given that it's below their average. It means they will place more weight on all the other parts of your application. It's good that you've got the high GPA, but the GMAT matters more than GPA since it's a more reliable gauge of whether or not you're up for the rigors of b-school. Is there really no way at all that you can take it again before the R2 deadlines? It won't make much difference if you note on your application that you plan to take it again - they'll use your current score & will not wait to assess your candidacy. If you do submit a higher score after the deadline they'll take it into consideration, but schools begin to review applications & decide on interview invites very soon after the applications are submitted so the risk is that you'll be too late.

It's not ideal to wait an additional year to apply - at that point you'll start to a bit more work experience than they like to see. I'd really see if there is any way at all to retake the GMAT before those R2 apps, even if it means taking some time off of work to do so! With a GMAT that's closer to their median you'll be in a much stronger position! That's not to say you can't get in with the current score but given the time between now & the deadline I'd seriously considering investing time in your GMAT so you don't have that disadvantage working against you!
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New post 25 Sep 2018, 04:16
Jon,

Thank you for the advise! I could retake before Round 2, however, I was hoping to apply in Round 1. Would you suggest trying to retake before Round 2 rather than trying to apply in less than a month?

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Yes, I would retake & apply R2 - many of the R1 deadlines have already passed or are coming up in the next week or so. Better to wait & apply when you have a stronger GMAT & more time to do your best on the essays, etc!
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