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Despite scoring much higher on practice tests, I got a 650 on the GMAT after appearing for it twice. Quant - 48, Verbal- 32. Analytical Writing - 5, IR- 7

GMAT: 650
GPA: 3.3 (CGPA- 7.53)
Did my engineering in Information Technology from a top university in India.
Did my entire schooling from the Middle East.
Work experience: 4+ years at a software firm in India. Received one company wide award and 2 promotions. Performed multiple roles within the same profile: worked on my basic job role, became the first scrum master of my team and implemented the scrum process in our india team for the first time, take part in interview and on boarding process, part of a green initiative in office.
I've also been a part of an NGO since the past 2.5 years and I am the head of one of the projects there.
I've know basic French but don't have a certification in it.
Certified in Tableau and basic analytics.


Schools I'm Considering:
1) Melbourne Business School
2) Rotman School of Management
3) Duke - Fuqua
4) Columbia Business School
5) Rotterdam School of Management
6) Nanyang Business School
7) ISB

I'm skeptical about applying to universities in the US due to the ongoing visa issues.

What do you think my chances are at these schools? I'm hoping my GPA can offset the lower than average GMAT score. Would love to hear your thoughts!
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New post 24 Jul 2018, 02:09
Hello Rid21sa

You GPA is decent but not high enough to compensate for a 650 GMAT.
Since you belong to the largest and most competitive pool of applicants (IT) I'd recommend a retake with a target of 710+ for the likes of ISB and US B schools.
650 might be on the lower side for Rotman, MBS.
However, it also depends on your overall profile for which one must understand qualitative details around your achievements at work, impact in extracurricular activities, career goals- all of which is missing or limited to provide detailed feedback. Read here to know what is needed in a profile and read here to get started on career goals.
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Rid21sa wrote:
Despite scoring much higher on practice tests, I got a 650 on the GMAT after appearing for it twice. Quant - 48, Verbal- 32. Analytical Writing - 5, IR- 7

GMAT: 650
GPA: 3.3 (CGPA- 7.53)
Did my engineering in Information Technology from a top university in India.
Did my entire schooling from the Middle East.
Work experience: 4+ years at a software firm in India. Received one company wide award and 2 promotions. Performed multiple roles within the same profile: worked on my basic job role, became the first scrum master of my team and implemented the scrum process in our india team for the first time, take part in interview and on boarding process, part of a green initiative in office.
I've also been a part of an NGO since the past 2.5 years and I am the head of one of the projects there.
I've know basic French but don't have a certification in it.
Certified in Tableau and basic analytics.


Schools I'm Considering:
1) Melbourne Business School
2) Rotman School of Management
3) Duke - Fuqua
4) Columbia Business School
5) Rotterdam School of Management
6) Nanyang Business School
7) ISB

I'm skeptical about applying to universities in the US due to the ongoing visa issues.

What do you think my chances are at these schools? I'm hoping my GPA can offset the lower than average GMAT score. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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New post 24 Jul 2018, 04:43
I would agree a higher GMAT score is needed, at least if there isn’t a very interesting backstory to set you apart from other applicants (maybe there is, why the Middle East for example? How did you get involved in that NGO and what NGO is it? etc.)
In order to know if there is any “secret sauce” to work with in order to differentiate you from other similar applicants I would really need more detail. If you are at all interested in working with a professional on that part, feel free to reach out to the ARINGO team here: https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/

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New post 25 Jul 2018, 03:09
Need a 700+, ideally a 720+ to have a good chance at some of the schools on your list.
Good luck!

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New post 25 Jul 2018, 03:34
Thank you all for your comments! I had shortlisted these schools before I had given the exam. Can you guys suggest some schools that I should be safe to apply to?
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New post 25 Jul 2018, 03:40
Hello Rid21sa

Shortlisting schools is an art, just like your essays and requires one to go through a complete discovery process.
Any information at this stage and with this limited information is going to be pure speculation.
So, while I understand your situation, one needs to understand many more 'qualitative' details from you and answers to questions you may not have asked yourself yet.
Should you have further questions, let me know.

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Rid21sa wrote:
Thank you all for your comments! I had shortlisted these schools before I had given the exam. Can you guys suggest some schools that I should be safe to apply to?

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New post 30 Jul 2018, 22:04
Rid21sa wrote:
Despite scoring much higher on practice tests, I got a 650 on the GMAT after appearing for it twice. Quant - 48, Verbal- 32. Analytical Writing - 5, IR- 7

GMAT: 650
GPA: 3.3 (CGPA- 7.53)
Did my engineering in Information Technology from a top university in India.
Did my entire schooling from the Middle East.
Work experience: 4+ years at a software firm in India. Received one company wide award and 2 promotions. Performed multiple roles within the same profile: worked on my basic job role, became the first scrum master of my team and implemented the scrum process in our india team for the first time, take part in interview and on boarding process, part of a green initiative in office.
I've also been a part of an NGO since the past 2.5 years and I am the head of one of the projects there.
I've know basic French but don't have a certification in it.
Certified in Tableau and basic analytics.


Schools I'm Considering:
1) Melbourne Business School
2) Rotman School of Management
3) Duke - Fuqua
4) Columbia Business School
5) Rotterdam School of Management
6) Nanyang Business School
7) ISB

I'm skeptical about applying to universities in the US due to the ongoing visa issues.

What do you think my chances are at these schools? I'm hoping my GPA can offset the lower than average GMAT score. Would love to hear your thoughts!


Hi Rid21sa,

Apologies for the delay in responding to you but we hope this finds you in time still.

While your GPA looks fine, we are afraid it may not be enough to compensate for your below average GMAT.

Considering the schools you are targetting, we strongly recommend a GMAT retake! :-)

All the best!
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