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I did not score as highly on the GMAT the 2nd time around as I would have liked. I've committed to the optional essay on all of my applications, but I'm not sure how to go about addressing it. In one essay it's almost an exclusively "show don't tell" method where I dont specifically mention the low score or any details about it, I simply refer to it in passing and then proceed to define my other strengths.

I'm not sure if this is the best method and think I might to tackle it a little more head on, but many resources on the internet don't really give sound advice. In your experience, what is the best way to address the low test scores in the essay? Would you happen to have any examples that I could possibly look at?

On a related note, for my second test I hired a math tutor to help with the quantitative section. In your experience would it be wise to include a letter of recommendation from the tutor? If so, what points do they generally all include?

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Hi GeauxSwish

Thanks for posting. Great question. You don't say what your score is or the schools you are targeting, which can be useful context. Assuming you are aiming for a Top 10 school with a GMAT score significantly below the 720 averages we see, it can be helpful to write an optional essay. I do recommend addressing "why" you are writing the essay head on. Don't make them guess why you're including this information. Then, within the essay, you want to highlight your quantitative ability through significant academic and professional accomplishments. You don't need a letter from your tutor -- what would they say?

At this point in the cycle, I have to assume you are applying R3. If you are applying R1, many of our clients take the GMAT three or four times so don't give up! Keep working with your tutor (or perhaps try a different tutor if you are not progressing).

You may find our optional essay guide helpful here: https://shop.mbamission.com/products/mb ... says-guide

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mbaMissionKrista wrote:
Hi GeauxSwish

Thanks for posting. Great question. You don't say what your score is or the schools you are targeting, which can be useful context. Assuming you are aiming for a Top 10 school with a GMAT score significantly below the 720 averages we see, it can be helpful to write an optional essay. I do recommend addressing "why" you are writing the essay head on. Don't make them guess why you're including this information. Then, within the essay, you want to highlight your quantitative ability through significant academic and professional accomplishments. You don't need a letter from your tutor -- what would they say?

At this point in the cycle, I have to assume you are applying R3. If you are applying R1, many of our clients take the GMAT three or four times so don't give up! Keep working with your tutor (or perhaps try a different tutor if you are not progressing).

You may find our optional essay guide helpful here: https://shop.mbamission.com/products/mb ... says-guide

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Thanks for the tip

Let's just say the scores are outside the range for a top 50, top 75 program which is some of the tail end of the programs I am applying to. There is a whole different conversation to be had about scrapping the whole process altogether.

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