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Hi lovely people!

I'm hoping to get some feedback on what to do with my gmat score. I took the test for the first time today and got a 700 (Q48, V38 IR8). Although a 700 is a good score I really was hoping to do better. I would have been ecstatic with a 730 and really believe that this score is achievable. On my previous practice tests (from mba.com) I was consistently getting >V40 and my quant fluctuates between a 47-50 (silly mistakes always hold me back and I've gotten much better at that.)

My dream would be to get into INSEAD (Jan 2020), and so here's a little more about my profile:
- Engineering undergrad from McGill - GPA 3.17/4 (first two years were at like 2.5 last 2 years were like 3.6)
- Experience in construction management in Canada and Schlumberger for 2 years now (offshore international and now onshore Canada)
- Ive founded a start-up while at uni but after some initial funding research came back negative I've also founded an NPO which is now working on a pilot project in Ethiopia to help with education.

My question is should I retake the gmat and aim for the 730 which I really think I can achieve. During my test I felt right away a kinda messed up the quant and the verbal I felt was ok, nothing special or horrible.

Any feedback would be much appreciated!
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A few thoughts for you to consider alhuneidi:
  1. The GPA would definitely be a red-flag. Do the first two years have any fail/other issues as well? This, together with the GMAT can make for a low/below average academic arc. Definitely not ideal. A 30 point jump is worth the pain of a retake for sure.
  2. For INSEAD and European schools in general, the work experience expectation is on the higher side relatively speaking. Given this perspective, with your current 2 years, it might be a tad early to apply.
  3. This is another consideration for INSEAD; read here. Do you have any? It would also be important to understand the relative strength/nature of your work experience.
  4. The ECs look good and should be leveraged well.

Hope this helps some.

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alhuneidi wrote:
Hi lovely people!

I'm hoping to get some feedback on what to do with my gmat score. I took the test for the first time today and got a 700 (Q48, V38 IR8). Although a 700 is a good score I really was hoping to do better. I would have been ecstatic with a 730 and really believe that this score is achievable. On my previous practice tests (from mba.com) I was consistently getting >V40 and my quant fluctuates between a 47-50 (silly mistakes always hold me back and I've gotten much better at that.)

My dream would be to get into INSEAD (Jan 2020), and so here's a little more about my profile:
- Engineering undergrad from McGill - GPA 3.17/4 (first two years were at like 2.5 last 2 years were like 3.6)
- Experience in construction management in Canada and Schlumberger for 2 years now (offshore international and now onshore Canada)
- Ive founded a start-up while at uni but after some initial funding research came back negative I've also founded an NPO which is now working on a pilot project in Ethiopia to help with education.

My question is should I retake the gmat and aim for the 730 which I really think I can achieve. During my test I felt right away a kinda messed up the quant and the verbal I felt was ok, nothing special or horrible.

Any feedback would be much appreciated!


Hi alhuneidi,
A 730+ GMAT score seems easy to achieve, with minimal practice. I'd encourage you to retake the test. I'll agree with MG about adding a little more work experience. Another year at Schlumberger is likely to get you some more leadership experience, which will be valuable at INSEAD.

The NPO work at Ethiopia sounds interesting and something that will be viewed positively at INSEAD. So whether you apply now or next year, keep up that good work
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Hi alhuneidi the GMAT score you need has much to do with your profile, if you are overrepresented this will not be high enough but if a bit underrepresented, I think you are OK because both of these numbers meet the 75% threshold for each section. That said, make sure to have a 105+ - since McGill teaches in both French and English, I think you will need this. Also, try to do well in the video essays.

alhuneidi wrote:
Hi lovely people!

I'm hoping to get some feedback on what to do with my gmat score. I took the test for the first time today and got a 700 (Q48, V38 IR8). Although a 700 is a good score I really was hoping to do better. I would have been ecstatic with a 730 and really believe that this score is achievable. On my previous practice tests (from mba.com) I was consistently getting >V40 and my quant fluctuates between a 47-50 (silly mistakes always hold me back and I've gotten much better at that.)

My dream would be to get into INSEAD (Jan 2020), and so here's a little more about my profile:
- Engineering undergrad from McGill - GPA 3.17/4 (first two years were at like 2.5 last 2 years were like 3.6)
- Experience in construction management in Canada and Schlumberger for 2 years now (offshore international and now onshore Canada)
- Ive founded a start-up while at uni but after some initial funding research came back negative I've also founded an NPO which is now working on a pilot project in Ethiopia to help with education.

My question is should I retake the gmat and aim for the 730 which I really think I can achieve. During my test I felt right away a kinda messed up the quant and the verbal I felt was ok, nothing special or horrible.

Any feedback would be much appreciated!

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alhuneidi wrote:
Hi lovely people!

I'm hoping to get some feedback on what to do with my gmat score. I took the test for the first time today and got a 700 (Q48, V38 IR8). Although a 700 is a good score I really was hoping to do better. I would have been ecstatic with a 730 and really believe that this score is achievable. On my previous practice tests (from mba.com) I was consistently getting >V40 and my quant fluctuates between a 47-50 (silly mistakes always hold me back and I've gotten much better at that.)

My dream would be to get into INSEAD (Jan 2020), and so here's a little more about my profile:
- Engineering undergrad from McGill - GPA 3.17/4 (first two years were at like 2.5 last 2 years were like 3.6)
- Experience in construction management in Canada and Schlumberger for 2 years now (offshore international and now onshore Canada)
- Ive founded a start-up while at uni but after some initial funding research came back negative I've also founded an NPO which is now working on a pilot project in Ethiopia to help with education.

My question is should I retake the gmat and aim for the 730 which I really think I can achieve. During my test I felt right away a kinda messed up the quant and the verbal I felt was ok, nothing special or horrible.

Any feedback would be much appreciated!


I think you answered your own question as you stated that you really think a better score is achievable. If that is indeed the case, I would highly suggest you retake as you would not want to feel like you didn’t give the process your all if you don’t get admitted. Then you’ll always wonder “what if I had re-taken?”, “what if I did that..?” and so on, and you don’t want that.

So while your profile does seem good (although I am lacking a lot of information in order to be able to really judge that), I would suggest you re-take, for your own sake, and for you to be able to present your very best self to the adcoms. That way there’ll be no regrets later...
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New post 02 Dec 2018, 01:52
Technically, if you have a good profile (you seem to), INSEAD would be happy with a 700. Having said that, if you feel you have room to improve, then you should absolutely do it - because that showcases your full potential, and that is important.

Another way to think of it - maybe you would get a better scholarship if you are that much more attractive as a candidate?

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alhuneidi wrote:
Hi lovely people!

I'm hoping to get some feedback on what to do with my gmat score. I took the test for the first time today and got a 700 (Q48, V38 IR8). Although a 700 is a good score I really was hoping to do better. I would have been ecstatic with a 730 and really believe that this score is achievable. On my previous practice tests (from mba.com) I was consistently getting >V40 and my quant fluctuates between a 47-50 (silly mistakes always hold me back and I've gotten much better at that.)

My dream would be to get into INSEAD (Jan 2020), and so here's a little more about my profile:
- Engineering undergrad from McGill - GPA 3.17/4 (first two years were at like 2.5 last 2 years were like 3.6)
- Experience in construction management in Canada and Schlumberger for 2 years now (offshore international and now onshore Canada)
- Ive founded a start-up while at uni but after some initial funding research came back negative I've also founded an NPO which is now working on a pilot project in Ethiopia to help with education.

My question is should I retake the gmat and aim for the 730 which I really think I can achieve. During my test I felt right away a kinda messed up the quant and the verbal I felt was ok, nothing special or horrible.

Any feedback would be much appreciated!

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