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# Are there programs that accept GMAT score combinatiion?

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24 Dec 2011, 11:03
Hello,

I have had a strange GMAT testing experience. On one take my score had a high Quant component (Q48) but low verbal component (V30) and in another take I had a high Verbal component (V41) but low Quant component (Q42). I'm looking to apply to full time programs, are there schools out there that except the higher score from multiple tests? Combination will give me 720 (Q48, V41).

Also, are there schools that prefer a higher verbal component? As I'd rather use the latest score of 680 which is 80% with 92% verbal and highlight high quant score previously and also previous Quant heavy work load in undergraduate.

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24 Dec 2011, 12:18
Hi Brownidentity,

I have heard many admissions officers say that they will not accept a combination. However, most data sheets that go with your application will show your GMAT history, so they will be able to see that information. I have also never heard any admissions committee members indicate they lean toward higher verbal scores. Many are on record for wanting a balanced score. They are also on record for wanting to see over 80th percentile on quant, because, as you rightly say, the coursework is very analytical

I'd suggest that you simply mention your higher quant component it very matter-of-factly in your optional essay. I also suggest that you do point out your good grades in calculus and business stats/decision science type courses in undergraduate. They are aware that the tests can get the better of students-- we all know about the HBS class member with the 540, (it's on the HBS class profile page) or have heard anecdotally of someone getting into a top school with a 600 score. Having said all that I have seen many students get into top schools (most recently HBS, Columbia and Yale) with lower quant scores than yours.

Good luck!

Betsy Massar
Author of Admitted: An Interactive Workbook for Getting Into a Top MBA Program
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