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Hi there,

I have taken the GMAT yesterday for the first time and got a score of 640. I studied for 6 weeks prior to the actual exam and I am disappointed with my score as I do feel as though another month of study would help me to push my score up. I didn't have this time though as I was attempting an application for the 10th March 2017 at Cambridge.

Now for my question, is a 640 a reasonable score to apply with? Their site indicates an average of about 690. I have solid work experience (4.5 years) and a decent undergrad record (70%). I definitely can stand out in terms of applications (from a diversity point of view) as I a South African Engineer.

Any advice on if I should put forth an application for the 10th March or should I re-take the GMAT and apply again in 5th May?
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Hi there,

I have taken the GMAT yesterday for the first time and got a score of 640. I studied for 6 weeks prior to the actual exam and I am disappointed with my score as I do feel as though another month of study would help me to push my score up. I didn't have this time though as I was attempting an application for the 10th March 2017 at Cambridge.

Now for my question, is a 640 a reasonable score to apply with? Their site indicates an average of about 690. I have solid work experience (4.5 years) and a decent undergrad record (70%). I definitely can stand out in terms of applications (from a diversity point of view) as I a South African Engineer.

Any advice on if I should put forth an application for the 10th March or should I re-take the GMAT and apply again in 5th May?
This is something that the consultants here might be better placed to help you with.
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nrxbra001 wrote:
Hi there,

I have taken the GMAT yesterday for the first time and got a score of 640. I studied for 6 weeks prior to the actual exam and I am disappointed with my score as I do feel as though another month of study would help me to push my score up. I didn't have this time though as I was attempting an application for the 10th March 2017 at Cambridge.

Now for my question, is a 640 a reasonable score to apply with? Their site indicates an average of about 690. I have solid work experience (4.5 years) and a decent undergrad record (70%). I definitely can stand out in terms of applications (from a diversity point of view) as I a South African Engineer.

Any advice on if I should put forth an application for the 10th March or should I re-take the GMAT and apply again in 5th May?


IMHO, try retaking the GMAT with more prep time. Most colleges need a score above 680+. Best of luck!
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Hi nrxbra001,

First off, a 640 is a solid score (it's right around the 80th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into Cambridge. If you know how to calculate an average, then you know that not everyone who got into Cambridge scored 690 (some scored higher, some scored lower). As such, a retest might not be necessary. You're ultimately asking Admissions questions though, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

It takes time to put together a well-crafted application, so If you have not actually done any of that work yet, then you should plan to apply at a later date (and not 'rush' to make a March 10th deadline).

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nrxbra001 wrote:
Hi there,

I have taken the GMAT yesterday for the first time and got a score of 640. I studied for 6 weeks prior to the actual exam and I am disappointed with my score as I do feel as though another month of study would help me to push my score up. I didn't have this time though as I was attempting an application for the 10th March 2017 at Cambridge.

Now for my question, is a 640 a reasonable score to apply with? Their site indicates an average of about 690. I have solid work experience (4.5 years) and a decent undergrad record (70%). I definitely can stand out in terms of applications (from a diversity point of view) as I a South African Engineer.

Any advice on if I should put forth an application for the 10th March or should I re-take the GMAT and apply again in 5th May?


I think if you feel confident that you can get a higher score you should retake the GMAT even if you have to wait another year.
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