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Hello, I have this issue. If you get above a 700 in your gmat or high 600s buy your undergrad GPA was not so impressive how much of an effect would your GMAT help in the selection process to help you gain admission even possibly a scholarship. My preferred school is SMU in Dallas and their average GMAT is 664. Any advise will help, thank you.


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The best way to balance out a low GPA is with a high GMAT. And for the sake of simplicity consider a high GMAT, one that exceeds the avg GMAT at your target school. So you have the right gameplan here
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Yes definitely they're looking for academic aptitude and ability to succeed. The GMAT is actually more important than your grades and so getting a strong GMAT that's well over the average of that school is a very good step to getting into the school and opening the chances for a scholarship. That said if your GMAT is abominably low, like less than a 2.5, I really don't know so much about how that will go. Probably a gray area for that school between 2 and 2.5 but I doubt you would get in with less than a 2.0.

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Hello, I have this issue. If you get above a 700 in your gmat or high 600s buy your undergrad GPA was not so impressive how much of an effect would your GMAT help in the selection process to help you gain admission even possibly a scholarship. My preferred school is SMU in Dallas and their average GMAT is 664. Any advise will help, thank you.


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Hi bosho1,

The GMAT is definitely among the most important components of the applications process and considering your GPA was low, you definitely need to offset the same with a GMAT score higher than the average at SMU :)

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Hello, I have this issue. If you get above a 700 in your gmat or high 600s buy your undergrad GPA was not so impressive how much of an effect would your GMAT help in the selection process to help you gain admission even possibly a scholarship. My preferred school is SMU in Dallas and their average GMAT is 664. Any advise will help, thank you.


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It is great to show a higher GMAT to help to offset a low GPA. However it doesn't offset it completely. Keep in mind the demographic factor as well. Depending on your demographic, you may want to get a higher than average GMAT anyway and then even higher to offset GPA. Of course this is all individualized.

In addition, taking graduate level courses can show your ability to succeed academically in a way a GMAT may not show. GMAT is most important but once you reach your full potential, showing extra courses is often advised.

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