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New post 16 Mar 2017, 07:11
Hello Everyone,

I appeared for GMAT on 28/12 and got a score of 650 (IR:3, Quant:48, Verbal:35). I thought of improving my score to 700 + level and prepped for the exam again since then. Today, I got a score of 630, which I cancelled. Needless to mention my disappointment, I have a couple of questions to ask -

1. Should I retake the exam ? I know for sure, my score (630) won't be reported, but will my attempt be counted ? And if yes, does that deter any aspect of my application ?

2. If I don't decide to opt for another turn at GMAT, which schools should I be looking forward to?

Also, below are a few bullet points of my profile-
1. 2013 graduate from BITS, Pilani (6.79 GPA)
a. Active member and sponsorship head of BITS MUN
2. Teach for India Fellowship (2013-2015)
a. Beside community engagement and classroom education uplift, volunteered and co-founded the first chapter of KKM (Khel Khel Mein - now turned into NGO)
b. Led the Jaipur expansion project of Teach for India. Researched the educational landscape and the expansion potential of TFI. Built partnerships with like-minded NGO's and Raj. government for MoUs.
3. Been working as Executive in KPMG, Bangalore.(2015 - present)
a. Turned from Trainee to Executive in a span of 6 months, a fate never achieved by anyone before.
b. Received Kudos and Rising Star within 1 year of joining.
c. Leading a key role in the current project. Received several client appreciations.

Any help would be immensely appreciated!
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New post 16 Mar 2017, 11:02
Hi tushartiwari4u,

First off, a 650/Q48 is a strong score (it's right around the 80th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, 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/

The process of applying to (and ultimately attending) Business School will require a big investment of time, money and energy on your part, so you really should make sure that the Programs that you apply to match your career goals/needs. There are a variety of factors that go into selecting the Schools that you'll apply to. Instead of just applying to Programs in which you might have a good chance to 'get in', here are some other things to think about:

1) Is there a particular company that you want to work for or industry that you want to work in? Certain degrees are more appropriate than others if you have a specific career goal.
2) What do you want your MBA to do for you?
3) Do you want to go to School full-time or part-time?
4) Are you willing to relocate? Are you comfortable with working through a program that is primarily online?
5) Are you going to be applying for scholarships?
Etc.

It's okay if you don't have answers to any of these questions just yet, but you really should try to define all of the important variables in terms of your goals, so that you can tailor your entire approach to getting into the best School that matches what you're looking for. By extension, once you have a list of Schools, you'll have a better sense of whether you should retake the GMAT or not.

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tushartiwari4u wrote:
Hello Everyone,

I appeared for GMAT on 28/12 and got a score of 650 (IR:3, Quant:48, Verbal:35). I thought of improving my score to 700 + level and prepped for the exam again since then. Today, I got a score of 630, which I cancelled. Needless to mention my disappointment, I have a couple of questions to ask -

1. Should I retake the exam ? I know for sure, my score (630) won't be reported, but will my attempt be counted ? And if yes, does that deter any aspect of my application ?

2. If I don't decide to opt for another turn at GMAT, which schools should I be looking forward to?

Also, below are a few bullet points of my profile-
1. 2013 graduate from BITS, Pilani (6.79 GPA)
a. Active member and sponsorship head of BITS MUN
2. Teach for India Fellowship (2013-2015)
a. Beside community engagement and classroom education uplift, volunteered and co-founded the first chapter of KKM (Khel Khel Mein - now turned into NGO)
b. Led the Jaipur expansion project of Teach for India. Researched the educational landscape and the expansion potential of TFI. Built partnerships with like-minded NGO's and Raj. government for MoUs.
3. Been working as Executive in KPMG, Bangalore.(2015 - present)
a. Turned from Trainee to Executive in a span of 6 months, a fate never achieved by anyone before.
b. Received Kudos and Rising Star within 1 year of joining.
c. Leading a key role in the current project. Received several client appreciations.

Any help would be immensely appreciated!


What schools would you like to apply to? If your GMAT is already within or above their ranges, it might not make sense to take again. If your 650 is below their ranges, I would begin studying again.
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New post 25 Mar 2017, 14:34
Hi tushartiwari4u

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1. Should I retake the exam ? I know for sure, my score (630) won't be reported, but will my attempt be counted ? And if yes, does that deter any aspect of my application ?


If the average score of school you're targeting way higher than 650, then you might want to consider retaking.
Yes the attempt is counted. Only re-scheduling the exam is not counted as attempt. There are now 8 life time attempts limit is set for GMAT.
No cancelling the score does not deter any aspect of your application because school will not know about this attempt.

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2. If I don't decide to opt for another turn at GMAT, which schools should I be looking forward to?

Apart from IIM ABC other schools in india do not have really high average GMAT score on their board. So you can apply to those colleges including ISB as well :)
IMO 650 is not a bad score. its decent.
Your graduation college, your age, the brand you're working with and extra curriculars are great factors to get you a call from ISB.

Spend your time writing the best application. that will help a lot.

I think you do have time to give GMAT another shot i.e April, May and June. Later you can start your application process from 1st July. You still would have at least 60 days to write applications.
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New post 04 May 2017, 09:04
Thank you HKD1710!

Your input really helps a lot. To be honest, I am glad and little surprised to know that my current score in combination with a good application can get me a call from ISB. Is it really the case because I have an impression of 700 for ISB ?
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New post 22 Jul 2018, 12:55
Hi,

I see this is an old post but my query is almost the same. For a 28/F working in IT for last 4 years, how good is the GMAT score =650??
Is there a need to retake the exam to get admit for ISB 2020? PM for profile!(if require further details to answer this :p)

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New post 23 Jul 2018, 12:29
Hi yash321,

While a 650 is a strong score (it's just a bit shy of the 80th percentile overall), not all 650s are 'equal.' Many Business Schools view an Applicant's Quant Scaled Score as an indicator of how that Applicant might handle the 'academic side' of the Program, so a 650 with a higher Quant Scaled Score might be viewed as 'better' than one with a higher Verbal Scaled Score.

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 those Experts here (and you'll have to provide far more information on your Overall profile):

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

If you choose to retest, then we have to examine how you've been studying. Once you've decided on whether to retest or not, you should post back here (or you can PM me directly) and we can talk through your study options going forward.

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New post 24 Jul 2018, 02:53
Hi yash321,

650 is a good score if that is the median score of the program that you want to apply to and you are not looking for Scholarships. You must also see the scores of students with similar profiles as yours to know the scores you would need to make your candidature stronger.

    • Ankur Gupta scored 700 (Q50 V33) in his second GMAT attempt but got rejected at ISB. On the advice of his interviewer, he retook the test and scored an impressive 760 (Q50 V42). This time he got an admit in Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon. Click here to read about his journey from 700 to 760.

    • Arjun improved from 610 (Q48 V26) to 730 (Q49 V41) received admits from Oxford Said and ISB. Click here to view his video interview.

You can also read this article on Importance of GMAT scores to know more.

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