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I had applied last year with a low GMAT score but was not selected. I am planning to reapply to Columbia again this year but would like to understand whether I should try to attempt the GMAT again or to submit a GRE score?

I find the GMAT verbal section difficult and I would probably score in the range of 650-700 if I decide to give GMAT again. Since I am good with vocab, I just gave a GRE practice test where I scored a 315. I am sure after prep that I can improve this score to get between 320-330.

Would the admissions office look at the application in a negative light if I re-apply with a GRE score? Or would it be safer to stick to the GMAT even though it might not be a great score?

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I had applied last year with a low GMAT score but was not selected. I am planning to reapply to Columbia again this year but would like to understand whether I should try to attempt the GMAT again or to submit a GRE score?

I find the GMAT verbal section difficult and I would probably score in the range of 650-700 if I decide to give GMAT again. Since I am good with vocab, I just gave a GRE practice test where I scored a 315. I am sure after prep that I can improve this score to get between 320-330.

Would the admissions office look at the application in a negative light if I re-apply with a GRE score? Or would it be safer to stick to the GMAT even though it might not be a great score?


Hi bks5860 ,

Welcome to GMATClub :)

I think if you are already good at GRE, you should go ahead and take the exam.

You can always explain your reasons for taking the GRE exam and if it is a great score, Columbia won't bother about your previous GMAT score.

So, get yourself prepared for GRE and beat the exam. :)
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bks5860 wrote:
I had applied last year with a low GMAT score but was not selected. I am planning to reapply to Columbia again this year but would like to understand whether I should try to attempt the GMAT again or to submit a GRE score?

I find the GMAT verbal section difficult and I would probably score in the range of 650-700 if I decide to give GMAT again. Since I am good with vocab, I just gave a GRE practice test where I scored a 315. I am sure after prep that I can improve this score to get between 320-330.

Would the admissions office look at the application in a negative light if I re-apply with a GRE score? Or would it be safer to stick to the GMAT even though it might not be a great score?


What was your GMAT score? The score that you have been rejected with

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bks5860 wrote:
I had applied last year with a low GMAT score but was not selected. I am planning to reapply to Columbia again this year but would like to understand whether I should try to attempt the GMAT again or to submit a GRE score?

I find the GMAT verbal section difficult and I would probably score in the range of 650-700 if I decide to give GMAT again. Since I am good with vocab, I just gave a GRE practice test where I scored a 315. I am sure after prep that I can improve this score to get between 320-330.

Would the admissions office look at the application in a negative light if I re-apply with a GRE score? Or would it be safer to stick to the GMAT even though it might not be a great score?


Hi bks5860 ,
320 is a pretty good score and corresponds to somewhere around the 80th percentile and 330 is close to 98 percentile and hence it is a rare score. In my opinion, if needed you can always explain why did you take the GRE and if you score in the upper half of that range 320-330 , you should be good as the b school won't be concerned about your earlier GMAT score .
How much did you score on the GMAT when you were not accepted by Columbia ?
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Thanks Abhimahna, LeonidK and Skywalker18!

So I should just focus on giving the GRE?

I applied with a 600. Quant score was high (49) but the verbal was really low.

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bks5860 wrote:
Thanks Abhimahna, LeonidK and Skywalker18!

So I should just focus on giving the GRE?

I applied with a 600. Quant score was high (49) but the verbal was really low.


Yes, if you are confident that you can score a great score on GRE, Go ahead and get that done.

Remember, an outstanding GRE score will make your application very strong despite your previous low GMAT score.
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bks5860 wrote:
I had applied last year with a low GMAT score but was not selected. I am planning to reapply to Columbia again this year but would like to understand whether I should try to attempt the GMAT again or to submit a GRE score?

I find the GMAT verbal section difficult and I would probably score in the range of 650-700 if I decide to give GMAT again. Since I am good with vocab, I just gave a GRE practice test where I scored a 315. I am sure after prep that I can improve this score to get between 320-330.

Would the admissions office look at the application in a negative light if I re-apply with a GRE score? Or would it be safer to stick to the GMAT even though it might not be a great score?


What was your GMAT score? The score that you have been rejected with

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bks5860 wrote:
Thanks Abhimahna, LeonidK and Skywalker18!

So I should just focus on giving the GRE?

I applied with a 600. Quant score was high (49) but the verbal was really low.


Yes, if you are confident that you can score a great score on GRE, Go ahead and get that done.

Remember, an outstanding GRE score will make your application very strong despite your previous low GMAT score.



Okay, I will start preparing for the GRE then :) Thanks so much!

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Couldn't agree with this more - it's 100% true that sometimes people score better on the opposite test, simply because the way the test is structured. It's is also my professional opinion that for those who score higher in verbal, the GRE might give you a boost over the GMAT.

Switching tests, as long as your new score is high, will not be a red flag to admissions. They just want to know that if they admit you, you can keep up with the course work at that high level!

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abhimahna wrote:
bks5860 wrote:
Thanks Abhimahna, LeonidK and Skywalker18!

So I should just focus on giving the GRE?

I applied with a 600. Quant score was high (49) but the verbal was really low.


Yes, if you are confident that you can score a great score on GRE, Go ahead and get that done.

Remember, an outstanding GRE score will make your application very strong despite your previous low GMAT score.



how can i score highest in just one month ? can i have that type of gre books ?
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