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I did Fulbright and I work at Google.....

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I was wondering if anyone could tell me what kind of a GMAt score I would need to get into a top 5 school given I have strong work experience. The two big things are that I did a Fulbright scholarship and i currently work at Google. At Google I've been promoted twice.

The reason I ask is because I'm not doing so well on my practice tests (low 600's on the last 3 practice tests I've taken after about 2 months of studying). Generally, I don't do well on standardized tests (or tests generally) when in high school I was told I had a learning disability... but who really knows. All in all, it makes me nervous to think that a test might be the difference between going to a dream school vs a good school.

Would love any thoughts :)

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New post 17 May 2018, 15:59
Generally speaking you want to try to at least hit a school's average or they will place additional weight on the other parts of your app - looking for proof that you are up for the rigors of their school. In your case, the Fulbright & work at Google will definitely help, especially if you've made significant impact in your role at Google. You also might want to consider taking a quant class (assuming your quant score is low) to show that you are making an effort to address that weakness.

Even with a Fulbright and work at Google, low 600s is pretty low & is going to make top 5 tough. I'd shoot for at least high 600s.

If you think you might have a learning disability it also might be worth getting tested/seeing a specialist. If you could get documentation of that you could get extra time on the GMAT & could also mention it in an optional essay when you submit your app. If you can show that you can still get a solid score (with that extra time) & have kicked butt at work even with that learning disability you could even turn that into a strength of your app (i.e. ability to overcome difficult circumstances).

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