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Kellogg, Booth, Ross, PT, retake 650 GMAT?

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I took the GMAT this past weekend and scored a 650. I'm targeting Kellogg, Booth, and Ross part-time programs. Should I retake? Obviously I'd like to not have to, but I need to decide quickly whether or not to study more or not and give it another shot. Are there merit based scholarships available for part-time programs that a higher score would give me a better shot of getting?

I have 3 years work experience (would have 4-4.5 by the time I apply), 3.6 undergrad GPA in Finance, 3.8 post undergrad work (26 hrs of Acctg classes), working towards CPA (will finish before applying). I'm also of a Hispanic background.

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I would reach out to each school's admissions department and get the feedback straight from them. They'll let you know if you're a competitive candidate or not, trust me. I don't know how these schools handle merit scholarships though...

For Ross, your GPA is above average, GMAT fits very nicely in their middle 80% range and it's only 10 points below the average. I seriously doubt your score will be a problem.

For Kellogg, your GMAT is about 45 points below the average 695. but here's the thing, if it fits within their middle 80% range of who they accept it should be fine...I don't see that info posted anywhere on their site so the typical advice I've read when only the average is shown is that if your GMAT score is 30-40+ points below the average you may want to retake or have other stats that are above average to balance it out. For Kellogg I would email admissions, give them the same stats/background you posted here and ask if they suggest retaking.

For Booth, your GMAT fits right in the middle 80% range as well as your GPA. Like Ross, I think you should be fine here.

One other piece of advice I can give you is to visit the schools (if you haven't already) and talk to alumni so you can prioritize which school you want the most. If Chicago or Ross are your number 1, and 2, and Kellogg is your 3rd I wouldn't bother retaking. If Kellogg is your total dream school and they come back and suggest retaking, then you know what to do. Make sense?

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I would reach out to each school's admissions department and get the feedback straight from them. They'll let you know if you're a competitive candidate or not, trust me. I don't know how these schools handle merit scholarships though...

For Ross, your GPA is above average, GMAT fits very nicely in their middle 80% range and it's only 10 points below the average. I seriously doubt your score will be a problem.

For Kellogg, your GMAT is about 45 points below the average 695. but here's the thing, if it fits within their middle 80% range of who they accept it should be fine...I don't see that info posted anywhere on their site so the typical advice I've read when only the average is shown is that if your GMAT score is 30-40+ points below the average you may want to retake or have other stats that are above average to balance it out. For Kellogg I would email admissions, give them the same stats/background you posted here and ask if they suggest retaking.

For Booth, your GMAT fits right in the middle 80% range as well as your GPA. Like Ross, I think you should be fine here.

One other piece of advice I can give you is to visit the schools (if you haven't already) and talk to alumni so you can prioritize which school you want the most. If Chicago or Ross are your number 1, and 2, and Kellogg is your 3rd I wouldn't bother retaking. If Kellogg is your total dream school and they come back and suggest retaking, then you know what to do. Make sense?


Thanks for the reply and advice! Yes I think for Ross my score is fine.

I did actually send notes to both Kellogg and Booth. Kellogg wouldn't give me a straight answer, and Booth told me it was good enough.

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Congratulations on making it this far! I think you are a pretty good fit for Michigan Ross. Booth a bit tougher. Kellogg sounds like it might be a reach. Should you retake? I don't think so, especially given the rest of your background and the fact that you are coming from an underrepresented demographic at business school. Now is the time to buckle down and focus on your essays, make sure they aren't what keep you out given your score is middle of the pack. Good luck!
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