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I got a relatively low GMAT score for top 20 schools. 650 the first time, studied, prepped, and felt prepared to get a 700, but when I retook the exam, I rushed down got a 640.

My undergrad GPA in math (from a state university) was 3.8, and I have about 5yrs experience as a data analyst and product manager. Is this enough to compensate for a GMAT score that is 50 points below the average of my target schools: Cornell and Northwestern? Or should I retake the exam? With less than a month before deadlines, I wonder if I should focus all my efforts on other parts of the application, like the essays (if my current GMAT might be good enough to get me where I want to go).

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New post 15 Dec 2017, 18:44
Your GPA is strong, with a background in quant to boot. But GMAT is even more visible, and a statistic dear to schools. It carries more weight (than GPA) in most rankings, and is not just a more recent academic assessment of an applicant, it’s common for all applicants (unlike GPA, which can have overlays of university, country etc.)

A deficit of 50 points is significant. It’s a tough call on retake, given the time constraint you face. If you decide to go ahead with the applications, give your best there. You never know.
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I got a relatively low GMAT score for top 20 schools. 650 the first time, studied, prepped, and felt prepared to get a 700, but when I retook the exam, I rushed down got a 640.

My undergrad GPA in math (from a state university) was 3.8, and I have about 5yrs experience as a data analyst and product manager. Is this enough to compensate for a GMAT score that is 50 points below the average of my target schools: Cornell and Northwestern? Or should I retake the exam? With less than a month before deadlines, I wonder if I should focus all my efforts on other parts of the application, like the essays (if my current GMAT might be good enough to get me where I want to go).

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Hey dude, you have a great GPA and what seems to be solid work experience. Why waste that on a GMAT that you know you can better?

I'd suggest just hunkering down, studying till June as hard as you can and preparing an application for next year with the best possible GMAT you can come away with.

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New post 17 Dec 2017, 11:54
Hi there,

The business school admission process is extremely competitive, and so I always encourage candidates to apply when they are able to put their best foot forward. Your GMAT score will be low for the schools you are looking at. You ultimately make the final decision, but I agree with the post above that you would be putting yourself in a much better position by retaking the GMAT and applying when your score is within range.

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New post 22 Dec 2017, 12:23
I'm not sure your GPA will be able to help you overcome your low GMAT for your target schools. Now the real question is do you think your application is in a good enough place to allow you to retake the GMAT. Given the time crunch it may be too much to ask, but only you can answer that, but your GMAT as i is, will make it particularly tough for you
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