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14 Nov 2012, 15:10
I am going to be completing my undergraduate studies this coming may from a top 10 public university. I will graduate Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) as a BS in Business Administration. I recently accepted a consulting position with a well-respected Consulting Practice. I am thinking about taking the GMAT at graduation, and applying to MBA programs in 4-5 years or so. To get into a top 20 program, will I need to "ACE" the GMAT or would my work experience (and assuming good recommendations go along with that) and good undergrad grades make up for a "lower than average" GMAT score (I.E. scoring in the 600s rather than in the 700s)? I know other factors such as essays, interviews, etc. play a role as well. As far out as I am, I just want to get a general sense of what my expectations for the GMAT should be in light of my current profile.

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16 Nov 2012, 05:03
Well you are off to an excellent start. With a summa cum laude from a top 10 + a nice beginning in a consulting firm, you are actually all set on the way towards building yourself the strongest possible application as you work towards business-school. for the GMAT - the answer is simple - take it until you get the highest score you can. If you are aiming for Top 10 schools, a 700+ is great, a 720 or higher, even better. And since you have the unchangeable things (alma mater, undergrad GPA, first job) all set up perfectly, you just keep retaking the GMAT if you need to till you get your score.

The other thing is, since you are planning already - think about one if not two community service/volunteer positions that you would be interested in taking and keeping and eventually taking a leadership position in in the next years.

And good luck!
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16 Nov 2012, 12:32
Jon,

Thanks so much. I really appreciate the feedback. I am not a great standardized tests taker. My SAT score was not as high as most of my peers at my University. So, I am very nervous about the GMAT. Is it possible to get into 10-20 programs (not top 10) with a GMAT score that is in the low to mid 600s? I imagine almost all serious candidates in the top 10 have the work experience, college achievements, and 700+ GMAT scores. But, would I have the ability to make up for a "lower than average" GMAT in a 10-20 school with my other credentials?
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19 Nov 2012, 02:21
Well, I would say: Why worry about it at this point? You are obviously a smart fellow if you are graduating summa cum laude. Okay, so you aren't the best test-taker. That fair enough. And you know NOW already that you will have to A) Work harder than others on your GMAT B) Maybe also take it more times than other people do.

Both of those things are fine. So for the moment don't worry about what score you can or can't get. Just come up with a plan (time and strategy) for getting the best score you CAN get, and THEN you can worry about which programs that specific score will get you into!

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19 Nov 2012, 15:20
The other thing is, since you are planning already - think about one if not two community service/volunteer positions that you would be interested in taking and keeping and eventually taking a leadership position in in the next years.

I agree with this 110%. You are well on your way to success but volunteer opportunities are a great way to be well rounded.
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