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I have given a GMAT exam ,scored 420 in my exam. Already have spent 6-7 months. I am planning to apply again but this time I want my score 760. The problem is when I look into best MBA colleges like Harvard the GMAT score is not only consideration. They consider the work experience , background and I have only 2 year experience in IT by the time I complete my next GMAT score and I have not done anything extraordinary to be eligible for these schools. But I only want the best. Please let me know shall I drop my plan for MBA , or if not then what shall with GMAT score to be eligible for the best MBA schools

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I have given a GMAT exam ,scored 420 in my exam. Already have spent 6-7 months. I am planning to apply again but this time I want my score 760. The problem is when I look into best MBA colleges like Harvard the GMAT score is not only consideration. They consider the work experience , background and I have only 2 year experience in IT by the time I complete my next GMAT score and I have not done anything extraordinary to be eligible for these schools. But I only want the best. Please let me know shall I drop my plan for MBA , or if not then what shall with GMAT score to be eligible for the best MBA schools

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Hi Science,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. To get into your dream business schools you will definitely need to ace your GMAT. You should study for around 4 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

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Hi Science,

To start, was this 420 on a practice CAT/mock or on the Official GMAT? What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for this Exam? If you've been studying for over 6 months, then it's possible that you have developed some 'bad habits' that are keeping you from scoring higher (and will take time to fix). As an aside, the 760+ score is the 99th percentile - meaning that 99% of Test Takers never score that high (regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT). Thankfully, NO Business School requires a score that high - so it's important to realize that the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are not the same thing.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks/Official Exams (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Science wrote:
I have given a GMAT exam ,scored 420 in my exam. Already have spent 6-7 months. I am planning to apply again but this time I want my score 760. The problem is when I look into best MBA colleges like Harvard the GMAT score is not only consideration. They consider the work experience , background and I have only 2 year experience in IT by the time I complete my next GMAT score and I have not done anything extraordinary to be eligible for these schools. But I only want the best. Please let me know shall I drop my plan for MBA , or if not then what shall with GMAT score to be eligible for the best MBA schools
Because admissions committees look at other things as well, there is no minimum GMAT score that determines eligibility. You don't need a 760 to get into even the best schools. It might help, but you should be working on the other aspects of your application as well.
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Hi Science,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Regarding business school, although it’s true that admissions will look at your application holistically, in order to gain consideration from top schools, you will definitely need to improve your GMAT score. That said, there is no reason to quit, OK? With some smart and dedicated studying, you CAN improve your GMAT score. I provided you with some detailed advice on how to do so here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/need-guidance-288065.html.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

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New post 12 Mar 2019, 05:43
Hi Science,

Admission Committees in business schools indeed consider various other factors other than your GMAT score. To get a detailed understanding of what top business schools look for you may give this article a read - How to get into a top Business School?

However, there is no denying the fact that a good GMAT score will give a boost to your application. You can get started with improving your score right away and build the other parameters alongside.

What does it take to ace GMAT?

Consider GMAT as a project where you need to first plan it out well and then take one step at a time. I have listed out the steps below,

1. Create a plan

This is the first and most important step of your preparation. Using the Personalized Study Planner tool you can create a plan that is personalized to your starting score, target score, strengths, and weaknesses.

The key takeaways from the tool are,
    1. Clear milestones (target percentiles) for each sub-section tailored to your strengths, and weaknesses
    2. Estimate of the overall time required to reach your target score and a tentative GMAT date
    3. The sequence of study and an estimate of the time required for acing each sub-section

The image below shows how your plan would look like. You can edit the sequence of study, study hours, off days etc. as per your requirements. Learn how you can refine the plan using your inputs.


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2. Execute the plan

Planning is only half the work done. You need to stick to the plan and execute it diligently.

A score of 420 shows that you need to work right from the basics. So, you should go through each topic that GMAT tests. It will require dedicated effort. Learn how Gabriel improved from a 430 to a 700.

I am sharing some of the free resources to get you started with preparation. You can get access to a lot more of these videos and practice questions once you sign up for the Free Trial.

Learning the concepts is not enough. Applying the concepts is the key and this requires effective practice. To make the practice more effective, learn the right processes that will help you score high consistently. To do so you can attend the free CR session – Pre-thinking for Assumptions and Algebra Webinar this weekend. Learn through live interaction with the top-rated experts.

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