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I got a score of 640 (v31 Q47)

I already have an MBA from tier-I college with a CGPA of 3.16/4. My CGPA from engineering is 3.32/4

I have work-ex of 7 years .. 2 years before MBA. 5 years post MBA. Currently working in a major telecom company. Do I stand a chance if i apply with this score to HEC, Wharton? Or should i be retaking GMAT to improve my score?

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I got a score of 640 (v31 Q47)

I already have an MBA from tier-I college with a CGPA of 3.16/4. My CGPA from engineering is 3.32/4

I have work-ex of 7 years .. 2 years before MBA. 5 years post MBA. Currently working in a major telecom company. Do I stand a chance if i apply with this score to HEC, Wharton? Or should i be retaking GMAT to improve my score?

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Hi LavanyaR87,

Chances of Indian applicants with less than 700 GMAT are considerably low - Refer this detailed analysis of Indian applicants. It is highly recommended for Indian applicants to try to score atleast 700 on the GMAT. Apart from acceptance chance, a high GMAT score also increases chance of getting scholarship.

Also, as you already have an MBA degree, you will need to explain reasons for pursuing second MBA in your apps/interviews.
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Hi LavanyaR87,

As an Indian applicant, outscore the median of the school. A high score can also mitigate an average GPA. Moreover, as mentioned by Narenn, a high score will also increase your odds of landing a fellowship and you need to explain why you want to pursue a second MBA.
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LavanyaR87 wrote:
I got a score of 640 (v31 Q47)

I already have an MBA from tier-I college with a CGPA of 3.16/4. My CGPA from engineering is 3.32/4

I have work-ex of 7 years .. 2 years before MBA. 5 years post MBA. Currently working in a major telecom company. Do I stand a chance if i apply with this score to HEC, Wharton? Or should i be retaking GMAT to improve my score?

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Hello LavanyaR87,

Thank you for your query ☺

You definitely have a very strong work experience ☺
That said, as an Indian applicant, the GMAT expectations from you are going to be much higher, as compared to the expectations from the average applicant pool. Therefore, it is recommended that you retake the GMAT and aim for a score upwards of 700 ☺

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I think folks above have referenced your tough demo as one thing to note as you evaluate whether to retake again. I would also consider the fact that you are applying for your second MBA so you will have to present a compelling application package to convince the ad comm it is worth giving you a spot in their class instead of another applicant seeking their first MBA. So to make yourself as competitive as possible you want to aim to score above the avg score listed and for a school like Wharton you will need to break 730 for that
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I got a score of 640 (v31 Q47)

I already have an MBA from tier-I college with a CGPA of 3.16/4. My CGPA from engineering is 3.32/4

I have work-ex of 7 years .. 2 years before MBA. 5 years post MBA. Currently working in a major telecom company. Do I stand a chance if i apply with this score to HEC, Wharton? Or should i be retaking GMAT to improve my score?

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HI

You have a big rom available in your verbal score, if your target is not only HEC then you definitely should retake to improve your score and specially for top US Business schools (Wharton in your case) you should have 680+ score.

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I got a score of 640 (v31 Q47)

I already have an MBA from tier-I college with a CGPA of 3.16/4. My CGPA from engineering is 3.32/4

I have work-ex of 7 years .. 2 years before MBA. 5 years post MBA. Currently working in a major telecom company. Do I stand a chance if i apply with this score to HEC, Wharton? Or should i be retaking GMAT to improve my score?

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If you feel you can improve your score, you should probably do so.
If it helps, we've seen cases of candidates getting admitted to Wharton with low scores (even 640 and below), as you can see here: https://aringo.com/aringo-top-mba-gmat-results/
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LavanyaR87 wrote:
I got a score of 640 (v31 Q47)

I already have an MBA from tier-I college with a CGPA of 3.16/4. My CGPA from engineering is 3.32/4

I have work-ex of 7 years .. 2 years before MBA. 5 years post MBA. Currently working in a major telecom company. Do I stand a chance if i apply with this score to HEC, Wharton? Or should i be retaking GMAT to improve my score?

Extra curricular: Dancing


Hi LavanyaR87,

If you are planning to apply for a highly competitive school like Wharton, I think it will benefit you to give it another shot. 640 is a good score to lead with and you can now consider it your base score and work on your weak areas. If you are willing to study dedicatedly, you are sure to achieve your goal. 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 Optimus Prep 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 also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. 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 a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina and help you with your anxiety issues. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html


Hope this helps. All the best.
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