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Should I take the GMAT even though I meet the GPA cutoff to waive it?

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New post 12 Sep 2018, 02:18
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Little more context, if it might influence the answer in anyway.

I have no work experience, internships, or extracurriculars on my resume. As sad as it is, I was a full-time student basically giving it my all and the highest I could muster was a 3.46 GPA. Not bad, but far from phenomenal. Still, some of the school's I'm hoping to get into have a GPA cutoff where if your GPA is above 'X' GPA, you don't have to take the GMAT and I'm fortunate enough to be above that threshold.

I was wondering if it's wise to take the GMAT anyway to make up for the lack of job experience.
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Title.

Little more context, if it might influence the answer in anyway.

I have no work experience, internships, or extracurriculars on my resume. As sad as it is, I was a full-time student basically giving it my all and the highest I could muster was a 3.46 GPA. Not bad, but far from phenomenal. Still, some of the school's I'm hoping to get into have a GPA cutoff where if your GPA is above 'X' GPA, you don't have to take the GMAT and I'm fortunate enough to be above that threshold.

I was wondering if it's wise to take the GMAT anyway to make up for the lack of job experience.



Hello Plasticzealot,

It all depends on your dreams and ambitions. If you plan to do it from a top-tier B-school, Work experience is mandatory which you're lacking at present. so considering an applicant with No work experience and No GMAT would certainly not get you an admit, unless you verify with a school that they accept applicants with a similar profile as yours.
MBA might not work-out for you while applying but you can try for MiM ( from top-tier B-school) which most of the schools accept on your profile but a GMAT is mandatory.

if you can take GMAT and get a score between 600-700 many options are there for you.

hope it helps. if you have any doubts do message me.

Give kudos if it was helpful for you. Thank you!

All the Best!
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New post 28 May 2019, 19:19
I too was thinking on this. I have the GPA to waive most of my programs. I'm not applying to a top tier school, simply an online grad program so that I am not attending classes exhausted after work. This way, I have a decent work/school/life balance and can take things my own pace.

My GPA is goodish, but not the best, lingering around on the border of most waivers (3.55).
However, most programs did give me a heads up that even if I meet the GPA cutoff, sometimes they also give out waivers based on the rest of your application (recs, statement, WE (biggest deal here), and if you already have professional licenses. The two recruiters I've spoken with have said that I was a promising and strong candidate for business school BUT, to make sure to take the GMAT as it's always best to have a plan B.

Both recruiters from different schools noted my high GPA, yes, but warned that I shouldn't rely on the possible chance of getting it. Because if I DON'T get a waiver, now it's already August, I'm doing the applications and find out suddenly I don't qualify for a waver :/
I guess, for me personally, better safe than sorry? :shocked
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