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# So, about the school application and GMAT score

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Joined: 22 Oct 2013
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22 Oct 2013, 07:25
First I want to say hi
Then I hope someone will be able to help me with my question:
When I read any admission site for any "great" MBA program school, they all say the same thing: "Your GMAT score is just one of the criteria we assess you on. A below-average score doesn't automatically rule you out."
I am just wondering: anyone who have had a below average score got accepted to one of the quote on quote Elite MBA program?
From what I understand, that GMAT score is an important indicator for MBA program acceptance, I have talk to few applicants, that a 400 percentile will not get you anywhere, regardless your experience.

thanks

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22 Oct 2013, 08:08

Check out this link. It has 9 pages full of what you are asking about. There are plenty of examples of people getting accepted to great schools with "low" GMAT scores or GPAs. Hope this helps!

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26 Oct 2013, 22:59
chinesecook wrote:
First I want to say hi
Then I hope someone will be able to help me with my question:
When I read any admission site for any "great" MBA program school, they all say the same thing: "Your GMAT score is just one of the criteria we assess you on. A below-average score doesn't automatically rule you out."
I am just wondering: anyone who have had a below average score got accepted to one of the quote on quote Elite MBA program?
From what I understand, that GMAT score is an important indicator for MBA program acceptance, I have talk to few applicants, that a 400 percentile will not get you anywhere, regardless your experience.

thanks

cc

Your GMAT score is one of the criteria that AdComs use to evaluate your candidature - but it is definitely an important one. So what do AdComs look for?
1. Academic potential - will you be able to cope with the rigor of the program?
2. Leadership and diversity - do you have it in you to do great things?
3. Employability - after your MBA, will the school be able to assist you in achieving the goals you have mentioned?
Very clearly, your GMAT score falls under #1. Here's a more detailed article on what AdComs look for in MBA applicants: http://www.crackverbal.com/6-traits-top ... potential/

So how low can you go with your GMAT score, and still stand a chance of getting into your target B-school? Here's a thumb rule:

If the average GMAT score at the B-school is 650, and you have scored more than this, then you don't have to worry about your score at all. In fact, the higher your GMAT score is compared to the school's average, the better your chances are, w.r.t. this factor. The school is a 'safe' option for you.

If you have scored within 20 points of the average of the school (in this case, 630 - 650), you are in their ballpark range, but you need to put in a strong application to highlight other ways in which you are the right fit for the school. The school is still within your reach.

If your GMAT score is more than 30 points less than the school's average (620 or lower in this case), it is a bit of a stretch. Your profile needs to be really strong for the school to consider your application seriously.

So, keep these points in mind while shortlisting your target schools.
Cheers.

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