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# The significance of the GMAT?

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26 Jan 2005, 10:46
Ok, I realize that the GMAT is significant. I realize that it is one of the few quantitative standards that adcom people have to judge two similar applicants but I have been meaning to ask a question with regard to the significance of the GMAT after you get that >=700. I read people's profiles that they post on the GMAT club...you know the "what are my chances" posts. For people applying to the top tier schools most people who post I have noticed have 700 or above. I happen to be one of those people who is planning on applying to a few top tier schools (I have not taken the GMAT yet). I am studying sooo hard to get that 700 score but it seems that even if I do it won't be anything special, I'll just be another applicant of the many applicants I'm sure they get, who get >=700 score. Don't get me wrong I want a >=700 score, mostly because my GPA is so low, but still, it doesn't seem like it would set me apart as an applicant.
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28 Jan 2005, 15:36
the fact that your gpa is low will put your gmat under the microscope. if you had a high gpa from a very competitive school and just had an ok gmat you'd probably get a pass. its not all in the stats you need to be able to tell a convincing story about why you need an mba from XXX university

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28 Jan 2005, 17:28
That's right. A high GMAT alone won't set you apart -- that's why you need more than that, as jackson mentioned.
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