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Try GMAT for the 5th time or go for the GRE?

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My 3rd GMAT attempt was 640 (v32 q47 ir8 awa6.0) and 4th attempt was 640 (v35 q44 ir5 awa5.0).

Any advice which score to report in my application?

Also, I took a GRE Mock (from Manhattan) without any preparation, and got 315 (Q161 and v154).

Should I try the GRE too with a bit of prep, so as to try and increase my equivalent GMAT score?
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I do not know what is your aim. What do you want to pursue - MBA, MiM or something else? Which are your targeted schools and what is their average class score. You need to provide some information to guide you precisely.

I would insist to submit the application with 640 (v32 q47 ir8 awa6.0). There is no harm in taking GRE if you are comfortable with it. Many people did this and performed well in GRE rather than GMAT. You can look at your targeted school's website whether they accept GRE? Some schools also mention the minimum percentile (it should be around 65%). Let us know some details about you. Thanks.
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I do not know what is your aim. What do you want to pursue - MBA, MiM or something else?

I would insist to submit the application with 640 (v32 q47 ir8 awa6.0).


Thank you for your prompt response.

I'm planning to pursue MBA from a b-school in Europe. I have work ex of 3+ years, and my main short term goals is a career switch into consulting or automotive sector.

I'll go ahead with the score you have mentioned.

Off-Topic : I had HEC on my dream list but bumped it off since my score is lower than the average, as you can infer. Would you still recommend applying to HEC?
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apurvacal033 wrote:
Thank you for your prompt response.

I'm planning to pursue MBA from a b-school in Europe. I have work ex of 3+ years, and my main short term goals is a career switch into consulting or automotive sector.

I'll go ahead with the score you have mentioned.

Off-Topic : I had HEC on my dream list but bumped it off since my score is lower than the average, as you can infer. Would you still recommend applying to HEC?


Why are you in hurry to apply in any school now? If you want to get in consulting - you need to score at least 700 to enter in Top Bschools. You are young and still have a lot of time to improve. If HEC is your dream, I will help you a bit in it :) I read about an Indian girl who got admitted at 640 with scholarships. Also, 650ish is common for European female applicants as well. I know a Spanish girl who got both HEC and IESE at 640 with scholarships. She went to IESE finally. If you are an Indian Female, I would say there are chances with 640 BUT you need to work a lot on essays, recos., extra-curricular and make your overall profile strong. I will find and send you the story link of that girl.

Otherwise, wait for bit. Apply for Sep-21 Intake in HEC, the first Round is in mid of Aug-20. You can improve your profile and GMAT as well. I hope, I will apply for the same intake. It's better to wait for an year if you can get your dream school. Thanks.
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A few things to consider. You have alrready taken the GMAT four times and the scores have not changed much. This applies to the subscores as well. So, this indicates that you need more training to improve foundational knowledge. Taking more tests is unlikely to be of significant assistance.

You scored well in a GRE test taken without preparation. This could be because you related well to the test or simply due to the possibility that you had tired of the GMAT and a new test afforded better situations.

In any case, if you have the time, you should use it to gain additional training for the GMAT. It may not be a good idea to waste another attempt since you only have a limited number of retakes available. You may also benefit by preparing for the GRE. It is possible that training for both tests at the same time may help to improve your overall knowledge.

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apurvacal033 wrote:
Thank you for your prompt response.

I'm planning to pursue MBA from a b-school in Europe. I have work ex of 3+ years, and my main short term goals is a career switch into consulting or automotive sector.

I'll go ahead with the score you have mentioned.

Off-Topic : I had HEC on my dream list but bumped it off since my score is lower than the average, as you can infer. Would you still recommend applying to HEC?


Why are you in hurry to apply in any school now? If you want to get in consulting - you need to score at least 700 to enter in Top Bschools. You are young and still have a lot of time to improve. If HEC is your dream, I will help you a bit in it :) I read about an Indian girl who got admitted at 640 with scholarships. Also, 650ish is common for European female applicants as well. I know a Spanish girl who got both HEC and IESE at 640 with scholarships. She went to IESE finally. If you are an Indian Female, I would say there are chances with 640 BUT you need to work a lot on essays, recos., extra-curricular and make your overall profile strong. I will find and send you the story link of that girl.

Otherwise, wait for bit. Apply for Sep-21 Intake in HEC, the first Round is in mid of Aug-20. You can improve your profile and GMAT as well. I hope, I will apply for the same intake. It's better to wait for an year if you can get your dream school. Thanks.


Hi!! could you share the story of the girl to me as well? I need a inspiration too! Thanks :)
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Hi apurvacal033,

First off, a 640/Q47 is a solid Score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. You're ultimately asking a number of Admissions questions though, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

There's no harm in retaking the GMAT again - and you have the opportunity to pick up some significant points in both the Quant and Verbal sections. Before you decide either way, you might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi apurvacal033,

I agree that you should submit the score of V32/Q47. Regarding next steps, rather than switching to the GRE, you may consider giving the GMAT another shot. I realize that you’ve taken the GMAT 4 times; however, 640 is a pretty solid score, so with some additional prep, you likely can improve your GMAT score. In any case, if you decide to retake the GMAT or move forward with the GRE and would like some advice regarding your study plan, feel free to reach back out. Good luck!
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