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# We don't care if you got a 7 in front of your score, true or false?

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20 Aug 2019, 09:31
I was watching a few videos of poets and quants,
Sandy said that Dee Leopold once said that Harvard doesn't care about GMAT score as long as there is a 7 in front of it.
I just want to know if it is true?
Do they truly want such a score?

Or is it just a hoax?
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08 Dec 2019, 21:26
Harvard will forgive a less than average GMAT score on occasion, but the common rule now is it should be at least a 730.
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10 Dec 2019, 13:34
Hi,

We have helped many people override low GMAT scores (in the mid- to high-600s) to gain admission to HBS, but that is exactly what happened - they "overrode" what potentially could have been a deal-breaker. Whether that sort of "override" is possible is often dependent on the whole story. What is a candidate's backstory? What is their profile? What are their professional achievements? And, of course, the application should be outstanding (recommendations and essay) to maximize odds of overriding a low GMAT score.

In general, you should strive to get your score in the 700s. We at MBA Admit.com have found in recent years that 720 is safe, 710 is acceptable but soft, 700 can be acceptable depending on the profile, and 730 and above usually means the GMAT was not a reason for a rejection. (Indian foreign national men often have to hit a higher number, like 750...)

Best wishes,
Dr. Shel
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