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# what do b-schools think of multiple gmat scores

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19 May 2009, 19:30
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my apologies if this has already been asked before. but i thought mba schools only look at ur highest gmat score if uve taken it multiple times. but i just googled and came across this? any ideas? is this actually true?

Q: How do the B-schools process GMAT scores of applicants who have repeated the test?

A: First of all, your three most recent sets of GMAT scores are reported to the B-schools to whom you direct your score report. So if you take the GMAT a fourth time, scores from your first GMAT are dropped from your score report. Of course, if a school is sent a score report after your first three tests, then sent another report after your fourth test, the school will have all four sets of GMAT scores in its file. But the schools generally don’t consider scores that are not on an applicant’s current report.

Each B-school establishes its own policy for processing multiple GMAT scores. The most common policy is to average multiple scores. (Quantitative, Verbal, Combined Q/V, and Writing scores are each averaged separately.) A minority of schools will disregard all but your highest scores. (Again, Quantitative, Verbal, Combined Q/V, and Writing scores are each considered separately.) A few schools have adopted a hybrid approach, whereby they average scores from multiple tests unless there is a large enough discrepancy between scores—in which case they look only at your highest score. In any event, most B-schools disregard GMAT scores that are more than five years old.
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20 May 2009, 00:19
This is correct in general but maybe wrong in specific situations.

If you have multiple scores or considering re-taking GMAT, check with your schools - that's all that really matters. Adcoms will provide you with their approach to multiple GMAT scores. Alternatively, you can post in the proper threads for each of the schools in the MBA Forum and I am sure you will get the info from the current admits.
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20 May 2009, 12:17
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I can't say what schools in general think of multiple GMAT attempts, but I know that I hadn't any kind of problems with Wharton because of this. And I could say the same for Cambridge Judge... During the application process for these two schools nobody ever mentioned four GMAT attempts that I had.

Reading other members experience throughout this forum I've learn't that Wharton is extremelly tolerant to multiple scores and that they will use only your highest in evaluation of your application. The old myth that adcoms look unfavourably on the downward trend in your scores (e.g. from 740 to 700) seems incorrect, at least in my case. I had 720 then retook and scored 690 and been admitted to W. I don't know if they looked unfavourably but obviously it haven't destroyed my application. I've heard of some guy who had 13 attemts and enter Wharton in the end. I think I've found that story here, on GMATclub.

Vast majority of the b-schools very explicitly state that they will look only your highest score and AFAIK they mean it.
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24 May 2009, 00:57
Most b-schools will NOT have a problem with this. Why ? because a high average gmat among its class will help the school's rankings. Furthermore, when you put the gmat score on the resume, you will only put your "best scored" attempt (and never the number of attempts). So, if a potential recruiter will only see your best score then why should the school have any problems seeing just your best score and evaluating you on that ?

Having said that, if you do something radical like attempt the GMAT 20 times to hit the elusive 800 mark (when you already have a 700 score), then it might raise a couple of eyebrows about your priorities and maturity.
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27 May 2009, 00:26
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That smells like bullsh*t to me.

LSAT/MCAT scores are averaged by virtually all schools, but then again LSAT/MCAT averages are generally higher (ie Ivy Law schools' scores average 99th percentile), so they can be a bit more picky.

In regards to GMAT, from my experience, the highest score is almost always taken. It makes sense-- schools are based on their rankings, which are heavily influenced by their average GMAT scores, and being ranked high equals more applications which equals more \$\$\$\$\$\$, which is what bschool is all about, I'm a professional GMAT tutor, and I've seen about 40-50 people be admitted, and virtually all have written the GMAT multiple times (one girl wrote it 7 times I believe). She got into her school of choice, wasn't even asked about it once.

IMO let's just say this-- it's better to write it 5 times and get a 690 somewhere there in than to write it once and get a 590.
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27 May 2009, 11:02
I agree, definitely it's better to take GMAT 5 times and score 700+ in one of the attempts than take it once and score even some good result e.g. 670. I think that near the 700 frontier psychology becommes an important factor. Either you are in the 700+ pile or not...

Personally, I don't like it, simply because I'm sure there is absolutly no difference in academic potential between candidate who scored 710 and one who scored 690, but that's just the way it is...
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26 Sep 2009, 03:54
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Most b-schools will NOT have a problem with this. Why ? because a high average gmat among its class will help the school's rankings. Furthermore, when you put the gmat score on the resume, you will only put your "best scored" attempt (and never the number of attempts). So, if a potential recruiter will only see your best score then why should the school have any problems seeing just your best score and evaluating you on that ?

Having said that, if you do something radical like attempt the GMAT 20 times to hit the elusive 800 mark (when you already have a 700 score), then it might raise a couple of eyebrows about your priorities and maturity.

Huh....Is it true that we have to put our GMAT scores on resume?....
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26 Sep 2009, 13:10
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bsd_lover wrote:
Most b-schools will NOT have a problem with this. Why ? because a high average gmat among its class will help the school's rankings. Furthermore, when you put the gmat score on the resume, you will only put your "best scored" attempt (and never the number of attempts). So, if a potential recruiter will only see your best score then why should the school have any problems seeing just your best score and evaluating you on that ?

Having said that, if you do something radical like attempt the GMAT 20 times to hit the elusive 800 mark (when you already have a 700 score), then it might raise a couple of eyebrows about your priorities and maturity.

Huh....Is it true that we have to put our GMAT scores on resume?....

Not if that's something you don't want anyone to see

Some consulting houses use GMAT/GRE/SAT/etc as an easy way to weed out applicants, and do ask for your GMAT score.
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10 Oct 2009, 01:13
Huuhh, thanks a lot mates, you really destroyed my fears about the GMAT score.
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10 Oct 2009, 02:42
Folks,

This has been discussed before and IS NOT TRUE.

should-i-take-gmat-the-third-time-82573.html?view-post=619072#p619072

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Hi phoenix09,

Per GMAC's website:

http://www.gmac.com/gmac/thegmat/gmatscores/

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An Official GMAT Score Report shows each of these scores; in cases of repeat testing, the score report will show all of the test taker's GMAT scores for the past five years.

As long as a score is still within the 5 year window, it will show up on the score report to the schools.

The school will receive all your scores and your score cancellations as long as the test was written in the last five years.
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10 Oct 2009, 04:00
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this is exactly what I knew before about the GMAT scores....

my first attempt is amazingly low.
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Pkit wrote:
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this is exactly what I knew before about the GMAT scores....

my first attempt is amazingly low.

There is no issue with taking the GMAT 2,3, maybe even 4 times.

Some people go 5,6 all the way to 10 times. At that point, schools will likely think one is score hunting.

Don't worry about one bad test. Give prep its due time and improve. Taking it twice will NOT affect your viability as a candidate.
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10 Oct 2009, 14:08
Hi mates,

my two cents on this matter

as long as you can support each test taking, go ahead with it

in other words, if you can prove that you are not a score hunter, you will not be penalized. However, if you spend your salary in taking exams just looking for the case you're lucky that day... man, you're dead

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10 Oct 2009, 14:17
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Pkit wrote:
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this is exactly what I knew before about the GMAT scores....

my first attempt is amazingly low.

Slightly off-topic, but you may want to visit this thread: calling-all-cis-xussr-mba-applicants-84818.html?view-post=637421#p637421
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05 Dec 2009, 07:17
Giving myself a ceiling of three - I think that should be reasonable for most people...
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14 Aug 2010, 03:17
I am also writing Gmat 3rd time and I think that it depends on the school on how they interpret the scores.
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31 Aug 2010, 00:58
My first score is 480. It's my first attempt at it. I feel ill during the exam and scored Q36 V20. Nw I intend to retake it in a month, but i dont know if my low score would affect my chances even if i get 740 the next time, i however called the business school and they said they only consider the score added to the application.
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