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What Range of GMAT scores do you have to get to offset a low GPA?

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New post 15 Mar 2018, 13:44
Hey Everyone,

I apologize if this has been asked before, unfortunately, GMAT and GPA are too short/common to search.

I was wondering what GMAT score I would need to score to offset a low GPA? I realize that this is a rather broad question and I understand that an MBA application is about more than these two components but, all else being equal, what GMAT scores would you need if you had a 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0 GPA. Let's assume I'm applying to a top 10 business program and there's no good reason for the low GPA. I do realize that what I'm asking is very broad a depends on numerous factors. I'm just trying to get a sense of the range of scores and whether they are achievable. Am I looking at 750+ or are there no scores that would offset this?
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Hey brocoe ,

Welcome to GMATClub :)

Although there isn't any disclosure of how much GMAT one should get to offset the low GPA, I would say the higher the GMAT, the better are the chances.

And yes, for the top 10 programs you mentioned, I would try my best to get that 750+ score and then can confidently explain the reason I got the low GPA.

Hereis another discussion that can help you understand the things better.

All the best :)
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New post 16 Mar 2018, 05:36
brocoe wrote:
Hey Everyone,

I apologize if this has been asked before, unfortunately, GMAT and GPA are too short/common to search.

I was wondering what GMAT score I would need to score to offset a low GPA? I realize that this is a rather broad question and I understand that an MBA application is about more than these two components but, all else being equal, what GMAT scores would you need if you had a 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0 GPA. Let's assume I'm applying to a top 10 business program and there's no good reason for the low GPA. I do realize that what I'm asking is very broad a depends on numerous factors. I'm just trying to get a sense of the range of scores and whether they are achievable. Am I looking at 750+ or are there no scores that would offset this?


Hi brocoe,

Thanks for writing in :)

Your query is definitely a bit subjective :) However, if you are looking at the top 10 programs, a GMAT score upwards of 750 would really help. Basically, you must attempt to score as high as possible :) Of course, once this is done, we will need to represent your case suitably in the Optional Essay and focus on how the GPA is not reflective of your overall academic potential.

Should you need any other clarifications, feel free to write to us.

All the best! :)
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brocoe wrote:
Hey Everyone,

I apologize if this has been asked before, unfortunately, GMAT and GPA are too short/common to search.

I was wondering what GMAT score I would need to score to offset a low GPA? I realize that this is a rather broad question and I understand that an MBA application is about more than these two components but, all else being equal, what GMAT scores would you need if you had a 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0 GPA. Let's assume I'm applying to a top 10 business program and there's no good reason for the low GPA. I do realize that what I'm asking is very broad a depends on numerous factors. I'm just trying to get a sense of the range of scores and whether they are achievable. Am I looking at 750+ or are there no scores that would offset this?


Hey brocoe,
Seems you already know this, but you want to hear the definitive word...

1) If you can get 750+ GMAT scores, any justification/ explanation/ excuse you give for your low GPA is taken seriously. The lower your GMAT score gets, the stronger the belief in you being "less than" what they need.
2) It may help you to know, regardless of GPAs, the top 10 require 730+ from nearly everyone. (unless you were a female from the remotest regions of Africa/under-represented... you get the drift)
3) Even if someone did tell you a score, please understand that is the MINIMUM. You are advised to go for scores that are higher.

Hope that helps..
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