So you’ve taken the GMAT and your score didn’t meet your expectations, and now you are worried that it’s all over before it began. There’s no reason to give up on your dream to get an MBA at a top program in the US or Europe, even in years with numerous application like this one. GMAT below 700 isn’t the end of the world.

Your GMAT Score is Just One Part of Your Application

Think of the MBA admissions process like dating – maybe you’re not the tallest or the best looking person, but you definitely have some other qualities that are clear to people once they get to know you. So the GMAT is the superficial factor, and you need to get over that obstacle. Like in dating, this is not that easy.

Reality Check for your GMAT Score

First of all, you need to get a reality check. Compare your GMAT score to the range of GMAT scores in your target school. Are you just about the average? are you closer to the lower end of the spectrum? is the score below the 80% range publish on the school’s website?

If your score is about the average, the admissions committee will probably not deliberate too much about your score, but it will be not a selling point either. If you are coming from a highly-competitive applicants pool (Engineering, Finance, Consulting) the expectations from you might be higher – consider that.
If you are coming from an underrepresented minority or non-traditional background (Journalism, Performing Arts, etc.) the schools are likely to be more flexible, as long as they feel comfortable with your ability to handle the curriculum.

Is there a GMAT Threshold? Will They look at my application? 

In some schools (although they might not admit it) there are thresholds, meaning that one’s application won’t be read if the GMAT is below a certain score. If your GMAT is below 600, and you are aiming for top 15 schools, there has to be a very good reason for the school to admit you. You also have work your way around, via either intense networking with current students, or potentially have an alumni send a supporting note (in addition to your recommendations ) to the admissions committee. This might work but not always.  If you score is significantly lower than average statistics for the incoming class, you have to work even harder on your application and recommendation letters.
Also, once your application do a chance you have to convince the Admissions Committee that you’re worth the investment and the chance they are taking on you (while impacting the score averages etc).
If you are concerned about your GMAT but are still confident that the MBA is the right move for you and willing to spend the time and energy working on your application, schedule a free initial evaluation of your profile.
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