We cover topics of GMAT score and GRE too in many posts, so this is just a quick-and-dirty reminder that a) there’s a lot of stuff in the ‘snarchives and b) if you’re asking “Is it good enough?” then most likely, that means you need to retest. 🙂
Because unfortunately many applicants get the disease called “Hearing what I want to hear” when they go into this process.
Brave Supplicant has a 720 GMAT. They’re in an oversubscribed pool, they know that that’s somewhat close to the average GMAT at a top school, but then stick with that 720 and don’t try again (even when we’re sitting here in the Spring with all this runway ahead of you to fix issues like this in the profile). This BSer may be suffering from a lack of knowledge of the entire landscape. They may not understanding that their 720 may actually be LOW for the candidate pool, or the subscores are problematic, or the 720 in conjunction with the GPA or other elements of their profile create problems in combo.
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As a standalone data point, a 720 GMAT is not very competitive for any applicant except the most accomplished and otherwise-interesting. If you have “accomplished!” and “interesting!” screaming out from the beginning, middle and end of your profile, then sure, a 720 might work out just fine — and it should not be a barrier to entry for you to a top school. But a 720 is not on its own a truly great score.
Of course, this is truly context-sensitive!
For some schools, a 720 is a score they can be very happy with, particularly in Round 1, if you impress them everywhere else.
For other schools, even when the profile is really impressive, then that 720 can hold you back.
It truly depends on where you’re applying and what the entirety of your profile looks like.
This may be an “easier” year for a lot of folks to break into top schools, but even in the easiest years, it’s really really really hard to pull off what you’re setting to pull off.
Sitting here early enough to still do something about it, we ask you:
You may also be interested in:
- Trying for H/S/W? Why “Is my GMAT good enough?” is not the right question.
- “If my GMAT score is good enough, will I…?”