• Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Economist Test Prep
  • Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Varsity Tutors
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Veritas Prep
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Kaplan Test Prep
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Target Test Prep
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    EMPOWERgmat Slider

Don't Stress on the GMAT, 640 is enough for Stanford!

This topic has 3 expert replies and 16 member replies
Goto page Previous
goddy Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Default Avatar
03 May 2010
25 messages
Followed by:
1 members
Test Date:
Target GMAT Score:
GMAT Score:
Post Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:02 am
Well I agree with Victory_GMAT, money91111 and Leonard C, not in any particular order, though all of them have contrasting views.

The intention of Leonard was to highlight the fact that GMAT becomes a hygiene factor (not unimportant) for those who have unique or exectional profiles.

The intention of Money was to highlight the factual information concerning GMAT scores, and he truly did the analysis well and came out with proper conclusion that the GMAT makes a major difference to the profiles of everyone.

The intention of Victory was to highlight the importance of GMAT vs profile. Although he mentioned that he did not agree with Leonard, he totally complements the Leonard's intention. hahaha amazing to see how people wish to prove their point in onboard discussions.

Give yourself an applaud for this wonderful thread. You might actually be helping many aspirants with their psychological issues about the importance of the GMAT.


Need free GMAT or MBA advice from an expert? Register for Beat The GMAT now and post your question in these forums!


money9111 Legendary Member
19 Apr 2009
2109 messages
Followed by:
77 members
109 times
GMAT Score:
Post Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:11 pm
@Goddy - thanks!

My goal is to make MBA applicants take onus over their process.

My story from Pre-MBA to Cornell MBA - New Post in Pre-MBA blog

Me featured on Poets & Quants

Free Book for MBA Applicants

kmba11 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Default Avatar
04 Sep 2010
10 messages
Post Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:39 am
What GPA with a 640 thoughW

aslan Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts
24 Jul 2010
153 messages
Followed by:
1 members
5 times
Post Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:31 am
hmm i think all of you miss the gist of the GMAT in an application process.

Consider this scenario:You at Earth, have opened a school, where all intergalactic Aliens are encouraged to apply.Now, many Aliens from different planets have different levels of education; how will you make sure that they will succeed in studying the core curriculum you offer at Earth??.Well you will loan a particular 'Earth test' to a gate keeper that any Alien wishing to enter this Earth school will require to get about this score or around it to be considered...(and also couple it with their life histories to be judged by yourself.)

This is actually what GMAT does.Not only does it make the life of all adcoms much easier in differentiating applicants and independently gauging their background against one another, but also places a barrier, so no one without a required academic level, end up running back to their parents! (if unable to pass).

At levels of above 680-720-640...i probably believe the adcom members (some of them doing the same work over 20 years or so) get enough exp to differentiate b/w what std dev actually can happen over a 4 hr exam.so do not be surprised if you see 640 over a 720 or 640 over 780, at a top school....its pretty much a check in the lonng list to be 'inferred'- holistically speaking Smile

pag@lguy Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
25 Dec 2009
9 messages
GMAT Score:
Post Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:42 pm
This is how I understand the GMAT score fits into the larger picture.
A B school application can be broadly divided in 2 parts:
1. Applicant's Academic record(The numbers in the app such as:GPA/GMAT/Years of Exp etc-2)
2. Applicant's Individuality/Personality/Leadership ability etc.(covers Essays, Recommendation, Quality of professional Exp, Comm Service, etc-2).
GMAT is one of "THE" most important Academic component of the application. Plain n simple.
Moreover the relationship of 1 & 2 is mutually exclusive. i.e. excellent essays do not compensate for bad GPA or the inverse.
But a stellar GMAT can definitely compensate for a bad GPA.
But they do have an overall impact on the application for obvious reasons. What matters is the overall application/recall value/uniqueness.
Let me know if you guys concur?

Best Conversation Starters

1 Vincen 152 topics
2 lheiannie07 61 topics
3 Roland2rule 49 topics
4 LUANDATO 44 topics
5 ardz24 40 topics
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members...

Most Active Experts

1 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

140 posts
2 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...


110 posts
3 image description EconomistGMATTutor

The Economist GMAT Tutor

109 posts
4 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

107 posts
5 image description DavidG@VeritasPrep

Veritas Prep

72 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts