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General GMAT Score Question

by blondi8021 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:26 pm

Given the recent economic events, do think that it is possible to get into a top program (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg) if your score is below the 700 level? I know there are many other factors in the application, but considering what will most likely be a surge in apps., do you think it is likely that admissions will feel the need to set a threshold of the sort for an application to even be reviewed? Do you have any experience as to what occurred in terms of GMAT thresholds when the Tech industry went bust in the late 90's?


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by VP_Jim » Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:12 am
The average at top schools is around 710. So, even if that creeps up a little bit due to the increase in applications, there will still be plenty of people admitted with scores under 700.

Also, as you said, the GMAT is only one part of the application. Whether you get a 680 or 700, or 700 or 720, most likely will not be the difference in an acceptance vs. a rejection. Where people will really need to shine, I think, is in work and leadership experience.

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