Did You get a post-MBA M/B/B offer with a <700 GMAT?

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Clearly, >700 is where one would like to be. I know people have gotten in with less. Yes, I have read the other posts. My questions are:

1) Did you or someone you know get an offer with a sub-700 GMAT?

2) How much can my first semester GPA help hedge my chances? (I have a 650 and heading to Fuqua - there will be no retake).

3) Is the unofficial GMAT cutoff only for getting the interview? I.e. do they ignore the score once you get to the interview or is it still part of the decision?

Thanks guys.

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Comments (16)

Apr 14, 2012

When did you get a new acc., short?

Apr 16, 2012

I've seen interviews handed out to candidates with scores as low as 650, but not without the recommendation of someone pretty senior. The only scenarios that usually get someone through the initial screen with scores below 700 are when the person is applying: 1) to a less selective foreign office in a country where they already have work authorization; 2) through an identity politics related program; or 3) with the support of a senior partner or client. Even once they have the interview, you'll often see scores below 670 come back and bite candidates.

The lowest score I've seen for a US office hire in my three years was a 670. His resume was pretty spectacular otherwise though (multiple Ivy/Oxbridge degrees, elite finance experience, etc).

If I were you, and your serious about consulting, I'd retake. GMAT score is one of the few things you can improve at this point. Why not study for a couple of weeks and make it a non-issue?

Apr 20, 2012
Reset:

I've seen interviews handed out to candidates with scores as low as 650, but not without the recommendation of someone pretty senior. The only scenarios that usually get someone through the initial screen with scores below 700 are when the person is applying: 1) to a less selective foreign office in a country where they already have work authorization; 2) through an identity politics related program; or 3) with the support of a senior partner or client. Even once they have the interview, you'll often see scores below 670 come back and bite candidates.

The lowest score I've seen for a US office hire in my three years was a 670. His resume was pretty spectacular otherwise though (multiple Ivy/Oxbridge degrees, elite finance experience, etc).

If I were you, and your serious about consulting, I'd retake. GMAT score is one of the few things you can improve at this point. Why not study for a couple of weeks and make it a non-issue?

Not entirely true. If you are below 700 you can still get an interview with MBB. McKinsey and BCG are quite generous to hand out interviews. Almost everyone will get an invite.

Now to receive the offer you will need to work your butt off on the case primarily and on explaining why consulting. The reason why you don't see a lot of people with below 700 with offers is because usually people (keeping everything else constant) with that GMAT project a sense of insecurity in their interview. If you are not confident during your interview, you definitely will botch it. Also, I have seen many people with MBB offers who are not minorities/female or who applied to tough offices.

Apr 16, 2012

I thought this was short until I remembered he got a 700

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Apr 18, 2012

Reset, thanks for the reply. That's definitely a sobering take on the situation and something I will think through. I have taken it twice and went down on my second attempt. I received similar advice from a contact but he mentioned the "possibility" of proving myself academically, but that sounds like a slight possibility, if any at all.

I appreciate it.

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Apr 20, 2012

Reset, is it your sense that there is just a general cutoff (maybe 700-720) for what is good enough, or does a significantly higher score earn a candidate extra points? Also does it matter more if you are coming out of a place like Wharton that has grade non-disclosure?

Apr 18, 2012

Thanks for that. I like that answer better ;).

Thanks to both of you for the input...well taken.

Maybe I wont use all of my summer to climb moutains and travel....the library may be a better fit.

Apr 20, 2012

Don't worry. One of my friends (not top school, but top 10 program) got into McK with GMAT lower than 650. But his Q is 99%.

fight for MBB

Apr 20, 2012
Susan-G:

Don't worry. One of my friends (not top school, but top 10 program) got into McK with GMAT lower than 650. But his Q is 99%.

Interesting. Did they ask for his quant/verbal score breakdown then?

Apr 20, 2012

How will only having GRE score (no GMAT) affect consulting recruiting in business school?

Apr 20, 2012
another_consultant:

How will only having GRE score (no GMAT) affect consulting recruiting in business school?

If it was sufficient to get you into school, you'll be fine.

Apr 20, 2012

Interesting discussion so far. Anyone know how GMAT affects your post-MBA goals in the eyes of the admissions committee?