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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Nov 18, 2020 - 2:03am

Yah, unless you're +700 I honestly would leave it off the resume entirely.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Restr
Nov 18, 2020 - 9:39am

thoughts on listing a flat 700 with a 3.3 from a UVA/UCLA? non business major - think Econ or science with  relative grade deflation

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 18, 2020 - 1:24pm

Lots of people take it their senior year of undergrad.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 18, 2020 - 12:45pm

Can listing a GMAT score on resume get you dinged at firms that support direct promotion (don't want associates to leave for b school)?

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Nov 18, 2020 - 3:40pm

To clarify, I don't mean for resume use. I would only show the score if a PE firm asks for a standardized test score (gmat/act/sat/etc). Just curious if it will seriously ding me in that case.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Nov 19, 2020 - 4:38am

Thank you for being honest ab this. But I've heard that many PE firms ask candidates for a standardized test score and use it as another metric for narrowing down the group. Are you saying this often isn't the case?

Nov 28, 2020 - 8:09am

For MBA recruitment, which is very limited but still includes large firms, I have not seen a single firm ask for GMAT. Even for IB there was only one bank that asked about GMAT/UG GPA across the BBs.

Nov 30, 2020 - 2:07am

They will not ask for GMAT, but they may very plausibly ask for SAT. Is your SAT better than your GMAT? If so, provide that instead (only if asked, unless your score is impressively good). Otherwise, on your GMAT, I'd suggest staying silent.

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Nov 30, 2020 - 6:07am

A lot of folks in this thread making declarative statements about what PE firms will/will not do. The answer is that it depends on the PE firm. One of the PE firms that I have worked at would always ask for standardized test scores as well as GPA. The firm actually wanted people to go to business school, so they would specifically ask for GMAT scores (it was a positive if you've taken it) and use that to assess a candidate. That said, a score below 700 would be very unusual and be a red flag if the candidate also possessed below-average academics. A score in the low 700s "checked the box" and a score of 750+ would be viewed favorably. This was just one of many, many criteria used to assess candidates and wasn't weighted very heavily.


My advice to you based on what you've shared is to not proactive bring up the fact that you've taken the GMAT. I know you said that your ACT was quite bad, but if you share your GMAT score it might inspire a recruiter to then ask you for SAT/ACT. With two below-average scores, you run the risk that they view this as a trend and reject you. Better off remaining silent on the GMAT and letting them assume you haven't taken it yet.


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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Dec 9, 2020 - 1:49pm

Thanks CompBanker. I'm curious, how heavily did your firm weigh ACT/SAT in the interview process, assuming no GMAT (compared to GPA and other factors)? For reference, my ACT is a lowly 26 and I'm worried about it being an issue during recruitment. However, my UG GPA was quite good (3.9+).

Dec 9, 2020 - 3:50pm

Can't you technically take the ACT/SAT even though you're not in HS?

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Dec 9, 2020 - 3:02pm

While you cannot compare directly because of the backgrounds of those that take ACT vs GMAT, your ACT and GMAT are both pretty similar from a percentile standpoint. My logic is to not mention the GMAT, and just provide the ACT if they ask. This way, you are able to articulate that the score is from high school and you believe it is not indicative of current abilities. I feel that there's the chance that they view your mid 600s as relatively indicative of your current ability since the score is recent, so you would have to sell this as a starting point of your GMAT prep or something along those lines. When I say indicative of your current abilities, I am referring to the fact that you were able to achieve a solid under gpa / internships etc.  

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Dec 9, 2020 - 5:33pm

Not trying to like weird flex here or anything but I have my 740 on my resume and give that over my 2120 SAT (because I can't remember the exact M/R/W breakdown) and my 34 ACT as I believe since I just took it that it'll look pretty favorably on my resume. Is this a bad strategy for firms that ask just for one score? Obvi if a firm asks for any/all I'll give all three but is my preference for the GMAT misguided? 

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