GMAT score for T-15 MBA Programs?

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I am a senior at a public university majoring in Economics with a 3.5 GPA about to begin working full time at a B4 consultancy. Prior internship experience is at a boutique bank, foreign trade at an embassy, and corporate marketing for an entertainment group.

My target schools as of now are Columbia/NYU, but I am curious what gmat scores would make me a strong applicant at elite programs.

Any insight would be much appreciated!

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May 14, 2017

700+ GMAT would give you a shot. 730+ would be safe bet thou.

May 14, 2017

Indeed. 730 plus, makes a safe bet.

May 14, 2017

It depends on your race/gender. If you're a white or asian male, definitely aim for 730+

May 14, 2017

Its pretty easy to find the mean/median scores for all M7/T15 programs, along with avg undergrad GPA. Schools also report their middle 80% for GMAT, which is generally 680-750 for most of the M7 programs, with averages usually in the 710-730 range.

May 14, 2017

http://poetsandquants.com/2017/03/22/gmat-scores-k...
you'll likely need to have an above average GMAT given that you have a 3.5 from what I'm assuming is a non elite public university and big 4 work experience. This especially holds if you're a white/asian/indian male.

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May 20, 2017

The Columbia average is 717 today, assuming the trend of the past few years holds, it will tick up a point or two every year until you apply.

If 720 is the average when you apply, then getting a 720 will not hurt but not help to your application. It just checks the box. 730 a slight plus. 750+ would be strong and improve your profile. You've got a few years so I'd definitely go for the 750+ even if it involves paying for classes etc. Ideally finishing a year before you plan to apply so you have time to rest before the grueling application process starts.

May 20, 2017

KYS troll

May 20, 2017
shorttheworld:

KYS troll

He probably isn't trolling. Everyone preaches that 80/80 split, so even a scaled score that high might be worrisome to a kid with his profile (and I'm presuming a certain background as well).

Relax though, I'm sure that between your GPA, undergrad major, and work experience, any adcom will be more than convinced of your quantitative ability.

May 20, 2017
td50:

Hi everyone,

I have a question on how the top business schools (HBS, Stanford, Wharton, etc.) perceive the GMAT score. Specifically, I got a 750 (98th percentile), but only a 78th percentile on the Quant.

I have a 3.95+ GPA, I went to a target school, and I have work experience at a well-regarded financial services / consulting firm. Further, I had a relatively quantitative major. Will the low math score seriously hamper my chances at one of the schools above?

Thanks!

You are now done with the GMAT, congratulations.

May 20, 2017

If you're serious, relax. 750 is MORE than enough.

May 20, 2017
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