GMAT Score on Resume?

Suppose I'm a HYP undergrad philosophy major with no quantitative skills to speak of. How beneficial would it be to put my gmat score (specifically the quant. score) on the top of my resume if it turns out to be pretty good?

I'm interested in consulting (and possibly S&T) jobs.

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Our users have different opinions about whether or not to put your GMAT scores on your resume. Some feel that putting your GMAT does not really signal quantitative ability but some users think that it could be helpful for non-target candidates.

User @patekphilippe" shared that putting your GMAT score can signal the intent to leave your job in short order:

patekphilippe:
Anyway, I would stray away from putting the GMAT on your resume unless you are applying to top investment banks, consulting firms, etc. where they expect you to leave after 2-3 years. Even with them, I would use discretion.

If you put the GMAT on your resume at other companies, they may be looking for a longer-term hire and they will think that you have your eyes sight on B-School and could leave within a year or two. Offer up your SAT instead. Only put it on your resume for the 2 years that you are in B-School.

User @The Phantom" shared that it doesn't really denote your quant skills:

The Phantom - Hedge Fund Analyst:
GMAT score alone does not say anything about your quant abilities. You can get 750 scoring q45 v49, which is certainly nothing to brag about in Finance, because q45 is only 77th percentile.

To show off your quant knowledge, you'd have to score very high on quant section, show the break down, and pray to God that analyst who reads your resume knows the difference between q52 (100th percentile, nearly impossible to get even for math majors) and q50 (5% of all GMAT takers get that or higher).

User @indian-banker" shared that for those that don't go to HPY, including your strong GMAT scores can add credibility to your application.

indian-banker - Investment Banking Analyst:
For HYP undergrad, maybe it won't be that much help, but I would argue that for a non-target student, it could be really helpful. It gives you a credibility factor. Sure you can have a really high GPA, but that alone can be very skewed (rigor of courses) and is sometimes not a good indicator. In those cases, the GMAT will be reasonably representative of your abilities.

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Comments (188)

 
Jul 24, 2009 - 11:21pm

GMAT score alone does not say anything about your quant abilities. You can get 750 scoring q45 v49, which is certainly nothing to brag about in Finance, because q45 is only 92nd percentile.

To show off your quant knowledge, you'd have to score very high on quant section, show the break down, and pray to God that analyst who reads your resume knows the difference between q52 (100th percentile, nearly impossible to get even for math majors) and q50 (5% of all GMAT takers get that or higher).

edit: patekphilippe is correct, q45 is 77th percentile.

 
Jul 24, 2009 - 10:47pm

Q45 is actually a 72nd or 75th percentile these days. The quant percentiles have been significantly skewed by the massive amounts of Indian/Chinese native test takers over the past decade or so. You need a Q47 or Q48 to even hit the 80th percentile. The Indian/Chinese demographic has also skewed Verbal the other way -- a V42 is around 95th percentile and I think a V46 or V47 is a 99th.

Anyway, I would stray away from putting the GMAT on your resume unless you are applying to top investment banks, consulting firms, etc. where they expect you to leave after 2-3 years. Even with them, I would use discretion.

If you put the GMAT on your resume at other companies, they may be looking for a longer-term hire and they will think that you have your eyes sight on B-School and could leave within a year or two. Offer up your SAT instead. Most people I know do not put their GMAT on their resume before B-School (signals that you might leave) OR after B-School (signals that you're a huge nerd and don't have substantial work experience). They only put it on their resume for the 2 years that they are in B-School.

 
Jul 24, 2009 - 11:24pm

Well, it's a good question. For HYP undergrad, maybe it won't be that much help, but I would argue that for a non-target student, it could be really helpful. It gives you a credibility factor. Sure you can have a really high GPA, but that alone can be very skewed (rigor of courses) and is sometimes not a good indicator. In those cases, the GMAT will be reasonably representative of your abilities. Also, remember scoring 51 on quant in the GMAT is getting harder by the day (literally). Like patekphilippe said, the indian/chinese test takers have skewed that part of the scoring. q52 is pretty damn tough to get. I know amazing mathematicians (medalists at olympiads and strong contenders for the putnam) that have struggled to get 52 not because the questions are tough, but because there is always some little trick in the question, that you don't bother reading. It's more a matter of attention to detail within a certain time span.

 
Jul 25, 2009 - 10:51am

If you are planning to take the GMAT anyway for B school in the next 5 years, and you score very highly, then it would be perfectly fine (read: it can either help a little, or a lot, or at least not hurt you at all) to put it on your resume. If, however, you have no intention of going to B school, I think it would be a waste of time and money to take the GMAT just to put it on your resume. You have a solid GPA, are graduating from a top Target, and a really solid SAT score, of, what I'm assuming to be, around a 1470 or so (710 math as you said, and 760 verbal - considering you spoke lowly of a 710 in math, I am assuming a 750 or better in verbal), you should be fine. Given your general (educational) stats, you shouldn't have a problem getting some interviews - once you get the interview, however, if you spend the time complaining about your math score, or trying so hard to overly convince everyone that you are a quant head, you will probably blow the opportunity. Just relax and be confident - academically speaking, you are in a position that many others would kill for.

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Jul 25, 2009 - 3:10pm

To echo some of the same sentiments expressed above, a good GMAT score on your resume won't hurt you.

A separate question (albeit in the same vein) is what is the standard way a GMAT score should be conveyed on a resume? Should one include their AWA score if it's above a certain threshold, or not include it at all. Additionally does it help to provide the Q/V breakdown? Obviously there is no "right" answer, but I'd like to hear some input.

Ex:
GMAT: 800 (51Q, 41V, 6.0 AWA)vs
GMAT: 800 (51Q, 41V) vs
GMAT: 800

...or some permutation of your sub-scores...

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Jul 25, 2009 - 3:22pm

Incidentally, a 47q is no longer good enough to break into the sacred 80/80 club. The GMAT percentile breakdown is changing. Given data I've gathered from some sources, it may shift as frequently as quarterly or month-to-month.

For instance, my husband's quant score more than a year ago was a 46q. It was 80th percentile then. From the scores my friends/colleagues report, a 47q was 80th percentile in February but only 79th percentile in June.

And Patek is right: From the little charts on the official score report, I see that from 42v on up, you gain one percentile point per raw score point. A 46v (and everything above it) is still currently 99th. However, I can tell you that continuing up towards 51v from 46v does dramatically increase the total (v plus q) score. It's hard to gather a ton of data on high scores, but I do know that you will see forty or fifty q-scores that begin with a 5 for every one v-score that does.

Thus, the quant side is much more top-heavy, giving English-speakers a little more room to outperform on the verbal side. Thank God English is still the international language of business, eh?

This bit of GMAT geekery has been brought to you courtesy of the numbers 3, 4, and 5, the external angle Q, and the subjunctive mood.

 
Jul 25, 2009 - 7:14pm

What's interesting is, while getting q50 is not a big deal for math majors, q52 is ridiculously hard to achieve. There are different strategies of preparation. If student needs high q, he/she has to practice a lot of math questions. If English-speaking student wants high overall score, concentrating on verbal is better.

I think Official Math Guide is useless. Almost all questions from there are below 700 range. Once you get over 700, that's when fun begins (I've heard of very smart math majors spending 5 minutes on last data sufficiency question).

P.S.: I set up a nice RSS Reader that gets PS/DS/CR/RC/SC questions from 3 major GMAT forums (beatthegmat, testMagic, gmatclub). It's great for practicing hard math questions, and if you constantly solve PS/DS questions under 2min, q50 is guaranteed. PM me for links.

 
Jul 25, 2009 - 5:07pm

Mis Ind, or anyone else who wants to chime in, what would you consider a raw score cutoff for including a breakdown? Above 80/80, so 48Q / 37V, or just if your Q is 48+? (My numbers tie to a saved copy of my GMAT score report fyi) And you would or wouldn't include AWA, to prove that you're a "native" English speaker if multilingual? Thanks.

 
Jul 25, 2009 - 6:07pm

All of this is subjective -- you gotta understand your audience and tailor your resume for that audience. There are some situations in which you probably don't want to put great test scores on your resume.

For instance, I once interviewed a recently-laid-off guy with a 780 GMAT on his resume. We were worried about the guy's willingness to make a multiple-year commitment to the position and that he was only talking to us because he desperately needed a job for a year. I said, "Hey, when did you take your GMATs?" He said, "Oh, a while back -- 2-3 years, I think." So of course I said, "Oh, so they'll be expiring pretty soon. Doesn't it hurt to think about such a great score expiring unused? You could easily get into Wharton or Harvard." There was a brief pause, and then he said, "Well, I don't think I'm really necessarily a business-school kind of guy."

The pause told me everything I needed to know. A Wall Street guy who put in the time to get a 780 (and who still hesitates at the idea of not using it) would have to work pretty hard to convince me that he "wasn't a business-school kind of guy".

Also, putting your test scores on your resume can sometimes look like a dick move in places where everybody's both smart and laid back. After all, you don't want to work with some asshole who won't let you forget his 1600 SAT or 780 GMAT. And of course, in many environments it's a time-honored and 100% valid way to show your stuff. I think the more formal and competitive the environment, the more likely it is that putting recent high test scores on your resume will score you points.

So in my opinion, if it's a resume geared for Wall Street and the GMAT is a 750 or 760, I would go for it -- but I personally would not state the breakdown unless it said things about me that I really wanted to say. A breakdown reveals your strength, but it also reveals your weakness.

For the AWA, a 6.0 is in the 87th percentile. If I was applying for a role that required significant written communication, I would include a 6.0 (but would not include a 5.5) on the resume. That's just me, though.

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May 30, 2010 - 4:43am

Very helpful thread.

I'm currently polishing my CV. I'm going to apply to an event which basically involves me getting to interact with bankers from all the big BB firms (really hope I get in). I needed to do the GMAT to be admitted to the master's program that I start in September.

I have 2 questions:
- Where do I list my GMAT score? I'm thinking of putting "GMAT: xxx" right under the master's item on the education section.
- How do I list the master's program? I begin the program in the future (September), but I was admitted, etc. Do I just list the estimated beginning and ending dates?

Thanks

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:44am

Put gmat score on my resume? (Originally Posted: 09/12/2007)

I am 1 year out of undergrad, 1 year of real estate WE, looking to get into entry-level ER/AM. My undergrad degree is in a non-finance related field and is from a good school no one's heard of. My GPA was 3.35. I am also a CFA L2 candidate, but other than the CFA there isn't anything on my resume that indicates I'm interested in finance; my resume does not have an "arc" that points toward finance.

I recently took the GMAT to get it out of the way, and got around 750. I don't plan to go to business school any time soon though. My question is:

Should I put my GMAT score on my resume when applying for ER/AM jobs? I know that right now I'm an "iffy" applicant. I need to make myself stand out somehow. However, I've heard some people say that putting test scores on your resume is poor practice. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:45am

The CFA L2 is fine, but don't put the GMAT.

Here's the risk of putting the GMAT score down. It's going to indicate that you want to do B-school sooner vs. later. Bear in mind it takes about 18 months to 2 years to settle into any position. Also, at most companies a new hire costs about $250K for that first year and it's going to take about 2 years for them to make that money back from you. That's the cost of recruiting, your salary, your bonus, your benefits, internal training, "ramp up" time, time to productivity etc. A company is going to hesitate making an investment in you when you've given them a signal that your intention might be to bail in 2 years.

On the recruiting side for lateral hires, I'm privy to this "pause" on candidates all the time. My advice to you is don't mention B-school, don't put the GMAT score down. Keep that to yourself. Don't shoot yourself in the foot. Focus on getting the job. Then once you're IN, start making your plans discretely. One foot out, one foot in...

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:46am

I have been told in the past that putting your GMAT score on your resume is advisable when targeting S&T, AM, MC, and ER. A 750 GMAT score is in the top 5 percentile and is indicative of both his quantitative ability and his ability to communicate well. Most IBs know and expect that analysts will leave after a 2-3 stint and the desire to matriculate into a top B-school program does not reflect poorly on the candidate. In fact, it demonstrates his preparedness and focus not to mention the fact that it takes a high degree of initiative to prepare for the GMAT and do well. I would absolutely put a 750 on my resume; just not in bright orange.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:48am

gmat score on Resume (Originally Posted: 05/13/2008)

I'm currently a junior at the University of Maryland, looking to get either a research analyst, consulting, or accounting job post graduation. I understand that coming out of a non-target could be tough during recruiting season (especially in a shitty economic like what we are in today), so is it a good idea to put a GMAT Score (700+) on my resume?

I'm kinda scared that companies may look at my resume and think that Il spend 2-3 yrs at their firm and go off to business school.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:49am

I think it would depend on where you apply. IB, MC, and most professional service firms generally expect people to work two years and then go either into industry or to b-school. It gives them more connections - or as MC firms call it, "alumni."

But if you get a corporate job at, say, a Fortune 500, then they would expect you to stay for the long(ER)-term because they've invested in you and want you to work up the ranks.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:51am

Would you put down this gmat score on your resume? (Originally Posted: 03/18/2009)

So, I sat for my exam a week ago and scored 720.
It's not a bad score, but I was expecting 750+ since I had consistently scored 750+ for my practice exams. Quite disappointed, but oh well...

I have a Bschool plan in 2-3 years, but the main reason why I wanted to take GMAT now was to have some decent standardized test score on my resume since I do not have a stellar undergrad GPA (I leave out my GPA).

Would you put down this GMAT score on your resume? If you see a resume with GMAT score, but not undergrad GPA, would that be a red flag?

If it'd help, I've been out of school for almost 5 years and decent / interesting work experience for the past 5 years (though nothing directly related to finance). I'm trying to switch industry and get into finance now (hopefully PE).

Thanks for all your inputs in advance.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:52am

curiousG:
I've been out of school for almost 5 years and decent / interesting work experience for the past 5 years (though nothing directly related to finance). I'm trying to switch industry and get into finance now (hopefully PE).

uh...yeah...good luck with that mate.
What makes you think you have a prayer? Not putting you down- maybe you know something I don't.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:53am

No offense bro, but you can basically forget PE. Guys with PE and BB IBD experience are struggling to get those jobs right now.

If you have been out of school for 5 years and have a 720, go to B-School.

To answer the original question, 720 is resume worthy. 700 & above is considered an excellent score. However, it may be considered odd for someone several years out of school, and who is not currently in school, to put it on. Then again, you need every bullete you got.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:54am

Thanks both for replying.

Yeah, I fully understand how bad the job market is right now and as joemontana said, even IB/PE experienced guys struggle to land a job.

Well, obviously I'm not targeting at any mega funds or such... some small regional firms. Still, I know I got a very slim change, but well, it wouldn't hurt to try, so....

I will definitely think of MBA route, too.

Thanks all.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:56am

Thanks youngmoney.

Replies I get on this board, whatever kind of advice/input/suggestion may be, I appreciate them all, and yes I am taking everything with a grain of salt.

It is true though that it is one of the toughest job markets out there right now and to make things worse, I don't have perfect credentials (not even close) PE employers/recruiters are looking for. But I wanna go into PE "eventually", b'cause I'm genuinely interested... so I think I will still give my best shots at small firms and hope for the best.

Thanks again.

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:57am

Please elaborate on your level of interest in PE considering you have a non-finance related background. I feel like a lot of people are swayed by the prestige (to the extent that it still exists...amidst the slowdown in deal flow, general inability to finance deals and portfolio blow-ups due to overleverage and poor operating performance). Not to discourage you as PE has been extremely fascinating and intellectually challenging (esp in this environment)

If I were you I would include my GMAT score on my resume and consider b-school as a means of changing careers and hiding from the storm...best of luck to you

 
May 30, 2010 - 4:58am

I would certainly say it is fine to include, but I agree with the general sentiment that getting in to PE now will be hard, and would suggest B school as a way to attempt a transition. Of course, it also matters what your 5 years of work experience are - things could be quite different depending on what that work experience was.

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:06am

I am interested in investment banking, and therefore there is no greater place to speak with like minded individuals. My posts have always been helpful and come from only the knowledge I currently possess, I don not give false advice, nor ask questions such as "What kind of ice cream do bankers eat?" or any other irrelevant questions. Just trying to learn.

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:08am

GeneralThade:
I am interested in investment banking, and therefore there is no greater place to speak with like minded individuals. My posts have always been helpful and come from only the knowledge I currently possess, I don not give false advice, nor ask questions such as "What kind of ice cream do bankers eat?" or any other irrelevant questions. Just trying to learn.

What knowledge DO you currently possess?

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:10am

The only posts I respond to are the ones I have some knowledge on, for example places to live in ny. I from ny. Any post that is opinion orientated such as " What should happen to Madoff", and othe such questions. I would never pretend to know something I don't like "What flavor of ice cream do ibankers like?" since I am not a banker yet. If anyone cares to know however as a student, I enjoy mint chocolate chip. I hope this satisfies your voir dire.

they should have an age requirement for wsoasis registration so that you couldn't openly be some high school kid. I'm sure you can understand why people would be annoyed by your presence. (I'm in college myself but at least I have BB internship experience, at an ivy league with good recruiting, and know a few BB analysts as friends-- and TEND to only reply to general economic/policy debate posts or internship/recruiting posts ) IF you ever become a banker you are still a very long way from it. First get into a decent school or get decent internship experience.

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:12am

Seriously, we're picking on GeneralThade for being in HS? It isn't like he is spitting knowledge - I was definitely interested in investment banking in HS, and I think many other members of this board were, and I'm sure all of us feel that having a resource like WSO at that point in our life could have been very helpful. That said, if you are in HS, don't view this as my endorsing your acting stupid, or asking fifty times in computer science is a good major, before ever taking a college course. As evidenced by many members of this board though, high schoolers hardly have a monopoly on stupidity.

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:13am

710 GMAT good enough for resume? (Originally Posted: 08/28/2009)

I'm going to be a grad student at LSE in the fall and will be applying for FT IBD analyst positions. I had to take the GMAT to get into the LSE. Is 710 good enough to put on the resume? If it is, I shouldn't put the breakdown right (44q 44v)?

Thanks for any help

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:18am

A 710 is definitely a strong score and it is perfectly reasonable to put it on your resume. In terms of breaking out the V and Q scores, I would not unless you scored a 99th percentile in 1 of the 2 (since if you scored 99 in both you'd have the 800). In other words, if you got a 720 with a 50 Q and a 4X in verbal, I would put the 720 down, but neither the Q nor V breakout. If, however, you got a 720 with a 51 Q, then I would put both the overall and the Q breakout (especially if applying for a quant-intensive position). Different people will suggest different things about breakout scores, but an overall score of 700 or better is good enough for the resume, but there is no need for a breakout unless you scored 99th percentile in one of the two (and usually I would focus on the Q more than the V, unless you are not native English, as Q is more important to our collective lines of work).

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May 30, 2010 - 5:19am

MoneyKingtom, IBanker is correct.

I have a friend who can score over 700 GMAT tomorrow if he wants: his quant score will be horrible, but his verbal will be in 99.5 percentile, that will pull his overall score over 700 mark.

Banks could careless about your verbal score if your quant score is horrible. A lot of Finance schools dont care about verbal as long as it's reasonable, but they all want to see high quant scores (50,51, or 52). Here is breakdown:
50q is 95%
51q is 99%
52q is 100% (I know only one person who got it)

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:20am

GMAT on Resume (Originally Posted: 03/16/2010)

I got a 700 on the GMAT, is it worth putting on the resume?

Is the whole point of putting it on there for a pre-mba position at a PE?

I haven't decided if that is the route I want to go or just go to b-school before then. (Obviously, it wouldn't be a pre-mba associate position if I chose B-school first)

I know there are other important factors for either path, but I guess my main question is if the GMAT on resume only helps for pre-mba PE positions, and also if a 700 is good enough to show.

Thanks

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:28am

GMAT high enough to put on resume? (Originally Posted: 06/18/2010)

Hey Guys,

I am going to be a first year analyst in the M&A group at a top BB beginning this summer (MS, JPM, CS...) and I have a 3.60 GPA in Econ from a middle-Ivy. I took my GMAT a week ago a scored a 720. I've been a little thrown off by the score because I was scoring consistently higher on practice tests, and I'm wondering if, in terms of recruiting for top PE firms, a 720 is high enough to warrant a spot on my resume? The score report placed me in the 94th percentile, but I'd be interested to know if it's a score that will help me, do nothing, or maybe even hurt me when headhunters evaluate me? Thanks so much.

Also, as long as I have your attention, how does my profile look in regards to PE recruiting in general?

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:29am

Hey, more than anything about your academic skills, your GMAT tells PE firms that you want to go to b-school, so if they hire you, it'll be as another data monkey who is going to slave away for them. Do well your first year at your BB and then start networking.

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May 30, 2010 - 5:31am

By definition, your GMAT is not average, the opinions of those too young to drink notwithstanding. A quarter of the 2011 MBA class at both HBS and Wharton scored below 700, and there is someone at HBS with a 490. So let's not pretend like everyone walking those campuses has a 780. The criteria we were given is to include it if your GMAT is above the average of the class. By that criteria (or median since that's what those 2 schools list on their websites), you should list it.

I agree that it does communicate that you intend on pursuing business school so be sure you are ok with communicating that message.

 
May 30, 2010 - 5:37am

Anthony .:
I wanna meet the dude with a 490 at Harvard. Holy shit. God Bless him!

I highly doubt it is a dude...it has to be a chick. They have small brains so it stands to reason their scores would be lower. Really, their brains are a third the size of ours. It's science.

To the OP: I would find the time to retake the test as soon as you can. Most people (from what I hear) score higher the second time around because they have a better concept of time, etc when taking the test again which can greatly impact your confidence/score, etc.

Regards

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May 30, 2010 - 5:40am

LIBOR:
720 isn't good? shit... tough crowd

i guess i have to keep studying cause if i get a 720 apparently im trailer trash lol

If that is the case, I'm technically the guy just renting the trailer at the park, lol.

Regards

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May 30, 2010 - 5:42am

I think its a good score, but you have to think about whether or not you want to convey the message that you might leave for business school. Although, you could explain it away by saying you took it as a fall back for the bad job market, etc.

Regards

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May 30, 2010 - 5:43am

Hello
You do realize that a lot of companies ask for GMAT scores during the recruiting process. If you have a good score it is in the education section and it doesnt even add a line typically. Having read through resume books for several top 10 schools it is an extremely common thing to see...so I assume the career service department tells you to do it and where to put it.

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May 30, 2010 - 5:58am

GMAT on resume for 2nd post-MBA job? (Originally Posted: 02/27/2011)

I'm currently a 2nd year associate at one of MBB, and I'm prepping my resume for the first time since joining my firm as a summer 3 years ago. No plans to leave at the moment, but I figured 3 years was a long time to go without a resume update. My question is, assuming I were to start looking for a new (similarly competitive) position in the next six months, should I leave my GMAT score (750+) on the resume or not?

Other pertinent info:
-Top target undergrad in engineering w/ highest honors
-Top target masters in engineering w/ highest honors
-100% technical work experience pre-MBA (multiple publications & patents, but no management or leadership experience)
-15-20 ranked MBA with highest honors (part-time program)

So what is the collective wisdom of WSO. Is keeping the GMAT a douche bag move for someone at my level of age/experience, or is it a necessary evil given my non-traditional background and lower ranked part-time MBA?

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:03am

gmat score on resume... (Originally Posted: 07/13/2011)

Hi,

I wanted to inquire if its a good idea to put your GMAT score on your resume.

I am currently working for a relatively smaller organization and don't have any standard test score except GMAT. I would be applying to consulting/advisory firms in a couple of months.

Would it be wise to put my GMAT score (740) on the resume under educational background head ?

Thanks!

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:04am

i wouldnt....its best to say it on your cover letter that you are eligble for consideration for an ivey league. and thats to say the place you are applying for is interested in you getting your MBA. they may be relunctant to finance it or have you think they will finance it or that you will be leaving them soon to pursue the MBA. so apply the comment on a case by case basis.

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:11am

monty09:
I would leave off.. if I see a GMAT on a pre MBA resume i toss... if score is stong they will be leaving to b school in a few years. Waste of my time

on a side note.. we dont have an analyst program.. you are hired directly on to desk

This

You don't want your potential employer to know that you can leave at the drop of a hat. You want them to think that you're a team player, willing to get their feet wet in the industry, roll up their sleeves and give 110% (insert more office-speak as needed).

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:14am

GMAT on Resume. Yes/no? (Originally Posted: 09/15/2011)

Am a college senior, took the GMATs, got mid-700s.
Would it scare off full-time recruiters if I reported my GMAT scores?

My reasoning is that they might see it as a preliminary sign of me wanting to "jump ship" for something better.
Would the answer be different for banks vs. consulting?
Thoughts?

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:16am

I've seen MBA students putting GMAT on their resumes, but not undergrad kids. For IBD, I don't think they would care, given that it would probably be one of the natural progressions anyway. For everything else...I personally would leave it off.

I'm kind of curious myself though.

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May 30, 2010 - 6:17am

I've heard it can help offset low GPA, SAT, etc. Shows that you actually know what you're talking about and are not a slacker. But your concern seems reasonable, I just have never heard it before.

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May 30, 2010 - 6:19am

Agree with MittRomney. In industries where it is expected you'll get your MBA, it can be a real plus, especially if your resume is otherwise pretty weak in academics.

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May 30, 2010 - 6:21am

Good to know. I'm studying for 3 months now shooting for a low-to-mid 700 with the expectation that I will be going to B-school within the next 5 years but I need to offset my 2.9-3.0 undergrad GPA.

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May 30, 2010 - 6:30am

GMAT/SAT on resume coming from a conplete non-target (Originally Posted: 03/04/2012)

Hey all,

I am trying to get a summer internship this summer before I go into an MSF program next year. Should I list my GMAT or SAT on my resume? I scored 720 (49q 40v) on the GMAT and 1390 (790 math 600 v) on the SAT. Because I went to a complete non-target (3.7 gpa) I need to show my academic ability some how and the sat score, especially math is considerably above my school's average. Can I put it under education? Something like: GMAT: 720 (49q 40v); Math SAT: 790?

Thanks.

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:33am

GMAT on Resume - also acceptable in Europe? (Originally Posted: 08/23/2012)

Hi everyone,

I've read a few old threads and understand that this is acceptable in the US, but is the same true for Europe? And where would you put it - can I put it in the education section (i.e. lines: GPA/relevant subjects/GMAT)?

(Background: I'm in my last undergrad year and did the GMAT for MSc applications. Want to apply for long-term internships in UK/France/Germany/Italy next spring; no previous industry experience.)

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:44am

gmat score on resume? (undergrad) (Originally Posted: 03/04/2013)

I've heard mixed opinions on this. If I take the GMAT during college, is it helpful in any way to put in on your undergraduate resume?

I am looking into consulting or finance(i-banking).

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:45am

This is discussed a lot, and I think it comes down using your own judgement, but here's my $0.02... If I were to score a 730 or better, I might be tempted to put it on my resume. 750+ yeah, I would. Also, many online applications have a place for you to submit test scores.

Go to gmatclub.com and click on some of the top programs on the main page. You'll see charts of self-submitted user stats. If believed to be accurate, you'll see a lot of people break 700. You might also ask this question there.

Array

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:48am

dinomonster:
I've heard mixed opinions on this. If I take the GMAT during college, is it helpful in any way to put in on your undergraduate resume?

I am looking into consulting or finance(i-banking).

For consulting or banking, I don't see how an impressive score would be a bad thing (it shows that you're intelligent, and signals that you might get into a great business school after your analyst stint). All of these organizations thrive on brand/prestige, so sending a large number of their junior nerds off to HBS every year means that everyone wins.

For certain traditional companies, however, I'd be wary about letting them know that you've already taken the GMAT (companies that aren't as "tracked," who might not be happy about a new employee leaving after 2-5 years).

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:49am

Taking GMAT to Bolster Resume (Originally Posted: 05/01/2013)

While I think that a test I took in 2005 is not even closely indicative of my intelligence, I fully acknowledge that my SAT scores suck (650M 600V). On top of not going to a target school, I feel as though my SAT score is holding me back as I constantly see job postings that say "SAT scores under 1400 will not be considered" etc.

I am sure there are several other things that can nix me from an interview list but would taking the GMAT help improve how you are viewed by a fund? I originally planned to take it 2 years ago but never got around to sitting for the exam. My practice tests were all mid-high 700's so I am very confident I would achieve a high score..

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:51am

JrMistMaker:

While I think that a test I took in 2005 is not even closely indicative of my intelligence, I fully acknowledge that my SAT scores suck (650M 600V). On top of not going to a target school, I feel as though my SAT score is holding me back as I constantly see job postings that say "SAT scores under 1400 will not be considered" etc.

I am sure there are several other things that can nix me from an interview list but would taking the GMAT help improve how you are viewed by a fund? I originally planned to take it 2 years ago but never got around to sitting for the exam. My practice tests were all mid-high 700's so I am very confident I would achieve a high score..

You've actually seen postings that stated clear cut SAT cutoffs? Seems like that's the sort of thing that might get a company into legal trouble.

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:52am

Odd that SAT scores are on any kind of job posting. I feel like after UG no one cares about the SAT. Take the GMAT, replace the SAT on your resume which shouldn't probably be on there anyway (respectfully). I would put any score above a 700 on the resume, shows initiative and that you are educationally minded

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May 30, 2010 - 6:57am

GoHuskies:

Odd that SAT scores are on any kind of job posting. I feel like after UG no one cares about the SAT.

Quite the opposite if you are in high finance. When going through PE / HF recruiting, every recruiter will ask for your SAT score, and a lot of funds / firms will expect to see it on your resume, or will ask directly (this actually happened in an interview). Most won't specify a cutoff, but the general rule is as OP stated, >1400 (old scale) and you're fine, lower than that and you have some explaining to do.

I share the frustration with this test following you around. I grew up in a town where SAT prep was almost unheard of, so I took no prep classes, no practice tests, just showed up on test day and took it. I got a 1330, which in my mind at the time was not half bad. I had no idea at age 17 that future employers were going to look at this as a barometer of my capabilities 8 years later.

If you think you can clear a 700 on the GMAT, I would take it and put the score on your resume (most recruiters will also ask for this score on your intake form so add it there too, or make sure they know). Dropping a 760 onto your resume in place of a 1200ish SAT score could definitely bump you up a tier in the eyes of the recruiters and your future employers.

 
May 30, 2010 - 6:53am

I don't think a GMAT would really help with a interview, maybe if its 760 or above, but could not hurt

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May 30, 2010 - 7:02am

its not that ridiculous to be honest given that its the one indicator that's comparable across everyone and probably the best proxy of intelligence on your resume, altough GMAT may be more reasonable than SAT and there are still major issues with them.

Its tough to say but id probably rather hire a 800GMAT from Jefferies than a 660 from GS TMT.

710 GMAT on resume I dont know depends on your target really, if your aim is top end pe/hf probably leave it off cuz 710 won't impress anyone...

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:04am

650 gmat score too low to put on resume? (Originally Posted: 05/17/2013)

So I am a Master of Accountancy at a semi-target school and got a 650 on the GMAT. If I end up getting an MBA later on I plan on taking it again, but as far as now concerned would putting a GMAT score of 650 on my resume help me or hurt me?

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:06am

Depends on the level of competition within your field, really. I would equate it to a GPA of maybe 3.3 or about a 1250 SAT (old test), though I have no % breakdown to back that up or anything...just my initial perception. If you would list the above numbers on your resume, then I would list the GMAT too. If you are applying for a very competitive field like IB or MC, I would leave it off, because it won't really wow anyone, and just says that you are already thinking about B-school.

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:11am

Beny23:

I would not since it's not as good. Above 700 would be acceptable from what I've read so far.

Sorry to go off on a tangent here, but I think it's amazing that from the perspective of trying to get into finance program that a score like 650 on the GMAT really isn't that great. A 700 on the GMAT equates to being in the top 90th percent of all test takers, yet it's very low for being considered good for the perspective MBA hopes of getting into finance.

Personally, I took the GRE to get into the masters program I'm in now. I got into the 70 percentile, which I thought was pretty decent considered I did zero studying and finished the test an hour early (couldn't care less what my score was). My friend, who also is in the program now, got a score in the 15 percentile. Yeah, 15%. I felt bad for her, but it's not like she had to get a perfect score to get in.

I do agree though, while 650 on the GMAT is far from terrible, it's also not stellar enough to list on a resume IMO. On a one-page resume, space is valuable real estate, and there's a number of other things you can put on there that would be far better to catch someone's attention than your GMAT score would.

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:12am

You guys are missing the point ENTIRELY.

So basically you will be applying to jobs until you decide you want to retake it and get an MBA? In ither words you're basically advertising the fact that you want a job, but from the start are telling employers you are already NOT planning to devote yourself for very long? Why the fuk would I hire you?!!!?!

It's lose lose lose. A Low score means you're an idiot. An ok score means you are so desperate to beef up your résumé that your experience must not be that good. A great score makes me wonder wtf is making you wait to apply to MBA programs....

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:14am

CreditAnalyst85:

You guys are missing the point ENTIRELY.

So basically you will be applying to jobs until you decide you want to retake it and get an MBA? In ither words you're basically advertising the fact that you want a job, but from the start are telling employers you are already NOT planning to devote yourself for very long? Why the fuk would I hire you?!!!?!

It's lose lose lose. A Low score means you're an idiot. An ok score means you are so desperate to beef up your résumé that your experience must not be that good. A great score makes me wonder wtf is making you wait to apply to MBA programs....


Great points, but I would add that some programs don't expect you to stay longer than 2 year (ie. private equity and maybe banking). If I were an interviewer though, I would keep an open mind because I get the fact that it gives you options. You don't necessarily have to go to b-school because you took the GMAT, and if you got a really high score, that would give me more comfort about your intelligence or work ethic.
 
May 30, 2010 - 7:13am

So in this case I am already in a MAcc program which means that they will assume that I only took it for the MAcc and by not putting it on, they are already assuming that I took it and that my score was too low to put on my resume. So as far as worrying about them thinking that I am planning on getting an MBA down the road, I don't think that would be as big of an issue.

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:17am

Don't. Think about this: How many people with less than 650s will put it on their resume? (virtually nobody), how many with higher than 650s? (Anyone higher than 700). So you are just putting one more thing on your resume that you will likely lose when comparing head to head for jobs.

I have a score similar to yours and left it off. If someone asks in an interview (it might happen) simply explain it like you would a bad GPA. DONT make excuses about it because you want to show responsibility for your work but DO stress that the score isn't reflective of your true abilities

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:19am

Agreed. Do not put it on the resume. I followed a very similar path to the one you are describing. A 650 got me a scholarship at one the nation's top MAcc programs, which I attended. Throughout the OCR process, I never once disclosed or mentioned my score. I had no problem securing all Big 4 offers I pursued, but IB and strat. consulting were a distant dream (unless you count PwC Advisory).

Fast forward, I retook the GMAT before applying to MBA programs, scored a 750, and made into a top 5 MBA program. Now my score sits at the top of the resume. You can certainly improve your score in the coming years, but for now I wouldn't advertise it.

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May 30, 2010 - 7:23am

mbavsmfin:

Absolutely not. As a general rule i wouldn't put gmat score on a resume unless it's 730+. At the top schools, career services often tell students to not put it on unless it's 760+.

I don't think there is a definitive cutoff point at which you should put it on or leave it off your resume. I think people should consider the types of jobs they are looking for and the average score of a person seeking that position -- if your score is higher than the average, put it on the resume. Alternatively, consider putting it on your resume if your score is above your school's average and leave it off if it is below the school's average.

CompBanker

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:24am

Putting the gmat score in the resume? (Originally Posted: 06/07/2013)

I'm gonna soon send out a dozen finance internship applications. Can I put my GMAT score in my CV in the language/diploma section? Or is it for some reason frowned upon?

The GMAT is a much bigger thing in the US, I'm not sure how "well known" it is in Switzerland but I got a pretty decent score (680) so I thought I could put it in. It shows that I have decent verbal and quant skills.

I heard that it's not a good idea in the US for job applications or something cuz firms think people are just "using" them to get into Business School. That is not my plan. I just want to get experience, that's what internships are for.

I mean, I don't think a whole lot of people who are gonna be competing with me for these internships have done the GMAT. Wouldn't this help? Now I know it's not 700+ but what the hell.

It shows I took the time to study for this thing and study outside of school. I put tons of hours in this things. It also shows that I'm looking ahead. I plan on doing a masters in finance in a year's time and a good GMAT score is required.

If so, where would you guys put it in the resume?

thanks

 
May 30, 2010 - 7:25am

swissstud:

I'm gonna soon send out a dozen finance internship applications. Can I put my GMAT score in my CV in the language/diploma section? Or is it for some reason frowned upon?

The GMAT is a much bigger thing in the US, I'm not sure how "well known" it is in Switzerland but I got a pretty decent score (680) so I thought I could put it in. It shows that I have decent verbal and quant skills.

I heard that it's not a good idea in the US for job applications or something cuz firms think people are just "using" them to get into Business School. That is not my plan. I just want to get experience, that's what internships are for.

I mean, I don't think a whole lot of people who are gonna be competing with me for these internships have done the GMAT. Wouldn't this help? Now I know it's not 700+ but what the hell.

It shows I took the time to study for this thing and study outside of school. I put tons of hours in this things. It also shows that I'm looking ahead. I plan on doing a masters in finance in a year's time and a good gmat score is required.

If so, where would you guys put it in the resume?

thanks

Leave it off.

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.
 
May 30, 2010 - 7:27am

putting test scores on resume is always tricky.

for example, in your situation if you put a 680 on your resume you run the risk of people thinking, how come he/she didn't score higher? or what if the next resume that is looked at after yours, the candidate has a score of 750? maybe it doesn't end up being the make/break factor for getting through resume screening but why even run the risk?

i guess the only time where I might encourage someone to include a test score is if it was extremely high (e.g., GMAT 750+) or similar level on another well-known standardized exam.

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