Does A High GMAT Score Guarantee Admission?


Does A High GMAT Score Guarantee Admission?

By: ApexGMAT
Contributor: Nemrout Safarian
Date: 09/09/2021

One of The Biggest Misconceptions

The idea that your GMAT score is the most significant aspect of the MBA application process is just incorrect. “One of the greatest misunderstandings about applying to HBS is that admissions choices are based mainly on your GMAT or GRE score,” Harvard Business School MBA Admissions Director Chad Losee said in a blog post. And he is right, most b-schools consider your application in total, including top programs. Remember you are not just your GMAT score! This does not mean that having a high GMAT score does not provide a “wow” factor, it certainly does. 

In our opinion, having a 700+ score is definitely something that makes the admissions officers a little more excited about reviewing your application. It’s a section of your business school application that showcases your critical thinking skills and your ability to convey your views precisely, creatively, succinctly. Your score also indicates how well you can analyze data and evaluate information. Nevertheless, your score doesn’t really tell admissions offers who you are, and what contributions you will have to the development of your prospective institution and educational environment. 

Other Important Aspects to Consider?

While you’re aspiring to earn a stellar GMAT score for your MBA application, it’s worth noting an often ignored fact: not all candidates that are accepted into elite programs have outstanding scores. Consider the MBA Class of 2021 at Stanford Business School. The class’s average GMAT score is 734. The range of scores provided by those who were accepted, however, is 600-790. This indicates that candidates with a GMAT score within the 600 range were accepted into one of the world’s most competitive MBA programs. So your GMAT score, although important, can be supplemented by other fantastic elements of your application. Whether you interned at a Fortune 500 company, started your own non-profit, taught English in Cambodia or spearheaded an important project at work, these elements all add to your applications uniqueness and are vital representations of you as a person and your goals for seeking an MBA. 

Using a comprehensive approach for evaluating MBA candidates indicates that b-schools are interested in learning more about you as a person, what your goals, mission, values and potential value add to the MBA class might be. Your GMAT or GPA reflect your academic accomplishment and decision-making skills, but admissions officers also want to know that having you in their MBA classes is going to add value for all involved. Your leadership potential, eagerness to share your knowledge with fellow students, social awareness, global mentality, and even your mental and emotional attitude are all things that you should try to exhibit in your application.

Treat all elements of the application as equally essential and concentrate on your “weakest” portion — the area of the application package about which you are most self-conscious. For example, if you fear your work experience will not impress admissions officers, consider how you might compensate for it. This may very well be a higher GMAT score.  Or can you convey your enthusiasm for a specific field through extracurricular activities? Maybe you started a profitable business, or you have participated in marathons and olympiads, which in this case displays dedication and focus. These are some important aspects you should consider and even start working towards in advance. 

In any case, having a high GMAT score is the easiest way to supplement any other aspect of your application which may be lacking and this is probably the reason why many consider it to be the most important part of the application packet. 

But Hey, the GMAT is Still Important!

Despite the fact that your application should be well rounded, the GMAT is, and will always be, one of the most important factors when admissions officers are considering your application. Make sure you focus on your score earlier in case you need to prepare for longer, change course to include an instructor or a class, and practice constantly and consistently. Based on your needs, timing and situation a GMAT tutor might be the best way for you to prepare for the exam efficiently and a good place to begin is by taking advantage of all the free resources that are out there. Apex GMAT, offers a complimentary consultation call by a 770+ scoring instructor to help with test prep advice, structural questions, overall preparation guides and more. 

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