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GMAT: Friend or Foe?

What are your b-school application stats? Depending on your history up to this point, the GMAT might be a chance to prove yourself to the adcoms, or it might be the reason your application falls apart. Today, the MBA Exchange helps you figure out which category you fall in and what you can do about it.

Depending on the strengths and weaknesses of your overall MBA candidacy, the GMAT (General Management Aptitude Test) can be your best friend — or your worst enemy. Which of these two scenarios best describes your situation today?

If your undergraduate degree is in a qualitative major, if you graduated from a third-tier university, if you have less than 3 years of full-time work experience, and/or if your GPA is below ~3.3, then the GMAT represents your ideal chance for a “do over.” Achieving an above-median score — with 80% or higher in both Quant and Verbal — will make a strong statement to the MBA admissions committee that you can perform and compete in b-school, regardless of what your transcript or resume may say.

However, if your academic, personal and professional profiles are already strong, then reporting a GMAT score that is below the median for admits at your targeted b-school will give the adcom cause to pause before inviting you to interview. After all, the GMAT — or the GRE if you prefer — is the only “common denominator” across all applicants. So, risk-adverse, eagle-eyed admissions officers will scrutinize your test score as soon as your app arrives to help them prioritize potential admits.

So, if you can prepare confidently for the GMAT on your own, achieve strong results on practice tests, and arrive at the test center ready to knock it out of the park, then carry on! However, if you’re feeling some trepidation even thinking about the GMAT, reluctant to begin studying for it, then listen to your inner voice and get some professional guidance. Sooner rather than later.

There are so many different kinds of test prep services in the market that choosing the right one for you can be very difficult, if not overwhelming. The MBA Exchange can help — for free! Just fill out the data form on our website with some basic info about your tutoring preferences and priorities. We’ll be back in touch promptly by email with suggested options for your consideration.

Making friends with the GMAT is not nearly as painful or difficult as you may think. So, take the first step today. We’re waiting to hear from you and eager to help.


This guest post is provided by our friends at The MBA Exchange, providers of business school admission and career advisory services for applicants to leading MBA programs worldwide.


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