Relax, its not just you, everyone frets over their GMAT score. Everyone hates the GMAT. So much stress, so much energy, I’m sure you will ask yourself at some point or the other “How Important is this GMAT?”
Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure that you should target a high GMAT score and that a high score will improve your chances of admission. A high score in GMAT (unlike many other exams that we Indians are used to) projects you as a person with good analytical and verbal skills, both of which are necessary to perform well in a management program and later, after completion of your course, to perform in real life business situations.
If you are applying to a top MBA program that is ranked high, you generally need a high score just to qualify for an admission.
The average GMAT scores are upwards of 680 in most of the top MBA programs in the US. This figure can be as high as 720 for students from Asian countries who normally score higher. So, if you are applying to a top MBA program, you will need a high GMAT score just to stay in contention. You will first need to get a good score, and then work to get the other application issues right. Your past academic, professional and personal background that you project through information you fill in your application form, and the quality of your application essays finally get you an admission. Since admissions are very competitive, it’s the quality of your background that gets you an admission.
Things are a little different for other MBA programs, which are not ranked in the Top 5. That’s when the GMAT could be one of the most important factors for admission. If you have a score that is much higher than the average GMAT score indicated by the university, your chances of admission are really good. But there, you must have the specified number of years of work experience, the required undergraduate academic performance, and fulfill the application requirements required by the university and you will be on your way. Remember, It’s the numbers you have to get right here.
You convey another aspect about yourself through your GMAT score. A good score shows that you have taken your MBA admissions seriously. You show that you knew it was important, you took it seriously and you achieved what you set out to achieve.
Well, of course there is good news also. The GMAT is by far the most predictable test you will ever take. Every time it is given, it has the exact same parts, the exact same sections, and the exact same question types, the same traps to test the exact same small set of concepts that the test makers think are important so there’s nothing that can really surprise you as such.
So this is a heads up to all those who plan on “making it rain” for the rest of their lives…you better have the GMAT score necessary to get into the club!
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Team Futureworks works for Kavita Singh. Kavita is an MBA graduate of Columbia Business School and holds a BA (Hons) from Oxford University. She has over 13 years of experience working in the U.S. and India and is the CEO of FutureWorks Consulting, an admissions consulting firm. To learn more about our Admissions Consulting Services click here. You can also call us at 9910097553 (9:30-6:30 Mon to Fri). If you have any other queries, you may also contact us on Facebook
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