Forum: Application & Admission (4 Comments)


  • Posted by - Kat515 - on 7 December 2013 - 3:09pm

    Which is better in the eyes of a admissions officer. 1 do GMAT get a very low score and try to explain that, or 2. Don't do GMAT exam and explain away reasons for that. Which would bet better????

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 9 December 2013 - 9:59am

      Hi there,

      well, I think your case is clear. Check if the school really requires the GMAT. Again, sometimes they offer on-campus tests that might be easier. And should the school really require the GMAT, then just prepare for it and do it as soon as possible (e.g. within the next 3 months). Then target the next intake (probably fall).


    • Posted by - Kat515 - on 8 December 2013 - 5:19am

      Hi Thomas Graf. Thank you for your answer, it's a tough one! I was having a GMAT tutor who advised its better to not have an abysmal score and then try to make excuses, it just looks like you didn't fully prepare or your not capable. He said its better to prepare FULLY then do the GMAT. He agreed with you that a score 580 upwards was required and he said I was not prepared enough. So I cancelled it. I'm gutted, I needed it for Spring semester, I had the perfect college. Now don't know what I'm going to say or do. So very upset.

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 7 December 2013 - 3:49pm

      Hi there,

      neither option is good :)

      Here is what I recommend:
      (1) Check out whether the program requires the GMAT.

      • yes / no?
      • maybe they accept alternative texts (GRE, on-campus tests)

      (2) If they require the GMAT, check the average score (often this is published in the FAQ section). If average is 650, this does not mean that you must have 650 (cause it is an average score). But you should not deviate more than 20 or 30% downwards.

      (3) Check also if the school requires the GMAT test before applying for the program - or if it possible to submit the score later (would give you more time).

      best wishes

      By Thomas Graf