In the case of those with low gmat scores who apply to vanderbilt’s owen mba, st john often asks how they prepared for the gmat “sometimes people just walk in and take it with no preparation or they study the book but never try a mock test. So, if you have earned an f, had a bad semester, scored low on the gmat or were dismissed from a position, you should write the optional essay. So, you are applying to business school with a low gpa or gmat score first, are your numbers really so bad low numbers for the purposes of this article, and for most applicants, are gmats and gpas at the lower end of or below the mid-80% range for a given school.
The graduate management admission test is an aptitude test that measures analytical writing, reasoning, and quantitative and verbal skills almost all students who wish to attend business school must take the gmat the highest score possible on the exam is an 800, and students admitted to the top. Optional essay to explain low gmat sat jun 07, 2008 10:04 pm i read a couple of questions on this forum about addressing your low gmat score on your optional essay. However, don't use that essay to explain your gmat score just don't gmat excuses if you come home from the test with a 570 instead of the 670 you were hoping for, you may be tempted to tell the admissions committee why you deserved a better score certainly that's easier than studying harder and taking the test again.
14 responses to “life after a low gmat score: how to excel in your mba applications” amanda september 11th, 2014 love this, kaneisha actually, had already read this in one of your blogs, but wanted to read it again, as the gmat is what i’m most anxious about in my future application. Whether you are happy with your final gmat score or not, it will be a business school's preference to take it or not)) so if it is a good idea to underline your not-so-good scores for b-school by writing an optional essay with the explanation of why gmat happenned to be not high. So, your optional essay would be an ideal addition to your application package, if you have chosen to explain your low gmat score, because: 1) take courage and write honestly, why you've failed this step will demonstrate the adcoms that you can admit mistakes. But this is a highly competitive environment and you should also apply to schools where your gmat score is in the middle 80% range finally, in addition to providing the context, point the admissions reader to evidence of academic ability -- hopefully good grades as an undergraduate.
In short, i think that despite a low gmat there are several other criteria used in evaluating applicants, so is possible to get in even with low gmat score write good essays and tell them in a very convincing way why you want and need to do an mba. Try these fixes for a low gmat score namely the essays, although you may feel tempted to use the optional essay to explain a low test score, try to resist, as this will likely come across. Since my own victory over a low gmat score, i have helped dozens of other similar clients with scores in the 600s (and one even in the 500s) get admitted to harvard business school and other top mba programs i always encourage applicants to get as high a score as possible on the gmat it’s an important part of your candidacy.
In one essay it's almost an exclusively show don't tell method where i dont specifically mention the low score or any details about it, i simply refer to it in passing and then proceed to define my other strengths. But if you have low scores, then you would need a great personal statement to give you a shot at getting the placement you seek so below we would be looking at tips to address low scores in the admission essay they are the same tips that show how to explain low grades in a personal statement. Don’t use this essay just to explain your low gpa, or why you did poorly in your major, or why in one semester you earned 3 d’s, an f, and a withdrawal use it to explain what happened, how you overcame your performance.
Your gmat score gives schools information about your analytical abilities, a key admission driver in order to gain admittance in spite of a low gmat score, your application needs to highlight your analytical achievements the following are three main strategies for getting admitted to a top mba program with a low gmat score aringo specializes in helping prospects with low gmat scores get into their top-choice programs. Students can offset a low gmat score with proven job success, a high undergraduate gpa and compelling extracurricular activities istockphoto a strong performance on the gmat is a key component of the mba application to most top business schools. If any of your schools have an optional essay where you can add additional information, take advantage of this opportunity to address your low gmat score assure the admissions committee that your low gmat score is not indicative of your true academic capabilities.