The Dreaded GMAT Score

The GMAT was one of the most significant hurdles I faced in applying to business school. I started studying (seriously) two months in advance, and ended up taking the test twice (I am not a good test-taker, apparently). In the end, I got a decent score. Was it anywhere near the scores I’d been getting on the practice tests? No. Would it have improved further if I’d taken the test a third time? Probably. Would I have killed myself if I had to study and take the test one more time? Definitely.

In the end, the GMAT score is a hugely important part of your application package, and depending on the schools you want to get into, it could be a make or break piece. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not the only thing that admissions offices are looking for, and in the end, it’s just a number.

Today’s guest post comes from Conrad at 2minuteGMAT*

How High Does Your GMAT Score Need To Be

Normally business school applicants wonder what GMAT score they need to have to be accepted into the MBA program of their choice. Although we can answer this question in many ways, the simplest answer is you should look to score the highest GMAT score you believe you can. If you do very well on your first try, then congratulate yourself, however if you believe you can score significantly better than you should aim for that score.

To make our response more detailed, the lowest GMAT test score you should look for is the range that includes the middle 80% of the MBA program GMAT test scores. When looking at this range, you should look for your GMAT score to be at the higher end of this. This is especially true because certain demographics can have lower scores and still be accepted.

A Peruvian applicant whose native language is Spanish may not need to be as high a verbal score as a citizen of Britain. If you are not able to bring your GMAT test score into this range, don’t be too hard on yourself. 10% of accepted students are also not able to reach this range. In this situation, know that you will have to work harder on the rest of your application.

On an extra note, we suggest that for GMAT prep you have at least 60 days to prepare for the GMAT test.

We hope this was of help.

Conrad and the 2minuteGMAT Team

For more advice on improving your GMAT score, visit

Founded in 2009, 2minuteGMAT guarantees that you will improve your GMAT score by 50 points or your money back.  We send you a unique email every day for 6 months with 10 GMAT Questions of the Day (5 Math and 5 Verbal), a daily blurb about top business schools in the country, and advice from experts on how to improve your GMAT score. Visit the 2minuteGMAT blog for updates and GMAT tips.

*Disclaimer: I did not use 2minuteGMAT to study for the GMAT test, nor is this post an endorsement of their services.


One Comment on “The Dreaded GMAT Score

  1. Pingback: B-School Buzz: MBA Interviews, Waitlist, GMAT | Stacy Blackman Consulting - MBA Admissions

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