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Depends a lot on how much work experience you have. I got into 3 M7s with relatively low GMATs (sub-700) because I was 8 years out and had a good story. The longer you’re out, the less weight the GMATs have versus work experience.
If you’re out a short amount of time, UG grades are critical and might offset GMAT softness, though that softness will be harder to explain.
How long have you been out?




GMAT-680, 3 years of consulting experience premba. Engineering UG. GPA 3.2

got into - Columbia ($90k scholarships), Berkeley, nyu (consortium fellow - $150k tuition and fees scholarship) and texas
waitlisted - northwestern
denied from - hbs, wharton, stanford and MIT

hope this helps!


haha I did mlt so my business school application process started in april 2015 and I applied round 2 so I finished December 2015.

I identified 3 bae schools, 2 hail Mary's and 4 safety nets/back ups

I took the gmat twice so my schedule was probably like this

gmat prep and testing: april - September (took gmat June and september)

school research / mba student coffee chats: June - November

essay outlining: August - October

essay writing: October - December

recommendation letter request: november to december

application: december

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64% don’t go to M7. Ask yourself how to make it to the top 10%, not stay out the bottom 60.


710 - got into Hbs, Wharton, MIT, Kellogg


2 years ago. My essays / work experience was strong and prob played a role too FYI.

710, which was still lower than my M7 school's average for my year 😩


700 but back then at least I was thinking the percentile matters more than the score.

If you want the mba, go all in on the gmat and let the process play out.

I’m not even sure when some are bringing the gmat back. I know Kellogg waived it because of covid.


740 Got into HBS,GSB,Sloan


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