If you were doing the optional essay addressing the lower than “average” test score what is expected to be said? Just explain why your score is lower than average?

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Talk about other aspects that demonstrate your quantitative/verbal skills and ability to handle MBA rigor


Don’t do this optional essay unless you actually have a very good and reasonable explanation (not excuse!) for why your test score is so bad. E.g - took the test while battling cancer. Due to currently being at risk of COVID, can’t retake.

If you are just a bad test taker - don’t do the optional. It just calls undue attention to your low score.


Seconded. Everyone has a hard-luck story, some are more relevant than others. unless yours truly prevented you from performing, either retake the test or focus on other parts of your profile.

How much lower is your score?

Spend your time retaking the test instead of writing this essay. GPA can have excuses because you can’t redo it. There are few good excuses for poor testing given that you can retake.

What if you grew up in Africa and have never written a standardized test in your life?

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