Stern’s View of Low GMAT Score

What does NYU’s Stern School of Business think about low GMAT scores? MBA Podcaster’s Catherine Girardeau has been researching how to handle a low test score for an upcoming audio podcast and shares Stern’s perspective as revealed by Isser Gallogly, Executive Director of MBA Admissions.

Gallogly tells MBA Podcaster that NYU looks at everything in the application holistically, calling the GMAT “just one measure of the candidate’s academic potential.”

As an admissions director, Gallogly said he’d prefer to be able to look at a proven track record over a one-time test. The logical next step for you, the candidate, given his statement, is to emphasize your academic record and/or professional experience, if it outshines your GMAT score.

If your GMAT score doesn’t accurately reflect your potential, Gallogly suggests that you retake the test. According to MBA Podcaster, he actually recommends scheduling two test dates. Stern takes the highest test score if the test is taken more than once.

In closing, Gallogly says people focus way too much on the average and not enough at the 80% range. Being a little bit below average is not a deal-breaker, Gallogly said. NYU’s average for Fall 2009 was a 717, and the 80% range was 680 to 760.

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