What is a good GMAT score?

What is a good GMAT score?

In our last blog post on test requirements, we shared the reasons why top MBA programs evaluate applicants on different dimensions, such as test scores. Here we present the average test scores and test score range for the top US and European programs.

We will also share a snapshot of the internal dialog among our consultant team about MBA applicants and test score scenarios. Both dimensions should help you to address the topic of: What is a good GMAT score.

GMAT Scores by Program

Harvard  and Stanford

Harvard and Stanford’s class profile stats inclusive of GMAT and GPA are comparable between the two programs, as the chart below shows. Notably, GPA and GMAT score averages for both programs have increased in recent seasons.

Class of 2022 Admissions Stats Harvard Stanford
Average GMAT 727 733
GMAT Range 620-790 600-790
Average GPA 3.7 3.8

The GRE has become more common and is considered an acceptable replacement for the GMAT. One in four and one in five students got in with a GRE score for GSB and HBS, respectively. 

Wharton and Columbia

Class of 2022 Admission Stats Wharton Columbia
Average GMAT 722 726
GMAT Range 620-790* 580–780
Average GPA 3.6 3.6

 

Kellogg and Booth

Class of 2022 Admission Stats Kellogg Booth
Average GMAT 727 730
GMAT Range 640-770 600-800
Average GPA 3.6 3.6

 

MIT and Haas

Class of 2022 Admission Stats MIT Sloan Berkeley
Median GMAT 722 730
GMAT Range* 600-780 690-760
Average GPA 3.5 3.65

 

INSEAD and LBS

 

Class of 2022 Admission Stats INSEAD LBS
Average GMAT* 710 700
GMAT Range* 670-750 Not available
Average GPA 3.5 N/A

 

Duke and Darden

Class of 2022 Admission Stats Duke Darden
Average GMAT 702 703
GMAT Range 660-740 660-750
Average GPA 3.5 3.5

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GMAT Score Scenarios

Q Should my client show the track record that she has at least tried it twice by reinstating her original score? I have a client who has taken the GMAT twice. The first time she took it, she got a 670 and canceled it. The second time, she got a 710 V 41/94%, Q 46/62%. She has zero desire to retake it and has adjusted her school expectations accordingly. 

A- A former Rice MBA Admissions Officer on the Stacy Blackman Consulting team shared, “I only used the highest, reported score in my evaluation–other test attempts neither factored in nor biased me on the highest score.” 

A former MIT Admissions Officer on our team clarified, “I don’t think a specific mention of the lower score adds value in any way.  That 710 is strong enough to stand on its own without explanation.”

A former NYU Admissions Officer on our team took a different approach and said, “I always liked to see that they took it more than once. So I would vote to reinstate the score.”

Q What overall score should my client aim for?

A- A former Kellogg Admissions Officer on our team shared, “My rule of thumb is that if you’re less than the average by more than 10 points (so a 720 would be ok for M7 programs), you should try and address any issues with the GMAT score and/or retake.

Q What quant score is risky or needs an explanation?

A- “In my opinion, a quant score in the 45+ range does not require any explanation, as it is a strong score. A quant score in the 40-44 range is competitive for top 25 programs.  Whether to address will depend on other factors (e.g., bachelor’s degree, amount of quant courses, how analytical/quantitative the professional experience is, etc), ” shared a former Rice Admissions Officer on our Stacy Blackman Consulting team.

Q Can you share an example of a recent client test-taking scenario?

A- Yes, let’s review a scenario together. We had a client who took the GMAT three times, but he was still not quite in range quant-wise for his top choice Wharton.  Here are his stats:

Male with a strong track record of leadership in prestige consulting firm and then PE associate position at a small, mid-market firm with less than one year of experience. Graduated Magna cum laude from a top 50 college with a liberal arts major. Strong leadership-oriented extracurricular activities. GMAT- 690, quant (41, 45%), verbal (44, 98%). Latino. 

Which of the following should we do?

1) Take the GRE

2) Retake the GMAT

3) Apply Rd 1 with the current score.

“For a high-achieving, under-represented minority candidate, a 690 is not a problem for Wharton. The quant is the hurdle, we usually advise 56% or higher. Otherwise, apply to Consortium schools to mitigate risks,” shared a LATAM expert on our Stacy Blackman Consulting team. 

Another expert, a former Rice Admissions Officer, added, “A 41 quant score is not outstanding, but it’s not bad despite what the percentile is (quant percentiles are bit misleading these days). With analytical work experience and good grades in quant courses in college, there is evidence he can do the work.  A short optional showcasing this evidence is his best course of action.”

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