2x LBS with 650 and 640 GMAT

2x LBS with 650 and 640 GMAT

We are pleased to announce that 2 partners are “in” at LBS, one with a 650 on GMAT and one with a 640. This is well below the published average of 700. I have listed the most important factors:

o Ace the interview. In both cases, we did extensive interview training and this surely made the difference. Both individuals aced the interview and the case study.

o Focus in international experience. Call attention to international work experience, and other experience gained abroad. This was a major theme in both application packages.

o Don’t mention GMAT. When you are applying to a top school with a substandard GMAT, I (usually) advise people to not mention the score. Don’t call attention to it. Let the application committee look at the strength of your candidacy. It’s hard to write an explanation for a low GMAT score that doesn’t sound like a whiney excuse.

I can offer many cases of acceptances with GMAT scores that are below average. Contact me for personalised advice.


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The following is my profile and I would like your guidance and advice on getting an MBA in Finance.

– BA Economics (English and French) — York University, Toronto, Canada, 2014
– GMAT – 640
– Work Experience – 1 year at multinational firm based in India.

Thank you.

Arjun, hello, you need a minimum of 2 years work experience at the top schools, and actually the admitted students tend to have 3-5.
Undergrad looks solid, and GMAT is respectable, but– if you have seen the averages for the 10 ten schools, you know they are over 700.
To summarise, more work experience, ideally with some leadership claim, and higher GMAT to access elite schools.
Good luck!

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