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.