Is my GMAT/GRE score “good enough”?

The following post was prepared by Kim Carter, a senior admissions consultant with The MBA Exchange. Kim completed her MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan on a full-tuition merit-based fellowship.

The GMAT/GRE is probably the most stress-inducing aspect of the admissions process. Many applicants anxiously ask us if their score is good enough and hope that we’ll say yes. However, it’s also one of the parts of your admission campaign over which you can have the most influence.

So, how do you know if your GMAT/GRE score is good enough?

1. What is the average GMAT/GRE score at your target schools? Are you within or above this average? If not, the rest of your application will have to be extra-compelling, so it’s worth trying for the exam again.

2. Are your verbal and quantitative scores fairly balanced? If not, consider retaking the exam because admissions want to see strength in both areas (especially quantitative).

3. How many times have you taken the test? If you’ve only taken it once or twice, you might want to consider taking it again. Remember that schools will only look at your highest score, so you don’t have to worry about what will happen if your score decreases.

4. Did you prepare as thoroughly as possible? Did you use the best resources or courses out there? If not, consider trying a more structured GMAT/GRE study approach.

5. Honestly, how much time do you have to commit to studying? Think about your work schedule and personal responsibilities, and make sure you can fully commit to improving your score before signing up for another test.

6. Did you attempt both the GMAT and GRE? If your target schools will accept either exam, it might be worth seeing if you can get a higher score on one of the two.

Once you’ve exhausted the above list and feel confident that your score is your personal best, then it’s time to move on to the rest of the admissions campaign. Whew! We know that was a lot of work, and there is even more to come, but don’t worry—you don’t have to do it alone. For years, The MBA Exchange has been helping candidates to evaluate candidacy, develop a strategy and list of target schools, and put forward the best possible applications. Contact us today for a free evaluation and to learn more.