The graduate management admission test is an aptitude test that measures analytical writing, reasoning, and quantitative and verbal skills almost all students who wish to attend business school must take the gmat the highest score possible on the exam is an 800, and students admitted to the top.
Optional essay to explain low gmat sat jun 07, 2008 10:04 pm i read a couple of questions on this forum about addressing your low gmat score on your optional essay. To cover my low gmat and gpa, i thought to get some score on ielts and luckily i got a score of 7/9 in the very first attempt i did an extensive research of the b-schools world-wide for about 3-4 weeks. So, if you have earned an f, had a bad semester, scored low on the gmat or were dismissed from a position, you should write the optional essay.
I read a couple of questions on this forum about addressing your low gmat score on your optional essay so my gmat score is 620 my gmat score at the schools i'm applying too are all within the 80% tile, but lower than the average ranging from 640-670. It's entirely possible to offset a low gmat score with a proven track record in a quantitative job, a high gpa from a respected undergraduate school and compelling extracurricular or leadership activities. I am not a consultant but am in the same boat (with the 620 gmat), for what it is worth i do not feel that you should try to explain the reasons you did bad on the exam, instead reason why the test is not indicatitive of your abilities to succeed at school.
Whether you are happy with your final gmat score or not, it will be a business school's preference to take it or not)) so if it is a good idea to underline your not-so-good scores for b-school by writing an optional essay with the explanation of why gmat happenned to be not high.
However, don't use that essay to explain your gmat score just don't gmat excuses if you come home from the test with a 570 instead of the 670 you were hoping for, you may be tempted to tell the admissions committee why you deserved a better score certainly that's easier than studying harder and taking the test again.
Students can offset a low gmat score with proven job success, a high undergraduate gpa and compelling extracurricular activities istockphoto a strong performance on the gmat is a key component of the mba application to most top business schools.
How to explain low gmat this topic has 5 member replies post new topic post reply add to my collection many people have used personal problems to justify low scores i think it is possible to have them overlook the gmat but you need to have a stellar application with strong essays, ec's, and other things to be a distractor +1 upvote.