GMAT 730 (Q48 – 73%ile, V42 – 96%ile, AWA 5, IR 5). Which schools could I target?

Prepwise AnswersGMAT 730 (Q48 – 73%ile, V42 – 96%ile, AWA 5, IR 5). Which schools could I target?
BigFatBassist asked 11 months ago

I am a 24 year old Indian male, and I have been working in a Fortune 500 steelmaking firm for close to a couple of years now. I took the GMAT about three weeks ago and ended up with a 730, with a breakup as follows:

Q48 – 73%ile, V42 – 96%ile, AWA 5, IR 5

I know my quant score isn’t exactly stellar, but I bank on my core engineering background and a couple of certified MOOC statistics courses to salvage it. My areas of interest are Operations Management and Business Analyics.

I have a couple of questions:
(1) Could my wreckage of a quant score keep me from gaining admission into some of the top ranked programs? Is it absolutely imperative that I take the test again, given the ridiculously competitive nature of my demographic?
(2) Considering that I do not wish to take the GMAT again and I choose to use this score to apply to schools, which programs should I be targeting?

Thanks for your time!

1 Answers
Kate McKeon Staff answered 11 months ago


(1) Could my wreckage of a quant score keep me from gaining admission into some of the top ranked programs? Is it absolutely imperative that I take the test again, given the ridiculously competitive nature of my demographic?

It is an okay quant score. It puts your overall as average for top schools so it isn’t “hurting” you. If this was your first take, maybe retake, but only if you can also nudge your verbal up. If you really can’t get both up, or you won’t spend the proper time, just don’t do it at all. 740/750 won’t really be game changer for you. 760+ eh, maybe. Verbal will have to come up 44+ for that to happen.

(2) Considering that I do not wish to take the GMAT again and I choose to use this score to apply to schools, which programs should I be targeting?

Fair enough. Depends more on what you want to do coming out of school. MBA programs don’t help you magically discover that. Just having the degree won’t do much if you’ve put yourself in the wrong professional mix. If you just want to get a degree and it doesn’t matter where, target next 20 programs who have GMAT averages well below 730 – you offer them a small score boost to compensate for candidates who didn’t do as well on the GMAT and if you can help them pull past 680/690/700 Program Average line (small programs!) you can make a strategically compelling case.

That said, do you want that for yourself??

I’d focus less on where you can get in – there’s always a school who wants your money, they are businesses after all – and more on where you will be best set up for future professional success.

Good luck,
KMM