Sorry if this is not your area of expertise, but any advice or rough guidance would be very helpful.
I am planning to apply in the second round (January) for various MSc Finance/MFE programmes in Europe (HEC, Oxford, ESADE, IE Business School), with HEC MSc Finance as my first priority.
I am a Scandinavian undergraduate in the UK (Oxford/Cambridge) studying ‘Economics’ in my final year, and have had summer internships with a boutique M&A shop in London (Centerview/Lazard/Evercore) and one of the MBB management consultancies in Scandinavia.
Following a relative low quant score on my first GMAT attempt (710 / Q46 / V40 / IR8 / AWA6), I decided to retake. In the GMATPrep tests (ExamPack1) I scored 740 (Q49 / V42) and 760 (Q49/V45), but once again scored a 710 on the actual test (Q47 / V40).
My question is whether you think Q47 would be sufficient for admission at HEC considering my background?
Or would you recommend to resit the GMAT and apply in the third round (March/April)?
Thank you in advance – and wish you a happy holiday season.
The brief answer, the 47 is too low, but not impossible for admission. Your experience is potentially influential so it would come down to your GPA and prior coursework.
Your quant was low, but it was the drop on both quant and verbal each time that decimated your overall score. Basically a double gut punch. If you can demonstrate significant quant classes with A (3.85+) average, that is probably sufficient.
A big thing going for you is the previous Bulge Bracket experience. You had to done enough well to garner that so you will certainly get a look at the programs interested in well rounded candidates.
The 47 is sufficient at HEC, but not competitive. At a few of the other programs mentioned you are more likely to be welcomed. Good luck!
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