Answer for If a PhD doesn’t go into research or industry in their chosen field, what are they more qualified than college graduates to do?

Vijay Chidambaram has an excellent answer to this. Here’s one more bit most people fail to consider fully:   Politics   Not as in which party, etc, but how (often) massive, slow moving organizations get things done.   How to get resources allocated – particularly creative endeavor for those in Liberal arts and Sciences not … Read more

Answer for Is there any university in the US for students who score below 500 on the GMAT?

Yes. But please do not attend.   For profit universities and not-for-profits that need your cash flow may accept scary low GMAT scores. But those programs are not likely to help you professionally. If they’re willing to take a score that low, your peers will be of similar stature. That will neither build your mind, … Read more

Answer for What are my chances to get into a top school with very low GRE score?

Just in case the question is changed along the way, here’s the original question:   “What are my chances to get into a top school with very low GRE score? I did not have time to study for GREs but my GPA is 4.0, research experience from top universities and strong recommendation letters from two … Read more

Answer for Q42, V51. 740 Weird split. Retake for top schools?

Hi Kailey!   First, big congrats on the 740. Kudos, really. That will help. Your quant is scary low for gsb, BUT I would still apply. Make your application out of this world. Have your letters of recommendation allude to specific examples of you demonstrating competence in business analytics, statistical analysis or other quant-y areas. … Read more

Q42, V51. 740 Weird split. Retake for top schools?

Hi Kate, I know you’ve answered a lot of similar questions, but I have yet to see a score makeup quite like mine. I just scored a 740 on the GMAT, first shot at it, which I was thrilled about. But then my breakdown is really odd. IR 7 (82nd percentile), Quant only 42 (45th … Read more

Ask Kate GMAT Score report, 710 but does IR matter?

Low IR: Is It Time For A Retake?   Kate gives advice to a student who is concerned about her integrative reasoning score on the GMAT. By analyzing the pool of candidates at the top three schools, including work experience and test scores, prospective students will be able to better judge whether they need a … Read more

HEC MIF with GMAT 710 (Q47 / V40 / IR8)

Ask Kate: Is a GMAT 710 score with Q47 / V40 good enough for HEC admission?   Hi Kate, Not sure if this is 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, … Read more

Answer for What sites can I look at to find the venture capital firms that best fit my background?

There are a variety of online platforms that offer help and support in finding the right venture capitalist for you. Check out some of the following to get you started: The Small Business Administration; The National Venture Capital Association; Gust; and The Angel Capital Association.  

Answer for What states require additional registration beyond the certification for certified financial planners?

The CFP Board is currently updating the states in which licensing requirements are exempt.In full, CFP professionals need to complete the CFP Certification Examination, as well as completing the CFP Board’s Fitness Standards for Candidates and Professionals Eligible for Reinstatement. CFP professionals must also agree to abide by CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional … Read more

VERY low verbal, OK Quant – Minority ethnicity – Do I need to proof my English proficiency in a retake?

Ask Kate: If verbal is low, proofing English proficiency may be necessary in a GMAT retake.     Hi Kate, My question is also about my GMAT score like most people here. I got 700 (Q49,V35), which was surprising to me since I was always better in Verbal than Quant in any other exams I … Read more

High GMAT score, low Quant

Ask Kate: Chilean business undergraduate with a 720 GMAT aiming for the Columbia Business program. Retake the GMAT?     Hi Kate, I have got a 720 GMAT (with 94% overall – 67%Q / 96%V / 92% IR). That was my 4th attempt (previous 650,660,690), but my lowest quant performance (best is 79% on my … Read more

I got 670 (49Q, 32V) in my first attempt- and I bombed at the IR sections. Should I retake the test?

Ask Kate: 670 GMAT score with 49Q , 32V with 2IR. Retake the GMAT if aiming for US MIS programs?     Hi Kate! I got 670 in my first attempt at GMAT (49Q, 32V) and got a very low score at IR section-2. I wish to apply for Masters in Information Systems in universities … Read more

Ask Kate: 730 GMAT Score with Low Quant

Student scores a 730 on the GMAT. Good enough for top MBA programs?   Hi Kate, I scored a 730 the 2nd time I took the GMAT (47Q 68%, 42V 96%). The first time I scored a 700 (49Q 79%, 36V 81%). Should I be concerned about my low quant score (in particular the percentile) … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score – Lowish Quant

Student scores a 660 on the GMAT with a low quant. Is it time to retake?   Hi Kate, First, thank you so much for the great advice. I scored 37 Verbal, 44 Quant (660), 5.5 Analytical Writing and 8 Integrated Reasoning. My target school is Emory’s One-Year MBA program. I come from a liberal … Read more

Ask Kate: Does High AWA Make up for Low Verbal on GMAT?

Hi Kate, Thanks for the detailed post on the scoring and scaling! I took the GMAT in early May and scored a 680 (Q49, V34, IR6, AWA6). – this is my first attempt I am a non-native speaker. However, I was surprised with my verbal score because my English skills are pretty good. Also, I … Read more

Ask Kate: Does Low GMAT Score Mean Haven’t Grasped Fundamentals?

Doing Well In Math On The GMAT Is Essential To Your Scores.   I took my first shot at the GMAT today after about 150 hrs of study and scored 640 (42Q 35V). I am pretty disappointed because I scored a 620 (40Q 34V) on my very first Gmatprep practice test. I am certainly going … Read more

Ask Kate: Overall GMAT under 700 with Low Quant

Sometimes You Have To Retake The GMAT More Than Twice.     Hi Kate, Thanks for your eval! I took the GMAT twice – in December scored 650 (Q39, V41, IR3, AWA6). Went in for a retake this week and scored a 690 (Q46, V38, IR6, AWA6). I’m concerned that this score is sub-700 and … Read more

Ask Kate: Low Quant on GMAT with Finance Background

If You’re Aiming For The Lauder Program, Retaking The GMAT Might Be A Good Move.     Hi Kate, I’m a Brazilian female applicant to the Wharton / Lauder program. I scored 700 (Q44/V41) and 7 on IR. I am concerned with my quant score. I have good track record on calculus and statistics at … Read more

Ask Kate: Low Quant and Low Verbal

If you want acceptance into the top MBA programs, a good quant and verbal score is a must.     Hi Kate, Would love your opinion on my score as well as my chances on getting in to the top 10 schools. This is my third attempt of the GMAT- first attempt 600, second attempt … Read more

Ask Kate: Masters Degree with Low GMAT Score

Hello Kate, I took GMAT for second time and scored 620. The breakdown is Q48/V28. The GMAT results are not too different from when I took it the first time. I have a Masters in Aerospace Engineering with 3.8 GPA and a 8 years of work experience. What word of advice do you have for … Read more