Answer for What job experience is required for a top MBA?

The work experience and your gained perspective on that experience matter. Have you managed staff? Do you have multiple projects with depth of complexity to walk through? Have you thoughtfully evaluated your own experiences, and can you demonstrate personal and professional growth?   Brand name only helps in giving a certain (low level for the … 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 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

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

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: 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