Importance of GMAT Scores

Application Documents Importance of GMAT Scores


This podcast answers the following reader question on GMAT scores and their relevance versus GPA scores etc.

Hi Michael,

My question is about GMAT scores for MBA students who hope to get offers at a BBM.

Overall, how important is the GMAT when interviewing with a BBM? Does this differ by each of BBM?

What type of scores do they expect, 700+? Is it more like 720 or higher these days?

I have heard some firms look at the breakouts of the score, focusing on the quantitative section. If that is the case, what scores would be considered below expectations/good/excellent on the quantitative section?

I have also heard that some BBMs require you to submit your GMAT scores when you initially apply, others only ask for it only after they invite you to interview – this may differ by BBM (as well as by office within a particular BMM).

Finally, I believe at some MBA programs the BBMs are a little more proactive… meaning they will reach out to potential applicants who they like. i.e. invite MBA students to apply. Are GMATs used to screen or make “cuts” on who makes short-lists such as these (this may differ by BBM and by each MBA program).

Anything else to keep in mind about GMAT scores and BBM??

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5 responses to Importance of GMAT Scores

  1. Hi Michael,
    Thank you.

  2. Hi Hannah,

    GRE is fine. All the major firms will accept GRE.


  3. Hi Michael,
    I have a PhD so I only took GRE (for grad schools) and not GMAT. So can PhD applicants just use their GRE scores, or should they take GMAT? Thank you.

  4. Hi Isabelle,

    I may be mistaken but I believe the most common undergraduate degree or non-business advanced degree for management consultants is engineering.

    It was certainly that way when I was still a principal.

    I would find engineering graduates from your school and other schools who have become consultants.

    However, I would be even more direct. Consultants want to hear from good engineers since we prize engineering backgrounds. I suspect you assume your background is less attractive than a business major, and that is not the case.

    So, do not hesitate to reach out to partners or associate partners with MBAs. They will be interested to speak to engineering candidates with very strong backgrounds.


  5. Very interesting Podcast on the importance of scores but also the importance of networking. For engineering graduate students, how to create a network in these business consulting companies before applying? Engineering studies seem so far away from business consulting. Should they start with virtual networks such as LinkedIn? What are your recommandations ? Thanks a lot.

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