The GMAT tests your English language and math skills. You can take the test several times, and in most cases the schools will consider only the highest score.
What score do you need to get in order to be accepted?
The leading programs normally accept candidates with varying GMAT scores. The score difference between two accepted candidates could go beyond 140 points. For example, every year, schools like Harvard, Wharton and Columbia accept candidates with a GMAT score of 620 while rejecting, despite the high score, candidates with a GMAT score of 760 and above.
Below, is a rough description of the admission committees’ approach to the GMAT score.
On the left you can see the program’s average ranking, followed by the GMAT score that could reasonably result in admission, yet may raise certain concerns (some candidates will be admitted with an even lower score). This is followed by a GMAT score that would not raise concerns with the admissions committee (that is, no need to counter-balance it with other data), followed by a GMAT score that would be considered “strong” and possibly counter-balance other weaknesses in the application.
When the GMAT score is extremely high, or low, its relative weight is usually greater.
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The GMAT can be retaken once every 16 days. Most admission committees only take the highest score into consideration.