660 for Top Asian school?


kyngst1

hello everyone, here is the situation:

American Asian. post-MBA goal = leadership development program for a MNC in Asia
BSc (first class honor) HKUST
PhD (a science discipline) in a top 30 US school
one year postdoc with a top 10 US chemical engineering school funded by the largest global chemical company
3 years of experience as a staff scientist in a startup company in Silicon Valley - it's a heavily customer-facing but technical role, plus abundant project management. I travel all over the world to work with global customers in US, Europe, China. Had stayed in Beijing for a large project for 9 month.
ECA = average during college

however.... my GMAT is only 660 (as I'm a road warrior that spend >220 days on the road in a year and many trips are very impromptu...that has ruined my routine a lot), should i retake?

hello everyone, here is the situation:

American Asian. post-MBA goal = leadership development program for a MNC in Asia
BSc (first class honor) HKUST
PhD (a science discipline) in a top 30 US school
one year postdoc with a top 10 US chemical engineering school funded by the largest global chemical company
3 years of experience as a staff scientist in a startup company in Silicon Valley - it's a heavily customer-facing but technical role, plus abundant project management. I travel all over the world to work with global customers in US, Europe, China. Had stayed in Beijing for a large project for 9 month.
ECA = average during college

however.... my GMAT is only 660 (as I'm a road warrior that spend >220 days on the road in a year and many trips are very impromptu...that has ruined my routine a lot), should i retake?
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Duncan

Take a look at http://find-mba.com/board/gmat/gmat-tiers-strong-schools-for-your-gmat-23247 If you want to get into a top school then, yes, retake.

Take a look at http://find-mba.com/board/gmat/gmat-tiers-strong-schools-for-your-gmat-23247 If you want to get into a top school then, yes, retake.
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kyngst1

My priorities are CEIBS > HKUST > NUS

Looks like the latter two fall into the 650 up tier?
I also saw some where that as long as the score is within 80% range, which is 640 - 710 for ceibs, it's considered to be okay. I'm curious how much I should believe the "80% rule"?

My priorities are CEIBS > HKUST > NUS

Looks like the latter two fall into the 650 up tier?
I also saw some where that as long as the score is within 80% range, which is 640 - 710 for ceibs, it's considered to be okay. I'm curious how much I should believe the "80% rule"?
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Duncan

Well, I don't really think that is the right way to look at it, since most applicants that get turned down are inside that range as well. A higher GMAT will always be helpful, even for a candidate with a desirable profile like yours.

Well, I don't really think that is the right way to look at it, since most applicants that get turned down are inside that range as well. A higher GMAT will always be helpful, even for a candidate with a desirable profile like yours.
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kyngst1

Thanks, Duncan! I will schedule another test and hopefully getting a better score (despite of my crazy travel schedule.. have been living in a hotel room for almost a month this trip)....

Shooting for R2 for class of 2018.

Thanks, Duncan! I will schedule another test and hopefully getting a better score (despite of my crazy travel schedule.. have been living in a hotel room for almost a month this trip)....

Shooting for R2 for class of 2018.
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Kemp09

Hi Kynst1, i know this is a relatively late reply, hope it helps nonetheless.

I think your score is enough for the three schools you mentioned.

To answer your question, whether 660 is enough really depends on your profile. Business schools in Asia want students from different parts of the world. For example, because many Indian and Chinese nationals apply to programs in HK and Singapore, they need score above 700 to get a good chance simply because they are competing against one another for limited spots allocated to their respective regions. Assuming you have an American passport, a score of 660 won't prevent you from getting an interview. However, a higher gmat score will get you scholarships.

Good luck with your application!

[Edited by Admin on Feb 07, 2016]

Hi Kynst1, i know this is a relatively late reply, hope it helps nonetheless.

I think your score is enough for the three schools you mentioned.

To answer your question, whether 660 is enough really depends on your profile. Business schools in Asia want students from different parts of the world. For example, because many Indian and Chinese nationals apply to programs in HK and Singapore, they need score above 700 to get a good chance simply because they are competing against one another for limited spots allocated to their respective regions. Assuming you have an American passport, a score of 660 won't prevent you from getting an interview. However, a higher gmat score will get you scholarships.

Good luck with your application!
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samwise33

Do you think that a 600 GMAT score would be good enough for SMU and Nanyang, both in Singapore? I have 3.5 years of work experience.

Do you think that a 600 GMAT score would be good enough for SMU and Nanyang, both in Singapore? I have 3.5 years of work experience.
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Duncan

i doubt it, unless you are outstanding.

i doubt it, unless you are outstanding.
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kyngst1

Hi Kemp09, thanks for the reply anyway :) I eventually applied only to CEIBS and HKUST.

Up to this moment, I have got accepted to CEIBS in R2 with a decent scholarship..so I guess GMAT is only part of the equation but not everything.

Still waiting for HKUST tho (the interviews went pretty well).

Hi Kemp09, thanks for the reply anyway :) I eventually applied only to CEIBS and HKUST.

Up to this moment, I have got accepted to CEIBS in R2 with a decent scholarship..so I guess GMAT is only part of the equation but not everything.

Still waiting for HKUST tho (the interviews went pretty well).
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rollo 89

@kyngst1 did you hear back from HKUST.. I am looking for advice about applying.

@kyngst1 did you hear back from HKUST.. I am looking for advice about applying.
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kyngst1

@kyngst1 did you hear back from HKUST.. I am looking for advice about applying.


@rollo 89 I guess this might be a really late reply.. but in case you still need the information. I got offer and scholarship from HKUST with my only GMAT score, which is 660.

GMAT are not that important for both CEIBS and HKUST if you are not from Indian/Chinese. I'd say > 650 is fine as long as your other credentials are good.

[quote]@kyngst1 did you hear back from HKUST.. I am looking for advice about applying.[/quote]

@rollo 89 I guess this might be a really late reply.. but in case you still need the information. I got offer and scholarship from HKUST with my only GMAT score, which is 660.

GMAT are not that important for both CEIBS and HKUST if you are not from Indian/Chinese. I'd say > 650 is fine as long as your other credentials are good.
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Do you think that a 600 GMAT score would be good enough for SMU and Nanyang, both in Singapore? I have 3.5 years of work experience.


I even don't have better idea. But this might work. Let's wait what other said.

[quote]Do you think that a 600 GMAT score would be good enough for SMU and Nanyang, both in Singapore? I have 3.5 years of work experience.[/quote]

I even don't have better idea. But this might work. Let's wait what other said.
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Cherrytok

I have a 660 GMAT score as well. Is Insead Singapore MBA a possibility for me?  

I have a 660 GMAT score as well. Is Insead Singapore MBA a possibility for me?  
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Duncan

Very unlikely. 

Very unlikely. 
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laurie

I have a 660 GMAT score as well. Is Insead Singapore MBA a possibility for me?  
The lower end of Insead's middle 80% GMAT range for admitted candidates is 670.
They do accept candidates with lower GMAT scores, down to the lower 600's according to the most recent data, but for applicants with anything under the average (around 700) there needs to be stronger elements of their profile to even be considered. This tends to be stronger than average work experience, but can also mean superb undergraduate performance, coming from an under-represented applicant group, a unique story, or a combination of these kinds of elements. 
What does the rest of your background look like?

[quote]I have a 660 GMAT score as well. Is Insead Singapore MBA a possibility for me? &nbsp; [/quote]<div>The lower end of Insead's middle 80% GMAT range for admitted candidates is 670.</div><div><br></div><div>They do accept candidates with lower GMAT scores, down to the lower 600's according to the most recent data, but for applicants with anything under the average (around 700) there needs to be stronger elements of their profile to even be considered. This tends to be stronger than average work experience, but can also mean superb undergraduate performance, coming from an under-represented applicant group, a unique story, or a combination of these kinds of elements.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>What does the rest of your background look like?</div>
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