How to Get In: INSEAD GMAT Scores for MBA

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Well-known as one of the best international business schools, INSEAD offers an innovative, rigorous one-year MBA program for admitted applicants from around the world. If you’re hoping to secure admission to INSEAD, you need to pass their lengthy admission process, which includes multiple interviews and a thorough review of your academic and professional career. One of the most important parts of your INSEAD application is your GMAT score.

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The Best GMAT Scoring Grid to Calculate Your Score

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Are you hoping to achieve a specific GMAT total score? Wondering how your verbal and quantitative scores contribute to your GMAT total score?

If so, you’re not alone. Almost every test-taker who takes the GMAT is looking to achieve a certain goal score, and many don’t fully understand how GMAT scores are calculated. To be fair, calculating GMAT scores can be really confusing!

In this guide, I’ll help clarify how GMAT scoring works and provide a sample GMAT score matrix that shows you how your scaled quantitative and scaled verbal scores combine to create your total score. First, I’ll explain how to calculate a GMAT score. Next, I’ll walk you through our GMAT scoring grid. Finally, I’ll talk about how you can use this GMAT score grid to inform your GMAT prep.

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What You Need for Stanford MBA: GMAT Scores

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The mission of the Stanford Graduate School of Business is “Change Lives, Change Organizations, Change the World,” and the school aims to live up to that each year by offering an exceptional academic, professional, and personal experience to its students.

Stanford is recognized around the world as an exceptional business school and consistently ranks in the top three of business schools worldwide across multiple ranking systems. However, Stanford’s popularity has its drawbacks: barely six percent of students were accepted to Stanford in 2016 and the school boasted the highest average GMAT score of any business school in the world for its admitted applicants.

So, with that being said, how do you get into Stanford GSB? One way to increase your likelihood of admission is to have a stellar GMAT score.

In this article, I’ll talk about what’s a good Stanford GMAT score and whether there’s a GMAT Stanford score requirement. I’ll also explain what Stanford is known for and how competitive it is for MBA students. Finally, I’ll give you tips on how to improve your GMAT score to increase your chance of acceptance.

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The Best GMAT Score Calculator

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Understanding your GMAT score can be complicated. There are a ton of different sections and very little info about how they affect your final score — GMAC just throws out a bunch of buzzwords like “adaptive” and “algorithm” without actually explaining them. But don’t worry! If you’re confused about the effect of your Verbal score on your total score or how many questions you need to get right for and 80th percentile Quant score, you’ve come to the right place.

In this complete GMAT score breakdown, I’ll explain how to calculate a GMAT score and how the GMAT’s adaptive functions affect your GMAT score. Next, I’ll provide a GMAT score calculator that allows you to better predict your GMAT total score and percentile ranking. Finally, I’ll explain how your GMAT score affects your chances of getting into the MBA programs of your choice.

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What Is a Good GMAT Score for Scholarships?

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Worried about paying for your MBA, but proud of your GMAT score? You might be eligible for funding! Many business schools offer partial or full scholarships for high-achieving students. But is there a specific GMAT score you need in order to secure a scholarship? Can you get a GMAT scholarship?

In this article, I’ll go over the average GMAT scores that tend to secure funding for business students, as well as some examples of specific school-based and organization-based MBA scholarships. You’ll get a good idea of how to find scholarships you’re eligible for and what kind of score you’ll need to have a shot at landing them. Continue reading “What Is a Good GMAT Score for Scholarships?”

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What’s a Good GMAT Writing Score? Does the Essay Matter?

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How much does your GMAT writing score really matter? Business schools only release GMAT score data for their students’ Total scores, so it can be difficult to find information about what constitutes a “good” or “bad” GMAT writing score and how important your GMAT analytical writing score really is.

Luckily, we’ve done the research and figured out the answers for you. In this post, we’ll tell you what business schools have to say about the Analytical Writing Assessment, how they weigh it against other parts of your GMAT score and your overall application, and how your score stacks up against other test-taker worldwide. Finally, we’ll help you figure out what a good GMAT analytical writing score is for you.
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What Is a Good GMAT Quantitative Score?

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Worried about how your GMAT quant score stacks up? Wondering where your score fits in relative to other test-takers?

In this article, I’ll go over what makes a good GMAT math score, how much business schools care about section scores, what GMAT quant percentiles mean, and how to set a target score for the quant section. Continue reading “What Is a Good GMAT Quantitative Score?”

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GMAT Score Report: Everything You Need to Know

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In this guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know about your GMAT score report: what’s on it, what it means, and how schools use it in their MBA admissions decisions. I’ll cover what’s actually on a GMAT score report, both official and unofficial, show you a GMAT official score report sample, and walk you through some of the most frequently asked questions about GMAT score reports.

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Is a 720 GMAT Score Your Ticket to an Elite MBA?

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Many ambitious business school applicants set their sights on a 720 GMAT Total score. A 720 GMAT score is often thought of—rightly or wrongly—as something of a cutoff for the “M7.” The M7 is the informal group of seven prestigious business schools considered to have the world’s best MBA programs: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, and MIT Sloan.

But how accurate is this mythologizing of the 720 Total score? Do you have to get at least a 720 to get into a top business school, and will it guarantee you admission? Conversely, is a 720 GMAT score really good enough for the elite business schools? If you’re applying to the M7, should you retake the GMAT and try to score even higher—even if you already have a 720? Do you need a 730 GMAT score for Harvard or Stanford? And what do the top 20 schools think about the 720 GMAT score, or the top 50, or the top 100?

In this post, we’ll give you all the answers to these questions, deconstructing the common thinking about the 720 GMAT score and delving into actual data from M7 business schools as well as thoughts on the GMAT from their admissions offices. Finally, we’ll help you think through the 720 and other score goals in terms of your own application and target business schools. Continue reading “Is a 720 GMAT Score Your Ticket to an Elite MBA?”

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Average GMAT Scores by School: How Do You Compare?

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What is the average GMAT score at top business schools? What does the average GMAT score at your prospective business school mean for you?

In this article, I’ll go over the 50 highest average GMAT scores at MBA programs, how to find the average GMAT score by school, and what those average scores mean for your MBA admissions. Continue reading “Average GMAT Scores by School: How Do You Compare?”

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