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Role of the GMAT and GPA
Information Provided by Kaplan Test Prep

Admissions committees look at your GMAT score and your GPA to determine if you have the academic ability to succeed in business school.


An outstanding GMAT score won't necessarily get you into the school of your choice but a low score will probably keep you out. If you scored poorly on the GMAT, consider taking it again. Admissions committees usually focus on your most recent score.


When admissions officers evaluate your GPA, they consider the academic reputation of your college and the difficulty of your curriculum. Most committees attach more weight to your junior and senior year grades. Increasingly, admissions committees are examining your performance in quantitative courses, as they feel these courses are good indicators of your likely performance. If you lack quantitative classes in your transcript, you may want to take (and do well in) a statistics or calculus class before you apply.

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